Sunday, October 09, 2011

Techfest National Open Quiz

Techfest 2011-12 shall host the largest inter-institutional quiz in India, The “Techfest National Open Quiz 2011-12”. With a prize money of INR 1,00,000 for the grand finale and much more interesting prizes this quiz aims to bring together the best quizzers from across the nation. The quiz will be held at Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai and the winners of all the cities will finally clash during Techfest 2011-12 to claim the title of the Techfest National Open Quiz Champions.

Quizmaster: Rohit Nair
Note about quizmaster: Rohit Nair, the young and popular Quizmaster, has hosted numerous quiz shows including multi city quiz events for Mahindra, Government of Karnataka, IBM among others. His distinctive style, humour and passion make his quiz shows memorable. Co-founder of Quizworks, he heads the Content Architecture, New Service Design and Online Initiatives there. Much admired by the youth, he is also a national winner of the Young Leader contest hosted by Career Launcher. His brain child is the most visited quiz blog in India.

Flavour: General

Format: Written prelims; Stage Finals with 6 teams. Winners to be invited to Techfest, IIT Bombay in January for the Grand Finale. Two members per team compulsary; No cross institutional teams strictly; Registrations on and also on the spot registrations; No entry fees
Pune: 11 am, 15th October,College of Engineering, Pune

Ahmedabad: 3 pm, 18th October, IIM Ahmedabad

Delhi: 1 pm, 22nd October, St Stephens, Delhi

Guwahati: 11 am, 30th October, KBR Hall, Cotton College.

Chennai: 2pm, 1st November, Dr MGR University

Hyderabad: 3 pm, 3rd November, ISB Hyderabad

Mumbai: 2pm, 6th November, IIT Mumbai.


Phone: Rohan ( 98901 06884 ) Email: rohan.k[at]
Arindam ( 97695 85892 ) Email: arindam[at]


Award and Certificate policy

The finals in Techfest during January shall carry prize money of INR 1,00,000
The winner of each city shall be provided both sides travel to come to Mumbai for the finals 6th-8th January for the finals.
City rounds in shall have prizes worth INR 10,000.
The grand finalist, semifinalists and all final round qualifiers of the city rounds shall be awarded certificates of excellence.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

CUSAT Corporate Business Quiz

The School of Management Studies, CUSAT, Cochin is organizing a
Corporate Business Quiz on Oct 15, 2011 (Saturday) at their campus.
The details of the quiz are as follows. Please visit their website for further details.

Date - 15 Oct 2011, Saturday
Time - Prelims - Sharp 2PM followed by finals
Teams of 2
No Cross-Corporate Allowed
Prizes - Rs. 40K Cash for I Prize, Rs. 20K Cash for runners up
Quizmaster - Mitesh Agarwal

For more info:
Sujith John:
Rachel Oommen :
Nipin Joseph :

Monday, August 22, 2011

QFI Open Sports Quiz Rejects III

More questions that we rejected from the QFI Open Sports Quiz 2011.


1.This movie parodied two sensational news stories of the 1990s. One was the John and Lorena Babbitt incident. What was the other?

2.Vlissingen is a municipality and a city in the southwestern Netherlands. In the 17th century Vlissingen was a main harbour for ships of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The anglicised name of the city was used to name a settlement in the New Netherland colony,when the Dutch West India company settled on the eastern side of Manhattan. What name was given to the settlement?

3. He was instrumental in integrating the game of golf, breaking the sport's color barrier in America by appearing under a sponsor's exemption in the 1952 San Diego Open. Identify the guy.

4. Over the last 30 years only 3 men have won a grand slam after turning 30. Two of them are Peter Sampras and Andre Aggasi. Who is the third?

5. O Sport, pleasure of the Gods,
   essence of life, you appeared suddenly
   in the midst of the grey clearing
  which writhes with the drudgery of
  modern existence, like the radiant
  messenger of a past age, when
  mankind still smiled. And the glimmer
  of dawn lit up the mountain tops and
  flecks of light dotted the ground in the gloomy forests.

This is a poem written by Georges Hohrod and M. Eschbach, which was awarded the gold medal in the sports literature competition in the 1912 Stockholm Olympiad. So basically who are the two people?

Answers to previous set

1. 50% Percent Field Goals, 40% Three Pointers, 90% Free Throws 


3. Kentucky Derby

4. Lorz travelled by car, while the actual winner used perforance enhancing drugs that was overseen

5. Patiala, Nethaji Subhash National Institute of Sports

Sriram and Ajay got three questions right...

