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Prelims
Rules:
1. 30 questions, worth 1 pt. each.
2. Questions #3 and #9 require two answers –
here each answer is worth ½ pt.
3. ...
1) Duke Ellington's first composition
specifically for radio was in October 1930
and was called Dreamy Blue.
It was such a...
 Mood Indigo
2) What’s the
masked word?
The book was
translated by Sir
Richard Burton in
1870.
3) Identify both the singers in this duet.
 Kishore Kumar and Kishore Kumar (from

the movie Half Ticket)
4) In classical education the four difficult
subjects were arithmetic, geometry, music
and astronomy.
The three relatively...
 Trivia (or trivium)
5) The Great Gatsby is being made into a movie by
Baz Luhrmann (release in 2012). It stars Leonardo
DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby...
 Amitabh Bachchan
6) Which graphical user interface element
derives its name from this old equipment?
 Radio Buttons
7) The warring

Penn family of Pennsylvania
and Calvert family of Maryland appointed a
couple of British astronomers/surve...
 The Mason-Dixon line
8) Which restaurant chain gets its name from
the song you heard?
 Ruby Tuesday
9)Identify the model
and her hairstyle, which is
named for a
fictional character.
 Kate Moss sporting the ‘Rachel.’
10) This dish is made using a naan with an
egg coating, stuffed with mutton
/chicken, rolled up and sprinkled with a
speci...
 Tibbs Frankie, created by Amarjit Tibb.
*11) Here is a work
of this person in
an exhibition in
New York.
Where would you
find his most
famous creations?
 Nek Chand’s Rock Garden in Chandigarh
*12) Why was Albert von Szent-Györgyi de
Nagyrápolt, a Hungarian physiologist who
won the Nobel Prize in 1937, honoured
wi...
 For discovering vitamin C.
*13) ID this gentleman.
 Lasith Malinga
*14) This is the title track from a 1968 movie
directed by KA Abbas.
Identify the actress making her debut.
 Persis Khambhatta
*15) This Vancouver-based not-forprofit magazine has been around
since 1989.
It is famous among other things
for its spoof...
 The Occupy Wall Street movement, first

proposed on the magazine's blog.
 The domain name registered was
occupywallstre...
*16) Identify the actress playing the role of the
guide at the Rodin museum.
 Carla Bruni
*17) Which hit film was made as a response to
Lal Bahadur Shastri's slogan of “Jai
jawaan, jai kissan” during the Indo-Pak...
 Manoj Kumar’s Upkaar – the story revolved

around the farmer hero who joins the 1965 war.
*18) Identify the female model in this
advertisement for Westside.
 Giselli (or Giselle)

Monteiro – the
Brazilian model who
started her acting
career with Love Aaj
Kal as Harleen Kaur.
*19) Give an eight-letter sporting term to
connect the three visuals.
 Approach (the tennis shot is an approach

shot).
*20) Identify the MP /poet from the poems:
Weary with toil throughout the
day,
I await the dreams on the silver
screen I c...
 Kanimozhi
21) The Alam (flag) of Hussein ibn Ali, the Shia

martyr
beheaded in the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD, was
obtained by Timu...
 The Mughal empire.

The flags of the Muslim League and Pakistan
derive from this Mughal flag.
22) Who was the only player/official common
between the two tied cricket Test matches
(1960 Brisbane and 1986 Chennai)?
 Bob Simpson - player

in 1960 and coach in
1986.
23) Which protein and neurotoxin was first
used in 1980 on humans to treat strabismus
(squint-eyes) and blepharospasm
(unc...
 Botox
24) Her name means ‘white chaste flower’ in
Italian and she was apparently the leading
opera singer of her time, though he...
 Bianca Castafiore
25) Connect the two pictures through a HollyBollywood route.
 The first Academy awards were presented

at the Roosevelt hotel in 1929.
The first Filmfare awards were held at
Regal Ci...
26) What does this graphic depict?
 Variants on the

