Friday, January 29, 2010


1. Who is the current FIRST elected GAY PM in the world & from which country??

66 year old Johanna Sigurdardottir, Iceland

2. What is the cost being incurred on the maintenance of WIKIPEDIA in 2009?

$ 6 Million

3. Name the first Omani Lady Taxi driver?

Ms Asya Saif

4. Which person has won the highest number of Oscars ?

Walt Disney 26 (20 in his life time and 6 posthumously)

5. Who was the first Indian to win an Oscar??

Bhanu Athaiya
(She won the award for the Best Costume Designer for Richard Attenborough's film Gandhi , 1982)

6. Burj Dubai recently became the tallest man made structure. Which structure & building did it overtake to be the tallest??

Burj Dubai will officially take over as tallest bldg from Taipei 101 once it opens offically

7. How did Bombay get its name?

In Portuguese Bom Baia means Good Day

8. What is SHELFWARE?

Software so useless it remains on the shelf

9. Which president of the US prohibited international aid from going to any organization that provided abortion related services or even advice?

Ronald Regan in 1984
(overturned by Clinton, reinstated by George Bush and now over turned again by B O)

10. Who first coined the word PRIVATISATION ?

Peter Drucker

11. Which Congolese warlord was recently tried by the International Criminal Court for training child soldiers?

Thomas Lubango

12. What are BLIND ADS?

Recruitment ads that don’t have the name of the employer

13 The name Leigh Teabing in Da Vinci code is a code for something or some one. What or who?

Composite anagram/ name of Richard Leigh and M Baigent who were co authors of the book Holy Blood Holy Grail which first published the theory that was made famous in the Da Vinci code

14. What is this! And why is it in the news

A Portuguese water dog
US First Lady Michelle Obama wants to find a rescued dog as a pet for her daughters Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, who were famously promised a puppy by their father, Barack Obama

15 . “For Hire” is a unique book of experiences on the wheel written by a cabbie. Name this now famous cabbie.

Asif Hussain Shah, Pakistani Taxi driver;

16. what is SKYSCOPE??

Sky TV’s Skyscope technology was initially developed for missile tracking & now tracks cricket balls in a field & its trajectories. Like Snick-O-meter, Hawk-eye-system, Embedded microchip. First time this tech. Was trialled by Intl. Football Ass board in 2005

17. Who hit the most Sixers in a One day match inning ??

Xavier Marshall
12 sixes for West Indies v Canada King City on 22 Aug 2008

18. After which legendary goalkeeper is the newly instituted trophy for the Best Goalkeeper in the world cup tournament named ?

Lev Yashin

19. Identify this famous personality?

Joseph Sepp Blatter, FIFA President

20. Which Italian defender, known as the “Butcher of Turin” was responsible for marking Maradona in the 1982 world cup?

Claudio Gentile

21. Name the controversial autobiography recently released by Adam Gilchrist?


22. “Imagining India; ideas for the new century” is a recent bestseller; Name the author??

Nandan Nilekani

23. Which trading house was started in 1894 as collaboration between Tata sons & Volkart Brothers?


24. Barbie Doll was named after whom??

Barbara Millicent Roberts, 1959

25. Novo launched the world’s first 3D web cam CALLED what ?


26. What are Hyannisport, Winding lane, York, Lincoln avenue??

Bed collection brands from Tommy Hilfiger

27. Walter Chrysler took over an ailing motor company and reorganized into the famous Chrysler Corporation. Name the firm.

Maxwell Motor Co

28. Sashi Chimala sold his IT start up Indigo Technologies and started a now well known but completely unrelated business. Name his new venture.

Qwicky’s Coffee

29. A United States Postmaster General, Samuel Osgood, also became the first head of which famous company in the 19th century?

First National City Bank of New York

30. Which co. has published this ad which is splashed recently??

No. in Paints – JOTUN PAINTS

31. “YOURS IS HERE” is a Tagline of which famous IT co?


32.1 In 1998, which Indian businessman bought over The Marin Scope, The Twin City Times & 3 other newspapers based in San Francisco?

Vijay Mallya

33. Connect …. TASI & BASI??

Stock exchange Index’s of Saudi Arabia & Bahrain



35. Connect………
What do the shipping co NYK, Kirin Beer and the famous Japanese warplane Zero have in common?

Mitsubishi. (NYK and Kirin are group companies, and Zero was made by them during WW II)

36. Cold Stone ice cream is the hottest new ice cream chain. Fabulous flavors available now at the Qurum City Center. The helping come in 3 interesting sizes. Name all 3?

Like it (5 oz.)
Love it (8 oz.)
Gotta Have it (12 oz.)

37. What is special about these People?
Jo King
Barry Cade
Carrie Oakey
Tim Burr

It sounds like a bad joke, but a study has revealed that there really are unfortunate people with those names in the UK.
Jo King (joking)
Barry Cade (barricade)
Carrie Oakey (karaoke)
Tim Burr (timber)
Justin Case (just in case)
Barb Dwyer (barbed wire)
Stan Still (stand still)
Terry Bull (terrible)
Anna Sasin. ( an assassin)

38. Visual clue - A diver with a torch?

27 Jun 2000: Wendy Craig-Duncan a Marine Biologist,carries the Olympic torch underwater on day 20 of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Torch Relay ,Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

2) August Horch founded a company that was named after the Latin translation of his surname Horch. What did he call the company?

By 1910, Horch was booted out of the company so he began to sell cars under the Audi moniker. In German, Horch means “hark” (or “listen”) and the word “audi” is the Latin translation of horch/hark. So, although he could legally no longer use his family name, the Latinized version of the same won out.