K-Circle TriQuizzer Championships 2011

We at K-Circle have become aware of an epidemic on the rise, and we're concerned; Take this questionnaire to determine if you are at risk:

1. You have a fantasy of (someday) meeting three beautiful sisters called Fluorine, Chlorine and Bromine.

2. You know that Xeno is not a warrior princess.

3. You know that "Anna" no longer auto-completes to "Kournikova".

4. Hearing "Justin" causes you to gently enquire - "Bieber", "Timberlake", or "Time"?

5. You know that Kathakali is neither a North Indian dance nor a fierce goddess.

6. You have an opinion on Yann M'vila joining Arsenal.

ALERT: Scoring even two out of six means that you may be infected with a serious case of Communis Curisitas!!!

Fear not, help is close at hand.

We enlisted the help of some of Hyderabad's best quizmasters, for who else can scratch this itch?

With their help, we will host a special health camp where you can raise your eyebrows, scratch your chins, cradle your heads and drop your inhibitions!

Don't be afraid of the cure, the Tri-Quizzer is here:

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: September 3, 2011

Time: 9.30 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Venue: The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet

Members per Team: Two members per team

Numbers of Teams per School: 10 teams per institution

Last Date for Registration: August 31, 2011

No Registration fee!

Please register online by sending a mail to clearly specifying the Name of the Institution and the Names of Students representing the School at the competition. Registrations would be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Landmark Quiz Chennai 2011 Prelims


Thanks to Dr. Navin for sharing the prelims questions from the Chennai Edition of the Landmark Quiz 2011.
For questions from previous editions of the Landmark Quiz. -- click here.


1. The Story of My Life, an autobiography by Helen Keller is dedicated to which eminent person who helped direct her education and considered himself foremost a teacher of the deaf?

2. In the cricketing Caribbean West Indies, which country though not an island forms part of this group?

3. What list is this and whose name fills the blank: _____ Albus Dumbledore  Draco Malfoy Harry Potter

4. NASA launched which queen as the fastest manmade object in history on August 5th 2011 on a mission that will end in a high-speed crash into her husband about 630 million km away?

5. If India = Bharat and Japan = Nippon, Greece = ............?

6. It is called the Mehran in Pakistan and is the largest selling product of its type in the country. Its direct Indian equivalent is also the largest selling product of its kind in this country. What brand?

7. The Lokayukta Act 1984 was the first of its kind in India. It was the brainchild of which Chief Minister who was inspired by the successful working of the Swedish ombudsman?

8. The attacks on Krishna as a child by Putana, Trinavarta and other demons so frightened Yashodha that she insisted that the entire village move from Gokul to a more auspicious place downstream on the banks of the Yamuna next to a tulsi forest at the base of Govardhan hill. What place was this?

9. This word of Greek origin means “mound” or “built up”. It is used to describe a class of steroids that increase protein synthesis and build up cellular tissue especially in muscles. That it was a favourite ingredient in the diet of some Indian athletes came to light recently. What word is this?

10. Which river arises in the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, flows through the city of Jammu and then crosses into Pakistan to join the Chenab?

11.* 2011 saw unrest and the fall of governments in several Arab nations. The year has been compared to which year that saw revolution and overthrow of governments in several European countries starting with Paris and spreading to Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Milan and Venice? Your choices are: 1848, 1857, 1872, 1914

12. * Who uttered the famous phrase “poyekhali!” meaning “Off we go!” before embarking on a momentous journey?

13. * The H1N1 virus pandemic of 2009 influenced the world of gaming by inspiring characters in which game?

14. * According to a survey by Hohner, during the Great Depression in America, only two musical instruments saw a year-by-year increase in sales because they were inexpensive, compact and easy to learn, Which two instruments?

15. * Pierre Boulle, a Frenchman, used his wartime experiences to pen a novel which made into the film The Bridge on the River Kwai for which he won an Oscar. Another book by him proved so popular that it is now a film franchise with about seven films. Name the franchise. (explain like Harry Potter series etc)

16. * A European country has two elements in the Periodic Table named after it. Which two elements?

17. * In 2008 this country created a world first by legally recognizing Pachamama as having the “right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate...” in their new constitution? Name the country and identify Pachamama.

18. * The winner of the British Open golf championship receives what trophy that might be useful to celebrate with? It replaced a previous trophy that was won outright in 1870 by a certain Tom Morris who won the Championship three years in a row. And what commonly worn personal object constituted that trophy?

19. * In a business or professional firm, the level of managers and other senior staff just below the topmost level of directors or partners is sometimes described by the phrase “ ______ layer” that is borrowed from cakes / confectionary. What word is this?

20. * Which district of Tamil Nadu gets its name from Sanskrit meaning “black mountain” from the numerous black granite hillocks that dot its landscape?

