Dec 31, 2014

Q.1553

In a year which saw groups such as the Islamic State and the Pakistani Taliban make headlines, which group of fighters against an unseen enemy were voted Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2014?

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This day last year: Q.1188

Dec 30, 2014

Q.1552

"A Brief History of Seven Killings" is a 2014 novel by Marlon James, a Jamaican writer. The story talks of Jamaica in the 70s, using a significant event as its centrepiece: the attempted assassination of an iconic Jamaican in 1976 by seven men. Who?

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This day last year: Q.1187

Dec 29, 2014

Q.1551

In December 2014, the United Nations accepted a proposal by India to mark June 21 (usually a solstice day) as the International Day of what fitness practice, which also has its own World Sports Championships?

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This day last year: Q.1186

Dec 28, 2014

Q.1550

The Reith Lectures is a annual radio lecture series by the BBC. 2014's lecture was on the future of medicine, and delivered by a man who published a thought-provoking book called "Being Mortal", about dealing with death.

Who?

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This day last year: Q.1185

Dec 27, 2014

Q.1549

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.

Who?

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This day last year: Q.1184

Dec 26, 2014

Q.1548

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

Dec 25, 2014

Q.1547

"LP1" was a highly acclaimed 2014 R&B album by the artist 'FKA twigs'. Her name in real life is Tahliah Barnett, and she adopted this moniker as her stage name.

What does "FKA" stand for, the same expansion being part of a name adopted by the performer Prince, sometimes abbreviated as "TAFKAP" .

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This day last year: Q.1182

Dec 24, 2014

Q.1546

"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

Dec 23, 2014

Q.1545

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

Dec 22, 2014

Q.1544

"Paper" is a New York-based pop-culture magazine. In Nov 2014, it put the ample backside of Kim Kardashian on its cover. The accompanying headline on the cover said exactly what the magazine was trying to do with this cover: "Break the ____".

What completes the blank?

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This day last year: Q.1179

Dec 21, 2014

Q.1543



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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

Dec 20, 2014

Q.1542

In May 2014, a team of scientists in the Philippines discovered a new species of plant, which was named the Rinorea niccolifera. This is a type of 'hyperaccumulator', which means it can flourish in soils with a high degree of metals and even absorb them.

Which metal does this plant absorb?

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This day last year: Q.1177

Dec 19, 2014

Q.1541

The DJI Phantom Vision line of products were among the most talked about gadgets in 2014. A typical product consists of a camera mounted on a aerial vehicle that has four rotors. What name is typically given to such types of aerial vehicles?

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This day last year: Q.1176

Dec 18, 2014

Q.1540

"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

Dec 17, 2014

Q.1539

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

Dec 16, 2014

Q.1538

This famous Calypso singer had won a Tony award, three Grammies, and even an Emmy. Having not acted much on screen, he never got to the Oscars to complete the 'EGOT' quadruplet of American performing awards. Until 2014, when he won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Who?

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This day last year: Q.1173

Dec 15, 2014

Q.1537

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 Amazon.com for the first 3 weeks. Who wrote this book?

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This day last year: Q.1172

Dec 14, 2014

Q.1536

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

Dec 13, 2014

Q.1535

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

Dec 12, 2014

Q.1534

In Dec 2014, the Hollywood production giant Sony's IT systems were hacked and large amounts of confidential data were made public. This was widely seen as being connected to the release of which Sony film?

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This day last year: Q.1169

Dec 11, 2014

Q.1533

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

Dec 10, 2014

Q.1532

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

Dec 9, 2014

Q.1531

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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

Dec 8, 2014

Q.1530

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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

Dec 7, 2014

Q.1529

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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

Dec 6, 2014

Q.1528

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The actor Christian Bale played "Moses" in the 2014 film "Exodus: Gods and Kings". Bale had been approached to play another Biblical character for a film that released in 2014, which he declined.

Which film or character?

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This day last year: Q.1163

Dec 5, 2014

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Q.1527

"Royals" is a 2013 single by the New Zealand singer Lorde, which won a Grammy for "Song of the Year" in 2014. Why did several San Francisco radio stations briefly 'ban' it from being played in October 2014?

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This day last year: Q.1162

Dec 4, 2014

Q.1526

The Olympic Media Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics was also the scene for what Indo-European battle held in November 2014?

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This day last year: Q.1161

Dec 3, 2014

Q.1525

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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".


Dec 2, 2014

Q.1524

In 2014, the traditional craft of "Washi" from Japan was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Created by hand from a type of mulberry and used in several other well-known Japanese handicrafts and arts, what is "Washi"?

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This day last year: Q.1159

Dec 1, 2014

Q.1523

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

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