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Cradle Sports Quiz Prelims – 16 January 2009

Here are the Prelims Questions from the Cradle Sports Quiz (Both School and Open), held on January 16, 2009 at Sirifort Auditorium.

Find out the answers yourself… And add them as comments ūüôā

Cradle Sports Inter-School Quiz Prelims

Quizmaster: Parnab Mukherjee

Held on 16th January 2009

Venue: Sirifort Auditorium

School Quiz Prelims

1. Who played the lead in Christopher Nolan’s brilliant noir thriller Memento – which served as an inspiration for the Tamil and Hindi Ghajini?

2. His foray in the field of animation is eagerly awaited. A legend of Indian cinema, his real name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. Who?

3. Which personality has been recently declared as FIFA Women’s Player of the Year?

4. Which recent Bollywood release features Akshay Kumar, Dimple Kapadia, Gulshan Grover, Rajpal Yadav and Lara Dutta?

5. Which Hollywood star is popularly called “Muscles from Brussels”?

6. According to Mahabharata who is the mother of Pandu?

7. Ljublana is the capital city of which nation?

8. If a person is said to have ‘Arachnophobia’, then what fear he is suffering from?

9. The relocated Tata Nano Plant has a central plant near Ahmedabad and an auxiliary plant in which state and which particular place?

10. Who is the current Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh?

11. In which town in India did Sant Kabir pass away?

12. Which floating island-lake in north-east is a home for the Sangai species?

13. Where in the world would you be in if you are shopping in Thamel?

14. What connects Joey Zawinul, Chile and Amitav Ghosh essay in the book “Dancing in Cambodia”?

15. He stays in Hyderabad, won the world championship and national championship within the last month. Who is he?

16. In which city did Bahadur Shah Zafar breathed his last?

17. Which well-known director’s animation debut is Hanuman Returns?

18. Which international retired sports celebrity manages Rafael Nadal’s career on behalf of IMG?

19. Proton Accelerator is also known as what in the field of science?

20. Peter Kenyon is the Managing Director of which international company?

21. Potti Sriramulu’s fast unto death and his passing away resulted in the creation of which state in India?

22. Who is considered as the religious head of the Ismaili sect of  Islam?

23. Robert Polet, the Chief Executive of which international giant remarked in a Fortune Asia interview: “We are not in the business of selling handbags. We are in the business of selling dreams”?

24. Which political party was formed by B.R. Ambedkar?

25. Who is the current president of Palestine?

26. Which legendary cricketer was recently removed as the COO of the Bangalore Royal Challengers team?

27. Fiesty forward of West Ham, he began a foundation for the disadvantaged children at Freetown in Sierra Leone. Can you name the EPL star?

Open Quiz Prelims

1. What connects the Amitabh Bachchan film Aalap, Satyajit Ray’s Goopy Gayen Bagha Bayen and the great dance innovator Chandralekha?

2. In 1650, a pathway was created by Jahanara Begum connecting the Lahore Gate of a well-known monument with the Fatehpuri mosque. How is it known to us now?

3. In 1947, KM Munshi was appointed to a post in Hyderabad by the state of India. What was this post?

4. Which Scandinavian God’s name explains the origin of the nomenclature of nuclear reactor fuel?

5. Once known as a Mahapadma, it is India’s largest fresh water lake. Can you name the lake?

6. Youngest Son: Bilas Khan. Daughter’s Name: Saraswati. Son-in-law: Mishri Singh. His initial surname: Mishra. Can you name the Indian legend?

7. An architect of an early success in the field of Indian sports. His incomplete full name is Chandrakant Gulabrao. How do we know him better?

8. One of Sachin Tendulkar’s significant world records includes a century in Johannesburg in 1992 that replaced a long-standing record of a cricketing legend. I want to know the nickname of the legend whose record was broken?

9. If a tendon connects the muscle to a bone, then what connects a bone to a muscle?

10. Who is the current Chief Minister of Meghalaya?

11. Which Indian city is called “Venice of the East”?

12. Dense, Super-dense, Hyper-dense crush load are three classifications of what in India?

13. Where in the world would you be in if you are shopping at the Ima market?

14. If you translate the name – it would be called Fruit of India. The name in Arabic is how we know it as. What is the name I am referring to?

15. He stays in Hyderabad, won the world championship and national championship within the last month. Who is he?

16. Which former India opener is the Director of Operations of the Chennai Super Kings?

17. Brahmaputra different trajectories take independent names as it flows along. Two of the names are Tsang Po and Siong. Name the other two.

18. If CNN-IBN is “Whatever It Takes”, then which international brand would be “All it takes”?

19. India’s first mobile telephone call was made to Sukh Ram – the then Telecom minister on August 23, 1995. Who made the call?

