Monthly Archives: September 2008

Daily Question – 108


Answer: All of them are the most expensive properties on various editions of Monopoly.

Quoting zizzyphus,

1. Imperial Palace, Coruscant- Star wars edition
2. Graceland, Elvis edition
3. Kermit the Frog’s swamp, Muppet edition
4. Wayne Manor, Batman edition
5. Rue de la paix, French edition
6. Mayfair, London in British edition

Cracked by Raghuvansh and Zizzyphus.


Daily Question – 107

What? Where?

Answer: Kids playing the game of Poohsticks at a bridge located in Ashdown Forest, close to the village of Hartfield, East Sussex, England. This is considered to be the bridge on which A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin first played the game. (It is a game first mentioned as being played by Winnie-the-Pooh and friends in the book The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne. Each participant drops a stick on the upstream side of the bridge; the player whose stick first appears on the other side is the winner.)

Cracked by Mouli, Zizzyphus and Sankhya.

Daily Question – 106

People think something is named after A, but the name comes from B. Explain.

Answer: Salmonella, the genus of bacteria which cause typhoid and foodborne illness is named for Daniel Salmon, a veterinary scientist and not for salmon, the fish.

Cracked by Priya, Sankhya and Zizzyphus.

The QFI Chennai Super King for the week is Sankhya.

Daily Question – 105

Details of tomorrow’s QFI meeting:

Quizmasters – TK “the Baron” Balaji (aka TKB) & Raghuvansh

Date – 28th September, 2008

Venue – PS Senior Secondary School, # 33, Alarmelmangapuram,
Mylapore, Chennai 600004

Time – 10 AM

The question today is from Meera. Connect.

Answer: Visuals are Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard, Eugène Delacroix and a Sierpinski gasket.

The novel infinite jest by David Foster Wallace derives its name from a line in Hamlet, in which Hamlet refers to the skull of Yorick, the court jester: “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is!”

The narrative of Infinite Jest is structured along the lines of a Sierpinski Gasket, a primitive kind of pyramidical fractal.  It is constructed by taking a triangle, removing a triangle-shaped piece out of the middle, then doing the same for the remaining pieces, and so on. The result is an object of infinite boundary and zero area. A Sierpinski Gasket is self-similar; any smaller triangular portion is an exact replica of the whole gasket.

Cracked by Sankhya, Raghuvansh, Udupa and Zizzyphus.

Daily Question – 104

Identify the cousins in the first picture and connect them with the second visual.

Answer: Daniel (David) Nathan, alias Frederic Dannay and Manford (Emanuel) Lepofsky, alias Manfred Bennington Lee wrote detective fiction under the name Ellery Queen. In a successful series of novels that covered forty-two years, Ellery Queen served as both author’s name and that of the detective-hero. The cousins also wrote four novels about a detective named Drury Lane using the pseudonym Barnaby Ross. Drury Lane was named for a street in London, which you see in the second picture.

Cracked by Sankhya and Zizzyphus.

Daily Question – 103

He delivered a stinging rebuke but it was interpreted as an expression of sunny positivism, repeated ad nauseam in several tourist guide type books. Identify this misquoted individual and explain.

Donald Horne, who wrote the 1964 book “The Lucky Country”. Quoting Wikipedia – “The title comes from the opening words of the book’s last chapter:

Australia is a lucky country, run by second-rate people who share its luck.

Horne’s statement was actually made ironically, as an indictment of 1960s Australia. His intent was to comment that, while other industralised nations created wealth using “clever” means such as technology and other innovations, Australia did not. Rather, Australia’s economic prosperity was largely derived from its rich natural resources. Horne observed that Australia “showed less enterprise than almost any other prosperous industrial society.” In the decades following his book’s publication, Horne became critical of the “lucky country” phrase being used as a term of endearment for Australia. He commented, “I have had to sit through the most appalling rubbish as successive generations misapplied this phrase.”

Cracked by Udupa.

Daily Question – 102

‘Man making a point’ was involved in a work which has gathered a fan following over the years. ‘Cartoon guy’ was inspired by this work to do something. For an additional clue, check out this mildly NSFW picture. Now, details please.

Nicholas Ray, directed “Johnny Guitar”, in which the title character memorably observes “I am a stranger here myself”. This inspired the title of a Bill Bryson book about revisiting America after twenty years spent in England. The clue was the cover of an album by blues guitarist Johnny Watson who became Johnny “Guitar” Watson after watching the film.

Was uncracked.