A Hopeful Moratorium

I have noticed that Adi (whatzinaname) and I (tarantinofan) have been the main quiz setters. We both have decided to stop putting up questions for a while, instead concentrating on LSD. We will put up the LSD and other quizzes so we can have a record of sorts, and so our dear quizzing alumni can have a crack at them. Ths moratorium does not imply that others should not put up sets. We would love it if others do. Archit (chit or whatever name he’s using) and Bhargava (MS Bhai, although he hates the name) have been putting up too, but now the Onus is upon you all. Vikram has been acing all the stuff till now. Dude, if you could find the time, we would love it if you put up quizzes, too.

Res Ipsa Loquitur

ID and connect, giving reasons. The answer is a Person.

The black motorcycle is a bonus and a giveaway in conjecture with the rest, if you have read the Person’s books.

Clue: The Person is a very famous journalist, committed suicide in 2005 by shooting self.


Hunter S Thompson, gonzo journalist and Rebel Hero extraordinaire.
The pictures are:
1. Bob Dylan (good friend).
2. Hunter at a younger age.
3. Hunter with a Ducati 900S which he’d been sent to test. His love for fast, deadly machines is evident in his writing.
4. “What if I told you I have a Vincent Black Shadow?” This is the Vincent Black Shadow, famously mentioned in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
5. Jack Nicholson (good friend).
6. Johnny Depp (good friend).
7. Logo of the Universal Life Church, from which the Doctor got his doctorate in divinity. Even I have a degree from them. I’m an ordained Minister of the ULC, so that’s Brother Anirudh Ramachandran to y’all!

Cracked by vikram


1. This found on Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit. ID the last banned thing and put funda.


Durian. Cracked by panda, vijayaraghavan, rotti, mahesh, archit89.

G@me 0n!

1. L, a bi-monthly, has the following sections:

  • we’ve got incoming
  • phurstluk
  • reevus
  • pheachurs
  • haadwear
  • doo it urcelph
  • poynt off vu

L was started in 2003 by Jasubhai Digital Media(JDM) Pvt Ltd



  • A medical device used to immobilize cervical neck (spinal) fractures
  • A DC Comics superheroine, a gestalt of a newly-dead human body and an “Aurakle”, an energy-being resembling a sphere of iridescent color, discovered by Batman who recruits her for the Outsiders.
  • A computer interface technique that uses arcs to point users to off-screen locations
  • A gay bar in Washington, D.C.
  • A form of parachute jump
  • Mil Mi-26 or X, a heavy transport helicopter
  • A song by Machinehead album The Blackening
  • A fictional witness protection program in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
  • A film by Peter Jackson
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, a pro baseball team
  • A BAE stealth aircraft under development for the RAF

All these share the name of a series of games for Windows, Xbox, Mac OS/X and Xbox 360. ID.

3. ID the game released by capcom:

Gamers play as the female protagonist Alice. Based on the game series, a movie trilogy was made (written by Paul W.S Anderson and produced by Sony), the heroine played by Milla Jovovich.

4. The original W is a robot forced to work at a B factory. He is the best B maker there. W starts growing bored of making Bs in a factory day in and day out. He hears a rumor that any W that makes it from the underground factory gets a wish. W, desperate to escape his job, sets out on a journey to the surface and to turn W’s into human W’s, using his wish. The only thing standing in his way is the factory security guards who will do anything to keep the factory working. He must go through level after level, finding the hidden door to the next while avoiding / destroying the security guards. All of us must have played this game (which is also named W) at least once, or seen it played. Which game?

5. P is depicted as a short, pudgy, Italian plumber who lives in the M Kingdom, where he is regarded as a hero; he is best known for constantly thwarting the plans of the evil King Bowser to kidnap Princess Peach and subjugate the M Kingdom. He is well known for his plucky personality, enthusiasm and spirit in the face of enemies, unexpected physical agility, cooperation with his brother, Q, and his close relationship with Princess Peach whom he has repeatedly saved. He has an evil doppelgänger by the name of R (If P is Anirudh, then R is Onirudh, ie. only the first letter differs in the two names). Another cult classic game. ID the game and also ID P and Q.

