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Daily Question # 220 May 21, 2009

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Openings  like  these  are  seen  on  castle  walls . What  are  they  commonly  called ?

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Loopholes ,  from  which  the  phrase  takes  its  origin  !!   These  are  vertical  slits / openings  in  the  walls  of  fortifications  which  allow  a  defender  to  shoot  or  look  out  while  remaining  protected . Metaphorically , therefore , the  word  means  a  gap ,omission ,error or  ambiguity  that  one  can exploit .

( Embrasures / Arrow  Loop / Arrow  Slit  etc  accepted )

Cracked  by  Arun  Hiregange , Rithwik , Johny  Walker , Incognito , Gautam  Jayasurya , Sandi , Abhi , Deepthi  Mani , Yadhu , Hadi , Sai G , Abhishek  Das , Arun  AS , Abhijeet  and  Anil  Raghavan .

Daily Question # 219 May 21, 2009

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A  was  the  first . B  is  the  latest . What  are  we  talking  about ?

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Andre  the  Giant ( A )  was  the  first  inductee  into  the  WWE  Hall  of  Fame  and  ring  announcer  Howard  Finkel ( B )  is  the  latest .

Cracked  by  Abhishek , Abhijeet , Arun  Hiregange , Arun  Warrier , Shreyas , Incognito , Sudarshan , Vishnu , Rithwik  and  Anil  Raghavan .

Daily Question # 218 May 19, 2009

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Find  the  monthly  set  here .

What  was  this  barn  near  Oxford  previously ?

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This  is  the  Mayflower  barn  in  South  Buckinghamshire  which  was  supposedly  built  from  the  remains  of  the  famous  ship  Mayflower . So , technically , the  barn  was  previously  the  ship .

Goes  uncracked !

Daily Question # 217 May 18, 2009

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What  else  is  missing  in  this  snap  apart  from  the  dude’s  hands ?

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The  man  in  the  pic  is  Harold  Russell , the  only  person  to  have  received  2  Oscars  for  the  same  role  in  the  same  movie – The  Best  Supporting  Actor  Award  and  an  honorary  Oscar  ”for  bringing  hope  and  courage  to  his  fellow  WW II  veterans” ( The  Best  Years  Of  Our  Lives in  1947 ) . However , he  sold  one  of  his  Oscars  in  the  90s  to  gather  money  for  the  treatment  of  his  ailing  wife  and  hence  missing  from  the  pic .

Cracked  by  Abhi , Arun  Hiregange , Hadi , Yadhu , Anil  Raghavan and  Jyothi .

The Monthly Set – 6 May 17, 2009

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Find  the  set  for  this  month  here .

The  set  closes  attempt  on  the  28th .

So , get  going  and  send  in  your  answers  asap . Happy  quizzing !

Daily Question # 216 May 17, 2009

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Today’s  question  comes  from  Arun  AS .

A  is  a  personification  of  the  central  character  whereas  B  presides  over  peripherally . Where / What ?

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A  is  Hypatia  of  Alexandria , a  representation  of  Sophrosyne , the  god/goddess  of  temperance  and  moderation . B  is  the  Roman  goddess  Minerva . On  the  VENUS  ROSEWATER  DISH  awarded  to  the  Ladies  Singles  Champion  at  Wimbledon , on  can  find  the  image  of  Sophrosyne  at  the  centre  whereas  Minerva  is  depicted  as  the  presiding  power  on  the  outer  rim  of  the  plate .

Goes  uncracked !

Half  credits  to  Jyothi  and  Ameya  for  identifying  both .

Daily Question # 215 May 17, 2009

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What’s  the  Indian  connection ?

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The  Fountain  of  the  Four  Rivers ( Nile , Danube , Ganges , Rio  de  la  Plata ) in  Piazza  Navona , Rome . The  snap  depicts  the  river  god  Ganges .

Cracked  by  Arun  AS , Vishnu , Jyothi , Abhi , Ajay  Parasuraman , Sumo  and  Anil  Raghavan .

Daily Question # 214 May 16, 2009

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Who  was  the  boss  of  this  rodeo  group ?

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Ray  Park ( A ) played  the  role  of  Darth  Maul , Christopher  Lee ( B )  played  Darth  Tyrannus/Count  Dooku  and  David  Prowse ( C )  was the  man  inside  the  Darth  Vader  suit  in  the  Star  Wars  movies . They  constitute  the  Sith  Order ( ‘this  rodeo’  was  almost  an  anagram  of  sith  order)  and  their  boss , of  course , happens  to  be  Chancellor  Palpatine .

Only  Jyothi  and  Arun  Hiregange  used  the  Light  Side  of  the  force . Take  a  bow , jedis ! Fantastic  attempt  by  Ajay  Parasuraman  for  half  credits .

Daily Question # 213 May 15, 2009

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Connect .

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The  statues  of  Magic  Johnson ( A ) , Oscar  de  la  Hoya ( B )  and  Wayne  Gretzky ( C )  can  be  found  at  the  Staples  Center  in  LA .

Cracked  only  by  Arun  Hiregange . Salut !  Half  credits  to  Anderson  Council .

Daily Question # 212 May 13, 2009

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A  once  said  that  ”he  is  an  X” . B  is  another  example  of  X . C  is  one  of  the  people  who  connects  A  and  X . D  is  the  lego  version  of  one  of  C ‘s  best  known  works  and  is  based  on  a  work  by  E  and  F .

Solve  for  A , B , C , D , E , F  and  X .

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Quoting  Shrey  Goyal ,

“Douglas Hofstadter (A) coined the term “Strange Loop” (X) in his book “Gödel, Escher, Bach”, and further discussed it in “I Am a Strange Loop”. The cover art for the album Ummagummma (B) by Pink Floyd is an example of a strange loop. Hofstader discussed examples of visual strange loops from works by M.C.Esher (C), who is best known for his lithograph print, Ascending and Descending (D), which is an implementation of Penrose Stairs, created by Lionel Penrose (E) and his son Roger Penrose (F)”

Cracked  by  Jyothi , Arun  Hiregange , Debasish , Shrey  Goyal , Anil  Raghavan and  Incognito . Half  credits  Ajay  Parasuraman  and  Rithwik .