A list of puzzling questions
One: This is a painting from 1898 that recreates a historic meeting that took place 400 years prior to the creation of the artwork. There are two parts to this question, each carries 5 points:
- Who is standing in front of the throne?
- What is the title of the ruler presiding over the throne?
Two: Take a good look and identify the compatriot being honoured by the French football team on their birth anniversary.
Three: This production house (logo picture below) has already released a sports documentary and a Tamil mass entertainer. Among its upcoming projects is a mythological-thriller set in the 21st century. Name the production house.
About last week’s quiz…
Here are the answers to the third edition of the splainer quiz:
One: The two images below are from an advertising campaign launched last year. Identify the advertiser who cleverly makes the parent-child relationship of the ads—not its own products—the focal point.
The campaign was called “Proudly the Second Best” for Al-Futtaim Ikea (Al-Futtaim holds franchise rights for the brand in Egypt, Oman, the UAE, and Qatar) and delivered a quiet message. It saw popular IKEA products taking the backseat to celebrate the special bond between parents and children.
Two: Think laterally and give a one-word prefix connecting the three images below:
He is an investigative journalist-turned-author whose books have been adapted into Hindi films:
This is a cricket team from the southern hemisphere—dressed in retro outfits rather than their usual uniforms:
This man self-identifies as a flaneur—and is famous for his books on themes of probability, philosophy, uncertainty and decision-making:
Answer: Black. The three elements in question are Black Friday, Black Caps, and Black Swan.
The first image is of a former investigative journalist—Hussain Zaidi—who is now a novelist and screenwriter. ‘Black Friday: The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blast’ (2002) was his first book and the main source for Anurag Kashyap’s 2004 eponymous film.
The second image shows the New Zealand Men’s Cricket Team, nicknamed Black Caps, which comes from their recognizable and more popular black uniform. The image in question shows them in the retro 80s uniform before a T20 match against Australia in 2005.
The man in the third image is Nassim Nicholas Taleb—who is known for writing ‘The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable’ (2007). The title refers to events that people consider impossible because of their low probability. And yes, there are black swans!
Three: The caution sign shown below is seen around different water bodies in the state of Florida. They help remind boaters to navigate with caution to avoid hurting this animal. Be sure not to confuse this herbivorous mammal with its cousin—though they share a common name that reflects their gentle nature and fondness for underwater vegetation.
Florida manatee, a sub-species of the West Indian manatee, inhabits the state’s coastal waters, rivers and springs. Manatees and dugongs belong to the order Sirenia and are commonly known as "sea cows," spending up to eight hours a day grazing on seagrasses and other aquatic plants. Similar in appearance, manatees have paddle-shaped tails, while dugongs have fluked tails, reminiscent of a whale's appearance.
And the winners are…
Here are the top five scorers for the second week of January. Congratulations!