Tata Crucible Corporate Edition 2014 – National Finals Questions

Tata Crucible Corporate Edition 2014 – National Finals Questions


    IAME Bangalore – Prasad Shetty and Mahantesh Nelavaigi
    TCS Chennai – Jayakanthan and Debabrata Mallick

National Finals Questions:

Round 1:

1) (Silver ) 11:30-23:05 was the timing change that was introduced by Nandos. Why did Nandos increase their time by 5 minutes and specifically called it ‘Nandos Fergie Time’?


Answer: When Manchester United plays it is believed that they get extra time to score critical goals. This extra time is named after Alex Ferguson and the shops are open during Fergie Time.

2) (Gold) Originally known as The New Left Review Verso Books. It is a famous publishing house based in London and New York City. Founded in 1970.Why the name Verso?


Answer: Left side of the page is called Verso Page. Thus, they renamed themselves with their left inclinations as Verso.

3) (Bronze) The verb dates back to 1659 and even earlier as a noun- as far back as 1275. In 1659, Thomas Fuller, a Church of England clergyman, wrote: ‘I hope, sir that we not mutually ________ by this difference which hath happened betwixt us’. What word?

Answer: Unfriend

4) (Silver) Connect.


Answer: Cricket Club of India

5) (Silver) Name of this brand whose logo is shown here, derives from a place. The place has become generic to European countries. Several types of this brand are instantly recognisable. The variants are available across the world in Reine, Barisart, Marie-Henriette and so on. It has also become a common word in English. What word from a mineral water brand?


Answer: Spa

6) (Silver) This is the SAP Network for Retail Business. After considering over 12 possible names to brand it, they came out with one final name, which they believed was the best example for a network. What is the name of this model for small and medium enterprises?


Answer: Ganges

7) (Bronze) In the Ranji Trophy South Zone League, 1965/66 when the Mysore vs Madras game was played in January 1966, Mysore won by 141 runs with Chandrashekar taking 10 wickets. The wicket keeper and opening batsman for Madras then is today a Chairman and former Managing Director of a well-known entity in India. Who?

Answer: N Ram of The Hindu Newspaper

8) (Gold) From the world of Finland, this is a box. What is its significance?


Answer: When any child is born in Finland, the Finnish government sends this box which contains the necessary supplies for a child.

9) (Silver) During the 19th century this place was a betting parlour for horse racing. What as this room called where billiards tables were installed so patrons could kill time between races?

Answer: Pool Room

10) (Silver) He was a French finance minister who, in 1759, was forced by France’s credit crisis during the Seven Years’ War to impose severe economic demands upon the French people, particularly the wealthy. Because of his austere economies, his name became synonymous with anything cheap and so also with a form of art. What?

Answer: Silhouette

Round 2:

1) (Gold) This is India’s first patent. Recognise it.


Answer: Punkah Pulling Machine

2) (Bronze) Arranged from lightest to darkest, What are these?


Answer: Gradings of Tobacco

3) (Silver) Elf Cosmetics was founded by Joseph and Vincent. Why the name?


Answer: ELF stands for Eyes, Lips and Face, that is the categories of cosmetics they produce.

4) Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter has written a book titles, ‘Things a little bird told to me’. Why is there a blank page somewhere in the middle of the book?

Answer: Page 140 is a tribute to the 140 characters of Twitter.

5) (Gold) All of this in 1952, would lead to a life changing event, which went on to become a New York Times Best Seller. El Grafico`, a publishing house wrote about a phenomenal cycle expedition. What is it?


Answer: Motorcycle Diaries of ‘Che Guevara’

6) (Bronze) This was one of the first artist and writer to have created the first ‘incorporated’ and all of his works come with ‘Inc.’ Who is it?


Answer: Edgar Rice Burroughs, author and illustrator of Tarzan

7) (Silver) In ancient times, this was sometimes called nostrum remedium (“our remedy” in Latin). Promotion of these was one of the first major products highlighted by the advertising industry, and many sales techniques were pioneered by their promoters. The phrase comes from the late 17th century marketing of medical elixirs ones which found flavour with royalty. Angostura Bitters, Bovril, Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Moxie and Pepsi were all sold in this category. What phrase?

Answer: Patent Medicine


From The Corner Office-

1) (Silver) Privateer Holdings, a Seattle based private equity firm, have recently entered into a deal with the estate of the famous Jamaican Reggae Star Bob Marley. What is this deal for?

Answer: Launch of world’s first branded cannabis

2) (Silver) In his book ‘Tata Log’, Harish Bhatt has narrated a story of Titan’s jewellery business ‘Tanishq’. Before the leadership team finally decided to invest in Tanishq to generate foreign exchange, there was one other alternative business they were considering for this purpose. What was that? Why?

Answer: Granite Grate Stones, there was great demand especially in Japan

3) (Gold) What connects Economics Nobel Prize winner George Akerlof, Peet’s Coffee, Levi Strauss and Scott Adams?

Answer: Berkeley

Round 3:

1) (Silver) This was used by the Vatican, a couple of years ago. What is this?


Answer: This is Faraday Cage, used during the secret papal conclave to elect the next pope

2) (Silver) When Poet Ghalib met his beloved in the winter, he rubbed his hands and face with it. In Ain-e-Akbari, AbulFazal, has mentioned that Akbar used this product daily. What is it?

