Sunday, November 2, 2008

    ConvoQuestion 2008

    The Quiz will be open to all the students of NIT Durgapur in addition to all the college alumni.

    Thursday, October 30, 2008

    Paanch Sawaal No.1

    1. Which city derives its name from the Old Persian word for 'stone' or 'rock' and Sogdian word for 'town' or 'fort' ?

    What is being shown in this painting ?

    3. What is being celebrated ?

    4. Connect the two pictures(1 and 2)

    5. Logo of Which Team ?

    Mail your answers to
    Answers and scores will be put up a week later

    Happy Quizzing!!!

    Monday, October 20, 2008

    Answers for the mythology questions

    1. Narayanstra
    2. Shiva-Dhanushya, Sita,Ram, Parashuram
    3. Anasuyaa, Atri, Dattareya

    Friday, October 17, 2008

    Answers to Try this

    Most of the questions were answered, but the answers to the ones that were not cracked by all are:-

    2   is Euro
    4   is Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
    11 is Kerosene, 
    14 is Jack the Ripper(no one got this one)
    17 is Wikileaks(again was unanswered)
    19 is Iran red lines
    20 is Cannon, and that is Goddess Kwanon(Buddhist Goddess of Mercy) in the picture ( that was a real toughee...)
    21 is Bhojpuri(unbelievably not answered by anyone...but cracked by a few in our local quiz)
    22 is Tania Sachdev, the indian woman chess player
    23 is Ryder cup
    24 is Antartica

    Wednesday, October 8, 2008

    Mixed Bag!!!

    1) Some 700 years ago, in medieval Europe, a bell rang every evening at a fixed hour, and townspeople were required by law to cover or extinguish their hearth fires. It was the "cover fire" bell, or, as the French called it, "coverfeu" (from their verb meaning "to cover" and their word for "fire") from which we get this English word. By the time the word appeared in English the authorities no longer regulated hearth fires, but an evening bell continued to be rung for various purposes — whether to signal the close of day, an evening burial, or enforcement of some other evening regulation. This "bell ringing at evening" became the first English sense of the word in question. 

    What's the good word?



    2)Born in London in 1959, he was educated at Eton, Oxford, and Caltech. He published his first scientific paper at the age of 15, and had received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Caltech by the age of 20. His early scientific work was mainly in high-energy physics, quantum field theory, and cosmology, and included several now-classic results. Having started to use computers in 1973, he rapidly became a leader in the emerging field of scientific computing, and in 1979 he began the construction of SMP--the first modern computer algebra system--which he released commercially in 1981.




    3)The FIFA Congress, at its meeting in Sydney on 29 and 30 May 2008, decided to 

    • fully support the objectives of "__ " as laid down at the above Congress, 
    • request the Presidents of FIFA and UEFA to continue to explore for Europe, together with the world of sport - football's protagonists, but also the international Olympic Committee and the international federations - all possible means within the limits of the law to ensure that these crucial sporting objectives be achieved,
    • give the FIFA President the mandate to, if necessary, take similar steps on the other continents in cooperation with the relevant Confederation.

    What did FIFA decide?



    4)This land is your land  the last three verses were deleted from the version that's played in the radio stations. Add those verses and the whole tenor of the song changes..

    Zembla, Zenda, Xanadu
    All your dreams may come true
    Fairy Lands are fearsome too
    As I wander far from view
    Read and bring me home to you

    message to whom, saying what?


    5)The Maoists in Nepal recently announced their intention to put to end a 200-year-old tradition because of its colonial origins and also because it seemed to compromise loyalty to the nation. This caused a furore in Central Nepal, the poorest region of the country. What tradition?

    Monday, October 6, 2008

    Remembering Paul - 'the icon of cool masculinity'...

    An excerpt from Rolling Stones Magazine...

