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- One of the pioneering protocols in the
treatment of childhood leukemia, developed
by Freiriech and Frei at the National Cancer
Institute, Maryland, in the 1960s, comprising
of 6-mercaptopurine, prednisone, vincristine
- The part of a shoe on the next slide.
- Musical improvisation or similar adlib by a TV
anchor when there is nothing on the
Connect all of these. A fourth meaning that came
from the world of silent movies has been left out.
This is a map of New York, Brooklyn
and surrounding areas commissioned in
the early 1800s to map certain type of
industries. This was because of certain
medical theories which prevailed at that
point of time. These studies had a great
impact on how these areas turned out to
be. What map was this and what prevailing
theory caused its creation?
Odour producing industries, because
then the belief was that diseases came
What is this an exhaustive list of (as of today)?
Volkswagen Beetle, Austin-Healey 3000, Dodge Challenger T/A,
Mercedes-Benz 280 SL, Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, Mercedes-Benz
300SEL 6.3, Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet, Triumph TR6, Rolls Royce
Silver Cloud II, Volkswagen Double Cab Pickup, Jaguar E-Type
Series 2, Volvo 960, Citroën 2CV, Cadillac Eldorado, Porsche 911
Carrera RS, Lamborghini Miura P400S, Fiat 600 Jolly, DeLorean
DMC-12, Porsche 356/2, MGB, Volvo 1800S, AMC Pacer, Pontiac
GTO, Ford LTD Country Squire, Buick Riviera, Jaguar Mark 2,
Prevost Car X3-45 VIP, AMC Gremlin, AMC AMX, Porsche RSK
Spyder, Ferrari Daytona, Ford Mustang Boss 302, Austin-Healey
Sprite, Saab 96 Monte Carlo 850, Mercedes-Benz 280 SE, Chevrolet
Corvette, Land Rover Defender, Aston Martin DB5, Chevrolet Bel Air,
1976 Lamborghini Countach, 1979 Volkswagen Beetle.
3 A Canadian who used to be “America’s Favorite Dad”
“I was reminded of it a few days ago on the anniversary of his trade
from Edmonton to Los Angeles in 1988. He was house-sitting at my
house in L.A. the night he got traded. I was in Norway, and __X__
and Janet were house-sitting for my son __Y__ (11 years old at the
time). I called from Norway because I picked up the Oslo morning
paper and saw pictures of __X__ -- but I couldn't understand the
text, of course. And I thought maybe there had been a fire, a
mudslide, a drive-by shooting, who knows? So I called home, and I
learned __X__ left early in the morning; he got traded last night. He
got the call at about 9 p.m., and he was gone by 6 the next morning.
So we had to find a substitute nanny instantly, which is not as bad
as what Edmonton had to find to replace him.”
Identify X and Y.
Khiladi series of movies.
Main Khiladi Tu Anari
Sabse Bada Khiladi
Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi
Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi
“Sparky” used to be a nickname for electricians for
obvious reasons. By extension it also used to be
applied to the radio operators in the US Navy and
merchant ships. So what have traditionally had the
nickname of “Old Sparky” in Arkansas, Connecticut,
Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New
York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia,
and West Virginia?
Note that states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Alaska,
Minnesota, Vermont, Iowa and a few more don’t feature
in that list.
7 Scotland at the end of the Seventeenth Century was in a
state of crisis. A financial adventurer called William Paterson, a
Scot who had made his name down south as one of the founding
directors of the Bank of England, came up with an idea. He had
heard about a wonderful paradise on the Isthmus of Panama,
with a sheltered bay, friendly Indians and rich, fertile land - a
place called Darien. If a colony could be established at Darien,
goods could be ferried from the Pacific across Panama and
loaded onto ships in the Atlantic from there, speeding up Pacific
trade and making it much more reliable. The Scottish directors of
the Darien Venture could charge a nice fat commission for the
privilege. There was a great rush to subscribe to the Company of
Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies, founded in June 1695.
