Wednesday, March 31, 2010


    They came up with these engines for regular bicycles. The first proptype ran here. (coat of arms of the place below)

    Identify the maker.

    Ans. Bijeet, Ankit, Papi, Zish and Blogbyp know their bikes. Its the Ducati.(Ducati Cuccilo to be precise)

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010


    How was this island (marked with the red arrow) in the news recently?

    Ans. Soofi says - 

    For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have resolved the dispute for them: the island has gone.

    New Moore island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged.

    Monday, March 29, 2010

    QOTW #7

    Connect Pic 1 and Pic 2 with Pic 3

    Ans. All the Calcuttans or those who have ever been in West Bengal and follow Indian football, got this one. Pic 3 is the Salt Lake stadium which is the home ground for East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. Traditionally, MB fans celebrate vctory by eating prawns. EB fans by eating Hilsa fish.

    Sunday, March 28, 2010


    The guy (architect) was inspired after he saw that formation on the hill top. So he 'erected' this landmark in this country. Standout feature are those LED lights.
    Which famous landmark

    Ans. Torre Agbar or the Agbar Tower in Barcelona. The architect is Jean Nouvel who was inspired after seing a natural rock formation at Montserrat.

    Torre Agbar (daytime)

    Torre Agbar (night)

    Saturday, March 27, 2010


    This was a question which i had thought of long ago, but never put it up anywhere. So here goes...

    How would you connect Pic 1 and Pic 2 to Pic 3

    Ans. Pic 1- Them Clones
    Pic 2 - Godsmack
    Pic 3 - Alice in Chains

    Them Clones take their name from the single 'Them Bones' while Godsmack take theirs from 'God Smack', both of which are Alice in Chains Singles.

    Blogbyp, Anon and Buckingfastard got this perfect.

    Friday, March 26, 2010


    Ans. The connect is of course Padma Lakshmi (Host of Top Chef) .  From wiki - On October 1, 2009, after years of struggling with endometriosis, a condition which causes irregularities in the uterus and has been known to cause infertility, it was publicly confirmed that Lakshmi is pregnant with her first child. Lakshmi has always been coy about the identity of her unborn child's father with reports speculating surrounding Teddy Forstmann (founding partners of Forstmann Little & Company) and friend Adam Dell (brother of Michael Dell). On February 20, 2010, Lakshmi gave birth to a baby girl named Krishna Thea Lakshmi, however she initially refused to publicly name the father of her daughter. Later, on March 18, 2010, Lakshmi confirmed that her daughter's father is Adam Dell.

    Thursday, March 25, 2010

    Mid Week Bonus Q

    Its origins can be traced back to the days of this guy below (A)...

    ...when he talked about his research on this...(roughly translates to today's idea of B)

    ...There has been a lot of modifications to the theory. But it was  mainly brought  to light when he [pic below] (C), who is sometimes considered the father of (B)

    ...introduced it in the company (D) whose co-CEO is this dude below

    What am i talking about? (2points)

    Ans. Thunderdog says "A: Carl Friedrich Gauss (of the Gauss theory fame)
    B: Statistical Quality Control (this was the precursor to Six Sigma)
    C: Walter Andrew Shewhart (introduced quality control in Motorola)
    D: Motorola
    the dude: Sanjay Jha

    You are talking about Six Sigma.

    Yes, I was talkin about 6σ. Full points for Six Sigma and/or Statistical Quality Control in your answers

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    Pic Quiz

    Identify this famous pair. Recent News.

    Ans. Another one uncracked. Harry Carpenter (famous BBC commentator) and Frank Bruno  (former WBC World Heavyweight Champion) Carpenter often conducted post-match interviews with Bruno, whose catchphrase was "know what I mean, 'Arry?", and their relationship helped give Bruno a "cuddly bear" image and a popularity with the British public beyond the boxing fraternity. Harry's specialty was boxing and also covered Wimbledon at times. Harry passed away on 20th March this year.

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    Identify this chap

    Should be a sitter

    Ans. Everyone cracked it. Its Sam Pitroda

    Epl Quiz @ Recsquizzit, NIT DGP 23/03/2010

    Monday, March 22, 2010

    Brainstormers @Recsquizzit, NIT DGP 22/03/2010

    QOTW #6

    This was one of the first versions brought out.

    But this below proved to be a hindrance and so they had to change their name.

    What are we talking about?

    Ans. The answer is Digg. Pic 1 was the first version they brought out. When they tried to register their domain, they saw that Disney Interactive Group (DIG) had already taken it. So they added the extra G.

    Sunday, March 21, 2010


    Based on something I read three weeks back...

    Why was she in the news?

    Ans. Quoting  Anon "She is Boa Sr., the last person who remembered any Bo,who died on 26 January 2010, at the age of approximately 85.Aka-Bo or Bo is an extinct Great Andamanese language, of the Northern group. It was spoken on the east central coast of North Andaman and on North Reef Island of the Andaman Islands in India. The Aka- at the beginning of the language name is a common Great Andamanese prefix for nouns related to the tongue"

    Saturday, March 20, 2010

    RecsQuizzit '10 - 20/03/10

    Amul Q

    What is being depicted?

