Answers to the Strategist Quiz (#538)

1. In 1928, thousands of workers were murdered by military forces in Colombia. The workers were protesting the bad working conditions in the company plantations. Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez depicted a fictional version of this in his novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and the inhuman impact that this particular company had in Colombia. Name the company and the incident.

1. The Banana massacre. It was a massacre of workers for the United Fruit Company that ceased operations in 1970. One of its famous brands Chiquita bananas remains

2. Pharrell Williams performed to a song, “Double 11”, and Jessie J performed her hit, the appropriately titled “Price Tag”, at a recent event. Which one?
2. The annual gala organised by Alibaba for its record breaking sale day called 11.11 global shopping fest

3. Connect the first basketball made, the first official baseball, the first American football and the world’s first basketball that was created and what do you arrive at?
3. The brand Spalding. Albert Goodwill Spalding, who set up the sports firm in Kentucky, was responsible for all

4. Who had these four classes of employees: Senior merchants, junior merchants, factors and writers?
4. The East India Company

5. Which industry uses these terms: Flush and Killing the Green? Also explain what they mean.
5. Tea industry. Flush is the plucking season and generally the first flush (February-May). Killing the green is heating process deactivate enzymes in the leaf to halt oxidisation

6. Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American sabre fencer who became the first athlete to compete while wearing a hijab at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is now the inspiration for which company’s flagship product?

6. Mattel launched the first-ever hijab-wearing Barbie doll. It’s designed after Ibtihaj Muhammad

7. Connect the two vintage Hollywood hits Everybody’s Acting and Two Arabian Knights and what do you arrive at?
7. They were both produced by oil baron Howard Hughes in 1927

8. This endowment was established in the 1960s by a couple to support reproductive choice and petitioning for a reduction of nuclear weapons. Name the couple.
8. Warren Buffet and his wife Susan started this $2.5-billion endowment in the 1960s to support reproductive choice in addition to petitioning for a reduction in nuclear arms

9. Which brand’s punch line reads: “Find your Fun”?
9. Crocs, the footwear brand

10. Identify the brand from the logo and state its philosophy.

10. Apparel brand Escobar Henao created in 2010 by the Medellin cartel leader Pablo Escobar’s son Sebastian Marroquin. He made a documentary (“Sins of my father”) that is a search for reconciliation with the descendants of victims of his father’s violence against the state of Colombia. The brand’s motto is — in peace we trust

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There were five correct entries to Quiz No 538. The winner is Rohit Jain of Meerut

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