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Does Grey Matter ?

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“Ramki” – For not participating in this quiz…

“Priyanka Chopra” – For giving geeks a reason to live…

“Ranjan Panda” – Just because there was no other dedication to be made….

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Infinite Bounce

+ 10 for direct answer as well as passes

+5 for partial answers

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Complete the list :

Chef, Statistical Analyst, Paleontologist, Masseuse, Buyer, _____________ ???


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Actor (Professions of lead characters in Friends)

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Which sport is played on an oval-shaped, 500 feet (150 m) long and 180 feet (55 m) wide pitch, with a small central circle approximately 10 feet (3.0 m) in diameter by three Chasers, two Beaters, one Keeper and one Seeker?

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Quidditch (Harry Potter)

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This company formed by Dassler brothers later split into two both of which are leaders in their areas. Which two companies am I talking about?


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Puma and Adidas

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• 1993 - Cruzeiro• 1994-1996 - PSV Eindhoven• 1996- 97 - Barcelona• 1997- 2002 - Inter Milan• 2002-07 - Real Madrid• 2007-08 - AC Milan



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Clubs for which Ronaldo played

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Who quotes this : “So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.”?


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Steve Jobs

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6 Connect….

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Coat of arms of Ivy League colleges

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What was launched on August 1, 1981, at 12:01 a.m with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll," spoken by John Lack ?


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Which Bond flick included in its cast Vijay Amritraj and Kabir Bedi ?


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When the company started in Munich in 1916, it made aircraft engines (its logo is meant to depict the sky as seen through a moving propeller). It switched to motorcycles and trucks in 1923 and from 1928 started making automobiles. Name the company.


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Prior to his final defeat at Waterloo in June 1815, after which Napoleon spent the last six years of his life under British supervision on the island of Saint Helena, he had spent around 300 days in exile (1814) in another island off the coast of Italy before escaping to France. Napoleon’s stay on this island is said to have inspired this very famous “literary” sentence

“Able was I ere I saw _____” Fill the blank which is also the name of the island.


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• First 3 clues : + 20/-10• Next 2 clues : + 10/-5• Next 3 clues : + 5/0• Shouting out the answer : 0

• Write the answer on your paper• Show it to the quizmaster when you think you have the answer

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All are movies of Steven Speilberg

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Roland Berrill, an Australian barrister, and Dr. Lancelot Ware, a British scientist and lawyer, found X, which literally means ‘table’ in Latin. The members have a 98 percentile score in IQ tests. Famous members include Isaac Asimov, Geena Davis, Jodie Foster, Clive Sinclair, Scott Adams.


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The initial design and construction of the temple took place during the reign of Suryavarman II (ruled 1113–c. 1150). Dedicated to Vishnu, it was built as the king's state temple and capital city. As neither the foundation stela nor any contemporary inscriptions referring to the temple have been found, its original name is unknown, but it may have been known as Vrah Vishnulok after the presiding deity.

The modern name, in use by the 16th century, means "City Temple”. It is also the only monument to feature on a national flag. Name the monument and the country.


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Angkor Wat / Cambodia

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Who appeared in the Johnny Bravo episode "A Page Right Out Of History" where he saved Johnny's ancestor of the same name as Johnny? Johnny did chores for him as a way of repaying.

A famous English all-rounder has been given his nickname because of perceived similarities between him and this character.


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14. Connect

Name the three movies also.

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Only movies to win all big five Academy Awards (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay)

It Happened One NightOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nestThe Silence of the Lambs

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The Wimbledon is held at the All England Lawn Tennis and X Club. Identify X.


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Which dish containing noodles, meat and sauce gets its name from the Italian word for ‘cooking pot’?


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17 Connect

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Twilight series (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn)

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The name of the company is derived from Greek word meaning the peak, zenith or prime. Ironically, their products tend to backfire (often literally) in a comedic fashion ! Their products have been used extensively since 1949 by many famous and iconic characters. Their delivery services are generally so good that you get the products within seconds of ordering!

Name this world famous company...


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Acme (Road Runner)

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Born to Oscar winner X and Marcheline Bertrand, Y become an international superstar after the release of Z, a movie based on an adaptation of a popular videogame series.

Identify X, Y, Z.


