Thursday, December 13, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 13 December 2012

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The photo collage points to a serial killer, who was very active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The killer's identity is still unknown.

During his reign of terror, the killer's victims included 5 confirmed dead and 2 injured, with the killer claiming to have killed at least 37 persons. His area of operation included the states of California and possibly, Nevada.

Identify the serial killer.

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Answer: The answer is The Zodiac KillerThe Zodiac murdered victims in Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa and San Francisco between December 1968 and October 1969. Four men and three women between the ages of 16 and 29 were targeted. The killer originated the name "Zodiac" in a series of taunting letters sent to the local Bay Area press. These letters included four cryptograms (or ciphers). Of the four cryptograms sent, only one has been definitively solved.
Anurag, Rafika and Ali have correctly answered the question.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 12 December 2012

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Identify the cyclist from the photograph captured by Reinhold Thiele.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 11 December 2012

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A straightforward identify question.

Identify the person shown in the photo and tell us about his claim to fame.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 10 December 2012

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I had to take a break for 9 days due to a hectic schedule, but, here I am back again!

The photo on the right hand side was taken by Hugh Lee Pattinson, an English industrial chemist, known in his time for the patent process for refining silver that bears his name. He was also an entrepreneur, sharing the risk of major industrial developments with famous ironmaster Isaac Lowthian Bell and cable manufacturer Robert Stirling Newall

Tell me why this particular photograph, taken in 1840 is famous.

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Saturday, December 01, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 01 December 2012

Sometimes the Bong in me takes over and today is one such occasion. As a result, today's question gives a distinct advantage to the Bongs in terms of ease of answering.

The photo captures 7 personalities in one of their famous avatars/characters. Simply identify the character or the respective film/show.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 30 November 2012

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The picture shows a long-range siege gun used to bombard Paris during World War I. It was in service between March-August 1918. When it was first employed, Parisians believed they had been bombed by a new type of high-altitude zeppelin, as neither the sound of an airplane nor a gun could be heard. It was the largest piece of artillery used during the war by barrel length if not caliber, and is considered to be a supergun.

Identify the gun.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 29 November 2012

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This is where it all started. The predecessor to all assault rifles, the pictured sub-machine gun was widely used in the WWII.

Identify it.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 28 November 2012

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A sitter.

The photographed 155mm howitzer can be termed as the "gun that won a war", although, on the political field.

Identify the gun.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 27 November 2012

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The pictured handgun is a very light weight 8-shot revolver in the .22 LR calibre. Entirely made up of aluminium alloy, the barrel housing is fitted with a steel barrel as a sleeve.

Identify the revolver.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 26 November 2012

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A double-action/single action, semi-automatic pistol manufactured between 1989 and 1997, it was available in standard full-size, as well as in more compact versions. It features a decocking lever and was chambered for several calibers. The family of models was known as the Series 90.

The design of the handgun was based on the Colt M1911 pistol and its magazines are identical to magazines shipped with the M1911.

Identify the handgun.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 25 November 2012

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Here's a question from the world of the big guns - the canons!

This 3.8 m long cannon with exquisite engravings has a barrel with a diameter of 28.5 cm. In 1742, during the reign of Raja Gopal Singh, it was used to repulse the troops of Maratha leader, Bhaskar Pundit.

Identify the iconic canon.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 24 November 2012

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The capture shows a single sub-machine gun of British origin that was made during the 1990's in a machine shop, located at the garage of a private individual near Belfast, Northern Ireland.

A fairly simple, home-made gun, it was designed to accept Sten magazines.

Identify the gun, used by the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force during The Troubles.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 23 November 2012

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The photo shows a supposedly Webley Pocket revolver chambered for .38 S&W. The Webley trademarks stamped on the handgun can be seen as fake. The seller apparently tried to add a "1" to the fake serial number "880" to make it look like a pre-1898, and thus legal to import to the U.S. as an antique handgun.

The gun was manufactured in a region, which could actually ask for a geographical indication mark for the unlicensed, home-made copies of firearms, that they produce, using whatever materials are available - more often than not, railway rails, scrap motor vehicles and other scrap metal. The quality of such fire-arms vary widely, ranging from as good as a factory-produced example to dangerously poor.

What am I talking about?

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 22 November 2012

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Among the earliest repeating rifles; the pictured type is colloquially known as "The Gun that Won the West" for its predominant role in the hands of Western settlers.

