Sunday, March 25, 2018

10Q (March 24, 2018)

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1. John William Hessing was a soldier from the Netherlands, initially in the employ of the Dutch East India Company in Ceylon. After the British overpowered the Dutch in 1781 and annexed all their sub-continental holdings, Colonel Hessing continued the fight as a mercenary, first in the employ of the Nizam of Hyderabad, and later the Marathas. He was rewarded with the prestigious command of the Agra Fort, which he retained for almost two decades, dying in battle on 21 July, 1803 defending the fort against the British. In commemoration, his wife Ann reversed the story of a then 170-year-old labour of love, and built him a tomb of red sandstone which has come to be known as the Red [X], less than 10km from the original [X]. What is [X]?

2. Which French poet, whom Victor Hugo described as "an infant Shakespeare", produced his best known works while still in his late teens, and gave up creative writing altogether before the age of 21? He is seen seated second from left in this 1872 painting, with his lover Paul Verlaine at extreme left.

3. [Y] Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated among chemists on October 23, between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM, making the date 6:02 10/23 in the American style of writing dates. What is [Y], also the name of a creature of the Talpidae family?

4. This vehicle was originally called a [Z] Hanseat, a brand belonging to the German company Oscar Vidal und Sohn [Z]-Werk GmbH. Three-wheeled trucks, vans and the curious soft-top passenger taxi you see in the second image were manufactured in India under license by Bajaj-[Z] from 1960 until 2000. In Madhya Pradesh, it is affectionately called a bhatsuar – a 'stuttering mechanical pig'. The name [Z] has since disappeared in Germany, but is still a generic term in India, for small transport vehicles. What is [Z]?

5. In the printing and typesetting industry, this is a two-word term for dummy text. It has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing _____ _____ passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like PageMaker including versions of this dummy text. The term comes from the following lines in 'De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum' ('The Extremes of Good and Evil') by Cicero, written in 45 BC, a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance: "Neque porro quisquam est qui _______ _____ quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit..." ("There is no one who loves pain itself, who seeks after it and wants to have it, simply because it is pain..."). What is the term?

6. The ancient Chaldean word 'Gizbar', which means 'treasurer', has led to a number of names in European languages, including the Dutch Jasper and the Danish Jesper. Give me two of these derivatives[A], which one would associate with a convivial supernatural entity; and [B], the name of a nobleman after whom a fort that once stood in the Miramar area of Panjim was named.

7. Who is this, reciting his own translations of whose poetry? [Two answers required]
[Audio clip]

8. While working in the postal service of the Council of Europe in the 1950s, Arsène Heitz, an Austrian draughtsman submitted 21 of the 101 designs for [C] that are conserved in the Council of Europe Archives. One of these designs, inspired by the twelve-star halo of the Virgin Mary, often portrayed in Roman Catholic art,  was the one finally chosen. In 2002, Dutch architect [D] and his architecture firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) suggested a new design in response to Commission President Romano Prodi's request to find ways of rebranding the European Union in a way that represents Europe's "diversity and unity". The proposed new design, shown here, was dubbed the [E], and has also been compared unfavourably to wallpaper, a TV test card and deckchair fabric. What are [C], [D], and [E]?

9. Name this dramatic adaptation of the tiatr format, written in English and directed by Sunil Shanbag. Set on a Goan river island in the 1970s, the play is named for the bhatkar's son's Anglo-Indian girlfriend. The play was first staged in Mumbai in April 2016 as part of the Aadyam theatre initiative of the Aditya Birla group.

10. This drug cartel in Mexico was founded by a small group of Mexican Army Special Forces deserters and now includes corrupt former federal, state, and local police officers. The group's name comes from its first leader, Lieutenant Arturo Guzman Decena, whose Federal Judicial Police radio code was "Z1", a code given to high-ranking officers. What are they called, from a Greek / Latin / Spanish word equivalent to the letter 'Z'?

1. Taj Mahal
2. Arthur Rimbaud
3. Mole
The naming is derived from Avogadro's number, which is approximately 6.02×10^23, defining the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in one mole of substance, one of the seven base SI units.
4. Tempo
5. Lorem Ipsum

6. [A] Casper, [B] Gaspar (Dias)
7. Watch...
Gulzar, Rabindranath Tagore
8. [C] EU flag [D] Rem Koolhaas [E] Barcode
9. 'Loretta'
10. Los Zetas


  1. 1. Red taj
    2. ‎rimbaud
    3. ‎tapir?
    4. ‎tempo
    5. ‎lorem ipsum
    6. ‎a casper. B gasper
    7. ‎om puri, tagore
    8. ‎c. Eu symbol e. Static
    10. Zodiac

  2. Answer in parts as I scroll up and down ....
    1 red fort
    4 Tempo
    6a Casper .... Cartoon character
    6b the one on Miramar is Gasper .... I guess where the name clubs gasper Dias comes from

    8c european parliament ?

    9 Bobby

    10 Zeta .... As in a for alpha

  3. 1) Taj Mahal
    2) rousseau
    3) Hippo Day
    4) Auto
    6) a) Casper b)vesper
    7) a)Gulzaar b) Rumi
    8) c) EU Logo e) Barcode
    9) Bobby
    10) Los Zetas

    -Mayur Shett

  4. 1. Taj
    2. Williamuel Micron
    5.Loren ipsum
    6.Casper, gaspar
    7.Raza Murad, Amir Khusro
    8.c-eu flag, e-barcode flag
    10.Los Zetas

  5. 1. Red Taj (as in Taj mahal)?
    3.Avogadro day? Mole day ! (The number doesn't really fit though)
    6. Casper , Gasper Dias
    8.C -EU flag
    10. Omega uno...

  6. 1)Taj Mahal
    3)Mole Day
    6) A-Casper, B- Gasper(Dias)

  7. 1. Taj Mahal
    2. Rimbaud
    3. Mole
    5. Lorem ipsum
    6. Gaspar. A -Casper
    7. Amitabh Bachchan
    8. C - EU Flag, E- Bar Code
    10. Los Zetas

    Julian D'Costa

  8. 1. Taj Mahal
    2. Rimbaud
    3. Spider
    4. Tempo
    6. Janus and Joao
    7. Wali Dakhni and Gulzar
    9. Maria
    10. Chapos

  9. 1. Taj Mahal?
    2. Pass
    3. Jelly?
    4. Rickshaw?
    5. New Roman?
    6. Casper, Salazar?
    7. Piyush Mishra, Shakespeare?
    8. EU, Pass, Pass
    9. Pass
    10. Omerta?

    -Aditya Mallya

  10. 1. Fort
    2. Degas
    3. Groundhog
    6. Jester
    8. Testcard

  11. 1.
    6. Casper, gaspar
    7. Recitation by Gulzar, of Tagore’s work
    10. Zeta

    Payal desai

  12. 1. Taj Mahal
    3. Avogadro?
    4. Tuk Tuk?
    5. Lorem Ipsum?
    6.A. Casper
    B. Gaspar Dias
    8. C - Flag of EU?
    D - Rem Koolhaas?
    E - Bar Code?
    10. Zapatero (or some such word)?

  13. 1>Taj
    5>Lorem Ipsum
    6>Casper & Gaspar
    7> Gulzar,Tagore?
    8> Eu Flag , Pinstripes
    10> Zetas ?

  14. 1. Taj mahal
    2. Rousseau
    3. Snake
    4. Tempo
    5. Lorem ipsum
    6. (a) casper; (b) Gasper
    7. Gulzar; reciting Bulleshah's poetry
    8. (a) EU flag; (b) ?; (c) epileptic design
    9. Julie
    10. Theta