G K – From Rock 'n' Roll to Sherlock Holmes

Published: 22nd September 2014 06:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2014 06:16 AM   |  A+A-

1. On August 1, 1981 at 12.01 am, John Lack said, “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll” with video footage of another launch that occurred in April that year — the first Space Shuttle. Neil Armstrong refused to give permission for the organisers to use the “one small step… ” line. However, the Apollo 11 moon landing clip was used as it was public footage with a rock theme song. Which launch was this?

2. Which breed of dog accompanied the marching teams at the opening ceremony of this year’s Commonwealth Games at Glasgow?

3. The Warangal Gate is a grand arch and the symbol of a dynasty that ruled between 083 CE and 1323 CE. Which dynasty is this? Where would one find a representation of this structure today along with another historical structure?

4. Name the artist duo whose track Thrift Shop got them the top spot at Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2013 for six weeks and won them the 2014 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. This achievement was extraordinary as they made it to the top without a record label supporting them.

5. The terrorist organisation ISIS uses this word to describe its “sovereign” state in the Middle East. The word in Arabic means ‘succession’ as the head of the state is a successor to Prophet Mohammed. Which word is this?

6. This country’s constitution contains an entire section of fairly advanced geometry in it (Schedule 1 Relating to Article 5). There are 24 steps. Which of our neighbour’s is it? And what are these instructions for?

7. A sombre granite memorial in Colombo commemorates 1,500 personnel of armed forces of another country who died in the line of duty during their deployment between 1987 and 1990. The memorial is possibly the only acknowledgement of this unsung force that was forced into a fight when fighting was not its original purpose. Which group am I talking about?

Dr Navin Jayakumar.jpg8. This area of a capital city on the Mediterranean coast is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It gets its name ‘White City’ because of its appearance. Its 4,000-odd buildings are the world’s largest collection of a distinctive architectural style that originated in Weimar and Dessau, and being banned by the Nazi government, moved here. Its inexpensive but efficient architecture was what was needed to cater to the Jews fleeing Germany. What is the name of the city? What style of architecture am I talking about here?

9. This phrase describes the use of a property as a holiday home for a fixed limited period each year. The phrase itself originated from another field in the 1960s that also allowed people a fixed limited period to perform a certain activity. Mention the phrase and the field.

10. This standardisation in India traces back to the Viceroy Lord Mayo, based on calculations to allow four persons to sit comfortably abreast. This distance was determined to be 3’3” but was modified slightly to take into account the change to the new metric system. The first practical manifestation of this standardisation was in 1872 from Delhi to Farukh Nagar. What was this?

11. According to a 2007 climate study on rising sea levels, many coastal cities around the world will be in danger by 2070. The study made two lists of the top five cities based on exposed population and exposed assets. An Indian and a Chinese city figure in both these lists. Name them.

12. Sports: What first in different sports was achieved by Mario Zagallo (1958, 1962 / 1970) and Geoff Marsh (1987 / 1999)?

13. The goddess Bon Bibi (or the Lady of the Forest) is worshipped by Hindus living in a specific area in eastern India. She is also worshipped by Muslims in that region who consider her a ‘pirani’. Where is she specifically worshipped for for her powers of protection against tigers?

14. Kancheepuram has a rich tradition of accommodating the major religions of Ancient India. This tradition finds an echo in the town’s broad municipal divisions. Two of these (now mere ghosts) are Buddha Kanchi and Jaina Kanchi. Name the other two divisions.

15. In the Sherlock Holmes canon of stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the following stories are unique for slightly different reasons — The Blanched Soldier, The Lion’s Mane, The Mazarin Stone and His Last Bow. What is specifically unique about the first two?


1. MTV

2. Scottish terrier

3. Kakatiya Dynasty / The State emblem of Telangana

4. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

5. Caliphate

6. Nepal; For constructing its unique flag

7. IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force)

8. Tel Aviv / Bauhaus

9. Time Share / Computers. MIT’s CTSS (Compatible Time Sharing System) allowed simultaneous access to its CPU by more than one user.

10. Metre Gauge railway

11. Kolkata / Guangzhou

12. First to win a World Cup as a player and a coach. The first to achieve the distinction as Captain and coach is Franz Beckenbauer: 1974 / 1990.

13. Sunderbans

14. Siva Kanchi and Vishnu Kanchi

15. They are narrated by Sherlock Holmes


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