The expedition turned out to be a complete disaster and only a
handful of colonists survived. Even now, the land around Darien
is very inhospitable. This disaster turned out to be one of driving
events to something significant a few years later. What?
The unification of Scotland with England
to form Great Britain in 1707.
In 2009 there was a meeting between the lean,
easygoing Frenchman who created the original
and the wild, gloomy-looking Russian who
created the painting based on it. They couldn’t
communicate — neither spoke the other’s
language — but they did pose for photos at a
restoration project for that and other similar
paintings. The meeting happened at the East Side
Hotel whose logo is in fact, that painting. What
did these two create?
Lauscha, in the German state of Thuringen, has
been making these objects since the 17th century.
The decoration became fashionable after a
picture of Queen Victoria's Christmas tree,
covered in these glass ornaments from Germany,
was printed in 1846. About 20 of these glass-
blowing firms are still active in Lauscha. What
are these objects called, now a word in English?
Needing the same skills for their creation, what
prostheses were perfected in Lauscha by a local
14 In Yes, Prime Minister, Jim Hacker noted:
“The last few days have been overwhelmingly
exciting. I went to the Palace and kissed hands.
The next morning I moved into Number Ten. I’d
read in the memoirs of past Prime Ministers that
the staff line up in the front lobby, and in the long
corridor inside it that leads down to the grand
central staircase, and applaud the incoming
Prime Minister. I wonder why they didn’t applaud
me. [Editors note removed.] I hope this does not
What is the reason, i.e., what was the editor’s
As per tradition, only PMs who have got
in by winning an election get this tribute.
This viceroy of India died of a heart attack while
crossing a swinging rope and wood bridge over
the river Chandra between Kullu and Lahaul. In
his previous appointment, he was High
Commissioner to China and was responsible for
the destruction and looting of the Old Summer
Palace as retaliation for some actions of the
Chinese. His father was another career diplomat,
so you could say “Like father, like son” in more
than one way. What was his title?
The music in Blow-Up happens as a
consequence of what is happening on
screen and is not added on.
17 In 1904 Iron Clad began manufacturing the
steel barrel which was the model for the oil-drum
still used in the US. The owner herself was an
inventor in her own right, receiving the patent
shown in the next slide. Who, more famous for
something she started at 9:40 a.m., November 14,
If you go to the Tripadvisor page for “Classes
and Workshops in Bangkok”, ranked #2 is a
cooking class run by the lady shown here.
Students get to shop for ingredients in the
market, learn about the culture of Bangkok
and learn to make home-cooked Thai food.
The lady who runs in it was in the news for
winning a “literary” prize a few years ago.
What is the name of the class? What prize did
she win a few years ago?
Cooking With Poo.
Diagram prize for oddest book title.
Slaughterhouses across North America provide
about 3000 cattle hides a week to the Horween
Leather company, a family-run tannery on Chicago's
North Side. Hair is removed, hides are selected, split
to the desired thickness, re-tanned in large rotating
drums, then dried. A 1,000-ton press with German-
made embossing plates gives the leather its distinct
pebbling. This is sent to a manufacturing facility in
China for a 4-day assembly process that includes
3200 yards of nylon winding. The finished item then
goes to a test process which includes catapulting
them into a maple wood plate. The final result arrives
at 30 cities every summer, orange and brand new.
Most proteins must fold into defined three-
dimensional structures to gain functional
activity. But in the cellular environment, newly
synthesized proteins are at great risk of aberrant
folding and aggregation, potentially forming toxic
species. To avoid these dangers, cells invest in a
complex network of molecular _____, which use
ingenious mechanisms to prevent aggregation
and promote efficient folding. Because protein
molecules are highly dynamic, constant ______
surveillance is required. Fill.
This is a stained glass window installed in St
Lawrence's Church, East Rounton, North
Yorkshire. It is dedicated to a grandchild of a
Victorian ironmaster who was a fellow of the
Royal Society, director of many major
construction projects of the day including the
Forth bridge and the first recipient of Henry
Bessemer’s gold medal. But who is the
stained glass window dedicated to?
