Wednesday, 22 April 2015

QR–Cure–Quizzing Realms–479

This one can be worked out easily.

Identify this sporting venue, which has been devastated by a natural calamity that killed lakhs of people. 

It was originally built in 1876 as a race course, and was known as “The Esplanade” till recently. It was transformed to cater to another sport in 1927, when it was officially declared a stadium only for that sport.

Pinpointing  the calamity first will always help. Hundreds of those affected by it eventually took up shelter in this sporting venue for several days.

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Seven replies, and all correct! This is indeed the Galle stadium in Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

QR–Cure–Quizzing Realms–478

A super-easy one for the day.


Give me a collective name for the four gentleman shown here, and also name the individual whose face you can’t see. Identifying this quartet will easily reveal the identity of the fifth gentleman. It’s a simple case of association.

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Nine people replied, and only one was incorrect. That is indeed the Beatles with Maharshi Mahesh Yogi.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

QR–Cure–Quizzing Realms–477

A typical Kolkata-style question today.

Sir Stuart Saunders Hogg

Which shopping landmark in one of India’s four original metropolitan cities is named after this man? Additional info: The landmark has seen two blazes – in 1985 and 2011 – and risen from the ashes both times.

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Six answers, and all but one correct! This is Sir Stuart Saunders Hogg, whose name was given to Hogg’s Market in erstwhile Calcutta. Kolkata now calls it New Market.

Monday, 9 March 2015

QR–Cure–Quizzing Realms–476

This one can be worked out easily.


The epitaph shown above belongs to a Canada-born actor whose credits include the captain of the eponymous ship in 1972’s “The Poseidon Adventure”. However, we know him better for a specific brand of comedy that led noted film critic Roger Ebert to brand him the “Laurence Olivier of spoofs”.

Simply identify the gentleman.

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Three answers, and all correct! This is indeed the epitaph of the incomparable talent that was Leslie Nielsen!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

QR–Cure–Quizzing Realms–475

This one can be worked out quite easily.


Depicted here is one of the earliest versions of the mascot of a now-famous multinational food chain. Yes, I heard you say “super easy”. But let others take a stab at it.

Simply identify the brand and the mascot. Pinpoint one, and the other is a dead giveaway!

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Four answers, and all correct. This is indeed the first rendition of Ronald McDonald. He sure has come a long way since then!

Monday, 16 February 2015

QR–Cure–Quizzing Realms–474

A guessable one for the day.


What world-famous structure, designed and built by architect George Wittet in the Indo-Saracenic style, currently stands at this location, which is seen before the construction in this photo from 1905?

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Eight answers, and all but one are correct. This is indeed the place where the Gateway of India would be built!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

QR–Cure–Quizzing Realms–473

A very easy one for today.


This newly-unveiled statue in Tokyo shows agricultural scholar Hidesaburo Ueno, a noted contributor to Japanese society as a professor at the University of Tokyo, with his pet. Identify the canine.

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Eleven replies, and all of them correct. This is indeed Hachiko, the dog who waited for his dead master at the train station for 10 years!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

QR–Cure–Quizzing Realm–472 [NSFW/NSFL]

A connect, after quite some time.

1. a. The profession itself does not matter. Concentrate on the disease.

Plague doctor

b. Losing consciousness for a short span of time.


c. Focus on the profession, please.

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d. The emotion matters

Connect these to a single person. Chances are that you won’t need a hint, but if you do, here’s an event:


You may also consider a number of this event’s namesakes as hints.

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Three replies from two people, and both guys are correct! The connect is indeed St Valentine, whose day is coming up soon. Valentine is the patron saint of not only love but plague, against fainting, beekeeping, epilepsy and affianced couples, amongst other things. The photo is one of the several Valentine’s Day massacres that have taken place over the centuries.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

QR–Cure–Quizzing Realms–471

Another workable one for the day

Great Salt Lake Desert, Utah 7

The photo above is that of the Dugway Proving Ground, a US Army facility in the state of Utah. On October 15, 1991, an an ultra-high-energy cosmic ray was detected over it.

As Wikipedia puts it: “The particle was traveling very close to the speed of light—assuming the particle was a proton, its speed was only about 1.5 femtometers (quadrillionths of a meter) per second less than the speed of light, translating to a speed of approximately 0.999 999 999 999 999 999 999 9951c. At that speed, in a year-long race between a photon and the particle, the particle would fall behind only 46 nanometres, or 0.15 femtoseconds (1.5×10−16 s); or one centimetre every 220,000 years.”

It also adds: “The speed of the particle, if it was a proton, is so high that it would experience relativistic time dilation by a factor of about 320 billion. At that rate, the particle could have travelled for the entire duration of the universe's existence while experiencing less than 16 days subjective time.”

Surprised scientists gave it a name that many may see as a nod to the Higgs-boson. What’s the name?


Two answers, and Ali seems to have not had the patience to read the full question. Santanu is correct, though. This is indeed the Oh-My-God particle.

Monday, 9 February 2015

QR–Cure–Quizzing Realms–470

A workable one.


The photo above shows something created by E A Johnson in 1965 at the Royal Radar Establishment in Malvern, United Kingdom. Quite ahead of its time, the concept was soon adopted by air-traffic controllers in the UK, and remained in use till the 1990s. Today, a large chunk of mobile phone users encounter this technology regularly.

This was the first example of what? And it’s really easy to work out from the image, despite its quality.

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Three answers, and all correct! This is indeed the world’s first touch screen.