20. In 1988, the Goa Postal division opened a landmark post office whose name begins with the word Dakshin. Where was the post office and what was it called?

21. Potti Sriramulu’s fast unto death and his passing away resulted in the creation of which state in India?

22. In the field of psychology, a recent trend has been to de-mystify the medical advances of the illness called BPD. How do we know BPD better as?

23. With which 1985 Dev Anand film did Tabu make her debut in Bollywood?

24. The Central Police Forces or CPFS comprises of the following companies: Central Industrial Security Force, National Security Guard, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Reserve Police Force, Assam Rifles and SSB. What does SSB stand for?

25. Khalid Hosseini’s latest book A Thousand Splendid Suns takes its title from the lines of a 17th century Persian legend who wrote: “One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, /Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.” Can you name the poet?

26. His real name is Paul David Hewson. He was briefly christened as The Mother Teresa of Abandoned Songs. How do we know him better?

27. Directed by Govind Nihalani, this Hindi film features animation and stars Kitu Gidwani, Joy Sengupta, Aly Khan and is based on a play by Manjula Padmanbhan. Can you name the film?

Please note that – Some of the questions were current affairs when the quiz was held!

Signing off,


Essay-Paragraph-Group Discussion Topics

I had gone for this competition (The Y Kumar Award for International Understanding) in January-February 2009, and here are the topics which were given for the Essay Writing, Paragraph Writing and Group Discussions. Feel free to comment or give your opinion on any of the following!


Y Kumar Award for International Understanding 2009

Essay Writing Topics


  • Choose any one topic for your essay.
  • There is no word limit for the essay.
  1. To create the future we have to unlearn the past.
  2. Coalitions are good/bad for democratic health.
  3. Education is the most powerful weapon with which we can change the world – Nelson Mandela.
  4. The bonds that unite us are much stronger than the walls that separate us. Comment.
  5. Modern Societies must do away with the stereotyping of gender. Comment.
  6. Is a sense of well-being and security a thing of the past? Whose responsibility is it to ensure a safe world?
  7. What do you think should be the role of the media in the contemporary world?
  8. Barack Obama’s election has raised hope all over the world. What are the challenges he faces?
  9. Globalization will lead to a peaceful world when it is based on the principle of the survival of the weakest rather than the fittest. Discuss.
  10. Inequality and Injustice are the basic causes behind Terrorism and War in the world.
  11. The Global Economic Meltdown has once again proved that no country is immune to the vagaries of Capitalism. Comment.
  12. The One Change I would like to see in 2009……..

Paragraph Writing

Write a short note of about 75 Words on any three of the following:

  1. Consumerism
  2. Fundamentalism
  3. Racism
  4. Terrorism
  5. Martin Luther King Junior
  6. Ho Chi Minh
  7. Mao Zedong
  8. Che Guevara
  9. BR Ambedkar
  10. Censorship
  11. Cloning
  12. Auschwitz
  13. Nobel Prize

Group Discussion Topics

  1. Censorship
  2. Education is the most powerful weapon with which you can change the world – Nelson Mandela.
  3. Inequality and Injustice are the basic causes behind Terrorism and War in the world.

To download the PDF click here

More about this event later ūüôā

Signing off,


CORE 2008 Archives

Another set of archives:

CORE 2008 was organised by DPS Dwarka on 10th December 2008. It was¬† held for the first time. I enjoyed this fest as it was organised very well by the CORE Team (Except the Last round in the quiz and the distribution of refreshments!). Also, I had a double victory here – Finished 2nd in both the Quiz and the Crossword ūüôā Here are the archives, which includes:

Click on the links below to download.

1.¬†Quiz Prelims – Some interesting questions including “Whats 6×9=?”. This time I got it correct ūüôā Figure out the Answers yourself :-), as I have not added them.

2. Quiz Finals

3. Crossword

PDF Version

Our score was 15, tied with MSM. But they won because they had got more starred clues correctly….


4. Creative Event Details

PDF Version

Creative Event Details

Enjoy ūüôā

All credits are due to the CORE team.

Signing off,


Tickle Your Grey Cells

Okay Here I have a brain teaser for all of you:

Two batsmen are on 94 not out each. Both are on the crease. Three balls are left in the match. Seven runs to win. Both finish on 100 not out.


Leave your answer as a comment.

I am sure there are various technical possibilities to this.

Signing off,


Interesting Joke

Herez and Interesting Joke I read somewhere:

What is 2+2?

Engineer replies: 4

Judge: It should be 4

Politician: Will make it 4

PriceWaterhouse: Tell us, what you want it to be?

I guess the credibility of Price WaterHouse has come down really badly after the Satyam Scandal.

