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The college general quiz of Magnus Intellectus, the quiz fest organised by Cotton University, Guwahati. The quiz was won by the team of Dipankar sharma, Debasish Basistha and Biswajit Sharma .

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Quest generalis 2017 prelims+finals

  1. 1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS :  Cotton college quiz club and the team of Pratyush .  Dr. Vinay Upadhyay da for reviewing the set.  Amitabh Sharma and Lucky Kaul for all the inputs and the suggestions.  All the participants for turning up, despite this being the last quiz of the fest.
  2. 2. PRELIMS  20 questions with 25 points.  Qno 16 to 20 are star –marked with two pointers and will be used to resolve ties(if any)  In case of ties in the finals , the one with higher marks in prelims will get the advantage.  Top 8 teams qualify for the finals.  .No e-devices allowed.
  3. 3.  (1) The fearsome reputation given to the great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) by something around late 70s sparked a shark hunting craze that dramatically reduced nearly all such species over the following decades. In the waters off the US eastern seaboard, populations reduced by nearly 50% and in some areas it has gone down by as much as 90%.  What caused all the panic and subsequent decline?
  4. 4.  (2) According to scientists, the game’s immersive simplicity makes it a potentially powerful therapeutic tool.  According to Prof Emily Holmes, an expert in psychology at the University of Karolinska, it tapped well into the visual memory owing to the colors, shapes and movement involved.  Their research and findings suggested that engaging in very visually demanding tasks soon after a trauma(like road accident or losing a dear one), can help block or disrupt the memory being stored in an overly vivid way thus overcoming them.  What am I talking about?
  5. 5.  (3) The band members have a conflicting explanation regarding the naming of the band. The following are however commonly cited:  (i) based on this delicacy that one of the band member’s great grandmother used to make.  (ii) nickname of the NBA star Mookie Blaylock.  (iii) reference to how these creatures(belonging to the phylum Mollusca) make something from grit.  What band am I talking about?
  6. 6.  (4) One of the most bizarre sights on the Grammys red carpet this year was that of signer CeeLo Green dress. Due to its appearance what appropriately did the Telegraph UK article compared it to , that has been often jokingly referred as mummy covered in chocolate and nuts(pic next slide)
  7. 7.  (5) By playing off the famous rivalry between Michael Jordan and Larry Bird, the Ad titled "The Showdown" popularized the now-iconic basketball saying "nothing but net" in the middle of the biggest football game of the year.  The catchphrase has become one of the most recognizable phrases in the sports world with a lot of parodies and remakes.  Give me the company (the tagline of whose wont certainly be approved by Grammar Nazis!)
  8. 8.  (6) The argument put forward for this phrase is quite weak because they aren’t as dirty as people make out them to be and the tactics adopted by them aren’t unusual or unique to them.  In recent times it has come to mean whether a person is able to perform a certain feat at the same level anywhere, at any time, as well as under laboratory conditions.  What very “chilling” statement of utter dispute am I talking about?
  9. 9.  (7) From the honeymooning Kennedys, to parties for Rihanna and Prince Albert of Monaco, the legendary Beverly House had become nearly as famous as those who have graced its rooms.  Even though its a fantasy for many people but we mostly remember it due to a nightmarish scene from a movie involving a certain Equus ferus caballus.  What am I talking about(pic of the mansion next slide)?
  10. 10.  (8)The Stanley cup has found itself in crazy situations/places like Eddie Olczyk feeding his horse out of the Stanley cup or Sylvain Lefebvre’s daughter being baptized using the Cup as a Baptismal font.  But the craziest one probably happened when in 1940 the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup and it somehow caught fire. With no suitable water or extinguisher in sight, what “logical” things did the players do?
  11. 11.  (9) According to historian Elizabeth Fenn George Washington’s real opponent during most of the American Revolution weren’t the bullets or the rough weather but something more primitive that he neglected.  The matter got so serious that he based his entire strategy on it and made sure to march his troop in separate columns based on their present status.  More interestingly, it reshaped North America more than the revolution did because it prevent (saved) Canada from becoming the 14th state of US. What am I talking about?
  12. 12.  (10)The dermatologist associated with this legend, Dr. Arnie Klein, told CNN that he suffered from vitiligo, a disease that causes blotches of lightening skin, as well as a form of lupus that led to rashes and flaking of skin on his scalp. His was bad because he began to get a speckled look all over his body.  Regardless of its origins, this item was never viewed as anything other than fashion by his fans, some of whom donned it to impersonate him.  What am I talking about?
  13. 13.  (11) Unione Calcio Sampdoria, commonly known as Sampdoria [sampˈdɔrja], is an Italian association football club based in Genoa.  The dark profile in the logo isn't that of a werewolf or some furry-faced samurai, but that of a sailor, which is appropriate for a club from Italy's largest port city.  Why was the logo in 2009 been criticized by a group of people and how they wanted to modify it?
