Saturday, November 26, 2005

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone By J.K Rowling - Part IV

During which festivity does Harry, Ron and Hermione encounter the Troll?


What is described in the book as a scrawny, dust-coloured creature with bulging lamp like eyes just like its owners?

Mrs Norris

What is the name of Harry’s Charms teacher?

Professor Flitwick

What is the brand of the Broomstick that Professor McGonnagal sends Harry?

Nimbus 2000

In which Wizard's card does Harry come across the name of Nicholas Flamel?

Albus Dumbeldore

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone By J.K Rowling - Part III

Which football team’s poster did Ron’s roommate Dean have in his room?

West Ham

What is the species of Norbert the dragon?

Norwegian Ridgeback

What is the name of the Wand Shop from which Harry purchases his Wand?


What is the year when Ollivanders was established according to the book?

382 B.C

What was the name of the centaur that carried Harry Potter in the Forbidden Forest?


Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone By J.K Rowling - Part II

From whom does Rubeus Hagrid borrow a motorbike to drop Harry at the Dursley immediately after Harry’s parent’s death?

Sirius Black

What is the Animagi chosen by Professor McGonnagal when she was waiting for Albus Dumbledore at Privet Drive?


What is the breed of snake that Harry Potter parseltongues with in the Zoo on Dudley’ birthday?

Boa Constrictor

What was described as being a head shorter than Harry Potter and had a swarthy, clever face, a pointed beard and very long fingers and feet and wore a uniform in scarlet and gold in the book?

Gringotts goblin

What is the name of the rat that Ron carries to Hogwarts?


Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone By J.K Rowling

What does the Hogwarts motto Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titilandus mean?

Don’t Tickle a sleeping dragon

According to the units of currency in the magical world, how many silver sickles make a Galleon?


Which character in the novel shares his first name with a character in Greek myth who is believed to have a hundred Eyes?

Argus Finch

Who is the only real life person to have a reference in the book.

Nicholas Flamel

At what time does the Hogwarts express leave from King Cross station 9 ¾ Platform.


The Falkland Wars - Part IV


Which major news channel made a major goof up and created a bad reputation for themselves by reporting about the invasion of Goose Green even before it had even started?


What division of the Argentine military is referred to as the CANA?

Argentine Naval Air Force
What was the name of the Song from Monty Python’s Life of Brian that the crew of the HMS Sheffield was singing while waiting to be rescued?

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

What was the French Built anti ship Missile that was used to sink HMS Sheffield?


What event during the war did the British Daily - The SUN greet with the headlines GOTCHA.

Sinking of the Argentine Cruiser General Belgarano by the British Submarine Conqueror

The Falkland Wars - Part III

On which Island was the Wakefield Airfield, an American airfield to which Britain was given control of during the wars, present?

Ascension Island

What technology powered the British submarines as opposed to the diesel-electric engines which powered the Argentenian Submarines in the war?

Nuclear Power

What was the name of the British Destroyer ship that was sunk by an Airforce offensive of Argentina on the 4th of May 1982?

HMS Sheffield

What was the name of the Royal Navy’s Antarctic Patrol vessel that was ordered to remove civilians on the march 25th 1982 but which had to retreat from its order because of a block created by 3 Argentenian Warships?

HMS Endurance

What was the name of the book that was authored by Max Hastings, Simon Jenkins and Brigadier General Oscar Jofre which dealt with the intricacies of the war?

The Battle for the Falklands War

The Falkland Wars - Part II

Near which port on the northern coast of the Falkland islands did the British manage an amphibious landing on the 21st of May 1982?

Port San Carlos

Which port did Argentina invade on April 2nd 1982 , rapidly overcoming a small garrison of British Marines?

Port Stanley

At which public place did large crowds of Argentineans gather to show their support of the Argentine military’s invasion of Falkland Islands?

Plazo De Mayo, also accept Presidential Palace

Which group of islets, first sighted by the explorer James Cook and included within the British Falkland Islands as a dependency, was seized by Argentina on the 3rd of April?

South Sandwich Islands

On which Island did a dispute erupt between Argentine Salvage workers and British scientists on March 19, which strained the already uncomfortable relations between Britain and Argentina and which finally led to the Wars?

South Georgia Island

The Falkland Wars

What is the Spanish name of the Falkland Islands that also gives the alternate name by which these wars are referred to?

