Dated - May 13, 2000
1. Nana was a gentle and faithful old dog which belonged to the Darling
family. Mr.Darling played a trick on Nana by making her drink an
unpleasant medicine which he himself had promised to drink - and this was
not appreciated by his family. An angry Mr.Darling then chained up Nana
in the yard. As a consequence, who entered the children's bedroom?
2. Euclid defined it as "that which has no parts", Playfair defined it as
something "which has position but not magnitude" and Legendre defined it
as a "limit terminating a line". What are they describing?
3. How did the Gladiolus flower get its name?
4. This genre of art was created in Western Europe and first appeared in
Rome in the late 1500s. It became very popular because of three reasons -
rebellion of European artists against Renaissance art, the need felt by
several rulers and noblemen for self-aggrandizement and the "counter-
reformation" which spread through western Europe like a wildfire. What?
5. The genre mentioned in question 4 quickly degenerated into an over-
elaborate, rigid formalistic design, and was gradually replaced in the
1700s by a more relaxed and intimate style. What was this called?
6. George Brown, firebrand Labour Party MP, called these people "the
Gnomes of Zurich". Who?
7. As a sign of respect, people from western / occidental cultures
uncover their head (take off their hat). People from several oriental
races (the Siamese, Jews, Turks, etc) do something else to signify
8. Shagreen is a dried form of something which was once used as
9. He published a series of "almanacks" from 1732..1757, containing
"maxims and precepts on temperance, economy, cleanliness, chastity and
other virtues". Who, and what nickname did he use?
10. In the ancient world, who (or what) was "Mistress of the World"?
Answers to Quiz #102
1. Peter Pan
2. A point.
3. From the Gladius, the short sword carried by Roman Legionaries - its
leaves are sword shaped
6. The IMF and Swiss bankers
7. They take off their footwear - as presenting new footwear is a token
of respect here
9. Benjamin Franklin, writing as "Poor Richard"
Dated - May 20, 2000
1. Born in 1896, he lost an arm in World War I. He became a first class
umpire at the age of 27 and stood in a record 48 tests between 1924 and
1955, noted as much for his umpiring as for a wonderful sense of humour.
2. He is famous for being the first man to lead an England eleven to
Australia in an attempt to regain the Ashes (this was in 1882-83). As
Lord Darnley, he became chairman of the MCC. After his death in 1927, his
widow bequeathed the Ashes urn to the MCC. Name him.
3. Name the only Indian musician (or rather, folk singer) with whom Bob
Dylan cut an album.
4. Where would you find a "dry bible"?
5. Born Frances Ethel Gumm in 1922, she died in London in 1969. Name this
singer and actress.
6. In 1959, eight footballers from this team died in an aircrash in West
Germany, on the way home from Yugoslavia after having drawn with Red Star
Belgrade to qualify for the semis of the European Cup. Among the popular
dead were Roger Byrne and Duncan Edwards. Their team manager (who was
seriously injured) was Tommy Taylor. This team was known as the "Busby
Babes". Name the team.
7. What trend was set by the cross-channel Imperial Airways flight from
London on April 6, 1925?
8. Name the only opera composed by Beethoven.
9. Who scored the music for the Merchant-Ivory production
"Shakespearewallah"? He is a successful director in his own right, and
has scored music for several of his own movies as well.
10. Born in an orthodox Tamil Brahmin family, she was one of the first
women from the community to marry an Englishman. She spearheaded the
movement to make Bharatanatyam a respectable art form, instead of an art
solely practiced by courtesans, as it was percieved in those days. She
founded the famous Kalakshetra institute in Madras. Name her.
Answers to Quiz #103
1. Frank Chester.
2. Ivo Bligh
3. Purandas Baul
4. It is one of the chambers of the heart in ruminants (cud-chewing
5. Judy Garland
6. Manchester United
7. In-flight movies. The movie in this flight was First National's
production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World".
9. Satyajit Ray
10. Rukmini Devi Arundale
Dated - May 26, 2000
1. In the field of typography (fonts etc) what are Ligatures?
2. What was the major change introduced in the Le Mans race in 1969?
3. Peter Paul Mauser (1838 - 1917) invented something that is still
widely used today and named after him (not a brandname but a particular
4. What is Tribology the study of?
5. 'A big greyish, rounded bulk, the size, perhaps of a bear, was rising
slowly, and painfully out of the cylinder …….. Two large dark-colored
eyes were regarding me steadfastly ……. There was a mouth under the eyes,
lipless brim of which quivered and panted and dropped saliva. What is
being described here?
6. Johann Loschmidt estimated its value to within one percent based on
Boltzmann's and Maxwell's analyses of gas properties, while his namesake
postulated it from his hypothesis that equal volumes of gas under
identical conditions (*) contain equal numbers of molecules-name this
large dimensionless quantity equal to the number of molecules in a mole.
7. Pierre Boulle, the French author of "Bridge On the River Kwai" also
wrote a SF book (originally written in French) in 1963 that was made into
a very successful 1968 film starring Charlton Heston. A number of sequels
and and a television series also followed. Name the book and film of the
8. Leonard Nimoy is Spock on Star Trek. What is his autobiography titled?
9. Her first words to her future husband, spoken in 1929 after being
discovered as a stowaway, were "Aw, shut up, ya bilge rat." In February
1999 though, after a 70 year (yeah, 70 year) courtship, she finally said,
"I do". Which cartoon character am I talking about?
