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Yaaron khataa ma’af meri, main nashe mein hoon
Saghar mein mai, mai mein nasha, main nashe mein hoon!
— Meer Taqi Meer
13 Questions, on anything that involves alcohol.
In-built tie breakers in the form of additional marking in certain questions, as
(Question no. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 carry tie-breaker points.)
In case there is a second stage of a tie, star (*) questions will be considered to
break the tie.
(Questions no. 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 are star questions.)
In case there is a third stage of a tie, spellings will be considered.
Extra-human forces like the internet shall not be allowed to be with you.
May the spirit (of the theme) be with you!
Question 1: Identify the drink.
“The Green Fairy at work,
liberating the mind of a poet.
The dramatic pose of the poet
and the misty-green appearance
of the painting symbolise the
effects of X.”
(Tie-breaker point for
identifying the painting.)
The painting is Albert Maignan’s “La muse verte” or “The
Green Muse” (1895).
The Green Fairy is the English translation of La fee verte, the
affectionate French nickname given to absinthe in the
*Question 2: Identify the drink.
20 years after taking over his father’s vinegar factory, X came up with the
original recipe of this drink in 1935. It claims that “taste is not a matter of
chance, but the result of decades of experience – and a secret recipe…”
which is a mixture of 56 natural ingredients including cinnamon, ginger
and star anise. The ingredients are filtered and stored in oak barrels for
365 days, followed by a series of 383 quality control checks, including
another round of filtering with sugar, caramel, alcohol, and water.
According to an urban legend, it contains blood of deer or elk, a myth
inspired by its logo.
(Tie-breaker point for identifying X.)
Question 3: Identify X (question on next slide).
In place of the question mark is a particular wine that
takes its name from the region it is produced in. It was
historically associated with X, a squat bottle (a bottle
with a round body and bottom) enclosed in a straw basket
made of sala, a swamp weed, sun-dried and balanced with
(Tie-breaker point for naming the wine.)
In place of the question mark would be
a wine produced in the Chianti region
in central Tuscany, Italy.
*Question 4: Identify the cocktail.
It is a classic concoction of champagne and absinthe, invented
by X and is also called X Champagne. The recipe’s original
instructions appear in 1935 and were contributed by X himself,
who wrote: “Pour one jigger absinthe into a champagne glass.
Add iced champagne until it attains the proper opalescent
milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.”
(Tie-breaker point for identifying X.)
Death in the Afternoon.
X is Ernest Hemingway.
Question 5: What?
#In India, it is 42.8% ABV.
#In abroad, it is 40% ABV.
#In the canteen stores department for defence personnel
in India, it is ___ ABV.
(Tie-breaker point for filling up the blank.)
Old Monk bottles issued to be sold in the
CSD for defence personnel have 50% ABV.
*Question 6: Identify the drink.
This clear and colorless beverage is defined in the Merriam-Webster
Dictionary as “Korean vodka distilled usually from rice or sweet potato.” It
potato.” It is considered as Korea’s most popular alcoholic beverage and
has a strictly observed culture of respect and etiquette. If you receive a
glass from an elder, you must hold the glass with both hands (left palm at
the bottom and hold the glass with right hand) and bow slightly. When it
is your turn to drink, turn your face away from the elder, and cover your
mouth and the glass with your hands. If you are pouring a glass for others,
hold the bottle with your right hand, and support your right arm with your
left hand by touching the elbow. In addition, you are not supposed to pour
your own glass and never refill your glass until it is empty.
Question 7: Identify X?
X is a folk lore legend consisting of a ghost, phantom, or spirit conjured to
re ve al the f uture . M ostly ‘witne sse d’ in group participation game s, she is said
to appe ar in a mirror whe n he r name is calle d thre e time s. Historically , the
ritual e ncourage d y oung wome n to climb a f light of stairs back wards while
holding a candle and a hand mirror in a dark ened house. As they gazed into a
mirror, the y we re suppose d to be able to catch a glimpse of the ir f uture
husband’s f ace .
X is also the name of a classic, hair -of -the -dog drink , which, according to Dr
N e il Da C osta, an e xpe rt on the che mical analy sis of f lavours, is the world’s
most comple x cock tail. According to Da C osta, it has “a ble nd of hundre ds of
f lavour compounds that acts on the taste se nse s” and is the pe rf e ct balance
of “sweet, salty, sour and savoury, though not bitter.”
*Question 8: Whose cup was it?
This wine cup (picture on next slide) is made of white nephrite jade and is
shaped like in a paisley design. The handle is shaped like the head of a ram
and the bottom features a flower which serves as the pedestal. Its length
is 18.7 cm and width 14 cm. Following the conventions of royal titulature,
it is inscribed with the title, “Second Lord of the Conjunction.” The cup
was acquired in the 19th century by Colonel Charles Seton Guthrie. It was
formerly in the possession of R. M. W. Walker, on whose death it was sold
by Christie & Co. and passed from the purchasers, Messrs Spink, to Queen
Maria of Yugoslavia. It again came into the hands of Spink, who then sold
it to Mr Lazarus, who discovered the inscription and sold it back to the
vendors. It was acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1962.
Question 9: Identify X?
T h e f o l l o w i n g i s a s a m p l i n g o f b o t a n i c a l s u s e d i n X , a n a p e r i t i f w i n e , n a t i v e t o t h e I t a l i a n
P i e m o n t e a n d F r e n c h S a v o y r e g i o n s :
A c h i l l e a C i t r u s p e e l G e r m a n d e r R a s p b e r r y V i o l e t
A n g e l i c a C l a r y S a g e G i n g e r R e d S a n d a l w o o d W o r m w o o d / M u g w o r t
C a l a m u s C l o v e L a v e n d e r R o s e
C a r d a m o m C o m m o n C e n t a u r y L i c o r i c e r o o t S a f f r o n
C a r d o S a n t o C o r i a n d e r L u n g w o r t S t . J o h n s W o r t
C a s c a r i l l a B a r k D i c t a m n u s M a c e S t a r A n i s e
C h a m o m i l e E g y p t i a n C o r n f l o w e r M a r j o r a m Te a s e l
C h i n c h o n a B a r k E l d e r f l o w e r N u t m e g To n k a B e a n
C h i n e s e R u b a r b E l e c a m p a n e O r r i s r o o t V a n i l l a
C i n n a m o n G e n t i a n Q u a s s i a V e r o n i c a
or Americano would also be correct,
although they are only cousins of vermouth).
*Question 10: Funda?
The data shown
here are taken from
2011. What is this
Question 11: Name the cocktail.
When jameson from Ireland meets the Three Wise
Men, what do we have as a result?
The Four Horsemen.
The Three Wise Men itself is a cocktail containing one part each
of Scotch whiskey (Johnnie Walker), Tennessee whiskey (Jack
Daniels), and Kentucky Bourbon whiskey (Jim Beam). When
one part of Irish whiskey (Jameson) is added to it, it is called
the Four Horsemen.
Question 12: Identify X and Y.
According to H. L. Mencken, X is “the only American as
perfect as the sonnet.” A variation of it, named Y, was
introduced in The Savoy Cocktail Book (1930) by Harry
Craddock and has been the favourite drink of a fictional
character who wants X to be “shaken, not stirred.”
However, according to Somerset Maugham, “X should
always be stirred, not shaken, so that all the molecules lie
sensuously on top of one another.”