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The QFI Open Quiz 2009



Rules
 40 questions worth 1 point each
 Questions 11-20 are tie-breakers
 Top 8 teams qualify fo...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
The opening three words of the preamble to the
constitution of India form the title of a popular TV...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
This product, launched by Sony in 1998, was a
portable storage device that could be attached to
a p...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
The actress Manorama has acted with five Chief
Ministers during her career. In 1955-56, she acted
wi...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
Genentech Inc. is the world’s first biotechnology
company, founded in 1976 by a venture capitalist
R...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
The Polish biochemist Kazimerz Funk is generally
considered to be the first person to formulate the
...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
This is a stanza of a 17th century poem by the Afghan
poet Saib-e-Tabrezi, written in praise of Kab...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
The name of this product/service was selected
because it was onomatopoeic. The word typically
repre...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
What common word originates from the fact that
ancient Greek poetry was usually recited with the
mu...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
In the mammoth 11,000 page charge-sheet filed
against him by the police, he was booked under
various...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
Just like the English word ‘blacksmith’ has given
rise to the common surname ‘Smith’, the Italian
w...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
Maximilian Bircher-Benner was a Swiss physician
and a pioneer in nutritional research. In 1900, at
...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
In the 15th century, a village was established on
the bank of the River Ghaghra and occupied by
the...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
His highly successful 1988 autobiography was
published by Doubleday in secret because of the
massiv...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
One of the most famous couples in Indian history,
the names by which they are popularly known
mean ...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
While tailoring this item of clothing, the cloth is
always cut longer than the leg and finished with...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
What name did the media give to the 2009 civil
unrest and subsequent anti-government riots in
Moldo...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
The visual shows a type of small, lightly armed
warship, used mostly for coastal patrol, fighting
mi...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009




                         17
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On the official posters for this 2008 film, the title
and names of the actors were printed in mirror
...
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What was promoted through this advertisement?
Who is the advertiser?




                          ...
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                         19
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Which popular children’s story is this cartoon film
based on? And what is the name of the person
voi...
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                         20
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Muhammad Shah, 18th century Mughal emperor,
once had to travel on an expedition and needed
an auspi...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
Bill Frindall, a famous British cricket statistician,
used to famously boast that he was born on th...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
‘Asmā allāh al-Ḥusnā’, or ‘The 99 Most Beautiful
Names of God’ are the names by which Muslims
regar...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
Members of this species of fish have snouts to
suck up food and a coronet on their heads that is
dis...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
Which popular sweet in the Indian subcontinent
gets its name from the fact that it is similar to ic...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
The U.S. and India are accepted as having the
world’s two largest film industries, referred to as
Ho...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
This symbol is called the ‘Jora Ghaas Phool’ and
symbolizes the down-trodden grass-root flowers.
It ...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
According to legend, there was a ruler who once
went on a hunting expedition. After a long day, he
...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
After the announcement of this year’s Padma awards, this
person remarked,

“She will become the 5th...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
In the Mahabaratha, Draupadi is known widely by
her patronymic surname, derived from the name
of he...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
Niccolo De Conti was a merchant explorer from
Venice who visited India in the early 15th century.
W...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
The Outrigger Canoe Club, on Waikiki beach in
Hawaii, is credited with having invented this sport
i...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
The uniforms of the Swiss Guard, sworn sentinels
of Vatican City, were designed by Commandant
Jules...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009




                         33
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According to him, he was alone in a room with a
mirror when he first sketched the title character
of...
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                         34
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At the entrance of which famous structure would
you be able to find this?




                      ...
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Who composed the music for this award-winning
documentary film?




                                ...
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                         36
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Identify the male singer. Who sang the original for
the 1981 film ‘Rocky’?




                     ...
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Which family of birds does this rather astonishing
specimen belong to?




                        ...
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                         38
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Who is the playback singer?




                                     39
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                         39
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The people in the visual are dancers and theatre
actors from around Cape Town. What are their
most ...
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                         40
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           Time!