10. In 1950 an sf author submitted an article to John W. Campbell
entitled "Dianetics: The Evoulution of a Science" which was published in
his magazine "Astounding" the same year. This author acquired a major
following and started Dianetics Foundation and this led to the founding
of a notorious cult. Name it, and the author.
Dated - June 2, 2000
1. Whose seven part work begins with "Swann's Way" and ends with "Time
2. Mythology: In the Nibelungenlied(Wagner drew upon this and "The Saga
of the Volsungs" for "The Ring of the Nibelung"), Kriemhild marries a
barbarian chieftain called Etzel so that she can avenge Siegfried.
Etzel's lieutenant Hildebrand puts her to death at the end. Who actually
was the historical Etzel ? The name may provide a clue.
3. The world's first heavy metal festival was held in 1980 in Great
Britain. Since then, it has been an annual event, with AC/DC headlining
the festival thrice and Iron Maiden twice. What ?
4. Waldemar Fitzurse appears in "Ivanhoe" as Prince John's right-hand
man. He's banished for attempting to murder Richard Coeur de Lion. What
deed did his father successfully accomplish ?
5. Last words of a book "For the final consummation and for me to feel
less lonely, my last wish was that there should be a crowd of spectators
at my execution and that they should greet me with cries of hatred.".
Which book ?
6. This author served in the Foreign legion for a while before entering
the field of education. He wrote many books such as "Cardboard Castle",
"The Mammon of Righteousness", "Beggars' Horses" etc. that were very
popular in the 1930s. His fame rests on a novel and even more so on a
work of non-fiction. Name both.
7. A parley between George Bush and Bill Clinton during one of their
debates ran this way. Clinton said that the fact that someone was not
able to get through to Bush despite trying every night was an instance of
the Bush administration's remoteness and inaccessibility. Bush retorted
that he would consult John Major and Boris Yeltsin on foreign policy,
while Clinton could always consult Boy George. Whose attempts to reach
Bush were being talked about ?
8. What is common to Jesus, St.John and Isaac Wolfson ?
9. The three oldest cities are supposedly Jericho, Catal Hoyuk and
Lepenski Vir. Catal Hoyuk has an unusual feature not found in any other
city anywhere. This feature perhaps explains why it was never conquered.
10. Hiram Bingham, the american explorer and archaeologist, who
discovered Machu Picchu in 1912, inspired(other than further Andean
exploration) a famous fictional character. Who ?
11. Laetitia Casta's has been chosen as the face of Marianne, the emblem
of the French republic. Whose face was used as Marianne's face earlier ?
12. How better do we know Nessiteras Rhombopteryx and why the name ?
13. One of Milton's works is a passionate plea for free speech. He titled
it after a pertinent Athenian landmark. What is the work ?
14. William Hogarth painted two scenes of English life, one showing all
that was good in the England of the 1700s and the other showing all that
was bad. He named them after two drinks(liquors) that symbolized goodness
and vice then. What ?
15. Whose collaboration started with "Thespis" and ended with "The Grand
16. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a Sherlock Holmes play called "The
Stonor Case". He later converted it to a short story. Which one?
17. Band name origin - When the members of this band were discussing
possible names, they had been deafened so much by their music that they
kept asking for the suggestions to be repeated. They got their final name
because of this. Which band ?
Answers to Quiz #105
1. Marcel Proust
2. Attilla the Hun
3. The Castle Donnington Monsters of Rock festival
4. His father led the group of nobles who killed Thomas a'Becket
5. Albert Camus' "The Outsider"
6. P.C.Wren - who wrote "Beau Geste" and co-authored the famous "Wren and
Martin" High School English Grammar book
7. Bono of U2
8. Only three people to have colleges named after them in both Oxford and
9. Catal Huyuk had no roads - the entire city was one big building, a
maze of twisty corridors.
10. Indiana Jones
11. Catherine Denueve
12. The Loch Ness Monster, which was recognized as an endangered species,
and therefore had to be assigned a formal Linnean name
14. Beer Street (the good) and Gin Lane (the bad)
15. Gilbert and Sullivan
16. The Speckled Band
17. The Who. For every name that was suggested, someone or the other kept
asking "The Who?????"
Dated - June 8, 2000
1. In the 1930s, the American film industry began to dominate world
cinema. Shortly thereafter, the first British film studio was set up.
2. When this hit movie was screened in Toronto, some theaters suggested
that people with motion sickness sit in the aisle seats. Which movie and
3. Where did the British pop group T'Pau get its name from?
4. Michael Jackson's "Thriller" marked its 37th week atop the Billboard
Top 200 on this day (June 8) in 1984 - longer than any contemporary rock
or pop album. Only one other album had a longer run (54 weeks at the
top). Which was this?
5. One of the more popular folk painting traditions in India has emerged
in south Aurangabad district in Maharashtra (in the western part of the
Deccan plateau). The painting style is also called "Chitrakathi" after
the caste of the artists who specialize in this sort of work. What is it
more commonly known as?
6. The traditional Indian calendar revolves around a cycle of sixty years
- name the first and last years in this cycle.
7. Each of the four Vedas is divided into three sections or "Kandas".
8. Who coined the term "Non Aligned" to describe countries that, during
the cold war, aligned neither with the United States nor with the Soviet
9. What is the currency of Gautemala, named after a bird sacred to the
ancient Mayan Indians?
10. Though it's not known exactly, this fictional character was based
either on Yugoslavian double agent Dusan 'Dusko' Popov or British naval
intelligence officer Patrick Dalzell-Job. Who?
Answers on June 15, 2000