39. “Thinnovation” is the tag line for?

Macbook Air

40. n a clash with Live Current Media Inc (owner of a Canadian firm that owns property rights to IPL coverage, Reuters and AFP have boycotted coverage of the IPL. What does AFP stand for?

Agence France-Presse

41. Only once have two Oscars been won by actors playing the same character in different movies. Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro for Godfather 1 (1972) and II (1974). But two Oscar nominations have gone to different stars playing the same character in the same movie. Name the movie.

Kate Winslett and Gloria Stuart as Rose Dewitt Bukater in Titanic (1997).
Judi Dench and Kate Winslett for playing novelist Iris Murdoch in the movie Iris (2001)

42. Name the three musketeers

The Three Musketeers names are Porthos, Athos, and Aramis (D'Artagnan joins them later.)

43. ho in 1990 became the 1st African American president of The Harvard Law Review in its 104-year history.

Barack Hussein Obama Jr. He was one of the small minorities of black students at the Ivy League School. He graduated with J.D honors from HLS.

44. n its 53 year history, the top soccer club tournament in the world, currently called the UEFA Championship League, has its first ever All-English final. Where will this match be played?

Moscow. The entire tournament including semis is in a 2-leg “home and away” format except the final which is a one-match face-off at a neutral venue.A must-see Red vs Blue game on May 21st , 2008
45. What is the profession of Happy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc, Bashful, Sneezy and Sleepy.


46. Name creator Matt Groening's real-life father, mother, and two sisters.

The characters of Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie - first names of the Simpsons cartoon characters.

47. 08 08 08 08 08 yeh kya hai??

The start of the Beijing Olympics will be on August 8, 2008, at 08:08:08 pm. In China the number 8 is seen as a "lucky" number, and pronounced [ba] in Mandarin Chinese - sounding like the word for "prosper/wealth."

48. What does “Sinn Fein” mean?

We ourselves

49. VVS Laxman is not the icon of Deccan Chargers team anymore. What’s the story behind this?

He backed out to give his team more money to bid for players. He gave up USD 1.5 million and settled for 375000! (Aisa boss chahiye humko !)

50. Once called Philadelphia, this capital city is now called…


51. In the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin stepped on the moon while Michael Collins waited in the mother ship (Imagine the meeting where they decided who will stay back!!). What was the mother ship called?

While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the Moon in "Eagle” the lunar module, Michael Collins remained alone in "Columbia“the command module. For 28 hours he served as a communications link and photographed the lunar surface. After reclaiming Armstrong and Aldrin from the ascent stage of the Lunar Module, "Columbia" was the only part of the spacecraft to return to Earth.

52. Who owns the Delhi Daredevils?

GMR Holdings

53. The first album ever in CD format was released in Japan. Name it

Billy Joel’s 52nd Street, in 1982.
The first CD pressed and released in The U.S. was Born In the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen in 1983.

54. Who owns the rights to the song “Happy Birthday to You”

Warner Communications? Whenever played commercially, they have to be paid a performance fee.
Happy Birthday to You continues to bring in 2 million dollars in licensing revenue each year, as of 1996.

55. Palatine, Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian, and Aventine.What are they?

The seven hills on which Rome was built

56. Few musicians have been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than once. This guy was the first one to be inducted thrice! Once with Yardbirds (’92), then with Cream (’93) and the third time as a solo rocker (’00). Who are we talking about?

Eric Clapton

57. In the first ever multi-satellite launch, two were made in ISRO. Who has provided the other 8?

Universities and Research Centres in Canada (2), Denmark, Germany (2), Netherlands, Japan (2). These satellites totaling a weight of 50 kg, were built to induct the art of fabricating satellites by academicians (and to test nano technologies for use in satellites)

58. Visual clue Connect the dots and explain

The mascots of Beijing 2008 are the five Fuwa. The Fuwa consist of five members that incorporate fish, giant panda, fire, antelope, and swallow designs. They are named Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini When the first syllable of each of the five names are said together, the result is the phrase (Běijīng huānyíng nĭ) which means "Beijing welcomes you".
They were originally named "The Friendlies", but this name was dropped as officials were worried that it would be misunderstood as "friendless" or "friend lies"

59. What does “Beijing literally mean”?

Bei – Fish; Jing – Panda, Also Bei – North ; Jing - Capital

60. This auction was known as “Bid for Title”. Vodafone lost,Reliance lost,Titan lost; What is being referred to here and who won ?

IPL ; “DLF” title sponsorship

61. What is “PETANQUE” ?

The game itself is a form of boules where the goal is to throw metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called cochonnet (Jack). The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel. It is supposed to have originated from southern France particularly Provence

62. “Where Amazing happens” – is the slogan of which organization.

NBA TV – National Basketball Association TV Channel

63. Name the autobiography of Benazir Bhutt?

The Daughter of the East

64. Name the book released by Pope Benedict XVI in reply to the “The Da Vinci code”

Jesus of Nazareth

65. Who is the new Pak PM ?

Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani

66. Name the autobiography of LK Advani?

My Country My Life

67. What is the tagline of Intel Core 2 Duo?

Do More

68. Alan Greenspan has been hired as a consultant / senior advisor in Aug’07 by which co.?

Deutsche Bank

69. Legendary ad ends with a line “we pluck the __________, you get the plums?

“Lemons” and Volkswagen Beetle

70. What’s the connection between Onida Devil and Abby Statue?

Gopi Kudke

71. Body Structure of Tata Nano car would be built by which company?

Lord Swaraj Paul’s “Capparo Group”

72. The ever-ready mechanical pencil was created by this company. The name of the co. bears a relation to this product of theirs. Name the co.


