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A Quiz

  1. 1. DON QUIZZOTE 2015 A Quiz by EL BISWAJIT
  2. 2. Yaaron khataa ma’af meri, main nashe mein hoon Saghar mein mai, mai mein nasha, main nashe mein hoon! — Meer Taqi Meer
  3. 3.  13 Questions, on anything that involves alcohol.  In-built tie breakers in the form of additional marking in certain questions, as specified. (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!
  4. 4. 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.)
  5. 5. Absinthe. 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 nineteenth century.
  6. 6. *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.)
  7. 7. Jägermeiſter. X is Curt Mast.
  8. 8. Question 3: Identify X (question on next slide).
  9. 9. 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 sulfur. (Tie-breaker point for naming the wine.)
  10. 10. Fiasco. In place of the question mark would be Chianti, a wine produced in the Chianti region in central Tuscany, Italy.
  11. 11. *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.)
  12. 12. Death in the Afternoon. X is Ernest Hemingway.
  13. 13. 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.)
  14. 14. Old Monk. Old Monk bottles issued to be sold in the CSD for defence personnel have 50% ABV.
  15. 15. *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.
  16. 16. Soju.
  17. 17. 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.”
  18. 18. Bloody Mary.
  19. 19. *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.
  20. 20. Shah Jahan.
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. Vermouth (Quinquina or Americano would also be correct, although they are only cousins of vermouth).
  23. 23. *Question 10: Funda? The data shown here are taken from 2011. What is this survey about?
  24. 24. Question 11: Name the cocktail. When jameson from Ireland meets the Three Wise Men, what do we have as a result?
  25. 25. 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.
  26. 26. 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.”
  27. 27. X: Martini, Y: Bradford.
  28. 28. Question 13: X+Y=? X has its roots in Persian and connotes violence or trouble. Y is the Urdu word for water. Combine X and Y to get the theme of this quiz.
  29. 29. X: Shar, Y: Aab; thus, X+Y is Sharaab.

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