My debut here

January 6, 2010

Hey guys, these are some selected questions from a travel and living quiz i had done on the 19th December for kutub quizzers. Hope you like it, answers in a week’s time.

Which Munich landmark is named after a column that was built there to celebrate the end of the 30 years war and the Swedish occupation? (visual)

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there is a monument in the central square of Paris, the square is also called la Concordia, the monument is opposite the Madeleine church and is surrounded by the statues representing the French provinces, either tell me, the original name for the monument, or what do the French call it? Visual 2
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Though now completely associated with Germany, this bread pastry of Medieval European origin (some accounts say Italian or French) that has the shape of a three looped knot or twisted braid. They are either soft or hard. They have evolved into a variety of shapes from knotted loops to straight (called Salzstangen in German, Ropi in Hungaria. What?
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This Parisian tourist attraction is the home of Bistros and Cafes and is popular with tourists and students alike. Also the home of the Roman bath in Paris, this takes its name from a vocal practice during the medieval times. What?

The Royal Jordanian has attributed a 62% increase in traffic over the last few years they attribute this to what?

This book’s cover spoofs Milk cartons in the US, wherein announcements are made about people who are lost or missing. Which Bill Bryson book deals with travel in small town America?

What province of Canada shares its name with a breed of dog, and is separated from the mainland by the strait of Belle Isle?

Which autonomous region was originally titled Neuva Andalucia, and has been under the governance of Spain, England and presently under a third monarchy?

The work was attacked with a bread knife by an unemployed school teacher, Wilhelmus de Rijk, in 1975, resulting in a large zig-zag of slashes. It was successfully restored but some evidence of the damage is still observable close-up. De Rijk committed suicide in April 1976. Which work?

Bolivia has a small navy used to guard the islands of sun and moon. Where are these two islands located?

Taking its name from the German Austrian word for cutlet, which Viennese delicacy is usually served with lemon slice and lingonberry jam. What?
In india, this culinary item is usually served as Israeli cuisine.

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What Slovenian artistes, in a rather vague sense of the word perform at the Spanish Horfreitschule?

Though it looks a lot like the LGBT flag, this is a flag representing the various regions of an empire which ruled this country for a few centuries?
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January 5, 2010

He proposed that someone was first here. Who and what?

ANSWER
Thomas Pynchon in V. proposes that Kilroy was originally part of a schematic for a band-pass filter.

Complete answer by Paritosh(Dada was here!)


Doo-wop

January 1, 2010

This picture, or its title at the very least, was brought into pop-consciousness in 1976.How?

ANSWER
This Picture is titled Rene and Georgette Magritte with their dog after the war. The 1976 Single by Paul Simon takes its name from the picture and purports that Rene Magritte was a secret admirer of doo-wop music. Uncracked again.


Either-Or

December 31, 2009

The events leading to the end of her marriage resulted in an inspired bit of conflagration. What?

ANSWER
The Woman in the picture is Nina Paley. Her film SITA SINGS THE BLUES mixes biographical elements with Ramayana and Annete Hanshaw’s Blues for its three-fold narrative structure.

Uncracked again. Is it the low traffic or are the questions too arbitrary?


I am afraid this isn’t a practical joke

December 29, 2009

The sound made by this object lends itself to something that has been in place since the 16th century. What?

ANSWER
The object in picture here is called the battachio. When struck, the battacchio produces a loud smacking noise, though little force is transferred from the object to the person being struck. The term Slapstickcomes from this. Surprisingly uncracked.


Wicked!

December 24, 2009

Identify the creature/character blanked out. (I love this artist’s work!)

ANSWER:
Yup. Anoop ji gets it right! It is Laplace’s demon. This is Dresden Codak.


Hello, world!

December 23, 2009

Flickan med fjäderprydda hatt


Identify and Connect. Easy one.

Answer:

Quick one indeed!
Debashish gets it right, these are indeed the standard test image, audio file (mp3), and 3d rendering object respectively.