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Q.1002

This great director's last directorial release came in 2010 with "Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess" (the English title under which the Japanese film was released). This year saw the release of the English version of his son Goro's film "From Up on Poppy Hill", which he wrote. But what will make his fans really happy is the release of his latest directorial venture "The Wind Is Rising".

Name this director, who created the 2011 winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Film.

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This day last year: Q.637

Q.1000

(Did you notice this is our 1000th day of IZ? Thank you for helping us get this far. Some more celebration later in the month! The first IZ question was about Roger Federer, so here is one more.)

The world of tennis fashion was abuzz during the 2013 Gerry Weber Open at Halle (one of the traditional pre-Wimbledon tournaments) when Roger Federer stepped out on court without something during his doubles match partnering Tommy Haas. Apparently, it's been more than a decade since this has happened.

It didn't help much, as they lost. He said afterwards: "It was fun. A bit naked, but felt good for a change."

He did win the singles, with it. What is "it"?

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This day last year: Q.635

Q.999

At the "Cork Open" tournament in Ireland in April 2013, Gabriel Mirza was prevented from taking further part in the contest after he manhandled his 16 year old opponent, pulling him out of a toilet. The opponent was also disqualified for cheating.

Which sport, and what was the cheating incident?

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This day last year: Q.634

Q.998

Russia's space agency announced in early 2013 that Russian astronauts will take an unusual piece of cargo to the International Space Station later in the year (planned for October). This will be done as part of a longer route involving that item. Some of the astronauts will take that item with them during a special space walk.

The item will return a month later and the rest of the route will resume. What item, and why?

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This day last year: Q.633

Q.997

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalalithaa announced to the State Assembly, plans for a gigantic statue in the historic city of Madurai. It is being inevitably seen as a counter to the previous regime's statue of the poet Thiruvalluvar at Kanyakumari, with hints being dropped to it outsizing that stature.

Which "mother", representing an abstract but fond Tamil concept, is this statue of?

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This day last year: Q.632

Q.996

As is customary, Li Keqiang (the Chinese Premier) made and kept an appointment with a Mumbai family at the Taj Mahal hotel during his visit to India in May 2013. The family members consisted of someone's sister, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Whose family?

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This day last year: Q.631

Q.994

The 2013 Confederations Cup brings together in competition the top team from each of the seven FIFA confederations and the last World Cup winner. Six of the participating teams are Spain (World & Euro Cup winners), Brazil (hosts), Japan (Asia), Mexico (North & Central America), Uruguay (South America) and Nigeria (Africa).

Which team (not usually associated with football) is representing Oceania? Which team is also representing Europe since European champions Spain also won the World Cuo?

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This day last year: Q.629

Q.993

This vehicle company was founded in 1903, and so is celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2013. A series of events have been organised and a slogan of "110 years of freedom" is being used. One of the two major events was held in Rome and even the Vatican (somewhat incongruously), where the Pope blessed the vehicles and its users.

The other one will be in the city where the company HQ is located i.e. Milwaukee, during the Labour Day weekend in September.


Which company?

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This day last year: Q.628

Q.991

His initials contribute fifty percent to the name of the famous company he founded in 1943, while another twenty five percent comes from the farm where he was born. He resigned from the company's board in June 2013 after a very and successful innings.

Which businessman, also author of "A Testament of a Furniture Dealer", is this?

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This day last year: Q.626

Q.989

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" won the award for Best Play at the 2013 Tony Awards (the annual prizes for the best work in theatre in America). The play written by Chris Durang does have characters called Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike. The first three characters get their names from which master from literature?

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This day last year: Q.624

Q.988

Though he never really went away, his latest (and better marketed) playback singing stint has been dubbed a "comeback".


His last few film album appearances in the likes of "Madholal: Keep Walking" and in an ensemble voice cast in Toonpur Ka Superhero did not in any way approach the success of his 1997 album, or even the minor playtime of his song in "Company".


Who is this singer, who is featuring in the song "Jholu Ram" in "Ghanchakkar", along with Amit Trivedi?

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This day last year: Q.623

Q.987

From the "about" page of a popular application:

The idea for ___ originated years ago, when Ehud Shabtai, a software engineer [...] from Tel Aviv University, was given a PDA with an external GPS device pre-installed with navigation software. Ehud's initial excitement quickly gave way to disappointment when he saw that the product didn't reflect the dynamic changes that characterize real conditions on the road, or have real-time info, like where speed traps were located.

Shabtai started the open source project "Freemap", then co-founded a company called "Linqmap", before the name was changed to the blank in the passage above.


What name, and why the recent fame?

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This day last year: Q.622

Q.984

This week's IZzie

 
What is this list about, and who is the latest addition (some may say casualty):

  • 2005: Mariano Puerta (Argentina)
  • 2006: Roger Federer (Switzerland)
  • 2007: Roger Federer (Switzerland)
  • 2008: Roger Federer (Switzerland)
  • 2010: Robin Soderling (Sweden)
  • 2011: Roger Federer (Switzerland)
  • 2012: Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
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Q.983

"Ek Thi Daayan" was a 2013 Hindi film starring Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Huma Qureshi, and contained a plot about magicians and witches. As the film neared release, a lady named Ipsita Roy Chakraverti wrote to the National Commission for Women, complaining that the film's content was offensive to witches, and asked them to take action against it.


Which religion does Chakraverti profess, that explains why she took such a position?

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This day last year: Q.618

Q.980

Le Petit Robert is a popular French dictionary that is more open to admitting popular words than the keepers of the official French language. The latest edition made news for its inclusion of the (admittedly tongue-in-cheek) word 'galocher'.

The word is a derivation of the word 'galoche' ("ice-skating boot"); the meaning has nothing (at least literally) to do with sport, but is associated with something "French". So what does this word stand for?

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This day last year: Q.615

Q.979

In 2013, Russell Crowe will be seen playing this character on screen. Marlon Brando memorably played this in 1978, and curiously, also in 2006 (even though he was dead for a couple of years by then). You could also stretch things a little to include Dharmendra (in 1987) in this select group?

What is the connection? Is it an avian of some sort? No.

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This day last year: Q.614

Q.978

This country passed a new tourism law in April 2013, that will come into effect in October. During its discussion, a top official also urged its citizens to behave properly while touring overseas, noting several complaints in recent times.

This problem hit global headlines when a boy was found to have defaced a temple wall in Luxor, Egypt.

Which country, that seems to share a Indian mentality to marking its presence at monuments?

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This day last year: Q.613

Q.976

Lydia Davis is the 2013 winner of the Man Booker International Prize, a biennial literary award that is not bound by any geographical considerations, unlike the more famous Man Booker Prize. A translator, essayist, and novel writer, she is best known for a literary format that is perhaps tailor-made for Twitter.

What format?

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This day last year: Q.611

Q.975

News Corporation, the Rupert Murdoch-led media house, has been split into two companies (the board approved this split in May 2013). The one that will focus on its newspaper and publishing businesses will continue to be called "News Corporation".

The other one will look after entertainment, movies, and media assets of the company, such as Fox and Star TV. Its name is an appropriate update of one of its best known brands, symbolically ushering itself into modern times.

What name?

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This day last year: Q.610