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TESTfunda Daily Wordlist 19-Dec-09

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rebus [ REE-buh's ]
 noun, adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. (n.) a representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols
2. (n.) a piece of writing containing many words or phrases represented by pictures or symbols
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The cavemen were the first to use rebus when they wrote on the walls of their caves.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 As historian of the National Puzzlers' League, Shortz goes by the nickname WILLz, which puzzlers will recognize as a rebus puzzle that translates to Will Short 'z'.
CNN, Masters of strange domains, 30 June 2007.
 
cornice [ KWAR-nis ]
 noun, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (n.) an ornamental horizontal moulding
2. (n.) a body of ice or snow projecting over a ridge
3. (tr. v.) to furnish with a horizontal decorative moulding
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The interior decorator was called in to put up a cornice in the bedroom.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 He had decorated the bedroom for her and put up a polystyrene cornice.
BBC, Loner accused in death of women, 10 September 2007.
 
obscure [ uh'b-SKYOO'R ]
 adjective, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (adj.) vague or uncertain
2. (adj.) indistinct due to dimness or darkness
3. (tr. v.) to hide or conceal by confusing
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He wanted a clarification of certain obscure conditions in the contract.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 I could never work out why, with so many larger, more important online communities out there, the Beeb chose to focus so heavily on one that was relatively small and obscure.
BBC, What happened to Second Life? Lauren Hansen, 20 November 2009.
 
obsidian [ uh'b-SID-ee-uh'n ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a type of volcanic glass similar in composition to granite
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 Many people believe that obsidian crystals have supernatural properties.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Silica can be found on Earth in obsidian rocks and tektites.
BBC, Traces of planet collision found, 11 August 2009.
 
kleptomaniac [ klep-tuh'-MEY-nee-ak ]
 noun, adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. (n.) a person who has an obsessive impulse to steal regardless of necessity
2. (adj.) characteristic of the compulsion to steal
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The judge ordered the Kleptomaniac to undergo psychiatric treatment instead of remanding him to custody.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 A kleptomaniac could heist everything from the menorah to the chips and dip, leaving you distraught with nothing to eat for consolation.
CNN, How to avoid holiday party hell in your home, Martha Beck, 16 December 2008.
 
Spelled Pronunciation Key
Stress marks: [ CAPS ] indicates the primary stressed syllable, as in newspaper [NOOZ-pey-per ] and information [ in-fer-MEY-shuh' n ]
CONSONANTS
[b] boy, baby, rob
[d] do, ladder, bed
[f] food, offer, safe
[g] get, bigger, dog
[h] happy, ahead
[j] jump, budget, age
[k] can, speaker, stick
[l] let, follow, still
[m] make, summer, time
[n] no, dinner, thin
[ng] singer, think, long
[p] put, apple, cup
[r] run, marry, far, store
[s] sit, city, passing, face
[sh] she, station, push
[t] top, better, cat
[ch] church, watching, nature, witch
[th] thirsty, nothing, math
[th'] this, mother, breathe
[v] very, seven, love
[w] wear, away
[hw] where, somewhat
[y] yes, onion
[z] zoo, easy, buzz
[zh] measure, television, beige
 
VOWELS
[a] apple, can, hat
[ey] aid, hate, day
[ah] arm, father, aha
[air] air, careful, wear
[aw] all, or, talk, lost, saw
[e] ever, head, get
[ee] eat, see, need
[eer] ear, hero, beer
[er] teacher, afterward, murderer
[i] it, big, finishes
[ahy] I, ice, hide, deny
[o] odd, hot, woffle
[oh] owe, road, below
[oo] ooze, food, soup, sue
[oo'] good, book, put
[oi] oil, choice, toy
[ou] out, loud, how
[uh] up, mother, mud
[uh'] about, animal, problem, circus
[ur] early, bird, stirring
 
FOREIGN SOUNDS
[a*] Fr. ami
[kh*] Scot. loch, Ger. ach or ich
[œ] Fr. feu, Ger. schön
[r*] Fr. au revoir, Yiddish rebbe
[uh*] Fr. oeuvre
[y*] Fr. tu, Ger. über
 
SAMPLE NASALIZED VOWELS
[an*] Fr. bien
[ahn*] Fr. croissant
[awn*] Fr. bon
[œn*] Fr. parfum
[in*] Port. Principe
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TESTfunda - CAT Question of the Day 19-Dec-09

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CAT Question of the Day
The total internal surface area of a cuboid shaped box without a lid is 12 cm2.

