A list of puzzling questions
Editor’s note: We’re kicking off a brand new thing to delight all of you who adore quizzes. Every Tuesday, we will feature three questions from our quiz master Shantanu Sharma—who is a researcher-writer and has a side hustle as a professional quiz guru. He’d love to hear from you—so send your feedback/suggestions or just say ‘hi’ over at email@example.com or @shantorasbox on Twitter.
How this works: Every correct answer is worth 10 points. If a question has multiple parts, each is worth 5 points. You have until Friday 12 pm to send in your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org or via DMs on Insta or Twitter. The correct answers will be published every Tuesday—as will the monthly leaderboard. The grand prize for the winner at the end of the month: a quarterly subscription for anyone of your choice—including the option of adding three months to your sub. That’s Rs 899 in value—so it’s pretty darn good:) Rule to note: this is all about who sends in the correct answers first.
FYI: We’re going to experiment with the difficulty of the questions until we figure out how challenging the quiz needs to be to make it fun for all of you:)
One: What is common to the following three things (think laterally):
- A social media networking site led by an Indian-American CEO for almost a year
- A new Guinness World Record beating the previous one of 1.64 million units SHU
- A recent film release set in Kalimpong, West Bengal.
Two: The first instance of breaking the glass ceiling in this area took almost 40 years since its inception. But it took only ten years to achieve this milestone a second time. The third instance occurred this year—a mere four years later.
There are two parts to this question:
- List the three instances of this achievement that struck a blow for gender equality?
- How is the third instance different from the previous two?
Three: Which Dutchman pipped two Aussies—Mick and Adam—to top an unfortunate list? And which Aussie helped him set this unhappy record?