    I had hoped he would stay alive if only to spite the doomsayers. For nearly a year the press has been writing premature obits for Paul Newman. His cancer treatments tipped them off. Asked about his health, Newman's reply was always a terse, “I’m doing nicely.” Now he isn’t. Now, at 83, he’s gone. I’m not going to say acting has lost one of its last legit icons. That’s obvious. "He set the bar too high for the rest us," said George Clooney, "not just actors but all of us."

     The funny thing is Newman was always slightly embarrassed by his fame, by all the awards he received for his philanthropy, and especially by the body beautiful and blazing blue eyes that made him a star. That’s why he took all the bullshit vanity out of his acting. A peak Newman performance—and I can think of dozens of them—radiated smarts, sexual cool, wry wit and a keen eye for the con just around the corner. Think of him as Fast Eddie Felson in Robert Rossen’s The Hustler, avidly going cue stick to cue stick with Jackie Gleason’s Minnesota Fats around the combat zone of a pool table. Twenty-five years later, Newman would win his only Oscar for playing the older, wiser Eddie in Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money, telling new kid Tom Cruise, “You’ve got to be a student of human moves. 

    See, all the greats that I know of, to a man, are students of human moves.”
    Newman was an honors student in human moves. The family and friends he left behind can tell you that. Start with his actress wife Joanne Woodward, who hated that he raced cars. And yet Newman conned her into putting up with it for 40 years. 

    Newman was nothing if not persuasive. Ask his five surviving children, his neighbors in Westport, Connecticut, the kids with life-threatening diseases who benefited from the Hole-in-the-Wall camps he funded with profits from Newman's Own organic products. "I'm the only Oscar winner with his mug on a bottle of salad dressing," Newman told me once, laughing at the absurdity of it. Did everyone like Paul Newman? Hell, no. Obama man Newman was on a lot of right-wing enemies lists, starting with Nixon's. 

    He wore the label like a badge of honor. The critic David Thomson was turned off by Newman's alleged "uneasy, self-regarding personality," and "a smirking good humor" that Thomson termed "more appropriate to glossy advertisements than to good movies." If, like me, you think that Newman was the leading litmus actor of his generation, the one who bridged the Greatest Generation to the boomers and beyond, there's no way you can't take his life personally and treasure it.

    I met him first in 1981, at a press party for a movie he did with director Sydney Pollack (also dead this year, also irreplaceable). The movie was Absence of Malice. Newman played a guy who wanted revenge on a reporter who libeled him. Now here he was surrounded by journalists and critics. “Hiya,” Newman said, shaking my hand, his eyes faraway. I asked what was on his mind. “Getting out of here,” he said, a small smile curving his lips up a fraction, followed by a big goofy laugh that just about fractured his cool. Newman was a private person, even frosty if he felt invaded. 

    But, as I would learn, that cackle of a laugh was a good sign, it let you in. We talked about invasion of privacy (he wasn’t pleased), new President Ronald Reagan (really not pleased), about racing (his passion), and movies (his other passion). I asked him if he tangled with Alfred Hitchcock while making The Torn Curtain. He said the Hitchcock movie he made wasExodus. I said it wasn’t, insisting that Exoduswas directed by Otto Preminger. Newman grinned. He was testing me. I liked him instantly, the same way I liked him onscreen. Newman was never in your face. He snuck up on you, kept you off balance.
    Over the years, Newman would often express impatience with himself. Why the hell did he star in The Towering Inferno? He hated special effects epics. A human rights activist, Newman stayed pissed at himself for years for bowing to pressure and never acting in a film version of Patricia Nell Warren's 1974 novel The Front Runner, a gay love story between a track coach and a young athlete. Newman would bristle if I pushed him to talk seriously about acting for more than five minutes. But let me tell you, Newman had the worst taste in his own movies.

