10 Jul 2016

Quiz 15- 10 questions on moustache

Ah! for some of you who wondered on why the moustache was kept out of the previous quiz- Here is the answer. So that we could quiz on them this week :)

Romans considered the Gauls' wearing of mustaches with no beards to be the epitome of barbarism

1. What was  the coded-signal used by the French Resistance in WWII to mobilize their forces once the allies had landed on the Normandy beaches. ? (You can give me the English translation)

2. In the so called good old days, in the district of Kodagu (Coorg) in Karnataka, only certain people were allowed to  grow a huge moustache called "galla meeshe" (A kind of handle bar moustache). If you had to were one what would you have to do?

3. There is a 1 in 4 chance that you will get this one right - In a pack of standard playing cards, which is the only king without a moustache?

4. What type of moustache are named after a Mexican revolutionary hero who rose up against President Porfirio Díaz and enjoyed an enormous following because of his ideas regarding agrarian reform. He with  Pancho Villa, occupied Mexico City in 1914. and  was assassinated in 1919 by an agent of President Venustiano Carranza.?

5. Perhaps every Chinese villain in a Hollywood or a Bollywood movie has this moustache (or a stereotyped Oriental) . Many think that it is similar to the Horseshoe (Right one in the photograph) moustache, but it is not and is extremely difficult to grow one. Unlike the horseshoe, the hair is grown only from the upper lip and hangs down either side of the mouth—but the sides remain clean-shaven.  The stereotyping started  in a 1929 film starring Warner Oland and the moustache gets its name from the Villain in the movie who sported it. Either name the move or the moustache.

The photograph on the left is from a 1965 Christopher Lee starer and both the 1929 movie and the 1965 one has the name of the moustache in its titles.  

6.  " Moustache taken off , grown a beard " was one of the line in a message sent from the ship SS Montrose in 1910 and led to the arrest of Dr.Crippen while fleeing to Canada on board that ship. This is the first recorded case of an arrest because of what?

7. In which book does  Hercule Poirot the detective created by Agatha Christie shaves off one of  his proudest possessions, his moustache, in order to pretend to be his brother Achille Poirot.?

8. Think really hard and you should get this one- The word ' MOUSTACHE' originated in the  Late 16th century via French from Italian word 'mostaccio' which was ultimately derived from the Greek word ' mustax ' meaning “upper lip, moustache.” The Greek word had its origins in Indo-European base where its meaning was  “chew,”. Which English word meaning ' to chew' has a similar ancestor as Moustache ?

9. The only way to differentiate between these two twins is by their moustache. One  has a straight moustache while the others  is slightly twisted. which famous fictional twins?

10. Identify the movie from its most memorable dialogue.
"Munchhen hon to Natthulal jaisi, warna na hon" (Mostaches should be like Natthulal's or shouldn't be at all)


  1. 2. Fly planes
    3. Hearts
    4. Gonzales
    6. Arrest by profiling
    7. Murder on the Links
    8. Masticate
    9. Tweedledum and Tweedledee

  2. 1. The moustache is black?
    2. Working as a Hangman?
    3. I am guessing King of Hearts
    4. Bigote?
    5. Fu Manchu or Oriental?
    6. Mistaken identity?
    7. –Pass--
    8. Masticate?
    9. Thomson and Thompson of Tintin series
    10. Sharaabi

  3. 1. Shave the moustache (In reference to Hitler's?)
    2. Be a warrior
    3. King of Hearts
    5. Fu Manchu
    6. Some kind of photo edited image recognition
    8. Munch
    9. Thomson & Thomson

    -- Bala

  4. 1. The moustache has grown.
    2. Warriors
    3. King of Hearts
    8. Ruminate
    9. Thomson and Thompson
    10. Natwarlal


  5. 3. Hearts
    4. Zapata
    5. Fu Manchu
    8. Mastication
    9. Thompson Twins

  6. 1.Shave your moustaches
    2.work in tea/coffee plantation
    3.King of Hearts
    4.Che Guevara
    6.Smuggling goods
    10.Mr. Natwarlal

  7. 1. "The king has shaved his moustache"
    2. Kill a tiger
    3. Hearts
    4. Zapata
    5. Fu Manchu
    6. Telegraph
    7. The Labours of Hercules
    8. Masticate?
    9. Thompson and Thomson
    10. 'Namak Halal'?

    – Annie

  8. 1. The moustache is burning! The moustache is burning!
    2. King of Hearts
    5. Fu Man-chu
    6. Fingerprint analysis
    7. The Big Four
    8. ‘munch’
    9. Thomson and Thompson. They are apparently not twins, but completely unrelated!

  9. 10. Namak Halal
    9. Thompson and Thomson (without a "p")

  10. 1 Its time to shave!
    2 Grow it? :P Be the chief of the tribe?
    3 King of Hearts
    4 Zapata
    5 Fu Manchu
    8 I'd go with Munch, else Masticate.
    9 Thomson and Thompson

  11. 1. The moustache has been shaved.
    2. Join the army
    3. The King of Hearts
    4. Señor Handlebarre
    5. Fu Manchu
    6. A telegraph message
    7. By The Pricking of My Thumbs
    8. Masticate
    9. Thomson & Thompson
    10. Mr. Natwarlal

  12. 1) Trim your moustache
    2) Be in the army
    3) King of Hearts
    4) ....
    5) Prisoner of Fu Manchu
    6) Tax evasion
    7) ...
    8) Masticate
    9) Thompson and Thompson -- the detectives from the Tintin comics
    10) Namak Halal