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The General Quiz at LingQuizTics 2018, MIT Manipal - Prelims
The General Quiz, LingQuizTics 2018 – Prelims
Crafted and hosted by – Lucky Kaul
The Literary, Debate and Quiz Club, MIT Manipal (also for the amazing memories I’ve
had with you guys since Incident 2017)
Maggi noodles, for being the ultimate life support in times of need
Indian Railways, for a quick and lit af ride to Udupi
All the energetic songs that both motivated me and kept me up in order to set this
31 questions, 1 point each, part points wherever applicable
Questions 11-20 are starred and will be used to break ties
Else Sudden death from Q1
Top 8 teams into the final (In a very crunch situation, I might relax this rule a bit)
Unless otherwise specified, all blanks are indicative and surnames are enough
Please refrain from using unfair means
When you ___ _____ on your web browser, it doesn’t wipe everything away
and start anew – it actually keeps some things and replaces others. ______
_____ is required for any person and organisation looking to make a
sustained impact over a long period of time from athletes, leaders and artists
to cities, corporations and societies.
Explanation by someone behind the title of a work authored by him.
Who? What work?
This is an aerial view of the Guanabara Bay. A city got its name thanks to Europeans
reaching there in January 1502, except they mistook this bay for a part of a X
( another kind of water body). Which city hence got its name?
In January 2014, in an article aptly titled Touch Down for Art, The Indian Express had
essentially talked about ‘Jaya He’, a collection of more than 5000 artworks from
across the length and breadth of the country which was set to be inaugurated at that
time. The collection itself spanned 3.2 kilometres across four floors. Today, its creator
terms it as India’s largest public art project programme.
Where exactly below the Tropic of Cancer can one find this stellar display of
____ _______ is a cocktail that is essentially a mix of hard liquors and gets its name
from the fact that most common brand names of each ingredient are also male given
names and that the drinks have a high alcohol content , and thus have a very strong,
crazy effect on human physiology.
Giving further unity to the concept, all the ingredients begin with the same letter – a
part each of Jim Beam, Jack Daniel’s, Johnnie Walker and Jose Cuervo.
What group of people does this catastrophic drink take its name from?
Israel was declared independent from the presence of the British on Friday, May
14, 1948 by future Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.
However, the British mandate was supposed to expire on May 15,1948. Yet, taking
into account a certain uncontrollable issue, the organiser of the event, Otto
Wallisch (who also later did the calligraphy of the declaration) took utmost care to
ensure that the documents regarding the same were signed by the local leaders
before 4pm on May 14 itself.
On May 26, 2017, parody site Faking News published a report that the present
government was planning to publish a book on its third anniversary since
having formed it.
As per the report, when a list of something that essentially helped the
government present its plans in just one word (and in some cases take a jibe
on others) was made, it was found that there was enough material to make a
whole book out of it. Most of these could be attributed to PM Modi himself.
What were the supposed contents of this book?
Technically, the word ______ refers to the vessel (usually the lead) used by
the commanding officer of a fleet of naval vessels – this vessel consisting
of something that distinguishes it from the others in its group. Over the
years, this word’s meaning and usage has percolated into the world of
What word is this?
93:20 is a 2017 documentary released by a sporting organisation on the 5th
of a certain occasion – reliving the moments that brought it to stardom after a
drought of 44 years.
Which organisation? How does the title come about?
Started in 1964, the design inspiration for these had come when its engineers
observed the behaviours of the owl and the kingfisher.
The feathers of the owl comprised a comb-like array of serrations that broke
down the air when it passed through it and thus dampened (reduced) the
sound produced by its movement. It was also observed that when a kingfisher
dived down into the water, it did so by creating very little splash – indicating
less disturbance created even at high speeds.
What were designed keeping the above in mind, that also became energy
efficient in the process?
Arrow is an American superhero TV series based on the DC character
Green Arrow, currently in its 6th
season. One of its characters is Quentin
Lance, a police detective, played by a Mr. Paul.
