Friday, October 30, 2009

Question - 359

Identify the legendary artist.

TGIF! Have a great weekend.

Answer: Alberto Vargas. He might have done more for the morale of WWII troops than anybody :)

Answered by: Corina, Iam, Jaggi and P

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Question - 358

Return of what or whom?

Answer: Return of the hostages from Entebbe. The plane was auctioned/sold earlier this year.

Answered by:P, Iam, Dinky and Corina

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Question - 357

What were the most famous words uttered by this man?

Answer: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume"

Answered by:
Iam, P, Karthik, Hari, nicetry, hotmanoj, Raghu, Dinky, Corina, Prachi, Manix, and v.chandrashekar

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Question - 356

Flag of which disputed place?
Answer: Gibraltar

Answered by:hotmanoj, Iam, Renuka, K, Corina, Amru, Dinky, Rahul, Hari, Ramji, Vetti, Karthik, Jaggi and Ashwin

Monday, October 26, 2009


A term is associated with this specific group of people. While this is a general term it has an Ann Arbor connection. What?

My sincere apologies for the parochial nature of the question. Extra credit if you crack this w/o the Ann Arbor hint.

Answer: Gandy Dancers. Arising from the way people look while working on the railroad. The Ann Arbor restaurant that is located in the old train station takes its name from this term.

Answered by: Raghu, Rajeev, Manix, Jaggi, K, Anand and Karthik. Extra credit to Anand who I know has no AA connection.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Question - 354

To end the weekend.

Painting shows succumbing to the temptations of what?

Answer: Absinthe, also known as the Green Fairy.

Answered by: Hari, Srivats, Dinky, Iam, K, Amru, Ashwin

Friday, October 23, 2009

Question - 353

This pet belongs to which children?

Answer: Sasha and Malia Obama

Answered by: Ramji (walk over to Mountain View and complain), hotManoj, Schmetterling, Manix, nicetry, Shweta, Anonymous, raklodrama, Amru, Meenakshi, Iam, Rajesh K, K, Mekie, Debashish, Karthik and Jaggi.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


This was the favorite toy of ---------- ?

Answer: Tipu Sultan's mechanical toy at display at the National Museum in London.

Answered by: 20+ people. See comments.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Mathematical treatise shown on left by _________ ( on right)

Answer:The poet, philosopher and mathematician - Omar Khayyam.

Answered by: Dinky, Iam, Amru, Rajesh, Jaggi, Rajesh K, NJ, Adi, Rahul Trivedi, Shweta, Rajeev, Amru and Karthik

Monday, October 19, 2009


Logo for?

Answer:One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)

Answered by: 20+ people. (too many to type).

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Question - 348 (Theme)

The theme for this week is - Yours to discover! Answers to all questions this week (Q-343 to Q-347) are connected to a theme which will become easier to guess as the week goes along (opposite of last week!) The theme itself being the question for Saturday.

Please post answers or guesses to the week's theme here and not under the comments for the regular question of the day. Please provide explanations for your connects to the theme.

Clues so far:
Q-343: Abraham Lincoln
Q-344: William Wallace
Q-345: Aldous Huxley
Q-346: Westminster Abbey
Q-347: The Galapagos

Answer: Charles Darwin.
Darwin was born on the same day, same year as Abe Lincoln.
Competing work published by Russel Wallace (claimed to be a descent of the famous Scot)
Aldous Huxley's grandfather Thomas Huxley was called Darwin's bulldog, Westminster Abbey is the burial place of Darwin. And the Galapagos need no explanation.

Cracked by (chronologically): Raghu, Mekie and Dinky (great). Others had good connects.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Question - 347

The images show a dramatic effect of a natural phenomenon over what?

Answer: The Galapagos Islands. I was looking for the location.

Answered by: Hari, Anand, Raghu, Karthik, Jaggi, and Dinky.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Question - 346

 Famous facade of which building?

Answer: Westminster Abbey

Answered by: Rahul Trivedi, Harsh, Karthik, Mekie, Anand, Iam, Jaggi, Chithananda, K, Dinky and Amru and Raghu (comment hidden for obvious reasons)

Also see: Rajesh K's comment on Abe Lincoln and George Washington on patents.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Question - 345

Identify the author. The first edition book cover for his most famous work is shown second. The title was inspired by the play in the third pic.

Any hits on the theme?

Answer: Aldous Huxley. A Brave New World is a phrase taken from The Tempest uttered by Miranda when she discovers a young man!

Answered by:
Rithwik, Rajeev, Iam, Raghu, Rajesh K, Dinky, Jaggi, Rajesh, Hari, Chithananda

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Question - 344

Who is this?

Answer: William 'Braveheart' Wallace.

Answered by: Jaggi, Raghu, Iam, Anonymous, Dinky, Ashwin, Ramji, Divya, Rahul Trivedi, Manix, Hari, Anonymous, Rajesh, Vetti, Rajeev, Karthik, Anand (finds the source!) and Rajesh K.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Question - 343

The man patented the invention shown above. As is usually the case, he is very well-known for doing other things. Who?

