Saturday, December 3, 2011

Q 779: Blue is the Colour

Pierre Culliford was better known as _____, his Pseudonym. _____ was assumed as his pseudonym based on his English cousin's mispronunciation of "Pierre".

He had a Belgian mother and an English father, and soon got into cartooning, if you can call it that way.
He went on to create a series called Johan and Peewit, which is based in the middle ages, where Johan protects the meek on his trusty horse while Peewit gallops behind on his goat.

But the aforementioned work of genius wasn't what ____ was known for.

__X__ went on to create ___Y___, which shot to fame in damned quick time. A new series altogether was started for __Y__, and, even today, is popular in England, Germany, France, etc,etc.
__Y__ was once in a restaurant, and he momentarily forgot the word for "Salt", __Y__ asked the waiter to pass him the "Schroumpf" in French.
A joke ensued and they talked in "Schroumpf" language for the next two weeks.
The rest is history.

Id X and Y.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Q 778: The Pride of England

This is something that happened in the year 1985, rather, one of two HUGE events in the music world dedicated to a cause(mostly in Africa at that time). It featured all the biggies.

Call this __Z__.

Now, there came this band __X___ who played for some 20 odd minutes.
Some regard this little cameo to be their crowning glory, or at least that of their front man. They started off with one of their huge hits, __Y__ but there were rules pre-set. The event did not allow

  • Sound-checks.
  • Playback of previously recorded pieces.
Owing to these difficulties, __Y__ couldn't be played to completion. 
So, they mixed things up and played another hugely popular song, and incidentally, the name of which inspired a crazy "female" to kick start her musical career. 

In spite of the risks of messing up existing, the band went on to steal the show.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Q 777: The Pendulum Swings To & Fro


This particular term that I'm looking for comes from "___". The term's origin/root essentially means "Regarding the Head" in Latin.
__X__ has been practiced by most civilizations at some point of time or the other, with the exception of the Kyivian Rus(European tribe that was disintegrated by the Mongol Invasion in the 13th Century).

The current scenario, however, is different.
58 Nations are advocates of __X__ and 96 have decided to do away with the concept altogether.
There is of course this raging debate on __X__ on many fronts.

The European Union has collectively distanced itself away from it, as Article 2 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU prohibits it.

In the UNGA, The People's Republic of China, India, the USA and Indonesia have all voted against the removal of __X___, and they being the 4t most populated countries in the world.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Q 776: Internet's Working.

The title of the question has nothing to do with the content of the question, first of all. It's just to say that my net connection is working.

Now that that question is clarified,

I'll get to the actual question.

_____X_____ is a show within a show that appears occasionally in episodes of ____Y____. They typically appear in the form of 15-60 second cartoons that are filled with over-the-top violence, usually initiated by ____ & _______; ...... is almost always the victor. A complex backstory for the show has been established. The episode 'The Day that Violence died(again, a parody on something else!)'  reveals it.

X Studios is run by Roger Meyers, Jr., the son of Roger Meyers, the cartoon's "creator". X Studios was bankrupted after it was sued by Lampwick for $800 billion, but was saved after receiving a large cash settlement from the government over its use of ________ The most direct and obvious influence(parody) is Z, an animated series which was also about a constant battle between a cat and a mouse, with the mouse usually victorious.

Id X, Y and Z.
Should be easy.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Start AGain

Okay, starting again after a Month's vacation.
Sorry for being so uncouth about it all.

Anyway, a month should've wiped off the million negative sentiments about the blog, so begin again.

I'm stuck in Germany for a while, so can't give assurances on daily stuff.

It's late.
Sleep beckons.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Question 775: Certainly no comedian

The book below contaisn the supposed origins of whom?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Question 774: Dead and Alive

Very simple question,one of the oldest science jokes, but really couldn't resist.
ID the cat

Monday, September 12, 2011

Question 773: Oh Lord Cumbrae Ya

The name Cumbrae may derive from Cymri or Kymry meaning 'fellow countrymen' or from Kil Maura meaning 'cell or church of a female saint'. If the former, Cumbrae (and its Gaelic equivalent Cumaradh), the common element of both Great Cumbrae and Little Cumbrae shares the same root as Cymry ("Britons"). It would be a reference to the old Brythonic inhabitants of Strathclyde.

Little Cumbrae was recorded as Kumbrey circa 1300, Cumbraye circa 1330 and Litill Comeray in 1515.

However, the island was bought over by __X__ who named it __Y__, reminiscent of The Beatles love for all things calm. The individual is now being investigated by the ED of India.

