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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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Quiz Time



1. Who became the world’s youngest monarch on November 6?

2. If it is Laura for George W. Bush, who is it for George H. W. Bush?

3. Which is the largest living species of lizard, growing to an average length of two to three metres?

4. Which eminent sportsman is the boyfriend of Nicole Scherzinger, the lead singer of the American girl band Pussycat Dolls?

5. Vermilion a shade of which common colour?

6. The Spanish for ‘little war’ has given us which English word?

7. In a castle, what is a ‘portcullis’?

8. Anna Mae Bullock is better known as…?

9. Who has portrayed ‘M’ in James Bond films since the mid-1990s?

10. To which Order do frogs belong?

11. According to hit song ‘Hotel California’, “…you can check-out any time you like but ________”?

12. In the Bible who was thrown to the lions because he prayed to God?

13. In Harry Potter, which horcrux was destroyed by Fiendfyre?

14. Ablutophobia is the fear of which normal sanitary activity?

15. After which ruler is the present seventh month of the year named?


1. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan; 2. Barbara

3. Komodo dragon; 4. Lewis Hamilton; 5. Red; 6. Guerilla;

7. A latticed grille or gate made of wood; 8. Tina Turner

9. Dame Judi Dench; 10. Anura; 11. “…you can never leave”

12. Daniel; 13. Ravenclaw’s diadem; 14. Cleaning or washing

15. Julius Caesar

Courtesy: Young World, The Hindu (18/11/2008)

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Young World Quiz

By V.V. RAMANAN (The Hindu)


1. In which sport is Ivan Lendl an icon?

2. Which fruit is also called Ananas, Nanas or Pina?

3.Which highly endangered carnivore’s diet is 99 per cent bamboo?

4. Which of these composers was not an Austrian: Mozart, Vivaldi and Brahms?

5. In Scrabble, what colour is the square that triples the letter score?

6. Alba is the Gaelic name for which European country?

7. According to the nursery rhyme, how much did the crooked cat cost the crooked man?

8. In Tom and Jerry cartoons, name the attractive female, white cat who is Tom’s usual love interest.

9. John Wilkes Booth was the assassin of…?

10. Name Bart Simpson’s paternal grandfather?

11. The Tupolev Tu-144 was the world’s first…?

12. What type of snake is usually shown on a pharaoh’s crown?

13. If you were in Tallinn, in which European country would you be in?

14. Where in the human body is the Girdle of Venus?

15. In chess, what is a ‘Adjust’?


1. Tennis
2. Pineapple
3. Giant Panda
4. Vivaldi
5. Dark blue
6. Scotland
7. A crooked sixpence.
8. Toodles (Galore)
9. Abraham Lincoln
10. Abraham J. Simpson
11. Supersonic
12. Cobra
13. Estonia
14. Palm of the hand
15. Touching a piece without the intention of making a move

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Quiz Zone


1. Who did Roger Federer defeat to win his first Wimbledon singles title?

2. Which leading sportswear and equipment company was founded by Philip Knight and William Bowerman?

3. Complete this line from a famous fairy tale: “Run, run, run as fast you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the ….”

4. Apart from lead, which is the other main ingredient in alloys like solder and terne?

5. From which State in western India does the Paithani saree come?

6. The Manjira and Indravati are tributaries of which river?

7. How many cakes would one be left with if a score of them were removed from two ‘baker’s dozen’ of cakes?

8. Which spell in Harry Potter makes invisible ink appear?

9. To which actor is the Pokémon character Hitmonchan’s name an allusion?

10. Skwisgaar Skwigelf is the lead guitarist of..?

11. What would one do with a ‘blintz’: eat, drink or wear it?

12. In Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hatches the Egg, what is the half elephant, half bird called?

13. Marco Polo airport serves which European city?

14. What is the name of Bob the Builder’s cat?

15. Vientiane is the Capital of…?


1. Mark Philippoussis
2. Nike
3. Gingerbread man
4. Tin
5. Maharashtra
6. Godavari
7. Six
8. Aparecium
9. Jackie Chan
10. Dethklok, the virtual death metal band
11. Eat it. It’s a type of pancake/crêpe
12. Morton the Elephant Bird
13. Venice
14. Pilchard
15. Laos

Courtesy:V.V.Ramanan,The Hindu

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1. Who was the last king in Nepal’s monarchy which came to an end on May 28, 2008?

2. Name the director of films such as “Roja”, “Guru’ and “Bombay” celebrating his birthday on this date.

3. Which critically endangered animal, found in India, is the second-longest of all living crocodilians?

4. Who are the two debutant countries in the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship starting on June 8?