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John Voight, Angelina Jolie, Lara Croft

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Born on 31 May 1946, Z was initially a high school Maths teacher and sports coach, before going on to be one of his country's leading sports officials. He became an international football referee and even officiated in a World Cup qualifier in 1988 but had to retire after FIFA lowered the age limit for referees to 45.

However, this allowed him to pursue the career he is now famous for. He's run into controversies lately, the peak being in April 2007 and January 2008, prompting calls for his retirement.


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Steve Bucknor

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• First 3 clues : + 20/-10• Next 2 clues : + 10/-5• Next 3 clues : + 5/0• Shouting out the answer : 0

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Google Doodles commemorating birthdays of famous men

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“I turned my chair to the and dozed. Again the atoms were gamboling before my eyes. This time the smaller groups kept modestly to the background. My mental eye, rendered more acute by repeated vision of this kind, could not distinguish larger structures, of manifold conformation; long rows, sometimes more closely fitted together; all twining and twisting in snakelike motion. But look! What was that? One of the snakes had seized hold of its own tail, and the form whirled mockingly before my eyes. As if by a flash of lighting I awoke... Let us learn to dream, gentlemen. “

Identify this famous speech


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Kekule discovering structure of Benzene in his sleep

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How is Colombian Defender Andres Escobar tragically remembered in Football Annals???


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Shot because of own goal

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YY is an Indian television series partly based on Devaki Nandan Khatri's novel by the same name. It was originally telecast on Doordarshan in the early 1990s. The serial was controversially pulled off air by Doordarshan in 1996 and the producers had to file a suit in court for reinstatement. It later enjoyed reruns on Star Plus and Sony Entertainment Television.

Kamlapati Khatri, the grandson of the novel's author has said that the producer "had not done justice to the soul of Khatri’s book". He has also accused the producers of willfully misrepresenting certain concepts from the novel such as "tilism" (kind of a maze) and "ayyari" (spying) and showing it as "jaado-tona" (sorcery).

Identify YY.


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ConnectA - Foreign government officials and families B - Temporary VisitorsE - Treaty traders and investors F - Students and exchange visitors G - Representatives to international organizations and familiesH - Temporary Workers and trainees


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US Visa categories

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In which sport is the playing portion of the field called the diamond?


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Identify the brand


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Rolls Royce

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ConnectCheetahPumaJaguarPantherTigerLeopardSnow Leopard

(Apart from the fact that they are all big cats :P)


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Mac OS version names

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The puzzle, known as Number Place in the US, was first published in New York in the late 1970s by the puzzle publisher Dell in its magazine Math Problems and Logic Puzzles. It became immensely popular in the UK in 2005, stimulating international interest. What is its popular name which is also the Japanese for ‘single number’?


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1. “To my mother. And to ____, my ‘mother’.”

2. “To my baby twin boys and the wonderful woman who created them**with a little bit of help from me”

3. “To my country, which called me back”

29Identify ??

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Acknowledgement of Chetan Bhagat in Five Point Someone

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“Missed Connection” is a term that describes the kind of situation where two people want to reconnect after an initial meeting but do not have the other person's contact details.

X is a movie based on a missed connection, although not so 'missed' as the lead actor and actress write their contact details on a 5$ bill and the inside cover of a book, and finally meet in the ice skating rink in Central Park, New York. Identify X.


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WC Final Man of the Match

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Take your pick

• 9 topics, 2 rounds• Starting with the lowest ranked team, each team gets

to pick twice• + 10 for direct answer• + 5 for passes• Each topic can be picked only once in one round

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Music Movies Computers

Music Movies Computers

Etymology Trivia Buildings

Etymology Trivia Buildings

Technology Sports TV shows

Technology Sports TV shows

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On December 4, 1971, XXX had set up camp in Montreux, Switzerland to record an album using a mobile recording studio rented from the Rolling Stones and known as the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, part of the Montreux Casino.

On the eve of the recording session, a Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert was held in the casino's theatre. During the gig a fire broke out: "In the middle of Don Preston's synthesizer solo on "King Kong", the place suddenly caught fire.

Somebody in the audience had fired a flare gun into the ceiling, at which point the rattan covering started to burn" . The spectacle was witnessed by the band as it unfolded to them from the other side of Lake Geneva.

