May 31, 2016


In May 2016, Rishi Nair won this American competition to become its 28th champion; among his prizes was a trip to Alaska. As before, participants of Indian origin dominated the 2016 contest. Which competition?

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May 30, 2016


The ascension of the planet Jupiter into the Leo section of the zodiac gives its name to which major 2016 event in India?

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May 29, 2016


Vinicius de Moraes was a Brazilian poet and diplomat. Tom Jobin was a composer and writer, famous for 'The Girl from Ipanema'. They famously collaborated on a play called "Orfeu da Conceicao" and on other projects. What in 2016 is named after them?

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May 28, 2016



This is Noma Dumezweni who plays the lead female role in a 2016 British theatrical production, along with actors Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley, and Poppy Miller. The play is written by Jack Thorne, based on a story co-written by the play's director John Tiffany.

Dumezweni's selection, given her race and Swaziland origins, caused much comment with the other co-writer of the original story pointing out that the character's race had never been specified as white.

Which character and what's the play?

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May 27, 2016


"Ember" is a new font face introduced along with the new version of this device (released in 2016). It is a sans serif font, and a counterpart to the serif default font 'Bookerly' that comes with this device.

Which device?

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May 26, 2016


The name of this 2016 music album is a tribute to two grandmothers: Agnez Dereon (the performer's grandma) and Hattie White (her husband's grandma). In one of the songs, the latter is heard saying:
"I had my ups and downs, but I always found the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served ___, but I made _____."
The 2nd blank is the name of the album - which album?

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May 25, 2016


From May 2016 till November 2016, labels on these cans will show words and phrases such as 'E Pluribus Unum", "Land of the Free", and "Since 1776" instead of the original words, including the brand name. What brand has thus been temporarily named as 'America'?

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May 24, 2016


On TV, this French actor has played roles such as 'Otto Frank', 'Columbus', 'Sigmund Freud', and even the Devil. In 2016, he joined the cast of 'Game of Thrones' in a guest role, perhaps the most accomplished actor in the TV series so far, with 2 Academy Award nominations and a sterling body of work.


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May 23, 2016


Cali-Fame is a California-based company that makes apparel such as hats. A product manufactured in its factory (mainly be people of Latin American origin) has become a visible symbol of a 2016 campaign. Retailing at about $25 and contributing to the campaign, the text on the product traces its roots to a slogan of former US President Ronald Reagan.

What is this product?

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May 22, 2016


Belgium's Sophie Kumpen was into kart racing, and her brother was into other forms of motorsport. Her son, also a Belgian national, recorded what sporting feat in May 2016?

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May 21, 2016


This word means 'overgrown' in the Lugandan language (spoke in Uganda). Thus, it's an apt name for a forested region in that country.

By 2016, the word has become extremely well-known around the world. What word?

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May 20, 2016


Like in May 2015, the Government of Iraq once again ordered a complete shutdown of all internet services in the country, from 5 am to 8 am on certain days in May 2016. While governments usually block the internet for political reasons, this reason is highly unusual since the target is mainly a small segment of the population

What is the government trying to prevent?

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May 19, 2016


"REMAIN" or "LEAVE" - what six letter portmanteau word is commonly used to describe the 2016 poll for which these are the two choices?

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May 18, 2016


The Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados is a famous cricket ground. It has stands named after such legends as Gary Sobers, the three Ws, Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge.

After whom is the press box in the stadium named?

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May 17, 2016


In May 2016, this South American country announced that the number of working days in a week would be reduced to just two in order to deal with a crippling energy crisis.

Also tackling the Zika virus, drought, and politico-economic instability, which country is this?

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May 16, 2016


The Maurice Podoloff Trophy is given annually to one player in this professional sports league, who is chosen by a vote by a group of people mainly consisting of sports journalists and broadcasters. 2015's winner won again in 2016, becoming the first to be voted unanimously.

Which award and which player?

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May 15, 2016


In 2015, "Honk Honk Taxi" and "Speedy Taxi" merged, and later that year became "Honk Honk Commute". In 2016, a partially bitten fruit that physicians are allergic to, showed a lot of interest in "Honk Honk Commute".