  14. 14.  (12) Chippewa Square was laid out in 1815 and named in honor of American soldiers killed in the Battle of Chippawa during the War of 1812.  In the center of the square is a bronze statue of Georgia founder General James Oglethorpe. Chippewa Square is also home to First Baptist Church (1833), the Philbrick-Eastman House (1844),and The Savannah Theatre (1818).  But the people who visit the park are always looking for something (that never belonged to the place) and was just a temporary jugaad! What am I talking about?
  15. 15.  (13) According to him , his eye-catching ensemble was a nod to his country’s history. He believed it was important for them to get their culture out to the world and hence wanted to march in with what their ancestors wore 200 years ago .  As far as the use of coconut oil is concerned(that caused much of the glittering) it had cultural roots and is considered an expression of ancestral ties to his country and the symmetry of the human body.  Who talking about which incident that made him a celebrity overnight?
  16. 16.  (14) There was a story about how, before the Second World War, a Nazi officer had been looking at one of his masterpiece, and the officer asked who had done it, to which he wittily replied that it was more of their “creation” than his.  What am I talking about whose courage to tell the truth is probably more prominent today in the age of “post-truth” and internet conspiracies?
  17. 17.  (15) The name of this place/location is a complete misnomer because the 2nd part of its name doesn’t come from the 6 letter word that we usually associate it with but from the Latin word for “circle” meaning a round open space at a street junction.  While the first part of the name comes from this type of collars that was fashionable in the late 16th century to early 17th century(pic next slide)?
  18. 18.  (16) This movie had the same effect as LOTR in Hollywood. After the movie was released, New Zealand became a tourism hotspot for Indians. The number of applications for visas and permits for Indian students and tourists went up so much that the visa office had to be enlarged to the tune of US$500,000.Which movie?  If by any chance you managed to watch it umpteen times(and u deserve a medal for that), you must have noticed that this brand was advertised throughout the film in a subtle manner to the extent that the hero was signed in as the new campaign model. Which brand?
  19. 19.  (17) Who appropriately features in this meme(X), making a clever reference to the GOT character(Y)?  The last time X did it, board exam results were declared on a Sunday for the first time.
  20. 20.  (18) Rocco Morabito’s photo showing an electrical worker trying to resuscitate a fellow lineman who got electrocuted became the first spot news photo ever to win a Pulitzer Prize.  Take a good look at the photo(next slide) and give me the three word title.  While you are at it, tell me the Bollywood actor who wrote a book by the same name( that perfectly sums up his acting career!), describing his son’s brave fight against paediatric cancer?
  21. 21.  (19) This new breakfast Instagram trend is about shaping the egg white in a certain pattern with the yolk served in the middle.  They are popular among healthy eaters as they contain around 160 calories and quite simple to make.  What is it called?  While you are at it, this other creation is known as a 'unicorn toastie' and has made quite an impression on social media in 2016, By what popular name is it known(pics follow)?
  22. 22.  (20) In biophysics and Optical tomography, a photon packet can be terminated from a scattering medium by reemission because if the weight of the photon packet has already decreased (due to many interactions), further propagation is completely useless. But the catch is in properly terminating it, so that energy is conserved.  The most popular technique gives the photon packet one chance in m(say m=10) of surviving with a weight mW. In other words, if it does not sustain, it is terminated with a weight set to zero; else the photon packet increases in weight from W to mW.  Based on the description above, what is the method called? Also where would we have seen the most famous application of it in an iconic 70s movie that was India's second 70-milimetre, stereophonic-sound film?
  23. 23.  (1) The fearsome reputation given to the great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) by something around late 70s sparked a shark hunting craze that dramatically reduced nearly all such species over the following decades. In the waters off the US eastern seaboard, populations reduced by nearly 50% and in some areas it has gone down by as much as 90%.  What caused all the panic and subsequent decline?
  24. 24.  (2) According to scientists, the game’s immersive simplicity makes it a potentially powerful therapeutic tool.  According to Prof Emily Holmes, an expert in psychology at the University of Karolinska, it tapped well into the visual memory owing to the colors, shapes and movement involved.  Their research and findings suggested that engaging in very visually demanding tasks soon after a trauma(like road accident or losing a dear one), can help block or disrupt the memory being stored in an overly vivid way thus overcoming them.  What am I talking about?
  25. 25.  (3) The band members have a conflicting explanation regarding the naming of the band. The following are however commonly cited:  (i) based on this delicacy that one of the band member’s great grandmother used to make.  (ii) nickname of the NBA star Mookie Blaylock.  (iii) reference to how these creatures(belonging to the phylum Mollusca) make something from grit.  What band am I talking about?
  26. 26.  (4) One of the most bizarre sights on the Grammys red carpet this year was that of signer CeeLo Green dress. Due to its appearance what appropriately did the Telegraph UK article compared it to , that has been often jokingly referred as mummy covered in chocolate and nuts(pic next slide)
  27. 27.  (5) By playing off the famous rivalry between Michael Jordan and Larry Bird, the Ad titled "The Showdown" popularized the now-iconic basketball saying "nothing but net" in the middle of the biggest football game of the year.  The catchphrase has become one of the most recognizable phrases in the sports world with a lot of parodies and remakes.  Give me the company (the tagline of whose wont certainly be approved by Grammar Nazis!)
