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Round 48

(To be updated as each answer is approved as correct)

Score Board

Q. No. Asked by Answered by
1 Cribananda Su_hit
2 Su_hit Dwaipayan
3 Dwaipayan Cribananda
4 Cribananda Dwaipayan
5A Dwaipayan Su_hit
6 Su_hit Dwaipayan
7 Dwaipayan Cribananda
8 Su_hit Correct Knowledge
9 Correct Knowledge sarvajna
10 sarvajna Correct Knowledge
11 Su_hit Luckeychap
12 Correct Knowledge Dwaipayan
13 Dwaipayan Correct Knowledge
14 Correct Knowledge Dwaipayan
15 Dwaipayan Correct Knowledge
16 Correct Knowledge Dwaipayan
17 Dwaipayan Su_hit
18 Su_hit Correct Knowledge
19 Correct Knowledge Dwaipayan
20 Dwaipayan Correct Knowledge
21 Correct Knowledge Dwaipayan
22 Dwaipayan sarvajna
23 sarvajna Correct Knowledge
24 Correct Knowledge sarvajna
25 Su_hit Correct Knowledge

Leader Board

Questions Asked User Name Questions Answered
2 (Started the Round) Cribananda 2
8 Dwaipayan 8
6 Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) 3
7 Correct Knowledge 8
2 sarvajna 3
0 Luckeychap 1


Q 48.01

Thanks Suresh and Dwaipayan. If someone doesn't mind taking over the next question (i.e. Q1) I would appreciate it. I am very busy next couple of days but I'll be back with a question after that. Sorry. Cribananda (talk) 22:57, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Ok here goes. (I haven't been keeping up with stuff here so pardon me if this turns out to be a repeat question).

He was born in Bombay in the 1920s. Tried his hand in politics and went to England where he majored in philosophy in the 40s. Worked on a ship in the 50s. Experimented with drugs in the 60s. Hosted a TV programme in the 70s. Won big awards in the 80s. His work is often found in English textbooks in India. Who? Cribananda (talk) 08:20, 3 December 2012 (UTC)

Should be Nissim Ezekiel --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 08:49, 3 December 2012 (UTC)
Correct! Your turn, Suresh. Cribananda (talk) 01:23, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Q 48.02

Connect the four: Berger paints, Sunday morning, A film featuring Kishore Kumar and A festival. You may come across minor spelling variations. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 04:01, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Rangoli.--Dwaipayan (talk) 04:06, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
100% Correct. A brand from Berger, A TV Programme on Doordarshan, A Hindi film and Diwali. Your turn, Dwaipayan --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 11:32, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Q 48.03

His legacy continues on something that is more that 2,500 km long. His legacy continues on something that came to Kolkata minimum 34 tmes (may not be physically, but at least figuratively; and I am trusting wikipedia for this information). He was in Iran, Spain, and USA as a representative of government (again, trusting wikipedia). Name the person.--Dwaipayan (talk) 06:24, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

Is it pertaining to Railways? --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 12:02, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
No, not related to railways (at least, I didn't find any connection with the railways).--Dwaipayan (talk) 16:28, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
Wild guess - is it Mortimer Durand? I'm still reading the article on him. Ha, I suspect I am right! The Durand Line and the Durand Cup which I suspect between Mohan Bagan and East Bengal Club came to Calcutta at least 34 times. Cribananda (talk) 17:56, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
Excellent! Yes, you are correct. Yes, Mohan Bagan, East Bengal and two more clubs based in Kolkata won the cup 34 times put together. And Durand line was the long thing I was referring to. And Mr Durand was ambassador to several countries. Your turn, Cribananda.--Dwaipayan (talk) 18:04, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
Nice cryptic question, Dwaipayan :-) Now I have to come up with something ( it's so hard!) Cribananda (talk) 18:07, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

Q 48.04

X and Y were the surveyor and commissioner of the area Z. In 1830 or so they marked the Northern boundary of the region, which is now called the X-Y line. Natural features form the other boundaries of this 'largest of its kind' in the world. Identify X, Y, and Z. Cribananda (talk) 20:50, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