21. This small town on the rail route between Thirunelveli and Madras is named after a freedom fighter who shot dead Ashe, the Collector of Thirunelveli in 1911. Name the town and the freedom fighter.

22. The Prime Meridian passes through the following countries: UK, France, Spain, Algeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, and Ghana. Which is the only capital city through which it passes?

23. What does the Kimberley process certify? (2-keyword answer)

24. In Czechoslovakia it is called “prozvonit”. In Spanish the practice is called “dar un toque” (to give a touch). What is the common English term in India for this telecom practice?

25. Complete this classic quote: “In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did they produce? _______”

26. Bhimayana is a Sanskrit epic in 21 chapters and 1700 verses written by Prof Prabhakar Joshi. Who is it about?

27. This tree has been growing in India for over 2000 years. It is considered sacred – its leaves are used on auspicious occasions and its fruit eaten. Name this tree supposed to be the abode of Kama in mythology, and images of which have been found on the Sanchi Stupa.

28. This phrase means “to be in difficulty, and faced with a choice between two unsatisfactory options.” The phrase was literally true as the title of a 2004 autobiography made into a critically acclaimed film. What phrase is this?

29. In atomic theory only two fundamental particles have been named after scientists. Name both.

30. Jakob von Uexküll sold his valuable stamp collection to create this prize. He initially tried to interest the Nobel Foundation in this prize but the foundation decided not to associate itself with the new prize after controvery over the establishment of the Prize for Economics instituted by the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Nobel's name. The prize honours those "working on practical and exemplary solutions to the most urgent challenges facing the world today." What is the formal name of this prize that is awarded in the Riksdag (Parliament) of Sweden the day before the Nobel prizes?

31. VISUAL: Use the picture on your right to identify the actress (B&W pic) on the left.


32: VISUAL: Identify the two maps in this book cover.

33. VISUAL: Identify. This small African rodent could be considered misnamed until one sees it. It’s named after its resemblance to another animal.

34. VISUAL: Identify this jewellery craftsmanship used to create elaborate necklaces of the royal courts of Rajasthan. Which company made these pieces for the film in the visual?

35. AUDIO: This music features in the end credits of which recent popular film?
Kung Fu Panda – Two

36: AUDIO: Which English indie rock band is performing this cover version of whose original?

37: AUDIO: This song to inspire team and supporters of Bangladesh for ICC World Cup 2011 was itself “inspired” from a film song. Name the original composer and film in which it appeared.

38: VIDEO (From Source Code): Identify this striking work of art in the Millennium park in Chicago.

39: VIDEO: Name the person being portrayed in this scene from a TV docudrama proving Einstein’s theory of gravity.

40: VIDEO: This is an ad for which company based on superb adaptation of which great novel?


1. Alexander Graham Bell

2. Guyana

3. Elder Wand owners / Gellert Grindlewald

4. Juno spacecraft mission to Jupiter.

5. Hellas

6.  Maruti 800 (both based on Suzuki Alto)

7. Ramakrishna Hegde

8. Vrindavan

9. Anabolic (or Anabolic steroids)

10. Tawi

11.* 1848

12.* Yuri Gagarin (April 12, 1961)

13. * Angry Birds. The virus causes swine flu. The swine became the enemy green pigs of the Angry Birds video game.

14. * Ukelele and Harmonica

15. * Planet of the Apes

16. * Gallium and Francium

17. * Ecuador / Nature or Environment. Pachamama is the indigenous word for all life. Chapter: Rights for Nature/Art. 1. Nature or Pachamama, where life is reproduced and exists, has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution.

18. * Claret Jug / Belt (or Championship Belt)

19. * Marzipan. Some cakes have a layer of marzipan just below the icing.

20. * Krishnagiri

21. Maniyachi / Vanchinathan

22. London

23. Conflict (or blood) diamonds. These are diamonds that originate from a war zone and are sold to finance insurgencies, armies and warlords. The Kimberley Process ensures that diamonds originating from Angola, The Congo, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe do not finance rebel groups. Conflict diamonds without KP certification are 30% cheaper.

24. “Missed call”

25. The cuckoo clock. (Orson Welles’ film The Third Man)

26. Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar

27. Mango

28. Between a rock and a hard place (This is also the title of the autobiography of Aron Ralston, mountaineer, made into the film 127 Hours)

29. Bosons and Fermions (after Satyendranath Bose and Enrico Fermi)

30. Right Livelihood Award. Popularly known as Alternative Nobel. (Notable Indian winners include: Vandana Shiva, Rajni Kothari, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Swami Agnivesh, CHipko movement etc).

31. Jane Birkin. It is after her that the Birkin bag is named. The Birkin bag is a handmade purse by Hermès. The bag is a symbol of wealth due to its high price and elusiveness to the public. Its prices range from $9,000 to $150,000.

