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 🙂 Also, incidentally, this is the 42nd post on the blog.

Econorm 2008 Inquizition Prelims at DPSRKP

Econorm 2008

Inquizition Prelims – Business/Economics Quiz

Held at DPS, RK Puram

Date: 10 November 2008

By Econox Club

Multiple-Choice Questions

Q1. The first school of economics in the modern world was led by Francois Quesnay, the writer of La Tableau Economique. How was this group of economists better known?
(a) The Laissez-Faire School (c) The French School
(b) The Physiocrats (d) The French Liberals

Q2. Ragnar Frisch was the first winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics. For his study in which field did he win the Nobel Prize?
(a) Microeconomic Models (c) Welfare Economics
(b) Global Currency (d) International Trade

Q3. The UBS is a financial institution belonging to which country?
(a) Sweden (c) Singapore
(b) Switzerland (d) Thailand (Siam)

Q4. India’s nuclear tests in the 1970s led to the formation of the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group. Which organization was formed due to the oil crisis of the 1970s?
(a) G8/G7 (c) WTO
(b) IMF (d) OPEC

Q5. Which car company manufactured the ‘Beetle’, the Peoples’ car, on orders by Adolf Hitler?
(a) Audi (c) Daimler (of Daimler-Chrysler)
(b) BMW (d) Volkswagen

Q6. The Titanic was the largest ship of its time. Which is currently the largest commercial passenger ship in the world?
(a) Queen Elizabeth (c) Queen Mary
(b) King James (d) King George

Q7. Which building houses the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)?
(a) Firoze Jeejabhoy Towers (c) Naoroji House
(b) Mahindra House (d) J.D. Dalal Complex

Q8. WIPRO, one of India’s largest IT companies is also an FMCG player. With what business did WIPRO begin?
(a) Soaps and detergents (c) Vegetable Oils
(b) Fruit Juices (d) Hotels and Restaurants

Q9. The winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Economics teaches at which famous university?
(a) Harvard University (c)London School of Economics
(b) Columbia University (d) University of Pennsylvania

Q10. Karl Marx was expelled from Germany for his communist viewpoint. In which country did Karl Marx find shelter and write his Das Capital?
(a) United States of America (c) France
(b) Sweden (d) England

Q11. The rupee is the currency of India and Pakistan among several other South Asian countries. Of which country is the Rupiah the currency?
(a) Maldives (c) Indonesia
(b) Malaysia (d) East Timor

Q12. The world’s largest company, Exxon-Mobil was formed by the merger of Exxon Corp. and Mobil Corp., both petrochem majors. Their common ancestor, The Standard Oil Company, was owned by the richest man of all times. Identify him.
(a) John D Rockfeller (c) William Douglas
(b) William Disraeli (d) John Stuart Mill

Q13. Who was the person with highest visibility, in terms of minutes, in television advertisements, as confirmed by a recent report?
(a) Shah Rukh Khan (c) Amitabh Bachhan
(b) Kareena Kapoor (d) Saif Ali Khan

Q14. With regard to Hollywood, which is the highest grossing film of all times (adjusted for inflation)?
(a) Gone with the Wind (c) Jurassic Park I
(b) The Godfather I (d) Ben Hur

Q15. With regard to which car did Henry Ford say “People can buy any colour as they wish to, as long as it is black” ?
(a) Ford Mustang Mach III (c) Ford Ikon
(b) Ford Indigo (d) Ford Model – T

Q16. Which of the following was not a part of the four pillars of Wall Street?
(a) Lehmann Brothers (c) Bank of America
(b) Morgan Stanley (d) Merrill Lynch

Q17. The first stocks in the world were issued for which company?
(a) The British East India Co. (c) The Dutch East India Co.
(b) The French East India Co. (d) The Portuguese East India Co.

Q18. Which is the only car to have briefly replaced a Maruti Suzuki car as the largest selling car in India ever since the Maruti 800 was introduced?
(a) Hyundai Santro (c) Tata Indica
(b) Daewoo Matiz (d) Chevrolet Spark

Q19. Who presented the first Budget of Independent India?
(a) Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru (c) Morarji Desai
(b) Shanmughan Chetty (d) Sardar Vallabhai Patel

Q20. To overcome the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt introduced which policy?
(a) Fair Deal (c) New Deal
(b) Best Deal (d) Money Deal

Q21. In 1988, Ajjay B. joined his family business, the Amritsar Transport Corporation. Alongside ATC, his family ran another business, which was doing abysmally. Ajjay’s father gave him Rs.40 lakhs to turnaround the business, which he managed to do in two year’s time. To expand his business, he formed a JV with an Australian company. What was the name of the JV (give the full name)?