73. What are Ninja, Stout, Kid’s club, Vogue & Spice names of?

Cycles from Atlas cycle

74. What is the hotness rating of Chilli’s / piquancy of chilli pepper?

SCU / Scoville Heat Unit; Bhut Jolokia ( 1040,000 SHU) , Naga Morich ,Nagaland ; Second is Red Sanina from California ; Wilbur Scoville 1912 ; Material ; Capsaicin

75. What’s this phobia “NOMOPHOBIA”?

Fear of being out of mobile contact Latest stress of 21st century
NOMO – No Mobile

76. Name the first Directorial movie by Ajay Devgan ?

U me aur Hum

• BIZ QUIZ April08: QM K Rajgopal
1) Identify this flag of a newly formed country?

Kosovo (Feb08) It shows six white stars in an arc above a golden map of Kosovo on a blue field.They are officially meant to symbolize Kosovo's six major ethnic groups: Albanians, Serbs, Turks, Gorani, Roma (often grouped with the Ashkali and Egyptians[5]) and Bosniaks.

2) Which bank has done the maximum write offs in the US subprime crisis?

UBS Bank (Swiss) $37Billion (Citigroup $21B and Morgan Stanley $19B)

3)What does the acronym “NASDAQ” stand for ?

National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation

4) What was Lifebuoy soap called when it was first invented in 1897?

Lifebudy soap

5) What were Kleenex tissues marketed as when they were first introduced in 1924?

A Cold Cream remover

6)What did the Jacuzzi brothers manufacture when they first opened shop in 1915—long before their grandchildren gave the bathtub business a whirl?

Aircraft parts /Farm pumps

7) Where is Rock English spoken?

On Gibralter which is commonly known as the Rock. It’s a mixture of Spanish and English.

8) What country has the world’s oldest surviving parliament?

Iceland. Its parliament ALTHING first met in 930 at an open air assembly.

9) What is London’s equivalent of Wall Street?

Throgmorton st where the London Stock exchange is located.

10) What is the word “Laser” an acronym for ?

Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation

11) what do noologists study?

The Mind

12) In Japan, what automobile accessory is known as “Bakkumira”?

The rear view mirror (Back Mirror)

13)What letter was the last to be included in our alphabet?

“J’ was the 26th alphabet to be added in the 15th century. Before that “I” represented both I and J sounds

14) In 1987 American airlines saved $40K in the food bill (served inflight). How did they achieve this?

They eliminated one olive from each of the salads served in first class.

15) What is a cluster or bunch of bananas called?

A band. Individual bananas are called fingers.

16) To whom did Elton John originally pay tribute in his hit “Candle in the wind”?

Marilyn Monroe

17) Aamir Khan’s new hairstyle! Which forthcoming movie?

Ans: Remake of Tamil movie Ghajini

18) In which modern country are the ruins of the ancient city of Babylon?


19) Which Australian bird is nicknamed “The laughing Jackass”?


20) Where in Orissa is India’s missile testing range located?

Chandipur –on sea

21) What did “X” stand for when Wilhelm Roentgen called his discovery X-Rays?


22) Name any one Indian to have won the Paul Getty award for Wildlife Conservation Leadership?

Dr Salim Ali in 1975 and Dr Ullas Karanth in 2007, It was established in 1975 and is administered by World Wildlife Fund

23) who owns the Hyderabad IPL cricket team?

Deccan Chronicle

24) Which Indian sportsman refused to carry the Beijing Olympic torch in India?

Footballer Baichung Bhutia

25) Which character from the movies did Hillary Clinton recently compare herself with?

Rocky Balboa

26) What was the only product ever promoted by Elvis Presley in a TV commercial?

Donuts –the commercial for Southern Made Donuts

• SBG Quiz - April 08 - QM Murali Ramaswamy
1) Corporate
Which Indian business tycoon, in partnership with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has recently taken over Queens Park Rangers, the West London football club ?

Laxmi Mittal

Which innovative product usually has the following advertising tag line “ Let your fingers do the walking ”

Yellow Pages

3) Corporate
Where would you be if you were at ?

Harper Collins ( Publishers ) website

4) Corporate
Complete this famous quote about an advertising agency by Fred Allen – “ An ad agency is 85% confusion and 15% _______


5) Language
How do we better know this lifestyle item whose name was absorbed into the French language during the 16th century , when they were trying to get a foothold in South India . Which in Tamil is “Shurruttu” or a roll of tobacco?

6) Language
What is the name of the item which has its roots in the Welsh euphemism for mistress and often comes to the rescue of car drivers in India ?

7) Language
French for red mill or wind mill, it was built by Frenchman Joseph Oller in 1889. Today, it is a famous place which offers musical dance and entertainment to adult visitors from all over the world. What?
Moulin Rouge

8) Language
Khaki is derived from a Hindi word, meaning ____________?

Dust (Khak)

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Times of India Fundamental Quiz 2005
Date: 12th August 2005
Venue: Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi
Conducted by: Derek O' Brien & Associates

Preliminary Rounds: 25 dry question, 3 visuals, 2 audio clips. Cut-off
was 23, with 6 teams qualifying for the finals.