spelling of the name
of Muammar
Gaddafi.
27) If "Maly" is the Russian for “small”, what
word in Russian is used to describe
something "large"?
This word is part of...
 Bolshoi
28) What word or phrase comes from the
behaviour of the Amuco warriors of Java in
battle?
 Amok

or
 Running amok
29) IAAF, the international governing body for
athletics, expands as the “International
Association of Athletics Federatio...
 Amateur
30) Victor Bergeron founded the Trader Vic
restaurants, whose food, drink and decor were
inspired by the South Pacific.
In...
 Mai tai – the phrase was “Maita’i roe aé!”
See you at the Finals!
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Omniscience 2011 General Quiz at Mood Indigo, IIT Bombay

  1. 1. Prelims
  2. 2. Rules: 1. 30 questions, worth 1 pt. each. 2. Questions #3 and #9 require two answers – here each answer is worth ½ pt. 3. Questions 11 to 20 are starred to break ties. 4. 8 teams in the finals.
  3. 3. 1) Duke Ellington's first composition specifically for radio was in October 1930 and was called Dreamy Blue. It was such an instant hit that lyrics were added and the composition renamed as what?
  4. 4.  Mood Indigo
  5. 5. 2) What’s the masked word? The book was translated by Sir Richard Burton in 1870.
  6. 6. 3) Identify both the singers in this duet.
  7. 7.  Kishore Kumar and Kishore Kumar (from the movie Half Ticket)
  8. 8. 4) In classical education the four difficult subjects were arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy. The three relatively simpler subjects were logic, grammar and rhetoric. What were these three subjects together called?
  9. 9.  Trivia (or trivium)
  10. 10. 5) The Great Gatsby is being made into a movie by Baz Luhrmann (release in 2012). It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. Meyer Wolfsheim, a Jewish associate of Gatsby, is described as a gambler who fixed the World Series (an allusion to Arnold Rothstein, who was blamed for the Black Sox Scandal in 1919). Who is making his Hollywood debut in a cameo as Wolfsheim?
  11. 11.  Amitabh Bachchan
  12. 12. 6) Which graphical user interface element derives its name from this old equipment?
  13. 13.  Radio Buttons
  14. 14. 7) The warring Penn family of Pennsylvania and Calvert family of Maryland appointed a couple of British astronomers/surveyors to settle their property dispute. What resulted?
  15. 15.  The Mason-Dixon line
  16. 16. 8) Which restaurant chain gets its name from the song you heard?
  17. 17.  Ruby Tuesday
  18. 18. 9)Identify the model and her hairstyle, which is named for a fictional character.
  19. 19.  Kate Moss sporting the ‘Rachel.’
  20. 20. 10) This dish is made using a naan with an egg coating, stuffed with mutton /chicken, rolled up and sprinkled with a special masala. The vegetarian option uses paneer or potatoes as a stuffing. The snack was inspired by the inventor’s experience with Lebanese pita bread during a 1967 stopover in Beirut and named for a West Indian cricketer. Name this signature ‘amchi-Mumbai’ snack.
  21. 21.  Tibbs Frankie, created by Amarjit Tibb.
  22. 22. *11) Here is a work of this person in an exhibition in New York. Where would you find his most famous creations?
  23. 23.  Nek Chand’s Rock Garden in Chandigarh
  24. 24. *12) Why was Albert von Szent-Györgyi de Nagyrápolt, a Hungarian physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in 1937, honoured with this Google Doodle?
  25. 25.  For discovering vitamin C.
  26. 26. *13) ID this gentleman.
  27. 27.  Lasith Malinga
  28. 28. *14) This is the title track from a 1968 movie directed by KA Abbas. Identify the actress making her debut.
  29. 29.  Persis Khambhatta
  30. 30. *15) This Vancouver-based not-forprofit magazine has been around since 1989. It is famous among other things for its spoof ads, called "subvertisements." It is now best known, however, for a blog post on July 13, 2011 and the subsequent registration of a domain name the next day. What are we talking about?
