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1. In which city in Uttar Pradesh did a skirmish start on this date in 1857, leading to the Indian War of Independence (also known as Sepoy Mutiny)?

2. What was “Operation Neptune’s Spear”?

3. On this date in 1994, history was made in South Africa with the inauguration of a Nobel Laureate as its first black president. Who?

4. Which are the world’s highest-altitude migrants?

5. Which Indian State capital is served by the Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport?

6. In the yummy dish Gatte ki Sabji, what is the main ingredient used to make the gatte?

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The name of the car:Petals of a flower.

7. What five-lettered term is used for an individual derived asexually from the same single parent?

8. How many strings in a “chitraveena”?

9. Which is the only U.S. state whose name is just one syllable?

10. Which famous William Shakespeare play begins “When shall we three meet again, in thunder, lightening, or in rain”?

11. Which Toyota brand has the name by which the petals of a flower are referred?

12. What does a somnambulist do?

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In the news: The Collegiate Church of St. Peter in London.

13. The Collegiate Church of St. Peter in London was in the news recently for a royal event. How is it better known?

14. Which is the largest country through which the equator passes?

15. Which island nation’s mascot or symbol is the ‘Merlion’?



1. Meerut;
2. The mission that took down Osama Bin Laden;
3. Nelson Mandela;
4. Bar-headed geese;
5. Lucknow;
6. Gram flour (or ‘besan’);
7. Clone;
8. 21;
9. Maine;
10. Macbeth;
11. Corolla;
12. Sleep-walk;
13. Westminster Abbey;
14. Brazil;
15. Singapore.


Courtesy: V V Ramanan, The Hindu

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1. Name the African country with Malabo celebrating its Independence from Spain on this date in 1968.

2. Which part of a living being’s body does a Craniologist study?

3. In the context of Oceania, what is the claim to fame of Puncak Jaya?

4. Complete the proverb: “You cannot make a silk purse…?

5. What is a regular polyhedron with 20 identical equilateral triangular faces, 30 edges and 12 vertices called?

6. For what specific occasion and for what reason was the Eiffel Tower built?

7. What action of Germany on May 7, 1915 is considered by experts as the prime reason for the U.S. entering WWI?

8. Metrology is the science of…?

9. Approximately two-thirds of a person’s body weight is made up of a combination of which two elements?

10. Which famous global brand was founded by Ingvar Kamprad in Sweden in the early 1940s?

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Eiffel Tower : Why was it built?

11. In which Formula One GP did Ayrton Senna lose his life?

12. Name the Flintstones’ pet sabre-toothed cat.

13. Which famous automobile group is headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany?

14. Which Himalayan, ape-like creature is likened to the Bigfoot of North America?

15. What is the Queen of England’s Royal Palace and Fortress commonly called?



1. Republic of Equatorial Guinea; 2. Skull and its characteristics; 3. It is the highest mountain of the region; 4. …out of a sow’s ear”; 5. Icosahedron; 6. It served as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris; 7. Sinking of the RMS Lusitania; 8. Measurement; 9. Hydrogen and Oxygen (as water); 10. IKEA; 11. San Marion GP; 12. Baby Puss; 13. Volkswagen; 14. Yeti; 15. Tower of London;

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1. Name the Nobel Laureate and leader who was born Lhamo Dondrub on this date in 1935.

2. Name the land-locked African country with Lilongwe as its capital that celebrates its Independence Day today.

3. Where would one be if the plane touched down at the Chek Lap Kok Airport?

4. In which Indian State is the famous Rumtek Monastery?

5. The upcoming film ‘The Social Network’ is about which Internet phenomenon?

6. What are red, transparent corundum commonly called?

7. If Lukas Podolski won the Best Young Player award at the FIFA World Cup in 2006, who won it in 2002?

8. Which comic book character gets his name from the common name for the animal with the scientific name ‘gulo gulo’?

9. ‘Davy Jones’ Locker’ is a euphemism for…?

10. What was the nationality of Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit after whom the temperature scale is named?

