Monday, October 29, 2012

F7. This is a London pub that dates from the 1530s (it was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666). It was a favourite of many writers, from Oliver Goldsmith and Tennyson to Arthur Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterton. Charles Dickens even mentioned the pub by name in 'A Tale of Two Cities'. It takes its name from the type of cheese shown in the picture below. It is one of England's oldest known cheeses, available in white, red and blue varieties, the white being the commonest. Name the cheese.

A. Cheshire cheese. 

The pub is called Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, and is considered to be the prototype for the name of all the 'Ye Olde...' establishments in Britain and since then in other parts of the world.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A5. The man in this picture was a Wall Street banker who served as a US Senator in the 1950s and early 1960s. The couple named their second son, born in 1924, after the woman's father, unusually using his full name. What surname, as a result, became the middle name of two US Presidents?

A. Walker, as in George Herbert Walker Bush and George Walker Bush.

Dorothy Walker, who married Senator Prescott Bush, was the daughter of George Herbert Walker. The couple named their second son in honour of his maternal grandfather. George H.W. Bush went on to become the 41st President of the United States, and his son, who also carried the surname Walker as a middle name (and was nicknamed 'Dubya' because of his pronunciation of the resulting middle initial), became the 43rd.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

E3. Here's a description of a card game from Wikipedia. Name the game (the name is the same as the blanked-out word in the second para):

Using a standard 52-card deck, five cards are dealt to each player, or seven if there are four or fewer. The remaining card pack is shared between the players, usually sprawled out in a non-orderly pile referenced as the "ocean" or "pool".

The player whose turn it is to play asks another player for his or her cards of a particular rank. For example, "Bim, do you have any threes?" The player who is asking must have at least one card of the rank he asked for in his hand. The recipient of the request must then hand over a card of that rank, if he has any. If the recipient of the request has none, he tells the player to "go _____," and the player draws a card from the pool and ends his turn. If the player receives the card he wanted (through either means), he may take another turn. If the player is now holding a pair of one rank, he may place the cards face up in front of himself.

Winning: When one player runs out of cards, or the pool is empty, the game ends. The player with the most piles in front of him or her wins.

A. Fish. The game is also called 'Go Fish' or other variants of this theme. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

G5. He's had such an eventful and variegated life, one could do an entire quiz with questions only on him. But this is not the forum for that, so let's stick to a meta-question -- one on his quizzing credentials. Who, then, appeared for Queen's College, Cambridge, on the University Challenge quiz show in 1981 and later in life said it was the quiz show he'd most like to host, calling it "a window on the weirdness and wonder of studentry"? A quiz show that he does host is the very popular QI, currently into its 10th season on BBC, for which he won the Rose d'Or award for "Best Game Show Host" in 2006.

A. Stephen Fry

Friday, October 5, 2012

C6. In 2005, 'Time' magazine published a list titled "All-TIME 100 Movies", listing what the magazine termed the best 100 movies made since the first issue of 'Time' was published in 1923. There were three Indian films on the list. Two of the directors featured were Satyajit Ray for the Apu trilogy and Guru Dutt for 'Pyaasa'. Who was the third Indian director whose film, one based on the life of Varadarajan Mudaliar, was on the list?

A. Mani Rathnam, for the Tamil film 'Nayagan'