RAM KUMAR (KABBALA)
Gokul Goebbels Nair
Ferril Freak Samal
Paul Wunderbar Martin
Anand PS I Love You
Life is a repeat Dhur
Hathim Sinner Mohammed
30 questions, 34 points
27-30 are two pointers
Top 9 open teams qualify
Top 3 college teams get
In 2012, Craig Queen won himself a vintage DeLorean after being the first to
complete a set of challenges. The hyperlink to the challenge was to be found
in the hard copies of a particular book, following which three challenges had
to be completed.The link took them to a new Atari 2600 video game called
Stacks. After completing the First Gate, the winners would have to play a new
Facebook video game created by legendary developer Richard Garriott de
Cayeux. After completing the Second Gate, the third and final challenge was to
set a new world record for either Pac-Man, Joust Arcade, Joust Atari 2600,
Black Tiger, or Robotron 2084.
Which book would you find the hyperlink in?
While talking about a current movement, Bill Maher (of real time fame) talks
about the potential issues that could arise out of a particular movement. He
says that, while the movement is long overdue, care must be taken to follow
due procedure and ensure that adequate proof exists against a person before
action is taken, lest the movement devolve into ----------.
The blank is a portmanteau of the name of the movement and an “ism” used
to refer to a situation where guilt is presumed unless proven innocent
The director of this movie initially wanted Toshiro Mifune to play this role, as a
lot of this film was inspired by samurai. However, as the genre was still
unproven, Mifune refused as he felt that it could cheapen his image, and more
importantly, the image of the samurai. The director relented, and offered him
another role, on in which he did not have to show his face, but he still refused.
What two roles were offered?
Roger Smith is a fictional character in the
adult animated sitcom American Dad!,
voiced by Seth MacFarlane.
Pictures of his head being compared to
something are making rounds on the
The direction of motion is opposite in the northern and southern hemisphere
in a class of devices.
But invention of mechanical devices which serve the same purpose and
subsequent European colonisation has lead to the northern convention
becoming the standard across the globe.
What convention am I talking about?
Hotel Arbez is a hotel near the in the tiny village of La Cure. Due to a
peculiarity with regards to its construction, it became an ideal hideout for the
French resistance during WW2.
What peculiarity, shared with the village?
Scholastic recently unveiled new covers for the Harry Potter series as part of
its year-long campaign to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the U.S.
publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Who illustrated the covers in his signature style?
The fundamental issue lies in the fact that these are not powered. They
receive an initial burst of energy and must operate for the required duration
using that initial burst.
This provides a unique issue with regards to the design of a certain element. If
it is circular, the initial kinetic energy required for it to be able to complete the
task would result in an acceleration of at least 6G at the bottom, which is
unacceptable. Hence, a distinctive “inverted teardrop” shape is used, which
has a reducing radius of curvature and requires lesser initial kinetic energy to
complete the task as a result of which the acceleration at the base is within
acceptable limits. What am I talking about?
Disneyland employees often point with two
fingers instead of one. This is because in
some cultures, pointing with one finger is
However, walt Disney used to point with two
fingers, for a different reason, which Disney
goes to great lengths to hide. It has been
photoshopped out of any official photograph
and can only be seen in old videos.
Why did Disney point with two fingers?
Though the original performance aptly featured a piano cover of “Jump in the
Line”, the 1971 song “Cotton's Dream”, used in a slow motion video montage by
ABC a couple of years later, became synonymous with the subject of the
video. The resurgence of the song prompted the composers to rename it after
Whose performance are we talking about?
The slave labourers who were forced to make this, installed the “B” upside
down, as a mark of protest and to expose the message they were creating to
be a cynical lie.
Today, and into the future, the inverted “B” will always symbolise the message
from the labourers to coming generations: “Remember: when injustices take
place, when people are discriminated against and persecuted – never remain
indifferent. Indifference kills.”
Recently, an inverted B statue was unveiled in a capital city, evocatively titled,
“to B remembered”.
What message were the labourers trying to subvert?