5. In Hindu myth, who were the parents of Balarama?

6. How are the states in Switzerland referred to?

7. Professor Pierre Aronnax is the narrator of which famous adventure classic?

8. In which U.S. city is the famed Central Park located?

9. Where in the human body is the longest muscle, the Sartorius?

10. In Thomas the Tank Engine series, who is called the “Fat Controller”?

11. According to the nursery rhyme, where did Mary’s lamb follow her to?

12. Which day of the week do the French refer to as Vendredi?

13. Which cinematic legend’s first film appearance was in “Making a Living” released in February, 1914?

14. “Dasheri”, “Banganapalli” and “Dasheri” are varieties of…?

15. How is the pungent vegetable scallion commonly called?


1. Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev;


2. Mani Ratnam



3. Gharial;


4. Austria and Poland



5. Vasudeva and Rohini;


6. Cantons;



7. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea


8. New York City;


9. Thigh



10. Sir Topham Hatt;


11. School;


12. Friday;


13. Charlie Chaplin;


14. Mangoes;



15. Spring onion or salad onion

Courtesy: The Hindu

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Young World Quiz (April 22, 2008)


1. How do we better know Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, the current FIFA World Player of the Year, celebrating his birthday today i.e. April 22?

2. April 22 is observed by environmentalists as.?

3. In which European country would you be if you sailed down the Ebro?

4. Which is the largest living primate?

5. Which five-lettered word, identified with a genre of book, is originally derived from the Latin meaning “new”?

6. According to experts, what unique distinction does the Van Gogh painting `The Red Vineyard’ hold as regards his career?

7. What name connects the gang of criminals who constantly try to rob Scrooge McDuck and Charles Schulz’s Snoopy?

8. In which African country is most of the Kalahari Desert?

9. What would one do with an `ugli’?

10. In terms of area, which is the largest country with only one time zone?

11. In the Bible, who was the eldest grandson of Adam through Cain?

12. What was the nationality of J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan?

13. In which school is Tom Brown’s Schooldays set?

14. What does a conchologist study?

15. In which country would you be if the capital was Sarajevo?


1. Kaka;

2. Earth Day

3. Spain;

4. Eastern Gorilla

5. Novel;

6. It’s considered the only piece sold by the artist while he was alive;

7. Beagle;

8. Botswana

9. Eat it. It’s a type of citrus fruit

10. China

11. Enoch

12. Scottish

13. Rugby School

14. Shells of molluscs

15. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Courtesy:V.V.Ramanan,The Hindu

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Young World Quiz (April 15, 2008)


1. In the world of animated TV series, how is Herschel Krustofski better known?

2. Name the most famous Italian Renaissance polymath – scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor – born on this date in 1452.

3. The birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, is.?

4. Which recurring character does Thomas Andrew Felton play in the Harry Potter movies?

5. What is `biosonar’?

6. In a famous poem of his, what did William Wordsworth refer to as: “Continuous as the stars that shine and twinkle on the Milky Way.”

7. What would one do with a `cummerbund’?

8. In the Mahabharata, who was the sister of Shalya?

9. Which is the most abundant mineral in the Earth’s continental crust?

10. If one was flying the `Fighting Falcon’ the aircraft would be an F-14, F-16 or F-18?

11. Which luxury car maker, founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company, is now part of Tata Motors?

12. Which Royal and minister is the Congress MP from Guna?

13. The longest and largest nerve in the human body is the…?

14. In its normal natural surroundings, why would a polar bear never attack a penguin from behind?

15. What is the biggest contribution of Kirkpatrick Macmillan to the world of locomotion?


1. Krusty the Clown (of The Simpsons fame)
2. Leonardo da Vinci
3. Nankana Sahib
4. Draco Malfoy
5. The biological sound navigating system used by animals like bats to locate objects
6. A host of golden daffodils
7. Wear it. It’s a broad waist sash often worn with single-breasted dinner jackets
8. Madri, the mother of Nakula and Sahadeva
9. Quartz
10. F-16
11. Jaguar Cars Limited
12. Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia
13. Sciatic
14. Polar bears live north of equator while all but one species of penguin live south of equator
15. The bicycle.

Courtesy:V.V.Ramanan,The Hindu

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Young World Quiz (Dated April 04, 2008)



1. Why was the “Druk Phuensum Tshogpa” party in the news on March 24?

2. Which legendary sportsperson wrote the following: My Cricketing Life (1938), Farewell to Cricket (1950) and The Art of Cricket (1958)?