1. The 'Compton-Miller Medal' is awarded to the Man of the Series in
the test series played by which two countries?
Ans. England-Australia (The Ashes)

2. What was Jawaharlal Nehru by profession?
Ans. Lawyer

3. What is India's internet country domain code?
Ans. .in

4. Over 90% of the dry weight of which part of our body is made up of
proteins called 'keratins'? : Skin, Hair, or Bones
Ans. Skin

5. Which Sikh Guru was known as 'Bhai Jetha'?
Ans. Guru Ramdas

6. By whom was the symphony Ode to Joy written, later used at the
Olympic ceremonies?
Ans. Ludwig van Beethoven

7. What is the official language of the Vatican City state? : English,
Latin or Italian
Ans. Latin

8. In Tintin comics, who invented a pill from medical plants that could
cure alcoholism?
Ans. Professor Calculus

9. In which recent movie has Toby Stephens played the role of Captain
William Gordon?
Ans. The Rising – Mangal Pandey

10. Which Indian state produces nearly 1% of the world's total
production of rice?
Ans. Punjab

11. Visual – Identify the bird.
Ans. Albatross

12. Visual – Identify him.
Ans. Sachin Pilot

13. Visual – Identify the flowers.
Ans. Tulips

14. Which UNESCO World Heritage Site serves as the headquarters of
the Central Railways?
Ans. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai (also HQ of Western

15. Which is the oldest dance form of India?
Ans. Bharatnatyam

16. In medieval times, which of these was considered as a common
symbol of indomitable pride and purity? : Phoenix, Unicorn, or
Ans. Unicorn

17. Which Indian festival is celebrated 20 days after Dusshera?
Ans. Diwali

18. Which of these actor's mother is not an MP? : Saif Ali Khan,
Abhishek Bachchan, or Esha Deol
Ans. Esha Deol

19. With which Nobel Laurete would you associate the poems Gunga
Din and If?
Ans. Rudyard Kipling

20. According to the Bhagvata Purana, which deity appeared (was
born) from the forehead of Lord Brahma?
Ans. Lord Shiva

21. If a batsman hits a shot and takes 5 runs prior to the ball reaching
the boundary, how many runs does he get? : 4, 5, or 9 runs
Ans. 5 runs (controversial answer)

22. Which was the first city to host the Olympic Games twice? :
London, Rome, Paris or Athens
Ans. Paris

23. Which animal, is second to insects in the animal population of the
Ans. Fish

24. Which Indian woman freedom fighter formed the 'Vanar Sena', a
children's brigade to help freedom fighters during the 1930
Ans. Indira Gandhi

25. Which Indian state was known as 'Lushai Hills District', under the
Ans. Mizoram

26. If we write the official languages listed in our constitution in
alphabetical order, which one would come first?
Ans. Assamese

27. Which bird is depicted on the national flag of Egypt?
Ans. Eagle

28. Which Roman Emperor invaded Britain in 54 BC by defeating the
chief of the Britons, Cassivellaunus, in a battle near modern London
and crossed the Thames?
Ans. Julius Caesar

29. Audio Clip – Identify the voice.
Ans. Mahatma Gandhi

30. Song – 'Just Chill' – Which film?
Ans. Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiyan

Final Rounds: Based on 'Freedom Format' (no rounds). Finals proceeded in knock-out fashion.
Stage 1 (6 teams)

1. The largest state of Brazil is named after which river?
Ans. Amazon (state – Amazonas)

2. Audio Clip – 'Mangala Mangala' – Identify the singer.
Ans. Kailash Kher

3. Who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1948, the year Mahatma Gandhi
was nominated for the 5th time?
Ans. Nobody

4. In 2005, after which Indian was a tulip named?
Ans. Aishwarya Rai

5. Video Clip – Identify the animal.
Ans. Tapir

6. Which word game derives its name from the Greek for 'running
back again'?
Ans. Palindrome

7. Why is a bullfrog called a 'bullfrog'?
Ans. Because of the sound it makes

8. John Farrington is the coach of which tennis player?
Ans. Sania Mirza

9. Still Photo – Identify the musical instrument.
Ans. Mandolin

10. Video Clip – Name of the music band.
Ans. Strings
11. Which popular folk dance of India is accompanied with songs
which are small couplets called 'bolis'?
Ans. Bhangra

12. Audio Clip – Song from the movie Paheli – Identify the singers.
Ans. Sukhvinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan

13. Still Photo – Identify him.
Ans. King Fahd (of Saudi Arabia)

14. Which Indian author was a script writer for the BBC during the
Second World War?
Ans. Mulk Raj Anand

15. In the human body, if 'dentin' is the inner layer, then what is the
outer layer?
Ans. Enamel (referring to teeth)

16. Which two countries fought the 'Six-Day War' in 1967?
Ans. Israel and Egypt

17. Which sports item formed the basis of design for 'Space Ship One'?
Ans. Shuttlecock (Badminton)

18. Video Clip – Identify the person.
Ans. Antonio Banderas

19. Still Photo – Identify her.
Ans. Kim Sharma

20. The smallest National Park in India is the Guindy National Park.
Where is it located?
Ans. Chennai (Tamil Nadu)

21. Audio Clip – Identify the singer.
Ans. Kelly Clarkson

22. Which scientist became the head of the Radiological Service of the
Ans. Red Cross during the First World War?
Ans. Marie Curie

23. Video Clip – Identify the cricketer.
Ans. Ian Bell
24. Which Indian Union Territory has the most number of districts?
Ans. Pondicherry (4 districts – Pondicherry, Mahe, Yanam, Karaikal)

25. Still Photo – Identify the creature.
Ans. Blackbuck

26. Audio Clip - Identify the band.
Ans. Asma

27. Which Indian scientist translated Albert Einstien's Theory of
Relativity from German to English?
Ans. Satyendra Nath Bose

