Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Normal Service Resumed

We'll post regular, non themey questions from tomorrow(tuesday).

If you need to contribute any questions, you know the id! 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

647: Theme Answers

Cross your i's and dot your t's...or?


Characters from the British tv show Mind Your Language









quizenthusiast - 647 f - +30
bazzinga - 647 h - +10


allornothing - 647 g - no negatives because he was on the right track


Anonymous - +20

Friday, May 27, 2011

Question 647 h: Courting leads to love

Connect these two to a person and give the theme a shot.
Last chance.


The theme is really simple, but not your conventional theme round.

By conventional,

I mean,

 Ans 1- Chrome
' "     2- Larry Page
"  "   3- YouTube
"  "   4- Googol

Therefore, Theme is GOOGLE.

No, not this kind. The ongoing theme isn't that direct.
Club all the answers, and you'll have your answer,
But you might have to look at the answers in a different way. If you don't, you won't connect :P

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Question 647 g: /with pleasure

Identify this, ahem, piece of art and the, ahem, artist.

Where would you have come across this?

Also, go for the bloody theme!

Ps: Please.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Question 647 f: Get the leow down


Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

  • Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky
  • Prince Stepan Arkadyevitch Oblonsky 
  • Princess Darya Alexandrovna Oblonskaya 
  • Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin 
  • Konstantin Dmitrievitch Levin
  • Nikolai Levin 
  • Sergius Ivanich Koznyshev 
  • Princess Ekaterina Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya 
  • Princess Elizaveta ("Betsy")
  • Countess Lidia Ivanovna 
  • Countess Vronskaya
  • Sergei 
  • Varenka 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Question 647 e: It's all about the Power

Yes, so identify the first two pictures and figure out who the 3rd person should be.

The guy

The other guy


Consider going for the theme, won't you? And answer all those open questions.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Question 647 d: The world will always welcome lovers, as time goes by

X and Y connect to Z. Identify the 3 and explain the connection.


Apparently this is how he poses for a picture. Sad.

Anyone going for the theme? :P

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Question 647 c: He's a thief. One thinks it's Peer pressure.

The Encyclopedia Britannica quotes,

Id the subject.
Reminder: The main challenge is the Theme, not the individual question :)

At ---- he wasn't understood till he met with his audience of fellow disciples of --- at the Jacobin Club. His fanaticism won him supporters; his singularly sweet and sympathetic voice gained him hearers; and his upright life attracted the admiration of all. As matters approached nearer and nearer to the terrible crisis, he failed, except in the two instances of the question of war and of the king's trial, to show himself a statesman, for he had not the liberal views and practical instincts which made Mirabeau and Danton great men. His admission to the Committee of Public Safety gave him power, which he hoped to use for the establishment of his favourite theories, and for the same purpose he acquiesced in and even heightened the horrors of the Reign of Terror ... ______'s private life was always respectable: he was always emphatically a gentleman and man of culture, and even a little bit of a dandy, scrupulously honest, truthful and charitable. In his habits and manner of life he was simple and laborious; he was not a man gifted with flashes of genius, but one who had to think much before he could come to a decision, and he worked hard all his life.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Question 647 b: Not Knighthood

X(pic) was born in Guyana, Georgetown.
He's known for his stories on racial discrimination against Black people. Both his parents were Oxford educated, and his early days were good.
The work of his that draws our attention now is ____Y____, an autobiographical novel about his experiences as a school teacher.
A hugely popular movie was made, based on __Y____, starring ___Z___


Id X, Y, Z

Friday, May 20, 2011

Question 647 a: Takes one to know one

__X__ is a fictional character notorious for his womanizing prowess. __X__ has been the subject of many works of literature. A slight grammatical variation of the term is used with reference to male hypersexuality.

One of the more famous works based on him is the eponymous poem by __Y__.
In __Y__s poem however, __X__s character has been reversed from that of seducer to the one that succumbs to seduction.