3. Which Biblical patriarch was also known as Israel?

4. As of 2006-2007, which club holds the record for the most wins in an EPL season?

5. What was the nationality of the famous painter Jan Vermeer?

6. What is the biggest operational difference between a tortoise and a turtle?

7. Which telecom giant gets its name from a river in Finland?

8. How many stars on a table tennis ball indicate that it is of the highest quality?

9. Which famous cartoon ‘pair’ have had the Latin names Birdus Tastius and Poultrius Devourius?

10. In the Mauryan empire, who succeeded Ashoka the Great?

11. Which Indian actress’ paternal grandfather played cricket for two countries?

12. What is dvimudrakaara in Carnatic music?

13. How is red kidney beans referred to in Indian cooking?

14. Which dance form is performed in front of the Kalivilakku?

15. What was the subject of the world’s first jigsaw puzzles?


1. It won the first democratic

elections held in Bhutan

2. Sir Donald Bradman;

3. Jacob

4. Chelsea (38 wins);

5. Dutch

6. The former cannot swim or

float on water;

7. Nokia

8. Three;

9. Road Runner and

Wile E. Coyote;

10. Dasaratha

Maurya (after half-brother Kunala became blind);

11. Soha Ali Khan; 12. A composer who has used two kinds of ‘mudras’ in his


13. ‘Rajma’

14. Kathakali; 15. Maps.

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Young World Quiz (March 21, 2008)



1. The actor who played Sirius Black in the Harry Potter movies celebrates his birthday on this date. Name him.

2. Who was the last male player to win FIFA World Player of the Year award two years in a row?

3. We should thank Fraunhofer Gesellschaft for creating and patenting which popular music format?

4. Fill in the blank: “Sea gull, sea gull, sit on the sand; It’s a sign of _______ when you are at hand.”

5. To which European leader is the term ‘axis’ as used in the WWII alliance popularly attributed?

6. Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is considered as an inventor/pioneer of which ‘visual’ activity?

7. If either Christopher Columbus or Vasco da Gama had ‘thalassophobia’, they would not have done what they did. What is ‘thalassophobia’ a fear of?

8. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is the President of…?

9. Which animal is also called sand rat or desert rat?

10. India won the Olympic gold in men’s hockey uninterrupted from 1928 to…?

11. The legislative capital of South Africa is…?

12. In which part of the brain is the cerebrum?

13. Which type of coffee is usually served in large mug or bowl filled with coffee and steamed milk?

14. What was the nationality of the astronomer Tycho Brahe?

15. What five-lettered word is used for a vault beneath the main level of a church and normally used as a meeting or burial place?


1. Gary Oldman

2. Ronaldinho

3. MP3

4. Rain

5. Benito Mussolini

6. Photography

7. The sea

8. Republic of Maldives

9. Gerbil

10. 1956. It lost in the 1960 final

11. Capetown

12. Forebrain

13. ‘Café au lait’ (sometimes café latte also)

14. He was Danish

15. Crypt

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Young World Quiz (March 07, 2008)



1. Name the legendary, flamboyant West Indian cricketer, one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Century, celebrating his birthday today.

2. Who was the lead singer of the famous rock group “Queen” till 1991?

3. From which country did the U.S. buy Alaska?

4. For his performance in which film did Daniel Day-Lewis win this year’s Best Actor Oscar?

5. Which famous American sporting team’s home stadium is called Fenway Park?

6. What was special about a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 that flew between Heathrow and Amsterdam on February 24?

7. Name the ambitious biological website that crashed hours after launch on February 27, thanks to 11.5 million hits!

8. With which famous scientist does one associate the “Systema Naturae”, published in 1735?

9. Of which Asian kingdom is Thaksin Shinawatra a former Prime Minister?

10. Which former World Cup winner leads the current FIFA World Rankings?

11. How does one better know the actor and professional wrestler Dwayne Douglas Johnson?

12. Who is known for playing the character Indiana Jones on screen?

13. For which IPL team will Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis play?

14. Pasta shaped like tubes or hollow cylinders is commonly called..?

15. How many protons are there in carbon atoms?


1. Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards
2. Freddie Mercury
3. Russia
4. ‘There Will Be Blood’
5. Boston Red Sox
6. It became the first commercial aircraft to make a flight powered by biofuel
7. Encyclopedia of Life (
8. Carl Linnaeus
9. Thailand
10. Argentina
11. ‘The Rock’
12. Harrison Ford
13. Bangalore ‘Royal Challengers’
14. Macaroni
15. Six

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