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Multiples of Five are star marked.
8 teams qualify for the finals.
A tie to be resolved by stars followed by the count-
Prelims score to decide winners in case of a tie in
Rabindranath Bhatta, Lionel Emmett and Harihar
Banerjee form an exhaustive list with respect to the
alumni of Calcutta Medical College.
What list, that could make us reminiscent of the
likes of an American paediatrician whose book “Baby
and child care” has been one of the bestsellers of all
The House of ______ _______ in Auvers is a 1872
painting by Paul Cezanne who befriended the house
owner, who has been portrayed on screen by British
actor Jerome Flynn in an acclaimed 2017 Polish
This sparsely populated region of South America is
shared by two countries- Argentina and Chile. It is
believed that the nomenclature owes its origin to the
expeditions of Ferdinand Magellan who used the
term to denote the ‘giant stature’ of its inhabitants.
Which region, also referred to in the title of a Paul
Theroux travelogue is this ?
Originally a German word for ‘whirlpool’ or ‘eddy’,
this item is associated closely with a neighbouring
An iconic movie sequence featuring this item ended
with the antagonist stubbing his cigarette out right
onto that very item. The ensuing close-up is a picture
of dirtied pristineness; an innocuous trifle
Which item ?
The Tale of Thomas ________, 160 years in the
making is a 2016 docu-drama which features the
stories of Ernest Shackleton’s polar expeditions in
early 20th century as well as the heroic tales of Betty-
Kirby Green, a female aviator who broke the world
record (and the glass ceiling) for flight between
London and Cape Town in 1937.
Whose life was the movie based on ?
This head anointing ceremony takes place every 12
years. The earliest reference to such an event dates back
to 1398 A.D. while the latest one was in 2006.
While some have hypothesised that celestial reasons are
behind the spacing of two such ceremonies, others have
pointed towards more realistic problems, like construction
of huge scaffoldings to be the real reason behind a gap of
Which Indian town is the venue for this event, which is
set to happen in 2018 and has seen the concerned state
Govt. announce a host of special trains during the event ?
Following the spectacular comeback by AS Roma in
the UCL quarterfinals against Barcelona, the TV
commentator remarked that tonight Catalan tears will
be enough to fill up something, an allusion to the
unfortunate set-back for the Catalan giants.
What was it supposed to fill ?
Sukumar Ray used to play host to a weekly
gathering of intellectuals in his residence. This ‘adda’
was given a formal name referring to the day of the
week when they would usually meet, also referring to
a generic term for a Bengali sweetmeat, often used
in association with a similar word in common
What was the name of the club ?
In the United States, _____are generally executive
branch officials appointed by
the President either with Senate approval or without
In the United Kingdom, the term is more loosely
used to refer to high-profile appointments who
devote their skills to one particular area.
Which word of Balkan origin, known to us in the
context of a different nation is this ?
Afrika Reich trilogy by Guy Saville
gives a fictional account of a Nazi
occupied Africa, post the second
world war. The official blog of the
author dissects the key elements
behind this book in a series titled “A-Z
The entry with V has two references,
one obviously being violence while
the other alludes to something which
the SS wanted to profit from if they
took control of an island nation. The
Jewish revolution that forms the
back-story is in fact titled, “Mered Ha-
Before May day, AFP’s photo and video team chronicled
the portraits of eight people from around the globe, whose
means of bread and butter have become endangered as
technology transforms societies.
The list included a Neon-sign maker from Hong Kong, a
Gramophone salesman from New Delhi, a laundry worker
from Quito, a DVD shopkeeper from Sydney, a clock-
keeper from Montevideo, an Umbrella repairer of Belgrade,
a shorthand typist from Faridabad and one Mohammad
Asghar, who according to some estimates is one of the
remaining 24000 in that city.
Who and Which city ?
This form of artillery from the middle ages was
named after a mythical figure who would kill a
person by a mere glance. It finds many references in
English literature over the centuries, the latest one
being the most popular amongst all.
What is the name of this venomous cannon ?
Peter _______ was a British
adventurer, author and travel-writer,
who is known for his books on Brazil,
Middle-East and Tibet , among
He was a suave, well read, charming
man who married yesteryear actress
However, it is his brother, a
womaniser to the tee, who is a more
popular name in this part of the world.
Catherine Brown, a historian remarked, “It seems to
be that there's an identity thing there. We'd lost our
monarchy, we'd lost our parliament and we gained
Which dish of national importance was being
referred, in the context of a major political event of
Goa-based author Luis de Assis Correia in his book
“Portuguese India and Mughal Relations 1510-1735”
has stated that, a certain Dona Maria Mascarenhas
while travelling in a Portuguese armada along the
Arabian sea, could have been captured along with
her sister Juliana and subsequently offered to a
young Emperor as a gift by Sultan Bahadur Shah of
Gujarat in the mid-1500s.