ID X & Y

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Question 772: ........................

1878 plan of a certain something that's extensively in use today.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Question 771: The Kid

Born in Turin, and nicknamed "__", X was a doctor of engineering and nephew of Pinin _____ of the coach building company. He began his motor racing career in hillclimbs, graduating to circuit racing with Maserati. But it was not until he moved to Alfa Romeo, as number two driver to Tazio Nuvolari, that his racing career really blossomed. During the late 1930s he won numerous minor races in the Voiturette class, securing himself the Italian Drivers' Champion three years in a row (1937–1939). He then went on to take his first major race win, at the 1940 Tripoli GP. Sadly for _X_, he was just reaching his peak as a driver at the outbreak of World War II, and it would be another eight years before he would win a major race.
Entering post-war Grands Prix in a privately owned Maserati, __X__ took a win at the 1948 Monaco GP. When the FIA announced the inaugural World Championship for 1950, __X___ secured a drive alongside Juan Fangio and countryman Kuigi Fagioli at the dominant Alfa Romeo team, driving the invincible 158 Alfetta cars. __X____ took 3 wins from the 7 races of the 1950 season, securing himself the first ever World Championship. It was the pinnacle of his career.

Id X :)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Question 770: Gun-go Goodies

The name "__X__" is a literary reference to the poem __X__ by Rudyard Kipling. The poem is a rhyming narrative from the point of view of a British soldier, about a native water-bearer (a "bhisti") who saves the soldier's life but dies himself.
This poem is perhaps best known for its often-quoted last stanza:
"Tho' I've belted you and flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, __X__!"
Like several Kipling poems, it celebrates the virtues of a non-European while revealing the racism of a colonial infantryman who views people such as the native water-bearer as being of a "lower order". The poem was published as one of the set of martial poems called the Barrack-Room Ballads.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Question 769: All for one and NO one for anyone

Id the painting, the artist and the location of this beautiful work of art, signifying the change from bad to good(Or good to bad. Depends on how you look at it all, of course).

Friday, September 2, 2011

Question 768: Holy Mother of God

The Common Basilisk can be distinguished from similar species within its range by its large size and the high finlike crests down its back. Males also have high crests on the head and tail. Both sexes are brown to olive, and have a white, cream or yellow stripe on the upper lip and a second stripe along either side of its body; these stripes have higher contrast in juveniles and fade as the lizards age. Hatchlings weigh a mere 2 g and are 37 to 43 mm long. Adults can grow up to two and a half feet long. Females are generally 135 to 194 and weigh half as much as males. The tails of these lizards comprise 70 to 75% of their total length: for example, on an 800 mm (or 31.5 in) long lizard, 600 mm of its length is tail.
The common basilisk has a large mouth with saw-like teeth that are on the inner sides of the jaw. They have been known to run up to 7 mph (11 km/h). While the basilisk is most known for its ability to run on water, they are also excellent climbers and swimmers; the basilisk has been known to stay underwater for up to half an hour. The average lifespan is 7 years in captivity; in the wild it tends to be less because of predators.

Thus it has earned the name __X__

Here comes the hot stepper

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Question 766: A 'Crooshing' defeat

A recently declassified document of the US Navy.
What does it show?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Question 765: Au revoir...

1994. Something very very bad happened.

Tell me:
  • What this is?
  • What the red circle signifies, ie., what happened there?
Give relevant details.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Question 764: Greed, for lack of a better word, is...stupid.

__X__ is a thingamajig.
This thingamajig is generally credited to, and named after ___Y___ who is believed to have come up with it in order to curb the greed of a certain set of workers and preventing it from, well, overflowing.

This funky invention consists of a column in the centre positioned directly over the stem and over the hole at the bottom of the stem. A small, open pipe runs from this hole almost to the top of the central column, where there is an open chamber. The chamber is connected by a second pipe to the bottom of the central column, where a hole in the column exposes the pipe to the contents of __X__.

It uses some fancy Pascal's Principle of Communicating Vessels and other less fancy siphon concepts to work and thus successfully defeats the greed of the evil greedy people who are so full of greed and thirst and stupidity and what not.

