The IITK Quiz Club team is going to participate in Rendezvous, the cultural festival of IIT Delhi to be held the following weekend. While our strength seems to have been diminished since last year following the graduation of many senior quizzers (including "Grand Daddy" George
:) ), we still have a few experienced people around and some enthusiastic youngsters. Let's hope we can show the Delhi teams a thing or two!
Here are 12 questions (why 12? It's three short of 15 - I overslept and missed making enough questions to meet my target!) from a quiz I did at last night's meeting.
a) Anchor Pickle and Vinegar Works
b) "57 Varieties"
c) John Kerry
Ans: Urvam Gbzngb Xrgpuhc / Gur U W Urvam Pbzcnal.Bevtvanyyl pnyyrq (n), vgf zbfg snzbhf fybtna vf (o) nybat jvgu "Ornam Zrnam Urvam". Wbua Xreel'f jvsr, Gurerfn Urvam Xreel vf gur jvqbj bs U W Urvam'm terng-tenaqfba, Wbua Urvam naq n gehfgrr bs gur Urvam sbeghar. Xreel'f cerfvqragvny pnzcnvta jnf bsgra qhoorq "Gur Xrgpuhc pnzcnvta" ol pevgvpf.
2. Dr. Andrew Bell was the principal of St George's school, Madras. While in Madras, he concieved of a modification to the current educational system. When he went back to his native Scotland in 1796, he founded a school in St. Andrews (called the Madras College) there and in it, implemented this system. The system (initially called the Madras System) was considered so influential and proved to be so popular that upon his death, he was interred in Westminster Abbey. What system am I talking about?
Ans: Gur flfgrz bs "Cersrpgf", "Urnq Obl" naq "Urnq Tvey" va fpubbyf - gur Zbavgbevny flfgrz. Vg gbbx gur ybnq bss grnpuref naq ranoyrq pbagvahbhf zbavgbevat bs lbhat fghqragf. Vg bevtvanyyl vaibyirq byqre fghqragf grnpuvat lbhatre fghqragf, ohg jnf yngre fvzcyvsvrq gb whfg zbavgbevat bs lbhatre fghqragf.
3. Simple music connect:
Bryan Adams, The Scorpions, Van Morrison, The Band, Tim Curry, Cyndi Lauper, Sinéad O'Connor, Marianne Faithfull, Joni Mitchell, and Thomas Dolby.
Ans: Gurfr jrer gur negvfgf jub cresbezrq ng "Gur Jnyy, yvir ng Oreyva" jvgu Ebtre Jngref ba 21 Whyl 1990.
4. _______-________s (meaning disorganized, leaderless in Turkish) were irregular soldiers / mercenaries of the Ottoman army. They were notorious for being brutal and undisciplined, thus giving the term its second, colloquial meaning of "undisciplined bandit". The phrase has since become extremely famous because of its frequent usage by a fictional character. What is the term?
Ans: Onfuv-Onmbhx (Pncgnva Unqqbpx!)
5. The phrase "Jumping the Shark" refers to a scene in a three-part episode of the American television series Happy Days first broadcast on September 20, 1977. In the "Hollywood" episode, Fonzie — wearing swim trunks and his trademark leather jacket — jumps over a tank containing a shark while on water skis. This term has since become widely used in popular culture in a specific television-related context. What does it mean?
Ans: Gur cuenfr, cbchynevmrq ol Wba Urva ba uvf jro fvgr, whzcgurfunex.pbz, vf hfrq gb qrfpevor gur zbzrag jura n gryrivfvba fubj vf va ergebfcrpg whqtrq gb unir cnffrq vgf "crnx" naq fubjf n abgvprnoyr qrpyvar va dhnyvgl. Znal unir abgrq gur Unccl Qnlf funex rcvfbqr nf gur zbzrag jura gurl ernyvmrq gur fubj jnf ab ybatre jbegu jngpuvat. Zber Rknzcyrf: Xavtug Evqre, XVGG'f zrrgvat uvf onq-zvaqrq oebgure XNEE, Gur Fvzcfbaf univat zber guna bar thrfg fgne cre rcvfbqr rgp. Svpgvbany rknzcyrf: Qe. Qenxr Enzbenl qlvat va "Qnlf bs Bhe Yvirf" ba SEVRAQF.
6. This term was coined by Cold War military strategist Herman Kahn in his 1961 book "On Thermonuclear War" in order to discuss the likely consequences of conducting wars with weapons of mass destruction. The name was adopted by a famous thrash metal band in 1983. What is the term?
Ans: Zrtnqrngu (Zrtnqrgu) - 1 zvyyvba qrnguf
7. Arturo Di Modica, a resident of New York created this in response to the 1987 stock market crash. In December 1989, he trucked it to Lower Manhattan and placed it in a strategic location. He called it his Christmas gift to the people of New York. The police seized his creation and placed it in an impound lot. However, after a massive public outcry, it was removde from the impound lot and re-installed in its present location, where it has come to become a symbol of its locality. What am I talking about?