Hand in your answer sheets
    to the volunteers!
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And now for the
  answers...
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The opening three words of the preamble to the
constitution of India form the title of a popular TV...
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And the answer is...
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We The People




                         1
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This product, launched by Sony in 1998, was a
portable storage device that could be attached to
a p...
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And the answer is...
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Memory Stick




                         2
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The actress Manorama has acted with five Chief
Ministers during her career. In 1955-56, she acted
wi...
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And the answer is...
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N.T. Ramarao




                         3
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Genentech Inc. is the world’s first biotechnology
company, founded in 1976 by a venture capitalist
R...
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And the answer is...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009

       DNA




                         4
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The Polish biochemist Kazimerz Funk is generally
considered to be the first person to formulate the
...
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And the answer is...
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    Vitamins




                         5
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This is a stanza of a 17th century poem by the Afghan
poet Saib-e-Tabrezi, written in praise of Kab...
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And the answer is...
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ʻA Thousand Splendid Sunsʼ




                               6
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The name of this product/service was selected
because it was onomatopoeic. The word typically
repre...
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And the answer is...
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       Bing




                         7
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
What common word originates from the fact that
ancient Greek poetry was usually recited with the
mu...
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And the answer is...
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      Lyrics




                         8
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In the mammoth 11,000 page charge-sheet filed
against him by the police, he was booked under
various...
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And the answer is...
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 Ajmal Kasab




                         9
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Just like the English word ‘blacksmith’ has given
rise to the common surname ‘Smith’, the Italian
w...
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And the answer is...
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     Ferrari




                         10
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Maximilian Bircher-Benner was a Swiss physician
and a pioneer in nutritional research. In 1900, at
...
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And the answer is...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009

     Muesli




                         11
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In the 15th century, a village was established on
the bank of the River Ghaghra and occupied by
the...
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And the answer is...
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     Pilibhit




                         12
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His highly successful 1988 autobiography was
published by Doubleday in secret because of the
massiv...
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And the answer is...
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Michael Jackson




                          13
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One of the most famous couples in Indian history,
the names by which they are popularly known
mean ...
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And the answer is...
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Jahangir & Nurjahan




                            14
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While tailoring this item of clothing, the cloth is
always cut longer than the leg and finished with...
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And the answer is...
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    Churidar




                         15
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What name did the media give to the 2009 civil
unrest and subsequent anti-government riots in
Moldo...
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And the answer is...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009

Twitter Revolution




                          16
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The visual shows a type of small, lightly armed
warship, used mostly for coastal patrol, fighting
mi...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009




                         17
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And the answer is...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009

    Corvette




                         17
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On the official posters for this 2008 film, the title
and names of the actors were printed in mirror
...
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And the answer is...
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button




                                      18
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What was promoted through this advertisement?
Who is the advertiser?




                          ...
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                         19
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And the answer is...
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Earth Hour, WWF




                          19
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Which popular children’s story is this cartoon film
based on? And what is the name of the person
voi...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009




                         20
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And the answer is...
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Brave Little Tailor, Walt
       Disney




                             20
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Muhammad Shah, 18th century Mughal emperor,
once had to travel on an expedition and needed
an auspi...
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And the answer is...
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Jantar Mantar, New Delhi




                              21
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
Bill Frindall, a famous British cricket statistician,
used to famously boast that he was born on th...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009




And the answer is...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009

England and West Indies




                              22
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
‘Asmā allāh al-Ḥusnā’, or ‘The 99 Most Beautiful
Names of God’ are the names by which Muslims
regar...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009




And the answer is...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009

    Rahman




                         23
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
Members of this species of fish have snouts to
suck up food and a coronet on their heads that is
dis...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009




And the answer is...
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   Seahorse




                         24
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
Which popular sweet in the Indian subcontinent
gets its name from the fact that it is similar to ic...
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And the answer is...
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       Barfi




                         25
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The U.S. and India are accepted as having the
world’s two largest film industries, referred to as
Ho...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009