What? Explain how X works.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Question 763 : Trump card

Latin ___ meant ‘______’ (a possible lihk with Old High German gehan‘say’ and Sanskrit yācati ‘ he implores’ suggests that its underlying meaning was ‘word-play’). It passed into old French as jeu, which lies behind english __ probably also jewel.  connected with fun and ‘humour’, among them ____ (17th c.) and --- (17th c.), both from Latin derivatives of ______(the superficially similar_____incidentally, is etymologically unrelated), and ____ itself, which was originally introduced in the form __ or __(‘coming off with so many dry ____ and biting repartees’, Bishop Kennett’s translation of Erasmus’s Encomium Moriae 1683). 


Which common word?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Question 762 : Countdown time

Cartography from the 1450s.

 I wouldn't recommend your imaginations going wild, but try and guess what this map represents.

Question 761: Winning's in their blood

Borrowed from the world of gambling, __X__ is a term used to describe stocks of a company with a national reputation for quality, reliability and the ability to operate profitably in good times and bad.
Based on the idea that different tokens dictate different values ranging from lowest to highest, the phrase was coined by Oliver Gingold of Dow Jones sometime in 1923 or 1924. Company folklore recounts that the term apparently got its start when Gingold was standing by the stock ticker at the brokerage firm that later became Merrill Lynch. Noticing several trades at USD$200 or USD$250 a share or more, he said to Lucien Hooper of W.E. Hutton & Co. that he intended to return to the office to "write about these __X__ stocks." Thus the phrase was born. It has been in use ever since, originally in reference to high-priced stocks, more commonly used today to refer to high-quality stocks.

Give original funda behind __X__ with reference to gambling.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Question 760: Happens to you?

"Today, this girl who has been stalking me for almost 7 months sent me a 12 page text comparing her love for me with her passion for cheese. ___"

"Today, my stepbrother found my diary and read it. He then told my boyfriend how I had a crush on another guy, and no longer liked him, causing my boyfriend to break up with me. That diary was from the third grade. ___"

"Today, I took my Catholic girlfriend home to meet my family for the first time. My brother thought it would be civil to spend over an hour insulting her religion and explaining in detail the many ways in which "the Force" is superior. ___"

"Today, my car was broken into, and they stole all my CDs, but left my daughter's Black Eyed Peas CD behind. I'm pretty pissed about the theft, but almost glad to see that the delinquents in my town have a decent taste in music. ___"

"Today, I spent $500 buying my lost cat back from a jerk who thought it was his. I get home and my mom tells me that she'd sold it to the same guy for $10 because she thought the cat was ruining my love life. ___"

"Today, I walked in on my mom ranting on about what a useless bitch I am. She was talking to my cat. It's not the first time this has happened, either. ___"

"Today, my cats found my box of condoms. This is the third one they've chewed up. The worst part? They've gotten more use out of them in the last two months than I have. ___"

"Today, I forgot to do my French homework, but since it was an online worksheet, I told my teacher my internet wasn't working. I told her with an e-mail. ___"

Fill in ze blank.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Question 759: No Fear

__X__ was launched by four Harvard students on January 7, 1999. Most of its users were high school and college-going students. It was acquired by Barnes and Noble in 2001 for approx. $3,555,000.

Many teachers accused __X__ of being a cheating tool but __X__ condemns the idea of cheating.

"When your books and teachers don't make sense, we do." is their slogan.

Identify X and explain the title.

Question 758: Worst thing's to Rush!

Following the fatwa,________________ was put under police protection by the British Govt.. Despite a conciliatory statement by Iran in 1998, and ____________ declaration that he would stop living in hiding, the Iranian state news agency reported in 2006 that the fatwa would remain in place permanently since fatwas can only be rescinded by the person who first issued them, and Khomeini had since died.
As of mid-2011, ________ has not been physically harmed, but others connected with the book have suffered violent attacks. ___, its Jap translator, was stabbed to death on 11 July 1991; _____, the Italian translator, was seriously injured in a stabbing the same month; Nygaard, the publisher in Norway, barely survived an attempted assassination in Oslo in October 1993, and Aziz Nesin, the Turkish translator, was the intended target in the events that led to the Sivas massacre on 2 July 1993 in Turkey, which resulted in the deaths of 37 people. Individual purchasers of the book have not been harmed. However, the only nation with a predominantly Muslim population where the novel remains legal is Turkey.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Question 757: Bad Hair Day

The __X__ generator was developed, starting in 1929, by physicist ___X___ at Princeton University. The first model was demonstrated in October 1929. The first machine used a silk ribbon bought at a five-and-dime store as the charge transport belt. In 1931 a version able to produce 1,000,000 volts was described in a patent disclosure. This version had two 60 cm diameter charge accumulation spheres mounted on borosilicate glass columns 180 cm high; the apparatus cost only $90 in 1931.