Some time back, there was a news item about
Australia’s oldest man Alfie Date, who loves
to knit. Two nurses at his old-age home told
him about a need for sweaters for Philip
Island penguins, and he immediately went to
work. News agencies picked up the story and
were quick to publish photos of the results.
Why were sweaters needed for those
penguins? How had the new agencies
To prevent penguins from pecking and
eating oil which had stuck to their body
after oil spills.
The photo shows toy penguins wearing
sweaters, not real penguins.
The singer’s son recollected in an
interview that a couple of songs from one
of his father’s well-known movies were
copied at the father’s request aptly from
a singer named Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Name the movie and either of the songs.
Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi.
Hum The Woh Thi and Ek Ladki Bheegi
Since 1991, this “former baron of plastic roll-up
portable disco dance floors” has been sponsoring
a prize. He likes to point out that the gold medals
given out are made of solid gold and unlike those
given out at the Olympics, not silver covered with
a thin layer of gold. What is this prize for? He has
also been a controversial activist for a cause, and
therefore the subject of articles like “A Regular
John – and Proud of It” and the author of “Magna
Carta for ___ ___”. What cause?
It was an Adolf Hitler directive on 7 December 1941 that was
originally intended to winnow out all political activists and
resistance 'helpers'. It was then expanded it to include all
persons in occupied countries who had been taken into
custody and were still alive eight days later. The decree was
meant to intimidate local populations into submission by
denying friends and families of the missing any knowledge of
their whereabouts or their fate. The prisoners were secretly
transported to Germany, vanishing without a trace. In 1945, the
seized Sicherheitsdienst (SD) records were found to include
merely names and a 2-letter acronym, when expanded was a
direct reference to a "Tarnhelm" spell from Wagner's Das
Rheingold. What phrase, whose translation was made famous
in 1955, while drawing attention to the Nazi atrocities?
Swara Sanskrit Expansion Meaning
Sa Shadja (षड्ज) six-born
Re Rishabha (ऋषभ) bull
Ga Gandhara (गान्धार) sky
Ma Madhyama (मध्यम) middle
Pa Panchama (पञ्चम) fifth
Dha Dhaivata (धैवत) earth
Ni Nishadam (निषाद) hunter
______ is credited with devising a measure of a cyclist's
long-distance riding achievements. The ______ number
in the context of cycling is defined as the maximum
number E such that the cyclist has cycled E miles on E
days. For example, an ______ number of 70 would imply
that the cyclist has cycled at least 70 miles in a day on
70 occasions. Achieving a high ______ number is
difficult since moving from, say, 70 to 75 will probably
require more than five new long distance rides since
any rides shorter than 75 miles will no longer be
included in the reckoning. ______'s own E-number was
84. Fill up.
All screenplays/scripts written by Tom
In 1978, geophysicists Antonio Camargo and Glen Penfield
were working for Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) as part of an
airborne magnetic survey of the Gulf of Mexico. Penfield's job
was to use geophysical data to scout possible locations for oil
drilling. In the data, Penfield found a huge underwater arc with
"extraordinary symmetry". Penfield found another arc on the
peninsula itself, the ends of which pointed northward.
Comparing the two maps, he found the separate arcs formed a
circle, centered near a Yucatán village. Pemex disallowed
release of specific data but let Penfield present the results at
the 1981 Society of Exploration Geophysicists conference.
What was the relevance of this discovery? Or, tell us the name
of the village.
Identify the titular character in this work
by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. What ‘first’
associated with this character made its
appearance during the Carnival of 1598
at the Palazzo Corsi, and was primarily
for the benefit of an elite circle of
humanists in Florence called the
Traditionally, a sailor who did this was
entitled to wear a gold loop earring in the
left ear and to dine with one foot on the
table. What achievement are we talking
about? What 1914 event brought down
the number of sailors meeting this
Rounding the Horn.
Opening of the Panama Canal.
