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November 22, 2007

Theme round complete

srikanth @ 10:37 am, GMT +0000 ( 1195727840 ) Play

And with that previous question, we wrap up the theme round :-)

The answers
Question 1: Heisenberg
Question 2: Benoit Mandelbrot
Question 3: Neils Bohr
Question 4: Schrodinger
Question 5:Eric S Raymond

What connects this strange bunch of people?


Eric S Raymond is the current Maintainer of the Jargon File (A glossary of commonly used hacking terms). The clip in Q5 has ESR talking about bugs. The Jargon File defines four classes of bugs:

Heisenbug: A bug that disappears or alters its behavior when one attempts to probe or isolate it.
Mandelbug: A bug whose underlying causes are so complex and obscure as to make its behavior appear chaotic or even non-deterministic
Bohrbug:one that manifests reliably under a possibly unknown but well-defined set of conditions
Schroedinbug:A design or implementation bug in a program that doesn’t manifest until someone reading source or using the program in an unusual way notices that it never should have worked, at which point the program promptly stops working for everybody until fixed

Lots of people guessed the Unusual Computer Bugs part of it right. None got the jargon file connection :-) Read through the answers for some interesting guesses

November 21, 2007


srikanth @ 11:21 am, GMT +0000 ( 1195644086 ) Play

Question 5 of 5 from the theme round. Last chance!

Simply put, identify the speaker in this audio clip.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Cracked by:
sidsen , Biki , shivathilak , Mahesh , bobo , nisha’s thambi , alephnull , jayanth , Poornima , prasanth , and piezocake.

Answer: (more…)

November 20, 2007

Alive & ~Alive

devadutta @ 10:13 am, GMT +0000 ( 1195553599 ) Play

Question 4 of 5 from the theme round. Be sure to read the guidelines :)

Connect 1 and Nazi Poet Laureate in 2 (the one facing you.. not the other one)

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A Nony Mouse, shreyas , WikiWaki , Tathagata Chatterjee, teju , Poornima , udupendra get the theme and 2 points. Nice work!

This question was cracked by: udupendra , nisha’s thambi , deepak , sidsen , Poornima , teju , shivathilak , iamniks , Gammafunction , alephnull , yaksha , Ganesh Prasad , Tathagata Chatterjee , Shakeel , Mahesh , shyam , prasanth , VikraM and bobo.

A Nony Mouse – Please post a seperate comment with the answer for this question.
WikiWaki – Please post a comment with the answer for this question

Answer: (more…)

November 19, 2007

Of plums and gold

srikanth @ 12:39 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1195475982 ) Play

Question 3 of 5 from the theme round. Be sure to read the rules in that post carefully!

What’s the missing number 4 in the series below?

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4 – ??

5 – 032b2cc936860b03048302d991c3498f.jpg

Cracked by: nisha’s thambi , VikraM , iamniks , Gammafunction , Tathagata Chatterjee , sidsen , deepak , Abhishek , alephnull , bobo , yaksha , prasanth , udupendra, and Keerthi Kiran M.

bobo, sidsen, Gammafunction and nisha’s thambi got the theme! 1 point for the answer + 2 points for the theme added to their totals :-)

Answer: (more…)

November 18, 2007

Boiledbeans now on the iPhone!

devadutta @ 11:09 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1195427396 ) Play

Not that boiledbeans was not showing up on the iPhone before this, but now, another version optimized for the iPhone has been added. This version shows up automatically when you visit from your (or someone else’s…) iPhone.

This makes us the first Science and Technology trivia/quiz page sporting a special iPhone version*. WE IZ NEAT. NO?  ;)

“Screen Shot” :


(I know the quality of the photo is bad.. But, we will have to do with this steam-punk method of actually taking the shot of a screen until Apple decides to release an SDK or at least a screen shot utility. )
*We claim to be :)

Divine formulae

devadutta @ 11:25 am, GMT +0000 ( 1195385149 ) Play

Question 2 of 5 from the theme round. Be sure to read the guidelines :)


Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Link to MP3 file for those of you who don’t have flash support ( like iPhone users )

Who is song 1 a tribute to. (The part of the song which carries the answer is beeped out)

Hint: 2 is the title of another song composed by the same artist

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VikraM, Abhishek and Bikiran have cracked the theme! They walk away with 4 points!!
Congrats!! and
brilliant work, guys!

