What is Qwikipedia?

Ever been on Wikipedia to look up an article? More often than not, we start with one topic, click on a few links and within no time are reading about something else. Qwikipedia is a game that tries to quench this curiosity in us.

The objective is to get to a particular wiki page, starting from a specific article, using minimal clicks. There is no single correct answer, so we might surprise ourselves by finding new routes each time!

Thursday’s Trekker

Brendon McCullum —> Great Barrier Reef

Brendon McCullum

Have you been following the Indian Premier League right from its inception? Then you wouldn’t have forgotten the 158* that Brendon McCullum scored for Kolkatta Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the very first game of the tournament in 2008.

A New Zealand international cricketer who started out as a wicketkeeper batsman, McCullum now plays solely as a batsman apart from captaining the Kiwis in all three formats of the game.

McCullum is often noted for his aggressive intent while batting. Something that Shain Tait will be hard pressed to forget…

Shaun Tait

Any fast bowler hates it if the batsman manages to scoop the ball, as if the batsman is facing some slow-medium bowling. Shaun Tait was on the receiving end of two such scoops in a single over that went flying past the boundaries. The batsman, on both occasions, was none other than Brendon McCullum.

A right arm fast bowler, Tait has played for Australia in all three formats of the game. His breakthrough season, 2004-05, included a fiery spell of 7/99 against Queensland for South Australia.

Queensland

Australia’s “Sunshine State”, Queensland is located in the north-east of the country. Named in honour of Queen Victoria on 6 June 1859, that date is now celebrated state-wide as Queensland Day.

Great Barrier Reef

One of Queensland’s claims to fame is the Great Barrier Reef. Located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and the biggest single structure made by living organisms.

Using human fertility techniques of freezing coral sperm in a bank, scientists from Australia and U.S. have proposed a method to initiate the process of preserving coral reefs.

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Brendon McCullum —> Shaun Tait —> Queensland —> Great Barrier Reef

Three clicks! Hop over. It’s time for the next question:

Friday’s Free rider

Thalidomide —> Almond

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