  28. 28.  (6) The argument put forward for this phrase is quite weak because they aren’t as dirty as people make out them to be and the tactics adopted by them aren’t unusual or unique to them.  In recent times it has come to mean whether a person is able to perform a certain feat at the same level anywhere, at any time, as well as under laboratory conditions.  What very “chilling” statement of utter dispute am I talking about?
  29. 29.  (7) From the honeymooning Kennedys, to parties for Rihanna and Prince Albert of Monaco, the legendary Beverly House had become nearly as famous as those who have graced its rooms.  Even though its a fantasy for many people but we mostly remember it due to a nightmarish scene from a movie involving a certain Equus ferus caballus.  What am I talking about(pic of the mansion next slide)?
  30. 30.  (8)The Stanley cup has found itself in crazy situations/places like Eddie Olczyk feeding his horse out of the Stanley cup or Sylvain Lefebvre’s daughter being baptized using the Cup as a Baptismal font.  But the craziest one probably happened when in 1940 the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup and it somehow caught fire. With no suitable water or extinguisher in sight, what “logical” things did the players do?
  31. 31.  They urinated on the cup.  This may be the first and only time the Stanley Cup messes with fire and human urine during the same night.
  32. 32.  (9) According to historian Elizabeth Fenn George Washington’s real opponent during most of the American Revolution weren’t the bullets or the rough weather but something more primitive that he neglected.  The matter got so serious that he based his entire strategy on it and made sure to march his troop in separate columns based on their present status.  More interestingly, it reshaped North America more than the revolution did because it prevent (saved) Canada from becoming the 14th state of US. What am I talking about?
  33. 33.  (10)The dermatologist associated with this legend, Dr. Arnie Klein, told CNN that he suffered from vitiligo, a disease that causes blotches of lightening skin, as well as a form of lupus that led to rashes and flaking of skin on his scalp. His was bad because he began to get a speckled look all over his body.  Regardless of its origins, this item was never viewed as anything other than fashion by his fans, some of whom donned it to impersonate him.  What am I talking about?
  34. 34. MICHAEL JACKSON'S SINGLE GLOVE, A TRADEMARK IMAGE, STARTED AS A WAY TO HIDE HIS SKIN CONDITION
  35. 35.  (11) Unione Calcio Sampdoria, commonly known as Sampdoria [sampˈdɔrja], is an Italian association football club based in Genoa.  The dark profile in the logo isn't that of a werewolf or some furry-faced samurai, but that of a sailor, which is appropriate for a club from Italy's largest port city.  Why was the logo in 2009 been criticized by a group of people and how they wanted to modify it?
  36. 36. AN ANTI-TOBACCO GROUP WANTED THE PIPE ON THE SAILOR TO BE REMOVED!
  37. 37.  (12) Chippewa Square was laid out in 1815 and named in honor of American soldiers killed in the Battle of Chippawa during the War of 1812.  In the center of the square is a bronze statue of Georgia founder General James Oglethorpe. Chippewa Square is also home to First Baptist Church (1833), the Philbrick-Eastman House (1844),and The Savannah Theatre (1818).  But the people who visit the park are always looking for something (that never belonged to the place) and was just a temporary jugaad! What am I talking about?
  38. 38. THE “BENCH” IN FORREST GUMP
  39. 39.  (13) According to him , his eye-catching ensemble was a nod to his country’s history. He believed it was important for them to get their culture out to the world and hence wanted to march in with what their ancestors wore 200 years ago .  As far as the use of coconut oil is concerned(that caused much of the glittering) it had cultural roots and is considered an expression of ancestral ties to his country and the symmetry of the human body.  Who talking about which incident that made him a celebrity overnight?
  40. 40. TONGA'S OILED-UP OLYMPIC FLAG BEARER(RIO,2016) PITA TAUFATOFUA
  41. 41.  (14) There was a story about how, before the Second World War, a Nazi officer had been looking at one of his masterpiece, and the officer asked who had done it, to which he wittily replied that it was more of their “creation” than his.  What am I talking about whose courage to tell the truth is probably more prominent today in the age of “post-truth” and internet conspiracies?
  42. 42. PICASSO’S “GUERNICA”
  43. 43.  (15) The name of this place/location is a complete misnomer because the 2nd part of its name doesn’t come from the 6 letter word that we usually associate it with but from the Latin word for “circle” meaning a round open space at a street junction.  While the first part of the name comes from this type of collars that was fashionable in the late 16th century to early 17th century(pic next slide)?
  44. 44. PICCADILLY CIRCUS(THE COLLARS WERE CALLED PICCADILLS)
  45. 45.  (16) This movie had the same effect as LOTR in Hollywood. After the movie was released, New Zealand became a tourism hotspot for Indians. The number of applications for visas and permits for Indian students and tourists went up so much that the visa office had to be enlarged to the tune of US$500,000.Which movie?  If by any chance you managed to watch it umpteen times(and u deserve a medal for that), you must have noticed that this brand was advertised throughout the film in a subtle manner to the extent that the hero was signed in as the new campaign model. Which brand?