Hint: To paraphrase James Joyce - It's a Portrait of Artist as a Young Man.

Answer: Abraham Lincoln as a young man patented an invention for lifting boats. Lots of presidents with Nobel prizes, only one to have any sort of patent. Thought it appropriate to show Honest Abe as the young inventor, rather than the bearded figure of the Gettysburg Address.

Answered by: Iam, Dinky and Jaggi. Awesome!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Question - 342

As promised for crossword-style theme week - this is the monster weekend quiz puzzle at the Wed-level of difficulty (Yes! Dinky I shall go gentle!).

The puzzle theme is a popular children's game. Fill the 4 bubbles with a Name, Place, Animal and Thing/Action and connect the images. The arrows indicate the connections between the images. Like Lennon said, "It's easy if you try".

Feedback and suggestions are welcome!

Hint: From top to bottom - Thing/Action, Name, Animal and Place.

Thing/Action is the "Moonwalk" (obvious connections)

Person is "Michael Jackson" Liz Taylor is his best friend and he married Elvis Presley's daughter - Lisa Marie

Animal is "Cat". Halle Berry played Catwoman, Tennessee Williams wrote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which was played by Elizabeth Taylor

Place is "Memphis", where MLK was shot, Elvis made his first records and the location of Graceland, also capital of Tennessee is Memphis. Tennessee Williams took his first name from the state. The connection to Cat is lateral(and bit tenuous). Memphis gets its name from the Egyptian city known for its pyramids and other Egyptian structures.

Answered by: Dinky, Iam and Manix

Most cracks this crossword week: Iam and Dinky. Awesome!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Question - 341

A) A very famous:
A1 b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 A2

B)  ________________: Who or what is missing that connects A to C?


Answer: Welsh poet - Dylan Thomas. A) is the rhyming scheme for a villanelle. Dylan's Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night is a textbook example of this beautiful form. Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmermann, was so inspired by Dylan Thomas that he took up his first name as his last.

Answered by: Iam + KungFuPanda, Rajesh, Dinky and Jaggi.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Question - 340

This practice of cooking gives rise to what term? familiar in a totally different context.

Update: I am going to let this question slow cook for another day.

Hint #1: The Caribbean
Hint #2/3: Term for a certain bunch (of people)

Answer: Buccaneer. Coming from the French boucanier, which referred to pirates of Caribbean who cooked meat on a wooden grille or boucan.

Answered by: Me-Be, Mekie and Rahul Trivedi.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Question - 339

This man being felicitated for inventing ________ that is shown in part in the second picture.

Who? and What?

Answer: Ray Dolby of the Dolby Laboratories. The company icon is part of the middle track.

Answered by: Ajit, Achyuth aka Tempo, White Jack and Lagoon and Iam (who is 3/3 this week!)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Question - 338

What is this and where is it located? Iconic locale from an iconic city.

Answer: Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio De Janeiro.

Answered by: Rajesh, Rahul Trivedi, Dinky, Iam,Karthik,Jaggi, Mekie,Achyuth aka Tempo, harsh, Mohan Phadnis, Anonymous and Hari

Note: Questions will be increasing in difficulty as we move along the week. Cracks by 12+ on the Monday question. Keep it going folks till the end of the week!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Question - 337

Good morning! I am experimenting with the crossword-style of question difficulty. Questions will get harder from Monday to Saturday. If I get to it, Sunday will have a 'larger' set of visual clues for Wed-level of difficulty.

What was the result of this cartoon? (some words blanked out)
Answer: Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a captive bear on a hunting trip that prompted the cartoon above. The blanked out lines read "Drawing the line in Mississippi". An entrepreneur inspired by the cartoon came up with the idea of a "teddy" bear.

Answered by:
Anerudh Balaji, Kamal Rathi,techie, mekie, Riskit,swapnaa,rajesh, dinky, Ramji, Iam, keshav, Jaggi,Anonymous, nice try, Raghu, Anonymous and Karthik

Friday, October 2, 2009

Question - 336

What are the Fab Four doing?

Note: See feedback request on Q 335. Thx! See you folks on Monday with a slightly different progression of questions.

Answer: Playing the Aboriginal wind instrument - the didgeridoo.

Answered by: Mekie, Raghu, Iam, Karthik and Anirudh Patil

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Question - 335

Connect the two pictures.

Answer: The game of Rock-Paper-Scissors was played between Christie's and Sotheby's to obtain the rights to auction of a collection of Impressionist paintings including the one shown about by Cezanne.

Answered by:
Mihir, Rajesh K, Iam, Ravi Handa, Anon, Rajesh, Raghu, Dinesh, Jaggi, Ramji, Anand and Srivats

Feedback on the question is appreciated. I am trying to find out if such a mildly-easy-to-Google question from one of the clues is interesting. Or do people prefer visuals with less workable clues.

For those of you attempted to find the answer but didn't, let me know where you got stuck.