Monday, February 27, 2006

Online Quiz - Chakravyuuh 2006

Hello everyone - I had conducted the 6th Annual COEP Open Quiz - Chakravyuuh. Here are a few questions. Please leave answers in comments.

Here goes..

1. ‘Achilles and the tortoise’ is the most famous one, which says:
"In a race, the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead."

Other famous ones include:
"That which is in locomotion must arrive at the half-way stage before it arrives at the goal.”

"If everything when it occupies an equal space is at rest, and if that which is in locomotion is always occupying such a space at any moment, the flying arrow is therefore motionless."

Zeno's (or Xeno) Paradoxes

2.X is a famous character, which is allegedly based on Y, though this claim is vehemently denied. Y had an arrangement with bandleader Tommy Dorsey, due to which Dorsey owned virtually owned 43% of Y, for life. Allegedly Y strong-armed his way out of this contract, with the alleged involvement of Y’s mentor Willie Moretti. This incident is one of the major points of similarity between X and Y.

X- Johnny Fontaine, Y - Frank Sinatra

3.The poet-editor William Cullen Bryant and the landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing were increasingly worried about the problems engulfing their city. Hence they made a request, which gained widespread support. To actuate their plans the architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux were from 33 submitted in competition for a $2,000 prize. What resulted?

Central Park in New York

4.The Coriolis effect is an apparent deflection of a moving object in a rotating frame of reference and is named after Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis, a French scientist. A famous application of this effect is X. X was the first dynamic proof for the rotation of the earth (aberration of starlight, stellar parallax etc. being the ones before) in an easy-to-see experiment, thereby creating a justifiable consensus in the everyday world.

Focault's Pendulum

5.Her first name comes from the Latin for ______ , and it probably represents absent-mindedness and unconventional patterns of thought, since in ancient times the ____ was thought to induce insanity in people. Her second name is the combination of ____ and ______, two extremely positive words, which somehow seem a bit amiss to describe her. Another theory is that she gets her last name from Elliot _____ Grant Watson, who wrote numerous books highlighting the insufficiencies of Darwinism.
Name the character.

Luna Lovegood

6.Though the French alphabet uses the same characters as English, their individual
pronunciations are often different. So the letter R is pronounced with a distinct ‘e’ mixed with the ‘r’. Also the letter ‘g’ sounds a lot like the letter ‘j’ in English. What is the significance?

This is how Georges Remi(RG) became Hergé.

7.Around the turn of the century, seven brothers of the ________ family immigrated to California from Italy. Working together, they made strides in aviation by inventing the first enclosed cabin monoplane. Later around the 1956 one of the younger members of the family, 8yr old Kenneth _______ developed an arthritis problem. So they came up with an innovative therapy pump to help relieve his pain. This son realized the product’s potential and it has since gone on to become this company’s flagship product. What company?


8.Complete this definition proposed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu:

A person with ________ is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.


9.It is common practice for partner companies of Unix to name their companies so that they indicate an alliance. One such company was a particular German company (insignificant), which was sued by The Albert _____ Corporation for copyright infringement. What seemed to be the problem?

Blank is Rene, All these companies used the -ix suffix, thereby upsetting the creators of Asterix.

· A county in Scotland, birthplace of Sir George Murray.
· Robert _________, 4th earl of Buckinghamshire.
· Lord Thomas Townshend _______, a former Home Secretary.
· A former PM and close confidante of Queen Victoria in her early years.
· Consort of the British king William IV.
· Baronet Sir Thomas Makdougall _________, soldier and astronomical observer.
· 4th placeholder in BBC's list of 100 Great Britons

All cities in Australia.(Perth, Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin)

11.Fill blanks.
MIKE: Who has an itch to be filthy rich?
LIZ: Who gives a hoot for a lot of loot?
MIKE: who longs to live A life of perfect ease?
LIZ: And be swamped by necessary luxuries?
MIKE: _____________________
LIZ: I don't.
BOTH: And I don't 'Cause all I want is you.