32. Punjab / Tamil Nadu

33. Elephant Shrew

34. Kundan / Tanishq

35. AUDIO: Kung Fu Panda – Two

36: Arctic Monkeys / Amy Winehouse (Song: You Know I’m No Good)

37: Yuvan Shankar Raja / Paiyya

38: Cloud Gate (by Anish Kapoor)

39: Arthur Eddington (He photographed stars behind the Sun during a solar eclipse and showed that the Sun’s gravity causes the light of the stars behind it to bend thus proving Einstein’s theory of relativity)

40: Apple / 1984

Thursday, August 18, 2011

QFI Open Sports Quiz Rejects II


1.The 50–40–90 Club is an informal term referring to a very exclusive group of National Basketball Association players. 50–40–90 indicates a great all-around performance and is considered as the ultimate standard. Since the 1979–80 season, the 50–40–90 shooting threshold has only been reached by five players: Steve Nash, Larry Bird, Mark Price, Reggie Miller and Dirk Nowitzki. In fact, Bird has done it twice and Nash has done it four times. So, what is 50-40-90?

2.The ESPN site for cricket is ESPN Cricinfo while the ESPN site for football is ESPN soccernet. What is ESPN's site for rugby called?

3. This event is advertised as "The most exciting two minutes in sports" and also as "The run for the roses". Which event?

4. The 1904 marathon in St. Louis were not ideal condition to race. The terrain  involved a muddy course, a series of about eight hills for the 40-kilometer race and the weather nearing 90 degrees Fahrenheit.  Frederick "Fred" Lorz , the winner of the marathon was denied the victory. In fact he was accussed of cheating and James Sullivan, the head of the 1904 Olympics banned him from amateur athletic competition for LIFE.

The eventual winner was Thomas Hicks , who crossed the finish line at 3 hours and 28 minutes - the longest finishing time in Olympic Marathon history (a dubious record that likely will never be broken). James Sullivan, the head of the 1904 Olympics however overlooked a unique fact while declaring Thomas Hicks as winner.

What unpardonable crime did lorz commit and what unique fact was overlooked in Hicks' case ?

5. This museum is housed in the Old Moti Bagh palace, is the only sports museum in the country. Some of the famous artifacts found in this museum are

* Adidas spikes worn by Milkha Singh in the 1960 Rome Olympic
* Major Dhyan Chand`s gold medal which he won at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics,
* the hass — a doughnut shaped exercising apparatus weighing a solid 95 kgs — belonging to the
 legendry Gama Pehalwan who used it for squats,
* shoes which P.T. Usha wore during her 1986 Seoul Asiad win
* The bat autographed by the Indian cricket team captained by Kapil Dev which won the Prudential
  World Cup in 1983.

Id the city where it is situated and the famous institute housed along with this museum

Sriram Got 3.5 answers right...

Answers to Rejects Set I ( questions can be found here)

1. James Braddock felt that at the onset of WWII the fight might be viewed as US vs Germany and didn't want that. Second reason being, Joe Louis manager promised Braddock 10% of each fight Joe Louis would fight for the next 10 years.

2. 1 Hour Run

3. Caravaggio

4. PGN Notation for Chess

5. Rope Climbing

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

QFI Open Sports Quiz 2011: Rejects

Will be posting a few set of questions , that we rejected from the QFI Open Sports Quiz Prelims/Finals this year. Have a go at these questions.. Answers will be posted in a day.

1.James Braddock , immediately after defeating Max Primavera had to defend his heavy weight boxing title against Max Schmelling under the Contract with Madison Square Garden. However , he chose to fight Joe Louis , reneging on the contract. There were two reasons for choosing to fight against Joe Louis, What were they?

2. While officially recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations as a track event, it is rarely contested apart from occasional world record attempts. First recorded races dating back to the late 17th century, and the first officially recognized

world record was set by Alfred Shrubb in 1904. Currently the WR for men is at 21.285 by Halie Gebras Selasie and at 18.517 for women by Dire Tune. Which event are we talking about?

3. According to the Roman police logs. there was the little matter of the tennis game gone awry. Michelangelo Merisi - street brawler killed an opponent, “a very polite young man” named Ranunccio Tommasini with a sword after an argument over a bet of 10 scudi. Nobody knows why. Maybe a disputed point. Whatever, it was decidedly against the rules, and Michelangelo had to flee Rome as an exile, shortly after the killing in May of 1606, never to return.

Glad he didn’t take his paintings with him.

How do we know Michelangelo Merisi better?

4. Before X, every vendor had a different way of encoding. X was developed in 1993 by Steven J. Edwards, was discussed and disseminated via Usenet. It became an immediate success because, as a readable text format, it satisfied the needs of people as well as of computers. What is X?