May you have many more!

Here's wishing Nihar a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Question 756: You Said Who?

__X__ was quite a mute wikipedia entry when it was first made in 2006. It was tended by just two opinion-holders on the subject, commonly referred to as "The Stratfordian" and "The Oxfordian". The entry discussed an idea that had developed into a sort of literary blasphemy over the years. It erupted into a full flame war on the wikipedia moderator boards in 2009, and still made the coveted "featured article" six months later.

The idea has garnered several powerful advocated over the years, including Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Freud, Hellen Keller and Malcolm X.

Give me the name of the wikipedia entry __X__ that discusses this much-disputed idea.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Question 755: Quite serious aren't they?

ID the famous brother pais upon the deutschmark.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Question 754: Kick the __

Id the man.
And the very famous tagline he coined for a very famous company.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Question 753: Who's calling?

HP Lovecraft's initial short story, __X__ was published in Weird Tales in 1928 and established the character as a malevolent entity trapped in an arctic underwater city called R'lyeh. Described as being " octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature.... A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque scaly body with rudimentary wings", and "a mountain walked or stumbled",  the imprisoned __X__ is apparently the source of constant anxiety for mankind at a subconscious level, and also the subject of worship by a number of evil cults.

ID the game also being parodied along with the creature in __X__

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Question 752: Re view the review?

xkcd. It's been long.Whee.
Easy one. Fill in the blank.

The problem with what?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Question 751: Check.

What did this man here become the first to do, in the year 2003?
Be creative.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Question 750: Schtroumpf This

First introduced as a series of comic strips by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) on October 23, 1958. The original term and the accompanying language came during a meal Peyo was having with his colleague and friend André Franquin at the Belgian Coast. Having momentarily forgotten the word "salt", Peyo asked him (in French) to pass the schtroumpf . Franquin jokingly replied: "Here's the Schtroumpf — when you are done schtroumpfing, schtroumpf it back..." and the two spent the rest of that weekend speaking in "schtroumpf language".The name was later translated into Dutch as __X__ which was adopted in English.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Question 749: When I Come Around

The company was six months from insolvency, and morale was at an all-time low. There were warring factions and fiefdoms pitting any number of internal groups against each other, with each assigning blame for the company’s slow demise. The returning (temporarily) interim CEO began cutting irrelevant products, projects and partnerships to streamline the company to a spartan group of products.

He selected a project that was an extension of the very first product the company released. It was in a very infant stage and it would wind up barely resembling what was originally envisioned. The vision was a radical design, a departure from just about anything else in the market.

There was no name for this product and the CEO felt that it would be extremely important to have a relatable name, something that didn't deviate from their original methodology, but pushed through their revolutionarily new TBWA\Chiat\Day-designed ad campaign.

After much back-and-forth between the visionary CEO and the creative branding genius, the new name __X__ for the product reverberated so much within the company and then out to the industry and the consumer world, that it has defined and stuck with every new product introduced by the company since then. It has represented the ease of access to the internet, the interestingly refreshing design methodologies used to create new niche markets and has become a techno-cultural platitude (almost).

What is this name, __X__ ?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Question 748: Meowrr

Just released sneak peek into the character __X__ from __Y__.
#brownie points for the actress (a personal favourite)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Question 747: Colour me what?

"This is a song about prejudice
And the language of prejudice
And the power of... the language of... prejudice
It's called

In this modern freespoken society
There is a word that we still hold taboo
A word with a terrible history of being used to abuse oppress and subdue
Just six seemingly harmless letters arranged in a way will form a word
With more power than the pieces of metal that are forged to make swords
A couple of G's an R and an E an I and an N
Just six little letters all jumbled together have caused damage that we may never mend
And it's important that we all respect that if these people should happen to choose to reclaim the word as their own it doesn't mean the rest of you have a right to its use
So never underestimate
The power that language imparts
Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can break hearts
A couple of G's G's unless you've had to live it an R and an E Even I am careful with it
An I and an N, in the end it will only offend, don't want to have to spell it out again


Only a ______ can call another ______ ______
Only a ______ can call another ______ ______
So listen to me if you care for your health
You wont call me ______ less your ______ yourselfOnly a ______ can call another ______ ______"

What is this six letter word?
The above piece is written by?