Q22. What connects the following CEOs – Time Taft of Pizza Inn, Eric Schmidt of Google and Steve Jobs of Apple?

Q23. An Indian product, whose, SI prefix meaning 109, a term coined by physist Richard Feynman. Name it.

Q24. Name of which business legend name means, “prosperous rice field” in the local language?

Q25. Who is the world’s first Chief Happiness Officer?

Q26. Ashok Todi, father-in-law of the hapless Rizwanur Rehman, owns this brand worth Rs.200 crore. Interestingly, Bengalis had voluntarily chosen to shun the product after Rizwanur’s death. Name the brand.

Q27. Which country’s central bank has misspelt the word “bank” on its new notes as “bankh”?

Q28. Who said this – “the five most dangerous words in business may be – everyone else is doing it”?

Q29. By what name is “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web” now know?

Q30. X ($ infinite, 1600 plus yrs), Richie Rich ( $ 24.7 billion 12 yrs), Oliver Warbucks (10 billion, 57 yrs), Scrooge McDuck ($ 8.2 billion, 67 yrs), Thurston Howell III (8 billion, 45 yrs) are the five richest fictional characters of all time. Identify X.

Q31. Who is the lady who left her property of 5000 crore to her C.A?

Q32. There are many companies which love to hate Microsoft. The principal enemies of Microsoft are commonly referred to as NOISE (netscape, oracle, IBM, Sun Microsystems and E). What does E stand for?

Q33. What is the name of Walt Disney’s first animation film for the Indian market?

Q34. Name the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard and the company headed by her.

Q35. What does “R” in Maruti Suzuki’s small car Wagon R stand for?

Q36. Which industrial house has pledged to maintain the Taj Mahal?

Q37. Who is the lifelong chairman of the institute on rural management, Anand?

Q38. Which famous economist who has produced pioneering studies on gender inequality, has always taken care to write “her” rather than “him” while referring to an abstract person?

Q39. Which was the first Indian company to ring the NASDAQ opening bell from India by a remote control?

Q40. What do you mean by ‘banglored’?


Ans1. (b) The Physiocrats
Ans2. (a) Microeconomic Models
Ans3. (b) Switzerland
Ans4. (a) G8
Ans5. (d) Volkswagen
Ans6. (c) Queen Mary
Ans7. (a) Firoze Jeejabhoy Towers
Ans8. (c) Vegetable Oils
Ans9. (b) Columbia University
Ans10. (d) England
Ans11. (c) Indonesia
Ans12. (a) John D Rockfeller
Ans13. (d) Saif Ali Khan
Ans14. (a) Gone With the Wind
Ans15. (d) Ford Model – T
Ans16. (c) Bank of America
Ans17. (c) The Dutch East India Co.
Ans18. (a) Hyundai Santro
Ans19. (b) Shanmughan Chetty
Ans20. (c) New DealAns21. Priya Village Roadshow (PVR)
Ans22. Annual salaries of $1
Ans23. Nano
Ans24. Akio Morita
Ans25. Ronald McDonald
Ans26. Lux Cozi
Ans27. Kazakhastan
Ans28. Warren Buffet
Ans29. Yahoo
Ans30. Santa Claus
Ans31. Priyamvada Birla
Ans32. Everyone Else
Ans33. Roadside Romeo
Ans34. Naina Lal Kidwai of HSBC
Ans35. Recreation
Ans36. The Tatas
Ans37. Verghese Kurein
Ans38. Amartya Sen
Ans39. Infosys
Ans40. When a person loses his job when his job is outsourced

Scores of Top 6 teams – Only the top 4 Qualified!

19 – New Era Public School, Mayapuri
18 – DPS, Vasant Kunj
17 – St. Columba’s School
10.5 – DPS, NOIDA
10.5 – DPS, R K Puram
10 – Modern School, Barakhamba Road

This was the Business/Economics Quiz held at DPS, RK Puram – We won this Quiz, and performed really well, topping both the prelims and finals. This was a great quiz, really lived up to my expectations – There are not many Biz Quizzes in school fests, but this one was organised really well. You can read more abt Econorm 2008 here (By Subhashish Bhadra, the quizmaster) Kudos to the Econox Club for this one! Would definitely come back next year and I hope schools organise more such quizzes and events.

