See you (mon)Soon!

With the last post, we end on a half-century the Monsoon season of Don Quizote, which was novel as both a never-before seen series on DQ, and also the very first season presented by this year’s council!

We really enjoyed coming up with questions for all of you, and we very much appreciate your engagement and responses in the comments. It is what gives us the drive to keep on going.

The coming online semester is going to be a strange one for all of us to traverse, and the Literati family wishes all of you godspeed. To remain entertained in the midst of acads, do check out our Instagram handle @literati_iitb for quiz sets, word games and news on upcoming events!

See you in the winter,
Happy Quizzing!

Monsoon QoTD #50

VC Shukla, Indira Gandhi government’s leading propagandist had a knack of censuring media and make artists follow his demands. So he sent his emissaries to X’s residence to convince him to sing a propaganda song for Indira Gandhi.

Indira Gandhi’s messenger – Sir you are a great singer

X – Hey I know that…but thanks anyway

Indira Gandhi’s messenger – Haha you are funny

X – I know that as well…Yes tell me? What do you want?

Indira Gandhi’s messenger – You know all is not well in the country. Smt. Indira Gandhi had to impose an emergency

X – Really? Okay. So?

Indira Gandhi’s messenger – You are quite popular

X – Arrey Baba, I know…Tell me what do you want?

Indira Gandhi’s messenger – you HAVE to sing Indira Ji’s 20-point plan

X – I HAVE to? Is it an obligation?

Indira Gandhi’s messenger – Yes. I&B Minister V C Shukla has ordered you to sing Indira Ji’s 20-point plan

X – Ordered? Boka ****…Who is he to order me? Pagul saala…chal bhaag

These are the excerpts of communication between the messenger of Indira Gandhi and X. What happened as a result of this conversation? Also, identify X

Monsoon QoTD #49

The scandalous review given below was submitted on December 8, 2013 on Amazon.com for a certain product Y by a certain “mom”.

—-START OF REVIEW—-
I want to start this off by thanking Y for selling these in 36-packs. I’ve put it on subscription, and if they want to start selling a 72-pack, sign me up. I have three reasons for needing this much Y, and their names are Liam, Samuel and Hank.

This is how it goes in this house. First the Y disappears. Then the toilet paper. Then they go for fabrics. And you don’t want it to get there, unless you’re ready to invest in a five gallon drum of Fabreeze.

This used to be a good Christian home. But it’s not about moral judgment anymore. I’m way beyond that. I’m in survival mode. If I don’t supply absorbent paper products, I’m going to find my dish towels hidden in the basement, stiff as aluminum. The other day, I almost cut my hand on a sock. I am sorry to speak so frankly, but with three teenage boys, a woman has got to be practical.

The funny part is, they think they’re being sneaky, with their 45 minute showers and sudden need for “privacy”, as if I’m going to walk in on them journaling. They slink around the house like unfixed cats, while I try to announce my location at all times. No one needs to ask me to knock anymore. I knock on the walls. I practically wear a cow bell. I’m not looking to catch anyone by surprise, believe me. I’m just trying to get through this.

The other day my husband was watching me unload the groceries, and he asks me, all sweetness and light, “Honey, what’re you doing with all that Y?”

I about knocked him off his chair.
—–END OF REVIEW—–

Identify Y.

All due credits to setters of the BITS Waves ’14 Vices quiz for the funda.

Monsoon QoTD #48

There are thousands of genes in the human genome, and it is a tedious job to refer to them using their full names when some of them have names such as ‘chromosome 1 open reading frame 100’. Hence, it is not surprising that scientists use symbols, with a name and alphanumeric code, instead.


However, recently, a problem has caused HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee, or HGNC, to publish new guidelines for gene naming. An example of a gene whose symbol was changed is Membrane Associated Ring-CH-Type Finger 1.


What was the problem the scientists faced in ‘data handling and retrieval’ for such genes, which caused the HNGC to come up with new guidelines?

Monsoon QoTD #47

The following words are derived from a common Spanish term, signifying the fact that they drew their authority from the King’s fiat and therefore belonged to the King.

A version of this term was adopted into the Arabic language, thus finding its place in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and also in Iran, Yemen and Oman, but with a very little moderation.

The Cambodian version was originally derived from French colonial origins, when the Institut d’Emission des États du Cambodge, du Laos et du Vietnam declared that they would be equivalent to the Spanish version.

The Brazilian version is identical to the original Spanish word as a result of the obvious fact that they speak the same language.

However, what’s intriguing is that the term itself never trended in Spain, which is why they preferred to adopt an alternative name that derived from a fraction.

Identify the Spanish term, and the Arabic and Cambodian version of the term.

(borrowed funda)

Monsoon QoTD #46

Shown below is a picture of the mineral Armalcolite. It is a titanium-rich mineral with the chemical formula (Mg,Fe2+)Ti2O5, and one of the three minerals first discovered at Tranquility Base in the mid-20th century, alongside tranquillityite and pyroxferroite. It is named after the explorers who were sent on a unique mission to analyse such rocks and minerals of the area and retrieve them. Identify the three men and accordingly the location of the discovery.

Monsoon QoTD #45

After practically revolutionizing the field of Physics, he became the master of the Royal Mint of England during the last years of the 1600s. This person, in his early fifties, just wanted a well – paying government post, but to his credit, he didn’t approach it as a sinecure.


Counterfeiting – especially ‘clipping’ coins by shaving them and then melting the scraps together to make new coins – was endemic in the seedier parts of London. The way he tackled the problem was very elegant, and his solution to the problem is still visible in the modern world (Even though it is probably irrelevant now. I mean, I don’t think that any self-respecting counterfeiter is out there creating fake ₹2 coins, is there?). This, along with some other reforms brought along by him, saved the Crown around £40000 (this is a conservative estimate, some people believe it was thrice this number, and anyway, £40k in the 1700s is a lot of money)

Identify this revolutionary person and his solution to prevent the ‘clipping’ of coins.

Monsoon QoTD #44

There are enough facts to prove that an episode of the English version of the Pokemon anime was made in honour of X. The title of the episode Wherefore Art Thou, Pokemon? and the names of the 2 nidorans in love, Tony and Maria (references to West Side Story) are both inspired from X’s work.

Another reference is when the narrator ends the episode using the phrase Y (another work of X).  Id X and Y.

Monsoon QoTD #43

Recently, many beta sprites of Gen 4 Pokémon in development were released publicly. Out of these, the one that garnered the most attention was the Pokémon X, whose sprite was only a placeholder. “Beta X,” as fans have dubbed the design, looks like a ghost or perhaps a cryptid, except imagined by a child. Given below is a picture of the sprite in development. Which Pokémon is X?

Monsoon QoTD #42

J.R.R. Tolkien once received a gift of a custom-made goblet from an enthusiastic fan which had a certain inscription on it. Tolkien admitted to never having drunk from that goblet and only using it as an ashtray because according to him the goblet was inscribed with a “vile spell”. What dissuaded him from drinking from the cup/what was the vile spell?