And the answer is...
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     Nigeria




                         26
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This symbol is called the ‘Jora Ghaas Phool’ and
symbolizes the down-trodden grass-root flowers.
It ...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009




And the answer is...
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Trinamool Congress




                           27
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According to legend, there was a ruler who once
went on a hunting expedition. After a long day, he
...
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And the answer is...
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   Villupaatu




                         28
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
After the announcement of this year’s Padma awards, this
person remarked,

“She will become the 5th...
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And the answer is...
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Amitabh and Aishwarya Rai
        Bachchan




                               29
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
In the Mahabaratha, Draupadi is known widely by
her patronymic surname, derived from the name
of he...
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And the answer is...
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    Krishna




                         30
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
Niccolo De Conti was a merchant explorer from
Venice who visited India in the early 15th century.
W...
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And the answer is...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009

     Telugu




                         31
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
The Outrigger Canoe Club, on Waikiki beach in
Hawaii, is credited with having invented this sport
i...
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And the answer is...
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Beach Volleyball




                          32
The QFI Open Quiz 2009
The uniforms of the Swiss Guard, sworn sentinels
of Vatican City, were designed by Commandant
Jules...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009




                         33
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And the answer is...
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    Raphael




                         33
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According to him, he was alone in a room with a
mirror when he first sketched the title character
of...
The QFI Open Quiz 2009




                         34
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And the answer is...
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   Mandrake




                         34
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At the entrance of which famous structure would
you be able to find this?




                      ...
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And the answer is...
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  Taipei 101




                         35
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Who composed the music for this award-winning
documentary film?




                                ...
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                         36
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And the answer is...
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Guitar Prasanna




                          36
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Identify the male singer. Who sang the original for
the 1981 film ‘Rocky’?




                     ...
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And the answer is...
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Neil Nitin Mukesh & Kishore Kumar




                                 37
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Which family of birds does this rather astonishing
specimen belong to?




                        ...
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                         38
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And the answer is...
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Birds of Paradise




                         38
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Who is the playback singer?




                                     39
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                         39
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And the answer is...
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  Baba Sehgal




                         39
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The people in the visual are dancers and theatre
actors from around Cape Town. What are their
most ...
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                         40
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And the answer is...
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Vodafone ZooZoos




