Saturday, December 1, 2012

What could have been..

This mountain pass in the Spanish Sierra Nevada gives inspiration for the name of a novel.  It is named so to describe the moment when Muhammad XII was looking back and longing for his Granada palaces. 

Identify the novel.

The answer to the previous question was: Camembert Cheese, which was immortalised in the painting, "The Persistence of Memory" by Salvador Dali. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Remember remember!

Sorry for the long hiatus, peepals! Here's a question to start things all over again!

The appearance of a particular element in one of X's most famous works, was initially interpreted as incorporating Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. However, X was actually inspired by the perception of the item, shown below, melting in the sun. 

Who is X, and which work are we talking about?

Monday, September 3, 2012

MindTrigger 2012 - Prelims

Here are the much awaited preliminary round questions for Mind Trigger 2012.

1. Entries must be submitted individually.
2. 20 questions - Consisting of quiz questions, crossie clues and potpourri elements.
3. Send your answers in the form of a PDF file to ‘’.
4. The file must be named, ‘__MindTrigger’.
5. The contest is open only to PGP2’s.
6. In case of a tie, the time of submission will be taken into account.

1. Which place, famous in the world of business, gets its name from the tree shown here?

2. Identify the person shown in the banknote. 
3. Which famous venture did he start?

4. Which company are they protesting against?

5. Why was this company in the news recently? Be specific in your answer. 

6. How does the logo connect to the company's name?

7. Simple question. The Korean, Japanese and Chinese words for denoting a ‘round object’ share a common root, and all three of them have identical representations in their script form as well. What are the three words? 

8. Connect the images shown. 

9. In a consumerist article, which examined the reasons for the bankruptcy of Blockbuster, the following graph was published. What has been blanked out? (It indicates the primary reason for its bankruptcy)

10. Connect the following pictures to the end of an era. 


Work out these cryptic crossword clues to arrive at the answers.

11. Fifty snakes climb up these (7)
12. It's the same, up or down (5)
13. Cloudy trek proceeds to a sudden stop (4,6)
14. Well-groomed one needs a quick spur before last month is up (7)
15. Careful examination found in newspaper useless (6)


Figure out the phrase / idiom from the rebus shown





All the best everyone!

P.S. : Please dont attach your answers as comments in the mail or in the blog. Follow the format as mentined in the rules section.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Phantom

Which billionaire would you associate with the buildings given below? Give your answer as comment to the post.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Where does the battle for Earth begin?

Which board game is the picture given an original version of? The game has resulted in a number of variations across countries, multiple video games and one big budget movie. Leave your answers as comments.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Countdown to Literati: 1 day to go!

iQ brings you Literati - the Ultimate Lits Cometition @ IIM Bangalore. With just one day to go, why don't you test your Lits knowledge by cracking this question:

Connect the images on the left to the images on the right.

As usual, leave your answers in the comments.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Countdown to Literati: 2 days to go!

iQ presents Literati - the Ultimate Lits Competition in IIMB on 9th & 10th August. In the meanwhile, try and crack our countdown questions. Here's the second:

Connect the 5 things depicted in this image.

As usual, leave your answers in the comments.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Countdown to Literati: 3 days to go!

iQ brings you Literati - the Ultimate Lits Competition on 9th and 10th August 2012. We mark the countdown to Literati by bringing you a new Lits Question every day till the event. The first one is below:

Can you identify these two gentlemen and what connects them?
As usual, leave your answers in the comments.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Old Blighty's language?

India contributed about a tenth of the new words added to the 7th and 8th editions of the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. As new words like "airdash" and "prepone" join the club of English words originating from India, iQ takes a look at some of the long-established members of this club. One is in the title of this post itself.

Each of the following images contains or is associated with English words of Indian origin. Can you find them?

As usual, leave your responses in the comments below.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Save Trees?

 The effort to cut down this tree resulted in two deaths, three people getting injured and almost resulted in a full-blown war between two countries. What incident are we referring to and how is it related to the big guy in the second picture? As usual, give your answer as a comment.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Comics connect

These three characters could not be more different.

