Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from October, 2010

Q.31

A shower scene, a bathtub discussion, and a lady. The lady is the daughter of the two in the photos above. Who are all these people?
[+ Show Answer]

Q.30

Mario Vargas Llosa is the latest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Vargas Llosa's doctoral thesis, submitted to the Complutense University in Madrid, was a study of a previous Nobel Literature Prize winner. Subtitled "historia de un deicidio" or "history of a deicide", who was this writer?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.29

Which competition, in existence since 1927, has matches in formats such as "foursome" and "fourballs" involving pairs of players?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.28

Awarded jointly to the executives and directors of Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, AIG and Magnetar for "creating and promoting new ways to invest money – ways that maximise financial gain and minimise financial risk for the world economy, or for a portion thereof."
This is the citation from a recently announced award (in the Economics category). What award?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.27 (bonus)

Ireland recently announced a squad for their cricket tour of India. This includes two players who have played international cricket for other national teams. Incidentally, both have brothers who have also represented their nations at cricket. Who are these players?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.27

This place in UP is famed for its hand-made carpets and recently received geographical indicator status for the same. It even houses the Indian Institute of Carpet Technology. Which place?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.25

Anthony Minghella, the Oscar-winning director of films like The English Patient, died in 2008. One of his last works was to co-write and direct the pilot of a television adaptation of a best-selling series written by a Scotsman. This recently began airing in India, on HBO. Which series?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.24

According to the Princeton Wordnet dictionary, this term could mean:
  • a notebook containing descriptions and diagrams of the strategies that a team has practiced (especially an American football team)
  • a book containing the scripts of one or more dramas
  • a scheme or set of strategies for conducting a business campaign or a political campaign
What term?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.23

According to reports, the eldest was not chosen because he used a fake passport to try and sneak into Japan in order to visit Tokyo Disneyland. He was caught and deported out of Japan. Rumour also has it that the middle one was not chosen because he was "girlish". Who was chosen?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.22

Turmeric Vision is an Indian television production company that plans to launch a tv channel later this year. Its theme is unique among Indian channels. Who owns this or what is the theme?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.21

The last time music house Sa Re Ga Ma India Ltd. used this format was for the movie "Dil To Pagal Hai" in 1997. After 13 years, they have done this for the recently released music of "Jhootha Hi Sahi". What format?

[+ Show Answer]

Q. 20 (bonus)

In 2008, a clock-based version was used in the US (though it has now been replaced by the "shuffle" format). Subsequently, the clock was adopted in Japan (2009) and the UK (from August 2010), where it still continues. Another country has recently adopted it. What is this about?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.20

Apart from the conventional hardback, this book was also launched as an e-book (containing extras such as author videos), and uniquely, as an iPhone & iPad app (also it's cheapest form). Whose memoirs?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.19

What is common to the following sports: Dancesport, Dragon Boat, Roller Sports (artistic and speed), Twenty20 cricket, and two Chinese board games, Weiqi and Xiangqi?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.18

Luka and the Fire of Life is a new book, a sequel to a book that came out in 1990. In this book, Luka has to travel to the Magic World to steal the Fire of Life to save his father. Who is Luka's elder brother?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.17

Piers Morgan is best known in America for being a judge on "America's Got Talent". He also hosts a British interview programme called "Life Stories". He was the first winner of "Celebrity Apprentice". From January 2011, he will begin a new American interview show. What's significant about this?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.16


Connect this poster of a film to be released later this year, this man, and something that premiered in Moscow on 5th March, 1877 at the Bolshoy Theatre, as part of a benefit performance for Pelageya Karpakova, a ballerina.
[+ Show Answer]

Q.15

In 2003, adventurer Aron Ralston had a harrowing accident in a canyon in Utah. He spent about five days extricating himself from it, which also led to the self-amputation of his injured arm. This forms the basis for which upcoming film by an Oscar winning director, also featuring music by an Oscar winning composer?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.14

0 will be for special trains, 3 for Kolkata locals, 4 for Secunderabad, 9 for Mumbai suburban locals, and 1 is for all mail and express trains. What is all this about?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.13

Designed by Atul Pande, whose logo consists of the Sun and a fingerprint? This also has a theme song, whose lyrics begin as: "Bhor hui jeevan mein. Shuru nai udaan. Mili hume pehchaan. Khule naye ab dwaar."

[+ Show Answer]

Q.12

A video shot for Bob Dylan's song "Subterranean Homesick Blues" featured the singer using cue cards to spell out keywords from the lyrics as the song played. How did this song come back into the news recently?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.11

"Zero History" is the latest in the "Bigend" series (the earlier books are "Pattern Recognition" and "Spook Country") by which cult science fiction author, whose stories are now usually set in contemporary times.

[+ Show Answer]

Q.10

This is the tag line & teaser for which upcoming film? [+ Show Answer]

Q.9


Connect these two locations.
[+ Show Answer]

Q.8

According to his memoirs, when Tony Blair was having a lot of trouble with Gordon Brown, his then Chancellor of the Exchequer, he consulted someone thus: "What would you do if your best player won't do what you want him to and just does his own thing?"

Whom did he consult?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.7 (bonus)

Bonus extra question for the day

A few months before the recent Commonwealth Games, the Commonwealth Games Council for England polled a sample of the English public, giving them three choices. As a result of the vote, they chose something in place of what they used earlier. This now matches the choice of the English men's Test cricket team and the English women's Lacrosse team.

What change?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.7

Who is leading this "revolution"?
[+ Show Answer]

Q.6

Once, it was just a term in sonar, for a pulse of sound. Later became well-known in computer networks as a command to check for reachability of a host machine. This became responsible for an informal social term to contact a person. What term, which is the latest addition to the world of social networks?

[+ Show Answer]

Infinite Zounds in a minute

Started in Oct 2010. A question a day. Wide variety of topics. Only one constraint: pertains to current affairs. Authored by J. Ramanand who once won 'Mastermind India'. Over a thousand questions. Unique design: the answer is always available along with the question (so no waiting). Intended also for occasional quizzer and the non-quizzer.

Q.5

In the Royal Air Force, this term refers to a formation of 'wings' (wings in turn are comprised of squadrons). Such a formation can be likened to a regiment in the Army. So who is typically in charge of such a formation?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.4

This is a newly introduced category at the recently announced 57th National Film Awards.This category already exists in the Filmfare Awards (first awarded in 1998, and won by Viju Shah). Which category and who is the first ever winner?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.3

The new district created around Amethi has been renamed after Chattrapati Shahuji. Similarly, the Kanpur Dehat district has been renamed, this time after the wife of a social reformer. What is the new name?

[+ Show Answer]

Q.2

Excerpts from whose career:
  • Wrote the open source port scanning program 'Strobe'
  • Co-invented the 'rubberhose deniable encryption' concept used in cryptography
  • wrote "Surfraw", a command line interface to search engines
  • Contributor to the book: Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier

[+ Show Answer]

Q.1

After this happened, one of the on-air commentators said (paraphrased):
"it is remarkable how hard that was hit. I suppose if you have twins, you don't have to worry about these things anymore".
What was he talking about?

[+ Show Answer]