One of the most successful, and certainly one of the most famous of all the models manufactured, it also inspired the eponymous 1950 Western film starring Jimmy Stewart and directed by Anthony Mann

Identify the rifle

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 21 November 2012

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The picture is that of a gunner of the Royal Scots captured in the Netherlands in 1944 during the WWII.

The weapon being fired by the soldier is a light machine gun, which was adopted by Britain in the 1930s and used in various roles until 1991. While best known for its role as the British and Commonwealth forces' primary infantry light machine gun (LMG) in World War II, it was also used in the Korean War and saw service throughout the latter half of the 20th century, including the 1982 Falklands War and the 1991 Gulf War. Although fitted with a bipod, it could also be mounted on a tripod or vehicle-mounted.

Identify the light machine gun.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 20 November 2012

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The ugly looking single-shot pistol had its origins in the Joint Psychological Committee and was designed in 1942 by the Inland Guide Lamp Manufacturing Division of an automobile manufacturer.

The original engineering drawings label the barrel as "tube", the trigger as "yoke", the firing pin as "control rod", and the trigger guard as "spanner". Ultimately, a million of these weapons were produced. Extra rounds of ammunition could be stored in the pistol grip.

A crude and clumsy weapon, it was never intended for front line service. It was originally intended as an insurgency weapon to be mass dropped behind enemy lines to resistance fighters in occupied territory. A resistance fighter was to recover the weapon, sneak up on an Axis occupier, kill or incapacitate him, and retrieve his weapons.

Identify the pistol.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 19 November 2012

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A very common sight in India till a few years ago, the pictured gun is a self loading battle rifle, firing the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridges. 

The rifle is a derivative of the original Belgian battle rifle and has been used by the armies of the commonwealth nations for a long time. In India, these have been phased out by the INSAS 5.56 mm assault rifles, although some remain in service with the paramilitary forces and state police forces.

Identify the rifle.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 18 November 2012

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The revolver shown in the photo on the right hand side is meant for short range. It is a 'Break Action' self extracting revolver and uses the .32 Smith & Wesson Long (7.65 mm) cartridge.

It is based on the Webley Mk IV .38 S&W revolver, specifically the Singapore Police Force version with a safety catch.

Identify the revolver.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 17 November 2012

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The picture on the right hand side shows a top-break revolver with automatic extraction, which was, in various marks, the standard issue service pistol for the armed forces of the United Kingdom, the British Empire and the Commonwealth from 1887 until 1963.

The design of the revolver is such that breaking it open for reloading also operates the extractor. This removes the spent cartridges from the cylinder. Firing the large .455 bore cartridge, there are among the most powerful top-break revolvers ever produced. Although the .455 calibre guns are no longer in military service, the .38/200 variant is still in use as a police sidearm in a number of countries, including India.

Identify the revolver.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 16 November 2012

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A WWII era underground production gun forms today's question.

The gun's designer was a blacksmith and self-taught amateur gunsmith from Poland. During the German occupation of Poland he became a gunsmith of the local Bataliony Chłopskie underground Polish resistance organization. In spring of 1943 he completed a working prototype of his own submachine gun. Today, only a single example of the sub-machine gun or machine pistol exists.

Identify the gun. 

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 15 November 2012

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The photo shows a handgun, which is a blowback-operated semi-automatic handgun, chambered in 9×19 mm Parabellum and made of inexpensive molded polymers and stamped steel parts. Magazines with 10-, 20-, 32-, 50- and upwards of 72-rounds are available.

The weapon was the subject of controversy following its use in the 101 California Street shootings and later the Columbine High School massacre. The gun was banned by name in the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban. Subsequently, it's manufacturer went out of business.

Identify the handgun.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 14 November 2012

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A not very well-known assault rifle forms today's question.

As you can see from the picture, the design of the rifle seems to be inspired from the Soviet AK-47 assault rifle. However, it is optimized for operation in arid conditions and was selected as the winner of a competition beating the original, i.e. AK-47 itself.

Identify the rifle.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 13 November 2012

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Historical pair of guns for the daily quiz of today.

The pair of flintlocks shown in the picture were used in a duel between two prominent American politicians,  one, a former Secretary of the Treasury and the other, the sitting Vice President. The duel, which took place in the early 19th century, resulted in the death of one of the pair and ruined the political career of the other. 