The work is generally considered to be one of __Y__s greatest masterpieces and is a testament to his skill in the art of satire.

Identify __X__ and __Y__.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Question 646: ____ is a game for two, atleast until a third person shows up

Analyze ____

What game are they talking about?

Theme Round! : Cross your i's and dot your t's...or?

Hello all!
New theme round starting tomorrow. Don't worry, no simultaneous theme. :)
8 questions and rules as per the RED HERRING PROSPECTUS.

That is all :)

Question 645: Racism and discrimination all rolled up into one

This is a real ass of a question. Connect the pictures to a common concept. The pictures individually aren't particularly relevant.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Question 644: Memeonics

I meme therefore i am

Your simple memes for the week

Literary meme (not a contradiction in terms surprisingly)

Id whats being parodied here.

Whats Joseph Decreaux mentioning here?
(Its a somewhat famous song)

Question 643: Upload a pendrive into a motherboard?

___XXX___ is a dear dear lady who can certainly take nuts and bolts with aplomb. ___XXX___ is built by the New Jersey-based company TrueCompanion. Its engineer is Douglas Hines, founder and president of the company, who worked as an artificial intelligence engineer at the Bell Labs before he founded TrueCompanion.Development of ___XXX___ is said to have cost between $500,000 and $1 million.

Modelled after a Caucasian Fine Arts Student (must've been quite fine,lol), __XXX__ stands at 5 foot 7, weighs 120 pounds as is as flexible as Baba Ramdev or a Russian contortionist (hey, whatever floats your boat). ___XXX__ has the ability to carry on a conversation with you, ask you about your day, fulfill any and all needs and is the ultimate geek girl.

So ID __XXX__.

Oooh lala mademoiselle

Giving whole new meaning to 'sneak peek'

Other characteristics of ___XXX___ over women are:

1.  You can enjoy a ___XXX___ all month long.
2.  You don't have to wine and dine a ___XXX___.
3.  ___XXX___ stains wash out.
4.  ___XXX___ doesn't have to get a new dress for a party.
5.  ___XXX___ never has a headache.
6.  When a ___XXX___ goes flat, you just toss it out.
7.  ___XXX___ is never late.
8.  ___XXX___ doesn't have a birthday for you to forget.
9.  ___XXX___ doesn't get jealous when you grab another ___XXX___.
10. ___XXX___ doesn't argue with you about when to drink it.
13. ___XXX___ never threatens to go to a lawyer.
14. ___XXX___ labels come off without a fight.
15. A ___XXX___ always goes down easy.
16. You can have more than one ___XXX___ a night and not feel guilty.
17. No court has ever granted a ___XXX___ alimony payments.
18. You can share a ___XXX___ with your friends.
19. After you have had a ___XXX___, the bottle is still worth something.
20. Hangovers go away.
21. ___XXX___s never require expensive permanent and hair tints.
22. ___XXX___ is always wet.
23. If you change ___XXX___s, you don't have to pay alimony.
24. You don't have to wash a ___XXX___ before it tastes good.
25. If you pour your ___XXX___ right, you'll always get a good head.
26. ___XXX___ can be easily eliminated.
27. ___XXX___ is only stopping by, it doesn't stay around and nag.
28. ___XXX___ doesn't demand equality.
29. A frigid ___XXX___ is a good ___XXX___.
30. You don't have to take expensive flowers home to your ___XXX___.
31. ___XXX___ never complains about when you come for it.
32. You don't have to take your ___XXX___ to a psychiatrist to get it to bubble.
33. You can have a ___XXX___ in public.
34. You can see through a ___XXX___ and you know what you are getting.
35. When your ___XXX___ gets upset, it settles down.
36. ___XXX___ is subject to quality control and doesn't argue about it.
37. ___XXX___ doesn't talk back to you and ask a lot of silly questions.
38. ___XXX___ doesn't ask you to take a lie detector test about when you had the
39. ___XXX___ doesn't have a Mother that goes with it.
40. If you drop a ___XXX___, there is no doctor bill.
41. ___XXX___ doesn't have anniversaries for you to forget.
42. ___XXX___ doesn't demand that you take it dancing before you can have it.
43. ___XXX___ doesn't have relatives that stop by and stay for weeks.
44. When you buy a ___XXX___, you own it.
45. ___XXX___ never cries or gets jealous
l2. ___XXX___ doesn't get upset when you come home and decide to have another ___XXX___.
last one.
ll. You always know that you are the first one to pop a ___XXX___.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Question 642: Bi- Winning and winning all