Who want's to be a millionaire

12.It was primarily formed as a Sikh suicide squad to rebel against the Mughals in late 17th century. The members were also called as 'nihangs'( persian for crocodiles- a name first used by the Mughals for their own suicide squads), and wore a distinctive blue uniform. What?

The Akali Dal

13.He is considered to be one of the early proponents of a scientific approach to agriculture. He helped transform agricultural practices by inventing or improving numerous implements, the most notable being the seed drill, which he invented in 1701. He advocated using horses instead of oxen, invented a horse-drawn hoe for clearing weeds, and made changes to the design of the plough which are still visible in modern versions.

Jethro Tull

14.Joseph-Ignace _______ , was a French doctor and member of the National Assembly. He was unhappy with the way something was done, and wanted to introduce precision, accuracy and elimination of human errors/intervention. Hence he invented the ______ , though contrary to his wishes, the human element still remained.


15.Rain Ruler and CODA are two programs to do something. CODA is the one that is officially used and is not available in public domain. The other however is a copy of this technique and is available for free distribution. What do these programs do?

Calculate scores by the Duckworth-Lewis method.

16.Advertisement for what ?

" illeniu "

it just isn't complete without ____________



The Scarlet Pimpernel

18.Its ironic that most people can't identify this person in this form. Here he is playing 'Uncle Fester' in the Adams Family TV series in the mid 50s. Who ?

Jackie Coogan (The Kid)
19. What ?

The Spread of the Great Bubonic Plague (Black Death)

20. Few lines from a print ad: Fill in the blank.

Kaun Hai Yeh ___________?

_______ saw you flirting with the new girl in marketing.
______ knows you play Solitaire on the computer.
______ put a firewall on your Yahoo messenger.
______ could be standing right behind you and watching you read this.

Hari Sadu


Raghavan Sarthy - 10
Amit Pandey - 3
George Thomas - 12
Ajay, Chris, Kanishka and Sangita - 8
bongopundit - 12.5
vijay kurhade - 4
Shreekanth Reddy - 17
Ravi Handa- 13
Ramesh Shananth - 3
Suraj - 6
Varun - 2

(Also a multitude of anonymous answers, which have been published in the comments section.)


Abhishek said...


raghavan sarathy said...

2. X Johnny Fontane Y frank sinatra
3. central park of new york
4. turn table effect
5. Luna "Loony" Lovegood
7. Jacuzzi
10. capital cities of states in australia
12. akalis
13.Jethro Tull
14. guillotine
15. financial analysis
18 Jackie Coogan
20 hari sadu

nice questions man really tested me.... mail me the other answers if u dun

Amit Pandey said...

1. Explaining Einstein Theory of Realtivity.
5. Hysteria
7. Jacuzzi
13. Jethro Tull
18. Alfred Hitchcock
19. Spread of Plague(Black Death)

Anonymous said...

2. Johny Fotaine (Godfather) & Frank Sinatra?

14. Invented the Guillotin (named after him)

18. the boy who played the role of kid in the Chaplin movie "Kid"...dunno his name though.

Anonymous said...

Q1. Is it Zeno? they seem a lot like Zeno's paradoxes

George said...

here goes a first attempt:

1. zeno's paradox
2. X=johnny fontaine; Y=frank sinatra
3. central park ? [this is when i really wish i could've been there in person to
conjure this calculated guess:)]
4. don't tell me you're talking about draining sinks ... i thought that was a
misconception of sorts ...
5. why do i get a feeling this is a harry potter question?
7. jacuzzi [nice:)]
8. ubuntu
10. i can only guess australian cities ... matching them up will amount to guesswork
... except for melbourne (queen victoria)
11. who wants to be a millionaire;)
12. akali
13. jethro tull
14. guillotin ... some nice good old trivia:)
15. i'm surprised i even know this ... systems for creating targets for the side
batting second in a limited-overs match facing weather-induced truncation
16. M n M (nice!)
18. christopher lloyd ["doc" emmett brown in the BACK TO THE FUTURE series]

Anonymous said...

Q 5> The Character is Luna LoveGood?