The gun-maker was particularly well known for his high quality duelling pistols and in the 18th century England, his name was sometimes prefixed to "affair" to signify a duel.

Identify the gun-maker and the duel.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 12 November 2012

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What you see in the picture is a selective-fire 9x19 mm Parabellum caliber machine pistol. This is sometimes also categorized as a sub-machine gun. The photographed example has a telescopic site and a sound suppressor too.

Identify the handgun.

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Answer: The gun is Brügger & Thomet MP9 (Machine Pistol 9mm), designed and manufactured by Brügger & Thomet of Switzerland. In India, the elite Ghatak Platoons of the Indian Army are being equipped with this machine pistol.
Ali cracks this one too! :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 10 November 2012

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The picture is that of a large frame double-action revolver featuring a full length under-barrel ejection-rod lug and six round cylinder. Chambered for the powerful .44 Magnum and .45 Colt centerfire ammunition cartridges, this model marked it's manufacturer's first foray into the popular large-bore Magnum pistol market.

Identify the handgun.

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Answer: The gun is a .44 Magnum Colt Anaconda.
Ali provides the right answer here too! :)

Friday, November 09, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 09 November 2012

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Today's question takes us to, probably, the most iconic of all guns.

The photo shows an example of the field-stripped sub-machine gun packed in a violin case. 

These guns were favored by the law-enforcers, as well as, the outlaws and have featured extensively in real and reel life battles, wars and gun-fights. Some early models of these examples had a cyclical fire rate of 1500 rounds per min, while the later models averaged around 600 rounds per minute.

Identify the sub-machine gun.

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Answer: The answer is Thompson submachine gun, affectionately called the Tommy Gun. It is an American submachine gun, invented by John T. Thompson in 1919 and became infamous during the Prohibition era. It was a common sight in the media of the time, being used by both law enforcement officers and criminals. The Thompson was also known informally as the "Trench Broom", "Trench Sweeper", "Chicago Typewriter", "Chicago Piano", "Chicago Style", "Chicago Organ Grinder", and "The Chopper".
Ali and Ranadip Choudhury got this correct! :)

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 08 November 2012

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Another iconic handgun for the daily quiz of today.

The photo on the right shows a revolver, which has been offered in over 30 different calibers and various barrel lengths. But, its overall appearance has remained consistent since its introduction.

These handguns have also featured prominently in high-profile battles. The US 7th Cavalry of General Custer had used these handguns in the battle against the Indians, known as Custer's Last Stand. Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders had charged up San Juan Hill wielding the .45 caliber model. George S. Patton carried a custom-made example of the gun, with ivory grips engraved with his initials and an eagle, which became his trademark.

Identify the handgun.

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Answer: Its the Colt Single Action Army — also known as the Model P, Peacemaker, M1873 and Colt 45 among others. It is a single action revolver with a revolving cylinder holding six metallic cartridges. It was designed for the U.S. government service revolver trials of 1872 by Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company, today Colt's Manufacturing Company, and was adopted as the standard military service revolver until 1892.

The Colt Single Action Army has been offered in over 30 different calibers and various barrel lengths. Its overall appearance has remained consistent since 1873. Colt has discontinued its production twice, but brought it back due to popular demand. The revolver was popular with ranchers, lawmen, and outlaws alike, but current models are mostly bought by collectors and re-enactors. Its design has influenced the production of numerous other models from other companies.
Ali gets this one right too! :)

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 07 November 2012

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Another sitter.

In the adjacent photograph, you can see two different rifles.

One in the bottom, is a .315 sporting rifle, while the one on the top is an assault rifle, chambered for the 5.56 mm NATO cartridge.

Identify the assault rifle.

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Answer: It is the famous INSAS 5.56 mm assault rifle, which has been the main assault rifle of the Indian army for some time now. Recently, there have been some questions raised over the reliability of the rifles and probably they will be phased out in a time-bound manner.
Ali gets this also. :)

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 06 November 2012

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The name of carbine, shown in picture, literally meant "unerring" or "one which always reaches its targets". However, this impressive looking piece never went in to mass production.

Identify the carbine.

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Answer: Its the 5.56 mm AMOGH Carbine, developed by the Ordnance Factory Board. This never went in to mass production and the project was ultimately shelved.
Ali got this answer right. :)

Monday, November 05, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 05 November 2012

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An easy question.