X is William Johnson, Y is John Ardagh, Z is Ladakh.--Dwaipayan (talk) 01:54, 7 December 2012 (UTC)
Nope, sorry. Hint 1: It is (or at least forms part of a) UNESCO World Heritage Site/ National Park/ Biosphere Reserve. Cribananda (talk) 06:43, 7 December 2012 (UTC)
Xis Hodges, Y is Dampier, Z is Sundarban.--Dwaipayan (talk) 07:46, 7 December 2012 (UTC)
Indeed. Well done. Cribananda (talk) 16:34, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

Q 48.05

Dwaipayan has not posted Question yet, hence anyone can post a question. Keep moving. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 02:19, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Let's keep it moving, may be a sitter. Connect the three: (a) A Hindi film featuring a son of Mehmood, (b) A game played by men around birth place of the Hindu God, (c) The basic of Music. A minor spelling variation expected and accepted. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 05:09, 13 December 2012 (UTC)
First, let me apologize. Although I knew it was my turn, I did not have the time to frame a question.
Now, my attempt to answer this question. The connect is "Sur".--Dwaipayan (talk) 05:39, 13 December 2012 (UTC)
Yes, Sur is film by Lucky Ali. Surr is the game played aroud Ayodhya. Sur also referred as Swara, is the basis of the music. As per the general guidelines, Dwaipayan should refrain from answering. Hence, the Q can be treated as void and he or someone may post new Q. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 06:35, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Q 48.05A

Since the 48.05 question is considered void, I am posting a new question as "5A". Should be an easy one.

The name of this company is a part of the name of the location where it/its parent company was started. According to a survey by a well-known surveyor company, the flagship brand/product of this company is the largest selling in the world in its category. What is the company and product?--Dwaipayan (talk) 19:53, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

First guess. Is it Bombay Dyeing? The product...bedsheets?? Cribananda (talk) 23:00, 13 December 2012 (UTC)
Incorrect.--Dwaipayan (talk) 00:01, 14 December 2012 (UTC)
Company: Parle Products, Product: Parle-G Biscuit, Location: Vile Parle. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 03:59, 14 December 2012 (UTC)
Yes, SuHit gets it. It's your cup of tea, business quiz, right?--Dwaipayan (talk) 04:05, 14 December 2012 (UTC)
You are under-valuing the peformance. Haa. Haa. Thx Dwaipayan. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 05:10, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

Q 48.06

'X' was an Indian, accredited for contribution of 'Y'. One can establish good correlation of 'Y' with 'March 14', 'July 22' and Irfan Khan. Identify 'X' and 'Y'. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 05:41, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

The X may be several persona, but most likely Aryabhatta. Y is Pi.--Dwaipayan (talk) 05:55, 14 December 2012 (UTC)
Was it so easy? You hit the bull's eye. Y = Pi, March 14 = Pi Day, July 22 = Pi Approximation Day, Irfan Khan for Life of Pi (film). Baton passes to Dwaipayan. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 04:26, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Q 48.07

This army-person hunted tens of tigers, and is the major subject of a 2012 movie. His notable creations, however, are copy of some other works. Still, those creations were well-accepted, and, unfortunately, more than 80% of those copy-works are now completely damaged. Identify the person.--Dwaipayan (talk) 02:15, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Would it be appropriate for you to declare the language of movie at this stage? --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 16:35, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
No :P --Dwaipayan (talk) 17:37, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
The hunter is Jim Corbett, the movie is Grrr. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 18:15, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
Wrong attempt. Clue 1: the primary reason for notability of this person is not hunting tigers.--Dwaipayan (talk) 18:36, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
Robert Gill? Cribananda (talk) 02:00, 17 December 2012 (UTC)
Yes, Cribananda cracks it. The movie is a Marathi cinema Ajintha. --Dwaipayan (talk) 02:17, 17 December 2012 (UTC)
Sorry guys in the middle of something V.V.Busy. Feel free to take over, or I'll be back in couple of days. Cribananda (talk) 03:46, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Q 48.08

I am adding dimension of creativity to the Question. If there's any confusion, please feel free to guide.