Ans: Gur Jnyy Fgerrg Ohyy / Gur Punetvat Ohyy / Objyvat Terra Ohyy - n 7000-cbhaq oebamr fphycgher. (uggc://ra.jvxvcrqvn.bet/jvxv/Jnyy_Fgerrg_Ohyy)
Bonus: What is this form of art called? Ans: Threvyyn Neg.
8. What phrase was coined in this essay titled "You and the Atomic Bomb" on October 19, 1945 in the Tribune?
"We may be heading not for general breakdown but for an epoch as horribly stable as the slave empires of antiquity. James Burnham's theory has been much discussed, but few people have yet considered its ideological implications - this is, the kind of world-view, the kind of beliefs, and the social structure that would probably prevail in a State which was once unconquerable and in a permanent state of "____ ___" with its neighbours."
Ans: Pbyq Jne (Trbetr Bejryy)
9. In 1927 at the age of 32, bankrupt and jobless, living in inferior housing in Chicago, Illinois, he saw his beloved young daughter Alexandra die of pneumonia in winter. He felt responsible, and this drove him to drink and the verge of suicide. At the last moment he decided instead to embark on "an experiment, to find what a single individual can contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity." For the next half-century he contributed a wide range of ideas, designs and inventions to the world. He was ultimately to be awarded 25 US patents and many honorary doctorates.
Ans: Ohpxzvafgre Shyyre - gur nepuvgrpg, guvaxre naq vairagbe jub qrfvtarq gur trbqrfvp qbzr naq nsgre jubz Ohpxzvafgreshyyrerar vf anzrq.
10. Indian chief Tecumseh (and sometimes to his brother Tenskwatawa, aka The Prophet, who was defeated in the Battle of Tippecanoe by Harrison), is said to have inflicted this curse upon America. Some versions of the story indicate that Tecumseh's mother pronounced the curse when Tecumseh died.
Called "The Tecumseh Curse", it was supposed to come into play every 20 years and proved to be valid each time from 1840. It finally failed to come true in its 1980 edition, though it almost did in 1981. What was the supposed curse?
Ans: Gung rirel HF Cerfvqrag ryrpgrq va 1840 naq rirel 20 lrnef yngre jbhyq qvr va bssvpr, rvgure ol angheny zrnaf be ol nffnffvangvba.
* 1840 - Jvyyvnz Urael Uneevfba, qvrq bs carhzbavn va 1841
* 1860 - Noenunz Yvapbya, nffnffvangrq va 1865
* 1880 - Wnzrf Tnesvryq, nffnffvangrq va 1881
* 1900 - Jvyyvnz ZpXvayrl, nffnffvangrq va 1901
* 1920 - Jneera T. Uneqvat, qvrq bs urneg nggnpx va 1923.
* 1940 - Senaxyva Q. Ebbfriryg, qvrq bs preroeny urzbeeuntr va 1945
* 1960 - Wbua S. Xraarql, nffnffvangrq va 1963.
Vg snvyrq gb pbzr gehr va gur pnfr bs Ebanyq Erntna, jub fheivirq na nffnffvangvba nggrzcg va 1981 juvyr va bssvpr. Vg erznvaf gb or frra jurgure vg jvyy erfhesnpr va gur pnfr bs Trbetr J. Ohfu!
Nyfb pnyyrq gur mreb-lrne phefr.
11. During the Second Boer War (1899-1902), Baron Kitchener of Britain arrived with Lord Roberts and the massive British reinforcements of December 1899.
In order to remove civilian support for the Boers, Lord Roberts came up with the idea of seizing the farms of alleged supporters, which Kitchener proceeded to implement. In conjunction with this idea, Roberts also came up with another technique as a form of humanitarian aid to the families whose farms he had destroyed. While this started out as a positive step, it began to rapidly degenerate as the large influx of Boers outstripped the minuscule ability of the British to cope. Despite being largely rectified by late 1901, the concept led to widespread opposition both at home and abroad. This strategy was later infamously refined and re-applied by others. What am I talking about?
Ans: Pbapragengvba Pnzcf
12. Lastly, a simple one, but my favourite in this quiz:
Douglas Adams has many connections with Pink Floyd. His official biography is called "Wish You Were Here". Disaster Area in The Hitchhiker books is inspired by Pink Floyd.
He was a close personal friend of David Gilmour's and picked out the name "The Division Bell" for Floyd's 1994 album. On 28th October, Douglas Adams appeared on stage with Pink Floyd "I played the easy lead guitar bit on Brain Damage and then rhythm on Eclipse. I used a left-handed Bahama Green Jerry Jones Neptune (a copy of a Danelectro)." What was the occasion?
Ans: Vg jnf n oryngrq sbegl-frpbaq oveguqnl cerfrag sbe Qbhtynf Nqnzf sebz Qnivq Tvyzbhe (Nqnzf jnf obea ba Znepu 11, 1952, ohg gur pbapreg jnfa'g hagvy Bpgbore 28gu). Jbexnoyr, ohg vagrerfgvat gb xabj!