Tata Crucible Corporate Edition 2013 – External Track National Finals Questions

Tata Crucible Corporate Edition 2013 – External Track National Finals Questions



Vizag Steel : J Rahul and AGK Murthy


Oracle :  Mitesh Agarwal & Yagnyeshwaran Hariharan

Round 1:

1.Way back in the history of India, this was a village ruled by the Vaghelas. The famous artist of the Mewati Gharana, late Maharana Jaiwant Sinh Vaghela was from the royal family from here. He was a great musician and went on to even be the guru of Pandit Jasraj. This village in modern India turned out to be one of the newsmakers in the economic sense for being one of the largest employers in a direct and indirect manner when it recruited or provided employment to over 20,000 people. What is being described?


2. In  1905, the famous doctor John Spencer and his wife were the first occupants of this place. Their two daughters were Alice and Martha. In 1918, the house was divided into two separate apartments. In 1938, when Mrs. Spencer was widowed she occupied the top floor of the apartment and rented out the ground floor. The tenants insisted on a small 8 by 18 foot space adjacent to the ground floor to be rented to them as well. She did so, but who were her tenants?

Hewlett and Packard of HP; The Garage.

3. The Mount Harriet Island National Park is from the Andaman & Nicobar Islands [Buzzer pressed]

The imagery found on the Indian 20 Rupee note.

4. This was a 13th century term that was used for money that you paid at a tavern for food and drinks or when the hat was passed on to pay the entertainer who was performing. Anyone who did not have to pay or was exempted from paying taxes was said to be ____________. It became a common term and it also meant a tax that paid the Sheriff’s expenses. What is the term that came into existence when you did not have to pay tax or you were exempted from paying these taxes that were meant for the entertainer?

The tax was called Scot, and if you didn’t pay the tax, you went scot-free.

5. At a price of 50 guineas, it was first made by the Elkington Company of Birmingham and is a copy of an electrotype that Caspar Enderlein from the pewter original found in the Louvre. Over a period of time, they came up with a date lettering system to ensure the special one is accurately dated. What is this product that is annually displayed to the world once on one day?

Venus Rosewater Dish that is given to the Ladies’ Singles champion every year at The Championships, Wimbledon.

6. Crazy, Sanitary, Wide, Miniature, Basic, Bendable, Candy, Extendo, Spoon are all types of this product believed to have been invented by the Sumerians who were extraordinary beer drinkers. What?


7. Saudi Arabia has opened itself to a special group of customers. These “customers” will receive spa treatment, plenty of exercise for their body, luxury rehabilitation in Riyadh [Buzzer Pressed]

These are ex-Al Qaeda operatives who are being rehabilitated as a social initiative.

8. In the 18th century, the media referred to these as penny universities [Buzzer Pressed]

Coffee houses where you pay a penny for a coffee and end up discussing literature/culture/world politics just like you would at university.

Round 2:

1. Enid Blyton [Buzzer Pressed]

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Enid Blyton used the phrase “Google Bun” in The Magic Faraway Tree.

2. Identify a scientific name from this combination.

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Camellia sinensis; Camellia from Georg Kamel and sinensis from China (Sino)

3. This is a famous Kashimiri who started a caste iron business. His famous son runs it today. Which famous group in the world are we talking about? or who is the famous son?

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Nawaz Sharif; Ittefaq Group

4. This would lead you to a type of product with a specific name. What is the logic of this shoe? What are we talking about?

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Plimsol shoes; comes from plimsol line which is a line on a ship.

5. What word in the world of finance comes from this town in Belgium where 15th century merchants met [Buzzer Pressed]


This is a square in Belgium where the first stock market was located called beurs which then gave rise to bourse.

6. Armata and Morea were names of regions in Greece during the middle ages. The winged lion represents Saint Mark of the Bible. These coins come in two denominations: 1 soldo and 2 soldi. What were these called later used in a completely different industry?


Gazzetta; giving rise to the word Gazzette

7. Identify this cash-rich entity (based in United Kingdom) from this clue.


The Chelsea Pensioners; Chelsea Football Club

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Round 3:

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Round 4:

1. [Question is not available]

2. [Complete text of question is not available] _________ World Championships

Monopoly World Championships

3. BPCL produced Octane 97 Petrol in India [Buzzer Pressed]

Petrol exclusively produced for Sachin Tendulkar’s Ferrari.

4. River flows from Thames to Hudson [Buzzer Pressed]

Referred to as project, “River.” Verizon was referred to as “Hudson,” after the Hudson River that flows past Manhattan; Vodafone as “Thames” because of London’s River Thames; deal where Verizon bought out Vodafone’s stake in the former’s wireless unit.

Round 5:


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Overall connect is the Bible. References made to the Bible; Bruce Henderson was a Bible salesman; All brands mentioned derive their name from the Bible; Zondervan’s parent company is Harper-Collins who are the largest publishers of the Bible. The video is in relation to El Al, the Israeli airline company.


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Overall connect is Garry Kasparov. K is the Kasparov logo; he is on the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Foundation; he is listed as a Contributory Editor of the Wall Street Journal.


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Overall connect is Luca Pacioli. Image describes double-entry accounting; he shared lodging with Da Vinci and is believed to have helped the artist with the last supper.


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All brands associated with the first successful climb to Mt. Everest.

Round 6:


Clue 1: Cabin bookings of wealthy passengers on the cooler side of the ship travelling between England and India.

Origin of the word Posh


Clue 1: This is believed to have been derived from the system of merits and de-merits introduced in work practices by the Fall Brook railroad superintendent G.R. Brown from 1886.