Person A (Surmani can be associated with A) -> Person B -> Person C -> Person D -> Person E (Music composer from Rampur). Each arrow indicates identical relationship. Identify A to E and the relationship. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 04:36, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
What do you mean by "surnami"? Associated with the country Suriname? or something else?--Dwaipayan (talk) 04:59, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
Surmani is an honour. Correction done in Q itself. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 05:46, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
Person B can be easily associated with Yash Chopra. Person D is the father of Person C. Currently, there is no dedicated page on Person E. Interestingly, the relationship asked in Question is not based on blood. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 07:56, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
A=Rakesh Chaurasia, B=Hariprasad Chaurasia, C=Annapurna Devi, D=Allauddin Khan, E=Wazir Khan court musician of Rampur state. The relationship is that of Guru–shishya/shagird. Hariprasad Chaurasia has composed music for Chandni, Lamhe and other Yash Chopra movies. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 09:32, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
Correct Knowledge made me glad. Cent percent correct answer by Correct Knowledge. Over to you. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 10:22, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Q 48.09

A agitated against and took over from B. B's son C ousted A at a later date. D lead a popular movement against A. D died in custody and a conspiracy theory blamed A for his death. Rise of Hindu sentiment after D's death made A fearful of a Hindu backlash. A asked the United States for help to which US allegedly obliged (this part is not in Wikipedia). Before anything could fructify organization E created a rift in A's party (not in WP either). Who are A,B,C,D and what is E? Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 11:11, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

A is Sheik Abdulla, B is maharaja Hari Singh, C is Karan Singh, D is Syama Prasad Mookerjee. E is Jammu and Kashmir National Conference founded by G M Shah --sarvajna (talk) 11:55, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
Awesome! You got E wrong though, it was Intelligence Bureau (India). Sheikh Abdullah had asked US to help free the Kashmir valley (not Jammu which wanted complete union with India). US had promised some monetary aid. Your turn now. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 12:35, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Q 48.10

A simple question ( Sorry about that). Connect a British-born writer-journalist, an Indian industrialist associated with a construction company, a Pakistani businessman and politician. Let me know if the question is too vague --sarvajna (talk) 13:12, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

The connection is Tavleen Singh. Aatish Taseer, a British-born writer-journalist, is her and Salmaan Taseer's, deceased Pakistani businessman and politician, son. Ajit Gulabchand is the Indian industrialist, Chairman of Hindustan Construction Company. He lives in with Tavleen Singh. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 13:22, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
Yes, thats the right answer. --sarvajna (talk) 14:02, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
Please feel free take over the baton. I won't be able participate in this for a week or so. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 10:08, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

Q 48.11

A very rare and golden opportunity to post a question pertaining to India for any registered wikipedians. Come on.. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 15:57, 23 December 2012 (UTC)

It's about four persons: one couple and two children of them. All of them are recipients of atleast one Padma Awards. Identify them. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 05:16, 24 December 2012 (UTC)
One of them was awarded by Padma awards in early 2012. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 04:03, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

Its Kartikeya Sarabhai PadhmaShree in 2012. Son of Dr Vikram Sarabhai(Padma Bhushan - 1966) and Mrinalini Sarabhai (Padma bhushan in 1992) . The Sister of kartikeya , Mallika Sarabhai Also received Padma Bhushan in 2010. After long time , I am back here so ,if any edit mistake please correct this. Not sure how can I add my user name here so typed it. -- User:Luckeychap

Absolutely right Luckeychap. You can create atleast one-liner wiki userpage. Over to you. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 08:48, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

Q 48.12

Connect the following: a deity in a text A, a character in a soap opera B, a persecutor of religion C, a devotee king of god D, a Bengali record holding athlete E (a Limca Book of Records type of record.) and a cryptographer in university F. What are A,B,C,D,E,F? Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 15:57, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

