Oct 31, 2013


Guest Question by Milind Sharma | contribute questions

This is the poster of a documentary called "Beyond All Boundaries" by Sushrut Jain which was screened at the Mumbai Film Festival on October 20, 2013. The documentary is about three people: Sudhir, Akshaya and Prithvi and their love for cricket. It has been narrated and co-produced by a well known TV personality, who was approached by the director because he was looking for "a good Indian voice". Who?

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This day last year: Q.762

Oct 30, 2013


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In September 2013, this footballer has released the first in a nine-volume series of books based on his life. The first book is called "Birth of a Champion" and is available in English and French.

Unusually, the series is in the form of a graphic novel, and is illustrated by Joelle Esso, a Cameroonian artist.

Who is this sportsman?

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This day last year: Q.761

Oct 29, 2013


Saying that they didn't want to endanger development due to lack of big cats, they chose Mavericks, which is a popular destination for surfers in California. This part of a larger shift towards California. The announcement was made in June 2013.

Which company made this announcement?

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This day last year: Q.760

Oct 28, 2013


David Jason is a well-known British actor, whose autobiography "My Life" was published in October 2013. Being particularly noted for his comic roles, he would have appreciated the comedy of errors in which pages from this book found their way into copies of another book which also released on the same day.

The other was the third in a series, and is also known for its lead character's bumbling ways. Which is the other book?

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This day last year: Q.759

Oct 27, 2013


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Emma Green Tregaro is a Swedish high jumper who finished fifth in the IAAF Athletics World Championships held in Moscow in August 2013. She made more headlines for these nails (seen during the heats) than for her jumping. In the finals, she showed up with red fingernails ("for love").

So why the colourful fingernails and why the fuss?

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This day last year: Q.758

Oct 26, 2013


In English, the country's two parts are simply called "North Island" and "South Island". In October 2013, the Government of the land announced that these phrases would given 'official' status. Additionally, names in the local language were also given official sanction: these islands are called "Te Ika-a-Maui" and "Te Waipounamu" respectively.

Which country is this?

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This day last year: Q.757

Oct 25, 2013


This best-selling author was renowned for his thrillers, usually with espionage or military plotlines. He also wrote a lot of non-fiction, notably, a series of "Guided Tour" books that took readers into a submarine, an aircraft carrier, and a marine expeditionary unit, among others.

He passed away in 2013, somewhat aptly, in October. Who?

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This day last year: Q.756

Oct 24, 2013


"Gravity" is a 2013 science fiction thriller directed bt Alfonso Cuaron and starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. The film has been much talked about for its depiction of an accident during a space mission.

The film has a running time of 90 minutes - this coincides with the amount of time it takes for what object referenced in the film to orbit once around the earth?

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This day last year: Q.755

Oct 23, 2013


The 2013 Tour de France was a tough one for British cyclist Mark Cavendish. He was involved in a collision with the Dutch cyclist Tom Veelers on a stage finish which left the Dutchman on the ground. Though Cavendish was cleared of any wrong doing, many of the opinionated race spectators thought otherwise.

The next day, an angry fan threw something at Cavendish during the next time trial, which to his credit, Cavendish didn't make too much of a fuss about.

What unsavoury item was thrown?

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This day last year: Q.754

Oct 22, 2013


In Western astrology, this phrase represents the Sun and the Moon, the brightest objects in the sky. Given the astrological themes of this 2013 book, the word makes an apt title. Among others, the book has twelve people representing the zodiac (including a Maori gem hunter) and seven others representing planets.

Which book?

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This day last year: Q.753

Oct 21, 2013


The economist Robert Shiller, a professor at Yale University, received the Nobel Prize for Economics for 2013, along with Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen. A behavioral economist, he has been studying bubbles in markets.

In 2000, he published a book on a possible bubble in stock markets which was how things turned out that year. The book took its title from a phrase made famous by the then Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan.

What is this phrase?

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This day last year: Q.752

Oct 20, 2013


Guest Question by Rajib Phukan | contribute questions

His debut novel is titled How Not To Make Money (which may be an ironical book title!). It was released in October 2013, and is a thriller about three friends - Joy, Mike and Aziz who decide they are going to get rich quick or die trying.

The book was co-launched by his celebrity wife. Who?

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This day last year: Q.751

Oct 19, 2013


He was supposed to be on vacation in the West Highlands of Scotland (mainly to escape the annual fuss), but that hadn't happened. Instead he was out to lunch while they frantically tried to reach him (giving up in the end). He got the news when he got home, first from an elderly neighbour, who had in turn heard from her daughter in London.

It had finally arrived.

Who, and which long-awaited announcement was made on October 8, 2013?

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This day last year: Q.750

Oct 18, 2013


Guest Question by Sumit | contribute questions

(Earlier, the guest question was incorrectly attributed to Mr. Rajib Phukan instead of Sumit. Our apologies to both.)

The typical life of these is about 7.5 years before wear and tear demands replacement. The first ones were issued in 1862 and since then many "series" of these have been issued. More than two-thirds of these circulate outside of the United States. The latest one (released in October 2013) costs 12.6 cents to produce.

What are we talking about?

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This day last year: Q.749

Oct 17, 2013


In 1991, British writer Claire Tomalin wrote a biography called "The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and ____ ____", detailing a decade-long secret dalliance between a famous author and Ternan. Not much was known about this affair before.

The book has now been turned into a film ("The Invisible Woman") in 2013, starring Felicity Jones in the title role and Ralph Fiennes as the author.

Which author?

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This day last year: Q.748

Oct 16, 2013


Guest Question by Arvind M. | contribute questions

Papiss Cisse is an English Premier League footballer who plays for Newcastle United. At the beginning of the 2013-14 season, he was frozen out of training because he refused to do something, saying it was against Islamic principles (he is Muslim). After having 'discussions with teachers', he finally relented.