His debut role in the entertainment industry saw him put in a few months
of preparation in order to justify a role earlier this century involving a nail-
What role, and where exactly would have you have seen him first on
celluloid? Image follows.
THIS IS a medical procedure called a
Lumbar Procedure, that involves
collecting of the CSF, a fluid, that
can help diagnose diseases occurring
in the central nervous system.
What is it called colloquially, thanks
to the appearance of things when
this procedure is performed?
This landmark, pioneering event in Indian history was so significant that it made a
mention in The Illustrated London News, where this event was considered of greater
importance “than the victories in Battlefields of Plassey, Assaye and Gujarat.”
Coming at a time when the British were looking to improve business across the
country, this 57 minute long event flagged off at 3.25pm on the required day amid
much applause, wonderment and also received a 21-gun salute. Its significance also
had this day declared as a public holiday.
What event, that saw 400 special invited participants that included dignitaries from
both the Indian and English sides?
Usually you can find two of something that a certain kind of people in this world use.
One of them is the Advanced Crew Escape type, and is brightly coloured due to high
visibility against most landscapes in the background, and can thus be best seen by
others in case of any (unfortunate) accidents.
The other one is the Extra Vehicular Activity type, that is coloured white, and is used
for locomotive purposes – the same being coloured white due to its good visibility
against the black background that can be (almost always) found when in use.
What expensive pieces of equipment am I talking about?
Following is a verse from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, where he compares Caesar to
an ancient wonder of the world –
Why man, he doth beside a narrow world
Like a _______, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs and peep about
To find ourselves dishonourable graves
Which wonder is Caesar compared to? What is this wonder said to have inspired in
the world of popular culture four years ago?
This item of much paparazzi attention last year was crafted by Cleaver
and Company with much care on request of a regular client – though the
choice of the stones used in this item was made by the client – with the
center stone being brought all the way from Botswana where the client
had spent a good deal of his childhood. As per many reviewers, it became
priceless once it was made known that the two stones that surrounded
the center stone were symbolic of someone, who among other things,
was the focal point of a late 90’s headline.
What item? Who were the stones symbolic of?
As a part of product positioning during the 2011 Cricket World Cup, this Indian
brand along with Maxus created a zone on the ESPN-Star website that was aptly
named after its tagline.
This zone had in it all videos related to on-field chatter and uncalled-for sledging in
the matches so far – essentially trying to communicate that cricketers should mind
their tongues and focus on the game instead of getting involved in spats.
Which brand was this? What tagline was used for naming this zone?
The New Lucky Restaurant (that has nothing to do with me) was
established in the 1950s in Ahmedabad. Started by KH Mohammad, he was
later partnered by Krishan Kutti Nair who runs the restaurant today. What
started as a tea stall, grew bigger over the years and underwent expansion,
following which today this place offers an ambience to die for. Nair believes
that a lot of space can be made in its premises without any further
expansion, but he chooses not to do so as he believes the way things
presently are is a harbinger of good luck to his business.
What is special about the location of this restaurant?
This memorial in Washington DC was
erected in 1931 after receiving funding by
the women of America to honour over
around 75 percent of a certain set of men
who gave their lives in order to save many
women and children in a context earlier
What context was this? OR What is this
Images of a fictional house called Whipstaff Minor follow.
In 1997, it gained popularity thanks to it being the location for
a 6 minute long performance by a group of four who were
“announcing their return” to everyone.
What performance was this? Images follow.
On 1 April 2015, Google came out with its April Fools’ Prank called Pac-Maps,
where in users could play Pac-Man on Google Maps. Following this, many
people, newspapers, etc. published their choice of locations that would be fun
to play Pac-Man at.
One of such lists featured the following location, that among other things,
should remind you of an annual quiz fest whose name one might utter after
consistently finishing anywhere between 4th
and last in a quiz final.