5.In the 1924 Paris Olympics, there were a total of 23 perfect tens achieved, one of the highest tallies in Omypics history. Albert Seguin achieved a perfect ten in the Sidehorse Vault. The others 22 were from the same sport. Which, now defunct, gymnastic sport are we talking about?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

QFI Open Sports Quiz 2011: Finals Anti-Clockwise

Finals of the C-Cube QFI Open Sports Quiz 2011

The finals of the Quiz -- had 4 rounds -- Two normal infinite bounce -- 16 questions each and 2 written rounds with 8 questions each. Have not put in the questinos with the Videos.

Anti-Clockwise round

1. The 2012 London Olympics is scheduled to take place from 27 July to 12 August in order to coincide with the British Summer holidays. However, certain sections of the world have opposed strongly to the schedule due to a certain problem.

Which sections and why?

2. Bapu Nadkarni holds the test record for the most number of consecutive maiden overs bowled in an innings. However he doesn't hold the record for the most number of consecutive dot balls in a innings.

Who holds the record and why isn't Nadkarni the holder of this record?

3. This is about two terms X and Y used in two sports.

In the first sport, the X is the major way of scoring points, while the Y formally refers only to grounding the ball by the defensive team. Occasionally people refer to X as the Y, which is incorrect. The term X comes from the fact that originally, grounding the ball only gave the opportunity to score with a kick at goal.

In the second sport, the Y is the major way of scoring points. However, the actual mode of scoring is contrary to the event's name. The term X is used to denote an attempt to score extra points.

X in the first sport is analogous to Y in the second sport.
Identify X, Y and the two sports.

4. Ted Tinling was a revered Chief of Protocol for the ITF and a Director of International Liaison for the Women’s Pro Tour. He was the master of ceremonies for Wimbledon, a position he would hold from the late 20s until the late 40s, and a position he would eventually be asked to resign at the height of a scandal, which was related to another profession of his.

What was the scandal about?

5. When the sport originated, initially the ‘horse’ was used. However, after a series of accidents in 2000, citing safety reasons, it was decided that the horse would be replaced. The company Jansen Fritsen, had came up with an alternative in the mid 1990's. This was used for the first time in 2001, and it was found to be much safer.

What name was given to the alternative and what sport are we talking about?

6. In the contraption shown in the picture, the ball is placed at the specified notch and a known force is applied. The distance travelled is measured.

Where and why is the above process done? What is the device called?

7. With reference to the 2012 Olympics, what is named after this and why?

8. In the mid 19th century, women had become interested in the golf game, but the conservative social norms of the era deemed it unacceptable for women to publicly perform such violent movements that a golf swing requires. Thus, the Ladies' Putting Club of St. Andrews in Scotland, came up with a 18-hole course of putting greens, called “The Himalayas”.


How is “The Himalayas”, the first of its kind?

9. It was built by the former Caledonian Railway Company and opened in 1924, and is now owned by the international alcoholic beverage firm Diageo. It is known as the site of a landmark pact in 1977 which was made to reinforce commitments made in the Singapore Declaration of Commonwealth Principles in 1971.

Identify the place and the pact.

10. This is a motocoaster ride in DreamWorld at Queensland’s Gold Coast. Who designed the ride?

11. Bigfoot, introduced in 1979, is regarded as the original _______ ________, and it remains the most well-known moniker used in the United States. Originally used as a rolling billboard for the owner's (Bob Chandler) shop, Bigfoot slowly gained popularity through its 'special abilities'. In April 1982, it became recognised all over the country. This then led to an all new form of sports entertainment.

What was the new form of entertainment thus created?

12. Sometime around June 2000 , the authorities at Lord’s decided to hoist 3 long white banners between the tiers of the media space ship. The change was prompted by events of the previous 2 test matches that had been played at Lord’s and the fact that the upcoming series was against the West Indies who had Walsh and Ambrose in their bowling attack. What prompted this change?

13. In a unique case, in the 2003 Champions League, this club played the semi-finals and were awarded a victory on the basis of greater “Away” goals (scores of the first leg was 0-0 and second leg 1-1) despite scoring their only goal at their home stadium.

Which club and what was the reason for this anomaly?

14. The first time that the German national anthem was played in public after the Second World War was at the Wankdorf Stadium, nine years after the war ended.

Where is the stadium and what was the occasion?

15. The first race was held at Jerome Park race track in The Bronx on a track built by Winston Churchill’s grandfather.  The oldest of the Triple Crown races for thoroughbred horses in America, it is often called the ‘Race for the Carnations’ because the winning horse is blanketed with white carnations.