  31. 31.  The Occupy Wall Street movement, first proposed on the magazine's blog.  The domain name registered was occupywallstreet.org
  32. 32. *16) Identify the actress playing the role of the guide at the Rodin museum.
  33. 33.  Carla Bruni
  34. 34. *17) Which hit film was made as a response to Lal Bahadur Shastri's slogan of “Jai jawaan, jai kissan” during the Indo-Pak war of 1965?
  35. 35.  Manoj Kumar’s Upkaar – the story revolved around the farmer hero who joins the 1965 war.
  36. 36. *18) Identify the female model in this advertisement for Westside.
  37. 37.  Giselli (or Giselle) Monteiro – the Brazilian model who started her acting career with Love Aaj Kal as Harleen Kaur.
  38. 38. *19) Give an eight-letter sporting term to connect the three visuals.
  39. 39.  Approach (the tennis shot is an approach shot).
  40. 40. *20) Identify the MP /poet from the poems: Weary with toil throughout the day, I await the dreams on the silver screen I can hire. Following my father’s advice, I joined the school, combed my hair, avoided some friends, clothed myself well, cleaned my teeth, prayed, married and am now waiting for my turn.’ I am entering this fire not to prove my truth, but to cleanse myself of the stains of your touch.
  41. 41.  Kanimozhi
  42. 42. 21) The Alam (flag) of Hussein ibn Ali, the Shia martyr beheaded in the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD, was obtained by Timur Lang. These flags below take their design from the legendary Alam and served as whose official flag?
  43. 43.  The Mughal empire. The flags of the Muslim League and Pakistan derive from this Mughal flag.
  44. 44. 22) Who was the only player/official common between the two tied cricket Test matches (1960 Brisbane and 1986 Chennai)?
  45. 45.  Bob Simpson - player in 1960 and coach in 1986.
  46. 46. 23) Which protein and neurotoxin was first used in 1980 on humans to treat strabismus (squint-eyes) and blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking)?
  47. 47.  Botox
  48. 48. 24) Her name means ‘white chaste flower’ in Italian and she was apparently the leading opera singer of her time, though her repertoire appears to be limited to one aria. Her voice was powerful enough to part a viewer’s hair, and to blow back curtains in the opera box. Asteroid ‘1950 SL’ was named in her honour. Name her.
  49. 49.  Bianca Castafiore
  50. 50. 25) Connect the two pictures through a HollyBollywood route.
  51. 51.  The first Academy awards were presented at the Roosevelt hotel in 1929. The first Filmfare awards were held at Regal Cinema in 1954.
  52. 52. 26) What does this graphic depict?
  53. 53.  Variants on the spelling of the name of Muammar Gaddafi.
  54. 54. 27) If "Maly" is the Russian for “small”, what word in Russian is used to describe something "large"? This word is part of the name of a major Moskow landmark which opened in October 2011 after extensive six years of renovations.
  55. 55.  Bolshoi
  56. 56. 28) What word or phrase comes from the behaviour of the Amuco warriors of Java in battle?
  57. 57.  Amok or  Running amok
  58. 58. 29) IAAF, the international governing body for athletics, expands as the “International Association of Athletics Federations.” A small change was quietly made in 2001. Before this, what did the first “A” in IAAF stand for?
  59. 59.  Amateur
  60. 60. 30) Victor Bergeron founded the Trader Vic restaurants, whose food, drink and decor were inspired by the South Pacific. In 1944, he blended Jamaican rum, fresh lime, Curaçao and rock candy syrup with ice and served it to two visiting friends from Tahiti. They remarked, “out of this world—the best” in Tahitian. The drink was thus named as what?
  61. 61.  Mai tai – the phrase was “Maita’i roe aé!”
  62. 62. See you at the Finals!

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