October 13, 2010

Tata Crucible India finals 2010

Savoir Faire (Goa) won the  National Final of Tata Crucible Business Quiz- 2010. The goans forced a tie breaker by cracking the final question of the quiz and defeated a consistent chennai team (Gopal Rao and Shankar)

The other finalists who fought for the honors are - Madras Metallurgical (chennai), Riurkela Steel (Ranchi), HLL Mumbai), XIMB (bhubneshwar), NTPC (Delhi) and Chennai Silks (coimbatore).

Questions from Tata Crucible finals: (Answers in italics)

Round 1:

These were originally produced from randomized version, the first non computer version was manufactured by scientific games ..scratch cards

THe product was developed by Jhon Issac Hawkins. He  received a US patent for his device in 1803 and in 1804, Thomas Jefferson began using the device extensively. Which product am I describing? - Auto Pens

Beleved to be the oldest surviving in that industry, the logo was based on memories of his childhood in Utah... Paramount Pictures

The crown plaza hotel in Copenhagen  offered $36 to its guests who can cycle for 15 minutes. Why are they doing it. To generate power for the hotel

 The phrase was originally coined by John Seybold and was popularized by xerox....WISIWG

Maldives is the first country to start a diplomacy island where they can virtually call ...SecondLife

Ruth Belville born in 19th century has a unique business model. What was that business model that give here a unique nickname - Greenwich Time LAdy. She used to set times in watches according to GMT

Round 2 - Visuals:

Let not the 'press' of men
Disturb a museum piece
When life's extinct, oh then
The pie shall lie in pea

In what context did C.D. Deshmukh wrote that poem - When copper was withdrawn in printing currency

 Why Fight Nature? Said this lady - Ida Rosenthal

Showed the logo of Formica logo

This is a book called 'tactile mind' by Lisa Murphy. What breaking ground did this break into - It is the first pornography magazine

What does this company manufacture - Ahiida manufacture sportswear for muslim women BURQINI

A image on how the term 'Curb side Trading' originated

What in the world are Lotus Shoes - refers to a pair of tiny shoes worn by women with bound feet in Chinese culture.

Who own 'Afras academy for  business communication ' - Shashi Tharoor

ROund 3 - Tata's

In one of the amazing moment I ever saw in a quiz, Rourkela team cracked the four questions in Tata round on buzzer in less than 3 seconds.

Which Tata company acquired HRI - TRF

Saftey mascot of tata steel - Jeevan

Grow More pulses knowledge exchange is owned by - Tata Chemicals 

Round four -  Connectors

Images based on heritage suits in Taj Mahal hotel

A connector on Mahindra Satyam using Deepak Parekh of HDFC, Damadoran Pictures and Waka Waka song

Showed images of Talking Straight book and IMages of Jerry yang, Sam Pitroda and Arnolad - All these guys draw 1 rs/$ salary

 Round five:

It was one of the seven organisation that helped to form USO during world war two and was founded on June 6, 1844  in London - YMCA

The operations of this company are based in Ville Parle, Bombay. It was incorporated on October 15, 1985 as the  Helicopter Corporation of India (HCL)..Pawan Hans

With one question to go, three teams had a chance to win the national finals. Goa are the underdogs at 30, Ranchi who cracked 4 questions in tata round are at 40 and Chennai at 45.  

Last question of the quiz:

The production base is at Dholka (Dist . Ahmedabad) in a impressive spread of 14 acre..and bang came the answer from Goa- wagh bakri

Tie Breaker:

Which bank changed its positioning from 'seen beyond money' to 'live solid, bank solid' - Sun Trust Bank

What does a 'Notaphilist' collect - Bank Notes

On Jan 1, 2011 where will you find worlds largest ferrari logo - Ferrari World, Abu Dhabhi

What iconic brand in fashion came from Arthur Turner - Vogue

The deadlock was finally broken by Goa who cracked this question - Steve Joba and Wozniack decided not to open Apple on either of birthdays and decided to open on which date - April 1, All Fools Day

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October 11, 2010

Tata Crucible Quiz- Tata Track finals

TCS Mumbai retained Tata Crucible internal championships by beating once again last years runners up m-junction. The other teams on stage include Tata Steel ( Jamshedpur), TCS (chennai), TIFR (pune), TCS Mumbai, Tata Elexsi (bangalore), MetalJunction (kolkatta), Tata Motors (lucknow), and TCS, Delhi.

