Summer League #17

This is a family of games utilising a common set of playing pieces – the plural noun for the pieces is the same as the game family’s name, call it X. The pieces are also often called bones, rocks or tiles. Usually, there are 28 pieces in a set.
These pieces are also used for other purposes, such as a destructive display, the general mechanism behind which inspired a phenomenon to be named after X. This phenomenon is observed in very varied situations – basically it refers to a sequence of events causally linked.
These pieces also appear in Unicode – all 28, both horizontally and vertically – and in a company’s logo.
Identify the family of games.

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Summer League #16

A dish of South Indian origin, it literally translates to “pepper water”. It is said to have been invented during the late 18th century to satisfy the Brits’ need for a particular spice, for which an existing local recipe was modified. Soon enough, the dish became a hit and spread wide to many corners of the British Empire, having butter, flour and meat added to it along the way to satisfy the foreign palates.

You may be surprised to learn that this dish is also (canonically) a certain superhero’s favourite food.

Identify the dish in question.

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Summer League #15

Apologies for the delay in the question. The next question shall be posted at 6:13pm, and scoring shall be done as earlier.

A return journey has been planned by an organisation to a place they’ve been before. This return journey is named after a being from mythology, X, and is quite a suitable name, since this being is related to that location. The original journey was named after a related being Y – curiously, X was born before Y in most versions of their story. Furthermore, a famous fantasy series’ main character is named after X. The place referred to earlier in the question, is known for seemingly changing it’s shape in a cycle – further, in fantasy and folklore, it being in a certain state causes some creatures to change shape.

Name X

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Summer League #14

This animal was famously called “the fruit of ______” by a side character in a pre-2000 American film, due to the variety of ways it can be cooked. A fast food restaurant’s dish using this animal was the cause of a famous meme often used to express dismay or sorrow. A method of fishing often used for this creature does a lot of damage to the seabed.

The required answer is a common name which refers to many species. Another name often used for these creatures is only a letter shorter, and starts with the same letter this name ends on.

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Summer League #13

Famously called as “The Emperor of the Internet” by a famous late night talk show host, this person lives in the UK despite having set his “business location” to be the US. Being surrounded by controversy all along his career he even has a long standing beef with an Indian TV director/producer. Recently his series on a particular video game got so popular that it helped bring that game back to trending.
He infrequently dabbles into music too, one of his songs being named as “cussword” “food item”.
Name this personality.

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Summer League #12

The below map of Europe is dotted to show the concentration of particular kinds of places, with the highest concentration visibly in France, Portugal and Italy and the least concentration in Norway and Sweden.

What is common between all the places that the map pinpoints?

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Summer League #11

This MNC based out of ARA is synonymous with an unconventional pairing of two every-day consumer products. The two address polar opposite demographics: one is associated with luxury and class, often elitist, while the other is consumed by people from all backgrounds all around the world. The former is distinctly associated with Europe, with France in the forefront. However, Japan, UK and the USA also harbour a relation with it.

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Summer League #10

A sound clip is attached below. As is the case with many Bollywood songs, this Mohd. Rafi song was “inspired” by a Hollywood soundtrack by a popular American singer, just before the rise of Beatlemania in his country.
Given a snippet of the Hindi song, identify the song from Hollywood and the American singer?

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Summer League #9

_______ is a Jewish character and good friend of the protagonist in this 20th-century novel X, who is described merely as having fixed a major sporting event of the time. Commonly, this character is alluded to have been inspired by a real-life businessman and gambler Y who was widely known to indulge in fixing athletics events, including the same major sporting event as referred to in the novel.

Identify the novel X and the real-life inspiration Y.

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Summer League #8

Black wings have long been thought of as the wings of death. A popular franchise would however portray a different colour, with the protagonist giving up his reign in favour of an establishment encouraging people to strip down to cosier clothing.

Name the establishment.

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