Don't google this.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Question 746: Heaven or Hell

Glenn Frey described the origins of the song:
The song began as a demo tape, an instrumental by Don Felder. He’d been submitting tapes and song ideas to us since he’d joined the band, always instrumentals, since he didn’t sing. But this particular demo, unlike many of the others, had room for singing. It immediately got our attention. The first working title, the name we gave it, was ‘Mexican Reggae'.
ID the song
#brownie for the band

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Question 744: How many fingers am I holding up?

Okay, __X___ syndrome is an extremely rare occurrence which is symptomatic of brain damage. What happens is, the affected person can't see. But he doesn't tell anyone about it only because he doesn't believe that he can't. He behaves normally and it is only when he collides with his surroundings or trips or something to that effect do the people around him realise that something's wrong with his vision.

What is __X__?

Numero Uno

We're gonna cut it down to just one question per day (officially) and see how that works out. This system will be in place until further notice.

That is all.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Question 742: "SmacK" That around a bit

Nonsensical title, but used to describe a nonsensical world which is yet to make sense. A massive advertising campaign aimed at kids(which 1 isn't), ID the company & the person blanked out (said person is the mascot)
#brownie points for the name of the campaign, which is what you need to sit through an episode of it.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Question 741: I like em big...and I like em chunky

"I swear by Apollo, the healer, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement:
To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art..."

What art? What is this?

Question 740: Affair but not Just

___X___ was a political scandal that divided France in the 1890s and the early 1900s. It involved the conviction for treason in November 1894 of _______ a young French artillery officer of Alsatian Jewish descent. Sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly having communicated French military secrets to the German Embassy in Paris, _____was sent to the penal colony at Devil's Island in French Guiana and placed in solitary confinement.

Two years later, in 1896, evidence came to light identifying a French Army major named Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy as the real culprit. After high-ranking military officials suppressed the new evidence, a military court unanimously acquitted Esterhazy after the second day of his trial. The Army accused _____ of additional charges based on false documents fabricated by a French counter-intelligence officer, Hubert-Joseph Henry, who was seeking to re-confirm ______'s conviction. Henry's superiors accepted his documents without full examination.

ID X & the officer (same name)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Question 739: London Bridge NEVER falls down.


Question 738: Fly like a butterfly

According to Jacques Levy, with whom __X__ wrote the song __Y__ about __Z__,

__X__ wasn't sure that he could write a song [about ___Z__].... He was just filled with all these feelings about __Y__. He couldn't make the first step. I think the first step was putting the song in a total storytelling mode. I don't remember whose idea it was to do that. But really, the beginning of the song is like stage directions, like what you would read in a script: 'Pistol shots ring out in a barroom night.... Here comes the story of the ___Y___.' Boom! Titles. You know, ___X___ loves movies, and he can write these movies that take place in eight to ten minutes, yet seem as full or fuller than regular movies.
X & Z

(Y is the nickname of __Z__)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Question 737: And then you wonder why you get left behind...

Sorry for potentially scarring any pleasant memories of yours.

Identify the person.

Question 736: My drink of Choice

Simple recipe for a drink
Should really try it out once, feel a sort of kinship with it.
It combines Mathematics with a very famous drink, thus giving the name ___X-Y____

All the blanks save for the 4th one refer to the same concept, the 4th being blank as it would give it away.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Question 735: By all things Unholy!

ID all four for 20 points( +5 for each)

Question 734: Can't Just 'Waltz' In

SImple meme question
HEre are 2 cultural icons morphed into one

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Question 733: There aren't just a few, there are a million

Frantic voting and national pride aside, connect the nations shown in this picture to one binding tag.

Question 732: End of the Whorld!

Parody on?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Question 731: Born on a Monday, very angry on a Wednesday

A simple poem collected by James Orchard Halliwell and published in 1842 with the lyrics:

Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Grew worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday.
This is the end
Of ___X____.
SO ID X & the significance it bears in the comics world

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Question 729: Who's watching then?

ID the 1st 2 lines of this famous pome by __X__, which went on to become amongst his/her most famous quotes.


They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Question 728: Speed of Sound?

Connect the 3 pictures, taken a few creative liberties with them though

Question 727: Arachnophobic


Question 726: When boom goes bust

Identify these modified logos and tell me what the modification signifies, ie., why were they modified? The third one was actually modified just for the sake of it.




Monday, July 25, 2011

Question 725: Glasses make the man

Although having the manners and impressions of (1), the name of (2) and (3) is far more extolled. ID whats being talked about
#brownie points for 1,2, 3.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Second glance

Put one look at these questions.
Make them feel all happy and such.

We'll start releasing answers from tomorrow onward.