Is it pertaining to Durga or Hinglaj Mata --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 05:03, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
No. Neither the deity in text A nor god D are in anyway linked to Durga or Hinglaj Mata. Hint1: The Bengali athlete is a swimmer. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 05:50, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
E = Prasanta Karmakar.--Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 10:36, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
No. The record is not an athletic one. It's first time an Indian did something kind of record. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 11:49, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
Hint2: The connection between various terms is etymological, not historical. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 11:53, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
The swimmer could be Mihir Sen, and the cryptography person Mihir Bellare at UCSD.--Dwaipayan (talk) 19:26, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
Correct. Figuring out others shouldn't be very difficult now. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 19:28, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
The king is Mihira Bhoja I and the soap opera character is Mihir Virani from Kyon Ki Saan Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.--Dwaipayan (talk) 19:31, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
Yes, god D is Vishnu. Two more to go. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 19:37, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
Mihira is one of the Twelve Heavenly Generals in Buddhist Sutra text.--Dwaipayan (talk) 19:39, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
No. The answer to deity and text A explains the origin of the root word. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 19:43, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
Well, the persecutor is Mihirakula. However this deity thing I am not able to find. May be related to Varaha Mihira, and his text Brihat Jataka.--Dwaipayan (talk) 19:47, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
Yes, Mihirakula persecuted Buddhists. Hint3: deity and text A have two different, yet equally correct answers both of which belong to different cultures/countries. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 19:49, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
Ok. The deity is probably Mihira the sun god. He is there is Zoraostrian scriptures, and also in Vedic/Hindu literature. The text in question may be Zend Avesta.--Dwaipayan (talk) 20:26, 1 January 2013 (UTC)

The deity was Mitra (Mithra) in the text Rig Veda (Avesta). Mihr was a middle Iranian development of Mithra and was adopted into Sanskrit as Mihira. Mihira has since been used to refer to Sun god. Mihira Bhoja was named so because he was thought to have been granted to his father by the Sun god. Mihirakula literally means "the Sun family" in Pashto. All modern Mihirs are derived from the same root, apart from Mihir Bellare whom I included just to make the question a bit easy to crack. Dwaipayan more or less figured out all the terms and their connection. Over to you. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 08:58, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

  • Just wandered over here. Another guess-who that could be added to the question is Mehrangarh Fort which gets it's name as Mihir+garh. §§Dharmadhyaksha§§ {T/C} 05:48, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Q 48.13

Ok, I was initially suspicious of the verifiability of this, but it seems the fact is true. There are very few evidences available in the web though.

He was the first Indian to do at least two actions, according to the sources. The two actions were quite related. One of this actions involved a particular instrument which he hired/leased for use. Later, he bought the instrument and named it after the city where he achieved this particular feat. The achievements were apparently advertised in regional newspapers, and attended by spectators. Also, it seems. from the available sources, that he died due to an accident a few years later while repeating his act. Who is this person? What are his achievements?--Dwaipayan (talk) 06:17, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

The person was Ram Chandra Chatterjee. He was the first Indian to fly in a balloon and land in a parachute and the first Indian to take up ballooning as a profession. He bought the balloon The Viceroy and named it The City of Calcutta. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 10:28, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
Correct.--Dwaipayan (talk) 15:19, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

Q 48.14

Warriors from various regions fought in this great battle. Among the various groups, were two different bands of warriors who came from regions which were later identified as the land of the infidels and as a nuclear test site. Descendants of two other groups of warriors are today a geo–strategically important ethnic group in South Asia and a politically important caste in India. Relatives of two more groups fought on opposing sides in yet another great war. Identify the war and the participants. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 19:59, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

Probably time for clue.--Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 09:00, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
Just to be clear, six different clans/tribes/kingdoms/groups are described in the question, two at a time. Let's label them A, B, C, D, E, F. A lived in a region which was later called the land of the infidels. B lived in a region which was used for nuclear testing (Hint1: it's in Pakistan). Descendants of E and F fought in another great war (in India). C and D should be easy to guess, I would start here. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 09:12, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
More than six groups participated in the war. I have not described all of them. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 09:14, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
Is this not the Battle of Kurukshetra?rueben_lys (talk · contribs) 09:21, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
No, but you are thinking along right lines. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 09:22, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

Ok, I got the war, but not able to identify all the clans appropriately. The war is Battle of the Ten Kings. A is Alina people who lived in Kafiristan. C could be Pakthas from whom geo-strategically important Pashtun people descended. The second great battle is likely Kurukshetra war, and descendants of several tribes of the Ten Kings battle were there apparently in Kurukshetra war.--Dwaipayan (talk) 16:30, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

Correct. Go ahead and identify other groups. Shouldn't be very hard now. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 17:08, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
Should I fill in the gaps so that we can move to the next question? Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 18:39, 8 January 2013 (UTC)
It's been almost two days now and nobody has attempted the remaining question, so I'll fill in the rest. A were the Alinas who lived in the region now called Kafiristan. B were the Bhalanas who lived in the region around Bolan Pass in Toba Kakar Range which has been used as a workspace for nuclear weapons. C were Pakthas now Pashtuns. D were Yadus now Yadavas, a politically important caste. E and F were the Purus and Bhāratas who merged into one tribe Kurus after the war. The descendants of Kurus were the Kauravas and Pandavas, need I say more. Over to Dwaipayan. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 08:59, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

Q 48.15

Ok, straight one.

