Connect and explain.
Answer: The recent xkcd comic strip mocks Neal Stephenson’s Anathem, which was inspired by the Clock Of The Long Now project, a proposed mechanical clock designed to keep time for 10,000 years.
Answered by Thejaswi Udupa, Krish Raghav, Bobo, Raghuvansh, Vijay Sarathy, Zizzyphus and Ananth.
The QFI Chennai Super King for the week is Bobo. (Bobo got an additional credit for identifying a flaw in one of the questions which lead to a tie with Zizzyphus. Bobo was quicker than Zizzyphus on two occasions. )