    Ans. Went uncracked. This is an Amul AD depicting the rising popularity of The Bold and the Beautiful. It used to be aired on the non-Indianised Star Plus around 15 years ago.

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Mid Week Bonus Q

    4 points at stake

    'A' (Pic 1) is an endangered species found only in a wildlife sanctuary (pic 2) in the country of 'B'.

    It is also the featured in the emblem of their National Sport's Federation.

    Recently it inspired the mascot for a major sporting event 'C' held in 'B'. The mascot was called 'D'.

    Identify ABCD. all clues in the question.

    Ans. A - Giant Sable Antelope
    B - Malange Province in Angola
    C - The 2010 Africa Cup of Nations
    D - Palanquinha

    The Mascot for the Tournament is Palanquinha, which was inspired by the Giant Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger variani), a national symbol and a treasured animal in Angola. In Angola, this animal is found only in the Cangandala National Park in Malange Province.The animal is also featured on the Angolan Football FEderation logo.

    Soofi, Ameen, Tania, Anon, Nabhi, Vikrant and Avinash got it right.

    Who is he?

    He was in the news this week. Identify

    Ans. Vindi Banga of Unilever - set to leave the company after working there for 33 years. Tania, Soubhagya, Vikrant and Thunderdog get it spot on.

    Thursday, March 18, 2010


    Explain what is happening?

    Ans. Quoting Soofi (he has made my job easier)
    "St Patrick's Day celebration on Chicago River 2009

    Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is a yearly holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (circa AD 387–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It began as a purely Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 1600s. However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland's culture."

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010


    You have all seen it...tribute to what?

    Ans: Quoting Soofi...
    "In July 2007, the popular webcomic xkcd published a comic called Wikipedian Protestor,, which showed a political protester holding a “citation needed” sign at a public speech, probably in reference to President Bush’s 2007 Fourth of July speech. This illustration is the earliest known instance of using the Wiki meta-tag outside of its original context"

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    Pic Quiz

    This is a digital tribute to which artist?

    Major Hint

    Ans: Tribute to Salvador Dali's melting clock - Persistence of Memory.
    The hint was a tribute to Dali by Matt Groening

    Many ppl getting it right

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    Tata Crucible Quiz 2010 :: Campus Edition at Bhubaneswar

    The teams in the finals were that of-

    KIIT University, Bhubaneswar
    XIM, Bhubaneswar
    DRIEMS, Cuttack
    Utkal University, Bhubaneswar
    NIST, Berhampur
    Silicon Institue of Technology, Bhubaneswar
    Winners: DRIEMS
    Runners up: Utkal University

    Twenty Prelims Questions - 

    1)Which international food company in India uses the original Coat of Arms of its founding family asits company logo which consists of a bird feeding its children in a nest?

    Ans. Nestle

    2)Calvin Klein is owned by which international company?

    Ans. Van Heusen

    3)Identify her

    Ans. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. India's richest woman and CEO of Biocon

    4)Which famous businessman has been ranked as the Businessman of the Century by Fortune magazine?

    Ans. Henry Ford

    5)Which is the only railway station to be named after a business group?

    Ans. Tatanagar

    6)Identify the company

    Ans. Puma

    7)The logo was designed by Carol Davison for a mere fees of
    $35.The logo is now the trademark of a very famous company.
    Name the company

    Ans. Nike

    8)Which city is known as the diamond capital of India?
     Ans. Surat

    9)Who is the author?

    Ans. Robin Sharma

    10)Which company’s campaign?

    Ans. Idea Cellular

    11) Which company makes these products?

    Ans. Marico

    12)Name the economic daily of The Hindustan Times.

    Ans. Mint

    13)Which company was known as Racal Telecom in 1984? (Clu: UK based company)

    Ans. Vodafone

    14)Who is she?

    Ans. Carol Bartz (CEO of Yahoo)

    15)In 1921 Howdy Chicago became the first to achieve this.It then after
    set a trend.What was the achievement??

    Ans. First movie to be screened in the flight

    16)Which brand?

    Ans. Nirma

    17)This very widely used gadget is manufactured by a canadian
    company Research in Motion

    Ans. Blackberry

    18)It was called ‘Pinwheel’ when it was introduced in Dec 1, 1977 and owned by QUBE channel. What’s this kids channel now known as?

    Ans. Nickelodeon

    19)Which is the largest prescribed drug in India which comes in flavours of mint, mix fruit and orange? (Clu: Choices given: Saradon, Digene, Hajmola)

    Ans. Digene

    20)Song from Kaminey played. Tell the producer/production house

    Ans. Ronnie Screwaala (UTV Motion Pictures)

    QOTW #5

    Great cracks by people so far...

    Try this one...

    Connect all this...

    Pic 2 gets its name because of this.

    Ans. Quoting Vivek...
    "the comic strip Doonesbury

    Pic 1 - Pillsbury's poppin fresh, the name of the comic strip doonesbury comes from a combination of pillsbury (Charles pillsbury was the room mate of Garry Trudeau at yale university) and the word doone

    Pic 2- The comic strip itself

    Pic 3- Logo of Yale University

    Pic 4 - Garry Trudeau the creator"