Signing off,


DPS MUN 2008

DPSMUN  is an annual Model United Nations (MUN) conference organised by DPS RK Puram alongwith Global Classrooms. 2008 was the 5th edition of DPSMUN. You can read more about MUN here. This year it was held on 22-24 November at the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. So we got the invitation around July and then the Social Sciences HOD started selection for the team. She got in some interested students and gave them topics to prepare on. We kept delaying things, and finally the selection was done around September. So this event is basically a MUN conference (To know, what exactly is an MUN, head here). I had heard a lot about this but was not sure whether our school would be participating in it – I was also quite ignorant of this event till Class X, but finally my Political Science teacher told me all about this (Our school had gone for this some years back). I was slightly apprehensive at first about going, because this event needs a lot of hard work, research and good communication, speechmaking, writing and PR skills. But then I finally decided to go for it. We have to fill in choices as to which country we want (to represent), we filled the form for 2 countries but finally got only one (that too, not the one which we had asked for). We got the West African Country of Senegal. This had 4 delegates (General Assembly I, General Assembly (Plenary), Human Rights Council and Committee for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. In all, there were 10 committees. Each committee is allotted 2 topics, on which they have to discuss, debate, and then finally pass resolutions. I took General Assembly I, whose topics were Multinational Terrorist Groups and Conflict Diamonds. (See the committees and agendas here). We prepared really hard, did loads of internet research. Senegal, in the heart of Western Africa, is in the zone which is most affected by the problem of Conflict Diamonds. I had no idea (because of no past experience) that in a large committee like General Assembly, only 1 topic would be discussed and thus prepared both extensively (Later, only Multinational Terrorist Groups was discussed, after a vote was held as to which topic should be set on agenda first). You have to master the rules, make position papers, prepare speeches, read up extensively and a big fat Country Profile also has to be submitted. There are voting procedures, moderated and unmoderated caucuses. We stayed back after school, met on Sundays and finally D-Day came on 22nd. We left at around 9-30 AM but the final committee sessions started only around 3 PM. The Inauguration Ceremony was presided over by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. He gave a really great speech (which you can read here). The Stein Auditorium was jam-packed and everybody was looking for good seats. After that, there was lunch, which was good. Then the committee sessions started, and there was a roll call, followed by a motion for setting the agenda for the day and then finally the speaker’s list was opened. Day 1 ended at around 5 PM. Day 2, the sessions started at around 8-30 AM and went on till around 4-30 PM. It did get a bit boring in between, but there was a crisis situation which was introduced in between, on which we had to give solutions and then pass a resolution. My committee was all about International Security and Disarmament issues, so we got a topic related to that. Day 3 – everyone was in a mood to enjoy and have fun. Then there was the closing ceremony and the Prize Distribution. All in all, it was a good experience, but it could have been conducted in a better manner (especially my committee, which had 134 delegates – the largest of them all). Though we did not win anything (we did not expect to!), it was a good to have participated. I can go on and on about this, but I will leave it here – I dont feel like writing anymore abt this, becoz its really boring!

Here are some photos:


Thats me – In the Grounds at India Habitat Centre


The Delegation of Senegal (I clicked this pic  so I am not there)


General Assembly I (Board outside the Room)


Senegal Placard on my seat


Thats the Cover Page of our Country Profile

Signing off,


Techeez Quiz Prelims at JKPS

Techeez Quiz Prelims

Venue: Jaspal Kaur Public School

By Manmeet Singh and Pulkit Arora

Date: 5 November 2008

1.    Name the major company that rejected a takeover bid by Microsoft recently.
Ans: Yahoo

2.    Name the latest two graphic cards launched by NVIDIA.
Ans: GTX 260 and GTX 280

3.    (*)The Intel India team in Bangalore recently designed a 6 core processor to be used in servers. What was this processor named?
Ans: Dunnington

4.    Which operating system is the successor to Windows Vista, to be launched in 2009?
Ans: Windows 7

5.    What resolution is referred to as “Full HD”?
Ans: 1920×1080

6.    (*)HP is the owner of which Gaming PC manufacturer?
Ans: Voodoo

7.    World’s most photorealistic game.
(Hint: This game is so heavy on resources, it makes computers CRY)
Ans: Crysis

8.    Which company uses the tagline “Yours is here”?
Ans: Dell

9.    (*)What is the codename of Windows Mobile 7?
Ans: Photon

10.    All present graphic cards use which port on the motherboard?
(Hint – Successor to AGP)
Ans: PCI Express

11.    Which free internet radio service is promoted by Winamp?
Ans: Shoutcast

12.    Which program is called the “Poor Man’s Photoshop”?

(Hint – Think Cabinets!)
Ans: Coolermaster

14.    Our friend Doug showed off his invention in 1968, in the Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. It’s a pivotal part of computers these days. Name the invention.
Ans: Computer Mouse