Which location in India is this? Image follows.
The credit for the invention of a now much-used item goes to
Australian FW Thring – which was later refined by Leon M Leon. Its
basic prototype consisted of two sticks that were hinged together.
The above arrangement is today used atop a whiteboard (slate) or a
piece of translucent acrylic glass (which is the refined version).
What purpose is it used for?
In 2014, the localities of Sanlucar de Guadiana in Spain and Alcoutim in
Portugal were finally connected by a David Jarman after he read about this
area and said to newspapers that “Two villages in two countries, separated
by a river 150 metres wide, a ______ seemed obvious to me. It also seemed
like a great way to unite both places, since a bridge had been talked about
for many years, but was never realised.”
In what manner did he link the villages? OR In what way can you transport
from the Spanish to the Portuguese village?
In medicine, vertebral artery dissection (VAD) is a flap in the vertebral artery
that is said to be rarely occurring in people.
What basically happens is that this artery, that supplies blood from the neck to
the brain, undergoes a disturbance as a result of sudden physical trauma to the
neck. One of its types is the haemorrhagic type that causes escape of blood
from a ruptured blood vessel into the brain and can thus get critical. One of
such cases was reported 4 years ago to much global dismay.
What case am I talking about?
There are many theories linked to a certain symbol that we all would have seen. One
of them is linked to the list of qualities that Buddha believed an ideal Buddhist
follower should have – i.e. Love, Courage, Patience, Charity, Magnanimity,
Goodness, Faith, Selflessness, Gentleness, Self-Control, Self-Sacrifice, Truthfulness,
Righteousness, Justice, Mercy, Gracefulness, Humility, Loyalty, Sympathy, Spiritual
Knowledge, Forgiveness, Honesty, Eternity and Hope.
What am I talking about, that should remind you of a notable Buddhist?
Christien Tinsley and Dominie Till are two make-up artists who took
up a Herculean job a decade ago, where in they had to ensure that the
subject of their “work” stayed silent for four to five hours almost
every day in order to achieve the intended purpose. The subject also
wore dentures in order to deliver the required accent expected of him.
Tinsley and Till were finally showered with awards for their job.
What am I talking about? Images follow.
When it comes to countries’ flags, this particular list could include Sri Lanka,
Barbados, Kenya, Guatemala, Haiti, etc.
However, if we narrow this list down to a subset of the one having the above
countries, the only ones in it would be Guatemala, Haiti and X.
The members in the second list included the same to highlight their capability
of defending their nations after their struggle for independence ended.
What is the narrowed list about? What is X?
A diver’s ________ ___ is said to contain the following :
A hose to supply breathing gas
A communications cable, in order to be able to contact with the team
A pneumofathometer, used to measure the diver’s depth or his ambient
Owing to the presence of the above features, what is this whole set
named, one that it takes from the medical world?
Who, in April 2015 , along with fellow Britisher Brian Cox sang his
mash-up version of Monty Python’s Galaxy Song?
In the early parts of the music video he was seen running over Cox,
making him fall, before disappearing into the sky.
Back in September 2017, it was reported that junior sailor officers in the US Navy had
complained about the “real heavy and clunky” nature of periscopes in submarines.
As a result of the above, the Navy come up with a quirky solution in order to solve this
issue, that also reduced per unit investment cost from $36000 to less than 30 dollars.
In addition, training time also got reduced from hours to minutes.
What exactly was this solution?
April 2013 video performed by a flash mob in Netherlands – titled
‘Our Heroes are Back.’ follows.
What exactly was it intending to recreate, interestingly, in much
better lit surroundings?
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6W2ZMpsxhg
Music video of the song Look Back in Anger by David Bowie follows.
Watch the video, and tell me, what is the source of inspiration behind
whatever you see in the video, or what was it referencing.
Answer sheets will be collected after video ends.
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eszZfu_1JM0