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A 20-Question Quiz You Can’t Google

Magazines are all about details and distillation; about making the important interesting. Here, then, are 20 questions from this issue, in 20 words each.

A 20-Question Quiz You Can’t Google

The editor of which iconic magazine was the first to tell the world about an Albanian nun working in Calcutta?

Vinod Mehta couldn’t drive a car, as couldn’t Sham Lal. Which other magazine editor also didn’t know clutch from brake?

Dorothy Parker and her friends from The New Yorker met at which literary restaurant on West 44th Street in Manhattan?

Which Indian media baron presented Benazir Bhutto an M.F. Husain painting of her father being hanged as a wedding gift?

Which publishing diva (whose daughter is also into books) brought out the now-defunct film magazine Super with her husband Rajiv?

Most of the editors of The Economist are reputed to have gone to the same college in Oxford. Which one?

Which of our short storytellers wrote a column for The Illustrated Weekly of India under the pseudonym ‘Akbar Krishna’?

Which well-known investigative journalist reputedly opened up British double agent Kim Philby by plying ‘sambar’ made by his Mangalorean wife?

For which newspaper did Pritish Nandy and Mukul Sharma alternately draw the cartoon and write its caption in the 1980s?

Husband and wife Vijay and Kavery Nambisan weave 20-word tales here. Which father-son duo are also featured in this issue?

Two degrees of separation: what’s the common link between owner (Aveek Sarkar), editor (Mukul Sharma) and reporter (S.N.M. Abdi)?

Who was the magazine editor who changed her given name from Pankajam before submitting her first story to Ananda Vikatan?

Who is the Indian who has the honour of designing the original India Today, The Economist and Economic & Political Weekly?

Which magazine editor, publisher, author and entrepreneur is also the recipient of the Lady Jeejeebhoy prize for physics in 1972?

What was Nari Hira’s publishing company called before it got its current name Magna Publications?

The dead-tree version of Newsweek had two Indian connections towards the end. Tunku Varadarajan edited Newsweek International. Who’s the other?

The bylines of which famous Sri Lankan father-and-son pair of columnists adorned the pages of the Far Eastern Economic Review?

Which former Reader’s Digest editor became famous for inserting a classified ad mourning the death of “L.I. Berty” during Emergency?

What is unique about the last three editors of India’s largest selling women’s magazine Vanitha, from the Malayala Manorama group?

This US academic has 1,200 ties. His students are deemed passed if they ever see him repeat a tie. Who?

Yes, you can? Mail your entries to krishnaprasad [AT] outlookindia [DOT] com

Thank you in advance for, ahem, being with us for the next 20 years

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