Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Q1. Founded in 1952, the company's headquarters are located in Stamford, Connectitut with offices in Los Angeles, New York City, Tokyo, London, Toronto and Sydney. One of its previous names was Titan Sports Inc. The first conducted event was contested by Jack Delaney and Paul Berlenbach. The current CEO, who shares his name with his father went against his father's wishes to began an expansion process and venturing into entertainment rather than sport, fundamentally changing the industry. How do we know the company today?

Q2. The authors of this book achieved immense success after its publication in 1998, founding a company with a part of the book's title as well. However one of the co-writers of this book filed a lawsuit on the other co-writer alleging 'that her ex-business partner and his wife are enriching themselves, diverting assets and wasting money in a business that she claims to have helped build from scratch'. The lawsuit invoked debates to their actual contributions in the book. In 2008 finally, they walked seperate ways as he paid a certain sum to her, as she sold all her interests in the company to the husband-wife duo. Which book (and the co-writers)?

A Physics Professor at NYU, in 1996 ____ submitted an article to Social Text, an academic journal of postmodern cultural studies as an experiment to test the magazine's intellectual rigor. The article which was titled 'Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeunatics of Quantum Gravity', which proposed that quantum gravity is a social and linguistic construct and was subsequently published in the Spring/ Summer issue of 'Science Wars' of Social Text, was later deemed by ____ to be liberally salted with nonsense but he had made it sound good to flatter the editor's ideological preconceptions. This whole affair came to be known as ___ Affair or ___ Hoax, and is famous in the Science Wars between the Post-modernists and the academia. Who is the physicist?

(It may not be workable, but I strongly felt people should know about this)

X runs a public relations firm named Vaishnavi Corporate Communications, and also operates through subsidiaries such as Neucom, Noesis Strategic Consulting Services and Vitcom Consulting. X recently made headlines in Indian news for all the wrong-reasons (generally, that is why you make headlines in India unless you are Sachin Tendulkar!). Who is X?

Q5. Ata-ur-Rahman (Pakistan 2000), Henry Williams (South Africa 2000), Maurice Odumbe (Kenya 2004). Who recently joined this list as the youngest player in this non-exhaustive list?

Q6. This industry shares its names in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, but the name (in 1932) emerges from a locality in Calcutta (which was the major centre for Indian _____ ) and X (X is the major center for American ____). The name of this industry went on to inspire the more famous Mumbai-based industry.

The industry in Andhra Pradesh has earned a handful of Guiness World Records, and the Prasads ____ in Hyderabad is the largest of its kind in the world.

What is the name of the original industry?

(The first two ___ are the same, the third one isn't. The name of the industry would be a give-away if the ___ were revealed).

Q7. On 4th July 2006, Sanath Jayasuriya's knock of 157 off 104 balls helped break a record, which unfortunately didn't make the headlines. The record still hasn't been broken (but not many non-quizzers are aware it occured in the first place). Jayasuriya was helped by a stand of 149 with Sangakkara and Dilshan's unbroken 117 off 79 balls. Which record?


Gowtham said...
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Prashant said...

got 1 and 4 6 only partially..

btw, 7th one is he scored 150 plus 2 times in consecutive matches..
people arent aware much because they were part of different series..

Siddharth Bhattacharya said...

I didn't feel the questions were such a cakewalk, which I feel after seeing Gowtham's answers. I can just hope Googling wasn't involved, since the questions were not made Google-proof.

@ Prashant:
Good, I hope the questions delighted you. Anyways, 7th is wrong. The feat is much more interesting than what you wrote. Even I wouldn't have cared about this feat

Anonymous said...

when you have laptop and you have a internet connection why not google my friend. either you know a question or you dont. you simply google and you find the answer and then onwards you know the answer simple !!!

Siddharth Bhattacharya said...

its not like you know it or you don't, you can work out most of the questions through the knowledge you have. At times, 10 % knowledge is enough to land a good guess. And working out the right answer is a divine feeling.
you won't always have google (and net connection) with you. knowing things can help you in discussions at times.
Also, there are things one should know- as in, you see a movie, I feel you should know more about it than just seeing it. Same for novel and many other things! Just a belief!

Prashant said...

"its not like you know it or you don't, you can work out most of the questions through the knowledge you have. At times, 10 % knowledge is enough to land a good guess. And working out the right answer is a divine feeling. "
Cant agree more.. mine was exactly that way..

7th one i used wikipedia.. the 2 consecutive 150s was made on 17 june 2006 as i see now, a close date though..

another cricinfo assisted guess is that, the maximum runs were scored through boundaries for a team ever, or something similar, as, dilshan as well as jayasuriya made it to the individual rankings for scoring maximum runs by means of boundaries for that match..

(you can edit my comment)

Siddharth Bhattacharya said...

@ Prashant: Thanks for agreeing about my previous quote.
Anyways, coming to question 7- it has nothing to do with 150s nor partnerships nor boundaries. As I said the record is much more important!
The question says "Jayasuriya helped create a record", which may suggest the record may not necessarily belong to Jaya. The answer is:-

The highest score in an ODI innings by a team- 443/9 (Sri Lanka) vs Netherlands
beating South Africa's epic 438/9...
Many people still think the record belongs to South Africa, but since it was a non-WC match against a minnow it didnt make much news.
That was the answer. :)

Prashant said...

oh cool.. btw, my last answer also referred to max boudaries by team sri lanka as a whole..

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