Ajay said...

1. Zeno's paradox.
2. Sinatra/ Johnny Fontane from Godfather?
3. Empire State Building?
4. Foucault's Pendulum
5. Luna Lovegood.
12. Khalsa
13. Jethro Tull
14. Guillotine
15. Calculations for the Duckworth-Lewis system
16. M&M
18. Alfred Hitchcock
19. The progress of the Crusades?

Ajay, Chris, Kanishka and Sangita (I know it's teams of two - we were doing it for a lark over lunch :-))

Good quiz.

Anonymous said...

20. Manager :).


Anonymous said...

3 Central Park, nyc
5 lun lovegood of harry potter
8 unbuntu (the very essence of
being human)
12 Is it to do with the two young
sons of the Guru Gobind Singh,
or what they wear
16 m&m chocolate better in color
18 looks similar to crows pic of


Anonymous said...

1. Remembered from school days that this was a paradox but couldnt place the exact name-so googled-Zeno's.:P

3. Suez Canal

5. Holly Golightly

9. Was the company called the Unixstein corporation or sthng ? (Albert Einstein Corporation)..

10. Jeffrey Archer...weird thoughts regarding the fourth estate (townsend is a character in that...robert maxwell or sthng is apparently the other real life media tycoon in the book)

14. Stethescope ?

15. Rain Measurement

16. M&M's.

Can't see the on the inside of a firewall...
will attempt the others later.


bongopondit said...

1. Zeno's paradox
2. Character based on Frank Sinatra in Mario Puzo's Godfather

3. Central Park in NY
4. a Vortex ?
5. Luna Lovegood
7. Jacuzzi
9. The 'ix' ending names were supposedly causing problems with Aster'ix' brand name


11. Who wants to be a millionare

12. Akali
13. Jethro Tull
14. Guillotine
15. Calculating ODI runs through Duckworth-Lewis system
16. M and M !!
18. Jackie Coogan - the 'Kid' !

Suraj said...

1. Zeno's paradox
4. Foucault's pendulum expt
10. Names of Australian cities
13. Tull
14. Guillotin
16. M&M?

Winter said...

1. paradoxes

2. Frank Sinatra and Johnny Fontane

3. New York's Central Park

4. Foucault's Pendulum

--ramesh (

p.s.: will come back later to finish the answers

Handa said...

1.Zeno's Paradoxes
2. Johny Fontane, Sinatra
3. Central Park
4. Cyclones / Hurricanes
5. Luna Lovegood
7. Jacuzzi
8. Ubuntu
10. Australia
11. Who wants to be a Millionaire?
13. Jethro Tull
14. Guilottine
15. Duckworth/Lewis
16. M & M
18. Coogan (The Kid)

sreekanth said...

Sorry for the late reply.

I am Sreekanth Reddy from IIIT Hyderabad. Here are my answers

1. Zeno's Paradoxes

2. X=Johnny Fontane Y=Frank Sinatra

3. Central Park in New York

4. Movement of water while flushing a toilet.

5. Luna Lovegood.(shame on me that I had to search for this inspite of calling myself a Potter fan)

6. Georges Remi's(writer of Tintin ) pen name was Herge after the French pronunciation of his initials RG.

7. Jacuzzi

8. Ubuntu

9. Couldnt find this.

10. Capitals of the states in Australia are named after these people/places
a) PERTHshire
b) Robert HOBART
c) Lord Thomas Townshend SYDNEY
d) William Lamb, 2nd Viscount MELBOURNE
f) Sir Thomas Makdougall BRISBANE
g) Charles DARWIN
Excellent question

11. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

12. Akali Dal

13. Jethro Tull

14. Guillotine.(I think he only suggested using this rather than invent this)

15. They calculate the target for team batting second in a Cricket match in case of interruptions during the game.(Rain ruler was a giveaway)

16. M&Ms.(Easiest of the lot)

17. Wild guess here. Poppy

18. Jackie Coogan

19. Spread o Black death(Bubonic Plague)

20. Hari Sadu

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