                         40
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QFI Open Quiz Prelims

  1. 1. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 brought to you by
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  3. 3. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Quizmaster Vinod Ganesh Research Team Krishnamurti Ganesh Vikram Rajan
  4. 4. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Rules 40 questions worth 1 point each Questions 11-20 are tie-breakers Top 8 teams qualify for the finals
  5. 5. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The opening three words of the preamble to the constitution of India form the title of a popular TV talk show. What are the words? 1
  6. 6. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 This product, launched by Sony in 1998, was a portable storage device that could be attached to a personal computer easily. The brand name has now become a generic term used to describe all such products. What was the brand name? 2
  7. 7. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The actress Manorama has acted with five Chief Ministers during her career. In 1955-56, she acted with C. Annadurai in the play ‘Sivaji Kanda Hindu Samrajyam’. She then went on to work with M. Karunanidhi in his play ‘Udhaya Suriyan’ and did several films with M.G.R. and Jayalalithaa. Who was the fifth Chief Minister she acted with? 3
  8. 8. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Genentech Inc. is the world’s first biotechnology company, founded in 1976 by a venture capitalist Robert Swanson and a biochemist Herbert Boyer. What was its ticker symbol on the NYSE? Note: It was acquired by Roche Ltd. in March. So, it now trades under the Roche’s ticker ROC. 4
  9. 9. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The Polish biochemist Kazimerz Funk is generally considered to be the first person to formulate the concept behind this set of organic compounds. He called them vital amines because he believed that they always contained an amine (nitrogen) group. Later, when it was found that this was not true, the name was slightly modified. What is the new name? 5
  10. 10. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 This is a stanza of a 17th century poem by the Afghan poet Saib-e-Tabrezi, written in praise of Kabul: “Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye, Through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, And ___ ___ ___ ___ that hide behind her walls” Which 2007 novel gets its name from the blanked out words in the last line? 6
  11. 11. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The name of this product/service was selected because it was onomatopoeic. The word typically represents a sound of arrival or conclusion, such as the sound made when an elevator arrives. The company felt that it was memorable, short, easy to spell, and that it would remind people of the sound made during the moment of discovery and decision making. What is the name? 7
  12. 12. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 What common word originates from the fact that ancient Greek poetry was usually recited with the music of the lyre? 8
  13. 13. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 In the mammoth 11,000 page charge-sheet filed against him by the police, he was booked under various acts including the Railway Act, because he had entered railway station premises without a valid train or platform ticket. Who? 9
  14. 14. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Just like the English word ‘blacksmith’ has given rise to the common surname ‘Smith’, the Italian word for blacksmiths is a fairly common surname among Italians. What is the name? 10
  15. 15. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Maximilian Bircher-Benner was a Swiss physician and a pioneer in nutritional research. In 1900, at his Zürich hospital, he went against the accepted thought of cooked food being the healthiest to introduce a meal of raw oats, nuts and apples for his patients. This preparation was inspired by a dish that he had been served while on a hike in the Swiss Alps. Which common preparation are we talking about? 11
  16. 16. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 In the 15th century, a village was established on the bank of the River Ghaghra and occupied by the local Bhanjara community. The people made a wall of yellow mud around their village in order to secure their homes from wild animals, as the area was in the midst of a forest. The village thus derived its name from the local term for a ‘yellow wall’. This name was later adopted by the nearest town/city. Which town? 12
  17. 17. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 His highly successful 1988 autobiography was published by Doubleday in secret because of the massive public interest in his life. Relatives of the company’s employees were hired as couriers, to deliver portions of the book from the company’s head office to the printing plant in Pennsylvania and manuscripts were kept under lock and key. The book was referred to using the code name ‘Neil Armstrong’. Whose autobiography? 13
  18. 18. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 One of the most famous couples in Indian history, the names by which they are popularly known mean ‘Conqueror of the World’ and ‘Light Of the World’ respectively, in their native language. Who are we talking about? 14
  19. 19. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 While tailoring this item of clothing, the cloth is always cut longer than the leg and finished with a tight fit at the ankle. When the wearer is seated, the extra cloth makes it possible to bend the legs and sit comfortably. The excess material falls into folds and looks like a set of bangles resting on the ankle. The item gets its name from this fact. What are we talking about? 15
  20. 20. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 What name did the media give to the 2009 civil unrest and subsequent anti-government riots in Moldova, because of the way the protestors had spread the message and organized themselves? 16
  21. 21. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The visual shows a type of small, lightly armed warship, used mostly for coastal patrol, fighting minor battles, and supporting larger warships. It was mainly known for its maneuverability and speed, and because of this, its name was used by General Motors for one of its most famous and successful sports cars. What is the name? 17
  22. 22. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 17