  46. 46.  (17) Who appropriately features in this meme(X), making a clever reference to the GOT character(Y)?  The last time X did it, board exam results were declared on a Sunday for the first time.
  47. 47. X: AARON RAMSEY , Y: RAMSEY BOLTON
  48. 48.  (18) Rocco Morabito’s photo showing an electrical worker trying to resuscitate a fellow lineman who got electrocuted became the first spot news photo ever to win a Pulitzer Prize.  Take a good look at the photo(next slide) and give me the three word title.  While you are at it, tell me the Bollywood actor who wrote a book by the same name( that perfectly sums up his acting career!), describing his son’s brave fight against paediatric cancer?
  49. 49.  (19) This new breakfast Instagram trend is about shaping the egg white in a certain pattern with the yolk served in the middle.  They are popular among healthy eaters as they contain around 160 calories and quite simple to make.  What is it called?  While you are at it, this other creation is known as a 'unicorn toastie' and has made quite an impression on social media in 2016, By what popular name is it known(pics follow)?
  50. 50.  Egg clouds  Rainbow cheese toastie
  51. 51.  (20) In biophysics and Optical tomography, a photon packet can be terminated from a scattering medium by reemission because if the weight of the photon packet has already decreased (due to many interactions), further propagation is completely useless. But the catch is in properly terminating it, so that energy is conserved.  The most popular technique gives the photon packet one chance in m(say m=10) of surviving with a weight mW. In other words, if it does not sustain, it is terminated with a weight set to zero; else the photon packet increases in weight from W to mW.  Based on the description above, what is the method called? Also where would we have seen the most famous application of it in an iconic 70s movie that was India's second 70-milimetre, stereophonic-sound film?
  52. 52. GABBAR IN HIS HIDEOUT TAUNTS THREE OF HIS MEN ON A FAILED MISSION. IN A FORM OF RUSSIAN ROULETTE, HE RANDOMLY REMOVES THREE OF THE SIX BULLETS FROM HIS GUN AND HOLDS THE BARREL OF THE GUN TO A MAN'S TEMPLE AND FIRES.
  53. 53. FINAL S
  54. 54. THE DEAL :  There are 40 questions in the finals.  For pounce,differential scoring will be used throughout the quiz and the marking scheme is as follows:  (i) 7-8 teams : 5 points  (ii)5-6 teams : 10 points  (iii) 3-4 teams: 15 points  (iv) 1-2 teams : 20 points  On normal pass, it is 10/0, while a wrong answer in the pounce is -10 throughout.  No one answers, question go to the next team.
  55. 55.  (1)The People’s Choice Awards has been the award show of the people, voted on by fans with results that you wouldn’t necessarily see at the Oscars, the Golden Globes, or the Grammys.  The host for this year, Joel McHale made a clever reference to a movie when he said 2016 was an interesting year where all of us watched a long time government insider squared off against an egotistical billionaire.  Which movie he was referencing , taking a clear jibe at Trump?
  56. 56.  (2) Which three words have been blanked out in this Economist article that tells us about the new school of painting which was first exhibited in Paris around 1870s?  Each of the adjacent words differ from the next by just a letter. A very similar game called wordladder/doublets/laddergrams was invented by a person around 1878. The puzzle begins with two words, and to solve the puzzle one must find a chain of other words to link the two, in which two adjacent words (that is, words in successive steps) differ by one letter.  Example: For converting from Cold to warm, the steps are: COLD → CORD → CARD → WARD → WARM  Give me the three blanked out words and the person.
  57. 57.  (3) Professor C.V. Vishveshwara (77) was among the early pioneers to study “black holes” even before they had been so named and his calculations gave a graphic form to the signal that would be emitted by two merging black holes that was later verified by the LIGO experiment.  Known for his wit and sense of humour, what did he want his nickname to be because of his decorated discovery associated with black hole (pic next slide). Co-incidentally the nickname is same as that of the protagonist(19th century novel) who has been played by Lon Chaney, Sr , Charles Laughton to Tom Hulce?
  58. 58. “QUASIMODO” AFTER HAVING FIRST DISCOVERED THE QUASI NORMAL MODES OF BLACK STAR.
  59. 59.  (4) Kai Kobold, a German antiques dealer whose wares date back to the Neolithic era, bought a fourteen-year-old object with more history, he believed, than any other piece in his collection.  It was the left leg of a statue whose toppling was considered iconic and was even compared to the fall of Berlin wall and collapse of the Iron curtain.  Even though it couldn’t be proved whether it was authentic or not due to its spotted past, it has nevertheless garnered a lot of attention and was sold to a new owner at about ten thousand Euros. What am I talking about?
  60. 60. LEFT LEG OF A STATUE OF SADDAM HUSSEIN FAMOUSLY TOPPLED BY U.S. TROOPS IN APRIL, 2003.
