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Dolly : The world’s first cloned sheep.

1. Alphabetically, which is the last of the seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates when written in English?

2. If Dolly was the first cloned sheep, Injaz is the first cloned…?

3. Which rodent is also called a woodchuck or land beaver?

4. Ambulophobia is the fear of which normal activity?

5. Which popular candy, a hit with kids, was/is named after a racehorse?

6. The fruit of which funnily-shaped tree is called ‘monkey bread’?

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Grand finish : At the Champs-Elysees.

7. What ‘first’ did English cricketer Claire Taylor achieve recently?

8. According to the nursery rhyme, whose garden grows thus: “…With silver bells and cockle shells/And pretty maids all in a row.”

9. On a standard computer keyboard, which number would be pressed with shift to produce the ‘hash’ sign (#)?

10. Which famous sporting event traditionally finishes at the Champs Elysee in Paris?

11. If it is Sansad for India, for which European country is it ‘Cortes Generales’?

12. If one does a work ‘gratis’, how much is he/she paid?

13. Which EPL was founded as Dial Square in 1886 by workers in Woolwich?

14. Which common flower is considered the symbol of secrecy?

15. According to the Mayans, both good and bad fortune was tied to a planet’s orbit. Name the planet.


1. Umm al-Quwain; 2. Camel; 3. Groundhog; 4. Walking; 5. Lollipop; 6. Baobab; 7. She became the first woman to be chosen a ‘Wisden Cricketer of the Year’; 8. Mary Mary Quite Contrary; 9. Three; 10. Tour de France; 11. Spain. It’s the native name for the National parliament; 12. Nothing!; 13. Arsenal; 14. Rose; 15. Venus.


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1. On this date every year, in which European Capital city does a special bell called ‘Patarina’ ring from the Campidoglio to commemorate the founding of the city?

2. What is the new name of the new Formula One team that raced as Honda till last season?

3. Which global event, conceived by WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, is held on the last Saturday of March annually?

4. How many O tiles are there in Scrabble?

5. Who is the first female in the present line of succession to the British Throne?

6. Which insect is called ‘daddy longlegs’?

7. In Mary Shelley’s novel, what is the first name of Dr. Frankenstein?

8. In the G20, there are only 19 countries. So who is the 20th member?

9. What ‘manly feature’ did artist Marcel Duchamp add to the Mona Lisa?

10. Which family would one meet on Cemetery Ridge, Cemetery Lane?

11. Which animal, the largest in its Order, has the scientific name Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris?

12. In which musical ‘list’ is ‘Kanakangi’ the first and ‘Rasikapriya’ the last traditionally?

13. According to a recent Microsoft report, nearly 97 per cent of all e-mails sent over the net is spam. What did it identify as making up the majority of all spam mails?

14. In which U.S. state is the famous Mojave Desert?

15. Which large reservoir was created by the Akosombo Dam in Ghana?


1. Rome; 2. Brawn GP; 3. Earth Hour; 4. Eight; 5. Princess Beatrice of York; 6. Cranefly; 7. Victor; 8. The European Union, represented as a bloc; 9. Moustache and a beard; 10. The Addams Family; 11. Capybara; 12. The 72 Melakarta Ragas; 13. ‘Advertisements’ for drug/medicines; 14. California; 15. Lake Volta.

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1. Which iconic symbol of Paris was inaugurated on this date in 1889? 2. Which SI derived unit is equal to the amount of force required to accelerate a mass of one kilogramme at a rate of one metre per second per second?

3. In which western India town is the world-famous tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti?

4. Name the Indian batsman whose first two hundreds in Tests were double hundreds?

5. In which Indian State is the Simlipal National Park?

6. Which Roald Dahl book has James Henry Trotter as the main protagonist?

7. In botany, the pollen-containing portion of a stamen is called an…?

8. Recently Mike Holding, a BBC wildlife cameraman, filmed an elephant calf in the Okavango Delta that was unusually coloured. What colour?

9. To which U.S. State should one go to visit Mount Rushmore?

10. By what more famous name is Mumbai’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road known?

11. If it is Sonia for Rahul Gandhi, who is it Varun Gandhi?

12. Which famous medal has the inscription Pro pace et fraternitate gentium meaning “For the peace and brotherhood of men”?

13. Which religious group was started by Ignatius of Loyola?

14. In cartoons, whose sidekick is Baba Looey?

15. What is tachophobia the fear of?


1. The Eiffel Tower
2. Newton
3. Ajmer
4. Vinod Kambli
5. Orissa
6. James and the Giant Peach
7. Anther
8. Pink
9. South Dakota
10. Marine Drive
11. Maneka (mother)
12. The Nobel Peace Prize Medal
13. Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
14. Quick Draw McGraw
15. Speed.

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1. The city of Chicago dyes its river green on this date every year to celebrate what?

2. Tamil Nadu recently got a new District which shares its name with a town therein known for its textile and hosiery products. Name it.

