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Monday, March 13, 2006

Questions Week 1

I am posting 20 questions from our first KQA Open Quiz held last Sunday in Bangalore.

Please mail me your answers on. Answers and winners will be revealed soon.

Prelim questions (1 point for every answer)
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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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.

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?

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

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

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

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.”

12. “Heidi Klum has sent us to hell”. Who on what?

Final questions (1 point for every answer, 3 points for identifying a pair)
This is from a round called couples. The 8 questions are connected in 2 pairs. Answer the questions and tell me which two questions/ answers are connected to each other.

Looking forward to your questions. Also, we are planning to start the Bombay Quiz Club to encourage proper quizzing in Mumbai (instead of regurgitating old chestnuts or getting subject to certain short Bengali quizmasters in cowboy boots). First meeting will happen by end of this month. Let us know if you are interested. The size of the gathering will determine the venue.


Blogger maverick said...


Monday, March 13, 2006 9:44:00 AM

Blogger Gaurav said...

Good ones. Am in a bit of a hurry. Will attempt later at night and mail you the answers.

Regarding Bombay Quiz Club...YES!!!! A few of us bloggers who are also quizzers will be going for an Open Quiz in Pune on March 26th....that's me, Amit Varma and Ramanand. Aadisht is also going to join us. Come along, na.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 5:29:00 AM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

Yes, sounds good.
How many people per team?

All of you in Mumbai that weekend? We are three of us who went down to Bangalore this time. All of us can quickly draft plans for the Quiz Club in Bombay. Am tired of hearing other people saying that Bombay doesn't have a quiz circuit.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 6:26:00 AM

Blogger Mr. D said...

Bombay doesn't have quiz circuit.

PS: Details for the Open Quiz in Pune on the 26th?

Friday, March 17, 2006 12:17:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly it does not. But me and a few other ppl at IITB would definitely be interested in one.


Friday, March 17, 2006 1:16:00 AM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

Thanks Rahul,
IITB will be a welcome participant in this club.

Monday, March 20, 2006 10:13:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ex-IITK quizzer. Would love to be a part. Is there some sort of community existing? If so, please add me: vkohli@gmail.com.

And yes, details for the pune open quiz?

I am also looking to form a team, so if there are any people around without partners, please do contact.


Wednesday, March 22, 2006 1:59:00 AM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

Check out the Interrobang for details of Pune Open Quiz.


Wednesday, March 22, 2006 2:28:00 AM


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