Sunday, December 18, 2011

Weekly Quiz - 3

Here's the third edition of the Supernova Weekly Quiz. This week we introduce connect questions and pictorial questions. Hope you enjoy them!

1. DRS means Decision Review System in cricket. But it has quite a different meaning in the context of F1 racing. What is it?

2. Musheer Khan of India recently made headlines. How?

3. Connect.

4. X was used to make cutlery for royalty during the time of Napoleon. X was valued more than gold before a process for commercial extraction was discovered. Identify X.

5. What are alembics used for?

6. Connect.


7. What is special about the pair of actors shown below?  


8. Tirupathi Devasthanam possesses 200 cows of a special breed, whose milk is very rich in fat and is believed to have medicinal properties. It is also one of the smallest cows in the world. Identify the breed.

9. What galactic catastrophe could possibly take place in 3 to 5 billion years time?

10. There's probably no one out there who hasn't heard of Yahoo!, the popular multipurpose domain. Expand Yahoo!.

11. 12th December 2011 marked the completion of 100 years of which important administrative change in India?

12. The word methionyl........isoleucine is the longest technical word in English containing 1,89,819 letters. It is the IUPAC name of which protein?

13. Identify the man in the picture.

14. Which is the only country other than India to celebrate it's Independence Day on August 15th?

15. The Naga Viper Pepper is the spiciest chilli in the world. What unit is used to measure the spiciness of chillies and presence of which chemical is indicated by these units?                                 

Monday, December 12, 2011


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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Weekly Quiz - 2

Here's another quiz from our quiz circle to boggle your minds.

1. Which Irish national was in the news in connection with an Indian industrial giant?

2.  A person from India is Indian. A person from Poland is Polish. For China, it is Chinese. What is this sort of word which identifies a person with his nationality called?

3. The French dish escargot is made out of which ingredient commonly found in gardens? 

4. Which of these three jewels is the odd one out : Beryl, Garnet, Carbuncle?

5. What is an airplane that departs between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM called?

6. If you're a Harry Potter fan, you've probably read about the magical bird Phoenix. Which genus of plants is named after this feathered creature?

7. Which cricketer became famous for using an aluminium bat in the game of cricket?

8. What is the unit in which the speed of a computer mouse is measured?

9. Who is Azad Rao Khan?

10. What is a bubble chamber record?

11. For what purpose are gamma knives used?

12. A lizard can detach its tail if the need arises. What is this ability called?

13. What phenomenon occurred on 10th December 2011 which will be repeated next only on 15th April 2014?

14. What is Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia the fear of?

15. An antipyretic is a drug which reduces body heat. A narcotic induces a kind of trance. What does a soporific do?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Weekly Quiz - 1

A quiz consisting of around 15 to 20 questions will be posted every week. Answers with the next week's quiz. Readers can post their answers to these questions (and also suggest their own questions). So keep guessing until then!

1. When a huge star explodes after reaching the end of its life, it is a spectacular sight. Such an explosion can sometimes emit as much energy as the sun emits in its whole lifetime. What is the term used for this kind of stellar explosion?

2. Jackie Chan is probably one of the most famous martial arts heroes in filmdom. The Taiwanese actor's 100th movie was released in late September this year. What was the movie's name?

3. Which is the only non-metal to be found in liquid form at room temperature?

4. Many countries set their clocks forward by an hour in late winter. This is supposed to help them use the extra daylight hours available in summer. What is this practice called?

5. Solid, liquid and gas are the three most common states of matter. But there exist two other states which are not so well known. One is plasma - What is the other?

6. Which word has most definitions in the English language?

7. We use the QWERTY keyboard to tap away our thoughts. But another variant of the keyboard is supposed to be simpler and easier to use. What is its name?

8. Who is the only cricketer to be given out on a Shoulder Before Wicket decision?

9. Everyone knows that cheetah is the fastest land animal on earth. Which is the fastest land animal in our country India?

10. A jiffy is one hundredth of a second. Yet it isn't the smallest unit of time. Which is?

11. A leap of leopards, an unkindness of ravens, a mob of kangaroos.....These are admittedly some strange collective nouns. But which creature has a democratic assembly as its collective noun?

12. Which common tuber has poisonous leaves and fruits even though it is a staple food source itself?

13. You think you know yourself? Which is the largest organ in your body?

14. Which respected Indian musician faced heavy criticism for his invention of new ragas?

15. If you have read Rudyard Kipling's Kim, you would have probably come across the weapon "The great Zamzammah" in Lahore. What kind of weapon is it?