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The current census is expected to cost the Government Rs 2,009 crore.

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7 Apr 2010 | BY Avinash Subramaniam

Here are the answers to the 14th and, sad to say, the last edition of Mindgames. Thank you, those of you who took the trouble to participate regularly—I do appreciate it. Many of you came close on several occasions, but in all the 14 editions of Mindgames, we have had just one ‘all correct’ entry (from Anand Kadkol). Before I go, I just want to say ‘hats-off’ to Anand.

SOLUTION TO MINDGAMES ed. 14

A1. Mulayam Singh Yadav who said women MP’s would get whistled at if there were more of them in Parliament, thanks to the proposed Women’s Reservation Bill.

A2. Freida Pinto from Slumdog Millionaire. (Image is of Dharavi)

A3. The Moskva. The Indian deity shown is Brahma. (‘Brahmos’ was in the news recently and the ‘Mos’ in the word is from the Russian river, Moska.)

A4. Cherry Blossom. (The hat and the stick in the picture belong to ‘Charlie Chaplin’, and we all know which brand of shoe polish uses a ‘Charlie Chaplin’ to promote itself.)

A5. The bowler not shown in the picture is Joginder Sharma. This is the famous ‘final shot’ by Misbah-ul-Haq that he played in the final of the inaugural world Twenty20 championship, which India won.

A6. The person in the picture is Ayrton Senna. His nephew, Bruno Senna, races in F1 for Hispania Racing. And so does Karun Chandok.

A7. The lady with the elephant obsession, Mayawati of UP. The elephant is the Bahujan Samaj Party electoral symbol, which explaisn why Mayawati would like it plastered all over Uttar Pradesh.

A8. The deity shown in the picture is the Hindu God of Fire, Agni, which also happens to be the name of the series of ballistic missiles India has test-launched off Wheeler Island that is located just off the coast of Odisha. (Old name, Orissa)

A9. The hat and the ‘hare ears’ should have been dead giveaways. That apart, the movie this party features in is very much in the news. Final answer: The Mad Hatter’s tea-party from Alice in Wonderland.

A10. The yellow hair belongs to Calvin. The whiskers: Hobbes. The incomplete picture: Calvin and Hobbes. The cartoonist is Bill Waterson

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5 Apr 2010 | BY Avinash Subramaniam

Nalini even shopped for the clothes Rajiv Gandhi’s assassin ‘Dhanu’ wore on the day he was killed.

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31 Mar 2010 | BY Avinash Subramaniam

If you are wasting too much time on ‘interesting’ sites, let this browser manage your time.

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30 Mar 2010 | BY Avinash Subramaniam

The 14th edition of Mindgames too, like its predecessors, is based only on recent events covered by Open and other news sources. What’s more, it has lots of pictures. Enjoy!

Q1. Name the Indian politician

Clue

 

Q2. Name the actress

Clue

 

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30 Mar 2010 | BY Avinash Subramaniam

The BrahMos missile can travel at two-and-a-half to three times the speed of sound.

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25 Mar 2010 | BY Avinash Subramaniam

The net has really grown since its conception, but we still don’t know what it’ll grow to be.

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24 Mar 2010 | BY Avinash Subramaniam

The Open Round

This Edition of Mindgames is special. In addition to all the correct answers, you also have to identify the topic the questions are based on to win the big prize. Good luck!

Q1. Name the instrument

Clue

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Q2. Who said this about what? “The name Father __________ came to me, and all the lonely people. But then I thought that people would think it was supposed to be about my Dad. So I went through the telephone book and I got the name McKenzie.”

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Q3. Name the album

Clue

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Q4. Name the city

Clue

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Q5. Name the song

Clue

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Q6. Name the band

Clue

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Q7. Name their son

Clue

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Q8. Name the album

Clue

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Q9. Name the song

Clue

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Q10. Name the father

Clue

 

The ABC Round

Your first task in this round is to identify the person/thing shown in the picture. Then, connect a, b and c to another well-known person, 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.

a)

b)

c)

Q: Who or what is connected to A, B and C?