  61. 61.  (5) Carl Rollyson's impeccably researched, compulsively readable life of Sylvia Plath is likely to remain for years to come the definitive biography of this complex, fascinating woman.  Recognizing her intense, ultimately unsustainable ambition to be a paramount force, just like her favourite deity ( that literally turned a villain now!), what did he appropriately name his book?  In the book there has been a lot of comparison between her and another lady , like their failing marriages, their self-made mythologies, as well as the fact both had what would be known today as Bipolar Type 2 Disorder. Who is this lady with a bitter-sweet “birthday connection”?
  62. 62.  (6) The initial idea was to make the particular thing(say X) revolutionary, because the athlete wanted something really lightweight and something with amazing support. He wanted it to work with his foot and the way it interacted with the track.  One of the last prototypes was a fabric that was metallic-type and reflected like a mirror.  The idea was soon scrapped and something iconic came in its place. What am I talking about?
  63. 63. MICHAEL JOHNSON’S GOLDEN SHOES AT ATLANTA OLYMPICS 1996.
  64. 64.  (7) Dijkstra's algorithm is an algorithm for finding the shortest paths between nodes in a graph, which may represent, for example, road networks. It was conceived by computer scientist Edsger W. Dijkstra in 1956 and published three years later.  His objective was to choose both a problem as well as an answer (that would be produced by computer) that non-computing people could understand. He designed the shortest path algorithm and later implemented it for ARMAC for a slightly simplified transportation map of 64 cities in the Netherlands .  Why the number 64(or rather a set of number having the same property)?
  65. 65.  64, so that 6 bits(i.e 2 to the power 6) would be sufficient to encode the city number .
  66. 66.  (8) The Jordanian cabinet revoked Article 308 this April, after years of campaigning by women's activists, as well as Muslim and Christian scholars and others.  With rape and sexual abuse impacting nearly a billion women and girls over their lifetimes, a repeal in Jordan and Lebanon is definitely crucial examples showing how change is possible in the Arab region, and around the world, for countries with similar exemptions.  Which loophole(a similar plot in Rani Mukherjee’s debut film “Raja ki aayegi baraat(1997)”) were they trying to amend that has been the subject of lots of debate and discussion ?
  67. 67.  (9) According to this person, it is not a work of art, but rather an "advertising trick" since it was sponsored by investment firm State Street Global Advisers, and advertising firm McCann.  His lawyers are requesting unspecified damages, due to a "copyright violation” .They also believe that his own work now is being perceived as “negative” and have lost the artistic meaning and significance.  Who and what according to him is creating all the problems?
  68. 68.  (10) Angel Matos, suffered an injury to his foot during a fight for the bronze medal in 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Olympic rule for any injury in a taekwondo match is that the athlete only has a brief window of time to stop the bleeding, put his leg back on, etc. or else he is disqualified.  Since he couldn’t treat his injury in the allotted time, so the judge awarded the match to his opponent, much to Mato’s disbelief and shock.  To prove that his leg was functional and perhaps because of a language barrier between Matos and the Swedish judge, what “universal” language(pun intended) did he use ?
  69. 69. HE KICKED THE JUDGED ON THE FACE TO PROVE THAT HIS INJURY WAS GONE AND HE IS READY TO FIGHT.
  70. 70.  (11) According to the studies conducted by Lead scientist Dr Emma Wallace and her team , from the University of York's Department of Psychology, music is not something that is relevant to captive chimpanzees and are supported by recent work with zoo-housed orang-utans that were unable to distinguish music from digitally scrambled noise.  These results also highlight the possibility that music appreciation is something that is a uniquely human trait, even though chimps may share 96 per cent of human DNA.  What glaring error from the world of Literature/Entertainment were they trying to point out?
  71. 71.  (12) By 1910, when the style was universally adopted in this sport, the timings had dropped by more than 5% and the improvement in the first decade of the 20th century was greater than in the hundred years since.  The reduced aerodynamic drag is one of the primary reasons while the contribution of reduced vertical displacement is also a factor. As a result of this, the weight is distributed evenly and no unnecessary energy is expended making the process more efficient and faster.  Which sport and what change?
  72. 72.  Horseracing.  Jockeys abandoned a comfortable, upright posture for the hunched-over, short-stirrup style seen today at racetracks
  73. 73.  (13) In one of the stone cold murders of 2017, it was revealed that a guy called Udayan Das allegedly killed his parents and buried them in the lawns of his house. Then, he allegedly killed his ‘girlfriend’, entombed the body and carried out a stunning impersonation of her. This story also was the inspiration behind the Crime Patrol Satark episodes 799-801.  When police raided his house they found multiple DVD copies of a Hollywood movie , and he later confessed it to be his inspiration behind the murder. Which 2013 movie, that is based on the true Story of the three teenagers of West Memphis accused of mercilessly killing three young boys? In the west Memphis case,there was no credible physical evidence nor any eyewitness against the three accused. It was believed that the crime was committed as a of part Satanic ritual because all three listened to heavy metal. Due to these factors, what important and tragic event in American history was the judiciary and legal system compared to?