Which race?

16. I will take Discus for $20,000. Weave a story around these two.


1. It coincides with the month of Ramadan. Hence, Islamic states are strongly protesting the dates as they feel their athletes cannot participate properly.

2. Hugh Tayfield has the record. Tayfield bowled eight-ball overs so even though he bowled more dot balls, the number of overs were lesser than 21.

3. X – Try

Y – Touchdown

First Sport – Rugby (Union / League)

Second Sport – American Football

4. Ted Tinling designed Gussie Moran’s highly controversial outfit which involved purple lace panties.

5. The event is the Vault. The apparatus being used nowadays is referred to as the ‘Tongue’.

6. To estimate the speed of a golf course.

The USGA specifies the following recommendation for golf course based on Stimpmeter measurement.

Slow greens: 4.5 feet

Medium greens: 6.5 feet

Fast greens: 8.5 feet

7. The official football for the London 2012 Olympics is called “The Albert” after the Royal Albert Hall.

‘Royal Albert Hall’ is Cockney rhyming slang for ‘ball’.

8. The first Miniature Golf course.

9. This is the Gleneagles Hotel.

The pact is the Gleneagles Pact against apartheid, which involved a sporting boycott of South Africa.

10. Mick Doohan

11. Bigfoot was the first ever monster truck.

12. The Chris Read Dismissal

13. AC Milan were playing Inter Milan in the semi-finals. Both the teams share the same stadium – the San Siro. So, the legs were assigned as ‘home’ and ‘away’ arbitrarily beforehand.

14. The stadium is in Bern.

The event was the “Miracle of Berne” in the 1954 FIFA World Cup.

15. Belmont Stakes

16. Krishna Poonia won the CWG 2010 Gold Medal for the Discus throw. Dani Samuels, the World Champion did not take part in the Games citing health reasons. Poonia however accused her of being scared.

As a result, Samuels has challenged Poonia to a $20,000 faceoff in the near future.

QFI Open Sports Quiz 2011: Finals Clockwise

Finals of the C-Cube QFI Open Sports Quiz 2011

The finals of the Quiz -- had 4 rounds -- Two normal infinite bounce -- 16 questions each and 2 written rounds with 8 questions each. Have not put in the questinos with the Videos.

Clockwise round

1. Van Philips, an American inventor said, “It would be the most exciting thing to happen in my life, because the C shape was the first _____ in my mind”. Essentially, he devised this in 1984 by borrowing concepts from the movement of a cheetah, pole vaulting, the spring of a diving board and the C shape of a Chinese sword his father owned.

What highly talked about product did Van Philips invent?

2. Arthur Ehrat was infuriated by the excessive delays in the basketball game caused due to certain visually attractive ‘ungentlemanly acts’ committed by the players. Using a spring from a John Deere cultivator, he came with up an elegant solution, in the form of a new device.

What was the problem and what did Ehrat invent?

3. a.) Introduced the practice of naming a substitute referee (this eventually evolved into the practice of having a designated fourth official).  

 b.) Proposed that the pressure of the ball should be specified in the Laws of the Game.    c.) Introduced the number board for substitutes, so that players could easily understand who was being substituted.    All of these innovations were made by the same person. Identify him and arguably, what was his most famous contribution to football?

4. In which Olympic event would one see these being used?

5. Mr. R.D. Singh is a Dronacharya Award recipient. Although a good sportsman himself, he is more famous for his coaching exploits. How is his Dronacharya award one of a kind?

And hence, name the prodigy that he discovered in 1997 in school competition who later achieved fame in 2004.

6. The event which this movie is based on, is known by what moniker? What inspired this moniker?

7. Shown in the picture is the obverse design used for the Olympics Games medals from 1928 to 1968. From 1972, a small modification of the same design was used. However, a glaring error existed in the design and this was pointed out by the Australian paper, ‘O Kosmos’ before the 2000 Olympics and so the Sydney Olympic Authorities asked for a change in the design. However, the change was done only in 2004.

What was the error?

8. In 1908, a pub owner from Leeds, Yorkshire, by the name of Foot Anakin was taken to court for allowing this game in his establishment, because games of chance in public houses were earlier prohibited by legislation. He challenged this ruling by challenging one of the court officials to a game. The court official failed to win and so, the judge deemed it to be a game of skill rather than a game of chance. This ruling arguably was a turning point in the game's growth.

Which game are we talking about?

9. Fill in the blank and hence tell me where you would find the statue.

I remember Wembley, When ________ beat West Germany. Peters one and Geoffrey three, And Bobby got his OBE!

10. This trophy is named after a Scottish town, which is the birthplace of the sport. The town was once symbolically represented by the visual pun of a mason's hammer and the flower symbolizing Virgin Mary.