11. The holiest day of the year for religious Jews is called…?

12. Alphabetically, which is the first of the 88 modern constellations?

13. In which French city is Interpol headquartered?

14. Apart from South Korea, from which other Asian country has an UN Secretary-General been appointed?

15. According to folklore, which type of fairies spent their time making footwear or clothes?



1. The 14th Dalai Lama;
2. Malawi;
3. Hong Kong;
4. Sikkim;
5. Facebook;
6. Ruby;
7. Landon Donovan;
8. Wolverine;
9. Bottom of the sea;
10. German;
11. Yom Kippur. It falls on the 10th day of the month of Tishrei;
12. Andromeda;
13. Lyon;
14. Myanmar (now Burma);
15. Leprechaun.


Courtesy: V V Ramanan, The Hindu

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1. On this date in 1896, which major event made its ‘modern’ appearance, 1503 years after the last one?

2. Name the term, used commonly in context of a superhero’s identity, which comes from the Latin for ‘the other I’?

3. On which river is the contentious Nimo Bazgo Dam scheduled to come up?

4. If Sony makes the PS3, who makes the Game Boy series of gaming consoles?

5. Whose arch-enemy in literary fiction was Professor James Moriarty?

6. Which is the only country that is crossed by both the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn?

7. What is the capital of the country in which the famous volcano Cotopaxi is located?

8. How many standard cricket pitches, laid out end-to-end, would cover two furlongs?

9. Which team has won the Ranji Trophy the most number of times?

10. Which of these is not a woodwind instrument: trumpet, flute or the nadhaswaram?

11. Of which dynasty, founded in the 18th Century, was Mir Qamar-ud-din Khan the first in lineage?

12. Which festival in Judaism recalls the deliverance of Jews from slavery in Egypt?

13. Which global organisation is behind the ‘Earth Hour’ observed on March 27?

14. Alphabetically, which is the first and last of the alkaline earth metals?

15. Raphanus sativus is the binomial name for which common vegetable?



1. The Olympic Games
2. Alter ego
3. Indus
4. Nintendo
5. Sherlock Holmes
6. Brazil
7. Quito
8. 20 pitches
9. Mumbai (formerly Bombay)
10. Trumpet
11. Asaf Jah
12. Passover
13. World Wide Fund for Nature
14. Barium and strontium respectively
15. Radish.

Cortesy: V V Ramanan, The Hindu

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1. Name the Asian country with the capital Bandar Seri Begawan celebrating its National Day on this date i.e. February 23.

2. Which famous Italian composer wrote the popular ‘Le quattro stagioni’?

3. Which Oscar-winning classic is based on The Seven Pillars of Wisdom?

4. Which omnivore is usually used to find truffles, a fungal fruiting body, that is a prized cuisine delicacy?

5. After whom is India’s first dedicated meteorological satellite named?

6. What famous discovery did the British Egyptologist Howard Carter make in February 1923?

7. The Chinese New Year which began on February 14 is the Year of the…?

8. In the story ‘Jack and the beanstalk’, which musical instrument did Jack steal from the giant?

9. Two of the greatest Indians, ‘Chacha’ and ‘Bapu’, were trained to practise a profession. What is it?

10. Which king was responsible for building the imposing ‘Vijay Stambha’ in Chittorgarh?

11. ‘Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka’ (Made of Hundreds of Flowers) is the National Anthem of…?

12. Which is the only planet in our Solar System that is less dense than water?

13. Which of these States has less than two MPs in the present Lok Sabha: Tripura, Meghalaya or Mizoram?

14. Name the village which is the origin of Lord Voldemort’s maternal and paternal ancestors and where he was restored to bodily form in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

15. In ice hockey, how many players from each side are allowed on the ice at any one time?


1. State of Brunei Darussalam
2. Antonio Vivaldi. ‘Le quattro stagioni’ means ‘The four seasons’
3. ‘Lawrence of Arabia’
4. Pigs.
5. Kalpana Chawla
6. The sarcophagus of Tutankhamun
7. Tiger
8. Harp
9. Law
10. Rana Kumbha of Mewar
11. Nepal
12. Saturn
13. Mizoram
14. Little Hangleton
15. Six

Courtesy: V V Ramanan, The Hindu

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1. Name the European country, with Vilnius as its capital, which declared its independence on this date in 1918.

2. Name the precious mineral that is mined by the humans on Pandora in the film “Avatar”.

3. Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport serves which Indian city?