  74. 74.  (14) The famous Canadian photographer David Burdeny returned to the spot whose colourful hue mesmerized him. He returned last year with a camera and a homemade drone, but the contraption couldn’t cover enough area and was no match for persistent wind. The photos weren’t sharp enough.  It was only when he returned the next year around April(the time considered most suitable for viewing it), that he was able to capture the color and symmetry including the individual details.  Which speculative bubble am I talking about that was supposed to be present even before the gold rush , dot com or the housing bubble?
  75. 75. THE FAMOUS TULIP GARDENS OF NETHERLANDS
  76. 76.  (15) In what was arguably , one of the best one- liners in Politics, this came from Vincent Cable, the acting leader of the Liberal Democrats who compared the transformation of Gordon Brown from X to Y because of his ability to create chaos out of order (as Y does) rather than order out of chaos.  To help you get started, X and Y are surnames with 6 and 4 letters respectively and both the words end with the same letter.
  77. 77.  (16) Madeline de Jesus was a track and field athlete from Puerto Rico. At the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics Games, she injured her hamstring during the long jump event and was not in a position to run in the qualifying round of the 4x400 metres relay.  What rather filmy “jugaad” did she arrange for , that helped Puerto Rico advance to the next round but ultimately being pulled out of the finals after the hoax was revealed?
  78. 78.  Madeline enlisted her identical twin sister, Margaret, as an imposter for a qualifying heat 
  79. 79.  (17) While most Rama temples have statues of Hanuman kneeling in front in an act of prayer, the Ammapalli temple, near RGIA airport Hyderabad, has an idol of Kodandarama where Rama holds the arrow in his right hand and a bow in the left.  While there are very few Kodandarama temples(without the statue of Hanuman), what very apt and logical mythological reason is cited for this?  Taking a cue from above, why is hanuman not seen or absent in these temples ?
  80. 80.  Kodandarama temples are built only in places where Sri Rama travelled or stayed during his 14 years of exile.  The temple doesn’t have Hanuman sitting near Rama as he didn’t join them till the end of exile !
  81. 81.  (18) In his dark comedy of 1893, this author tells us about a lady called Mrs. Arbuthnot, a respectable woman with a secret past, remark knowingly: “A ___ may ruin a human life.”  But ironically, he had probably never imagined that it(the blanked out word) could also ruin stone blocks of a tomb!  The problem started in the late 1990s when the number of visitors to his tomb rose appreciably, as it became a place of pilgrimage within the cemetery. For years, visitors to his tomb had limited themselves to leaving graffiti or little notes or flowers. But then started the problem that became such a big headache that the authorities had to erect a seven-foot plate glass wall to keep ardent admirers at a distance.  Who and what is the problem talked about/blanked out word?
  82. 82.  (19) 'I did it for many reasons,' said X. 'But I’ll leave it for other people to figure out what it means. I’m sure people can work it out.’  Some of the probable “answers” might be his car being confiscated more than 25 times, since he arrived or the famous bib episode on the training ground.  Who talking about what unusual celebration method that has been cited as one the best T-shirt celebrations ever presented in the modern era?
  83. 83. BALOTELLI’S “WHY ALWAYS ME?”
  84. 84.  (20) Academics at the University of Northumbria have found that simply being in a room diffused with the smell of this plant boosted memory test scores by 15 per cent. Although it might not seem much, but it could mean the difference between remembering to take medication, or not, which could prove life-saving.  While further investigation is required to understand the potential benefits of these aromas throughout the life span, English folklore had advised long ago slipping this herb into the pocket of an errant lover to help them remember their vows or Ophelia’s confirmation that the herb is ‘for remembrance’ in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. What am I talking about?
  85. 85. REVERSE GEAR Same rules but questions pass in the opposite direction. The final 20 questions of the quiz.
  86. 86.  (21) Said to be the biggest second world war reconstruction ever , the original event was definitely a watershed moment for history and finally shaping the outcome of the war.  The country’s defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, was among 5,000 spectators who watched(the reenactment) men dressed as soldiers attacking a mock-up of the enemy’s iconic landmark. State television showed dramatic footage that included explosions, planes circling overhead, gunfire and men dressed up in military uniforms burn to the ground in flames.  The whole process took up a lot of meticulous effort and about 6 months to prepare. Which historic moment were they trying to recreate?
  87. 87.  (22) The townspeople of Buttevant, County Cork have claimed that it was Irish bred and sold at the town's renown Cahirmee fair, from where it found its way to fame and hence it should be returned to them .  The National Army Museum in Chelsea, (where it currently belongs) said the matter would be dealt sensitively , keeping in mind its debated origins and their obligation to protect and safeguard collections for future generations.  On the next slide you can see Derek Bell, a professional prop maker giving it a more lifelike stance.
  88. 88.  (23) This poem as they say is about “inviting in” dark thoughts. The person(X) says it helped him get through his notorious ‘uncoupling’ when he was depressed and overwhelmed.  He believed that the poem had a profound impact in his life because it made him realize that self-doubt and depression as well as all the joyful feelings are useful if we know how to harness them.  What is the poem named?  How did he include the poem as a sort of tribute in one of his/their work, clearly deviating from the previous ones?
  89. 89.  A Head Full of Dreams is having a spoken word section in the form of “The Guest house” .  Chris Martin did it as a tribute to the profound impact it had in his life.