Question 724: Connect The Plugs - Are You In Yet?

This question has a lot of parts, so it's the only question for the day. Enjoy your Sunday! :)


Each blank holds a point - shoot them all.

___A___ is a noted British musician, producer and DJ. He has won a Grammy, and was recently noted for having one of his latest song used for a video promoting Cycling on the Transport For London website, featuring celebrities cycling around some of their favourite parts of London.

__B__ is __A's__ sister, and is also a singer-songwriter/DJ. She is most noted to have had an extremely publicly scrutinized relationship with ___C___. __B's__ quote on that was "I'm not gay, I'm an equal-opportunity player".

__C__ is a musician and has forayed into movies. Her most well-received movie was a film remade by Disney. This was the movie's second remake in ten years, and it has made been remade thrice in total.

__D__ was __C's__ title co-star in the previous Disney movie about a cursed Chinese fortune cookie. She is best known for a seductive dance scene in another well-known movie made in 1994 - a scene that has developed a cult following ever since. The movie also has a very famous tango scene at the end. She is, incidentally, actor Jake Gyllenhaal's godmother.

__E__ was the lead actor in that movie with __D__, and is best known for his role as a cyborg assassin. He was recently divorced from his wife __F__, whom he was with for 25 years.

__F__ is is an American journalist and author of six best-selling books. She also made an appearance on the farewell show of __G__, said to be the most popular talk-show host on American television.

__G__ is described as a media mogul today, and is also amongst the most influential media personalities on the planet. She has had many famous guests on her talk-show, __H__ being one amongst the most noted ones.

__H__ is known for several blockbuster movies, but is yet to win an Oscar. He is also infamously known for his unyielding belief in __I__ , a new-age organization with its main profit-earning product being a belief system. __H__ has stated that __I__ has helped him overcome dyslexia, saved him from depression and helped him define and find "love".

__I__ has borne the brunt of attacks from Comedy Central to the Anonymous hacker group. It has become standard practice within __I__ for members to sign lengthy legal contracts and waivers before engaging in its services, a practice that contrasts greatly with almost every similar mainstream organisation.

__J__ is the main adversary in the belief system of __I__, and the narrative of __J__ is part of the discourse about extraterrestrial civilizations and alien interventions in earthly events, collectively described as space opera. __I__ has repeatedly filed injunctions on the grounds of both copyright and trade secrecy, to prevent the story of __J__ to become public knowledge.

Give me the names A through J.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Question 723: These guys kill a lot of our people, and I think Buddha will forgive me

Adams watched as two soldiers pulled a prisoner out of a doorway at the end of the street. The soldiers then pushed and pulled what appeared to be a ___Y___in a plaid shirt, his arms tied behind his back. They escorted the man toward the spot where Adams and Vo Su were located.
"Eddie Adams said, 'I just followed the three of them as they walked towards us, making an occasional picture. When they were close - maybe five feet away - the soldiers stopped and backed away. I saw a man walk into my camera viewfinder from the left. He took a pistol out of his holster and raised it. I had no idea he would shoot. It was common to hold a pistol to the head of prisoners during questioning. So I prepared to make that picture - the threat, the interrogation. But it didn't happen. The man just pulled a pistol out of his holster, raised it to the ___Y___'s head and shot him in the temple. I made a picture at the same time.' "The prisoner fell to the pavement, blood gushing," Buell, quoting Eddie. "After a few more pictures of the dead man, Adams left.

THis picture went on to define the war __X__ and was voted as Life's 100 pictures that defined the 21st century.

ID X & Y

Friday, July 22, 2011

Question 722: Couldn't keep this doc away

Description of the painting by the artist __X__

At least it hides the face partly. Well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It's something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present
Made famous by the movie "The Thomas Crown Affair", this painting has been extensively parodied by apple maniacs.

ID the painting and the painter.

Question 721: It might get messy if you mess with _____

What does the picture depict?
Complete the title
It's the same thing really.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Question 720: Yawn...

A delightful children's book for adults (what the deuce?), __X__ was written after a night of abject frustration on the author's  with his kids. So he posted on facebook what he never had the gall to tell them (parenting has evolved), this lead him to compose this merry nursery rhyme which went viral and now has Samuel L Jackson singing it to all kids (lets see them sleep after that)

The cats nestle close to their kittens now.
The lambs have laid down with the sheep.
You’re cozy and warm in your bed, my dear
Please __X___

Question 719: What do you have to say?

to atone

What single term can you connect this to?