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Showing posts from November, 2012


The TV serial "Ek Tha Rusty" aired on Doordarshan in the nineties and was based on a set of autobiographical stories by an author, and set in the lead character's childhood. A sequel to this TV series began airing in late 2012, simply called "Ek Tha Rusty - 2", with Rusty having grown into a young adult.

Incidentally, the serial also features the author's grand-daughter from his adopted family. Which author?

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This day last year: Q.425


No stranger to the sword himself (at least in the movies), which noted British actor is seen here receiving a knighthood from the Queen?


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This day last year: Q.423


Today's IZzie

On one side of these currency notes introduced in November 2012 (in denominations from R10 to R200) are the "Big Five": buffalo, lion, elephant, leopard, and rhino. Who, for the very first time, is on the other side?

Image: The Hindu

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This day last year: Q.422


These people have just watched something which the man in the suit, Erik Hamren (the team coach), would later describe as being like something out of a video game.

What did they witness?

Image: Reuters/Al

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This day last year: Q.421


Biopic season in Hollywood has already begin with the likes of "Lincoln", as actors start to jockey for Academy Award recognition. These are images from two biopics, one coming out in 2012, and the other scheduled for 2014, whose "first look" promotional pictures were released in 2012.

The subject of the 2012 movie directed the subject of the 2014 movie in three well-regarded movies. Who are these two people?


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This day last year: Q.420


Israel began "Operation Pillar of Defense" on November 14, an offensive against their opponents in the Gaza Strip in Palestine. How is this particular conflict notable from the point of view of social media?

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This day last year: Q.419


The pilot on the left was the first person to achieve something - he did this on October 14, 1947. Sixty five years later, on the same date in 2012, the person on the right emulated him - but in a different way.

What achievement links these two men?

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This day last year: Q.417


This upcoming Disney movie directed by Sam Raimi is a prequel to a famous 1939 film, and will release in 2013. It features James Franco in the role of "Oscar Diggs", a magician with a circus, who has to deal with three witches.

Which film is this a prequel to?

Image: Wikipedia

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This day last year: Q.416


Today's IZzie

China is in the midst of a political transition at the highest level, with President Hu Jintao making way (slowly) for Xi Jinping. In November, during the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China, this process began with Xi Jinping taking over which of these roles from Hu Jintao?

Your options:

  • President of China
  • General Secretary of the Communist Party
  • Prime Minister of China

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This day last year: Q.415


That time of the year when publications start announcing their Words of the Year. One of the first out of the blocks is Oxford Dictionary, whose American edition, declared this acronym to be their 2012 Word of the Year.

Incidentally, the acronym is celebrating 25 years in 2012 (and was the subject of IZ 641), so it's not new to us. What was new is the grammatical form and meaning that gave it the title. This is now being used as a verb in the US and in parts of the World Wide Web, where it means: "to create an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event".

What acronym?

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This day last year: Q.414


The Samuel Johnson Prize is awarded annually by the BBC to an author for the best non-fiction work of the year. 2012's winner was the Canadian Wade Davis, for his book "Into the Silence: The Great War, ____ and the Conquest of Everest".

Which explorer (whose name has been blanked from the title above) is the primary focus of this book?

Image: The Guardian

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This day last year: Q.413


South Africa are touring Australia for their 2012 summer Test series. The first Test was held in mid-November, at Brisbane. At the end of the first day's play, during warmdown, the South African J.P.Duminy injured his Achilles heel, thus putting him out of the Test and the series.

As he could not bat in the South African first innings the next day, which relatively unusual phrase is marked against his name (where the dismissal would be recorded) on the scorecard for the match?

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This day last year: Q.412


With such flavours as "Flirty", "Cheeky", "Sporty", "Smitten Sour", "Spooky Sour", and "Chic", this is a "premium" candy brand launched in 2012, and the brainwave of a person from a profession which often has much to do with fashion and business.

Who? Image:

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This day last year: Q.411


This is one of the many scenes of celebration after President Obama's re-election in the November 2012 American presidential elections. In which country is this happening, and why was this lady the particular focus of attention from media people?

Image: Reuters/

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This day last year: Q.410


Time for an IZzie (what is an IZzie?)

Identify this film based on a book.

Image: Wikipedia

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This day last year: Q.408


He died on 11th November 2004, and the exact cause of his death has always been a source of controversy: was he murdered by poison? In November 2012, two teams (one from Switzerland, the other from France) will take samples of his remains to try and ascertain if such a cause can be established.

Which Nobel Laureate is this all about?

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This day last year: Q.407


Though the world's eyes were on who would become the United States' President for the next four years in the early November elections, Americans also voted for a number of different regional issues. Some voted for new Governors, Senators, Congressmen, and Mayors.

One US administered territory voted on its political future: its residents (who incidentally cannot vote in the US Presidential elections) chose to tell their political masters that they would like to become America's 51st state.

Which territory, located in the Carribean, is this?

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This day last year: Q.405


Excerpts (translated) from whose diary:

Today, I also read the diary written for the BBC (in Urdu) and published in the newspaper. My mother liked my pen name 'Gul Makai' and said to my father 'why not change her name to Gul Makai?' I also like the name because my real name means 'grief stricken'.

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This day last year: Q.404


A sporting vIZual:

Image: AP/The Hindu

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This day last year: Q.403


vIZual: What is this a route map of?

Image: Cyclonebiskit/Wikimedia Commons

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This day last year: Q.402


IZzie vIZual (what is an IZzie?)

Whose autobiography? (released in 2012)


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This day last year: Q.401


In October 2012, Paolo Gabriele was convicted of leaking confidential documents from the Vatican City to a journalist, in a scandal that was dubbed "Vatileaks". He said he had done this to bring to the Pope's attention corruption inside the Vatican City State's officialdom.

A member of the Pope's domestic staff when this happened, what was his role that thus brings to mind a cliché associated with detective fiction?

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This day last year: Q.400


The remains of what scientists term "Homo floresiensis" were found on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003 and are conjectured to be a possible (and extinct) species of humans. Given that the average height of these remains seems to be about 3 feet, the members of this possible species were given a nickname that most people have been using since, as a layman's term.

In October 2012, a scientist in New Zealand was asked by lawyers of an author's estate to not use the term in a talk on the topic.

Which term?

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This day last year: Q.399


He hasn't been seen for the last couple of times, but he's back again. In 2012, this quartermaster is played by Ben Whishaw. He was first essayed by Peter Burton; his successor Desmond Llewelyn has played the role the most number of times. John Cleese took on the mantle a couple of times, before the hiatus began, which has ended with Whishaw.

Which role?

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This day last year: Q.398


Roshan Telecom were the title sponsors for this league. Toofan Harirood won it, beating Simorgh Alborz in the final, and finishing ahead in the eight team league. Interestingly, the players were identified through a television show.

Which country's inaugural football "premier league" was this (which concluded in middle of October 2012)?

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This day last year: Q.397