Islas Malvinas from which we get Malvinas wars

What is the name of the Lieutenant general, who was also the president of Argentina, under whom the Argentinean military gave up all hope on long running negotiations with Britain and launched an offensive on the islands?

Leopoldo Galtieri

Who was the Prime Minister from the Conservative Party during the Wars?

Margaret Thatcher

Which neighbour of Argentina maintained a state of alert against argentina although most Latin governments sympathized with Argentina over the war, owing to disputes over islands in the Beagle Channel?


What is the name of the Argentine cruiser that was sunk by a British submarine outside war zone declared by Margaret Thatcher?

General Belgrano

The Life and Works of RK Narayan - Part IV

In which of Narayan's book do we come across Mali , the son of a gandhian sweet vendor who travels to America for a course in creative writing and returns with a Korean-American girlfriend?

The Vendor of Sweets

In Man Eaters of Malgudi,What is the profession of Vasu ,the tenant of Nagaraj ?


What is the name of the young woman who comes to Malgudi in the novel Painter of Signs with a mission to control the population?


For which newspaper did Narayan do reviews of books like Development of Maritime laws in seventeenth-century England ?


In which book of Narayan would you come across Savitri, a woman who runs away from home and tries to drown herself after her tyrannical husband takes up with a new girl from his office?

The Dark Room

The Life and Works of RK Narayan - Part III

Who said that Narayan's book Swami and friends was just a catalogue when Narayan had given the book to this person for reviewing?

Narayan's uncle

Who is the captain of the cricket team of Malgudi in the book Swami and friends?

Rajam the Police officer's son

What present does Rajam - The police officer's Son - give Swami when Swami and Mani come to see him off?

Andersen's Fairy Tales

In which book does Narayan use the Freedom Struggle of India as his background for his novel?

Waiting for the Mahatma

In which short story that Narayan wrote immediately after independence does he portrays some of the confused impulses and the blind nationalism of the mass movement?

Lawley road

The Life and Works of RK Narayan - Part II

Which publisher published RK ‘s first book Swami and his friends in UK

Hamish Hamilton

RK had 3 books on Indian mythology; two were translations of Ramayana and Mahabharata which was the third?

Demons and others

In which school does Swami study during the start of Swami and Friends

Albert Mission school

Which Kannada actor directed the series Malgudi Days on TV

Shankar Nag

Whom does Narayan describe as being "impeccably dressed in a tweed suit and tie and crowned with a snow-white turban" in his book My Days - A Memoir?

His father

The Life and Works of RK Narayan

Which author was responsible for shortening RK's name from Narayanaswami to RK Narayan

Graham Greene

Which book along with Swami and Friends and The English Teacher completes the famous R K Narayan Trilogy?

The Bachelor Of Arts

Which novel, considered autobiographical by critics , did Narayan dedicate to his wife Rajam?

The English Teacher

In Guide, what is the name of Rosie’s husband’s name as coined by Raju ?


What is the name of R K Narayan’s autobiography ?

My Days - A memoir

Monday, August 01, 2005

Friends - Guest Star Trivia

Who played the role of Chandler's Father?

Kathleen Turner

Tom Selleck , played the role of Monica's Ex-Boyfriend. What was the name of the character?

Richard Burke

Who played the role of Janine - the Hot roommate of Joey?

Elle Macpherson

Which actor played the role of Elizabeth's ( Ross's Ex-girlfriend) father?

Bruce Willis

Two famous celebrities played the roles of Rachel's Sisters. Name both of them

Reese Witherspoon and Christina Applegate.

Which actress steals Chandler's pants and leaves him stranded in a restaurant restroom wearing a pink thong?

Julia Roberts

Which famous actress/model did Ross take out of his list of 5 women but ended up meeting her at the cafe?

Isabella Rosellini

Which famous person played the role of David "the scientist Guy" --- Phoebe's "long lost love", who is off doing research in Minsk?

Hank Azaria

Who played the role of a hapless Male stripper who appears at Phoebe's Bachelorette Party?

Danny DeVito

What was the name of the character played by Denise Richards -- Monica and Ross's cousin to whom Ross feels a strange attraction that he cant explain?

