Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Everyone loves Tintin!!!

Since there have been no theme posts yet, I thought I'd be the first to set sail...I know there are a lot of Tintin enthus in BPGC, so expecting a lot of answers...If u know ur Tintin really well, you'll get all of 'em.

1. Easy one to start off. What is the only song Bianca Castafiore ever sings?

2. Name Tintin's pilot friend and his nationality.

3. Which Tintin adventure cover shows Tintin in immediate danger of being executed?

4. Complete: Tintin in the Land of ___ ______.

5. What is a puñal?

6. Who stole a ring belonging to his mother and blamed it on the maid?


1. The Jewel Song, from Faust (Every Castafiore adventure)
2. Skut, Est(h)onian (The Red Sea Sharks)
3. Tintin in America
4. the Soviets
5. A colonial Spanish knife/dagger (The Broken Ear)
6. Laszlo Carreidas (Flight 714)

No one got all of 'em.
Jorge Macieira and Lord Labak Das got 4 each, well done.

Time for some couple busting!

Identify these rather famous couples.





1. Wallace and Gromit
2. Marie and Pierre Curie
3. Thomas Hobbes and John Calvin
4. Hewlett and Packard

All 4 cracked only by Ajay and Snehal, and partially answered by the rest.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Just Connect it!!

Connect the three images

Partly answered by Ajay Parasuram and Karan Shah

The pics are- Joseph McCarthy, Harold Laski and George Clooney
connection-Harold Laski dedicated his book to Edward Murrow, who was a strong critic of McCarthy and infact, McCarthy in his rebuttal to Murrows criticisms, said that Murrow was a communist who supported Laski and used the fact that Laski dedicated his book to Murrow to convince people, but Murrow replied that it was done out of admiration for his work and not because he supported Laski. George Clooney ofcourse directed and acted in the movie Good Night and Good Luck, which depicted the Murrow-McCarthy face-off. George Clooney played the role of Fred Friendly, a close associate of Murrow.

Interesting fact- One of India's Prime Minsters said that at every cabinet meeting, one chair is kept empty for the ghost of Harold Laski!(due to the sheer number of Indian politicians and leaders he had taught)

Friday, October 17, 2008


Short question. Comment on this rather empty looking picture above.

Answer- The cover page of The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Cracked by Mike G, Shyam, Anirudh Patil, Ajay and Ajay Parasuraman.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fiction Galore!!!

Hey...this blog has been so far completely bereft of Literature...so here are 3 fairly easy questions to kick off...

1. “I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant,_______ .December, 1843.”

This is the starting foreword of which famous book? (The blank space is the initials of the author.) Name both the author and the book.

2. Captain Hastings (narrator in the first few Poirot books) meets his future wife in a train in the second book Murder on the Links. He is very much infatuated with her throughout the book and aids her escape when Poirot suspects her of a crime. She eventually is found innocent and redeems herself by saving all their lives. Her actual name is mentioned later in the books. By what name does she introduce herself to Hastings?

3. In the Hardy Boys series, Iola Morton (sister of Chet Morton, best friend of The Hardy Boys) is initially the girlfriend of Joe Hardy till she dies in a book. Who replaces her as Joe’s girlfriend in later books?

Answers -
1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens...An easy one...The blank is C.D, his initials.
2. She introduces herself as Cinderella.
3. Vanessa Bender.

Cracked by Vivek Nabhi and thought-philanderer(though you gave me her real name for the 2nd question)...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Two Toughies

Its been a while, so.............

1. For those who love hardcore sport, who is the only footballer to have scored in the Manchester, Merseyside and Glasgow derbies? Think of those goddamn Russians.

2. And for those who dont really like sport : Who said about whom?
"God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time."
The "who" in the questions aint easy, but the "whom" is.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Beating The Trap

Continuing with the sports flavour, here's a set on the world's favorite sport. Enjoy !!

1. He was originally nicknamed Dico. A prolific goalscorer, he is the leading goalscorer for his country in international matches. According to him, the most beautiful goal that he had ever scored was in a match against Juventus (sadly no footage of that goal exists). Incidentally, he is also the first sports personality to be featured in a video game. He holds the record for the most career titles won( he won 32 ) . Identify this very iconic footballer.

2. Identify this footballer.
3. He was named as one of the 125 greatest football players still alive in 2004. He played most of his football outside of his home country, representing clubs such as AS Monaco, Saint-Etienne and Montpellier among others. He came out of retirement and almost single-handedly led his country to its best performance in World cup history in 1990. His claim to fame, however, is a goal that he scored against Russia. Name the footballer described.

Connect the above 3 footballers.


1. Pele
2. Franz Beckenbauer
3. Roger Milla

The connect is Mohun Bagan. Pele was a part of the New York Cosmos team which played against MB in 1977. Roger Milla came to India with Diamont Club in 1990 to play against Bagan as part of their centenary celebrations. Beckenbauer is synonymous with Bayern Munich which came here recently to play against Bagan.

Decent response to the set. Almost all cracked the questions but failed at the connect part. Questions cracked correctly by Lord labak das, immigrant (interesting connect i must say) , E.T. and Ajay.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Simple Connect.....

what feat do these 4 gentlemen have in common.....

they have all batted on all 5 days of a test match.....

clockwise from top left: rasvi shastri, kim hughes, m l jaisimha and geoffrey boycott. cracked by lord labak das, ajay parasuram and kaushik.

All escape!a natural disaster!!!

connect again...

Answer- Rubin Carter, who was imprisoned(debate still raging on whether he is innocent or guilty) for two murders and Bob Dylan wrote the song 'Hurricane' to protest what he believed was the false conviction of Rubin Carter and Denzel Washington played the role of Carter in the movie 'Hurricane'

Cracked by Sridhar, Lakshmy and Lord Labak Das(didnt give the Denzel Washington connect though)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

From Sophia with Deadly Love....

Identify this deadly device. It has been used twice and worked only once, but it is a very clever creation

This is the Bulgarian Umbrella. This was used twice, once effectively to kill Georgi Markov on the London Waterloo Bridge. The method involves an umbrella specially designed to shoot out a poisoned bullet(Ricin used here) to kill a person. It was discontinued since the assassin would have to get too close to the victim and ricin was also unstable at certain temperatures(either doesn't work or might affect the handler)

Cracked by Kamal Rathi, Lakshmy, Raghav and Lord Labak Das(O.o)