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Monday, March 20, 2006

Answers to Quiz and Bombay Quiz Club

The answers to the quiz posted last week are below. But first, an announcement:

About 10 people have expressed deep interest in the Bombay Quiz Club. We are planning the first quiz on Saturday, 1st of April afternoon (what better date than April Fool's Day?).

Do mail me your phone numbers/ contact details on and we can send out the details to you. If the number of people in the first meeting is manageable (less than 10), we can do a quiz party over beer (everyone brings 10 questions), otherwise we will have a quiz. Venue to be decided.

1. Danish Baig Nakhtar Baig, Bhopal; Akhil Ahmad Azmi, Azamgarh UP, born June 20, 1965; Abraham Mohsin Ali, Karachi; Usman Khan; Mohasin Ali Arsalan, Sharjah; Mohammed Anwar (son of Bibi Raza), Pakistan; Kumar Ramesh. What’s common?
ALL ALIASES OF ABU SALEM

2. When United Airlines filed for bankruptcy in 2002, trading in this currency was the only business that made money for them. Indeed, calculations by The Economist in January 2005 suggested that the total stock of this currency was worth more than all the dollar bills in circulation. 163 million people own this around the world. What currency?
FREQUENT FLYER MILES

3. Britain, in 1600; Holland, in 1602; Denmark, in 1616; France, in 1664; Sweden, in 1731. What is the series?
EAST INDIA COMPANIES

4. In 1987, a customer at a computer store, was looking for a simple, basic book about the difficult DOS operating system. "Something," he suggested, "like ____." This led to Dan Gookin, coming out with the book in 1991. What did he say?
DOS FOR DUMMIES

5. Lazy Bones was the first one, but people tripped over it. Flashmatic used photocells and thus, sunlight could trigger it off. Space Command was the first successful one, using mechanism similar to the trigger of a gun - that stretched a spring and then released it so that a small hammer would strike the end of the aluminum rod. What is this?
REMOTE CONTROL

6. Fans watch from an area officially known as Aorangi Park, but more commonly called ______. The "hill" takes its name from local favourite _____. The hill may be renamed as Mount Murray, or Murray Field (after the Scottish rugby stadium). Fill in the blank.
HENMAN HILL/ HENMAN

7. This project has encroached upon the environmentally sensitive Mulshi lake and Koriyagarh fort area. In 1997, HC had stayed construction. However, construction is complete now, with a Titanic and a pirate ship, amongst other grandiose-s. What project?
AMBY VALLEY

8. May 25th is celebrated as (among other things) World ______ Day. The entire concept came about when someone had gone to Greece on a holiday, and had a regular problem at the beach because of a missing ________, which inspired this person to create the piece of work that inspired World _______ Day. Fill in the blanks
TOWEL

9. How do we know 'British committee for relations with other countries' set up in 1934 better as?
BRITISH COUNCIL

10. What brand comes in the following flavours – Glutamate Grape, Beta Carroty, Sugar-Free Radical, Sero-Tonic Water?
GOOGLE GULP

11. The most exalted order of the star of India awarded by the Queen was an order of chivalry instituted in 1861 and discontinued in 1947. A version of the emblem still being used by one particular organization. Which?
“The Star of India is a combination of a sun and a star and a band. The centre is a five-pointed star, one point at 12 o'clock, with lines from the centre to each point and from the centre to the indentation between each point, thus giving the star a three-dimensional appearance. Around the star is a circular band… The points of the star overlap the inner edge of the band by about one third of its width, and on the band is written, 'HEAVENS LIGHT OUR GUIDE', starting at the 7 o'clock point of the star and finishing at the 5 o'clock point. Projecting beyond the band are 16 slightly wavy sun's rays, alternating with 16 slightly smaller wavy rays.”
BCCI

12. “Heidi Klum has sent us to hell”. Who on what?
SERBIAN COACH/ BELGRADE NEWSPAPER ON THE WORLD CUP DRAW AFTER BEING DRAWN WITH ARGENTINA, HOLLAND AND IVORY COAST

FINALS:
1) Montag's Blue Horse paper (the paper Ray Bradbury was writing on) and Guy Fawkes (gunpowder plot) were the inspirations behind the name of Guy Montag (Bradbury himself refered to this in his Afterword, I think) in Farenheit-451
2) Elephant
3) Escadrille Lafayette or Lafayette Squadron
4) Theodore Sturgeon wrote More than Human - Theodore Sturgeon was the inspiration for Kilgore Trout, who features in Slaughterhouse 5, amongst other books - Philip Jose Farmer wrote Venus on a Half-Shell, under the assumed name of Kilgore Trout
5) Fay Wray, Jessica Lange, Naomi Watts (all King-Kong's love interests in major Hollywood versions of the tale)
6) David Irwing, in the news for getting jailed for denying holocaust
7) Columbine High School, Littleton, Colorado
8) All titles from Book of Ecclesiastes

CONNECTS:
1) Guy Montag was the backup copy of the Book of Ecclesiastes
2) Elephant was based on Columbine High School massacre
3) Kurt Vonnegut used David Irving's book as source for Slaughterhouse Five (Dresden bombing statistics etc.)
4) King Kong fought against the Lafayette Squadron (known by the 'hat in the ring' insignia) in the last scene of the current movie

Aniruddha Dutta (adquiz.blogspot.com): 6
Bruno Mascarenhas (www.doctorbruno.com): 11
Kislay: 4
Krishna Kumar: 6
Prostetnic Vogon (davenchit.livejournal.com): 8 (including some good final cracks)
Sandeep Kumar: 2
Samanth Subramaniam: 10
Sreekanth Reddy: 15 (and 1 connect)

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