Cassie Geller

Tipu Sultan - The Tiger of Mysore - Part III

One of Tipu Sultan's prized possessions was 'Tipu's Tiger', a curious mechanical toy representing a royal tiger in the act of devouring a prostrate European officer. This object was said to have been inspired by a certain person eating and that person's grandson, a famous author, later paid tribute to this incident by writing a story in which an unpleasant aunt is similarly devoured by a pet ferret. Who was this author?

Hector Hugh Munro, Saki

The famous novel ‘The Moonstone’ by William Wilkie Collins contained an account of one of Tipu’s battles in the prologue. Which battle?

The Battle of Seringapatinam

Who played Tipu Sultan in the tele-series ‘The Sword of Tipu Sultan’, which was aired on Doordarshan?

Sanjay Khan

One of Tipu Sultan’s descendants was an Allied spy during World War II. What was her name?

Noor Inayat Khan

Who currently owns the sword of Tipu Sultan?

Vijay Mallya

Tipu Sultan - The Tiger of Mysore - Part II

In 1767, it was a young Tipu who obtained the ratification of the Treaty of Alliance between the Nizam and Haider Ali. Tipu had gone to the Nizam’s camp at the head of 6000 troops and successfully concluded the treaty. This was the first diplomatic assignment of Tipu, and the Nizam, who was greatly impressed with him, conferred upon him a title to mark this respect. What was the title?

Nasib-ud-daula (fortune of the state)

One of the military highlights of Tipu Sultan's life was when he inflicted a serious defeat on the British at Annagudi near Tanjore on 18 February 1782. The British army consisted of 100 Europeans, 300 cavalry, 1400 sepoys and 10 field pieces but was still comprehensively defeated by Tipu's forces. Who was the British Commander who lost to Tipu in this battle?

Colonel Braithwaite

Which Governor General of the British East India Company commanded the English army to victory in the Third Mysore War against Tipu Sultan?

Lord Cornwallis

After the Third Mysore War, where Tipu suffered defeat at the hands of Lord Cornwallis, he agreed to surrender half of his territory and pay a war indemnity to the English. Since he could not pay war indemnity in full, what was done?

His two sons were taken instead.

In which year did Tipu Sultan die?


Tipu Sultan - The Tiger of Mysore

There was a famous Sufi Saint in Arcot, whose tomb Haider Ali and his wife had visited to pray for a son. What was his name?

Tipu Mastan Aulia

Where exactly was Tipu Sultan born and what was his real name?

Devanahalli, Fateh Ali

Tipu Sultan was enthroned as the ruler of Mysore in a simple ceremony on the 4th of May, 1783. Where did this ceremony take place?


Tipu Sultan wrote a Military Manual describing army composition and tactics, and copies of it were distributed to all his officers. What was the name of this manual?

Fathul Mujahidin

Tipu Sultan had three wives, out of whom the third one was his favourite. After her death, he chose to remain a widower for the rest of his life. What was her name?

Khadija Zamani Begum

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Origins of the Names of the Periodic Table Elements - Part III

The name of this European capital city literally translates to ‘Log Islet’ in the local language. An element gets its name from the city's Latin name because it was the home town of one of its discoverers. Which element?

Holmium, after Stockholm.

This element was spectroscopically discovered by Robert Bunsen and Gustav Kirchhoff in 1860 in mineral water from Durkheim, Germany. Its identification was based upon the bright blue lines in its spectrum and it was the first element discovered by spectrum analysis. It gets its name from the Latin word meaning "sky blue" or "light blue". Which element?


Although this element was first identified in Paris in 1886 by French chemist Paul Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, it was not isolated in relatively pure form until after the development of ion exchange and metallographic reduction techniques in the 1950s. Its name is derived from the Greek term for "hard to obtain". Which element?


Which element, first synthesized in 1967 at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Russia, gets its name from the city in which the institute is located?

Dubnium, from Dubna.

This element, discovered in 1803 by Smithson Tennant, was named after the Latin word for ‘rainbow’, because many of its salts were strongly coloured. Which element?


Origins of the Names of the Periodic Table Elements - Part II

This element was named after a person, who was the Chief of Staff (Colonel) of the Russian Corps of Mining Engineers, from 1845 through 1861. It was also the first chemical element named after a person. Which element?

Samarium, after Vasili Samarsky-Bykhovets.