This person X was scheduled to do a Hindi film, but could not do it for certain reasons. That Hindi film went on to become a hit film. He, however, acted in films in another language, and gained significant fame. X fought in a war as a soldier and earned some distinction in combats, achieving some military awards. Who is X?--Dwaipayan (talk) 14:42, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

Is the another language English? --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 08:40, 12 January 2013 (UTC)
I am not answering which was/were the other language(s).--Dwaipayan (talk) 18:10, 12 January 2013 (UTC)
Clue1: This actor had already made his debut before he was roped in to act in the hindi film in question (in which he did not act eventually).--Dwaipayan (talk) 05:30, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

X is Sabu Dastagir, the Hindi movie he could not do is Mother India. This question was (is?) hard. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 18:42, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

You are correct in your first attempt. It is Sabu Dastagir. Well, I did not say the question was easy, I said it was straight (that is, not a multistep or cryptic one!)--Dwaipayan (talk) 18:56, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
At least now I know a lot about Malayalam cinema. Can't wait to watch Major Ravi's next flick. Face-smile.svg Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 19:16, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
Well, a good convoluted question could be made from that article. I might use that many years later if I remember.--Dwaipayan (talk) 19:38, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

Q 48.16

Connect the following: potassium nitrate, purified non-dualism, Hindu family priests, headless father, tower of dread and Indo–Afghan friendship. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 20:24, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

Something around word 'Acharya'? --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 09:17, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
Yes that is the right direction though there is another step between that and what connects all of them. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 12:31, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
As Suresh already wrote, Acharya seems to be a link; Vallabha Acharya is probably another. Thinking about others, is Prafulla Chandra Ray another link?--Dwaipayan (talk) 18:40, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
Vallabha Acharya is correct, but it is 2 steps away from the connection. Just a slight hint, I was surprised that Suresh didn't try to figure out what Hindu family priests are called. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 19:03, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
LoL :) That hint indicates "Purohit"! Thinking how does that helps in teh connection.--Dwaipayan (talk) 19:11, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
Hindu family priest = Rajpurohit. Tower of dread is not helping. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 04:23, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
Purohit was enough for the question. I think there is enough fodder already to crack this, but I'll still give another hint. Tower of dread is a tower made of some horrifying objects to create fear in people. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 04:38, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
The dreaded tower reminds me of Barad-dûr or Isengard. Although you are suggesting the the question is near cracking, honestly I can not find anything yet.--Dwaipayan (talk) 00:15, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

This hint should do it: the connection is a historical personality. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 00:20, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

It's sad, but not getting any direction. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 09:12, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
This person was involved in a war in which Indians and Afghans fought together to get rid of "foreigners". Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 12:00, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
How about King Porus, although I am yet to establish all the connections.--Dwaipayan (talk) 17:05, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
However, that Potassium nitrate link makes me think if this personality belongs to more on the early medieval period, rather than ancient Porus.--Dwaipayan (talk) 17:13, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
You are right about that. It belongs to the medieval period, won't comment on early or late. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 17:23, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
That wasn't very clever of either of us Dwaipayan. If Vallabhacharya (1479–1531 CE) is involved here, all events obviously took place after 1480 CE. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 20:12, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
Ok, Nader Shah attacked the subcontinent, Nader used the pretext of his Afghan enemies (including subjects of Hotaki dynasty taking refuge in India to cross the border and capture several cities of the subcontinent, reaching eventually to Delhi. Nader Shah built towers from his victims’ skulls. So I think this information fits into the last few links.--Dwaipayan (talk) 01:19, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
The part about towers from victim's skulls is correct, but its not Nadir Shah. Indians and Afghans fought together in this war against people whom they considered foreigners. Post 1480 CE only three groups of foreign invaders were so successful and yes Persians led by Nadir Shah were one of them. But the answer does not have anything to do with Persians. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 01:29, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
Additionally, for the initial part of the chain, potassium nitrate is the major ingredient of gunpowder which might have been used in firearms known as top-o-tufak in the Vijayanagara Empire. It's in the Vijaynagra that Vallabha Acharya did his famous philosophical victory.--Dwaipayan (talk) 01:37, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
Babur invaded India. The first Battle of Panipat (1526) was fought between the invading Mughal army and Lodi dynasty that were originally Afghan. That battle was one of the earliest battles involving gunpowder firearms. Also, Babur belonged to Timurid dynasty of Timur, who was perhaps more known for the towers of skulls.--Dwaipayan (talk) 01:49, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
Battle of Khanwa can also be considered.--Dwaipayan (talk) 01:51, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

