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Come May, we’ll know exactly how much the Indian Premier League is contributing to the carbon footprint of the planet.

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31 Mar 2010 | BY Madhavankutty Pillai

How is Ravindra Jadeja dealing with his exile from IPL? Apparently, he has taken to listening bhajans.

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31 Mar 2010 | BY Akshay Sawai

Once Profitability Is Passé; Only the Paranoid Thrive

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25 Mar 2010

Is playing in the IPL worth jeopardising a player’s fitness and prospects for international matches?

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25 Mar 2010 | BY Boria Majumdar

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

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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Solutions to Mindgames 11: In the 11th edition of Mindgames, three sharp minds came close to landing themselves a full house. It was not to be. Q1 remained unconquered. Anand Kadkol, Nishit Mazmudar and Ashok Murari, take a bow. You were tops. Thanks everyone for playing. Do keep coming back.

The Open Round

A1. They exchanged their fins for more than 100 vertebrae. Who or what? Answer: Eels.

A2. In which Indian state do trains halt for just one week every year? Answer: In the Birbhum district of the state of Bengal, there is a little hamlet called Jubutia. Located here is the famous ‘Jopeshwar’ temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. During the week of the Shivratri festival, all trains halt in Jubutia for a few minutes to allow devotees to get on and off.

A3. What does the American Academy of Paediatrics want to do to ‘hot dogs’ and which breed of dog is the snack named after? Answer: They want to change the shape of the snack because they consider it a ‘choking hazard’. The snack is named after the dachschund breed of dog.

A4. On 2nd April, 2011, almost everyone in India will be watching what? Answer: The 2011 ICC World Cup final will be played in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

A5. Name the famous landmark.

Answer: The Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

A6. Which Indian city was Raja Bhoj the founder of? Answer: Bhopal

A7. These awards, presented last week, are ‘vertically challenged.’ Name them. Answer: The Shorty Awards for the best tweets.

A8. The ‘one booker wonder’ is back in the news for offering to play ‘independent observer’ but not ‘mediator’ or ‘interlocutor’. Who? Answer: Arundati Roy.

A9. It has taken him more than twenty years to score 93. Who and what am I hiding in the question? Answer: Sachin Tendulkar and the number of hundreds he has scored in international matches.

A10. Abyss, Near Dark, Strange Days, True Lies, ____________, Hurt Locker, Terminator. Q: Please fill in the blank that completes the sequence. Answer: Any film by Kathryn Bigelow. The sequence is film by: Cameron, Bigelow, Bigelow, Cameron, Bigelow, Bigelow, Cameron.

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) Gautama Buddha

c) Blue

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

Answer: a) The lady in the photograph is the Hollywood actress Zoe Saldana, star of the film Avatar; b) Gautama Buddha is believed to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu; c) Blue is the colour of the Na’avi people.

Final answer: The film Avatar

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15 Mar 2010 | BY Avinash Subramaniam

Sports Editor Akshay Sawai talks of KKR’s changed strip bringing them better luck on the field. But from a merchandise point of view, the sportswear makers in IPL, and the teams themselves, have been rather low on sartorial inventiveness. Why are most team kits some shade of blue?

Lalit Modi, if you are listening, two opposing teams on the ground outfitted in the same colours makes for boring TV. Of the eight teams, only three in IPL3 won’t turn up in blue, and for different reasons.

Red is pouty Preity Zinta’s favourite colour, and Kings XI Punjab’s Arsenal-lookalike shirt also suits its principal sponsor, Emirates airline; Chennai Super King’s choice of canary yellow is, of course, dictated by the colour of team owner India Cements’ bestselling grey powder bag, Coromandel Super Strong; consumer research told the Daredevils to go for red and black; and a little bird from Vittal Mallya Road tells us Royal Challengers’ red and gold was recommended by a trusted astrologer.

It seems IPL is allergic to green, a very common hue in the sportswear business. Or perhaps Indian cricket fans don’t want to be reminded of Pakistan in any way.

Football, and for that matter, most ballgames have the tradition of home and away jerseys. Ergo, when Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford, the Scousers sport grey or white to allow United its iconic red at home. Besides adding, well, some colour, and being spectator friendly, home and away clothing has a business logic as well. In 2006, Cricket Australia and its apparel sponsor realised that official merchandise sales were tapering because the team jersey of any vintage looked much the same—yellow with green lettering. So the Aussies shifted to bottle green with Adidas’ trademark three stripes in glitzy gold. Nike’s new Team India uniform, in a darker shade of blue, is motivated by a similar concern.

What’s the big deal, you ask. Consider this: Europe’s six biggest football teams generate revenues in excess of $1 billion every year selling replica shirts alone. On average, the English football fan, from Millwall to Macclesfield, spends the equivalent of Rs 3,200 a year on team shirts. Lalit Modi’s strong arm forced SET Max to double the TV rights fee in just the second year of IPL, but the long-term profitability of franchises may depend on their ability to sell overpriced home and away Puma jerseys to eight-year-old kids. Just ask David Beckham or Real Madrid.

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13 Mar 2010 | BY TR Vivek

Remember the fakeIPLplayer blog? It’s back as a book and it’s witty, engrossing and often rings quite true.

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10 Mar 2010 | BY Boria Majumdar

The IPL success of Chennai Super Kings can be traced to the business acumen of India Cements’ N Srinivasan.

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9 Mar 2010 | BY TR Vivek

It shows a batsman making a stroke which does not exist in the books, but the organisers think that is okay.

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4 Feb 2010 | BY Akshay Sawai
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