Cradle Sports Cricket Quiz Prelims Questions

Cradle Sports Cricket Quiz Prelims Questions Collection

Held on September 22nd 2008

Venue: FICCI Auditorium

Here are the questions from the Cricket Quiz held at FICCI Auditorium in September 2008. I know this is coming very late but better late than never…

I have edited the collection. (Some questions were deleted as they were based on current affairs during that time). Thanks to Mr Arindam for sending in the questions. Also, most of the questions were supplemented by hints and clues by the quizmaster.

  • Which¬†Indian cricket captain was described by Ray lllingworth thus: “Like all Indian captains he placed his faith in the oriental virtue of patience?”

Ans: Ajit Wadekar

  • Complete the Richie Benaud quote: “Captaincy in ninety percent luck and ten percent skill….. But for heaven’s sake¬†don’t try without…..”

Ans: “that little ten percent”

  • When Neville Cardus described the phenomenon as ‘snicket’ or ‘slogget’, what was he referring to?

Ans: One-Day Cricket

  • Which West Indian¬†great’s autobiography is called “The Man in the Middle”?

Ans: Gordon Greenidge

  • One more quote:¬†About which great¬†left-hander batsman did Don Bradman remark, “If you score a century like¬†that again, I hope I’ll be there to see it”?

Ans: Graeme Pollock

  • Which was the first cricket stadium in India to have floodlights?

Ans: Eden Gardens

  • Who was¬†the first Indian bowler to take five wickets twice in One-Day Internationals?

Ans: Krishnamachari Srikkanth

  • Which cricketer was in the same car with Jagit Singh’s only son Vivek Singh when they met with an accident and the latter died?

Ans: Sairaj Bahutule

  • This Kiwi batsman was dismissed in the very first ball of a One day cricket World Cup, the only one to have been done so. Can you name the batsman?

Ans: John Wright

  • Can you name Vinod Kambli’s debut film?

Ans: Annarth

  • Who used to keep wickets for South Africa in the 1996 Cricket World Cup?

Ans: Steven Palframan

  • Which cricketer was given the nickname “Rent-A-Wagon” by the legendary English commentator Brian Johnston, since he could not pronounce his real name?

Ans: Srinivas Venkatraghavan

  • What connects Sourav Ganguly, Farokh Engineer and Clive Lloyd concerning their international first class cricket career?

Ans: Lancashire

  • Who is the only Indian to win a World cup cricket (any category) as a player and a coach?

Ans: Roger Binny

  • Brett Lee was¬†threatened to be taken to court by the Kiwi coach John Bracewell for bowling successive beamers at which¬†contemporary batsman?

Ans: Brendon McCullum

  • The first reported allegations about the match fixing can be traced back to¬†the Pakistan-West Indies test match played between February 15-20, 1975.¬†Clive Lloyd was the West Indian captain. Who led the Pakistan squad?

Ans: Intikhab Alam

  • Who headed the first Indian commission of inquiry into the allegations of match fixing against Indian players?

Ans: Justice Y.V Chandrachud

  • Who is missing in the series: Hansie Cronje, Herschelle Gibbs, Nicky Boje, Pieter Strydom, ____________?

Ans: Henry Williams

  • Which Indian cricketer’s autobiography is called “Spin Punch”?

Ans: Dilip Doshi

  • In the famous Lord’s test of 1974,¬†India crashed to 42 all out, who was the only batsman with double figures in that infamous innings?

Ans: Eknath Solkar

  • What nickname connects Ken Rosewell with Venkatpathy Raju?

Ans: Muscles

  • This former¬†English captain¬†is a Kent legend. He captained the¬†English cricket team during the 1975 world cup and¬†Brian Luckhurst was one of his country opening partners.¬†Who?

Ans: Mike Denness

  • Which Zimbabwe cricketer had his nose broken by an Irfan Pathan bouncer and his other claim to fame includes being jailed for arson and violence and later sent for counselling?

Ans: Mark Vermuelen

  • Which Australian made his debut in 1994 in the Australasia cap as a wicketkeeper?

Ans: Justin Langer

  • How was Cricket Australia personnel Phil Jauncey in news?

Ans: As a sports psychologist, he was counseling Andrew Symonds

  • What¬†is the exact position of Dave Whatmore in the current Indian cricketing system?

Ans: Director (Cricket Operations) National Cricket Academy, Bangalore

  • At the ICC Awards held on September 11, 2008 what honour was given to Ryan ten Doeschate?

Ans: The Dutchman was declared as the Associate Player of the Year.

  • Which Indian cricketing international and domestic legend¬†are currently Bengal Ranji trophy team’s¬†consultant and coach respectively?

Ans: Mohinder Amarnath and Utpal Chatterjee

  • Complete the list: Marvan Atapattu, Russel Arnold, Upul Chandana, Avishka Gunawardene and ___________.