3. Name the countries connected by the Simplon Tunnel.

4. Who is the only person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously?

5. What five-lettered term is used for a mock attack in fencing or boxing?

6. Name the Pakistan batsman who was not out when Anil Kumble took all 10 wickets in a Test innings.

7. La Marcha Real is the National Anthem of which European country?

8. Which character’s address is ‘Apt 56B, Whitehaven Mansions, Sandhurst Sq, London’?

9. What does T9 stand for in the T9 Dictionary in mobile phones?

10. What natural creation’s shape can be Gum-footed, Horizontal Line or Triangle?

11. Fill in the blank with a type of animal: Albert was the ______ in space.

12. The ‘Bates method’ is an alternative therapy aimed at what?

13. Which colour bar in a barcode represents 0s?

14. Which circuit hosted the first Formula One GP?

15. James L. Plimpton is credited with patenting the forerunner of which of these : Bicycle, roller skate or motorcycle?


1. St. Patrick’s Day;

2. Tirupur;

3. Italy and Switzerland;

4. The former UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld;

5. Feint;

6. Waqar Yunis

6. waqaryounis4

7. Spain;

8. Hercule Poirot;

9. Text on 9 keys;

10. Spider webs;

11. Monkey;

12. Improving eyesight;

13. White;

14. Silverstone;

15. Roller skate

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1. Fill in the missing names in this living political legend’s complete name: ___ Alejandro ____ Ruz.

2. Which Indian recently won a Grammy in the Contemporary World Music Album category for his collaborative album Global Drum Project?

3. Expand BAFTA.

4. Which role has Anthony Daniels reprised in the Star Wars series of films?

5. The summer residence of the Pope on the banks of Lake Albano is called…?

6. How is Mathangi Arulpragasam better known?

7. The famous Gouda cheese is named after a city in which country?

8. Which eminent businessman has authored ‘Imagining India: Ideas for the New Century’?

9. In which part of India would one be if the first 2 digits of the Pincode indicated 79?
10. The ‘Two Penny Blue’ was the world’s second…?

11. Which letter of the Greek alphabet resembles a triangle?

12. Which type of flower is also called a Lent Lily?

13. On which surface is the Monal Lisa painted?

14. According to Sherlock Holmes who is “occasionally the British Government”?

15. What would a Jew do with a kippah or yarmulke?



1. Fidel Castro;

2. Zakir Hussain;

3. British Academy of Film and Television Arts;

4. C3PO;

5. Castel Gandolfo;

6. M.I.A.;

7. Netherlands;

8. Nandan Nilekani;

9. North Eastern India;

10. Postage stamp;

11. Delta;

12. Daffodil;

13. Poplar panel;

14. His elder brother Mycroft;

15. Wear it. It’s a type of cap


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1. According to the Bible, on which day did God create sea creatures and birds?

2. In cricketing terminology, what is a ‘bunsen’?

3. What does the Twitter acronym YMMV stand for?

4. In which Asian country is the share index known as the Hang Seng?

5. In which European country would one spend in Forints?

6. Of the four to meet this fate so far, two are Lincoln and McKinley. Name the other two and what fate?

7. In the popular ‘Teletubbies’ series, which real animals came in almost every episode?

8. Which colour gets its name from a dye discovered shortly after an 1859 battle between the Austrians and the French?

9. Which of the trinity of Carnatic music was born to Ramabrahmam and Seethamma?

10. Contrary to its name, how many legs does a common centipede normally have?

11. Both Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov have referred to ‘Somnium’ by a celebrated astronomer as the first work of science fiction. Name the author.

12. What normal activity in the eye is caused by the muscle orbicularis oculi?

13. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, where does the first secret meeting of Dumbledore’s Army take place?

14. Which weapon fires a quarrel or a bolt?

15. For how many years was Nelson Mandela imprisoned?



1. Day 5
2. According to Wisden, ‘a pitch conducive to spin bowling’
3. Your Mileage May Vary
4. Hong Kong
5. Hungary
6. Garfield and Kennedy. The only four U.S. Presidents to be assassinated; 7. Rabbits
8. Magenta
9. Thyagaraja
10. 15 pairs
11. Johannes Kepler
12. Closing of the eye
13. The Hog’s Head
14. Crossbow
15. 27


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1. The city of Salzburg saw the birth of a famous composer on this date in 1756. Name him.

2. Who is the director of the multi-award winning ‘Slumdog Millionaire’?

3. The United Nations has designated January 27 as the International Commemoration Day in Memory of the victims of which 20th Century atrocities?

4. In which month of the Islamic calendar was Prophet Muhammad born?

5. What is the nationality of the singer Celine Dion?

6. In the story about the Three Brothers in The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which brother took his own life?