Cracked by: sidsen , Mahesh , shivathilak , VikraM , udupendra , iamniks , Anirudh , bobo , Abhishek , prasanth , ram , Keerthi Kiran M , A Nony Mouse , yaksha , deepak , nisha’s thambi , gammafunction , Ganesh Prasad , 2ndratequizzer and Tathagata Chatterjee. (and bikiran)


November 17, 2007


srikanth @ 11:54 am, GMT +0000 ( 1195300482 ) Play

Question 1 of 5 from the theme round. Be sure to read the rules in that post carefully!

In a particular episode of this show, the scientists (pic 1) decide something based on their observations but the guy (pic 2) objects. Why does he object?


Cracked by: nisha’s thambi , alephnull , prasanth , Biki , VikraM , Anirudh , sidsen , piezocake , shreyas , udupendra and Tathagata Chatterjee. (and deepak)

(tejurao, please post this answer separately from the theme. Your answer is right, but currently we can’t give you points for it :-) ).

No one got the theme right.

Answer: (more…)

Theme Round Announcement

srikanth @ 11:53 am, GMT +0000 ( 1195300403 ) Play

Has anyone else felt the standings have been a little too static for a long time? Like all good geeks, we like to shake things up a little every now and then. So here’s what we’re planning to do:

The next five questions will form a Theme round.

The format is this: all of the five answers are going to be related in some way. This common thread between all of them is the theme. You need to figure out what the theme is and post it.

For example, if the answers to the 5 questions are Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham and Peter Grant, respectively, then the “theme” is that they were the founding members of Led Zeppelin. So, for each question, you answer with the actual answer, and the theme (in separate posts). If you give us that theme, you get the points.


  1. You get your usual 1 point for the answer, if you get it right
  2. Additionally, you will get
    • 4 points if you get the theme from the first question
    • 3 points if you get the theme from the second question
    • 2 points if you get the theme from the third question
    • 1 point if you get the theme from the fourth question
    • and no points for getting the theme from the fifth question, but your name will be mentioned.

And no negative points at all. We’re throwing away points :-)


  • Please post the theme answer and the regular answer in separate posts! Do not make them a part of the same post. I cannot emphasize this enough!
  • You’re allowed one attempt at the theme in each question.
  • Any number of people can get the theme

We will hide all the theme answers till the end of 5 days. If you crack the theme before that, we’ll announce your name and give you the points.

The theme comes out at the end of 5 days.

November 16, 2007

c / lambda

devadutta @ 9:37 am, GMT +0000 ( 1195205870 ) Play

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Connect 1 and 2 to a physics concept.

Cracked by: srikanth , nisha’s thambi , udupendra , teju , Biki , Anirudh , alephnull , shreyas , Shakeel , sidsen , piezocake , bs , Tathagata Chatterjee , Arjun , yaksha , Gammafunction , jayanth , VikraM , bobo and Quehin.

Answer: (more…)

November 15, 2007

Strange objects on Spaceship Earth

srikanth @ 10:04 am, GMT +0000 ( 1195121086 ) Play

The KQA Annual Science Quiz is going to be held on 18th Nov (this Sunday), at 1000hrs in Daly Hall, Bangalore. If you like this site, you’ll probably like that quiz too :-)

On to the question: connect the three images below, and identify the man behind them:

Cracked by: udupendra, sidsen, teju, alephnull, Keerthi Kiran M, Tathagata Chatterjee, Gammafunction, aandthirtyeights, Madan, Anirudh, Quehin, iamniks, Shakeel, prasanth, Varun.M, yaksha and nisha’s thambi.

Answer: (more…)

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