Agence France-Presse – 1/18/2008 9:38 PM

Brazil bans popular video games seen to incite violence

Brazil this week imposed a ban on popular role-playing computer games “X” and “EverQuest,” claiming they incited violence and were “harmful to consumers’ health.” The federal prohibition on the sale of the games was being applied across the country, the official consumer protection agency in the central state of Goias said on its website Thursday. Both games allow players, typically teenage boys, to connect online to fantasy worlds where they interact with other players, form groups and carry out joint missions usually involving combat.

(Descriptive line of “X” in original article, deleted by the quizmaster)

An adapted version in Brazil permitted players to take on the perspective of either a police officer or a narcotrafficker in Rio de Janeiro’s infamously crime-ridden slums.

“EverQuest” is a swords-and-spells game in the mold of “Lord of the Rings” in which human or elvish or other imaginary characters go on joint adventures to gain treasure and increase their avatar’s abilities. Both began in 1999 and have since developed huge worldwide followings. Some psychologists have described them as addictive as drugs. A few players have turned professional, earning money from powerful characters they sell, or from the auction of hard-to-win virtual items. The ban was ordered in October 2007 by a Brazilian federal court, but was not immediately implemented. The judge, Carlos Alberto Simoes, ruled that the games encouraged “the subversion of public order, were an attack against the democratic state and the law and against public security.”

ID “X”.


1. skoar!
2. halo, bungie studios
3. resident evil
4. bomberman
5. mario
6. counter-strike


1 vijayaraghavan
2 bhargava
3 vijayaraghavan, bhargava, sotti
4 bhargava
5 vijayaraghavan, bhargava, sotti
6 nobody

Music Manic

1. saar very famous. saar born 8 December 1943, died 3 July, 1971, may he know peace in the mother’s last embrace. saar wrote very thoughtful poetry, several books of poetry. Saar born in Melbourne, Florida to future Admiral George Stephen LASTNAME and Clara Clarke LASTNAME.

In 1947, Saar, then 4 years old, purportedly witnessed a car accident in the desert, where a family of Native Americans were injured and possibly killed. Saar believed the incident to be the most formative event in his life and made repeated references to it in the imagery in his songs, poems and interviews.

Also, early in saar’s career he was afraid to look at crowd while singing. Saar sang with back to the crowd. Even when saar did start to show his face to the crowd, he was still lost in his own world while he sang.

ID Saar, whose last name is LASTNAME.

2. Nitin Malik, Sonam Sherpa, Saurabh Choudhary, Subir Malik, Chintan Kalra, Srijan Mahajan. Collectively known as?

3. Sampooran Singh Kalra, born in West Punjab (now Pakistan) on August 18 1936, is better known by his pen name, X. He has received the Padma Bhushan and the Sahitya Akademi Award. A cleanshaven Sikh, X was a car mechanic before he was an established writer. He has written in Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Marwari, Bhojpuri…He is a noted film-maker, playwright, poet, lyricist and director. ID X.

4. The roots of DOG were planted in the year 1990, when Mark Morton, Chris Adler and John Campbell were floor mates at Virginia Commonwealth University. The trio began playing at Adler’s house in Richmond weathering chilly conditions. “There was no heat at the house,” recalls Campbell. “We would freeze our asses off, get really drunk and hang around the kerosene heaters trying to write metal songs. Kerosene fumes and BL beer were definitely what fueled our early days.”

ID the band DOG, first known as Burn The Priest. Also ID the brand of beer. Both are well-connected.

5. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, Q’s latest album (2006) was number 1 on US boards and 3 on UK. Cult figure. Figure of Revolution. Whoitis?