What are we talking about?

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May 14, 2016


Majlinda Kelmendi is one of the top ranked judokas in the world. In 2012, she represented Albania in the London Olympics. In 2016, she will become the first person to carry the flag of which country in the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics?

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May 13, 2016


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The "____ Cake" became a sensation in hipster circles in 2016. It was created by a New York City chef Darren Wong and is based on a Japanese dessert. Made with agar and water, it has zero calories and 'tastes like eating a giant ____', according to Wong.

What word is in the blank?

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May 12, 2016


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Seen here is Buddhist monk Phra Prommangkalachan from the Wat Traimitr Withayaram temple. He is holding up something which he is credited with creating as a good luck charm. This was apparently put to good use in 2015-16.

What is in the centre of this religious cloth?

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May 11, 2016


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Lawyer, Jürgen, who's on the left above, founded this company in 1977, using his last name for it. In 1986, Ramon joined him, also lending his name to the company. In addition to being a lawyer too, Ramon is a politician and an award-winning novelist.

"John Doe" made their last names known widely all around the world in April 2016. What are their last names, and why?

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May 10, 2016


A scene from the 2016 film 'The Man Who Knew Infinity' about the Indian mathematician S. Ramanujan. The picture shows actor Jeremy Irons (right) playing Ramanujan's mentor G.H.Hardy. In the middle is the actor Jeremy Northam, playing a famous colleague and friend of Hardy's.

This person, in real-life, also appeared in a 1967 Hindi film. Who is Northam playing in this film?

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May 9, 2016


Anthropologist and environmental conservationist Richard Leakey advised his country's President to take this headline-making step in July 1989. The same was repeated in May 2016 by the country's current President. Similar acts have been carried out in China, Mozambique, and the US.

What is this about?

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May 8, 2016


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In May 2016, the English Premier League football club West Ham United signed up Sean 'Dragonn' Allen - the first such signing of a player in English footballing history. Allen will get to wear the official jersey during tournaments.

What does Allen play which makes this signing unusual?

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May 7, 2016


In April 2016, the U.S. Treasury announced its much awaited decision of putting a woman on a dollar note design, naming Harriet Tubman as the person who will be added to the front of the $20 bill.

Tubman was a 19th century abolitionist who helped a large number of people escape slavery. What famous nickname did fellow abolitionist William Garrison give her, making a Biblical allusion?

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May 6, 2016


With the launch of the 7th satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System in April 2016 by ISRO, India now has the system to offer its own alternative to the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the name for this system was chosen in dedication to India's sailors who had been navigating the seas for many years using the sky.

What's the acronym, which literally means a type of 'sailor'?

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May 5, 2016


The 63rd National Awards for Indian Films were given away in May 2016. This legendary artist received an award for his 1000th film, but did not show up to receive the award. Reportedly, this was because he disagreed with the validity of the category he had received the award for, saying it seemed to indicate he had done an 'incomplete job'

Incidentally, he was the first winner in that category when it was formally introduced at the 57th National Awards.

Who is this artist, who has a total of 5 National Awards (as of 2016)?

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May 4, 2016


These are clues to the previous three in this series.

* A dark-skinned avatar of a Hindu god

* The author of a famous work of 'economics'

* A controversial shrine in Kashmir

2016 saw another addition to this list. What is the list about, and which Asian city is in the latest addition?

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May 3, 2016


This change has been introduced to English country cricket matches from April 2016, for a year-long trial. As a result, a new entry was seen on some match scorecards: "___, Not Necessary".

What change and what's the missing word?

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May 2, 2016


What two word phrase from the world of performing connects these three:

* Gmail's 2016 April Fool-special feature that tanked

* Basketballer Kobe Bryant's last game (Apr 2016)

* US President Barack Obama's last White House Correspondents Dinner (Apr 2016)

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May 1, 2016


This Facebook post and an update of someone's relationship was posted in Feb 2016. What was it promoting, and who's the other person in this relationship?

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