There is a village in Sunart, an area in western Lochaber, Scotland, on the A861 road. It lies on the north shore of Loch Sunart, close to the head of the loch. The village name in Gaelic translates as the 'nose of the fairies', a low round hill inhabited by the mythological Sìth. Which element is named after this village?


Which element, discovered in 1961, gets its name from the person who invented the cyclotron?

Lawrencium, from Ernest O. Lawrence.

There was an Austrian physicist who was the first to realize that Otto Hahn had inadvertently achieved the fission of uranium. Together with Hahn she discovered the element Protactinium and studied the effects of neutron bombardment on uranium. Which element is named after her?


The Institute for Heavy Ion Research (Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung) in Germany has been responsible for the naming of two elements that were discovered there. One was named after the city in which the institute is located and another is named after the state. What are the two elements?

Darmstadtium and Hassium, after Darmstadt and Hessen respectively.

Origins of the Names of the Periodic Table Elements

The name of this European capital city literally translates to ‘Merchant's harbour’ in the local language. An element, which was discovered in this city, gets its name from the city’s Latin name. Which element?

Hafnium, after Copenhagen.

In 1899, a radioactive element was discovered by André-Louis Debierne, who separated it from pitchblende. He proposed a name for it, which was derived from Greek word for sun ray or sun beam. Which element?


Sir William Crookes, who discovered this element in 1861 in England while he was making spectroscopic determinations for tellurium on residues from a sulfuric acid plant, was reminded of the color of the vegetation by its bright green spectral emission lines. So, he named it from the Greek term for 'a green shoot or twig'. Which element?


Which element, discovered in the year 1803 by William Hyde, gets its name from the Greek word for ‘rose’?


Which element was named after a famous scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in the year 1922?


The Life and Career of Sachin Tendulkar - Part III

Where did Sachin meet Michael Schumacher and was presented with the keys of a Ferrari for equaling Sir Donald Bradman’s feat of 29 Test centuries?


In which year Sachin did win the Wisden cricketer of the year award?


In 2002, Fiat launched a variant of its car brand which was named after Sachin and featured his signature on its bonnet. Name the Car.

Palio S10

Sachin and Kambli were involved in a involved in world-record unbroken 664-run partnership for Shardashram Vidyamandir against St Xavier's High School .Which batsman was padded up to bat next but didn’t get the chance to do so?

Amol Muzumdar

What record did Sachin achieve when he scored 5 runs in the third and final Test against Pakistan in Bangalore in 2005?

He became the highest run getter for India in test cricket

The Life and Career of Sachin Tendulkar - Part II

Sachin Tendulkar became the first person to be adjudged run out by a third umpire in test cricket. Which umpire made the referral to the third umpire?

Cyril Mitchley

Who replaced Sachin tendulkar as the opener for the match against Zimbabwe in the 1999 world cup after he was forced to miss the match due to the demise of his father?

Sadagopan Ramesh

In which tournament did Sachin register his first ODI century?

Singer Cup in 1994 at the Premadasa Stadium

Who was the bowler to get Sachin out stumped for the first time in test cricket?

Ashley Giles

According to Sachin himself what is his favourite cricket ground?


The Life and Career of Sachin Tendulkar

When Sachin made his ODI debut against Pakistan two other Indian players also made their debuts. Name both of them.

Vivek Razdan and Salil Ankola

Against which country has Sachin made the most number of runs in ODIs?

Sri Lanka, 2381

Sachin's best ever bowling performance was against Australia when he took 5/32 at Kochi. At which venue did he produce his second best bowling performance of 5/50?

Nehru Stadium, Kochi

For which club did Sachin play after missing the tour of the Caribbean in order to regain fitness for a possible comeback in August 2006?

Lashings world XI

During India's historic tour of Pakistan in 2004, Tendulkar went public with his disappointment at not being able to score 200, when Rahul declared the match with 16 overs remaining on Day 2 when Sachin was still unbeaten on 194. Where was this match played?


Sherlock Holmes - Part III

Which Sherlock Holmes story consists of two sections titled "The Singular Experience of Mr. John Scott Eccles" and "The Tiger of San Pedro."?

"The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge"

In "The Red-Headed League", what was the name of the bank which was to be robbed?

City and Suburban Bank.

