Wednesday, October 8, 2014

String Theory set 15

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071. A generic term used to describe the Latrodectus genus of venomous arachnids (best known in the context of the dangerous L. mactans, L. hesperus, and L. variolus).

072. This spoofy Marvel character, whose real-life alter ego is called Peter Porker.

073. An abbreviated name used (originally pejoratively) for the communications technology activity that uses this symbol, and which is officially governed globally by the IARU.

074. The band that you'll hear on this audio clip. The album on which this song first appeared was one of the earliest released by a major band as a digital download, under the 'pay what you want' business model. [Alternative link]

075. Term used for this kind of readout used by modern aeroplane pilots.

Answers to questions
070. Grass widow
071. Widow spiders
072. Spider-ham
073. Ham radio
074. Radiohead
075. Head-up (or Heads-up) display

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

String Theory set 14

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066. A name for the round pad sometimes used under the legs of furniture, which it shares with a common term for the physical deformity officially called congenital talipes equinovarus.

067. A two-word term for an infantryman that has come to be used for any person who is assigned the most mundane tasks (also the low-level antagonists in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise).

068. The title of this 1970 movie (billed at the time as "the most savage film in history)", inspired by events of the 1864 Sand Creek massacre in the Colorado Territory.

069. The genre of music you'll hear in this clip. [Alternative link]

070. A common name used for this North American plant, the Olsynium douglasii, from a term first used by Sir Thomas More in his Dialogue of 1528 to refer to an abandoned mistress. According to the the famous Anglo-Indian dictionary Hobson-Jobson, the term was used during the British Raj to refer to wives sent away during the hot summer to the hill stations while their husbands remained on duty in the plains.

Answers to previous questions
065. Country Club
066. Club foot
067. Foot soldier
068. Soldier Blue
069. Bluegrass
070. To be revealed later

Monday, September 22, 2014

String Theory set 13

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061. A four-word phrase meaning 'ordinary, nothing exceptional' that has its roots in descriptions of mass-produced clothing from the early 20th century.

062. A name used for this type of hitch used to tie the mouths of sacks containing heavy materials, such as grains.

063. This book, the first in the Inspector Rebus series.

064. One of the three disciplines of the equestrian sport of eventing, along with dressage and show jumping.

065. This company, which bills itself as "India’s largest leisure infrastructure conglomerate".

060. The Blade Runner
061. Run of the mill
062. Miller's knot
063. Knots & Crosses
064. Cross-country
065. To be revealed later

Saturday, September 13, 2014

String Theory set 12

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056. The product for which this is an early ad.

057. The television reality show (full name, please) for which this video clip was part of the call for entries. [Alternative link]

058. The common name of this bird.

059. This thing.

060. The name of this book, more famously used as the title of a film based on an entirely different science-fiction book.

055. A Room With A View
056. View-Master
057. MasterChef India
058. Indian roller
059. Roller Blade
060. To be revealed later

Sunday, September 7, 2014

String Theory set 11

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051. The title of this 2014 movie.

052. The nickname given to the sceptical apostle checking out Jesus's wounds in this painting by Caravaggio.

053. The full name of this literary and cartoon character.

054. The term used on board a ship to describe the area where the propulsion systems are situated and managed.

055. The movie for which this clip is part of the trailer. [Alternative link]

050. The Circle of Reason
051. Reasonable Doubt
052. Doubting Thomas
053. Thomas the Tank Engine
054. Engine room
055. To be revealed later

Monday, September 1, 2014

String Theory set 10

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046. A common feature of US and European circus sideshows and carnival freak shows of the 19th and early 20th century, such as P.T. Barnum's Josephine Clofullia and Ringling Bros.' Jane Barnell.

047. The nickname of this First Lady of the United States, the title of this jazz standard [Alternative link] and the name commonly used for a member of the Coccinelidae family of beetles (this biological term derived from the Latin 'coccineus', meaning 'scarlet').

048. One of 41 species of birds in 14 genera, one of which appears on the flag of Papua New Guinea.

049. The name of this key road junction in Secunderabad, taken from that of the famous establishment in the background.

050. The title of this 1986 debut novel.

046. Bearded Lady
047. Lady Bird
048. Bird of Paradise
049. Paradise Circle
050. To be revealed later

Monday, August 25, 2014

String Theory set 09

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41. This book, which shares its name with a 2009 Hollywood movie based on it.

42. Fromage de chèvre (such as that seen in this photo), in English.

43. Picturesque phrase, first used by Groundskeeper Willie in a 1995 episode of 'The Simpsons' to describe the French, which has become something of a journalistic catchphrase since.

44. Three-word English name used for this tree, Araucaria araucana, supposedly from an early English viewer's reference to the difficulty the animal named would have in climbing it.

