The Strategist Quiz (# 575)

1 When the Portuguese ruled over Oman in the late 1640s, they depended on an Indian merchant agent from Kutch for their supplies. The Portuguese commander Pereira coveted this merchant's beautiful daughter and that did not go down well with him. In order to rebuff the proposal, this merchant helped the then Yarriba ruler expel the Portuguese from Muscat. The Omani ruler returned the merchant's favour by exempting Indian merchants from payment of taxes on exports. It is said that this incident set the tone for the continued warmth businessmen of Oman have with Indian merchants even today. Name the businessman.

2 Leonardo Da Vinci in 1482 wrote a letter to the Duke of Milan seeking employment. What is the supposed historic significance of this letter?

3 Connect former US President Ronald Reagan, Mafia don John Gotti, Rapper Rick Ross and a chemical compound called GenX and what do you arrive at?

4 The employees of which company have started "The Dead Giraffe Society"? This company was the first category killer in the US and it set up shop way back in the mid-50s.

5 In the late 60s, two ex-Arthur Andersen employees started a discreet bank to help the rich pay zero taxes in UK through loopholes in the laws. John Lennon was their first client. Roger Moore and Englebert Humperdinck also became their clients.The Beatles song Taxman was penned to admonish the then UK PM Harold Wilson for his high taxes policy. Name the bank and its founders who were subsequently jailed.

6 Who uses these Sanskrit lines for their motto "Téjasvin?vadheetamastu" [may the shining one (the Sun, metaphor for God) illumine our intelligence]?

7 Whose 3D printed aircraft is actually called Test of Hi-tech Objectives in Reality?

8 Whose lines are these: "Go Make it, We'll protect it"?

9 What is the term used when a new brand, introduced into the market by a company that already has an established brand in the same product category, is used to increase the overall market share in a particular category and crowd out the competition?

10 Which brand now uses this as its House logo?

One lucky winner will receive a cheque for ~2,000. Send your entries to All entries must carry the postal address of the contestant. Last date for receiving entries is August 21 till 8 pm. Previous winners and employees of Business Standard and their families are not eligible to participate. The winner is chosen on the basis of the first correct entry received.


There were 10 correct entries to Quiz no 574. The winner is Binod Bihari Parida from Bhubaneshwar

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