From a June 17, 2015 Prospero blog (The Economist) titled Two Great Little Men:
__(A)__ , that equally immortal, diminutive, and egotistical gentleman was still two
decades away from being created. But just as that plump knight-errant of science
would one day quiver with excitement over his "Theory of Tittlebats" and the "Source of
the Hampstead Ponds", so too did __(B)__ marvel at descriptions of the quinine tree
and the way the Alistonia’s dried leaves made a healthful tea. And just as __(A)__ and
his three boon companions would set off on a stagecoach ramble to gather scientific
data for “the advancement of knowledge and diffusion of learning”, __(B)__ dreamed
that he and a comrade would “survey the new continent from Canada to Cape Horn,
and in this immense journey we will study all the great phenomena of the world.”
“Both men had been born in 1769. One grew up to be called the Little ____, the other the
Little ____. That the latter was now immersed in Humboldt’s discoveries was hugely
ironic, for the only time they had met, __(B)__ had asked, “So, monsieur, you collect
plants?” When Humboldt smiled in assent, __(B)__ replied, “So does my wife,” and
Few authors cited in the Oxford English
Dictionary are responsible for as many
unusual words as this 17th century
physician. His erudite enquiries into science
and religion are notable for their wit, their
fascination with the natural world, and their
attraction to the esoteric, and all of these
characteristics are evident in his vocabulary.
Examples of his coinages are shown here.
This term was coined by Agehananda Bharati,
professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University,
in 1970. The original examples given by him were:
1.The Apu trilogy films of Satyajit Ray
2.Movements like those of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
4.The exalted status of the Bhagavad Gita in
What term? What does it denote?
The phenomenon of elements of a nation
or people's culture being transformed or
at least more fully embraced elsewhere,
then re-imported back to their culture of
Connect the following companies: Avis,
Brinker International (which owns Chili's),
Molson Coors Brewing Company,
Genentech, Papa John's, Sealy
Corporation, National Beverage
Corporation and Sotheby's.
Clever ticker symbols to indicate the
sphere of activity.
CAR, EAT, TAP, DNA, PZZA, ZZ, FIZZ, BID
Two theories for what?
1. The signal used by the accomplice of Ruth
Snyder, who was executed in 1928 in the
electric chair at Sing Sing Prison, for the
murder of her husband Albert.
2. The anxiety felt by Vincent Lawrence while
waiting for a response from his publishers and
the moment when he thought that his
manuscript had been rejected by the
He was an Indian first class cricketer and the ruler
of Patiala. A right-handed middle order batsman
and handy right arm slow bowler, he played just
one first class match in England, for Cambridge
University in 1939 against Northamptonshire. His
only century was made for Southern Punjab
against Northern India in 1943-44. He become the
President of the Indian Olympic Association and
was instrumental in organising Asian Games in
1951. Who? How is his name honoured?
Raja Bhalindra Singh.
The overall winners of the National
Games are awarded the Raja Bhalindra
He was one of the seven deacons of ancient Rome
under Pope Sixtus II that were martyred during the
persecution of Emperor Valerian in 258. Since the
Perseid Meteor Shower typically occurs every year
in mid-August on or near his feast day, some refer
to the shower as the "Tears of ______." French
explorer Jacques Cartier gave him name to the
largest of its kind in the world. Who? He is the
patron saint of which group of people due to a
cheerful remark that he made while he was being
St. Lawrence (Lawrence of Rome).
Cooks / chefs ("I'm well done. Turn me
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are found to be
effective in the treatment of panic disorder with
agoraphobia, social phobia, atypical depression or
mixed anxiety and depression, PTSD as well as
borderline personality disorder. People under this
treatment are advised to avoid foods containing high
levels of tyramine (eg: liver and fermented substances,
such as alcoholic beverages and aged cheeses) and
levodopa (eg: various types of beans). Why is all this
probably part of an elaborate joke that first entered pop
culture in the late 1980s and then again in the early
Hannibal Lecter taunting Clarice Starling in
The Silence of the Lambs.
"A census taker tried to quantify me once. I
ate his liver with some fava beans and a big
Amarone. Go back to school, little Starling."