     He could tolerate himself best in roles that rendered him unrecognizable, such as the Mexican bandit in The Outrage, and the punch-drunk fighter in Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man. Two of the rare times, when the subject came to acting, that Newman was indisputably wrong. Those movies sucked.
    I saw him last two years ago. He teased about being so old that the only thing he could play now was an animated jalopy for Pixar. He was referring to his voice role in John Laseiter’s Carsas a 1951 Hudson Hornet, a car put out to pasture. “They quit on me,” says Newman as the Hornet. “When I finally got put together, I went back expecting a big welcome. You know what they said? "You're history." Moved on to the next rookie standing in line. There was a lot left in me. I never got a chance to show 'em."
    Newman, of course, always got the chance to show 'em. He took several laps in that '51 Hornet at a speedway in North Carolina. Hell, it was only last year that he won two races at Lime Rock. When he wanted to show ‘em, he did. He was past retirement age and acting for such young turks as the Coen brothers in The Hudsucker Proxy, the living rebuke to the concept behind No Country for Old Men. The thirtyish Sam Mendes directed Newman as a mob boss in Road to Perdition, the 2002 film that won the actor his final Oscar nomination.
    You only to need to hear the titles of Newman’s most popular films to see him in your head, and to hear his voice "putting English"—as he liked to say—on his tangiest lines:
    --coaxing his non-swimmer pal Robert Redford to jump off a cliff into a river in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. "Why, you crazy—the fall'll probably kill you."
    --singing “I don’t care if it rains or freezes/long as I’ve got my plastic Jesus,” as the chain-gang convict in Cool Hand Luke.

    --being heartless in Hud, telling his stern, principled daddy: “Price fixing, crooked TV shows, inflated expense accounts. How many honest men you know? Why you separate the saints from the sinners, you're lucky to wind up with Abraham Lincoln.”
    --playing bush league hockey and cursing like a fleet of sailors in Slap Shot.
    --reteaming with Redford in The Sting, and making Henry Gondorff a con man for the ages. "Glad to meet you, kid," he tells Redford. "You're a real horse's ass."
    These are the Newman movies everyone knows. But I’d like to pay tribute to this unique actor by saluting three roles that will always stick with me for reasons that have nothing to do with crapshoot of box office. I’m sure you have your own, here are mine, from Newman’s youth, middle age and maturity, and all with that quality critic Pauline Kael called his “smiling deviltry.”
    The Long, Hot Summer. His first movie with Joanne Woodward, who married him in 1958 and stuck by him ever since. Based on a short story by William Faulkner, the movie features a scene in which Newman tells Woodward’s Clara that he’s going to get her in his bed no matter what: "AlI right then, run, lady, and you keep on running. Buy yourself a bus ticket and disappear. Change your name, dye your hair, get lost — and then maybe, just maybe, you're gonna be safe from me.” The scene has a timeless heat—how could it not with Newman and Woodward in the perfection of their youth? A decade later, Newman would direct his wife to her best screen performance in Rachel, Rachel, a film that maintains its grit and shining grace.
    The Verdict. Arguably, Newman’s finest performance. In Sidney Lumet’s 1982 legal drama, Newman plays a failure, a Boston lawyer on the bottle and heading for the skids until a medical negligence case gives him a leg up on redemption. Not a false move invades Newman’s portrayal. And it’s a kick to hear him dig into juicy David Mamet dialogue, like his attack on a crooked judge: You couldn't hack it as a lawyer. You were a bag man for the boys downtown and you still are, I know about you.” The fire is his eyes as he delivers those last four words—"I know about you"— is unforgettable. Lumet told me that he, Mamet and even Newman admitted at the time that they wanted, really wanted, to win Oscars for The Verdict. That they didn't remains a blot on the Academy.
    Nobody’s Fool. Newman was 70 when he received the eighth of his nine Oscar nominations for playing Sully, a small-town wiseass sneaking up on retirement. Director Robert Benton adapted Richard Russo’s novel and gave Newman the perfect launching pad for a sly tour de force. Newman’s carnal comeons to a barmaid are priceless (“I got my truck out back, whaddya say we get in the back, get naked and see where it goes from there?”). Of course, she says OK. It’s Paul Newman.

