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November 09, 2017
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In 2017, the cricket boards of which two countries were given Test status?
1. “But Seriously: An Autobiography” is this American Tennis player’s second autobiography, which was published in 2017. His first autobiography, published in 2002, was called “You cannot be serious”. Who?

2. This is about the “entities” thanked by Oscar winners in the last 50 years, in a survey undertaken by Quartz magazine, that covered 34 Academy Awards acceptance speeches from 1993 through 2016. If God was 2nd, who was 1st on this list?

3. Q! is one of the  biggest LGBT-themed film festivals in the world. Which Asian capital city hosts this event, perhaps for the last time?

4. In 2017, Amazon was granted a patent for a drone that could delivery a battery charge for electric cars on the move which are running out of charge. This is one of the many solutions that emerging for the feeling of being worried that you will be stranded by an empty battery while on the road in an electric car. What two-word phrase is used for this?

5. In 2017, the cricket boards of which two countries were given Test status?

6. A tweet by this celebrity in Jan 2016 read:Eat bread. Lose weight. Whaaatttt? #ComeJoinMe, containing a link to diet company Weight Watchers (in which she has a stake). This tweet is said to have influenced its share price going up by 20% by the end of that day. Which influencer?

7. NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft was launched in 2004 to study a planet, which it did so until crashing into the planet in Apr 2015. Which planet did it study, hinted by its name?

8. Aji-no-moto, first  extracted in 1908 from Laminaria japonica by chemistry professor Kikunae Ikeda, literally means what?

9. “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era” — What is special about this phrase, and why was it in the news recently?

10. Created by Glen Keane, which Disney character has the mane of a lion beard and head shape of a buffalo, the body of a bear and so on? 


1. John McEnroe. During his tennis career, McEnroe became known for outbursts on the court. In one classic exchange, he yelled at an official, “You cannot be serious! That ball was on the line!”

Steven Spielberg (You don’t want to know who was ranked 3rd — Harvey Weinstein — who is unlikely to garner any more tributes.)

3. Jakarta, Indonesia. On March 4, 2017, Q! Film Festival’s official Twitter feed reproduced a message sent by its founder, John Badalu, stating that the Festival would no longer continue at the present time, and that it “might come back one day when the time is right”

4. Range Anxiety

5. Ireland and Afghanistan

6. Oprah Winfrey

7. Mercury

8. Essence of Taste

9. This phrase has been incorporated into the Chinese Constitution, a rare honour

The Beast, in the Disney film “Beauty and the Beast”

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