Identify the anti-material rifle shown in the picture.

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Answer: It is a Denel NTW-20 anti-materiel rifle or large-calibre sniper rifle, developed by Denel's Mechem division in the 1990s. The weapon was designed by Tony Neophytou and intended for deployment against a wide variety of targets, including parked aircraft, telecommunication masts, power lines, missile sites, radar installations, refineries, satellite dishes, gun emplacements, bunkers and personnel, using a range of specialized projectiles. As with other weapons of this type, it can also be used for counter sniping and ordnance disposal (shooting explosive ordnance from a safe distance).

Denel was contracted to supply various weapon systems for the Indian Armed Forces, including Anti-materiel rifles and Self-propelled howitzers. However, following allegations that it had paid kickbacks to secure a deal for anti-materiel rifles, Denel was black-listed by the government.

As a result Ordnance Factory Tiruchirapalli (OFT) in association with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) began developing Vidhwansak, an indigenous anti-material rifle capable of similar role. Despite heavy visual and technical similarities to the Denel NTW-20 the guns have different calibers except for the 14.5 x 114 mm, ranges and price points. The development of Vidhwansak was completed in November 2005.
Ali got the answer correct! :)

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 04 November 2012

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The gun, shown in the picture to the right, was a successor to the Liberator pistol developed by the CIA. This single-shot gun was intended for distribution to South Vietnamese guerrillas as a weapon against North Vietnamese soldiers.

Identify the gun.

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Answer: The answer is Deer Gun. The single-shot Deer gun was intended for distribution to South Vietnamese guerrillas as a weapon against North Vietnamese soldiers. One production run of 1,000 Deer guns was made in 1964 as an initial run, with the final cost projected as US$3.95 per gun. Rather than the Vietnam war being a small clandestine war, it became a full scale war where the Deer gun would not be as useful as foreseen. Some Deer guns were evaluated in Vietnam, but the fate of the rest is unknown.
Sagar Kathrisal and Ali cracks this.


Saturday, November 03, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 03 November 2012

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An iconic handgun for the quiz of the day.

Considered as one of the most powerful handguns, the picture shows 2 examples, with 6-inch (15 cm) and 4-inch (10 cm) barrels and nickel finish. Many firearm collectors and writers have described the model as the finest production revolver ever made.

Identify the revolver.

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Answer: The answer is Colt Python, which is a .357 Magnum caliber revolver formerly manufactured by Colt's Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut. It is sometimes referred to as a "Combat Magnum". It was first introduced in 1955, the same year as Smith & Wesson's M29 .44 Magnum. The now discontinued Colt Python targeted the premium revolver market segment. Some firearm collectors and writers such as Jeff Cooper, Ian V. Hogg, Chuck Hawks, Leroy Thompson, Renee Smeets and Martin Dougherty have described the Python as the finest production revolver ever made.
Ali cracks the question as usual! :)


Friday, November 02, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 02 November 2012

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A gun, which was very visible in India till a few years ago. This was the personal defense weapon for the officers of the Indian army for quite some time and was also used by the different armed police forces.

These were notable for having a simple design, very low production cost and ease of operation, making them effective insurgency weapons for resistance groups, till AK-47 became the first choice.

The weapon's chief designers were Major Reginald V. Shepherd and Harold Turpin and it was originally manufactured by Enfield.

Identify the sub-machine gun.

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Answer: The answer is The STEN or Sten gunSTEN is an acronym, from the names of the weapon's chief designers, Major Reginald V. Shepherd and Harold Turpin, and EN for Enfield, the manufacturers.
Congrats Indian for getting this right.


Thursday, November 01, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 01 November 2012

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This month is dedicated to questions with tremendous firepower. Not only literally, but also, actually. 30 questions on guns from different era, not in any chronological order, shall be asked. The first one is given below.

The gun, shown on the right hand side, used to be a regular sight with the armed forces in India, especially in front of the biggest bank of the city/town in the 1980s and early 1990s. It was also carried by the elite forces of different state police departments till the mid-nineties. These guns, with minor cosmetic alterations, were used in the production of the Star Wars movies as blaster rifle props.

Identify the sub-machine gun.