28. (Tie Breaker) Independence Day (15th August) is also the birthday
of a famous Indian philosopher. Who?
Ans. Sri Aurobindo

Stage 2 (4 teams)

1. What is the 'Institute for Religious Works' at Vatican City?
Ans. A bank

2. How do we better know the 'Rashtriya Panchanga'?
Ans. The Hindu Calendar

3. Still Photo – Identify the cricketer.
Ans. Scott Styris

4. Video Clip – Breaking of the Berlin Wall – Which year did it take
Ans. 1989

5. In whose memory did India rename its first weather satellite?
Ans. Kalpana Chawla

6. Who was the first woman to be awarded the Bharat Ratna?
Ans. Indira Gandhi

7. Identity and Violence : The Illusion of Destiny is the the title of an
upcoming book by which Indian?
Ans. Amartya Sen

8. Which are the only two ICSE affiliated schools in Delhi?
Ans. Sri Ram School and Frank Anthony Public School

9. According to a recent research, which ancient ruler died after falling
off his chariot?
Ans. Tutenkhamen

10. Whom did George Harrison refer to as the 'Godfather of World
Ans. Pandit Ravi Shankar

11. Which actor was honoured by a postage stamp in his name by
both England and USA in 1985 and 1994 respectively?
Ans. Charlie Chaplin

12. Still Photo – Identify the monument?
Ans. Victory Tower (Chittorgarh)

13. Audio clip – 'Mohabbatein Lutaunga' – Identify the singer?.
Ans. Abhijeet Sawant

14. Video Clip – Identify the movie.
Ans. Raincoat

15. 'The Base', as it's called, runs terror in the hearts of all the law
enforcement agencies across the world. What do we better know it?
Ans. Al-Qaeda

16. Movie Clip – Identify the old man.
Ans. Pablo Picasso

17. Which mammal makes up for 25% of the mammal population of
the world?
Ans. Bats

Stage 3 (2 teams): Buzzer round

1. What constitutes 75% of the weight of a banana?
Ans. Water

2. According to the flag code of India, if the Indian flag is displayed
vertically (officially), what colour should come at the right most?
Ans. Saffron
3. With which comic strip character would you associate the term
'Jungle Patrol'?
Ans. Phantom

4. What was made the official language of France by King Francis I in
AD 1539?
Ans. French

5. Which was the first wing of the Armed Forces of India to induct
women into combat duty?
Ans. Indian Air Force

6. Which foreigner,who came to India in AD 637, was called 'Moksha
Deva' by the Indians?
Ans. Hiuen Tsang

7. Which country's national anthem is called the 'Rashtriya Gaan'?
Ans. Nepal

Times of India Fundamental Quiz 2006 Prelims

Prelims: 30 Questions (5 Visuals and 3 Audio Clips)
Conducted by Bhavna Khosla from Derek O' Brien and Associates

1. Which was the last movie in which Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol
appeared together?
Ans. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

2. Which town on the Uttar Pradesh-Madhya Pradesh border shares
its name with a type of sari?
Ans. Chanderi

3. White-backed, long-billed and slender-billed are varieties of which
Ans. Vulture

4. Which part of the human body is enclosed by a double-layered sac
called 'pleura'?
Ans. Lungs

5. Which of these Mughal Emperor’s tomb is not in India?
•Shah Jahan
Ans. Jahangir

6. Which Indian's book inspired the 'India: 2020' plan of the
Ans. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

7. Which spice has the scientific name 'Curcuma longa'?
Ans. Turmeric

8. Who was the first person to climb all 14 peaks above 26000 feet?
Ans. Reinhold Messner

9. Which of these movies by Vishal Bharadwaj is not based on a
Shakespearean play?
Ans. Makdee

10. Which form of public transport system terminated in Bombay in
Ans. Tram

11. The three teams which played the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy
this year were – India ______, India ______ and India ______. Fill in
the blanks with colours.
Ans. Red, Blue and Green

12. What is the fuel made up of a mixture of ethanol and petrol
called? (Hint: A 7-Letter word)
Ans. Biofuel

13. Which among these has not won the Nobel Prize for Literature?
•Rudyard Kipling
•VS Naipaul
•Somerset Maugham
•Harold Pinter
Ans. Somerset Maugham

14. Which institution's motto is 'Valour and Wisdom'?
Ans. Indian Military Academy (Dehradun)

15. Which is the nearest Union Territory off the west coast of Kerala?
Ans. Lakshadweep

16. Visual – Panditt Jasraj (Identify the classical Indian musician)

17. Visual – Jyotiraditya Scindia (Identify this politician)

18. Visual – Marcos Baghdatis (Identify the tennis player)

19. Visual – Kangana Ranaut (Name the actress)

20. Visual – Frodo Baggins (Whose character has he played – Elijah
Woods is in the picture)

21. Among all land vertebrates, which bird has the largest eye?
Ans. Ostrich

22. What food item is being described here – 'A baked pie of
Neapolitan origin consisting of a shallow bread-like crust covered
with seasoned tomato sauce, cheese, and often other toppings,
such as sausage or olives'?
Ans. Pizza

23. Who was the last Indian batsman on the top of the ICC ODI
Batsmen List?
Ans. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