What naming convention is common to the names of the following works,
which have all been misspelled here:
a. Kanye West's 2013 single pronounced Black Skinheads
b. Joey Bada$$ single Good Morning America from his 2017 album All American
c. Ice Cube's 1990 debut album America's Most Wanted
This company, was initially named after the its founder Emil ____. But when
they decided to enter the United States, they feared it would be
mispronounced by the public. So they dropped the last letter to avoid
What company? What word was it mispronounced as?
Dennis Klatt was a professor at MIT whose project caught the attention of a
high profile client, who at the time was looking for something along these
lines. The client also used “Perfect Paul”, something developed by Dennis in
conjunction with this and featured a personal touch. The client was personally
attached to this, and even as technology improved and more realistic options
became available to him, he insisted on retaining “Perfect Paul”, forcing
engineers to dig through archives to find Klatt’s original works.
What was “Perfect Paul” used for?
Some of the well known ones involving individuals are as follows:
● Jerry Falwell, an American pastor, for accusing someone of terrorism
● Ulil Abshar Abdala, an Indonesian scholar who wants to rejuvenate something
● Isioma Daniel, for suggestions about an individual and Miss World contestants
● Farag Foda, a secular Egyptian writer
● Geert Wilders, for his criticism of something
Who are the more famous ones in this list from 1989 and 1993? For what
reason did the 1989 incident happen?
Fatwas against Individuals
1989 - Salman Rushdie, for Satanic verses
1993 - Taslima Nasreen
The Ciudad Mitad del Mundo is a
small tract of land in South America.
This monument is the key attraction
here and fits with the theme of the
The country where this is found is
inextricably linked with what the
Which country? What is the
In 1910, a hoax regarding an anticipated event began to circulate. It
postulated that this event would expose people to a toxic gas, cyanogen. As a
result of this, many people bought gas masks to protect themselves from this
What event was this hoax about and how would it result in exposure to
The tail of Halley’s Comet would pass through
Why do most top singles charts have 40 songs on them?
In 1997, the Williams team was embroiled in a long-running legal case with the
Italian Government trying to prosecute Frank Williams, Patrick Head and
Adrian Newey. FIA president Max Mosely threatened to cancel any further
races in San Marino and Italy should the verdict return guilty, with the
sentiment being echoed by many team owners. The then Benetton head
Flavio Briatore promised to personally boycott any future race in Italy for fear
of a similar case being brought against him. Fortunately, the court threw out
the case and racing continued.
What case caused all this ruckus?
The Italian Govt were trying to prosecute
Williams for manslaughter of Ayrton Senna
The evolution of this animal's signature feature was only recently unearthed.
The history of its development is not connected to the animal’s aquatic past.
Its ancestors lead a burrowing lifestyle and flattened ribs provided stability,
when it was lying down and digging. But this modification restricted
movement of the legs. Hence another modification evolved to counter this,
thereby forming the feature as we now know it.
What feature of what animal?
A popular theory regarding a particular myth originates from the fact that
these were originally made of silver. Silver was renowned for having purifying
properties and hence, what the object returned was sans any evil influence.
Another theory is based on the idea that something else had no soul.
What myth am I talking about?
The name of this location has nothing to do with the ideology. It is derived
from the word for “beautiful” in the local language, which has gradually
evolved over time to mean this.
Its original name referred to the fact that the Trinity Cathedral was present at
Name the location.
This song was originally written for The Sound of Music in the style of an
Austrian folk song. However, it sounded so authentic that after the first
performances, native Austrians said that they were delighted to "hear that old
folk tune again"
A variation of this song has been used for a recent TV show that deals with a
situation similar to the original usage in sound of music.
Which song ? Which TV show?
The person pictured was expected to be the first in the 2014 <blank>.
However, he was a surprising 22nd. It was a surprise because he was the first
first-year to win this coveted award.
Three people who have won the award went on to win the sport’s biggest
competition and get inducted into its Hall of Fame. ID the individual who
comes under this elite category after being awarded in 1968.
This question is on two band logos. Solve for both.
a) Designed by the band's frontman in 1984, this circular motif is referred to
by the band members as the angel's asshole.
b) The logo's designer Rune decided to make use of the band's name's funda
and did a simple switch, to bring out the two pairs in the band.
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