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Hotel California

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The price of amber increased by a factor of 10 after the release of this movie. Which movie are we talking about?

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Jurassic Park

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Javed Akhtar, in love with actress Honey Irani, requested his partner Salim Khan to meet her mother Perin Irani on his behalf.

The conversation that took place between Salim and Perin was incorporated into which film’s script?

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If a laptop vendor uses a Intel processor and mobile chipset, he can use a branding label of Pentium M, Pentium Dual-Core, Celeron, Intel Core or Intel Core 2. What label can it carry if it also uses the Intel wireless chipset ?

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When Google launched it’s IPO, the filing was done to raise $2,718,281,828. Not $2.5 billion and not $3 billion, but the particular figure mentioned.

As is always the case with Google, they had an unconventional reason tinged with some humour for this. What was the reason?

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Natural Log (e)

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In printing presses, when a day’s paper was set, it was encased in a frame called the flange. It represented the final, edited copy of the paper.

However, if news of extremely high priority arrived, then it could only be accommodated by destroying the flange. This was considered to be an honor to the reporter who actually got the story.

What phrase originates out of this custom?

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Breaking News

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Quality Communication

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If the Metre, the Kilogram, the Second, the Ampere, the Kelvin, and the Candela are six of the seven basic units of measurement in the SI system, what is the seventh?

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Which Provençal (French) dish of stewed vegetables, especially tomatoes, zucchini (courgette), eggplant (aubergine), bell peppers and spices - originated around the city of Nice and shares its name with one of the cinematographic highlights of 2007?

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BuildingsThis place has served as a lighthouse, then a military fortification, then a military prison followed by a federal prison until 1963. It became a national recreation area in 1972 and received landmarking designations in 1976 and 1986. It has been featured in many movies, tv shows, books, comics, and games. Identify.

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BuildingsThough this structure from 1799 is situated on a road named after it, entry is normally allowed only through the Tripolia Bazaar.

It is a five storey building with an elaborate facade containing 953 small windows, each with a balcony and an arch. These artfully-designed windows are responsible for keeping the entire structure well-ventilated.

Identify the building.

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Hawa Mahal

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TechnologyYY, originally titled Phoenix, it was renamed because of trademark issues with Phoenix Technologies. The replacement name, provoked an intense response from a free database software project with the same name.

In response, the XX Foundation stated that the product should always bear the prefix XX to avoid confusion with the database software. Continuing pressure from the database server's development community forced another change and the product finally became XX YY.

Identify XX and YY

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Mozilla FoundationFirefox

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The name for this revolutionary product was proposed by Vinnie Chieco, a freelance copywriter who after seeing a prototype thought of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey and the phrase "Open the pod bay door, Hal!".

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• Friday: Rubins Barichello - Broken nose and arm

• Saturday: Roland Ratzenberger - Dead

• Sunday: ?????

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Ayerton Sena - Dead

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Complete the List

Malcolm NashTilak Raj

Daan Van Bunge_____________

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Stuart Broad (All bowlers who got hit for six sixes in an over)

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TV ShowsIn this celebrated American family, the father, works as a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant—a position at odds with his careless, buffoonish personality. His wife is a stereotypical American housewife and mother.

They have three children: A ten-year-old troublemaker; A precocious eight-year-old activist; and a baby who rarely speaks, but communicates by sucking on a pacifier. The family also owns a Dog and a Cat.

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TV Shows

Identify the TV show

“Department of Heuristics and Research on Material


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Lost (DHARMA Initiative)

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• 8 answers – all connected

• Relative scoring: For every answer, Number of points = 5 * Number of teams that didn’t give the answer

• Write all answers on your paper

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A is the longest running film in the history of Indian cinema.

B is a famous Indian producer-director who featured for few minutes in A.

C had one of the lead roles in A. D is the mother of C and sister of E. F is the son of E and appears in a famous medical soap

opera on TV. G is the second cousin of C and F, and is a famous

actress in Bollywood. H is the cousin of C and G and was director of one of the

biggest hits of 2009.

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A = DDLJB = Karan JoharC = KajolD = TanujaE = NutanF = Monish BehlG = Rani MukherjeeH = Ayan Mukherjee