None of those, but you are getting close. Perhaps it's time to consider the ignored term "headless father". A single personality connects all the terms including potassium nitrate, not a war. War is only important because of its connection to this person. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 03:08, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

I think I got it. Hemu. His father, a Hindu priest, was beheaded by Akbar's force. He was a vendor of saltpeter. Akbar allegedly built the tower of skulls.--Dwaipayan (talk)
That is correct, your turn. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 03:22, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

Q 48.17

Connect Rebellion of 1857, Champaran and Kheda Satyagraha, Parliament of the World's Religions and Dabangg.--Dwaipayan (talk) 03:48, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

Clue 1. These links point towards certain personalities, either directly or though one middle step.--Dwaipayan (talk) 15:49, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
For starters, Parliament of World Religions points to Swami Vivekananda. Is he somehow connected to the answer? Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 16:38, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
Yes, he is connected.--Dwaipayan (talk) 18:10, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
Is the connection a caste or a sub–caste? Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 18:43, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
No, no caste-business here.--Dwaipayan (talk) 18:45, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
Is the connection between personalities it a region? Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 18:46, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
Well, the straight answer to this is no, I am not looking for a region as a link between all these.--Dwaipayan (talk) 18:50, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

The connection is Presidency University, Kolkata. Come on, tell me I am correct. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 19:53, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

Maharaja of Burdwan who was loyal to the British in 1857 was an alumin of the college. So were Brajkishore Prasad, Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha and Dr. Rajendra Prasad of the Champaran Satyagraha and Swami Vivekananda. Haven't found the connection to Dabangg yet. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 20:10, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
The connection to Dabangg is Sonu Sood who also worked in Yuva which was based in the same university. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 20:18, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
No, this was not what I was looking for. I understand that you have established a connection that is possible though. Let's see if you or anyone else can dig up further.
Clue 2 For the first three entities that I mentioned in the question, the personalities are quite well-known for their involvment in the events. The personality related to Dabang is not that much forcefully linked to Dabangg, and the personality was not an actor in Dabangg.--Dwaipayan (talk) 22:05, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
Tatya Tope, Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Zandu. Bhausaheb Desai ni Haveli Nadiad --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 04:44, 19 January 2013 (UTC)
Suresh got it this time. Yes, it is Nadiad ni haveli. Zandu Bhatt, the ayurvedic practitioner after whom Zandu Balm was named is mentioned to have died here. Your turn, please.--Dwaipayan (talk) 04:47, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

Q 48.18

Crack the series. A. City, B. Anil Ambani, C. The Times of India, D. Thermometer. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 10:07, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

They are linked to Radio channels: Radio City, BIG FM, Radio Mirchi (TOI), Fever 104 FM in ascending order of frequency. Hopefully, that is it or is the connection deeper with some Aman ki Asha kind of trashy collaboration? Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 13:30, 20 January 2013 (UTC)
Mr Correct got it correct. A = 91.1, B = 92.7, C = 98.3, D = 104. Over to you Mr Knowledge.--Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 03:44, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
Thank you, thank you for all the applause. 718smiley.png Now wait for my question. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 03:48, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Q 48.19

