Saturday, February 09, 2008

Well, We're back!!!!

And So is UTPT!!
If u're still reading, Thanks for being patient with us.
UTPT 08 is tentatively scheduled for 20th,21st and 23rd March, (assuming necessary wetwork around the place is done with soon).
As always, 6 quizzes, you know the drill. Schedule will be put up here very soon. so watch this space!

And if u haven't found out already, the website is NO LONGER under our control. So, for the time being, this will be the place for information.

In the meantime, a few fundaes as appetizer. Post answers up as comments, enjoy!:-

1 -- Cricket Australia has banned _______ from all international grounds due to objects being, either unintentionally or deliberately, thrown into the air at the same time. These include plastic cups containing beer, hot food items, or even urine, which affects the other spectators around the person who threw it. It was also apparently been banned by the ICC during the 2007 Cricket World Cup held in West Indies. What?

2 -- Since 2003 the public has been invited to vote for the two “candidates’” names. The two “candidates” were named Stars and Stripes in 2003 and Biscuit and Gravy in 2004. In 2005 the public decided on Marshmallow and Yam and in 2006 they were named Flyer and Fryer. Since 2005 the two have been flown first class on United Airlines from Washington, D.C. to the Los Angeles area where they become the Grand Marshals of Disneyland's annual parade down Main Street. The two then live out the rest of their relatively short lives in Disneyland's Frontierland area. Put Funda about this tradition.

3 -- There is a cocktail called the ______ _____. It is made of equal part melon liqueur and coconut-flavored rum, shaken with a splash of pineapple juice, half and half or milk, and ice.Drill Instructors in the United States Marine Corps refer to protein based snack food given to recruits as ______ _____, particularly in medical and physical conditioning platoons.
The most popular usage of ______ _____ is in the field of entertainment. Originally it was believed to taste like some sort of a caramel-flavored cookie(the batter, however, is colored like brown sugar and similar in color to butterscotch)
Fill in the blanks.

4 -- "They thought he had gone to the Far East, but they soon intercepted Italian diplomatic communication and came to know X was in Kabul, planning to reach Germany through the Middle East," said Mr O'Halpin in 2005.
"Two SOE operatives in Turkey were instructed by their headquarters in London to intercept X and kill him before he reached Germany," the Irish professor, who teaches at Trinity College, Dublin, said.
"Every time the operatives checked back, headquarters told them the orders were intact and X must be killed if found."
Eunan O'Halpin, has written several non-fiction books on British intelligence. Who is being referred to as X here?

5 -- According to Rolling Stone magazine, X would always enter the interview area, carrying equipment and appearing to be an insignificant crew-member. He would be with a suited man, who the interviewee naturally thought was the interviewer. X would sit down to begin conducting the interview by asking the interviewee some preliminary questions. The interviewee, however, would remain under the impression that the smartly-dressed director would be conducting the interview until short notice prior to cameras rolling: this would grant an advantage of surprise, whereby the interviewee would be less likely to opt out of the interview prior to its commencement.

6 -- _____ ______ is a term that was used in reference to irregular soldiers employed by the Turkish Empire in their expeditions. The wide expanse of the empire facilitated the dependence on these irregular specimens. They weren't provided with salary, uniform or distinctive badges from their employers. They lived off what ever they could loot and plunder. They were incapable of undertaking major military operations due to their lack of discipline. They were notorious for being brutal, thus giving the term _____ ______ a second (colloquial) meaning - "undisciplined bandit".
This term is made famous by a character in popular culture. What is this term?

7 -- A company called De La Rue Identity Systems based in Basingstoke UK, makes a lot of money periodically out of a product called ES/A purple containing silver nitrate and tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol. The product has been marketed as far afield as India, Burundi, Rwanda and Bosnia.
What is ES/A Purple used for?

That's it for now. Will put up answers sometime soon, maybe in about 4 days. Enjoy cracking, and have a great week!!!


Gobbledyspook said...

ES/A Purple is an indelible ink applied to a voter's finger after he or she has voted to prevent him or her from voting again in a given election. Used mostly in developing countries where democracy is a relatively new concept, or after civil war etc.

Anonymous said...

the first one's Mexican Wave!

Harry said...

Yup, both of you are spot on there!
I'll wait another day before putting up answers to all. Should have responded earlier but had modem problems. Apologies.

Harry said...

Answers -
1. Mexican Wave
2. the two turkeys gifted to the US President on Thanksgiving Day.
3. Scooby Snack
4. Subhash Chandra Bose
5. Ali G
6. Bashi Bazouk, used by Capt. Haddock in Tintin Comics.
7. Voter's ink.

Enjoy! More to come soon.