    And so, how to say goodbye? I can't think of a better way than saying hello again to the Newman movies that most touched us. In one of his last appearances, as the Stage Manager inOur Town—he played the role on Broadway and TV—Newman tried to encapsulate life in the 20th century. "This is the way we were," he said. He didn't need the words. 

    At the movies, Paul Newman had already done that for us.
    -Peter Travers

    Monday, September 29, 2008

    Mythology for now...

    1. According to Hindu mythology, this astra lets loose a powerful tirade of millions of deadly missiles simultaneously. The intensity of the shower increases with resistance. The only solution is total submission before the missile, given which it will stop. The secret of the weapon was known by only three warriors: Drona, Aswatthama and Krishna. It was also said that the weapon can be used only once in a war and if tried to use it twice it would devour your own army. Name the astra.

    2. Something done by the heroine of this tale, in her childhood, led to her marriage. The X, with which she had played with, was destroyed by her husband before their marriage. Later her husband was challenged by his predecessor for destroying the X. Name X, the heroine, her husband and his predecessor.

    3. Once The Trinity decided to test the chastity of X, wife of Y. They came to X's house as Brahmins and request for food with the condition that she has to serve it nude. X without any hesitation agreed to that. In turn she used her pativrita shakti to convert the brahmins into child and then offered them food without any dress. The Trinity could revert back to their original form only after she did herself on the request of gods. After this event she was blessed with a child who is said to be an avatara of all three Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The child is also worshiped as god in many parts of the country. Name X, Y and their child.

    Saturday, September 27, 2008

    Unbelievable??? Believe it!

    Convicted forger A. Schiller was serving his time in Sing
    Sing prison in the late 1800s when guards found him dead in
    his cell. On his body they found seven regular straight pins
    whose heads measured the typical 47/1000ths of an inch or
    1.17 millimeters in diameter. Under 500 magnification it was
    found that the tiny etchings seen on the heads of the pins
    were the words to The Lord's Prayer, which is 65 words and
    254 letters long. Of the seven pins, six were silver and one
    was gold - the gold pin's prayer was flawless and a true
    masterpiece. Schiller had spent the last 25 years of his life
    creating the pins, using a tool too small to be seen by the
    naked eye. It is estimated that it took 1,863 sepatate carving
    strokes to make it. Schiller went blind because of his

    Wednesday, September 24, 2008


    Tuesday, September 23, 2008

    Try This!

    1. What is being shown in the picture below?

    2. "A combination of the Greek Symbol epsilon, as a sign of the weight of the civilization, an E; and the parallel lines crossing through standing for the stability..."
    What is being described?

    3. In 1282, the French Angrevins "held a tight grip on Sicily" , which led to the formation of a secret society to defeat this oppressive organization. The battle cry of the society was "morte alla Francia Italia anelia!" which when translated in English is "Death to the French is Italy's cry!". Which secret organization?

    4. This is a chain of seafood restaurants inspired by a film. Launched in 1996 by Viacom Consumer Products and the Rusty Pelican Company, this became the first theme restaurant inspired by a film. There are now 20 restaurants all located in the United States and eastern Asia. Name the movie and the restaurant chain.

    5. This bird has given its name to a word in the English language as it was difficult to hunt. What is its name?

    6. A rectangular country whose capital is Emerald City--- you can go there by boarding a tornado and get out b clicking your red shoes one against the other. Identify this imaginary nation.

    7. "Between love and madness lies Obsession"....tagline of which brand?

    8. Which famous route is being shown below?

    9. Born in Macedonia,made an honorary citizen of the United States. The only person to be featured on an Indian postage stamp when alive. Who are we talking about?

    10. Appelby Arrows, Ballycastle Bats, Bigonville Bombers, Braga Broomfleet, Fitchburg Fitches, Gimbi GiantSlayers,Grodzisk Goblins,Patonga Proudsticks,Pride of Portree,Puddlemere United,Sweetwater All-Stars,Toyohashi Tengu,Vrasta Vultures,Wington Wanderers,Wimbourne Wasps
    What sport do these teams play?