Which are the two Sherlock Holmes adventures which are narrated in first person by Sherlock Holmes himself and do not feature Dr.Watson?

"The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" and "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane"

In "The Adventure of the Gloria Scott", where did the ship Gloria Scott set sail from in 1855 and which country was it bound for?

Falmouth to Australia

In "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle", where was the blue carbuncle stolen from?

Hotel Cosmopolitan

Sherlock Holmes - Part II

In the Sherlock Holmes adventures, which document begins with the line "Whose was it?" and ends with the line "For the sake of the trust."?

The Musgrave Ritual

Mark Haddon's 2002 novel "The Curious Incident Of The Dog in the Night Time" takes its title from which Sherlock Holmes adventure?

Silver Blaze

In "Silver Blaze", what is the name of the race in which the famous race horse 'Silver Blaze is supposed to run when its trainer John Straker is murdered?

The Wessex Cup

In the Sherlock Holmes adventures, what is the common name of the creature with the scientific name Cyanea capillata?

The Lion's Mane Jellyfish

Which are the only two Sherlock Holmes adventures that are narrated in Third Person?

The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone and His Last Bow

Sherlock Holmes

Holmes is generally depicted in various media as wearing a deerstalker hat. However, this was not the invention of Conan Doyle, but of the artist who originally illustrated the stories. What was his name?

Sidney Paget.

In "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter", Holmes states that his grandmother was the sister of a famous French painter. Which painter?

Horace Vernet

In "The Adventure Of The Final Problem" Holmes' and Watson's journey go to a small town in Switzerland Switzerland from where they fatefully decide to take a walk which will include a visit to Reichenbach Falls, a local natural wonder. Which town?


Which was the first Holmes story set after his supposed death at the Reichenbach Falls, which involves Holmes's explanation of how he escaped?

The Adventure of the Empty House

Which Sherlock Holmes adventure features the use of a poison called Radix pedis diaboli which was brought all the way from Africa?

The Adventure of the Devil's Foot

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Mario Puzo's - The GodFather III

Before he became a big star, Johnny Fontane was a singer with a popular dance band. The band leader had signed Johnny on a highly unfair five-year contract and had to be persuaded by Don Corleone himself to release him. Who was the band leader?

Les Halley

Before meeting up with Jack Woltz, Tom Hagen gets in touch with the most powerful man in the movie labor unions to arrange a Labor Strike if the meeting did not go well. Who was this person?

Billy Goff

What were the names of the two guys who sexually molested Amerigo Bonasera's daughter, and left her badly hurt in the process?

Jerry Wagner and Kevin Moonan

Which character in the novel was wounded in Africa while fighting in the war and had been discharged in 1943?

Rocco Lampone

What was the name of the hospital in which Don Corleone was recovering from his shooting?

The French Hospital

Mario Puzo's - The GodFather II

What did Michael present Apollonia with when he met her in her house, after getting the permission of her father?

A heavy gold necklace.

In the novel, who once suffered from an eggshell fracture of the zygoma?

Michael Corleone

What was the name of the surgeon who operated successfully on Lucy Mancini to cure her of her problem, after being requested to by Dr. Jules Segal?

Dr. Frederick Kellner

The head of the Mafia family that controlled upper New York State was one of the few Dons who had never been arrested and whose true activities had never been suspected. He had served on civic committees and had once been voted as the "Businessman of the Year for the State of New York" by the Chamber of Commerce. What was his name?

Ottilio Cuneo

When Vito Corleone went into the Olive Oil Importing business with Genco Abbandando, under what brand name did they sell the Olive Oil in the United States?

Genco Pura

Mario Puzo's - The GodFather

Which character in the novel had four sons, all of whom went to Fordham University?

Captain Mark McCluskey

What was the name of the Italian restaurant in the Bronx where Michael Corleone kills Virgil Solozzo and Captain McCluskey?

Luna Azure

The press agent or public relations counsel for Woltz International Film Corporation threw a party every Friday night for major movie stars and young upcoming actors and actresses. What was his name?

Roy McElroy

Which character in the novel kills a man named Wax Baines, a notorious pimp, dope pusher and strong-arm artist, by striking him on his skull using his flashlight?

Albert Neri

What make of car did Michael Corleone use when he was hiding out in Palermo, and in which his wife Apollonia met her death?

Alfa Romeo