A non-profit scientific and educational institution which also runs a channel hatched a sinister planunsourced in one article in which people from two notorious organizations attempted to place a radioactive device in a location that has caused the Brits a great deal of anxiety. The mission failed because of a weather (or geological depending on which article you read) anomaly and the area around it had to be cordoned off. What was this mission aimed at? The question is obviously connected to India. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 04:23, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Is the channel National Geographic Channel? --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 11:32, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
Yes. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 12:51, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
Has this something to do with the Bhopal gas tragedy? --sarvajna (talk) 13:13, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
No, the device was radioactive. Hint1: The notorious organizations are not private companies, they're more like government agencies of two different countries. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 13:28, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

It is the CIA-RAW mission in Nanda Kot peak area. In 1965, a covert mission was launched by an Indo-American team with the goal of installing a surveillance device on the top of Nanda Devi mountain to monitor Chinese nuclear and missile activity in Tibet. Shortly after delivery to the mountain, the thermonuclear generator designed to supply power to the sensor was lost during a storm and threatened to become a source of radioactive contamination to the area. Following upon at least three futile attempts between 1966-1968 to locate and recover the lost apparatus, it is said that in 1968 a similar device placed only the year before on Nanda Kot was dismantled. After more than a decade of secrecy, this story hit the Indian news media in 1978. There is still debate over these expeditions and whether any remnants of the radioactive materials remain in the vicinity of Nanda Kot to this day.--Dwaipayan (talk) 16:27, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Absolutely correct. It was a CIA–R&AW (Special Frontier Force) mission. Your turn. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 16:43, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Q 48.20

A=A man-made structure in a city.

B=A term that originated from "A", and was used–in a somewhat taunting/ridiculing manner–to refer to at least a part of the residents of that city.

C= Another (or two interrelated) structure(s) that replaced the first structure.

D=Another structure, which is similar to C in properties, bears the name of A.

Identify these.--Dwaipayan (talk) 01:00, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

A=Fort William , B=White Town, C=Old and new British forts in Calcutta, don't have a unique answer to D. There are so many similar forts with the same name. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 19:43, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
Well,that's not what I was looking for. "B" is a term that refers to peole rather than a part of the town. The city is correct.--Dwaipayan (talk) 22:32, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
Hint 1: The structure A was made for defense.--Dwaipayan (talk) 19:27, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
Was it a fort? Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 19:48, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
No.--Dwaipayan (talk) 22:24, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
Is this the Black hole of Calcutta replaced by Curzon? And is D Black hole of Baku? Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 23:15, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
No, all the structures were/are in the same city. And the term "structure" may be slightly less apt to describe C and D, although technically they are structures.--Dwaipayan (talk) 23:49, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
Then it's the Maratha Ditch. I am clutching at straws here but this has to be it. It was filled up to build the Circular Road (Upper and Lower). It earned Kolkatans the sobriquet "Ditchers". There still is a Maratha Ditch Lane, connecting Nandalal Bose Lane and Akhoy Bose Lane. This better be it or I am taking you to ANI for giving such difficult questions. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 23:58, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
Yes, correct. No need or ANI.--Dwaipayan (talk) 00:28, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Q 48.21

Two separate research projects were blamed for two natural disasters by some people. An organization was involved in both the projects in different capacities. This sinister organization was also held responsible for another man–made accident. What are the research projects and natural disasters/man–made accidents? Which organization was directly or indirectly involved in all of them? Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 20:15, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Hint1: Both the natural disasters are directly or indirectly connected to India. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 11:25, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
Hint2: The mainstream view is that the disasters were natural with no connection to any human activity and the accident was caused by an unintentional mechanical failure. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 17:09, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
Hmm. Is High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program and 2010 Pakistan floods a start?--Dwaipayan (talk) 17:48, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
Yes, that is an excellent start. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 18:05, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
What next ? --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 01:38, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
Hint3: The other natural disaster is a major one connected with India. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 03:12, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
Hint4: The research project is named after the disaster. For instance, if hurricane sandy was the disaster the project would be called something like hurricane missile. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 04:54, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
is anyone home? --sarvajna (talk) 08:21, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
I try to reply whenever this page pops up on my watchlist. In case anyone is still interested in cracking this, the major natural disaster connected to India is not that difficult to figure out. It is most likely the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of natural disaster and India together. Figuring out the conspiracy theory (about a research project of some kind) behind it should not be very hard either because they have a word in common. The two projects have only one organization in common between them. And the last part is simply bonus. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 14:38, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
The first natural disaster comes to my mind is Tsunami.--sarvajna (talk) 15:33, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
That is correct. And the research project is a weapon with "Tsunami" in it's title. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 15:41, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
is it Tsunami bomb, not sure how is this related to India--sarvajna (talk) 15:49, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── In case you missed an earlier hint, the question is about conspiracy theories. An article on wikipedia links 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami to Tsunami bomb. It shouldn't be hard to find. The more important part of the question is about the organization which was involved in both the research projects. This organization was also blamed for another accident in yet another conspiracy theory (this part is bonus). Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 16:02, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