    11. First extracted in 1807, this commodity is given various names in different parts of India--all primarily refer to the fact that it is retrieved from the soil. In various Indian languages,its name can be translated as "Oil of the Earth". In most other parts of the world, it is known by the Greek origin meaning "wax". What is this commodity?

    12. The name of which company when translated from Korean, means "To Rise out of Asia"?

    13. In UEFA Euro 1992,this team had lost out in the qualifying stages,but was allowed participation only after Yugoslavia was banned because of a Civil War in the Balkans exactly 10 days before the tournament. They went on to win the Championship.Which team?

    14. What is being depicted in the picture?

    15. This sport was called urania in amcient Greece,harpaston in ancient Rome,fangballspiel in mediveal Germany. It was first introduced in the Berlin Olympics on the special request of Adolf Hitler. Which sport?

    16. What was founded by Rufus Porter in 1845 as a single page newsletter which mostly published reports about happenings at the US patent office?

    17. This is the logo of what?

    18. Joe Foster,one of the founders of the company saw this name in a dictionary he won in a race. Unfortunately the dictionary was a South Afican Edition which resulted in the present spelling. Which brand?

    19. What originates from "Airyanem Vaejah" meaning at the expense of the Aryans?

    20. Which company is named in tribute to this Goddess?

    21. The language of the Surinamese Hindus,its dialects,varieties and creoles are also spoken in various parts of the world including Brazil,Fiji,Guyana,Mauritius,South Africa,Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.Which language?

    22. Identify the person.

    23. Identify the trophy.

    24. They are all flags of a single location. Which place?

    25. Identify.

    Wednesday, September 17, 2008

    The Quizzitch Cup

    Keeping up the legacy of the Bull's Eye and the Quiz Grand Prix Championships, Quizinc@NITDgp organised the first quiz of the QUIZZITCH CUP-- the Championship of the 2008-09 quizzing season, on  16th Sept,2008. 
    This however wasn't the inaguaral event of Quizinc in this semester....kickoff was with the Hall 7 and Hall 9 quizzes conducted in the first year hostels by Quizinc members to give the new batch a taste of the kind of quizzes we have in this college. Needless to say,first year enthusiasm combined with questions veering more towards sports and  entertainment made both these quizzes very enjoyable.The two best first year teams(girls and boys) would get a direct entry into the mains of the first quiz of the Quizzitch Cup. Playing for this added incentive,there was fierce competition between the teams till the team Clueless(Neha Chowdhury,Goldy Bhowmik and Aratrika Gupta) from Hall 7 and team Aghori(Prashant Mishra,Harsh Ranjan and Aditya Akhauri) from Hall 9 beat the others to the coveted place in the finals of the first Quizzitch.
    With around 40 teams in the packed Assembly Hall and a few warm up questions, the first quiz of the Quizzitch Cup began with Hrishikesh hosting a 25 question prelims. Even though the difficulty level of the questions was higher, there were commendable performances with around 17 teams being in contention for qualification. Six teams made it to the finals where they were joined by the two first year teams. The mains hosted by Avik saw some great as well as innovative answering(especially the advertisement round!). The 5 round mains braved a 15 minute power cut and finally  the final year team "Jinx continued"(Anirban,Bijeet,Vishnu) came out on top with a brilliant answer in the last Long Connect round,bagging 50 points there.In second place was "Anonymous"(Asad,Pranoy,Vivek) and a close third was "Special Dinner" (Shantanu and Dhritiman) both third year teams.Wrapped up by 9pm,the quiz really set the pace for the ones to come in the semester. 
    ........And for those of you who couldn't make it to the quiz, here are a few samplers from the prelims.....but be there to witness it in person the next time round!!

    Wednesday, July 2, 2008