Whose mistaken identity has thus been
sensationalised by the author, which would surely
make a FTI,Pune alumnus frown and the Karni Sena
The Royal Society Events and Exhibitions Manager,
Felicity Anderson in an article advocated the
institution of a prize which she felt would have been
won by Thomas Henry Huxley, though competition in
the category is stiff (and bristly), especially amongst
its fellows from the Victorian age, with Sir Joseph
Dalton Hooker, Arthur Robertson Cushny and Conwy
Lloyd Morgan all competing at the highest level.
What category would see the Darwin enthusiast win
Pathfinder is a leading coaching institute for Engineering
and Medical entrance examinations in eastern India. One
of their advertisements feature Rajatava Datta as a
tensed father awaiting the JEE results of his son. In those
nail biting moments of anticipation, he remarks that he
had forewarned his son about the upcoming doom if he
was to write both his boards and JEE together and uses
a particular phrase to stamp his authoritative presence.
The son, needless to say came out with flying colours,
being a student of Pathfinder.
While you are wondering at this #success story, what
popular culture reference from this part of the world
was used by Rajatava, featuring a Buff Striped Keel-back
and a Monocled Cobra ?
The following picture is an etching by an unknown artist
during the Great Siege of Gibraltar by the joint armies of
French and Spanish in 1782.
The British naval commanders set fire to the floating
batteries of the enemy, which exploded, thus foiling their
attempts of conquest.
However, this picture, according to some scholars, is the
first ever depiction of a phenomenon which would be the
talk of the town, more than two and a half centuries later.
What am I talking about ?
Digoxin is a drug commonly used in Cardiac failure.
It typically produces an inverted hockey-stick like
appearance of the QRS- complex on the ECG which
was given a more fancier name by clinicians due to
its resemblance to something iconic, which forms the
basis of an eponymously titled absurdist, humorous
1954 book co-authored by Philippe Halsman.
What is the name given to this ECG feature ?
Koichiro Miyamoto, son of a Japanese immigrant in
Honolulu was the first to manufacture this product
using Japanese Kimono fabrics.
However, the modern version of the product was
devised in the early 1930s by a Chinese
merchant, Ellery Chun of King-Smith Clothiers and
Dry Goods, a store in Waikiki.
What, that gained worldwide popularity through an
individual’s exploits in 1961 ?
“A ride to _________” , Duane Thorin’s brilliant
fictionalized account of life as a prisoner of war
through the Korean War takes the reader from the
start of the groups imprisonment through to their last
seconds of incarceration.
FITB with the name of a place that has been
mentioned in a Billy Joel song referencing to
headlines from 1953.
Gerald Marzarotti, a former editor of the “Times”
magazine wrote an article on the eve of this year’s
French Open Ladies Singles final, titled, ‘The ____ of
Sloane Stephens’ in “The New Yorker”.
Marzarotti analyses her calmness on court and remarks
that despite being “long-legged” and “quick”, there is no
flurry of activity in her movements on court and her face
is as relaxed as possible, whatever be the outcome of the
FITB with a suitable word, a favourite amongst the Beat
generation poets of the West.
The picture in the next slide is a statue by
Benvenuto Cellini located at the Loggia dei Lanzi of
the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy.
It shows, the Greek hero, Perseus after a gigantic
achievement, in all his power and glory.
What has been blanked out in the picture, a
resemblance of which can be seen over the anterior
abdominal wall of alchoholic patients with a diseased
Greek island of Lesvos, about 18 miles from Turkey
across the Mytilini Strait, has an unique man-made
crematorium in one of its beaches and numerous
drone images has confirmed that its existence does
not date back to more than a couple of years.
What is unique about this graveyard ?
Femina, a Times group
magazine has been
organising the Miss India
contest since 1960s. Before
that, another woman-centric
magazine started a
nationwide contest of beauty
pageants that took off in
1959. The first winner was
Fleur Ezekiel, of Armenian
What very appropriately
named weekly magazine
was this ?
What is common between the observance of the
Andalusian Jews, on Saturday- a day of Sabbath,
the Lebanese and Syrian Christians commemorating
the Feast of Assumption and the Shias celebrating
the martyrdom of Imam Hussein at Karbala in the
month of Muharram ?
Guns N’ Roses were in India for their first ever gig here in
the winter of 2012, when an individual’s love for Blues
and Rock music came into headlines. The person offered
Axl Rose, the celebrated front-man of the band, his
personal vanity van on the day of the concert.
It is a little known fact, that he owns a collection of guitars
signed by some of the premium musicians in the world,
including the likes of David Gilmour. In the lead up to the
concert, the person reminisced about the thrill of first
witnessing a Guns N’ Roses show back in 1991 in New
Who is this good Samaritan ?
This is Edward Thomas, the British
war poet who was killed in action in
France during WW-I. Yet his personal
war was with his ravaging depression
and with his struggle, to find a literary
expression through poetry.
In the summer of 1915, he received a
letter with the draft of a poem from a
friend across the Atlantic. Many
hypothesise that the poem might
have spurred him to join the army, the
What poem changed the destiny of
Thomas’s life ?