Quiz on magazines

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on November 08, 2019 Published on November 08, 2019

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On November 9, 52 years ago, the first issue of the iconic Rolling Stone was published. What follows is a quiz on magazines

Long reads

1 The Strand was a 19th-century British magazine that lasted till 1950. While it was well regarded, it became really popular with a late 19th-century series, which was supported by illustrations by Sidney Paget. Which series was it?

2 In the classic ’80s comedyJaane Bhi Do Yaaro, the two protagonists, Vinod Chopra and Sudhir Mishra, are engaged by a well-known magazine to investigate a corrupt deal for constructing a bridge. What was the name of the magazine?

3 Which magazine started in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and Ebenezer Landells coined the term ‘cartoon’ in its modern sense as a humorous illustration, and gets its name from a clownish Italian character that was regarded as the ‘voice of the people?’

4 Which Indian magazine started in 1880 and published till 1993, was edited by the likes of Khushwant Singh, MV Kamath and Pritish Nandy and was possibly the only periodical to feature cartoons from both Mario Miranda and RK Laxman?

5 Meri Saheli is one of India’s best-selling women’s Hindi magazines. Name its founder-editor, who is a well-known personality from the world of cinema.

6 In which Bengali magazine were the Feluda and Professor Shonku stories of Satyajit Ray first published?

7 For what reason did Time magazine’s issue released in January 1938 create a furore in the US? Alternatively, tell us who was on the cover.

8 The National Era, an abolitionist periodical in the mid-19th century, became really popular with the publication of a story in serial form starting mid-1851. Which story was it?

9 Most airlines have inflight magazines. But which airline has three separate magazines, High Life for all passengers, Business Life specifically for business-class travellers, and First for first-class passengers?

10 Top Hat, Gentleman, Sir, Pan and Bachelor were all names considered for which magazine started in 1953 and went on to have the likes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Arthur C Clarke, Norman Mailer, Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami as contributors?


1 The Sherlock Holmes short stories

2Khabardar; Bhakti Barve played Shobha Singh, the editor

3 Punch, from Punchinello

4 The Illustrated Weekly of India

5 Hema Malini

6 Sandesh, founded by Ray’s grandfather Upendrakishore Ray. His father, Sukumar Ray, was one of its many illustrious editors

7 It was announcing Adolf Hitler as the Timemagazine Man of The Year with him on the cover. In their defence, they claimed the Man of the Year was the person who influenced the news most for better or worse

8 Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin

9 British Airways

10 Playboy, started by Hugh Hefner


Joy Bhattacharjya is a quizmaster; Twitter: @joybhattacharj

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Published on November 08, 2019
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