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"Wayward Manor" is a video game all set to release in 2013. Quoting from its website's "About" section, it is "set in a 1920s Victorian Gothic pastoral estate" and "focuses on the plight of a ghost whose hope of a peaceful after-life is interrupted by a remarkable cast of intruders.".

The game is based on a tale by a renowned author, which therefore marks his debut foray into the world of video games.

Who is this author?

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This day last year: Q.669


The actor Sir Kenneth Branagh is well known for his Shakespearean work on stage and in film. In 2013, he returned to Shakespearean theatre after about a decade. In July, during a performance at the Manchester International Festival, he accidentally injured another actor during a on-stage sword fighting scene.

This incident is perfectly in keeping with this play's bloody reputation. So which play is he mounting?

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This day last year: Q.668


Haroon is a British-Pakistani singer who has roped in several Pakistani singers to promote an animated TV series that airs on the Pakistani TV channel "Geo" in August 2013. The series features a superhero, who is a schoolteacher when not in crime-fighting gear.

Part of the superhero's name is from the attire used by the character: this has led to some debate on whether this is a subversive choice or not. What attire, and what's the superhero's name?

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This day last year: Q.666


In June 2013, Edwin Lee, a Hong Kong based film-maker, and some of his friends released a short, low budget film called "Verax" on Youtube. The film is set in Hong Kong's Mira hotel and though not a great piece of art by any standards, brought the team a lot of online attention.

What was the film based on?

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This day last year: Q.664


Thomas Jefferson was the first to hold this post in the United States government. Which former Presidential candidate and former Navy man is the latest to hold this?

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This day last year: Q.663


The Tamil film lyricist T. S. Rangarajan was better known as "Vaali". He passed away in July 2013, leaving behind a well received filmography and literary career. Apart from lyrics, he also wrote the odd script, one of which was turned into a 1989 film that was banned by the government. The case went to court, and became an important milestone in the history of Indian politics and entertainment.

Which film was this?

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This day last year: Q.662


The High Security Printing Conference is a regional forum for organisations that make artifacts such as currency notes, visas, licences, and other such governmental documents. The 2nd Latin American conference was held in July 2013, where it announced the inaugural Latin American Banknote of the Year prize.


This went to Argentina for a new 100 peso banknote for its technical and design qualities. This note, released in 2012, features which famous Argentinian, despite the fact that the person never held any post in the government?

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This day last year: Q.661


In 2013, for the second year in a row, Bill Gates blogged about a "summer reading list" of books that he's read or about to read around July-August. Top of this list was a book published in 2012 called "The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?". In the post, Gates also invited readers to review the book along with him on his blog.

Which well known scientist and author wrote this book?

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This day last year: Q.659


The calendar of the United Nations in July 2013 looked like this:

1st July: ECOSOC 2013 Substantive Session: High-level Segment

2nd July: Regional Preparatory Meetings for Small Islands Conference

11th July: World Population Day

17th July: Conference of States Parties to the Disability Convention

18th July: Nelson Mandela International Day

26th July: Launch of Free & Equal campaign for LGBT rights

What was observed on 12th July?

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This day last year: Q.658


In July 2013, KTVU (a TV station based in Oakland, California) put out a news report based on information received from the National Transportation Safety Board (an American governmental agency), containing the names such as "Sum Ting Wong," "Wi Tu Lo," and "Bang Ding Ow".

This information was shown to be wrong, so KTVU apologised; nevertheless, a firm announced that it would be suing KTVU.

Which airline, and why did they find this news report offensive?

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This day last year: Q.657


Douglas Engelbert, an engineer widely regarded as a pioneer in computing technology, passed away in California, USA, in July 2013. On Dec 8, 1968, he gave what is now known in the community as "the Mother of All Demos", because of the now-commonplace technologies showcased on that day.

That day he also demonstrated his version of a piece of hardware that he is best associated with. Which piece of hardware?

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This day last year: Q.655


In 2013, the aeronautical firm AeroVelo was declared the winner of a competition named after Igor Sikorsky, a well known name in the field of air flight. Their entry, named "Atlas", was in the air for a minute, and achieved the required altitude levels of 3 meters.

What was the competition about?
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This day last year: Q.652


The Tate Britain is an art gallery that contains some of Britain's finest art pieces. In 2000, the gallery decided to controversially re-arrange its entire collection by different conceptual themes rather than by art movements. In 2013, it announced yet another arrangement,

By what rather simple method are the artworks now arranged?

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This day last year: Q.644


In June 2013, the Hubble Space Telescope took a striking photograph of two galaxies, one apparently twisted by the gravitational pull of the other, which resulted in the image looking like a giant bird with its egg. This had led to the first galaxy being dubbed the "____" galaxy. <[> Fill in the blank with the name of a bird.

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This day last year: Q.643


From 2014, this literature prize will be sponsored by the whiskey makers, Baileys Irish Cream. In 2013, the year when A.M.Homes won it, there was no official sponsor, and a group of people put up the money. From 2008 till 2012, a telecom company was the title sponsor.

Which company was this?

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This day last year: Q.642


After his death in April 2013, a funeral service was held for him at Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago. Concluding the service, Father Michael Pfleger said: "the balconies of heaven are filled with angels singing 'thumbs up.'".


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This day last year: Q.641