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Answer: The answer is Sterling sub-machine gun, which is of British origin and was in service with the British Army from 1944 until 1994, when it was phased out with the introduction of the L85A1 assault rifle. The gun was chambered for both the 9×19mm Parabellum, as well as, 7.62×51mm NATO cartridges. Having a cyclical rate of fire of 550 round/min and an effective range of 200 meters, these are still in use by paramilitary and police forces of India.
Ali and Indian have provided the correct answer to the question.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 31 October 2012

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Another question from the annals of history.

The photograph on the right hand side shows the remnants of a once legendary fortification, which were destroyed in an epic war.

Identify the site or the war.

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Answer: The ruins are portions of the legendary walls of Troy (VII), identified as the site of the Trojan War (ca. 1200 BC). These are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and located in the Western Turkey.
Congratulations to Ali for the right answer. :)


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 30 October 2012

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Here comes a question from a different time altogether, but relevant as of today.

What you can see on the right hand side is a photograph of one of only four surviving exemplifications of the original text. The texts have long been popularly perceived as the original symbol of freedom.

What is being talked about and shown in the photograph?

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Answer: The answer is Magna Carta, also called Magna Carta Libertatum or The Great Charter of the Liberties of England. It is an Angevin charter, originally issued in Latin in the year 1215, translated into vernacular-French as early as 1219, and reissued later in the 13th century in modified versions. Magna Carta is Latin for Great Charter. The later versions excluded the most direct challenges to the monarch's authority that had been present in the 1215 charter. The charter first passed into law in 1225; the 1297 version, with the long title (originally in Latin) "The Great Charter of the Liberties of England, and of the Liberties of the Forest," still remains on the statute books of England and Wales.

The photo shows one of the only four surviving exemplifications of the 1215 text, Cotton MS. Augustus II. 106, property of the British Library.
Ali cracks this question with elan. :)


Monday, October 29, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 29 October 2012

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I plan to create a series of questions on firearms - 30 questions, one for each day, for the entire month of November. Let's see how it shapes up.
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For the time being, a less explosive question for the day's quiz.
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The picture, which you can see on the right hand side, was taken by a Landsat satellite circa 2000 AD.
satellite image question
From the image, identify the area.
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area 51 groom lake ufo
Answer: The satellite image is that of Area 51 and it also shows the dry Groom Lake just northeast of the site.
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Area 51 is a military base, and a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base. It is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles (133 km) north-northwest of Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large military airfield. The base's primary purpose is undetermined; however, based on historical evidence, it appears to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems.
Ali cracks this question.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 28 October 2012

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Travel centuries, travel continents for the day's quiz question.
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The picture on the right hand side shows some people engaged in a particular activity. This is considered a historically significant event, which changed history.
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Identify what is going on.
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Answer: The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor or "Boston Tea Party". At the time of the incident, the phrase "Boston Tea Party" had not been coined, and it became popular only half a century later.
Kudos to Ali, Souvik Bhattacharyya & Karan Rai for cracking the question. :)
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 27 October 2012

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Sorry for the poor quality of the visual clue. This is from a long - well, not so long actually - back.
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You can see a screenshot of an advertisement, with New Delhi, 5.45 a.m. written across. India Gate can be seen in the background, and a person's upper body is seen emerging from the background.
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You have to identify both the Product and the Person, on whom, the ad was shot.
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Answer: This is one of the advertisements from the golden days of Doordarshan. The ad was for the health drink Boost and the person, who featured in the ad was none other than Kapil Dev. Boost is the secret of my energy, was quite a catchphrase in those times.
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 26 October 2012

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This question comes from the world of movies.
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Right! Five guys in the frame.
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Identify the one whose face has been hidden. Bonus: for what purpose, was this snap taken? 
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james bond quiz answer
Answer: The person is George Lazenby. The occasion was to select the next James Bond for the upcoming film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The search was necessitated because of the decision of Sean Connery to retire from the role after You Only Live Twice.
Congratulations to Ali! For the names of other actors, please see his comment below. :)
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daily quiz with answer

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 25 October 2012

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A tribute question for the daily quiz. 
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The picture on the right hand side is the snapshot of the cover of a novel, published by Penguin. The novel had won the Sahitya Akademi Award in the year 1986, and is considered as one of the finest examples of contemporary Indian literature.
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Identify the Author and the Novel.
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nil lohit sunil gangopadhyay
Answer: The author is Sunil Gangopadhyay, one of my personal favourites, and who passed away recently. The novel is Those Days, translated from the original Bengali work, titled Sei Somoy.