Connect the 3 pictures to a specific theme.

Question 641: *Cough* No Don't Stop Yes

Identify each person above for 2 points each - with 4 points for the binding context.

Hint - they were all involved in something that made them famous for posterity.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Question 640: Animal fetish?

A __X__ is someone who engages in the act of ________. A __X__ can use various methods to harass his targets. They can be characterised by different behaviour types, all which share the trait of obsessiveness. The sum total of the acts committed by a __X__ is considered to be a criminal offense in some jurisdictions. Certain __X__s may suffer from mental illness. The term is believed to have been coined by the tabloid press in the US. The increased use of the internet in the past few years has encouraged and simplified the process for __X__s(lol) and the widespread use of facebook and the like has taken it to a whole new level.

Id  X

Scream all you want, bub. No one's going to hear you!

Also, connect X and the picture, you fashionable people.
4 points for X and 10 if you get both.

Question 639: Go ogle yourself

A series of ads released by google image search to spread awareness of google's omniscience, and arrogance.
But still, they do have good ads

ID the person was searching for in each ad.

Question 638: Ooh, now that's personal

It has been a while since we had an xkcd question.

Just fill in the blanks.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Question 637: Hit, Split or Surrender

The first written reference is found in a book by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, who is most famous for writing Don Quixote. Cervantes was a gambler, and the main characters of his tale Rinconete y Cortadillo, from Novelas Ejemplares, are a couple of cheaters working in Seville. They are proficient at cheating at ventiuna (Spanish for __X__), and state that the object of the game is to reach __X__ without busting and other such modern rules. The game is played with the Spanish baraja deck, which lacks eights, nines and tens. This short story was written between 1601 and 1602, implying that ventiuna was played in Castilia since the beginning of the 17th Century or earlier. Later references to this game are found in France and Spain.

ID whats being described here


Question 636: Problem? Solve it.

For TWENTY points.
But the question's big, but so are the points.

So give it a go!

Greek & Latin transliterated(X)

Yeah, nobody can quite understand the above process. Don't bother.
B had A to thank in a BIG way during a crucial time in the 20th century.
If you feel like, mention how A helped B.
And after cracking all of this, try and link the obscure diagram above to the chap A
Both A and B were very, very popular with the masses, for different reasons.



A was an industrialist, and pretty enterprising. He started this major event, and this gave many of his fellow specimens the opportunity to meet up and.. and have fun.
No, don't ID every single personality there.
Just what it is.



For all twenty, id A, B, X, and (C&D)
C&D are not two separate things.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


"The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. "

Don't bother magnifying the last two. The content is irrelevant.

Tell me who did what and what piece of literature, if it can be called that, ( or propaganda, if you you prefer) came out of it. It's something that's often referred to in many of the 1990s sitcoms. Not that that helps you in any way.

Question 634: Ads Infinitum

A homage to ads that carry a message as well as merriment (1st and 2nd respectively)

Id what the AD is for

ID what the remote control is, and where i can get one

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Question 633: If you don't look good, we don't look good

__X__ was born to Jewish parents on January 17th, 1928 in Hammersmith, London. His father was from Thessaloniki, Greece, and his mother had Spanish origins. __X__ was placed in a Jewish orphanage for seven years and attended Essendine Road Primary School, a Christian school, before being evacuated to Holt, Wiltshire. Upon his return to London he left school at the age of 14 and worked as a messenger before starting a ___________ apprenticeship. Although too young to serve in the Second World War, he became a member of the 43 Group, a Jewish veterans' militia organisation that broke up Fascist meetings in East London after the end of the war. In 1948 he joined the Israeli Defence Forces to fight in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

He eventually rose to prominence as his work garnered appreciation for it's geometric aspects.

