A quiz on multi-talented people

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on August 10, 2018 Published on August 10, 2018

One man, many talents: Satyajit Ray   -  THE HINDU

On August 11, 1942, actress Hedy Lamarr received a patent for a frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication system, which later became the basis for modern technologies in the field. This quiz is all about people who excelled in more than one field.

Of many parts

1 Which successful actor has sung soundtracks of his films, released a music CD titled The Futurist and has a super hit version of the Joni Mitchell song River, which was aired in an episode of Ally McBeal?

2 Which great scientist spent a large part of his later years working in the Royal Mint and did such good work that he was appointed as its Master. He also worked closely with the Edinburgh mint in helping establish a common currency for the UK.

3 Who has been selected along with golfers Rishi Narain and Amit Luthra on the Indian team at the Asia Pacific Senior to be played at Miyazaki, Japan, in October 2018?

4 Which Nobel Laureate and educationist is also credited as the director of the 1932 film Natir Puja?

5 Only one person has won the Super Bowl and an Olympic gold medal. This sportsman was a multiple gold winner at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He went on to be nominated for the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Name the player.

6 Ian Botham played football for Scunthorpe United but which other English cricket captain started a short-lived career as a mixed martial arts fighter in 2012?

7 Which action film star was a member of his country’s national diving squad for over a decade and finished 12th at the World Championships in 1992?

8 This current president of an African country is the first African to win a FIFA Player of the Year award, in 1994. His son plays football for another country. Name the president and the country he leads?

9 Jeff Baxter is regarded as one of the foremost US experts on missile defence. He is a member of the NASA exploration systems advisory committee and regularly appears on debates on CNN and Fox News about defence policies. But he’ll probably be remembered as a founder member of one of the most iconic music acts of all time. Which band did he help found in 1972 with Donald Fagen and Walter Becker?

10 Which cricketer, one of Bradman’s 1948 Invincibles, was a Mosquito fighter-bomber pilot during World War II and was also a gifted Australian rules footballer, representing St Kilda and the State of Victoria?


1 Robert Downey Jr; he has even sung back up for Gladys Knight performing her legendary ‘Midnight Train to Georgia.’

2 Sir Isaac Newton

3 Cricketer Kapil Dev; this is the first time he is representing India in golf

4 Rabindranath Tagore; the film is a recording of the dance drama he wrote in 1926

5 Bob Hayes, known as Bullet Bob, who won gold medals in the 100m individual and relay events

6 Adam Hollioake

7 Jason Statham, England

8 George Weah, President of Liberia; his son Justin represents the US national team

9 Steely Dan; Baxter also briefly toured with the Doobie Brothers

10 Keith Miller, still regarded as Australia’s greatest all-rounder


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Published on August 10, 2018
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