  23. 23. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 On the official posters for this 2008 film, the title and names of the actors were printed in mirror writing as a nod to the film’s plot. Which film? 18
  24. 24. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 What was promoted through this advertisement? Who is the advertiser? 19
  25. 25. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 19
  26. 26. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Which popular children’s story is this cartoon film based on? And what is the name of the person voicing the lead character? 20
  27. 27. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 20
  28. 28. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Muhammad Shah, 18th century Mughal emperor, once had to travel on an expedition and needed an auspicious time to do so. However, the Hindu and the Muslim astrologers in his court were embroiled in an argument over certain planetary positions. To solve this heated debate, one of the emperor’s Hindu allies suggested the creation of something that gets its name from the words for ‘instrument’ and ‘formula’ in Sanskrit. What, and where would you find it? 21
  29. 29. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Bill Frindall, a famous British cricket statistician, used to famously boast that he was born on the first day of the longest test match ever played - the ‘timeless test’ played over ten days between England and South Africa in 1939. So, it was quite ironic that his funeral took place on the same day as the shortest test match ever, which lasted a mere ten balls. Which two teams were involved? 22
  30. 30. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 ‘Asmā allāh al-Ḥusnā’, or ‘The 99 Most Beautiful Names of God’ are the names by which Muslims regard God (Allah), with each name representing a specific attribute. These 99 names are always listed in a certain order and the first name on the list means ‘merciful’. This name was chosen by a famous person when he converted to Islam. What is the name? 23
  31. 31. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Members of this species of fish have snouts to suck up food and a coronet on their heads that is distinct for each individual, much like a human fingerprint. They are unique in the animal world because it is the male who becomes pregnant and gives birth to live young that are almost fully developed. Which creature are we talking about? 24
  32. 32. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Which popular sweet in the Indian subcontinent gets its name from the fact that it is similar to ice in appearance? 25
  33. 33. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The U.S. and India are accepted as having the world’s two largest film industries, referred to as Hollywood and Bollywood respectively. The third largest film industry is termed Nollywood. Which country does it belong to? 26
  34. 34. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 This symbol is called the ‘Jora Ghaas Phool’ and symbolizes the down-trodden grass-root flowers. It was created by the founder of a political party and the Election Commission has allocated this symbol exclusively for the use of the party during elections. Which party? 27
  35. 35. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 According to legend, there was a ruler who once went on a hunting expedition. After a long day, he felt remorse as he realized the futility of hunting. His minister suggested that he take to singing instead and spreading the message of peace as a pastime. The enthusiastic king wanted to start straightaway and the minister suggested that he use his bow and arrow to create rhythms. What is this incident considered the origin of? 28
  36. 36. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 After the announcement of this year’s Padma awards, this person remarked, “She will become the 5th Padma Award recipient in our family. First, my father was awarded the Padma Bhushan, then the Padma Shri for me, followed again by the Padma Bhushan for me some years later, my wife’s Padma Shri and now this one. This must be a record for the country. 5 Padma Awards in one family. God has been very kind to us. The people of this land have been very kind to us.” Who is the speaker? Who was the recipient? 29
  37. 37. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 In the Mahabaratha, Draupadi is known widely by her patronymic surname, derived from the name of her father, King Drupad. Her actual first name, which she shares with another character in the epic, means ‘black’ or ‘dark’. What is the name? 30
  38. 38. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Niccolo De Conti was a merchant explorer from Venice who visited India in the early 15th century. While here, he encountered a language in which all native words ended in vowel sounds, a quality found in Italian as well. As a result, he called this language the ‘Italian of the East’. Which language are we talking about? 31
  39. 39. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The Outrigger Canoe Club, on Waikiki beach in Hawaii, is credited with having invented this sport in 1915. The club still hosts many tournaments in the sport, including a state championship named after Duke Kahanamoku, the club’s most famous member. Which sport are we talking about? 32
  40. 40. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The uniforms of the Swiss Guard, sworn sentinels of Vatican City, were designed by Commandant Jules Repond in 1914. The works of which famed Renaissance artist did he draw inspiration from? 33
  41. 41. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 33
  42. 42. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 According to him, he was alone in a room with a mirror when he first sketched the title character of one of his most famous comic strips. As a result, he based the character’s face on his own. Which character are we talking about? 34
  43. 43. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 34
  44. 44. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 At the entrance of which famous structure would you be able to find this? 35
  45. 45. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Who composed the music for this award-winning documentary film? 36
  46. 46. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 36
  47. 47. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Identify the male singer. Who sang the original for the 1981 film ‘Rocky’? 37
  48. 48. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Which family of birds does this rather astonishing specimen belong to? 38