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Solutions to Mindgames 12: Five people came close to landing themselves a full house. It was not to be. Jiten Bhalla, Akshay M, and Naresh Saukar, Biswanath Gupta and S. Elango take a bow. The five of you came out on top. Thank you, everyone, for playing. Do keep playing.

The Open Round

A1. Clue: Coromandel. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’. (Coromandel Cements is the flagship brand of India Cements, the company that owns the Chennai Super Kings.)

A2. Clue: Laganu custard. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’. (‘Laganu Custard’ is a delightful Parsee dish. Kings XI Punjab is co-owned by the delightful Parsee ‘dish’, Preity Zinta)

A3. Clue: Film by Mani Ratnam. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’. (The film ‘Guru’ by Mani Ratnam is said to have been loosely-based on the life of the late Dhirubhai Ambani. Mumbai Indians is owned by the late industrialist’s elder son, Mukesh and wife Nita Ambani.)

A4. Name the ‘animal’ shown in the picture. (The Mongoose bat)

A5. Clue: MJ Akbar. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’. (The veteran journalist and author, MJ Akbar was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Deccan Chronicle. The same group owns the Deccan Chargers.)

A6. Clue: Calendar man. Name the club and the ‘connection’. (The famous Kingfisher Calendar brought out by the even more famous Vijay Mallya, owner of Royal Challengers Bangalore.)

A7. Clue: ‘b.’ Name the club and give me the ‘connection’. (The little ‘B’ Abhishek Bachchan is the main brand ambassador for Idea, one of the co-sponsors of the Mumbai Indians.)

A8. Clue: Tiger Woods. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’. (Tiger Woods was hauled up for ‘sexting’, among other things. So was Shane Warne, the talismanic coach and captain of the Rajasthan Royals.)

A9. Clue: Young and ‘jawan’. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’. (A very young Shah Rukh Khan starred in the TV series ‘Fauji’, about a soldier in the army. Shah Rukh Khan is co-owner of the club, Kolkata Knight Riders.)

A10. Clue: Dada of Durban. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’. (Yuvraj Singh has had some memorable Twenty20 performances in Durban, thus the nickname. He is the ‘icon’ player for Kings XI Punjab.)

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The ABC Round

Your first task in this round is to identify the person/thing shown in the picture. Then, connect a, b and c to another well-known person, 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.

Ans. a)  Juhi Chawla, who  is part-owner of KKR

Ans. b) Fake IPL player (Wrote a blog and book loosely based on the goings-on at KKR)

Ans. c) Shilpa Shetty (Star of ‘Big Brother’. ‘Dada’ is another word for ‘big brother’, the name by which Sourav Ganguly, Captain of KKR is fondly referred to as.)

Q: Who or what is connected to A, B and C?

Final Ans. The Kolkata Knight Riders

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22 Mar 2010 | BY Avinash Subramaniam

Forbidden stuff may be why many visit the net, but ‘cool’ netizens associate only with the legit.

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17 Mar 2010 | BY Avinash Subramaniam

The Open Round

This edition of Mindgames is an IPL special. You have to give me the connection and the name of the club for an all-correct answer. There are no half-measures or answers.

Q1. Clue: Coromandel. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’.

Q2. Clue: Laganu custard. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’.

Q3. Clue: Film by Mani Ratnam. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’.

Q4. Name the animal shown in the picture below.

Q5. Clue: MJ Akbar. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’.

Q6. Clue: Calendar man. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’.

Q7. Clue: ‘b.’ Name the club and give me the ‘connection’.

Q8. Clue: Tiger Woods. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’.

Q9. Clue: Young and ‘jawan’. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’.

Q10. Clue: Dada of Durban. Name the club and give me the ‘connection’.

The ABC Round

Your first task in this round is to identify the person/thing shown in the picture. Then, connect a, b and c to another well-known person, 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.

a)

b) Fake IPL player

c) Shilpa Shetty

Q: Who or what is connected to A, B and C?

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15 Mar 2010 | BY Avinash Subramaniam
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