Clue 2: One of the early citations of the term is from Marvin Miles article titled, ____ ______ a new measure of a husband.

Origin of Brownie Points


Clue 1: This type is historically attributed to production centres in India and Sri Lanka where it was produced using what was called the “wootz” process.

Crucible Steel 🙂




Vizag Steel : J Rahul and AGK Murthy


Oracle :  Mitesh Agarwal & Yagnyeshwaran Hariharan

Tata Crucible Corporate Edition 2013 – Tata Track National Finals Questions

Tata Crucible Corporate Edition 2013 – Tata Track National Finals Questions



TCS CHENNAI – Sreekanth And Jayakanthan


TCS MUMBAI – Pravin Varma and Priyamvad Pattanayak

Round 1:

1. In 1687, a French envoy to Thailand, then known as Siam, wrote about mines of Ruby and ________. He wrote back saying “there are mines abound of Rubies and _________ and these are of abundant value and people are are ignorant of what they are”. Many years later, the Kanchanaburi mines became one of the world’s leading sources for this. What am I describing?

First usage of the word Phailin meaning “sapphire” in Thai.

2. Remarked by many as one of the greatest real estate deals in the world, this was purchased for $ 15 million from France. [Buzzer Pressed]

The Louisiana Purchase.

3. This Economics professor from Yale in one of his theoretical papers stated “the concept is interested and well formed, however [Buzzer Pressed]

The concept note on FedEx.

4. This is a magazine which focuses on research that would make people laugh and think [Buzzer Pressed]

The Annals of Improbable Research which gives out the Ig Nobel Prize.

5. This wares and handicrafts of this community which were originally made between 1843 to 1947 was from the north-western most province of British India. Since the wares of the this community came from that region, the migrants and their work were named after this place. How do we know this from the history of India?

Because the wares they sold and traded in originally were the handicrafts of Sind (‘Sind works’), these migrants were known as ‘Sindworkis’ and the type of long-distance translocal commerce they practised as ‘Sindwork’.

6. This company was founded by Samuel in 1844 as an engineering concern [Buzzer Pressed]

Pearson Publishing Company

7. He needed money to get prototypes created. He borrowed equipment from his father’s silk factory. He rigged machines to produce nitrous oxide or laughing gas. He went on to sells samples of the gas and assorted patented machines. To add an aura to his credibility, this Hartford teenage became the celebrated doctor of New York, London and Calcutta. Who?

Samuel Colt

8. Its a new game that is being used by corporates and specially in manufacturing units to train shop floor workers. The game is called Floduku. What is the game all about?

Analytical puzzles to promote logical sequential thinking among shop floor workers.

Round 2:

1. This is one of the worst cases of hyperinflation found in the world. It had to be changed to another currency. Which country’s currency?

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Hungarian  pengő later changed to forint.

2. Which family from the world of sport owns this company?

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The Djokovic family.

3. This is a unique graveyard [Buzzer Pressed]

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Ben & Jerry’s graveyard for retired flavours.

4. This is the watch worn by Gagarin when we went to space. The watch was sold in a unique manner when it was launched. How did they sell the Gagarin watch?

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The watch was worn to space. Hence the only way you can buy this watch is on in-flight sales, no where on ground, but only on air.

5. This gentleman is Bircher-Brenner. He pioneered something in the world of nutrition. What?

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He is best known for the invention of the muesli cereal.

6. What is the term that comes out of this?

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7. Whose identify is this from the world of dictionaries?

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8. What is special about this G.I product?

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These are metallic mirrors from Aranmula.

Round 3:

1. In the 1940’s, National Radio and Engineering Company was floated to manufacture radio transmitters and receivers. Instead they had to manufacture something else which became parachute fasteners and buckles. Why?

The British wanted these to be made for their soldiers during the World War.

2. It was launched in 1976 as Jaffe and marketed with the help of Voltas. How does India know this?


3. Built in 1945 by Walter George, this Intach listed heritage building is now a part of the Taj Hotels. Which property from Delhi are we describing?

The Ambassador

4. In 1974, J.R.D was conferred an honorary post given for the first time in India to a businessman.  What post was this?

Air Vice Marshall

Round 4:

1. Moxy Hotels will open their outlet in 2014. It is a partnership between Marriott and which famous chain in this world?


2. Which country’s top level domain is .su?

Soviet Union

3. Often used in military jargon, what does ‘MRE’ stand for?

Meals Ready-to-eat

4. Which product in this world, for the simple reason that more number of people should have access to it, pioneered the concept of hire purchase.

Singer sewing machines

Round 5:


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Overall answer is Bajaj.


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Overall answer is Goodyear Tyres.


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Overall answer is Puma.


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Overall answer is Vazir Sultan Tobacco.


Round 6:


Clue 1: Born in 1963, I am a CA and former employee of IDBI.

Clue 2: I was part of a core 5 member team selected by the government in the early nineties to create a screen-based pan India stock exchange.

Clue 3: I am the first woman to head NSE.

Chitra Ramakrishna


Clue 1: I am an alumnus of IIT, IIM and MIT. [Buzzer Pressed]

Dr. Raghuram Rajan


Clue 1: My brother showed me early direction and my career saw me rise from the rank of a junior commissioned officer to director.

Clue 2: Adidas powered my legendary performances.

Clue 3: I sold the movie rights for my life story for a mere one Rupee with a cause that a share of the profits would be given to my charitable trust.

Milkha Singh