  49. 49. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 38
  50. 50. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Who is the playback singer? 39
  51. 51. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 39
  52. 52. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The people in the visual are dancers and theatre actors from around Cape Town. What are their most famous roles? 40
  53. 53. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 40
  54. 54. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Time! Hand in your answer sheets to the volunteers!
  55. 55. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And now for the answers...
  56. 56. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The opening three words of the preamble to the constitution of India form the title of a popular TV talk show. What are the words? 1
  57. 57. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  58. 58. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 We The People 1
  59. 59. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 This product, launched by Sony in 1998, was a portable storage device that could be attached to a personal computer easily. The brand name has now become a generic term used to describe all such products. What was the brand name? 2
  60. 60. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  61. 61. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Memory Stick 2
  62. 62. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The actress Manorama has acted with five Chief Ministers during her career. In 1955-56, she acted with C. Annadurai in the play ‘Sivaji Kanda Hindu Samrajyam’. She then went on to work with M. Karunanidhi in his play ‘Udhaya Suriyan’ and did several films with M.G.R. and Jayalalithaa. Who was the fifth Chief Minister she acted with? 3
  63. 63. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  64. 64. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 N.T. Ramarao 3
  65. 65. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Genentech Inc. is the world’s first biotechnology company, founded in 1976 by a venture capitalist Robert Swanson and a biochemist Herbert Boyer. What was its ticker symbol on the NYSE? Note: It was acquired by Roche Ltd. in March. So, it now trades under the Roche’s ticker ROC. 4
  66. 66. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  67. 67. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 DNA 4
  68. 68. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The Polish biochemist Kazimerz Funk is generally considered to be the first person to formulate the concept behind this set of organic compounds. He called them vital amines because he believed that they always contained an amine (nitrogen) group. Later, when it was found that this was not true, the name was slightly modified. What is the new name? 5
  69. 69. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  70. 70. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Vitamins 5
  71. 71. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 This is a stanza of a 17th century poem by the Afghan poet Saib-e-Tabrezi, written in praise of Kabul: “Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye, Through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, And ___ ___ ___ ___ that hide behind her walls” Which 2007 novel gets its name from the blanked out words in the last line? 6
  72. 72. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  73. 73. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 ʻA Thousand Splendid Sunsʼ 6
  74. 74. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The name of this product/service was selected because it was onomatopoeic. The word typically represents a sound of arrival or conclusion, such as the sound made when an elevator arrives. The company felt that it was memorable, short, easy to spell, and that it would remind people of the sound made during the moment of discovery and decision making. What is the name? 7
  75. 75. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  76. 76. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Bing 7
  77. 77. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 What common word originates from the fact that ancient Greek poetry was usually recited with the music of the lyre? 8
  78. 78. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  79. 79. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Lyrics 8
  80. 80. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 In the mammoth 11,000 page charge-sheet filed against him by the police, he was booked under various acts including the Railway Act, because he had entered railway station premises without a valid train or platform ticket. Who? 9
  81. 81. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  82. 82. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Ajmal Kasab 9
  83. 83. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Just like the English word ‘blacksmith’ has given rise to the common surname ‘Smith’, the Italian word for blacksmiths is a fairly common surname among Italians. What is the name? 10
  84. 84. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  85. 85. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Ferrari 10
  86. 86. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Maximilian Bircher-Benner was a Swiss physician and a pioneer in nutritional research. In 1900, at his Zürich hospital, he went against the accepted thought of cooked food being the healthiest to introduce a meal of raw oats, nuts and apples for his patients. This preparation was inspired by a dish that he had been served while on a hike in the Swiss Alps. Which common preparation are we talking about? 11
  87. 87. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  88. 88. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Muesli 11
  89. 89. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 In the 15th century, a village was established on the bank of the River Ghaghra and occupied by the local Bhanjara community. The people made a wall of yellow mud around their village in order to secure their homes from wild animals, as the area was in the midst of a forest. The village thus derived its name from the local term for a ‘yellow wall’. This name was later adopted by the nearest town/city. Which town? 12
  90. 90. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  91. 91. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Pilibhit 12