  90. 90.  (24) Who is this “attractive” man seen as an exception to the illusive Nash equilibrium in this xkcd strip? Maybe someday science will get over its giant collective crush over him!
  91. 91.  (25) 157 minor accidents were reported, of which only 32 involved personal injuries, with only a handful serious.  On the positive end, cautious behaviour caused a major decrease in road fatalities. Indeed, fatal car- to-car and car-to-pedestrian accidents dropped sharply as a result, and the number of motor insurance claims went down by 40%.  What caused all these problems/benefits? While you are it give me the use of the gloves in the next slide?
  92. 92. DAGEN H(THE RIGHT HAND TRAFFIC DIVERSION) IN SWEDEN
  93. 93.  A pair of colored gloves used in 1967 by Swedish authorities in order to remind drivers they should drive on the right as the traffic was changed
  94. 94.  (26) The noted film critic, the late Philip French who, when writing about a work that transformed his world, promised that if he were the Minister of Health, he’d see that chemists were well stocked with cassettes of <Insert Movie Name> and encourage doctors to prescribe it for depressed patients.  Which classic(whose name might remind you of the only thing Shraddha Kapoor is probably good at !)from (around) mid 20th century was supposed to fizz you with joy?
  95. 95.  (27) When initially approached for the role of this character, he was quite nervous as he wasn’t a typical voice actor nor did he have a traditional theatrical background.  While looking for possible inspiration to prepare for the audition, he saw his cat coughing up a fur ball. The cat’s entire body was rippling from head to toe and it started to vomit with much discomfort and commotion.  Who was thus inspired that went down as an iconic one?
  96. 96. GOLLUM(ANDY SERKINS TALKING ABOUT THE INSPIRATION)
  97. 97.  (28) Since the character he potrayed had very little or no dialogue, so he decided to do a Moari Haka dance just before the auditions in order to show the ferocious and manly nature of his character . Co- incidentally he was able to impress because the crew present there actually got real scared.  Which undefeated “warlord” am I talking about from the world of popular culture?
  98. 98. JASON MOMOA PORTRAYING “KHAL DROGO” IN GAME OF THRONES
  99. 99.  (29) Barbados was playing Grenada in the Group round of the Caribbean Cup and was winning 2-0 with seven minutes to go. Grenada then scored, making it 2-1. Even though Barbados was still winning, they were actually losing. Their win would tie the two teams in the standings, but Grenada would win the tiebreaker based on having scored more in previous matches.  (a) What did they(Barbados) do next, that has gone down as one of the most bizarrely hilarious sequences in sports history?  (b) What equally questionable and idiosyncratic Caribbean cup rule/policy were they trying to take advantage of ?
  100. 100.  (a) They deliberately scored a own goal to push it to the extra time(the goalie standing there and picking his nose the entire time!)  (b) Each goal in extra time had two points instead of one and the team to score it first, wins the game(which the Barbados apparently did making a mockery of this otherwise beautiful sport)
  101. 101.  (30) The printed palazzo pants(on the next slide) is inspired from the painting on the right. He was what you might call an armchair traveller and his paintings of tigers in lush green jungles were inspired by his time in Mexico.  For the printed trousers(following slides), the inspiration behind the design is a giant monstera deliciosa, a swiss cheese plant which this artist used to keep in his studio and it served as the inspiration for many other paintings.  In each of the case, name the painter.
  102. 102.  Henri Rousseau and the painting in the right is Tiger in a Tropical Storm  The painter in the other slide is Henri Matisse.  (the answers are in the order in which they appear in the slides)
  103. 103.  (31) According to a study by Irina Pugach of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, a group of Indian adventurers probably came to Australia about 4,000 years before Captain Phillip and his merry men arrived (in 1788) .  Unlike their European successors, these earlier settlers were assimilated by the locals and they brought with them one of Australia’s iconic animal that is believed to have exterminated the Tasmanian tiger. What?  The second evidence which further validates the theory is the way in which cycad nuts were cultivated and was very similar with the way done in Kerala. A popular method is called “fire-stick” and was used to burn trees competing with the ones bearing the nuts. What other essential purpose did this method serve ?
  104. 104.  Dingo, the Australian wild dog. Their resemblance to certain breeds found in India is well known.  Cycads nuts contain toxins, so burning(or heating it) is necessary to detoxify it and make it edible.
  105. 105.  (32) The chess puzzle(pic next slide) originally composed by sir Roger Penrose has been devised to defeat an artificially intelligent (AI) computer but is solvable for humans.  This puzzle has been set up to study an important quality of human being, that has baffled neuroscientists for ages and one physicist has even proposed it to be a state of matter! What?  What other similar event about 75 years ago was this puzzle compared to that invited readers to pit their wits against a new conundrum to find the quickest minds?