45. The name of the venerable old character in this movie clip (the one doing most of the talking). [Alternative link]

Answers to previous questions
040. Godmen
041. The Men Who Stare At Goats
042. Goat cheese
043. Cheese-eating surrender monkeys
044. Monkey Puzzle Tree
045. To be revealed later

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

String Theory set 08

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036. The title of this song. [Alternative link]

037. 1946 Arthur Crudup song which in 1954 became the A-side of Elvis's first single, vaulting him to instant fame. He continued to use it throughout his career as the opening number for many of his live performances.

038. A legislation passed by the Indian Parliament in 2005, largely due to the activism of people such as Arvind Kejriwal and Aruna Roy.

039. Legal term used in contracts, insurance policies, etc, for an event that's out of human control, such as a natural disaster.

040. Term used in India for people such as these:

Answers to previous questions
035. Pack That Smack
036. Smack That
037. That's All Right
038. Right to Information Act
039. Act of God
040. To be revealed later

Monday, August 11, 2014

String Theory set 07

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031. A three-word name used for professional barristers' associations in England, whose collective coat of arms is shown here (with the name in question blanked out on top).

032. Legal process common to the films shown here.

033. Imposed in China subsequent to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, in Iran immediately prior to the Islamic Revolution in 1978, in Ireland during the Easter Uprising of 1916 and in Pakistan every so often.

034. An ideal of the Cub Scouts, which reads thus:
The Cub Scout follows Akela.
The Cub Scout helps the ____ go.
The ____ helps the Cub Scout grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwill.
The word that fills the blank (same word in both cases) is part of the name of this ideal.

035. The name of this Remo song. [Alternative link]

Answers to previous questions
030. Holiday Inn
031. Inns of Court
032. Court martial
033. Martial law
034. Law of the Pack
035. To be revealed later

Sunday, August 3, 2014

String Theory 06

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026. The two English words I have erased on this logo.

027. The organisation whose logo this is, which releases the annual Failed States Index.

028. A two-word Latin term used for a period of historic calm that reigned in Europe from about 27BCE to 180CE.

029. In which Princess Ann spent an eventful day with expat American correspondent Joe Bradley, and made famous a certain mode of transport.

030. What a sign like this – found all over the US in the 1950s, '60s and '70s (and still to be seen here and there) – would point to (two words I have blanked out).

Answers to previous questions
025. Eye of Providence
026. Provident Fund
027. Fund For Peace
028. Pax Romana
029. Roman Holiday
030. To be revealed later

Monday, July 28, 2014

String Theory 05

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021. Ghost that's supposed to appear in a mirror if you stand in front of it and chant her name multiple times. Some of us would know it better in a different spirit-related context.

022. The commonly-used four-word name of the woman being led to her execution in this engraving, who had earlier succeeded her father James V to the throne.

023. The name of the character (the young guy doing most of the talking) in this movie clip.[Alternative link]

024. What these objects in a Turkish market are meant to protect against.

025. The three-word name of the symbol at the top of the pyramid in this US currency note, which includes the name of the capital of one of the US states.

020. There Will Be Blood
021. Bloody Mary
022. Mary, Queen of Scots
023. Scott Evil
024. Evil eye
025. To be revealed later

Sunday, July 20, 2014

String Theory 04

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016. Since 1975, when it got its current name, this football championship has been won by Brazil 5 times, Uruguay 4 times, Argentina twice, and Peru, Paraguay and Colombia once each. The most recent edition, held in 2011, was won by Uruguay, with Luis Suarez (who else?) being adjudged Player of the Tournament.

017. Name shared by all of these (a movie, two music albums and a book).

018. The film in which this clip is part of the prologue. [Alternative link]

019. The title (the full title, mind you) of this book.

020. Oscar-winning 2007 film loosely based on this book.

Answers to previous questions
015. Calcutta Cup
016. Copa America
017. American Beauty
018. Beauty and the Beast
019. Beastly Tales from Here and There
020. To be revealed later

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

String Theory 03

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011. This is the logo of an Adidas line of clothing created for 'Wuji', a fitness programme conceptualised by whom?

012. The only Asian player ever to win a singles trophy at a seniors grand slam tennis tournament.

013. The chemical formula for caustic soda.

014. The title of this 1969 avant-garde stage show (be warned, nudity involved), taken from the name of a painting by Clovis Trouille, itself a pun on "O quel cul t'as!" French for "What an arse you have!" [Alternative link]

015. This exotic-looking trophy, awarded to the winner of the annual Six Nations Championship match between Scotland and England (currently in England's possession) and named after the location where the first such match took place.

Answers to previous questions
010. Spicejet
011. Jet Li
012. Li Na
013. NaOH
014. Oh, Calcutta!
015. To be revealed later