One's a broke London-based private detective specializing in the supernatural, one's a rock star from Montreal, and the third is... well, Superman.

What could they possibly have in common?

As usual, submit your answers in the comments below.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tolkien and the Slayer of Smaug

The following two scenes depict passages J. R. R. Tolkien wrote as a reaction to a well-known piece of literature. Can you identify it? Submit your response in the comments below.

(Hint: The title of this post provides a clue.)

Leave your answers in the comments below.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

For those who missed the IQ informal session

Some word puzzles for you to get cracking. Leave your answers as comments.
Good, Bad and the Ugly: on paper
Three clues refer to: 1. A synonym 2. An antonym 3.An anagram of the answer word (in no particular order).

Unscramble the clues to determine the answer word.
E.g. disagree, eager, correspond – AGREE

  1. secure, agitate, stayed: _____
  2. obscene, weld, chaste: _____
  3. grandiose, coordinated, nonunionized: _____
  4. delays, sainted, liberates: _____
  5. scalp, brooch, release: _____
  6. fix, rapier, break: _____
  7. thoughtless, rescales, heedful: _____
  8. replies, questions, rawness: _____
  9. heed, silent, ignore: _____
  10. single, hitched, admirer: _____
  11. alumna, handbook, automatic: _____
  12. sound, license, quieten: _____
  13. increased, subsided, needless: _____
  14. curt, conical, verbose: _____
  15. nourish, abbreviate, issuant: _____

Each of the following clues has multiple answers that are anagrams to each other.
For Eg. Regrets giving a gift to the snake. (3X7)
Repents, Present, Serpent

  1. The competitions frighten Tom so much that he no longer bothers about the units of area. (4X5)
  2. Respond to me or there will be no remnant of the wooden box that I will provide. (4X5)
  3. Universal cartoons. (2X6)
  4. I will sell the company equity while Raj listens to Sheela cut the rabbits of their fur. (4X5)
  5. No one is left in the oceanic depths except the pilots. (3X6)
  6. You will hear an alarm when you wash off the sap. (3X5)
  7. The editor found it more expensive when he raised a pet dog than a pet cat. (3X6)
  8. Cuddle and eat chocolate. (2X6)
  9. The illness is prevalent in the coastal area. (2X7)
  10. Make a written comment about the nature of voice that was heard in the university town in Britain. (3X4)
  11. Grieve about something related to the mind, not about your royal cape getting burned when it was kept near the chimneypiece. (4X6)
  12. It is great to see the moneybag being manufactured using the dye for plastic. (3X5)
  13. Cover in dirt, the female horses that are running along the peripheries of the forest. (2X5)
  14. The pioneer in the field will put up a comic gig to recount his experiences to us. (3X5)
  15. Play the cue game in an unending cycle instead of the game on horseback. (3X4)
Tom Swifties
Tom Swifties are those sentences which become a pun by adding an appropriate adverb.
Eg: "I'm wearing my wedding ring," said Tom with abandon (a band on)

  1. "The number of people not attending class today really bothers me", said the professor _______
  2. "I wonder why uranium is fluorescent", said Mary _______
  3. "I have writer's block", said Tom _______
  4. "Well, I got here with five minutes to spare", said Tom _______
  5. "I don't need the mantissa of the logarithm", said Tom _______
  6. "I do NOT have a multiple personality disorder", said Tom, trying to be _______
  7. "Use phenolphthalein", Tom _______
  8. "Idiot, add up this list of n numbers and then divide the sum by n", said Tom _______
  9. "When in Rome, do all the naughty things the Romans do", said Mary _______
  10. "The seesaw is upside down", said Tom _______
  11. "I ordered chocolate, not vanilla", I _______
  12. "I think I'll end it all", Sue _______
  13. "South Korea has a lovely capital city", said Tom _______
  14. "Dorian Gray's by Oscar", said Tom _______
  15. "This is all from memory", Tom _______