What is the maximum possible volume of such a box?
OPTIONS
 
 1)4 cm3
 2)3.7 cm3
 3)8.2 cm3
 4)10 cm3
 5)12 cm3
Tip of the Day
Last year, SNAP test had 135 questions to be completed in 120 minutes with four sections i.e. Analytical and Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative and Data Interpretation and Sufficiency and General English. 1 or 2 marks were allotted for the correct answers with 25% negative marking. The number of questions varies every year. Best of luck.
Last year's Question of the day (19-Dec-08)
The question below contains a paragraph followed by alternative summaries. Choose the option that best captures the essence of the paragraph.

The United States has not embarked upon its formidable program of space exploration in order to make or perpetuate a gigantic astronautic boondoggle. There are good reasons, hard reasons for this program. But, in essence, they all boil down to the fact that the program is expected to produce a number of highly valuable payoffs. It not only is expected to do so, it is doing so right now.
OPTIONS
 
 1)The space exploration program of America is not boorish but is paying off and will continue to pay good results.
 2)The American space exploration program is a boon as it is giving valuable payoffs now and will continue to in future.
 3)The entire American space exploration program is only a hogwash, though it has given them some valuable payoffs.
 4)The American space exploration is not a bunkum but is paying off and will continue to pay good results.
 5)The American space exploration is not a valueless job done to look busy but it is paying off and will continue to pay good results.
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The Times of India Daily Newsletter

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December 18, 2009

Top Headlines

Kasab denies all charges, claims forced confession
Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, retracted from his earlier statement and claimed before that he was arrested on the night of Nov 25 and was falsely implicated in the 26/11 case.

Advani quits, Sushma appointed Lok Sabha Opposition leader
Heralding a generational change in the BJP, L K Advani was replaced by Sushma Swaraj as the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha.

30,000 troops withdrawn from Kashmir: A K Antony
The defence minister said that two Army divisions comprising around 30,000 troops have been moved out of Kashmir in the wake of improved security situation there.

Cities

IRS officer cheats Delhi girl into remarriage
An Indian Revenue Services official was arrested for marrying a Delhi girl allegedly by concealing his age and the fact that he was previously married, police said.

Ailing Aamir's surprise stop at Jaipur doctor's home
Making surprise appearances to promote his upcoming film '3 Idiots', actor Aamir Khan made a visit to a doctor in Jaipur in the middle of the night after falling sick.

Business

Mukesh Ambani ranked world's 5th best CEO
Mukesh Ambani, who heads Reliance Industries, has been ranked among top five best performing CEOs in the world by the prestigious Harvard Business Review.

Markets extend loss as FIIs book profits
The Sensex slumped by 174.42 points to close at 16,719.83 as Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank and Infosys came under heavy selling pressure.

Sports

Whopping base price for new IPL teams
IPL governing council has agreed to the inclusion of two new IPL teams from 2011 and the minimum bid price of each team would be $225m.

Federer shatters Grand Slam records, Nadal worries
By the end of 2009, Federer has become only the sixth man to complete the Grand Slam, the first to win 15 majors while also reclaiming his world number one spot.

Entertainment

Aamir puts hotel into trouble
Aamir Khan's incognito stay in a Varanasi hotel has put its owner in trouble, with the police charging the hotel with violating the identity verification rules for guests.

Sarah Jessica Parker's freaky appreciation
The actress has been praised for her "freaky" ability to juggle her hectic lifestyle by her co-stars on romantic comedy 'Did You Hear About The Morgans?'.

Infotech

HTC launches HD2 in India
HTC has launched a Windows-based handset -- HD2 in the Indian market. Featuring a large 4.3-inch display, the phone promises 480 X 800 WVGA resolution.

12 deals Satyam lost in 2009
Now called Mahindra Satyam, the year saw Satyam at the centre of one of the biggest corporate frauds. Here are the big deals that the company lost during 2009.

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TESTfunda Puzzle of the Week 18-Dec-09

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Puzzle #083 - The Shopaholic learns the value of money
18-Dec-09
Neha, a shopaholic, was caught overspending by her friends who decided to teach her a lesson on how to economise. They gave Neha Rs. 100 ans asked her to buy no more or no less than 100 items for that amount. Also, the price of those 100 things should be exactly Rs. 100 - not a rupee less, not a rupee more. She was only allowed to buy ball-point pens, pencils and sketch pens. The sketch pens cost Rs. 6 each, the ball-point pens Rs. 3 each and the pencils cost 10 paise each. Their plan was to distribute the 100 things amgst the under-privileged. How many of each thing must she buy in order to satisy the given conditions? Provide a detailed explanation along with your answer.
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