4. According to a monitoring exercise by Wildlife Institute of India in association with NTCA in 2008, how many tigers in the country are left now

5. In which famous war did the Battle of Bunker Hill and Lexington take place?

6. In filmmaking, one sees in the credits the term ‘gaffer’. Who is a ‘gaffer’?

7. From which country did Angola get independence in the mid 1970s?

8. What is the nationality of the tennis star Marin Cilic?

9. The five basic types of which class of musical instrument are bows, harps, lutes, lyres, and zithers?

10. The name for which type of church is derived from the Greek for a tribunal chamber of a king?

11. What two words are used for the championship game of the National Football League, the premier association of professional American football?

12. Which popular band debuted with the album ‘Hybrid Theory’?

13. How many milligrams make a carat (as used to measure gemstones)?

14. Which famous Indian king had the birth name Farid-ud-din Abul Muzaffar?

15. Saltpetre is the common name for which chemical compound?



1. Lithuania;

2. Unobtanium;

3. Indore;

4. 1411;

5. American War of Independence;

6. The head of the electrical department;

7. Portugal;

8. He is a Croatian;

9. Chordophones;

10. Basilica;

11. Super Bowl;

12. Linkin Park;

13. 200;

14. Sher Shah Suri;

15. Potassium nitrate.


Courtesy: V V Ramanan, The Hindu

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1. To celebrate which influential thinker’s birthday is January 12 i.e. today observed as ‘National Youth Day’ in India?

2. What distinction has the prodigy Magnus Carlsen achieved recently?

3. Which Asian country will host the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games in August 2010?

4. Fill in the blank: The United Nations has declared 2010 to be the ‘International Year of ______’

5. ‘Makara Sankranthi’ celebrates the transmigration of Sun from which ‘rashi’ (zodiac) to which Makara rashi?

6. What was the surname of the siblings Barry, Robin and Maurice who made up the popular band Bee Gees?

7. The State Peace and Development Council runs the affairs in which of India’s neighbours?

8. Joseph Nicephore Niepce is considered an inventor and a pioneer in which now common field of visual communication?

9. If Antananarivo was your Capital city, in which country are you in?

10. After which drug were the two Anglo-Chinese Wars fought in the 19th century named?

11. Aptenodytes forsteri is the scientific name of which big flightless bird?

12. Playing for which club did James Vaughan set the record for being the youngest scorer in the EPL at 16 years and 271 days?

13. Leveret is the young of a…?

14. What is the nationality of the popular actress Catherine Zeta Jones?

15. Which South American country is called ‘Corazon de America’ or ‘Heart of America’ because of its central location?


1. Swami Vivekananda
2. He has become the youngest ever chess player to be ranked world No.1
3. Singapore
4. Biodiversity
5. Dhanu
6. Gibb
7. Myanmar
8. Photography
9. Madagascar
10. Opium
11. Emperor penguin
12. Everton
13. Hare
14. She is Welsh
15. Paraguay


Courtesy: V V Ramanan, The Hindu

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1. Released in July 2009, ‘The Accidental Billionaires’ by Ben Mezrich is about the founding of which popular Internet phenomenon?

2. In which state is the Maharana Pratap Sagar?

3. Who is the only player to have played and scored in every single season of the English Premier League since its inception?

4. Which unit of length, used mostly in sci-fi, is equal to just under 31 trillion kilometres or about 3.26 light-years?

5. In which Asian capital city was a statue of Barack Obama as a schoolboy unveiled recently?

6. On December 15, the world observed the 150th birthday of the inventor of Esperanto, a constructed language designed for international communication. Name him.

7. In which Indian city is Chowmahalla Palace?

8. What is the name of the dog in Jack London’s famous ‘The Call of the Wild’?

9. What is the stage name of Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofski?

10. Who originally named the Hawaiian islands as ‘Sandwich Islands’?

11. What type of food item is ‘Gazpacho’?

12. Which letter of the Greek alphabet can also mean a very tiny amount?

13. In athletics, which is the longest track event where the competitors use a starting block?

14. Which reference book is commonly referred to as OED?

15. In which city was Princess Diana killed in an accident?


1. Facebook
2. Himachal Pradesh
3. Ryan Giggs of Manchester United
4. Parsec (parallax of one arcsecond)
5. Jakarta
6. L.L. Zamenhof
7. Hyderabad
8. Buck
9. Krusty the Clown in ‘The Simpsons’
10. Captain James Cook
11. A cold soup
12. Iota
13. 400m and the 400m hurdles
14. Oxford English Dictionary
15. Paris.

Courtesy: V V Ramanan, The Hindu

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1. What was the nationality of Alfred Nobel?