One of the key events that popularised the sport in England was a Middlesex charity event, where it was described as follows : "You see the field is so open that if a man gets away with the ball a full sized gallop is required to catch him and very often it... wasn't there." Identify the sport and the trophy.

11. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, during the home matches played at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, fans of the home club clap throughout the 22nd minute of the game.

Why do they do this?

12. During the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, Mark Webber retired during the race due to the electronic gearbox selecting two gears at the same time. The Red Bull camp initially claimed that the problem was caused due to a unique feature of the track. What reason did Red Bull give, that was later debunked by the Singapore authorities?

13. This 19th century pitcher, during a tryout, impressed the scouts with his pitching ability and (in his own words) “almost tore the boards off the grandstand with my fast ball. The fence looked like a tornado had hit them”.

How has he been known ever since this tryout and how does his name live on in sports?

14. Connect the following results.

15. The name of the place is not only an obvious allusion to the ‘melting pot’ of ideas that it aimed to become, but it also was to forge a bond with the city's specific history as the center of British steel making and the eighteenth century innovation that propelled it forwards. The history is related to a person by the name of Benjamin Huntsman, who has a tribute to him as shown.

Identify the place.


1. Van Phillips is the inventor of the C-Shape prosthetic foot which is now famously used by Oscar Pistorius. The design that Pistorius uses is called Cheetah.

2. He invented the breakaway rim in basketball to prevent backboard shattering.

3. Ken Aston, who introduced the red and yellow card concept.

4. Race Walking

5. He is the only person to receive a Dronacharya award for paralympic coaching.

The prodigy he discovered was Devendra Jajharia, who won the 2004 Athens Paralympics Gold Medal in the javelin throw.

6. Miracle on Grass and Miracle on Ice

7. The obverse features a colosseum which reflects a Roman tradition and not a Greek one. The design was changed to this :

8. Darts

9. Upton Park.

Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters were all players who represented West Ham United at the time they won the World Cup.

10. Melrose Cup. (Mell + Rose)

The sport is Rugby Sevens.

11. To honour Dani Jarque of Espanyol whose jersey number was 21 and who died on the field. The most famous reference to this was however, Iniesta's tribute during the World Cup

12. The Singapore Grand Prix is the only circuit to run above a tram line. As Webber passed through corner 13, a static electrical charge made the gearbox choose two gears simultaneously and hence he had to retire.

13. Cyclone ‘Cy’ Young, after whom the best pitcher award is named.

14. Both events involve stripping bronze medals off of athletes as they threw it away to show protest.

Ibragim Samadov of the 1992 Unified Team was stripped of his bronze medal after he “hurled his bronze medal to the floor” and stormed off.

Ara Abrahamian was stripped of his bronze medal in 2008 for similar reasons.

15. The Crucible Theatre, where the World Snooker Championships take place.

QFI Open Sports Quiz 2011 Prelims Questions

Here are some of the questions from the prelims of the C-Cube QFI Open Sports Quiz.

0.9 different tyre manufacturers have provided tyres for the Formula 1 Teams. However , there is only one manufacturer who has never won a single Grand Prix. Which tyre manufacturer?

1. Among all the flag bearers for India at the Olympics, only two people have had the honor of holding the flag multiple times. One, is Balbir Singh Sr. who did it both at the 1952 Helsinki Games and the 1956 Melbourne Games.

Who is the other one, who has done it three times?

2.During the 2011 Cricket World Cup, there were only two teams that did not play a national anthem before their matches.
Which two teams?

3. It is a popular betting card game played in Tamil Nadu played by both adults and kids. While the adults bet money, the kids in general stake tamarind seeds, matchbox labels etc. 

The objective of the game is to select a card from a fresh deck and determine , whether , the same number of a different suit , falls in the inner or the outer half when the cards are laid out in two stack , one by one. What is the name of the game that has become popular in another field recently?

4. In the 1811 edition of his chess treatise, Johann Allgaier introduced the 0-0 symbol. He used two variants of the symbol, "0-0r" and "0-0l".
What did this symbol denote? And what are the two variants?

5. The center of percussion is the point on an object where a perpendicular impact will produce translational and rotational forces which perfectly cancel each other out at a pivot point, so that the pivot will not be moving after the impulse.
With respect to sports, how is the centre of percussion commonly known as?

6. When Genoa won the Italian Serie A for a 9th time in the 1923-24 season, they decided to reward and celebrate themselves as champions by adding something to their jersey. This practice has been followed ever since.

a) What did Genoa add to their jersey?

b) What term originated thus?