He had sold his name to a famous multinational but later sued them for allegedly destroying his brand. The suit was however settled before trial.

Id X and his line of expertise.

Question 632: Kim Kardashian Is Dead!

Ok not really, but that must've got all nerds (if Nihar is still alive after the shock, he should post a question in the evening,lol).
But this picture was released as part of a digital campaign by Alicia Keyes for her ___X___ campaign, which is against ___Y___.  Other A-list celebs ( are they?) like Usher, Justin Timberlake, Serena Williams and more are taking part in the “Digital Sacrifice” campaign by signing off of social media platforms twitter and facebook (now if Nihar posts a question, i shall be shocked) on World __Y__ Day. They will log back on once 1 million dollars is raised by the charity.
According to reports, each celeb has also filmed “last tweet and testament” videos and will appear in ads showing them lying in coffins.
“It’s so important to shock you to the point of waking up”, says Alicia Keys of the campaign. “It’s not that people don’t care or it’s not that people don’t want to do something, it’s that they never thought of it quite like that. This is such a direct and instantly emotional way and a little sarcastic, you know, of a way to get people to pay attention.
Leigh Blake, President of ___X__, added “We’re trying to sort of make the remark: Why do we care so much about the death of one celebrity as opposed to millions and millions of people dying in the place that we’re all from?”

Monday, May 9, 2011

Question 631: That's What She's Saying

The current logo is almost universally associated with the brand, but few know of its origins.

The original logo resembled something of a brown cigar bran cover, featuring a rare version of the Siren, a woman with a mythological reputation. The obvious specialties of this version of the siren did not go unnoticed, more so because of her twin assets - an extremely uncommon image rarely associated with her more popular present persona. Many enjoyed the exotic connotations associated with her symbolism then, catapulting the brand into popular culture.

A few years later, it got re-imagined to more closely resemble the  present day toned down version. The chest was flattened, the belly button erased and a gentler smile on her face welcomed millions of people to the shops the world over, as the franchises spread.

Today, she bears only a faint resemblance to her original visage, with her most unique attributes hidden in the zoomed-in version of her image.

Give me the brand she stands for.

You need to pay close attention to the space ABOVE the derriere to notice the subtlety. Nice.

[this logo here is only for your amusement]
(Question has been editted)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Question 630: Mansion I'd like to Find?

___XXX___ was a realty company started sometime back and has gained notoriety on the internet for their name, as well as their slogan, epitomized in this picture. Its not known if many people have availed of their services (be it raunchy or realty), but they have become quite the phenom

Id the company
(the variable name chosen should give you a hint

Question 629: Delicious and round, yet squared

A guest question by one of our regulars, Pi.R.Square.Enjoy

Touted as the most complex crop circle ever found in Britain, the pattern appeared earlier this month near Barbury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort above the village of Wroughton in Wiltshire. 
Initially, crop circle enthusiasts were stumped as to its meaning and even a number of experts said it was 'mind-boggling'.
Dismissed in mid 2008 as being unsolveable, retired astrophysicist Mike Reed put 2 and 2 together to finally arrive upon the answer.
Upon having solved it, he produced a fractal of the form as described

"The little dot near the centre is the decimal point. The code is based on ten angular segments, with the radial jumps being the indicator of each segment. Starting at the centre and counting the number of one-tenth segments in each section contained by the change in radius clearly shows the values of the first 10 of __X___"

ID what the crop circle shows.
TO quote Calvin, " The surest sign that life exists in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us yet"