Ans: Saman Jayantha

  • Which two Indian cricketing legends’ autobiographies are called¬†“Cricket Delightful” and “A Long Innings” respectively?

Ans: Mushtaq Ali and Vijay Hazare respectively

  • Chaminda Vaas has taken 400 one day wickets. Which one-day legend wrapped up his career with 393 wickets?

Ans: Shaun Pollock

  • He has taken 32 wickets in test cricket. In the 1999 World Cup in England during India’s last league match against England, who¬†took the crucial wicket of Neil Fairbrother?

Ans: Sourav Ganguly

  • One more from the same World Cup. Which¬†batsman scored a half century in the famous league match of India against Zimbabwe in 1999 World Cup.¬†India had lost that match.

Ans: Sadagopan Ramesh

  • In the famous Natwest trophy final which India won against England, Virender Sehwag hit 4 consecutive fours in an over.¬†Which¬†bowler from England was the sufferer?

Ans: Ronnie Irani

  • Which former Indian test player was born in Rio de Janeiro?

Ans: Ashok Gandotra

  • He was India one of the finest domestic crickets and held an international first class cricket batting record for the last wicket partnership. Amongst his other non-cricketing specializations, he¬†was a fingerprint expert. Can you name the legend?

Ans: Chandu Sarwate

  • Apart from being¬†former cricketer and a cricket coach, what is the professional expertise of Geoff Lawson?

Ans: He is a qualified optometrist

  • What connects: Bal Thackeray, Arthur Mailey and OV Vijayan?

Ans: Also cartoonists

  • Which cricketing legend had a restaurant¬†called “Banana Leaves” that was¬†washed away by the tsunami?

Ans: Aravinda de Silva

  • What is common to – scut of rabbit, brush of a fox, wreath of a boar, stern of a wolf and a cricketing position?

Ans: Tail

  • What connects Timex, Acestar-underwear range¬†and Manmohan Shetty’s film Victory?

Ans: Brett Lee

  • Sachin Tendulkar’s first world record was for his school Sharadashram Vidyamandir in a school cricket tournament in Mumbai. Which tournament?

Ans: Harris Shield

  • Who scored a brilliant century for Bangladesh making his team win a historic one day match against Australia in the Natwest Trophy-2005?

Ans: Mohammed Ashraful

  • Who was the Indian cricketer¬†to endorse Brylcreem?

Ans: Farokh Engineer

  • Which is the only father and son pair to represent the same country in the ODI World Cup?

Ans: Lance Cairns and Chris Cairns

  • Who has¬†the distinction of playing the¬†maximum number of Test matches without being a captain?

Ans: Mark Waugh

  • I was not out when Kumble took all ten wickets in an innings. Who am I?

Ans: Waqar Younis

  • One of the finest cricket¬†contemporary cricket authors, he is currently a resident of Sri Lanka. He¬†is a New Zealand born cricket aficionado who has been a first class umpire and a cricket writer since 1958. Can you name the journalist?

Ans: Trevor Chesterfield

  • Which company brings out the magazine Cricket Today?

Ans: Diamond Magazines

  • Sachin Tendulkar could have been the youngest ever test centurion when he was caught off the bowling of Danny Morrison at Napier during the India- New Zealand test series early in the master blaster’s career. Who took the catch?

Ans: John Wright

  • If Michael Holding was known as “Whispering Death”, who is known¬†as the “Slow Death”?

Ans: Steve Bucknor

  • Who gave Kapil Dev the nickname “Haryana Hurricane”?

Ans: The Guinness Book of World Records

  • He began his first class career for his native state Otago and almost ended with Worcestershire. In between, he became a cricketing legend both in Test and one-day and recorded his highest score of 311 against Warwickshire at New Road in 1982. He has an Indian connection. Name the great.

Ans: Glenn Turner

  • Amongst the world records made in 2008, has been 12 sixes by a player against Canada during his unbeaten 157-run knock at Maple Leaf North West Ground, King City on August 22. It broke the joint record held¬†by Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi. Can you name the player?

Ans: Xavier Marshall of West Indies

  • In the famous match¬†of the Australasia Cup where Javed Miandad recorded¬†the last ball six off Chetan Sharma, who was the Pakistani wicketkeeper in the game?

Ans: Zulqarnain

  • Which Indian cricketing legend was born in Kabul?

Ans: Salim Durrani

  • Who is¬†the current Chief¬†Operating Officer for PCB?

Ans: Salim Altaf

  • Which was the one-day cricket tournament when the¬†Supreme Court of India had its first brush¬†with the cricket broadcasting rights?

Ans: Hero Cup

  • What does TEN stands for in¬†“TEN Sports”?

Ans: Taj Entertainment Network

Hope you enjoyed.



P.S Stay tuned as more posts are due ūüôā Also, incidentally, this is the 42nd post on the blog.