15.    Who’s called “Father of Visual Basic”?
Ans: Alan Cooper

16.    Who created JavaScript?
Ans: Brendan Eich

17.    Write Full forms of:

  • RIM – Research In Motion
  • ARPANET – Advanced Research Projects Agency Network
  • NASSCOM – National Association of Software and Services Companies
  • CAPTCHA – Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart
  • PERL – Practical Extraction and Report Language

18.    How many Gigabytes are there in a Terabyte?
Ans: 1000

19.    Sun Microsystems and Intel have their headquarters at a common location. Name this place.
Ans: Santa Clara

20.    Name the CEOs of the following companies:

  • Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg
  • Oracle – Larry Ellison
  • Apple – Steve Jobs
  • Intel – Paul S Otellini

21.    What is one unit of mouse movement called?
(Hint: A unit of mouse movement is 1/200th of an inch.)
Ans: Mickey

22.    (*)Which is the successor to the current Leopard version of Mac OSX?
Ans: Snow Leopard

23.    Name a desi internet search engine.

24.    Identify this logo.


Ans: Java

25.    Name the thinnest notebook in the world.
Ans: MacBook Air

Thanks to Pulkit for this paper. It was an easy prelims set, mostly on basic current affairs stuff. We qualified for the finals and came 2nd.



Dynamix 2008 Quiz and Crossword

Dynamix 2008 held at Ramjas, RK Puram, about which I had written earlier also, was the first tech symposium of the year for me and the both the events here for which I went (Quiz and Crossword) were sadly, rigged 😦

We did managed to get a 3rd position in the Crossword, but it was a really bad experience…

Here are the downloads (Quiz was totally copied from Past Exun archives) for Dynamix 2008 – With Solutions.

Dynamix 2008 Quiz Prelims

Dynamix 2008 Crossword

Do try out the crossword clues – because it had some weird god clues 😉

The finals of the Quiz were really bad and I just hope next year this fest is better!

Code Wars 2008 DPSVK Tech Quiz Prelims

Code Wars 2008 Quiz Prelims – Held at DPS Vasant Kunj

Tech Quiz

By Ankur Banerjee

Date: 21 November 2008

1. * Decrypt this: “Bpqa qa vwb epib gwc bpqvs qb qa”

Ans: “This is not what you think it is”. The encryption system used here is ROT-8, not ROT-13.

2. What is the NASDAQ stock ticker symbol for Sun Microsystems?


3. Of which US-based media organization is Microsoft the part owner of?


4. Who is the creator of eBay?

Ans: Pierre Omidayar

5. * One of the many nicknames that this person has is ‘Monkey Boy’. Who
is he / she?

Ans: Steve Ballmer

6. Digit magazine is owned by which company?

Ans: Nine Dot Nine Mediaworx

7. Connect: Dodgeball, Urchin, Jaiku, GrandCentral

Ans: All of these companies were acquired by Google. (Urchin was renamed as Google Analytics)

8. Name the web-based content management system software that is used
to run Wikipedia and many other similar wikis.

Ans: MediaWiki

9. For which operating system was Microsoft Office first released?

Ans: Mac OS

10. * Which company makes the processor for the Apple iPhone?

Ans: Samsung

11. * What is the name of Microsoft’s diagram and flowcharting software?

Ans: Visio

12. Name the GUI used on the OLPC XO laptop.

Ans: Sugar

13. Jelsoft Enterprises makes a product which is highly popular with web
developers. What is that product?

Ans: vBulletin (forum software)

14. * What was Yahoo! Widgets earlier known as?

Ans: Konfabulator

15. Glutamate Grape, Sugar-Free Radical, Beta Carroty, and Sero-Tonic
Water are different varieties of what?

Ans: Google Gulp flavors

16. Identify the person.




Ans: Sakina Arsiwala, International Manager of YouTube

17. Name Mozilla Labs’ new instant messaging project.

Ans: Snowl

18. What do you get when you multiply six by nine?

Ans: 42 (Forty-Two)

The sad part was we missed qualifying for the finals of this Quiz because we did not write 42 as the answer to the 18th question 😦 and then lost out to DPS Dwarka in the tie-breaker. Also made another big blunder, wrote Mac OS X instead of Mac OS for the 9th question and paid a heavy price. But Ankur did a great job for the finals (which was real tough!) and I enjoyed the quiz as audience.

Signing off,