2. Why is the date November 27, 1895 important in the history of the prizes?

3. As all know, Mahatma Gandhi never became a Laureate. But in which years was the great Indian nominated?

4. Why are the recipients officially called a Nobel Laureate and not a Nobel Prize Winner?

5. What is so special about the Laureates Dag Hammarskjöld and Erik Axel Karlfeldt?

6. How many organisations have received the Nobel Peace Prize and which among those has won it an unprecedented three times?

7. Name the only siblings to have got the prestigious prize, one in Economic sciences and the other in Medicine.

8. Elinor Ostrom, a 2009 Laureate, is the first woman to get this award. Name it.

9. In which Tamil Nadu town was Venkatraman Ramakrishnan born?

10. What is the contribution of Erik Lindberg, Gustav Vigeland and Gunvor Svensson-Lundqvist to the history of the Nobel Prizes?

11. What is the prize amount for 2009 per full Nobel Prize?

12. At which specific locations are the prizes given away?

13. If Barack Obama is the latest U.S. President to become a Nobel Laureate, who was the first?

14. How many Laureates can each category have in a year?

15. What ‘dubious’ first did Richard Kuhn, the 1938 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, achieve?


1.He was Swedish
2.On that date, Nobel signed his last will and testament giving the largest share of his fortune for the prizes that bear his name (barring Economic sciences)
3.Five (1937, 1938, 1939, 1947 and 1948)
4 .According to the Nobel Foundation, “the awarding of the Nobel Prizes is not a competition or lottery, and therefore there are no winners or losers”
5.They have been the only two posthumous recipients
6.20 individual organisations with the Comité International de la Croix Rouge (Red Cross) winning in 1917, 1944 and 1963
7.The Tinbergens, Jan and Nikolaas
8.Win the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences
10.They designed the various medals
11.Swedish kronor (SEK) 10 million
12.All prizes except the Peace Prize are given away at the Stockholm Concert Hall, while Peace Prize is presented on the same day at the Oslo City Hall
13.Theodore Roosevelt in 1906
14.Maximum of three
15.He was the first to decline the Prize.

Courtesy: V V Ramanan, The Hindu

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1. Simple one to begin with. Who created Asterix and his world?

2. Name the magazine that brought the world of the Gauls to us way back in 1959.

3. In how many adventures have our heroes featured so far (including the new adventure released last week)?

4. Who are Astronomix and Vanilla?

5. Name the only two adventures not to have the name of Asterix in the title.

6. Which was the first album and which was the one the creators working on Goscinny passed away in 1977?

7. Name the translators who have done a fantastic job of bringing the adventures alive complete with ‘punny’ jokes to millions of English readers.

8. ‘Asterix and the Banquet’ gave us, depending on the translation, Ideefix, Kutta Bhaunkix or Snupix. How do we better know this integral character?

9. Why can’t Obelix have magic potion when the rest of the villagers can take it?

10. In the context of English versions of the books, what is so special about the plate on Page 35 of the first adventure?

11. Name all the three live-action films made on the adventures of our friends.

12. Over the last 50 years, many a memorable name has been part of the series. So in which book do we meet: (i): Ptenisnet, (ii): Anticlimax, (iii): Cassius Ceramix?

13. Our heroes have also made a visit to our country. In which adventure?

14. What can one visit at Plailly, about 35 km north of Paris, in the département of Oise?

15. Which was the first adventure to be written and drawn by Albert Uderzo alone?



1. Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
2. ‘Pilote’
3. Thirty four translated into 107 languages or dialects
4. The father of Asterix and mother of Obelix
5. ‘The Mansions of the Gods’ and ‘Obelix & Co’
6. ‘Asterix the Gaul’ and ‘Asterix in Belgium’
7. Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge
8. Dogmatix
9. Because of falling into a cauldron of the potion as a kid
10. It was redrawn by Albert Uderzo’s brother Marcel in 1970 because the original was lost
11. ‘Asterix and Obelix take on Caesar’, ‘Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra’ and ‘Asterix at the Olympic Games’
12. (i): ‘Asterix the Gladiator’, (ii): ‘Asterix in Britain’, (iii): ‘Asterix and the Big Fight’
13. ‘Asterix and the Magic Carpet’
14. Parc Asterix
15. ‘Asterix and the Great Divide’

Courtesy: V V Ramanan, The Hindu

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