Quiz @Quintessential

1. Let me start with my favourite topic: FOOD. It is the Italian word for hors d’oeuvre, and literally means ‘before the food’. In Italian cuisine, this typically consists of cold foods such as cheeses and raw or marinated vegetables, as well as meats, especially cured meats such as prosciutto. Identify the term?

2. “A worker in _____________ must work 89 minutes for a kilo of rice, while a Swiss needs only five to seven minutes,” the survey from UBS, the Banking group from Switzerland said. Fill the blank.

3. What is unique to Mario Brothers, Mortal Kombat and Tomb Raider?

4. We often hear of the ‘Chancellor of the Exchequer.’ How did the word Exchequer come into use?

5. This film superstar holds a degree in business and finance from the University of Wisconsin, and had earned a small fortune in mail-order and real estate before he launched his career in the film industry. Who?

6. It was once referred to as a “Punjabi newspaper written in the Roman script”. Which newspaper?

7. On 31st October 2000, four centuries after his death, who was declared the patron saint of politicians and statesmen?

8. The name was an acronym for the German text translating to “limited company for dye manufacture”. It was established in 1867 at Rummelsburger near Berlin, and took its name in 1873. After the second world war, the factory was re-established in West Germany, at Leverkusen and Munich. What company?

9. This product came as a result of a research work titled ‘the third browser’. The success of the endeavour led to the formation of a new company. What am I talking about?

10. Record book…. This Indian company started in 1956 with a capacity of 25 units a day. Today they produce them in 100 seconds flat. They are world’s largest. Which company?

11. Son of a London cabbie, he dropped out of school, but eventually mastered degree in fashion design from the prestigious Martins College. Three times winner of ‘the British designer of the year’, he drew media attention when he impudently dismissed his employer Hubert de Givenchy as ‘irrelevant’. He has a petulant bad boy image and is widely known as ‘L’enfant Terrible’. One of the most controversial but talented fashion designers today, he is currently employed by Gucci. Name him.

12. Irving, Texas is a small-town which has the HQ’s of a Fortune 5 company. Name the company.

13. Expand AIG as in Tata-AIG or ManU shirts AIG?

14. In the 1860s a pharmacist, developed a food for babies who were unable to breastfeed. His first success was a premature infant who could not tolerate his mother’s milk or any of the usual substitutes. People quickly recognized the value of the new product, after his new formula saved the child’s life, and soon, the product was being sold in much of Europe. This was the start of a great multinational. Which one?

15. Name the legendary French New Wave director who made the 1964 movie after which Quentin Tarantino, one of his biggest admirers, named his production company.

16. On which US states’ license plates would you find the slogan “The Spirit of America”?

17. On 9th February 1950 this US senator accused more than 200 staff in the State Department of being members of the Communist Party. He made the startling allegation in a public speech saying the State Department was infested with communists and brandished a sheet of paper which purportedly contained the traitors’ names. Name the senator.

18. The Japanese brand “Canon” is named after?

19. A talented, self-taught artist, he sold his first drawing to Life magazine when he was only 14! He was also a natural athlete who longed for a career in baseball, but his dreams of pitching in the Big Leagues were shattered when he broke his arm while playing his first professional game. He became a sports cartoonist and created a strip called “Champs and Chumps”, which was renamed later. The cartoon was an instant success. Who and what was it renamed as?

20. Frank McNamara went to a New York restaurant to have dinner. On his way out he faced a problem. What problem did he face and how did he resolve the problem?


  1. Preyoshi said...

    No. 15 reminds me of Godard. Any close?

  2. Ingit Tibrewal said...

    1. Antipasti
    2. India?
    4. Don't remember exactly, but it had something to do with the chess board
    5. Kamaal R Khan ;)
    6. Punjab Kesri?
    8. Bayer
    9. Mozilla/Firefox
    10. I think its the Bullet Enfield factory in Chennai
    11. Tom Ford?
    12. Berkshire Hathaway
    13. American Insurance Group
    14. Nestle
    15. Jean Luc Goddard?
    16. New York?
    17. Senator McCarthy of Good Night and Good Luck fame
    20. The revolving door? (because of the rush of people entering and leaving at the same time)

  3. Unknown said...

    19. Peanuts?

  4. Abhi said...


    1. Antipasto
    2. Mumbai
    3. All are video games which have become movies.
    4. From the chequered tablecloth on which the accounts were calculated in early Norman times
    5. Arnold Schwarzenegger
    6. Hindustan Times
    7. Thomas Moore
    8. AGFA, the film making firm
    9. ‘Opera’ browser (third after internet explorer and Netscape)
    10. Hero Cycles
    11. Alexander McQueen
    12. Exxon
    13. American International Group Inc.
    14. Nestle
    15. Jean Luc Godard
    16. Massachusetts
    17. Joe McCarthy
    18. After Kwanon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy(not literal cannons)
    19. Robert Ripley and ‘Believe It Or Not’
    20. He did not have enough money to pay the bill. At the end of the meal with his two friends, McNamara reached into his pocket for his wallet so that he could pay for the meal (in cash). He was shocked to discover that he had forgotten his wallet. To his embarrassment, he then had to call his wife and have her bring him some money. McNamara vowed never to let this happen again. Thus credit cards came to be conceptualized.

  5. Abhi said...

    Preyoshi gets Godard right :)

    Ingit gets 5. Good work :)

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