1. jim morrison
2. parikrama
3. gulzar
4. lamb of god, black label beer
5. bob dylan


1 anees
2 adi, anees
3 adi, anees
4 nobody
5 adi, anees

Long title cut short

1. In September 2004, H A left the VVD, of which he was a member since 1989, and formed the Groep A, whose party program states that it is committed to “freedom of the individual”. H A believes that his country has been held by elitists for a long time and that he wants to give it “back to the people”. H A wants to lower taxes, raise highway speed limits, cut most welfare programs, and minimize state regulations by making it mandatory to scrap two legal rules for every new one to be instated. He also wants to reintroduce the mandatory army service. On the crime issue, he has supported a three strikes law similar to that of the USA with mandatory life sentences after three separate acts of violent crime. H A is under constant security protection because of frequent threats to his life.

However, H A is best known for his controversial movie, Fitna. He has famously stated that he does not hate muslims, he hates Islam.


* a note on variables: in this question, the variable is used. H A are 2 variables used for the person’s first and last names. They most often do not stand for his initials, but may sometimes do so. Groep A (“of which he was a member since 1989, and formed the Groep A) again contains the variable A, so it is Groep <his last name>. If H A stood for Mohandas Gandhi (which it does not; this is just an example), Gandhi Bhavan would be A Bhavan.

2. Connect. Don’t go too much into the specific car models shown.

3. Originally formed as “Mookie Blaylock,” UV is a Seattle-based rock band formed in 1990, considered to be one of the most popular and influential groups of the 1990s. UV is one of Seattle’s “Big Four” grunge bands, and i’m not giving away the others. ID UV.

4. It is jimbil. ID the characters.

5. What is common? Be very specific.

Egypt: sardo, testouri.
India: chhena, paneer, khoa.
Japan: sakura, tenshi.
Denmark: danbo, danish blue, danish tilsit, saga, samsoe.
Italy: bergkäse, crescenza, stracchino.
Netherlands: edam, frisian, gouda, smoked gouda, leyden, spitse.
Switzerland: emmentaler, mutschli, tilsiter, formaggini

6. ID Saul Hudson, born in Hampstead to an English father and an African-American mother. He was given the nickname “\/” by family friend Seymour Cassel, according to whom Saul “was always in a hurry, zipping around from one thing to another.” I dare not put up a picture.

7. ID maadu. Saar very famous. (I remembered Derek o’Brien and BQC while making this)


1. geert wilders
2. tata xenon
3. pearl jam
4. sweeney todd, the demon barber of fleet street
5. cheese
6. steve vai


I remember many cracking these on gtalk, but do not remember any names, sorry.

Hors D’oeuvres

Let’s whet up an appetite with a short, simple quiz. No level only.

1. This band’s first four-track demo was entitled “Mental Aquaducts”. They are famous for their rap-style choruses and sing sympathy with teenage angst, with rebellious lyrics like “we don’t/don’t give a fuck and we won’t ever give a fuck until you give a fuck about me/and my generation”.

The current members of the band include vocalist FD (who is also a tattoo artist), bassist Sam Rivers, drummer John Otto (Rivers’ cousin), and Latvian turntablist/sampler player DJ Lethal. The band’s former guitarist is well known for his bizarre appearance, covering his entire face with makeup, and wearing completely black contact lenses. He now works with a band called Black Light Burns.

ID the band.

2. The * is round and has its name engraved into its top surface. The edges of the top surface are also engraved with an intricate design. * was created in 1874 to commemorate the marriage of the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia to the Duke of Edinburgh. * is also a symbol of Spain’s economic recovery after the Spanish Civil War.


3. Connectamundo:

4. Moses in The Ten Commandments, Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes, Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur. What name is John Charles Carter, born in No Man’s Land, better known by? Clue: Died April 5th, 2008.

5. Nancy Shevell, Rosanna Arquette, Tanya Larrigan. Connect these 3 femmes with one of my favourite musicians.


1. Limp Bizkit
2. Marie biscuit
3. Aishwarya Rai or Manglik
4. Charlton Heston.
5. Paul McCartney. These are the ladies Palla is currently (yes, simultaneously) romancing.


1 kj
2 bhargava
3 nobody
4 kj, bhargava
5 nobody, but bhargava came close.