24. What is the name of the street in Chandni Chowk famous for its
Ans. Paranthewali Gali

25. Which key is generally used for the 'Help' feature in softwares?
Ans. F1

26. Which plant is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and
Ans. Peppermint

27. Which of these cartoons has a Dollamatian dog?
•Ritchie Rich
Ans. Ritchie Rich

28. Audio Clip – Michael Learns To Rock (Identify the band)

29. Audio Clip – Tony Blair (Identify the voice)

30. Audio Clip – Mika (Identify the pop singer)

Times of India Fundamental Quiz 2007 Prelims

Date: 30 October, 2007
Venue: Siri Fort Auditorium

Highest: 28

1. Through which gate would you enter the Jami Masjid at
Fathepur Sikri?
Ans: The Buland Darwaza

2. Who has been the Oldest President of India?
Ans: VV Giri

3. Which Indian author was knighted by the Queen of England
in 2007?
Ans: Salman Rushdie

4. Which country hosted the 4th World Military Games?
Ans: India

5. According to the RBI, what is the highest denomination till
which coins made in India?
• Rs 10
• Rs 100
• Rs 1000
Ans: Rs 1000

6. The erector pili muscles are responsible for causing what in
the human body?
• Frown
• Goose Pimples
• Dimples
Ans: Goose Pimples

7. On whose birthday is the International Day of Non-Violence
Ans: Mahatma Gandhi

8. With which comic character would you associate the Bandra
Ans: Phantom

9. 75% of the world’s fresh water reserves are in what form?
• Glaciers
• Ice Caps
• Underground Reservoirs
Ans: Glaciers

10. The dictionary meaning of which of these is – a large, deep
pot or dish used for cooking food slowly in an oven?
• Wok
• Tumbler
• Casserole
Ans: Casserole

11. This is a dance form of which country?
Ans: Thailand

12. Identify this actor.
Ans: Neil Nitin Mukesh

13. Simply name him.
Ans: Mir Ranjan Negi (Inspiration for the movie Chak De!

14. Name this monument.
Ans: Christ the Redeemer (Statue of Jesus Christ in Rio
De Janeiro, Brazil)
15. Wheatley Deep is the deepest point of which sea?
Ans: Arabian Sea

16. In 1944, which German-born scientist sold his hand-written
theory in an auction for six million dollars, which he
donated to the effort to win World War II?
Ans: Albert Einstein

17. Which Indian nawab wrote poetry under the pen name
Ans: Wajid Ali Shah

18.Which of these Indian dances has influences from both
Hindu and Muslim cultures?
• Kathakali
• Bharatanatyam
• Kathak
• Kuchipudi
Ans: Kathak

19. In 1934 Benito Mussolini ordered the injection of 90 tons of
cement in which tower to straighten its tilt?
Ans: The Leaning Tower of Pisa

20. Which is the second largest state of India?
Ans: Madhya Pradesh

21. In which present day state is Vaishali, believed to be the
birthplace of Mahavira?
Ans: Bihar

22. On which country’s national flag will you find a depiction of
a religious place of worship?
Ans: Cambodia (The Angkor Vat)

23. Who was the last Indian wicketkeeper before MS Dhoni to
captain India in One-day cricket?
Ans: Rahul Dravid

24. Which Nobel laureate son of the chief of the Xhosa-speaking
Tembu people renounced his claim to the chieftainship to
become a lawyer?
Ans: Nelson Mandela

25. What subject did Charity Burbage teach at Hogwarts School
of Witchcraft and Wizardry?
Ans: Muggle Studies

26. Connect a Zodiac sign to a disease which literally means
“creeping ulcer”.
Ans: Cancer

27. Which bird drinks and bathe by splashing into water while
• Swift
• Sparrow
• Pigeon
Ans: Swift

28. Which gas forms almost 95% of the Martian atmosphere?
Ans: Carbon Dioxide

29. Audio Clip – Dard-e-Disco. Name the music director duo of
the movie.
Ans: Vishal & Shekhar

30. Audio Clip - Big girls don't cry– Identify the singer.
Ans: Fergie Fergusson

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Q.What was a ship called the Ancon the first to travel through, on August 15, 1914?
A: The Panama Canal.

That was the first trivia quizzes question...ok now I'll leave you alone for a while.

Q.What fighter pilot flew World War I missions with his Great Dane "Moritz" next to him in the cockpit?
A: Monfred von Richthofen, or " The Red Baron".

Q.What country lost 17.2 percent of its population in World War II?
A: Poland.

Q.What deranged Roman emperor had a name that meant "little boot"?
A: Caligula.

Q.What Pakistani was the first head of state in the 20th century to give birth in office?
A: Benazir Bhutto.

Q.What two-word term describes the period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning f the Renaissance?
A: Middle Ages.

Q.What newspaper won a Pulitzer for its Watergate coverage?
A: The Washington Post.

Q.Who described the impending Persian Gulf ground war as "the mother of all battles"?
A: Saddam Hussein.

Q.What ship's lookout was miffed when his request for binoculars was denied in 1912?
A: The Titanic's.

Q.What big-league baseball prospect was jailed in Cuba from 1953 to 1955 before going on to bigger things?
A: Fidel Castro.

Still more trivia - questions and answers toO for trivia quizzes.

Q.Who saw the turtleneck he wore at cease-fire talks in Bosnia fetch $5,000 at auction?
A: Jimmy Carter.

Q.What brave-hearted Scottish patriot led soldiers to a defeat of the English at the Battle of Cambuskenneth in 1297?
A: William Wallace.

Q.What nation issued the five-dollar bill found in Abraham Lincoln's pocket when he was shot?
A: The Confederate States of America.