Questions from Tata Crucible Internal track :(Answers in Italics)

Round 1 - cross words :

Its a latin root word for cleverness - Engineer

Treaty of nanking set up this up as business destination - Hong kong

After Durantoo train, mamta benarjee is launching Yuva train for youth

1851 submarine telegraph.....Reuters

Depak Jain will succed Frank Brown in Insead

What was started as customers afternoon letter  in 1882 - Dow Jones

California Fitness Premium Partners is ownded by - jackie Chain

Round 2 - Visuals

Digg.com logo

Some trivia about prince of perssia game creation

Artpiece of Agatha Criste

Pic of William Games, founder MAD magazine

Round 3 - Tata World

Pic of Carl Foster of Tata Motors 

Pic of John Mattaiah

Logo of Pierre hotel in New York

Pic of the morgen witzel  

Round 4 - equations

PDI cycle + his defination of quality = Edward Deming

Cpt Gopinath election symbol (kite) + Air Deccan new logo = Cpt Gopinath

Round 5 is again equations with a formula

Overall its a decent internal finals with some good answers from the team. Next up the big external track final questions

For Tata Crucible external track semi final one questions click here

For Tata Crucible external track semi final two questions click here

Tata Crucible Quiz- India semi finals

The second semi final of Tata Crucible was again a close affair. HLL  Mumbai answered the final question on buzzer and forced a tie breaker between Chennai and Cochin. The other teams on stage are Madras Metallurgical (chennai) , HSBC (Bangalore), Green Shield (Guwahati) , ITC (Ahmedabad) , HLL (Mumbai), NTPC (Delhi), Chennai Silks (coimbatore), Malayalam Manorama (cochin) and BMFC (lucknow)

Questions from tata crucible second semi finals: (Answers in Italics)

 Round 1:

He along with physicist Ernst Abbe lead to the discovery of the Abbe sine condition and started making microscopes - Carl Zeiss

THis is a term of two works used to purchase controlling intrests in a public traded company - Corporate Raider

What word comes from latin for self and mobility - Automobile

This city on the banks of rhine river is home ot Novartis, Roche and Bank of International Settlements - Basel 

Described the profile of  the don fabio capello in the movie godfather and asked to identify who he is

Only bank in the world which has ATM's only in Latin - Vatican Bank

A question on BPO which employs inmates of cherlapally jail in Hyderabad

A question on encryption process used by Julias Ceasar 

ROund 3 :

A picture describing Oracle using greek gods

Eastman kodak image
Intel founders image
Round 4:

Founded in 1772 they started making motorcycles in 1903 and merged with British Match corporation - Wilkinson Sword

Image of  the book - 'making India work' on fab India by william bissell
Chennai manged to crack one of the tie breaker questions and joined NTPC, HLL and chennai silks in the finals.

Click here for Tata Crucible Corporate Semi Finals - one 

October 10, 2010

Tata Crucible corporate quiz- India semi finals

XIMB ( bhubneshwar), Telegraph (Kolkata) , Rourkela Steel, Indian Armed Forces Medical College (Chandigarh) , XS Associates, Infosys (hyderabad), Bhilai Steel Plant (Nagpur) , Savoir Faire (Goa) and marico industries (Indore) battled out in first seminals at Tata Crucible India finals 2010. The semi finals was rarther a quick fire round of 20 questions and was closely contested.

Rourkela, Savoir Faire, XIMB  and crowds favorite Armed forces medical college progressed into the national finals
Below are some of the questions from the semis:

Round one on buzzer:

It was designed by two people, Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich .. - MIG Series of fighter aircrafts

In the manufacturing of pencil, what is ferrulie - is a ring or cap that connects rubber and the pencil with a metal band

What is distaff race - horse racing, in which races limited to female horses

Miracles Happen: The Life and Timeless Principles of the Founder of Marry Kay Ash

Round two:

Black box in a flight is known as Red Egg

As a boy he is a keen scholar, he contributed in technology during cold war, however his most famous invention was a result of one of the discussions with his daughter.. which product am I describing? - Polaroid

At the time of his death, he was under intense pressure from Goldman Sachs ....Robert Maxwell

Which modern day company originates to textile company founded in 1929 - Berkshire Hathaway 

Round three: Visuals

Pic of  Leonard howarth nobel economics winner

Pascal lamy picture

Showed an image which represents Art on Rice field

Round four:

Charles and James started a company as whisky merchants and bonded ware housemen in Glasgow in 1882.An Indian company now owns this brand - white and mckay

This commercial artist is known for shoes, the economist described him in 2009 as "bellwether of the shoe market" - Andy Warhol

As expected, there was a tie breaker to decided the contestant for the fourth sport between Ranchi, Indore and Nagpur

TB Q1 - In 1997 I purchased 4000 mt of this, in may 2006 I announced I don't own this anymore, if this is silver, who am I - Waren Buffet

TB Q2 - In the abbreviation of  CNX, if N is NSE, what does C stand for - Crystal

TB Q3 - If De Bonon coined the word 'lateral thinking', who coined the word 'parallel thinking' - De bono

TB Q4 - What in the world of TQM is DIRFT - Do It Right First Time

And finally Ranchi cracked the fourth tie breaker question and grabbed the fourth spot.

Click here for Tata Crucible second semi final