7. During the 2007 Indian tour of England, only one person in the Indian team scored a century in the Test Series. Who?

8. This is an installation by Pierre Huyghe that uses lighting as a screen and includes a computer game program interface , joysticks and halogen lamps.

Name the installation, and what game are they playing?

9. “Over the Top” is an autobiography of a cricketer, who was imprisoned for embezzling funds from his employer while working as a car salesman. Who is he?

10. What was the inspiration for this outfit designed by Nike for Maria Sharapova’s 2006 US Open Campaign?

11. Metallica recently announced their first ever Indian concert to be held at Leisure Valley in Gurgaon on the 28th of October, 2011.

This concert is to help celebrate which other event in the vicinity?

12. The first ever instance of 2 people running a sub 4-minute mile happened in the 1954 British Empire Games in Vancouver. In a photo finish, John Landy lost to Roger Bannister. A statue of this event stands outside the stadium. What is believed to be the reason for his loss?

13. Born in Kottayam, Kerala and a former captain of the Indian National Women's basketball team, she recently became the first Indian ever to attend try-outs for the WNBA.

Identify this person.

14. Tex Robertson, an Olympic bronze medalist for the 1932 US Water Polo team , trained Adolph Kiefer to the 100m backstroke gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics by inventing a maneuver that reduced time. Ever since , all swimmers have followed this technique. What maneuver did Tex Robertson invent?

15. With respect to the Olympics, what specific feat do these three athletes share?

16. Complete the analogy


: ?

17. Initially known as ‘Hazard’ in England, which game derives its popular name from the fact that players in New Orleans squatted like toads while rolling the dice on the ground?

18. “…. it all started with an educational channel here in Chicago where they asked me to do some science stuff. And I got tired. In those days you had very little budget-of just having a few pictures and having to do voiceovers: "If you look in the upper left hand corner, you'll see X,Y, Z." So I decided it would be very nice to be able to get my hands in the picture and draw on it.”

Leonard Reiffel talking about his 1960's invention, which won him an Emmy in 2004. So what did he come up with?

19. Often called a diva, she was known for her expressive dance , extremely difficult and innovative routines.

One of the long lasting images of her , is her leaving the Sydney Olympics gymnasium in tears , after crashing on the Vault Apparatus, due to an error by the authorities.

Identify this gymnast who has the unique distinction of having moves named after her in each of the seven disciplines of gymnastics in the Artistic Code of Points.

20. Jimmy Hill , as the Manager of Coventry City Football Club , commissioned a change to the stadium for the benefit of the fans watching the game. However , this proved to be extremely unpopular, and had to be partially rolled back. However , The Taylor Report published in 1990 , advised the change suggested by Jimmy Hill to be made mandatory across all Premier league Stadiums. What was the change suggested by Jimmy Hill and what was the Taylor report?

21. For which sport is this the governing body? Also, what special attire does the world champion in this sport wear?


22. The Albert Reserve and Warehouseman’s cricket ground in St. Kilda, Melbourne is the home of the Victorian Cricket Team. It has hosted a number of First Class matches and ODIs including the Rose Bowl series in 2004 between Australia and New Zealand.

However it is also famous for hosting the first ever edition of another event at its premises in 1905. What was the event?

23. The left hand side of the image , shows the different sections under which Flipkart categorizes their books. What is the section that has been blanked out?

24. Xtreme Football League,  was originally conceived to build on the success of the NFL. It was hyped as "real" football without penalties for roughness and with fewer rules in general and the  Stadiums featured trash-talking public address announcers and scantily-clad cheerleaders. Which present day ‘entertainer’/ former federation owner was the person behind this initiative?

25. It is a small 15 Km long river in the province of Liege, which derives its name from the French words for “Red water”. The river lends its name to one of the best-known corners in Formula One as it is the point where the racetrack crosses the river for the first time.

What is the name of the river/corner and which is the circuit?

26. Whose bio reads thus?

The President of the Dominican Football Referees Association.

Became an official international FIFA referee in 1995.

First Dominican to referee a World Cup qualifier, which was between Guyana and Grenada in 1996.

Retired from FIFA in 1997.

27. By what common nickname are these intimidating sporting venues known?

28. If you were using this contraption , what game would you be playing?

29. Created by the Masterix Bandung company, this is made of 22-carat gold plated silver and stands on an octagonal base made of jati wood. The body of the cup is in the form of a shuttlecock and the handles are in the shape of stamens symbolizing the seeds of the sport.

What is mounted on the body of the cup and what is the name of the trophy?

30. Often called half and half, Innovative Flavors from Orlando , Florida licenses a beverage consisting of half iced tea and half Lemonade. The beverage is named after a person who ordered this drink after designing a course in Palm Springs in 1960s. What is the name of the beverage?