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1 Siddhartha Gadgil Ulka Kelkar 21 March 2010

2 Percy Spencer, an American engineer was working on a radar set when he found that the peanut chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. What did he invent as a result?

3 ANSWER

4 Microwave oven

5 The yubiwa pipe, a finger ring that would allow the wearer to smoke a cigarette down to its nub, was the first successful product of a well-known company. The profits from the yubiwa pipe were used to develop an electro-mechanical gadget that has made this company famous. Name the gadget or the company.

6 ANSWER

7 Casio calculator

8 “The principal components of _________ are millions of tiny microcapsules, about the diameter of a human hair. In one incarnation, each microcapsule contains positively charged white particles and negatively charged black particles suspended in a clear fluid. When a negative electric field is applied, the white particles move to the top of the microcapsule ….” What is being described?

9 ANSWER

10 E-ink

11 This device grew out of a scrapped NASA project related to Mars missions, but is targeted at earthbound customers. Name the device.

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13 Bloom Box (Bloom Energy Server)

14 The local daily weather forecast is presented to you in an unusual form by this gizmo, invented by Robin Southgate in 2001 as a variation of a common household appliance. What gizmo?

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16 Toaster

17 In the 1800 s, physician John Gorrie invented this device as a way of controlling tropical diseases. This device is still used widely, but not for medical reasons. What is this device?

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19 Air conditioner

20 This wheeled variation of a common gadget won the Ignobel for economics since it increased productive work hours. What is it?

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22 Clocky

23 What is this musical LED-lit household gizmo? Hint: it relates to the subject of a keynote talk in the IISc Centenary Conference!

24 ANSWER

25 Cutting a cake into equal slices

26 Complete this series: Ace, Magic, Winger, _______ (bigger than the other gizmos)

27 ANSWER

28 Nano

29 This popular device for personal use was first marketed in the UK under the name Stowaway. When an early version of this device was being tested by its developer, his wife had felt excluded by it, so he got the engineers to make a two-person version (which was not marketed). What is this gadget?

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31 Sony Walkman

32 This device has been used extensively by the Karnataka government for processing land records and by the police to track traffic offenders and issue tickets. What is it?

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34 Simputer

35 This photo from the 1950s shows a camera with two lenses: one that took a regular picture, and the other that separated light into colours. What was it meant to photograph?

36 ANSWER

37 UFOs

38 This is a popular gadget’s first prototype, built in 1975. What is it?

39 ANSWER

40 Digital camera

41 Introduced in China last year, what is this cell phone’s unique feature?

42 ANSWER

43 “Shave mobile”

44 In 1999, Chicago-based conceptual artist Eduardo Kac charged the cost of a Tritech Positive-displacement Embryonic Micro-injector to his NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) grant, for a work which brought him much fame / notoriety. What?

45 ANSWER

46 GFP bunny “Alba”

47 Surveys in rural Punjab found washing machine ownership to be disproportionately high. Why?

48 ANSWER

49 Lassi-making

50 To work in zero gravity, a special version of an everyday gadget was developed for NASA at considerable expense. It subsequently found a market, mostly as a curiosity, among the general public. The Russians on the other hand used a simple substitute. What was the gadget?

51 ANSWER

52 Space pen

53 This product was first marketed by the Gem Manufacturing Company of England. Norwegians, who believed that this was a Norwegian invention, wore it on the lapel as a symbol of resistance to the Nazis. What was it?

54 ANSWER

55 Paper clip

56 What is this device?

57 ANSWER

58 Galileo thermometer

59 A “soup strainer” can refer to something that is not a gadget. What is it?

60 ANSWER

61 Moustache

62 Which food item has lent its name to a film genre, an item of clothing, and a type of source code?

63 ANSWER

64 Spaghetti

65 The town of Erode in Tamil Nadu is the world’s largest producer of -------, which was known as Indian saffron in medieval Europe. In a July 2009 news article, The Hindu reported “------- market is to Erode what BSE sensex is to Mumbai and the country.” Fill in the blank.

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67 Turmeric

68 Which tea-time snack was created by a London bakery in 1874 to commemorate the marriage of the Duke of Edinburgh to Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia?

69 ANSWER

70 Marie biscuit

71 Connect a French restaurant guide, a well-known calendar, and a helium-filled airship. (not really a food question)

72 ANSWER

73 Tyre manufacturers Michelin guide Pirelli calendar Goodyear blimp

74 Cultivated in India since Harappan times, the pod of this plant bursts open when mature. Identify the plant and its contribution to popular literature / language.