So what did Cisse refuse to do?

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This day last year: Q.747

Oct 15, 2013


Following an announcement made in September 2013, former English Test captain Mike Gatting joins a list that includes other fellow captains such as Mike Brearley, Peter May, and of course Colin Cowdrey, and others such as the journalist Christopher Martin-Jenkins, lyricist Tim Rice. This list, for many years, was typically filled with men with peerages.

So what post will Gatting assume in Oct 2013, replacing Mike Griffith?

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This day last year: Q.746

Oct 14, 2013


Guest Question by Samridh Kapur | contribute questions

As of October 1st 2013, there have been 95 men and 22 women in this list. Among the men, the first was the Indian Zeeshan Ali in 1990, while the 95th, an Italian named Daniele Bracciali, entered the list in the last week of September 2013. The most famous in this list is an Indian at 36th. As for the women, the first was an Indonesian named Yayuk Basuki in 1994, while the most well known was a Czech-American at 9th.

The person with whom this list is associated, became the oldest to achieve something in 2013.

What is this a list of?

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This day last year: Q.745

Oct 13, 2013


What word meaning "a temporary vacation" links the following two cases:
* Sanjay Dutt, the imprisoned Indian actor, for fourteen days in October 2013
* Many employees of the United States Federal Government in October 2013
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This day last year: Q.744

Oct 12, 2013


Guest Question by Saswat Panigrahi | contribute questions

Some of his many achievements include:
- discovered 'eddy currents'
- devised a testing method to to tell the shape of a mirror
- made an early measurement of the speed of light
- named the 'gyroscope'

His most famous invention was an eponymous device, the first simple proof of an astronomical west-to-east phenomenon, which Google paid tribute to in September 2013, to mark his 194th birthday.

Name him and the device.

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This day last year: Q.743

Oct 11, 2013


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At the Geneva Motor Show held in March 2013, Alfa Romeo unveiled a concept car called "Gloria". Unusually, this automobile was not designed in-house. So who has designed this car?

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This day last year: Q.742

Oct 10, 2013


Guest Question by Vaibhav Bajpai | contribute questions

"Page Zero" and "Pole Position" are some of the new features in a rejuvenated design of an existing product that was re-launched in September 2013. The product's new look and design was in the works since August 2012 and the launch was in line with the company's adoption of a new logo after 25 years.

Which product has rejuvenated its look?

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This day last year: Q.741

Oct 9, 2013


The new: A Bengali harvest festival in November to mark a new rice crop. Offerings of "nabanna" or "new rice/food" are made to the Goddess Laxmi.

The old: Simply a place to do a lot of writing. Sometimes to not do a lot of writing, given the people there.

Which move in October 2013 is this a cryptic reference to?

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This day last year: Q.740

Oct 8, 2013


Guest Question by Abhishek R | contribute questions

In mid-2013, an Indian company announced that it would launch a smartphone named "Next Generation Android Mobile Odyssey". It will apparently be available in two variants, "Smart Saffron 1" and "Smart Saffron 2", and will come bundled with videos and apps dedicated to someone.

So whom is this phone dedicated to?

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This day last year: Q.739

Oct 7, 2013


"One Summer - America - 1927" is the latest book by this best-selling author, and was published in 2013. The book narrates the history of events in America in 1927, claiming it was one of the most significant years in the country's history.

Who is the author of the book?

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This day last year: Q.738

Oct 6, 2013


Guest Question by Sudarshan Purohit | contribute questions

Sophie Hannah has written eight crime fiction thrillers since 2006. Most have been well received. She's also known as a poet, publishing several collections. But thanks to an announcement in 2013, she'll soon be better known for another reason - particularly to old-school mystery fans. What reason is this?

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This day last year: Q.737

Oct 5, 2013


Ranadheeran was a Pandya King circa 670 AD, who apparently got his name after his victory over another ruler named "Rana". He was also known by another title, which is said to be a name of the god Shiva referring to one with long hair.

This title is being used for one of the biggest releases in Tamil cinema in 2013. What is the title?

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This day last year: Q.736

Oct 4, 2013


Guest Question by Anshul Q Inc. | contribute questions

Akira, a cyberpunk manga, was published almost 30 years ago, in the 1980s. The story is set in 2019. The site where Akira lives is of significance and there is an underground military base at the location. The site bears a board which reads "147 days to______".

Why is this movie in the news, thanks to a decision made in September 2013?

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This day last year: Q.735

Oct 3, 2013


Being part of the fifth major edition of a major entertainment enterprise, the Californian city of Los Santos (home to landmarks such as the Rockford Hills, Santa Maria Beach and the Vinewood sign) is surely beset by major crime, literally of the wheeling-and-dealing kind.

Which entertainment franchise?

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This day last year: Q.734

Oct 2, 2013


Guest Question by Vaibhav Bajpai | contribute questions

An inaugural International Conference will be hosted in Jamaica's capital, Kingston, during September 2013. The conference proposes to discuss prospects for commercializing and regularizing a product known for its therapeutic properties. Jamaica is a leading supplier of this product to that USA that includes chocolate skunk, purple kush and pineapple skunk among the popular varieties. In an attempt to boost Jamaica's struggling economy, farmers in the island now offer field tours to the product's connoisseurs from around the world.

How are these tours named to attract connoisseurs from around the world?

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This day last year: Q.733

Oct 1, 2013

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AMC is an American television channel that broadcast two of the country's highest ever rated TV shows: "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men". In September 2013, the channel announced that it would be using a similar strategy for the last season of "Mad Men" that it used for "Breaking Bad" (which ended in September 2013).

Which unusual, and smart strategy, is this?

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This day last year: Q.732


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