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The actor M.G.Ramachandran's insistence on this government servant writing dialogues for his film "Deiva Thaai" in 1964 led to his first foray into films. This man died in Dec 2014, after an acclaimed career on stage and film, but will also be remembered for the number of people he introduced to those worlds.


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This day last year: Q.1184


India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, was bestowed upon the educationist Madan Mohan Malviya and the former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on 24 December 2014. Why was this particular day of the year chosen for the award?

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This day last year: Q.1183


"Transparent" is an American series that began in 2014. It features the actor Jeffrey Tambor playing the role of "Maura Pfefferman" and is about the effect of a certain revelation he makes to them.

What's the central idea of the show, which is reflected in a pun in the title?

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This day last year: Q.1181


Time Magazine chose this travel adventure game as its Game of the Year for 2014. The game lets a player take on the role of an aide to an explorer who is on a quest to accomplish something in less than 3 months. Which work of fiction is this based on?

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This day last year: Q.1180


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In this 2014 film, the title "Selma" refers not to a person but to a town in Alabama, USA, the starting point of a famous march in US history.

Whose back do you see in this poster?

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This day last year: Q.1178


"Birdman" is a 2014 film about an actor trying to shrug off the burden of being known only for his role as a superhero named 'Birdman'. Though shot like most other films, the film has been edited to give a certain effect, which inevitably brought comparisons with the famous Alfred Hitchcock film "Rope".

What effect?

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This day last year: Q.1175


The satirical news site "The Onion" makes a selection for its "Person of the Year". For the first time, two people were chosen: one of them was the teen activist Malala Yousufzai (well, of course). The other was a 'sportsman' who won the most important prize in his 'sport' in 2014, using as the Onion remarks: "[moves] such as the "Attitude Adjustment" and the "STFU"".

Who is this worthy winner?

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This day last year: Q.1174


This 2014 book about events in Indian history from about 1970 till 1980 led to bookstores boycotting its publisher, Rupa, because it was exclusively offered only on for the first 3 weeks. Who wrote this book?

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This day last year: Q.1172


Guest question by Aman Wadhwa | contribute questions

'Southside with You' is an upcoming non-fictional American film that will go on floors in July 2015. The movie will explore the romance between a famous couple including their first date in 1989 across Chicago's South Side, from which the movie takes its title. Which powerful couple is being talked about who 'broke the internet' in 2012?

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This day last year: Q.1171


In 2013, Chinese businessman bought the Nobel medal of C in an auction. In a 2014 auction, W's Nobel medal was bought by Russia's richest man Alisher Usmanov, who returned it back to W.

While C had been dead for a few years at the time of the 2013 auction, W was the first living recipient to auction a Nobel medal. Who are these famous winners?

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This day last year: Q.1170


The Elgin Marbles, a set of Greek sculptures, were controversially taken by Lord Elgin in 1811 from Greece to Britain. Now on display at the British Museum, in recent times Greece has been campaigning to get them back.

As part of this, Greece approached an organisation to mediate between Britain and itself. Which organisation?

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This day last year: Q.1168


The first season of the International Tennis Premier League opened in Dec 2014, showcasing a new tennis format designed to speed up the game. One of its innovations allows teams to potentially double the value of a point once during each set.

What 2-word phrase is this innovation called, getting its name from a tagline by sponsor Coca-Cola? (The Guardian newspaper jokingly commented on the name saying "as any middle manager could you tell you, sounds like a contradiction in terms".)

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This day last year: Q.1167


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This dress was on display in an exhibition in Oslo in Dec 2014. What is its claim to infamy?

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This day last year: Q.1166


Entered this month's Q.IZ?

Werner Herzog is an acclaimed German film-maker, known for his both his fiction and documentary features. One of these films is the 2007 documentary "Encounters at the End of the World", where he studies situations and people in Antarctica.

In which 2014 film does he have a cameo, where he parodies his own distinct voiceover style of making observations on a scene?

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This day last year: Q.1165


Entered this month's Q.IZ?

In the 2014-15 season, the Barcelona player Lionel Messi broke long-standing records in the domestic and European leagues. He became the all-time goal scorer of in the La Liga (playing Sevilla) and the all-time goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League (vs APOEL Nicosia).

What was common to his efforts in the matches in which he broke these records, which seems to have become increasingly common to his performance in the season?

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This day last year: Q.1164

Play the Sachin Tendulkar quiz on the Web

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The 2014 song "Fancy" by Izzy Azalea was accompanied by a music video featured the singer and XCX as young socialites. This was intended to be a reference to which cult 1995 Hollywood film?

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This day last year: Q.1160

Q.IZ Nov '14 ('Nobel Peace Prize' edition) - Results

14 entries to Q.IZ #3 contest, on the theme of "Nobel Peace Prize".

We have one winner for this quiz - this month's prize-winning entry:

By M.Lionel

This is the emblem of the 1952 Winter Olympics. The silhouetted edifice was voted as the city's "Structure of the Year" in 2005. Which building, and what is its significance to the Nobel Peace Prize?

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The winner will receive a Flipkart voucher from Choose To Thinq in a week's time. Congratulations!

Dec 2014's theme is "Sanskrit".


Paul Taylor used to occasionally tweet from the handle @Squizabilly and returned to Twitter in Oct 2014, saying:

On Nov 27, 2014, he tweeted a photo taken just outside his house. What did that result in?

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This day last year: Q.1158