  92. 92. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 His highly successful 1988 autobiography was published by Doubleday in secret because of the massive public interest in his life. Relatives of the company’s employees were hired as couriers, to deliver portions of the book from the company’s head office to the printing plant in Pennsylvania and manuscripts were kept under lock and key. The book was referred to using the code name ‘Neil Armstrong’. Whose autobiography? 13
  93. 93. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  94. 94. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Michael Jackson 13
  95. 95. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 One of the most famous couples in Indian history, the names by which they are popularly known mean ‘Conqueror of the World’ and ‘Light Of the World’ respectively, in their native language. Who are we talking about? 14
  96. 96. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  97. 97. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Jahangir & Nurjahan 14
  98. 98. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 While tailoring this item of clothing, the cloth is always cut longer than the leg and finished with a tight fit at the ankle. When the wearer is seated, the extra cloth makes it possible to bend the legs and sit comfortably. The excess material falls into folds and looks like a set of bangles resting on the ankle. The item gets its name from this fact. What are we talking about? 15
  99. 99. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  100. 100. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Churidar 15
  101. 101. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 What name did the media give to the 2009 civil unrest and subsequent anti-government riots in Moldova, because of the way the protestors had spread the message and organized themselves? 16
  102. 102. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  103. 103. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Twitter Revolution 16
  104. 104. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The visual shows a type of small, lightly armed warship, used mostly for coastal patrol, fighting minor battles, and supporting larger warships. It was mainly known for its maneuverability and speed, and because of this, its name was used by General Motors for one of its most famous and successful sports cars. What is the name? 17
  105. 105. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 17
  106. 106. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  107. 107. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Corvette 17
  108. 108. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 On the official posters for this 2008 film, the title and names of the actors were printed in mirror writing as a nod to the film’s plot. Which film? 18
  109. 109. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  110. 110. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 18
  111. 111. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 What was promoted through this advertisement? Who is the advertiser? 19
  112. 112. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 19
  113. 113. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  114. 114. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Earth Hour, WWF 19
  115. 115. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Which popular children’s story is this cartoon film based on? And what is the name of the person voicing the lead character? 20
  116. 116. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 20
  117. 117. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  118. 118. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Brave Little Tailor, Walt Disney 20
  119. 119. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Muhammad Shah, 18th century Mughal emperor, once had to travel on an expedition and needed an auspicious time to do so. However, the Hindu and the Muslim astrologers in his court were embroiled in an argument over certain planetary positions. To solve this heated debate, one of the emperor’s Hindu allies suggested the creation of something that gets its name from the words for ‘instrument’ and ‘formula’ in Sanskrit. What, and where would you find it? 21
  120. 120. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  121. 121. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Jantar Mantar, New Delhi 21
  122. 122. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Bill Frindall, a famous British cricket statistician, used to famously boast that he was born on the first day of the longest test match ever played - the ‘timeless test’ played over ten days between England and South Africa in 1939. So, it was quite ironic that his funeral took place on the same day as the shortest test match ever, which lasted a mere ten balls. Which two teams were involved? 22
  123. 123. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  124. 124. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 England and West Indies 22
  125. 125. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 ‘Asmā allāh al-Ḥusnā’, or ‘The 99 Most Beautiful Names of God’ are the names by which Muslims regard God (Allah), with each name representing a specific attribute. These 99 names are always listed in a certain order and the first name on the list means ‘merciful’. This name was chosen by a famous person when he converted to Islam. What is the name? 23
  126. 126. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  127. 127. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Rahman 23
  128. 128. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Members of this species of fish have snouts to suck up food and a coronet on their heads that is distinct for each individual, much like a human fingerprint. They are unique in the animal world because it is the male who becomes pregnant and gives birth to live young that are almost fully developed. Which creature are we talking about? 24
  129. 129. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  130. 130. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Seahorse 24
  131. 131. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Which popular sweet in the Indian subcontinent gets its name from the fact that it is similar to ice in appearance? 25
  132. 132. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  133. 133. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Barfi 25
  134. 134. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The U.S. and India are accepted as having the world’s two largest film industries, referred to as Hollywood and Bollywood respectively. The third largest film industry is termed Nollywood. Which country does it belong to? 26