The novel is set in the late 19th Century Bengal, against the backdrop of the Bengal Renaissance and the 1857 Sepoy uprisings. Though a piece of historical fiction, it incorporates the major historical characters from that period, viz. Vidyasagar, Michael Madhusudan Dutt etc. and the author has remained true in his descriptions of those days.
Karan Rai and Ali crack this as usual! :)
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 24 October 2012

One of my favorite characters - real or imaginary - forms the basis of today's quiz question. And, this is related to a current event too.
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You can see the snap of a flag in the picture on the right hand side.
flag of Mahishasur
Simply identify the owner of the flag!
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flag of mahishasura durga fight answer
Answer: That's supposed to be the Flag of Mahishasura, the archenemy of Durga.
Unfortunately, no one came up with the right answer!
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 23 October 2012

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A very recent happening forms the day's quiz question.
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The painting on the right hand side is the only known picture of the lady in question. She has been in the news very recently and has achieved a very first in her class.
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Identify her and tell us about her achievement.
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Answer: She is Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, baptised as Catherine Tekakwitha and informally known as Lily of the Mohawks (1656 – April 17, 1680). Born in present-day New York, she survived smallpox and was orphaned as a child, then baptized as a Roman Catholic and settled for the last years of her life at the Jesuit mission village of Kahnawake, south of Montreal in New France, now Canada. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1980 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter's Basilica on October 21, 2012, thereby becoming the very first Native American to be done so.
Congratulations to Ali and Karan, who have successfully cracked this question.
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Daily quiz with answer

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 14 October 2012

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One of the places that I would like to visit sometime makes up today's quiz question.
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You can see the picture of a very famous waterfall on the right hand side. Part of a folklore, you need to simply identify the place and why it is famous.
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Answer: Ali is absolutely right.
And, I am only copy-pasting his answer from the comment section below.
Its Reichenbach FallsSir Arthur Conan Doyle had set the falls as the location of the final fight between Sherlock Holmes with his greatest opponent, Professor James Moriarty in his story, The Final Problem. Apparently, both of them had died in the fight, but as it turned out later, Holmes had managed to vanquish his opponent in the fight to the death.
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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 13 October 2012

A logo quiz question up next.
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You can see the logo of the Indianapolis Clowns on the right hand side.
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Just tell me the significance of the team.
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Negro American League baseball
Answer: Indianapolis Clowns were the last of the functioning professional baseball teams from the Negro American Leagues era. While still fielding a legitimate team, the Clowns also toured with several members known for comic acts - sort of a baseball version of the Harlem Globetrotters, including Joe "Prince" Henry. After the decline of the Negro Leagues, the team continued operations on barnstorming tours and the Clowns finally disbanded around 1988.
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The Clowns were also the first professional baseball team to hire a female player. Toni Stone played second base with the team in 1953.
Ali is partially right with the answer.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 11 October 2012

Here's another visual question for the quiz of the day.

Bit of a shocking visual. It is, or rather, was, a part of a series of advertisement on a particular topic.

What you have to do is identify the topic, on which, the ad was made.

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Answer: Bangalore City Traffic Police ran an outdoor advertising campaign using disturbing photography to shock people out of talking to their friends and families while driving. The campaign, with tag line, “Don't talk while he drives”, was developed by Mudra Group.
Kudos to Ali, as he correctly identified the ad campaign.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 10 October 2012

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For the day's quiz, here's another visual question.

On the right side, you can see the photograph of a historical painting.

Simply identify the painting and the painter.

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Cheers!

Answer: One of the dragons from The Nine Dragons handscroll (九龙图/九龍圖), painted by the Song-Dynasty Chinese artist Chen Rong (陈容/陳容) in 1244 CE. The entire scroll is 46.3 x 1096.4 cm, and is located in the Museum of Fine Art - Boston, USA.
Congratulations to Ali for cracking this question.


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 2 October 2012

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A blast from the past for the daily quiz.
identify the lady
The photo on the right hand side was taken some 3-4 years ago. The lady in the photo had achieved international prominence some times ago.
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Simply identify the lady and tell us about what led to her prominence.
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identify the lady
Answer: Many of my generation would remember her as a real salty character. She is Pamella Chaudry Singh nee Bordes.
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