Mindgames ed. 7

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Q. Much blood was shed recently in this holy city that even spells like God’s country. Clue: Question 7. Welcome to Mindgames ed. 7.

The Open Round

In which I scour Open and other news sources for questions based ONLY on recent events.

Q1. The Andamans, 10. Please connect.

Q2. He was named after a city. Clue: Chinese fishing nets

Q3. A haiku for the setting sun. Name the company.

Q4. Clue: Sushi

Q5. Brave move that cost this footballer.

Q6. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to ________

Q7. A freshwater fish from Kerala is so beautiful she’s also known as?

Q8. Much blood was shed recently in this holy city that even spells like God’s country. Clue: Question 7

Q9. An active presence on a barren island. What?

Q10. Without resorting to Google, can you tell me who Wired magazine would like next year’s Nobel Peace Prize to go to? I said without resorting to Google ☺

The ABC Round

Your first task in this round is to identify the person shown in the picture. Then, connect a, b and c to for your final answer. All three ‘connections’ have to be explained for an entry to qualify as a ‘final answer’. Note: The picture clue a) is not the final solution.


b) The Colour Purple

c) Ratatouille

Q: Answer?

Solutions to Mindgames 6 and the winner: Six completed editions, and we’re still looking for a prize-winner. Many, though, have come close. Here’s to hoping that edition 7 will be the one. Speaking of which, last week, Arjunan Senthil almost snared himself a six-month subscription to Open magazine with nine correct answers. Alas, it was not to be. Congratulations, Arjunan. Apologies, Arjunan. Thanks for playing. And do keep playing. Here are last week’s answers.

The Open Round

A1. Caterpillars have about 4,000 muscles. Humans have only 629.

A2. The State of the Union speech delivered by US Presidents to the Senate. Harry Truman’s was a ‘ginormous’ one containing over 25,000 words, while George Washington’s was considerably shorter and had only 833.

A3. Sant Singh Chatwal, who was awarded the Padma Bhushan this year.

A4. “If there’s one thing I hate, it’s the movies. Don’t even mention them to me,” said one of literature’s most famous protagonists, Holden Caulfield, in one of the most famous un-adapted novels of the 20th century, ‘The Catcher in the Rye,’ by the late JD Salinger

A5. Indian shooter, Samaresh Jung, nicknamed 'Goldfinger' for his medal haul in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games

A6. Tennis player Serena Williams won the Australian Open to equal Billie Jean King’s record of 12 Grand Slam singles titles. One of Michael Jackson’s most well-known records is Billie Jean.

A7. Shah Rukh Khan. On the occasion of Mr Khan's 44th birthday'' on November 2, 2009, the International Lunar Geographic Society, a New York-based organization devoted to the study of the moon, has declared that a lunar crater in the moon's Sea of Tranquillity has been christened after Shah Rukh Khan and given the honorary designation ‘Crater S R Khan’.

A8. The continent of Antarctica

A9. Two adult tigers escaped from an enclosure at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, last week. On the other side of the country, the Shiv Sena (their party’s symbol is a tiger) let their goons loose in Mumbai to protest for the supposed rights of the ‘Marathi Manoos’.

A10. The iPad from Apple. (Source: Mashable)

The ABC Round

a) Vidya Balan, one of the stars of the Hindi film ‘Ishqiya’. (Co-produced by Vishal Bharadwaj)

b) The critically acclaimed ‘Maqbool’, directed by Vishal Bharadwaj, is an adaptation of Macbeth by Shakespeare.

c) Saif Ali Khan co-starred in ‘Omkara’, which was directed by Vishal Bharadwaj.

Final answer: Vishal Bharadwaj