The agency is DARPA.--Dwaipayan (talk) 16:04, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
That is a good guess, but that's not it. This agency is held responsible for an man–made accident, which DARPA isn't as far as I know. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 16:21, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
Truth be told, it has been so long since I asked the question that I had completely forgotten about which man–made accident I was referring to in the question. Now that I've figured it out, I would prefer (it's still bonus) that one of you answered that part as well. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 16:29, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
CIA is the agency.--Dwaipayan (talk) 16:34, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
No. CIA isn't that good with mega scale research projects/weapons. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 16:40, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
BAE Systems ? -- Raghith 07:33, 4 March 2013 (UTC)
No, it's not an obscure organization. The organization funded both of the projects. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 07:52, 5 March 2013 (UTC)
To keep interest alive of PINQ, let's close this question quickly. Start with 2-3 sets of new question, little easy, direct and interesting. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 11:22, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
I think we should prosecute CK for asking such a question. --sarvajna (talk) 14:40, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
Here is the final hint to a bunch of verrry lazy quizzards, the answer is in the first paragraph of High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program and Tsunami_bomb. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 05:15, 12 March 2013 (UTC)
Ok, one try from the first lazy quizzard -- US Navy.--Dwaipayan (talk) 14:03, 12 March 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for not making us wait another month for that answer. The man made accident was the crash of TWA Flight 800. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 15:54, 12 March 2013 (UTC)
I believe, now it's turn of Dwaipayan. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 03:34, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
Yes, it is my turn. But I won't be able to ask a question (probably) before Monday night (IST). Is that ok? Or else, someone else can ask.--Dwaipayan (talk) 09:04, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

Q 48.22

It's so difficult to set good questions! I am putting one question hurriedly, and hope its not-so-bad.

Person X secured the top position in an examination in a university, and was eligible for a particular medal. However, he did not get the actual medal at that time since the medal was manufactured in another country, and it took some time. Indeed eventually it took more than 60 years for him to get the medal! This person is known for building/initiating the market of a certain kind of books in India. Find him.--Dwaipayan (talk) 14:17, 18 March 2013 (UTC)

Dina Nath Malhotra ? --sarvajna (talk) 03:54, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Correct. --Dwaipayan (talk) 04:09, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

Q 48.23

Another easy question, He is an artist(word is bolded for a reason). A scriptwriter and a politician. Although he calls himself an atheist he had written foreword to a District Gazette which in a way accepted the existence of Lord Rama. Who is he. --sarvajna (talk) 05:20, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

Looks like Karunanidhi. Why is "artist" in bold? Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 07:04, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Yes sir that is the right answer. He is called as Kalaignar by his supporters which is translated as artist. Your turn, please ask a simple question. --sarvajna (talk) 07:37, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

Q 48.24

Alright, a simple question: Which Indian is called the father of <a very important part of modern day computer hardware> and was included among the most influential Asian Americans of the decade 1990–2000? Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 07:57, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

Vinod Dham --sarvajna (talk) 12:27, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Correct, your turn. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 12:34, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Nice momentum is gained in 3 Q. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 04:36, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Q 48.25

Last and simple Question. Artiste 'A' got married to artiste 'B' a long back. 'A' took divorce from 'B' and vow not to perform in public and kept the vow for more than 4 decades. Later 'A' got married to her disciple 'C' around 1980-1985. 'B' died approximately 4-5 months ago. Second husband of 'A' also died recently. Identify three great persons. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 05:03, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

A is Annapurna Devi, B – Pt. Ravi Shankar and C – Rooshikumar Pandya (didn't know about his death). Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 06:45, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Absolutely correct. Over to you. --Suresh Purohit (Su_hit) (talk) 14:12, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

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