75 ANSWER

76 “Open sesame”

77 “The signal for the beginning of the fight is firing of water cannons, and the chaos begins. Those who partake in this event are strongly encouraged to wear protective safety goggles and gloves. After exactly one hour, the fighting ends when the water cannons are fired once more to signal the end. The cleaning process involves the use of fire trucks to spray down the streets, with water provided from a Roman aqueduct.” (Wikipedia) What is being described?

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79 La Tomatina, an annual tomato fight in Spain

80 By monetary value, peppercorns are the most widely traded spice in the world. In which city is the world’s only International Pepper Exchange located?

81 ANSWER

82 Kochi

83 A blue law is a type of law in the US, intended to enforce religious standards, particularly the observance of Sunday as a day of worship or rest. Which popular dessert is said to have been invented due to one such blue law as it modified / hid the original ‘sinful’ treat?

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85 Sundae

86 Connect these pictures with a famous “delicacy”

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88 Birds nest soup These are the natural and man-made nesting areas for cave swiftlets

89 The waffle iron contributed to the growth of which major American non-food company in the 1970s?

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91 Nike Athletics coach (and co-founder of Nike) Bill Bowerman, poured liquid rubber into his wife’s waffle iron to create a new lightweight sole with a better grip.

92 What is the key difference between pulao and biryani?

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94 In a pulao, the rice and other ingredients are cooked together, while in a biryani, they are first cooked separately, and then layered and cooked for a contrast of flavours.

95 Which bread is said to have been first baked by the Viennese to celebrate victory over the Turks?

96 ANSWER

97 Croissant

98 Mysore pak is made of chana dal flour, ghee, and sugar. It is said that the name “Mysore pak” is a distortion of its original name, which referred to a different main ingredient. What was Mysore pak originally called?

99 ANSWER

100 Masoor (dal) pak

101 Connect with an annual trading festival held in an English town during the Middle Ages

102 ANSWER

103 “Are you going to Scarborough Fair Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme” - Simon and Garfunkel

104 The following is a genuine Tudor era recipe for a drink, famously described as tasting like “less-sickly butterscotch”: Heat ale till it just begins to boil, and then add whisked egg yolks, sugar, and nutmeg. Stir for two minutes on low heat. Whisk in some butter, and serve. What drink?

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106

107 Connect with one word

108 ANSWER

109 Madeleine

110 In the 1890 s, before dentures became common, an American doctor came up with the idea of making this food item to provide the toothless elderly with protein. What is it?

111 ANSWER

112 Peanut butter

113 Ibn Battuta, the 14 th century traveller, described a meal at the court of Muhammad bin Tughlaq in Delhi, in which the sambusak – a small pie or patty stuffed with minced meat, almonds, pistachio, walnuts and spices – was served before the pulao. How do we know the sambusak today?

114 ANSWER

115 Samosa

116 Connect with one word

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118 Pavlova Dessert created in honour of Anna Pavlova’s tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1926

119 Founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986, it claims to have 100,000 members in 132 countries. Its motto is “good, clean, and fair” and its logo is a snail. What is it?

120 ANSWER

121 Slow Food movement

122 The English word turkey (bird) comes from the name of the country Turkey. Oddly, the Turkish word for turkey is “hindi”. The French word is dinde (from d’inde), the Russian is indjushka. But the words in Danish (kalkun), Dutch (kalkoen), and Finnish (kalkkuna) are all derived from the name of a specific town in south India. Which town?

123 ANSWER

124 Calicut / Kozhikode

125 What is depicted below?

126 ANSWER

127 Ben & Jerry’s graveyard of discontinued icecream flavours

128 This was in the news recently … Charles Spence, professor of experimental psychology at Oxford, and 2008 IgNobel winner, has devised the following formula M = 0.5 F + (0.5 E + 0.3 P + 0.15 C + 0.05 T) In this formula, T stands for time, and the solution to T is 11. What is it a formula for, i.e. what is M?

129 ANSWER

130 The perfect time for a coffee break 11 AM M = 0.5 F + (0.5 E + 0.3 P + 0.15 C + 0.05 T) F – flavour of coffee E – environment (music) P – pot (container) C – company (friends) T – time M – perfect coffee moment


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