Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Alphaquiz # 9

Alphaquiz # 9

1. During the trap Chilean miners incident in 2010 one of the survivors is said to have requested A CD album of which musician?

2. 1601 California Avenue is the headquarters of which famous company?

3. Which Austrian quantum physicist is renowned for his successful quantum teleportation of photons?

4. Polish composer Frederic Chopin had an affair on which French novelist of the Romantic movement?

5. What is the name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's real-life professor that served as the prototype of Sherlock Holmes character?

6. In Greek mythology who is the goddess of rainbow that is also a name of a flower and part of the human body?

7. Known as "The Big Easy" which South African golfer was the second man in golf history after Jack Nicklaus to win two U.S. Opens before turning 28?

8. Who had the longest confirmed human life span in history, living to the age of 122 years, 164 days?

9. Ob-la-di-ob-la-da is the tribal greeting of which African country?

10. What word is sometimes used in a general way to refer to treatments for health when herbal or natural would be more appropriate?

11. What song wherein Britney Spears, Kesha, and Nicki Menaj collaborated together?

12. Riksdag is the name of the parliament of which European country?

13. What medical facility is most typically associated with the treatment of tuberculosis?

14. Created by Enid Blyton what is the name of the little wooden boy character who lives in Toyland?

15. What is the sexualized representation of femininity and the opposite of the phallic symbol?

16. What is the second largest cut diamond in existence and is set in the British royal scepter?

17. In terms of revenues what is the world's largest mobile telecommunications company?

18. What strait seperates USA and Canada?

19. What was the title of the second Holyfield-Tyson boxing match and also a title of a William Faulkner novel?

20. What was the codename for US military operation to kill or capture Osama bin Laden on May 02, 2011?


1. Elvis Presley
2. Facebook
3. Anton Zeillinger
4. Gerog Sand
5. Dr. Joseph Bell
6. Iris
7. Ernie Els
8. Jeanne Clement
9. Nigeria
10. Homeopathy
11. "Till The World Ends
12. Sweden
13. Sanatorium
14. Noddy
15. Yonic Symbol
16. The Star of Africa
17. Vodafone
18. Juan de Fuca Strait
19. The Sound and The Fury
20. Operation Neptune Spear

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

2011 WQC: The Mount Everest of Quizzing

              My performance at the recent 2011 World Quizzing Championship held at Murphy's Bar in Makati was a total improvement compare to the previous year. I was still able to summon prior knowledge I thought I already forgotten. Difficult questions that require global awareness is still beyond my radar, but I’m thoroughly surprise other contestants still can answer those correctly. It just shows that I still have to continue pushing beyond my current trivia quotient.

              I am proud to say that I am included in the top 40% of all who joined in the world quiz and rank # 9 in the Philippine leg. However, my total score against the overall winner of the competition in the world is like the distance between Hollywood and Amazon River. There are just so many things that I don’t know, that those contestants who scored higher than me knows.

              It’s like climbing the Mount Everest for the first time in history only to find out that some couple had just married there. You feel happy for the couple’s marriage but genuinely not for their conquest.

             Anyway, congratulations to Pat Gibson of England for topping this year’s World Quiz (score: 189), and to Leonardo Gapol (score: 112) for topping the Philippine leg.

           …and for those guys who wanted to be there but were not able to do so, and for you all who dig good trivia questions like no one else, here are few of the  questions from WQC 2011 for you to match wit with.

*The title songs for all three CSI series are remixes of songs performed by which English rock band? The songs are: “Who Are You” (CSI: Crime Scene Investigations), “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (CSI: Miami), and “Baba O’Riley” (CSI: NY)

*Which French monumental sculptor, born in Paris in 1875, is especially known for his statue ‘Christ the Redeemer’, one of the iconic landmarks of Rio de Janeiro?

*Christian Dior once described this couturier as “the master of us all.” Which Spanish-Basque designer (1875-1972) established a namesake fashion-house in 1914 that is now perhaps best known for luxury handbags?

*The 15 elements of the lanthanide group plus scandium and yttrium are collectively known by what name?

*What name, widely held to be of Turkish origin, was given to the rank of nobility just below the ruling princes in the Russian (and Romanian and Bulgarian) aristocracies from the 10th to 17th century?

*An edited version of which 2002 Gurinder Chadha film, starring Keira Knightley and Paminder Nagra, was, on 26 December 2010, the first Western-made film ever to be shown on North Korean television?

Sports & Games
*Which Italian, formerly playing for Benetton Treviso, became in 2006 the first ever European to be the first draft pick in the NBA, when he was selected by the Toronto Raptors?

*As of 2011, which country has largest Jewish population in the Middle East, other than Israel?