  135. 135. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  136. 136. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Nigeria 26
  137. 137. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 This symbol is called the ‘Jora Ghaas Phool’ and symbolizes the down-trodden grass-root flowers. It was created by the founder of a political party and the Election Commission has allocated this symbol exclusively for the use of the party during elections. Which party? 27
  138. 138. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  139. 139. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Trinamool Congress 27
  140. 140. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 According to legend, there was a ruler who once went on a hunting expedition. After a long day, he felt remorse as he realized the futility of hunting. His minister suggested that he take to singing instead and spreading the message of peace as a pastime. The enthusiastic king wanted to start straightaway and the minister suggested that he use a bow and arrow to create rhythms. What is this incident considered the origin of? 28
  141. 141. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  142. 142. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Villupaatu 28
  143. 143. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 After the announcement of this year’s Padma awards, this person remarked, “She will become the 5th Padma Award recipient in our family. First, my father was awarded the Padma Bhushan, then the Padma Shri for me, followed again by the Padma Bhushan for me some years later, my wife’s Padma Shri and now this one. This must be a record for the country. 5 Padma Awards in one family. God has been very kind to us. The people of this land have been very kind to us.” Who is the speaker? Who was the recipient? 29
  144. 144. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  145. 145. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Amitabh and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan 29
  146. 146. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 In the Mahabaratha, Draupadi is known widely by her patronymic surname, derived from the name of her father, King Drupad. Her actual first name, which she shares with another character in the epic, means ‘black’ or ‘dark’. What is the name? 30
  147. 147. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  148. 148. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Krishna 30
  149. 149. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Niccolo De Conti was a merchant explorer from Venice who visited India in the early 15th century. While here, he encountered a language in which all native words ended in vowel sounds, a quality found in Italian as well. As a result, he called this language the ‘Italian of the East’. Which language are we talking about? 31
  150. 150. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  151. 151. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Telugu 31
  152. 152. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The Outrigger Canoe Club, on Waikiki beach in Hawaii, is credited with having invented this sport in 1915. The club still hosts many tournaments in the sport, including a state championship named after Duke Kahanamoku, the club’s most famous member. Which sport are we talking about? 32
  153. 153. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  154. 154. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Beach Volleyball 32
  155. 155. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The uniforms of the Swiss Guard, sworn sentinels of Vatican City, were designed by Commandant Jules Repond in 1914. The works of which famed Renaissance artist did he draw inspiration from? 33
  156. 156. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 33
  157. 157. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  158. 158. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Raphael 33
  159. 159. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 According to him, he was alone in a room with a mirror when he first sketched the title character of one of his most famous comic strips. As a result, he based the character’s face on his own. Which character are we talking about? 34
  160. 160. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 34
  161. 161. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  162. 162. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Mandrake 34
  163. 163. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 At the entrance of which famous structure would you be able to find this? 35
  164. 164. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  165. 165. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Taipei 101 35
  166. 166. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Who composed the music for this award-winning documentary film? 36
  167. 167. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 36
  168. 168. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  169. 169. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Guitar Prasanna 36
  170. 170. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Identify the male singer. Who sang the original for the 1981 film ‘Rocky’? 37
  171. 171. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  172. 172. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Neil Nitin Mukesh & Kishore Kumar 37
  173. 173. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Which family of birds does this rather astonishing specimen belong to? 38
  174. 174. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 38
  175. 175. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  176. 176. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Birds of Paradise 38
  177. 177. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Who is the playback singer? 39
  178. 178. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 39
  179. 179. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  180. 180. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Baba Sehgal 39
  181. 181. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 The people in the visual are dancers and theatre actors from around Cape Town. What are their most famous roles? 40
  182. 182. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 40
  183. 183. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 And the answer is...
  184. 184. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Vodafone ZooZoos 40
  185. 185. The QFI Open Quiz 2009 Good luck! See you in the finals!
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