  106. 106. THE ORIGINAL BLETCHLEY PARK CROSSWORD, PUBLISHED IN THE TELEGRAPH IN 1942
  107. 107.  (33) Thom Bogaard and Rolf Hut of Delft University of Technology have been aiming to understand how this mighty watercourse moves, how it mixes, how it might disperse and dilute pollution if faced with such a problem.  It being a relatively poor country so they did not use the fancy, high end equipments as commonly seen in the west but took their inspiration from a popular(fictional) game wherein they attached colored balloons and bicycle lights to about 300 coconuts. It is then allowed to drift in the river and observations are made as they pass through specific points that reveal important information about water current and sediment content.  Which river and the inspiration behind the innovation?
  108. 108.  (34) The 1999 French open women’s single final is known for reasons more than one. While Martina Hingis was just three points away from victory, the way things unfolded from that point is probably no less thrilling and full of drama. Hingis lost her cool when a line judge made a bad call in Steffi Graf's favour, even though it should not have mattered as she was miles ahead of her opponent.  (a) Whatever she did next, not only gave crowd the reasons to hate her but she also committed an etiquette offense that people consider just slightly above shitting on the court. What ?  (b) Upon utter frustration from the constant jeering and boos from the French crowd, what other folly did she commit probably trying to repeat what Michael Chang did against Ivan Lendl in 1989 ?
  109. 109.  (a) One cannot cross over to the opponent’s side of the net, according to rules. Hingis not only lost the point, she was penalized a point for venturing into her opponent's domain.  (b) Underhand serve and it is struck below shoulder level. Although this serve is legal, it may be seen as unsportsmanlike in adult tennis.  Interestingly, when Michael Chang did that against Ivan Lendl, the French crowd applauded. But for Hingis, they jeered.
  110. 110.  (35) There is a long ongoing tussle over which shade(the lighter or the darker) should be used in the national flag.  Researchers having examined silk threads from what is thought to be the oldest surviving flag and concluded that it should have been the darker one(in place of the lighter shade currently used)  The Federalists, led by Juan Manuel de Rosas, fought for decentralised government under the darker shade colours while the Unitarians, who wanted a strong central government rallied to the lighter one. After the Unitarians’ triumph, most countrymen adopted the lighter version(inspite of not being sure if they really used the lighter version and chemical analysis like x-ray spectroscopy further disproving the theory) and this is how it has continued to remain till date.  Which country?
  111. 111.  (36) The Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme is an annual event that takes place on July 29th every year in Spain. A procession of family and friends of the ‘celebrants’ makes its way though the streets of the town, all dressed appropriately for funerals. The literal English translation of the festival is what the festival is all about. Take a good look at the picture next slide and tell me what is happening.  The unconventional pilgrimage is led by the effigy of Santa Marta . Keeping in with the context of the festival, Santa Marta is appropriately the sister of whom?
  112. 112.  This festival is about people give their thanks to the Saint after surviving a close brush with death during the previous twelve months.  In Biblical terms Martha is the sister of Lazarus who was brought back from the dead by Jesus.
  113. 113.  (37) In the Rolling stone’s “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, (a) which is the most frequent word used in the songs' lyrics, with 1057 occurrences, followed by I'm (1000 uses), oh (847 uses) know (779 uses), baby (746 uses), got (702 uses), and yeah (656 uses)?  (b) Described as "one of the most popular instrumental rock and soul songs ever” , this is the only instrumental in the list(say AB). The title is not a marijuana reference(as believed by many) and according to the front man of the band it was named so because it was the nastiest thing he could think of and it's something people usually throw away. Give me AB.
  114. 114. (A) LOVE; (B) GREEN ONIONS
  115. 115.  (38)This rolling stone cover of Julia Dreyfus was controversial for all the obvious reasons . Probably the more prominent one was what was written on her back that needed certain “amendment”.  What was the glaring error rolling stone committed?
  116. 116.  John Hancock didn’t sign the U.S. Constitution(as seen in her back).  He actually signed the Declaration of Independence.
  117. 117.  (39) Data Scientists believe that true innovation cannot be driven by data alone. Data can lead to insight into behaviour, but to predict what will be truly successful , we need to use the factors with best possible predicted outcome according to the data, and add creativity, independent insight and take a leap of faith if necessary.  This is possibly best explained by the two following TV shows. Roy Price and his team after having collected necessary data and processing them , came to a conclusion that Amazon should do a sitcom about four Republican US senators(that turned out to be a major disappointment).  Meanwhile however at the same time at some other company, another executive did manage to land a top show(with similar theme as above one but different genre) based on data analysis and the company almost nailed it with that show(at least for first two seasons  )  Which two TV shows am I talking about?
  118. 118.  (40) Dr. Elina Bodner invented something for which she was awarded the Ig nobel prize in 2009. During an emergency, it can be quickly separated into a pair of protective face masks. One to save one own’s life and own to save the life of some lucky bystander(pun intended). What?  She was a young medical university graduate when something happened(in the late 20th century) that led her to this innovation which provides a person with enough time to escape from a life-threatening environment and maintaining necessary balance while running. Which event/incident?
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The college general quiz of Magnus Intellectus, the quiz fest organised by Cotton University, Guwahati. The quiz was won by the team of Dipankar sharma, Debasish Basistha and Biswajit Sharma .

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