"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate
his liver with some fava beans and a nice
chianti." (1991 movie)
Who used this system of strings with
small bags of birdshot hanging from
them for his work? Explain briefly how he
used this model.
He hung the strings (for the catenaries)
with the birdshot (for the weight) from
the supporting points of the building—
columns, intersection of walls. At that
point, he took a picture that, when
inverted, showed the structure for
columns and arches.
Connect the genus of
rodents in the Sciuridae
family that is most common
in the Indian subcontinent to
the visual in the next slide.
The genus contains many of
the palm squirrel species.
Funambulus and Funambulist.
Both mean “rope walker”.
Fabrica and its colourful companion piece the
Epitome were the publications that helped him
realise his personal ambitions in the 16th century
court of the Holy Roman Empire. Keen to impress,
he dedicated the Fabrica to Charles V and the
Epitome to his son, the future King of Spain, Philip
II. His family coat of arms on the cover image may
help you in figuring out his name. Who? Incredibly
innovative for the time, with a layered design,
Epitome is now considered to one of the earliest
types of which kind of books?
Andreas Vesalius (from “weasel”).
Dario Camuffo is a Research Director at the Institute
of Atmospheric Science and Climate in Italy. He has
been working on climate changes and its impact on
the buildings and living spaces. In one study, his
team investigated the high water in Venice over the
last three centuries using a proxy indicator of mean
sea level: the height of the green belt of algae which
live in the intertidal zone and whose upper front
indicates the average high tide level. They found out
that the algae belt has risen by 8 cm. How were they
able to accurately collect the historical data?
The paintings of Canaletto (and his
pupils) which were highly accurate.
Left side: “This is the stori of Taffimai all ritten out
on an old tusk. If u begin at the top left hand
corner and go on to the right u can see for urself
things as the happened.”
Right side: “The reason that I spell so queerli is
becase there are not enough letters in the Runic
alphabet for all the ourds that I ouant to use to u o
Bottom: “This is the identical tusk on ouich the
tale of Taffimai was ritten and etched bi the
How the First Letter Was Written (from Just
It introduces a family of cave-people –
Tegumai Bopsulai (the father), Teshumai
Tewindrow (the mother), and Taffimai
Metallumai (the daughter) and explains how
Taffimai delivered a picture message to her
Gypaetus barbatus is a bird of prey. One
of its names stems from the belief that it
attacked lambs. Some believe that
Aeschylus was killed by a tortoise
dropped by one who mistook his bald
head for a stone. How do we know it
better? Who adopted it as his surname
after being enchanted by a specimen he
encountered in the Negev desert in 1945?
Lammergeier (Bearded vulture).
Shimon Peres (called Shimon Persky at
This word used in scientific contexts
comes from a Latin word meaning
"decorated with ribbons", which in turn
may come from the ancient Greek island
where ribbons were worn as decorations,
or alternatively may refer to the wool
from which the ribbons were made.
What’s the word? Where would one come
across it in the context of science?
In a December 2014 article in The Guardian, he said about the
influences that shaped his masterpiece. A direct influence was
Harold Laski’s essay The Dangers of Being a Gentleman. Two
less obvious ones were:
1. The Conversation, where ‘Hackman fanatically wants to be
the finest in his field – “the greatest bugger in America”’.
2. ‘Tom Waits singing his song “Ruby’s Arms”. It’s a ballad
about a soldier leaving his lover sleeping in the early hours
to go away on a train. Nothing unusual in that. But the song
is sung in the voice of a rough American hobo type utterly
unaccustomed to wearing his emotions on his sleeve.’
Who? What work?
Arthur Laffer, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld.
Laffer Curve – a representation of the
relationship between rates of taxation and
the hypothetical resulting levels of
In the early 1980s, when this actor was
shooting for a film in the forests of the
Pacific Northwest, it was required by
contract to have crew members wearing
brightly-coloured vests to accompany
him at all times other than filming.
Identify the actor or the role he was
playing. What was the reason behind the
clause in the contract?