Q.What Argentinian was buried in a Milan cemetery under the pseudonym Maria Maggi?
A: Eva Peron.
What Polish political movement got the support of Pope John Paul II in the 1980s?
A: Solidarity.

Lots of history trivia questions and answers.

Q.What war lasted from June5, 1967 to June 10, 1967?
A: The Six-Day War.

Q.Who was the longest-reigning Arab ruler, through 1995?
A: King Hussein of Jordan.

Q.What famous Swiss citizen said of nuclear bombs: "If I had known, I would have become a watchmaker"?
A: Albert Einstein.

Q.What nation was bounced from the Organization of American States in 1962?
A: Cuba.

Q.What's the Islamic Resistance Movement better known as to Palestinians?
A: Hamas.

Q.Who was the first president of the National Organization for Women, in 1966?
A: Betty Freidan.

Q.Who tooled around Chicago during Prohibition in a car bearing the license plate "EN-1"?
A: Eliot Ness.

Q.Who cross-examined the victims in the trial against Long Island Railroad shooter Colin Ferguson?
A: Colin Ferguson.

Q.What beating victim's 23-lawyer defense team handed the city of Los Angeles a bill for $4.4 million?
A: Rodney King's.

Q.What can Germans publicly deny the existence of to earn five years in prison?
A: The Holocaust.

Q.What French explorer was murdered by his crew after he spent two years failing to locate the mouth of the Mississippi?
A: Robert La Salle.

Q.Who's believed by many to be buried in Downpatrick under a tombstone marked with the letter "P"?
A: St. Patrick.

Q.What controversial crime fighter did Elvis Presley call "the greatest living American"?
A: J. Edgar Hoover.

Q.What cavalryman's bonehead moves included leaving four Gatling guns behind, in 1876?
A: George Armstrong Custer's.
Q.Who wrote in 1774 that "no thinking man" in America wanted independence from England?
A:George Washington

Q. GCarl and the Passions changed band name to what?
A:The Beach Boys

Q.How many rings on the Olympic flag?

Q.What colour is vermilion a shade of?

Q.King Zog ruled which country?

Q.What colour is Spock's blood?

Q.Where in your body is your patella?
A:Knee ( it's the kneecap )

Q.Where can you find London bridge today?
A:USA ( Arizona )

Q.What spirit is mixed with ginger beer in a Moscow mule?

Q.Who was the first man in space?
A:Yuri Gagarin

Q.What would you do with a Yashmak?
A:Wear it - it's an Arab veil

Q.Who betrayed Jesus to the Romans?
A:Judas Escariot

Q.Which mammal lays eggs?
A:Duck billed platypus

Q.On television what was Flipper?

Q.Who's band was The Quarrymen?
A:John Lenon

Q.Which was the most successful Grand National horse?
A:Red Rum

Q.Who starred as the Six Million Dollar Man?
A:Lee Majors

Q.In the song Waltzing Matilda - What is a Jumbuck?

Q.Who was Dan Dare's greatest enemy in the Eagle?

Q.What is Dick Grayson better known as?
A:Robin (Batman and Robin)

Q.What was given on the fourth day of Christmas?
A:Calling birds

CBSE HIQ Regional Finals and National Semis 2008

Date 3rd – 4th December 08
QuizMasters – Adittya Nath Mubayi and Kunal Savarkar

1.Which wife of Raja Mallasarga led a revolt against the British in 1824 protesting against Doctrine of Lapse ??

--Rani Chennamma of Kittur

2. Which place is said to be the birthplace of Veda Vyas ???

--Kalpi in Uttar pradesh

3.Which gifted poet joined the Calcutta College at the age of 17 years ??

--Henry Louis Vivian Derozio

4 .In Mahabharata , which step brother of Iravan also died in the battle of Kurukshetra ??


5.The rulers of the Southern dynasty Hoysalas were protected by special bodyguards whose loyalty was so complete that they committed suicide after the King's death . What name was given to these bodyguards ???


6 .Which 17th century Sufi mystic is said to have introced coffee to India by bringing coffee beans to India ??

--Baba Budan

7. The name of which city means " fortified palace " in malayalam ??

--calicut . New name - Kozhikode

8 .After which freedom fighter's name is Ranchi Airport named ??

--Birsa munda

9. Which famous architectural building was bulit by Yaqut of Dabul ??

--Gol Gumbaz .

10. Izzat Baig is one of the main characters of which famous romance story ??

--Sohni Mahiwal . Izzat baig is the real name of Mahiwal

11. Which law graduate and a famous musician wrote Shri Mallakshaya Sangeetam ???

--Vishnu narayan bhatkhande

12. On 1st April 2007 , which Indian district became the first in the country to obtain a comprehensive ISO 9001 certification ???


13. Built in 1156 AD and situated on Trikuta film , this fort was the setting of one of the Satyajit ray's film . name this fort .

--Jaisalmer fort . the film Sonar Kella

14. Equivalent of jajiya paid by hindus , what was the tax paid by Musilms in medieval period ???

15 In which city do rivers Mula and Mutha meet ??

16 ) Which Indian state capital is named after a plant that grows there ??

17 ) In which town is College of Combat situated ???

18. In 8th century AD , which patron saint of sikkim foretold the rule of Chogyals , an event that occured 700 years later ??


19. What did Colonel Neville Chamberlain devise in 1875 in jabalpur ??


20. Which unit of indian Army was originally called Meghdoot Force and is nicknmaed as Red Devils ??


21.For which agricultural product is Palanpur of gujarat best known ?


22.Apart from West Bengal , in which Indian state is Bengali spoken mostly by the people ??