7. What does an emetic medicine do?

8. Which country’s name occurs in the name of the second highest mountain in Africa?

9. Which element, with atomic number 35, gets its name from Greek for “stench”, due to its characteristic smell?

10. Who in 1705 was the first person to be knighted for scientific achievement?

11. Which current cricketer has a nickname due to his love of placing a bet?

12. The two main tools used by blind persons to write text are called?

13. Who among the last five U.S. Presidents had the nickname ‘Poppy’?

14. The name of Igor Sikorsky is associated with…?

15. Fill in the blank: In statistics, the value that occurs the most frequently in a data set or a probability distribution is called _______?



1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2. Danny Boyle
3. The Holocaust
4. Rabi’
al-awwal, the third month
5. Canadian
6. The middle brother
7. Induces vomiting
8. (Mount) Kenya
9. Bromine
10. Sir Isaac Newton
11. Ricky ‘ Punter’ Ponting
12. Slate and stylus
13. George Herbert Walker Bush
14. Helicopters
15. Mode

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1. What ‘age’ is said to have begun on July 16, 1945?

2. Through which European Capital city does the Vistula flow?

3. What is an ‘Ouija’ board?

4. Which Indian two-wheeler brand shares its name with the Roman goddess of the moon?

5. Expand IEEE as used in organisation for the advancement of technology related to electricity.

6. In Alice in Wonderland, which two animals were having a mad tea party with the hatter?

7. The ‘red flag with the yellow star’ is the National flag of which Asian country?

8. Which Olympic bronze medallist hails from Kaluwas village?

9. In Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, which animal is called Ikki?

10. Which popular manga was first published by Shueisha in the 43rd issue of the Shonen Jump magazine in the late 1990s?

11. What coloured line divides the island of Cyprus?

12. In a church, what is a ‘sacristy’?

13. Who plays ‘Bobby’ Khosla in “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”.

14. Grand Cherokee, Commander, Patriot are all models of which famous automobile brand?

15. Who has the distinction of being the youngest ever number one on ATP rankings?




1. The ‘Atomic Age’;
3.A flat board with letters, numbers, and other symbols that is used to supposedly communicate with spirits;
5. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; 6. Hare and dormouse;
7. Vietnam;
8. Vijender Singh;
9. Porcupine;
10. Naruto;
11. Green;
12. The room where vestments, sacred vessels and parish records are kept;
13. Vinay Pathak;
14. Jeep;
15. Lleyton Hewitt.

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1. What ‘wireless’ technology is named after an ancient Viking leader?

2. Which breed of dog was bred from the English Bulldog and the now extinct Bullenbeisser?

3. In a normal Scrabble game, of which alphabet are there three tiles?

4. Alex Trebek is the host of which very popular trivia game show in the U.S.?

5. Alopecia is the loss of….?

6. The cartilage wall separating the nostrils of the human nose is called the nasal ____?

7. If Armstrong is the first human on the moon, the last human on the moon was?

8. Which is the largest Animal Order with more than 370,000 species?

9. The alloy solder is made up of…?

10. What is found in a ‘campanile’ in a church?

11. If one is sinistral, what trait does he/she exhibit?

12. In which Shakespearean play does the line: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…” appear?

13. Which much-wanted European leader was living as a new-age faith healer called Dragan Dabic when he was arrested last year?

14. According to botanists, what colour was the now ubiquitous orange-coloured carrot?

15. Mr. Behrman the painter is a hero of which famous O. Henry story?



1. Bluetooth;
2. Boxer;
3. G;
4. Jeopardy!;
5. Hair;
6. Septum;
7. Cernan;
8. Beetles of the Order Coleoptera;
9. Lead and tin;
10. Bell;
11. Left-handedness;
12. As You Like It;
13. Radovan Karadzic;
14. Purple;
15. The Last Leaf.


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1. The bone that is placed on the lateral side of the tibia in the human body is….?

2. Apart from an eye problem, what is a cataract a type of?

3. If you were walking on the streets of Baku, the country you would be in is….?

4. Thomas Anderson is a co-founder of which social networking site: MySpace, Orkut or Facebook?

5. Who was the highest wicket-taker in the inaugural IPL and how many wickets?

6. Sage Kashyapa was the father of which avatara of Vishnu?

7. Which is the only member of the Order Proboscidea?

8. Which African country’s URL extension would be .lr?

9. Which organisation has received the Nobel Prize three times?

10. If a par round in a golf tournament is 72 and you have a birdie, two eagles and three bogeys, what is your nett score?

11. In which European capital city did India win her first hockey Olympic gold?

12. With which Indian empire is Bukka Raya I associated?

13. Who is the Greek God of fire and the forge?

14. How will you ask for black gram and green gram in Hindi?

15. What is a ‘gimbal’?


1. Fibula;

2. Waterfall;

3. Azerbaijan;

4. MySpace;

5. Sohail Tanvir with 22;

6. Vamana;

7. Elephant;

8. Liberia;

9. The International Red Cross;

10. 70;

11. Amsterdam;

12. Vijayanagara;

13. Hephaestus;

14. Urad dal and Moong dal; 15. A pivoted support that allows the rotation of an object about a single axis

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