Answer: Attar/Ittar

3) (Silver) Identify the name of the vehicle at the bottom. It gets name from the two vehicles on the top. It was made in 1964 for Bill Harrah, owner of Harrah Hotel and Casino.


Answer: Jerrari- Jeep and Ferrari

4) (Gold) Connect.


Answer: Types of Diplomacy

5) A former junior international hockey player and Surrey league cricketer he joined Phillips Son and Neale in New Bond Street, London in 1978. Starting as a saleroom porter he worked his way through the ranks until he was appointed to the main board of directors by the age of 30 before moving to the USA to run the New York office. A 30 year love affair with furniture combined with a fascination for oriental carpets goes side by side with a passion for 20th century British art. Why has he been famous in India since 2008 in India?

Answer: Richard Madley

6) Its a famous photograph of a renowned journalist William Ellen White, drinking coke. The image was used extensively for something Coke decided to. What name came out of this iconic photography?


Answer: Introduction of New Coke, Project Kansas

7) (Gold) What’s common to?

Lauda Air naming one of their Boeing 777-2Z9’s that operate on the Vienna-Sydney-Melbourne route. The platypus being replaced in 2001 on the obverse side of the Australia’s common 20 cent coin, the first such change since the decimalization of Australian currency in 1996.

Answer: Don Bradman

8) (Silver) Identify this French ambassador to Portugal.


Answer: Jean Nicot. Nicotine is named after him.

9) (Gold) Connect.


Answer: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

10) (Gold) Connect:


Answer: Exclusive boutiques created for Taj Mahal Palace


Questions taken down by Vaishnavi Rao! 

Tata Crucible Corporate Edition 2014 – Nagpur – Preliminary Round Questions

Tata Crucible Corporate Edition 2014 – Nagpur – Preliminary Round Questions


    Persistent Systems – Kartik Vyas and Ms. Gayatri Phadnis
    Think Consultants – Parag Paranjpe and Ranjit D

Preliminary Round Questions:

1) Which financial services company was founded by Rashesh Shah and Venkat Ramaswamy? The name of which shares its name with a flower having scientific name as Leontopodium Alpinum considered as a national symbol of Austria and Switzerland.

A)  Edelweiss

2) Internet and mobile marketers use the acronym BRICI. If the first four letters constitute of the usual Jim O’Neil given BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) then what does the letter “I” represent?

A) Indonesia

3) This is a beverage brand owned by PepsiCo. The name is an abbreviation of South Beach, named after the upscale area
located in Miami Beach, Florida. Name the brand.

A) Sobe

4) This event is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL). An American holiday when a huge amount of food is consumed. (Some more clues)

A) Super Bowl

5) In 2006, an international daily ran a game called “In the pink” in which a player was put in the virtual role of Chief Executive and the goal was to have the highest profit when the game closes. Which daily?

A) Financial Times

6) Robert Fisk in the year 2009, came up with the story “The Demise of the _____” in a The Independent which led to a possibility of an Arab world ending. Complete the phrase.

A) Dollar

7) The Bank from Netherlands which is rooted in the ideas of F W Raiffeisen, the founder of the cooperative movement of credit unions who in 1864 created the first farmers’ bank in Germany. Name the bank?

A) Rabo Bank

8) Identify?

A) Datta Samant


9) A question on Philip Kotler

10) Its symptoms include headache, drowsiness, concentration problems, dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress,
sweating, nausea, hyper-excitability and anxiety. (Some origin facts and meanings in other languages provided)

A) Hangover

11) Founded in Bangladesh by Radhyashyam Roy in 1932, along with KK Chatterjee. Identity this emerging insurance group in India.

A) Peerless Insurance

12) X originated in South Africa as the oil of X. Graham Wulff, an ex Unilever chemist from Durban started it in 1949. The name ‘Oil of X‘ was chosen by Wulff as a spin on the word Lanolin as a key ingredient in the item. Which beauty product?

A) Olay

13) The first of its kind was established at Shannon Airport in Ireland by Brendan O’Regan in 1947.

A) Duty Free Shops

14) Identify?


A) Orient

15) Which is the first city in India to experiment with public transport buses running on ethanol?

A) Nagpur

16) A question on Hero Pens.

17) A question on London School of Economics.

18) How does the world better know Barbara Millicent Roberts?

A) Barbie

19) A question on Meru Cabs.

Wild Card Round

1) Producing interlocking bricks…(Buzzer pressed)

A) Lego

2) They had an advertisement saying ” Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black”.

A) Ford

3) Lined legal sized in North America, had a watermark in 18th century, looked like the head of a person.

A) Foolscap Paper

4) The term ” Blue Chip ” originated from which game?

A) Poker

5) Name the famous brand of JW Foster?

A) Reebok

6) Marcus Samuel’s sea shell collection…(buzzer pressed).

A) Shell corporation

7) Famous retail giant which have brand St. Michaels quality products.

A) Marks & Spencer

8) “Samoa Air” introduced air ticket fare for the customers with a new concept.

A) Charging people by their weight.

Tie Breaker

1) Who is the CEO of Fairfax financial corporation?

A) Prem Watsa

2) In the world of gaming, what does “RM” in RM Games stand for?

A) Real Money Games

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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

[Questions are not available as the webcast did not cover the questions]

8. [Questions are not available]

Round 3:

[Questions are not available]

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