23. To which gharana of classical music does zakir hussain belong ???


24. How do we better know the 4th son of a Bundela leader Champat rai ?


25. What is common to Banbesa in Uttarakhand , Sanauli in Uttar Pradesh , Raxaul in bihar and Kakarbhitta in west Bengal ??


26. In Hindu tradition , whose wife as Queen Sunanadadevi ?? ( Nobody could answer this and Kunal Savarkar gave the hint – Indian Postage Stamp – still none got it )


27. Which work by Jatmal revolves around life and death of Queen Padmini ?


28. According to legend , what befitting reply did Baji Rao Peshwa give to the Nizam when told that " Ek Baji , Aur Sab Paji " ? ( The Best Question taken from Amar Chitra Katha )


29. Which Sikh Guru founded the city of Dehra Dun ?

--Guru Ram rai went to this place and made a Dera – so DehraDun

30. Which historic event occured at 9:47 AM on May 11 , 1951 , Vaishaka , Shukla Panchami ?

--Rajendra Prasad inaugurated New Somnath Temple

31. Which Central Indian Rajput Dynasty was found by King Nannuk ?


32. Which warrior hero was assasinated by Beshal Beg and Jamshed Khan ?

Guru Gobind Singh

Saturday, January 9, 2010


1. The following are all examples of what:
The Dogs, Flag, Control, Smersh, Zep, Gag and The Owsla

2. From 1982-1996, who was the only woman tennis player to win Wimbledon other than Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf?

3. Which illustrious ship, named after a Roman province, held the Blue Riband from 1907 till 1929?

4. Put the following wars or conflicts in order of estimated casualties, starting with the highest number:
a: Vietnam War (1959 - 1975)
b: Qing dynasty conquest of the Ming Dynasty (1616 - 1662)
c: Russian Civil War (1917 - 1921)
d: World War I (1914 - 1918)

5. According to BBC 2, which pallid hit single from the year 1967 has been the most played song in public places in the last 75 years?

6. NATO gave the ultra modern Russian MiG-29 which pivotal codename?

7. Gary Oldman plays the following unsavoury characters in which films?
a. Ivan Korshunov
b. Lee Harvey Oswald
c. DEA officer Norman Stansfield
d. Mason Verger
e. Jean Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg
f. Sid Vicious

8. Ilyena Vasilevna Mironov is better known as?

9. An appropriately named stern sail on the rear of an 18th century square rigged ship. 7 letters

10. The following are the national anthems of which countries:
a: In Plenty and In Time of Need
b: Mawtini (since 2004)
c: La Marcha Real
d: Kimi ga Yo
e: Schweizerpsalm

11. Plus or minus 20 years, when were the first time zones introduced?

12. How many countries border Switzerland?

13. The ramparts that surround which city are the only intact fortified city walls on the North American continent?

14. The following words are from songs with the word 'Moon' in the song title. Can you name them?
a. I see earthquakes and lightning
b. We're after the same rainbow's end
c. You saw Brigadoon, I saw the crescent
d. Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars
e. And the nights magic seems to whisper and hush
f. Star was light in a silvery night far away on the other side
g. Eyes full of sorrow, never wet. Hands full of money, all in debt
h. Keep your electric eye on me babe, put your ray gun to my head

15. Which rust free automobiles were built in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland in the late 1970s?

16. In tennis, which six men have reached the finals of a Grand Slam singles tournament 15 or more times in the Open era? (since 1969)

17. What name did Hitler wish to give his proposed new World Capital?

18. A capital city and a kind of steel. 8 letters

19. Which astro-physicist's belt surrounds the Earth?

20. What is Britain's oldest colony?

21. Who came back from a ban to score a memorable hat-trick as Italy beat Brazil on the way to winning the 1982 World Cup?

And now the all important answers

1. All fictional secret police organisations (Dogs from Animal farm; FLAG from, Knight Rider; CONTROL from Get Smart; SMERSH from James Bond; ZEP from Tin Tin; GAG from Star Wars and The Owsla from Watership Down)

2. Conchita Martinez (in 1994)

3. Mauretania

4. Correct order: BDCA:
b: Qing dynasty conquest of the Ming Dynasty - (at least 25,000,000)
d: World War I - (between 15,000,000 and 20,000,000)
c: Russian Civil War - (between 6,000,000 and 9,000,000)
a: Vietnam War - (between 3,000,000 and 5,000,000)

5. Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"

6. Fulcrum

7. six answers
a. Air Force One
b. JFK
c. Leon (or The Professional)
d. Hannibal
e. The Fifth Element
f. Sid and Nancy

8. Helen Mirren

9. Spanker

10. Answers:
a: Barbados
b: Iraq (My Homeland)
c: Spain (The Royal March)
d: Japan ("May Your Reign Last Forever")
e: Switzerland (Swiss Psalm)

11. 1883. By US and Canadian railways.

12. Five: France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Liechtenstein

13. Quebec City

14. Eight answers
a. Bad Moon Rising (CCR)
b. Moon River (Andy Williams)
c. The Whole Of The Moon (Waterboys)
d. Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra)
e. Moondance (Van Morrison)
f. Moonlight Shadow (Mike Oldfield)
g. Everyone's Gone To The Moon (Jonathan King)
h. Moonage Daydream (David Bowie)

15. De Lorean's

16. Roger Federer (21), Ivan Lendl (19), Pete Sampras (18), Bjorn Borg (16), Jimmy Connors (15) and Andre Agassi (15).

17. Germania

18. Damascus

19. Van Allen

20. Bermuda

21. Paolo Rossi