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3rd Oct '16 5:34:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* One episode of ''TheNewsQuiz'' featured the following in the amusing cuttings:

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* One episode of ''TheNewsQuiz'' ''Radio/TheNewsQuiz'' featured the following in the amusing cuttings:



* JohnBoyAndBillyBigShow has a multiple choice quiz for call in listeners that always has two joke answers and the actual correct one (usually it's about some wacky news story, so even the real answer is often ridiculous). The theme song for the segment includes a chorus of cheerleaders shouting "Pick C."

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* JohnBoyAndBillyBigShow Radio/JohnBoyAndBillyBigShow has a multiple choice quiz for call in listeners that always has two joke answers and the actual correct one (usually it's about some wacky news story, so even the real answer is often ridiculous). The theme song for the segment includes a chorus of cheerleaders shouting "Pick C."



* Averted by Justin on ''TheBrewingNetwork'', who insists the listeners do something to earn prizes. Typically it involves playing games tilted towards brewing, such as Beer Jeopardy or Guess the Fake. The only time there was a giveaway that took no thinking was the much-maligned at the time and afterwards "Guess What Number JP Is Thinking".

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* Averted by Justin on ''TheBrewingNetwork'', ''Radio/TheBrewingNetwork'', who insists the listeners do something to earn prizes. Typically it involves playing games tilted towards brewing, such as Beer Jeopardy or Guess the Fake. The only time there was a giveaway that took no thinking was the much-maligned at the time and afterwards "Guess What Number JP Is Thinking".
24th Sep '16 9:42:18 AM nombretomado
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-->"Who starred in the film ''Film/EnterTheDragon''? Send your answer to: 'BruceLee competition'..."

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-->"Who starred in the film ''Film/EnterTheDragon''? Send your answer to: 'BruceLee 'Creator/BruceLee competition'..."
24th Jul '16 4:21:15 PM nombretomado
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* An number of interactive game shows on Australian TV did this, with questions such as "Who is the Prime Minister of Australia? A) Daffy Duck, B) Kermit the Frog or C) John Howard." This is parodied by ''TheChasersWarOnEverything'': when the above question is mentioned, Julian replies, "Which I guess leads to the question, 'Who are these shows aimed at? A) Bicycles, B) The Sydney Opera House, or C) Morons.'"

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* An number of interactive game shows on Australian TV did this, with questions such as "Who is the Prime Minister of Australia? A) Daffy Duck, B) Kermit the Frog or C) John Howard." This is parodied by ''TheChasersWarOnEverything'': ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'': when the above question is mentioned, Julian replies, "Which I guess leads to the question, 'Who are these shows aimed at? A) Bicycles, B) The Sydney Opera House, or C) Morons.'"
8th May '16 11:23:59 AM nombretomado
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* [[HaveIGotNewsForYou Paul Merton]] likes to recount that he was once watching one of those breakfast shows and the question was, "Which comedy double act consisted of Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker? A) TheTwoRonnies, B)..."

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* [[HaveIGotNewsForYou [[Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou Paul Merton]] likes to recount that he was once watching one of those breakfast shows and the question was, "Which comedy double act consisted of Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker? A) TheTwoRonnies, B)..."
2nd May '16 4:39:07 PM MsChibi
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Call now on our [---premium rate---] example line! Phone early, phone often! And win, win, WIN!"

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Call now on our [---premium rate---] [---[[ReadTheFinePrint premium rate]]---] example line! Phone early, phone often! And win, win, WIN!"
29th Apr '16 3:27:20 PM Kid
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* In the 1970's, when the BBC, still smarting from the impact of pirate radio on its listening figures and was jealous of any competition, it sabotaged its principal (and only) pop radio competitor Radio Luxemburg by deliberately giving out the answers to the previous night's Fab 208 write-in competition during Radio One morning shows. Otherwise, it could do nothing at all about a rival station broadcasting in English and using English DJ's from another country entirely. (Later in the decade the BBC had to adopt other methods of sabotaging legalised commercial radio offering competition to its services.)

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* In the 1970's, when the BBC, still smarting from the impact of pirate radio on its listening figures and was jealous of any competition, it sabotaged its principal (and only) pop radio competitor Radio Luxemburg by deliberately giving out the answers to the previous night's Fab 208 write-in competition during Radio One morning shows. Otherwise, it could do nothing at all about a rival station broadcasting in English and using English DJ's from another country entirely. (Later in the decade the BBC had to adopt other methods of sabotaging legalised commercial radio offering competition to its services.)
20th Feb '16 1:48:57 AM Doug86
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* Parodied on ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie'':

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* Parodied on ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie'':''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'':
20th Sep '15 10:27:33 AM nombretomado
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* The magazine ''Cube'' was a bit odd about this. On the one hand, an issue had a contest to win a ''Film/SpiderMan1'' DVD, with the question "Who plays Mary-Jane in the movie? A: Kirsten Dunst. B: [[PottyEmergency Burstin For-Dump]]. C: [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Princess Peach]]". On the other hand, a contest to win a GameCube, some controllers, several games, a big-screen TV, and surround-sound speakers, the question was "What does RGB-SCART stand for?" This was in the days when Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} only had a couple of thousand entries and tended not to even appear on Website/{{Google}} searches, so in order to win, you needed access to some relatively obscure documentation.

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* The magazine ''Cube'' was a bit odd about this. On the one hand, an issue had a contest to win a ''Film/SpiderMan1'' DVD, with the question "Who plays Mary-Jane in the movie? A: Kirsten Dunst. B: [[PottyEmergency Burstin For-Dump]]. C: [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Princess Peach]]". On the other hand, a contest to win a GameCube, [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]], some controllers, several games, a big-screen TV, and surround-sound speakers, the question was "What does RGB-SCART stand for?" This was in the days when Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} only had a couple of thousand entries and tended not to even appear on Website/{{Google}} searches, so in order to win, you needed access to some relatively obscure documentation.
28th Aug '15 3:09:31 PM shimaspawn
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The question may be in a call-in competition, which usually means the phone call is going to cost you money; require you to text-message your answer, at normal {{texting}} rates, of course; or on a form you need to mail in -- then the question means that the contest is not a "lottery" by legal definition, and therefore not subject to the regulations concerning lotteries, ''and'' you provide your address and/or phone number which can be added to mailing lists for sale.

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The question may be in a call-in competition, which usually means the phone call is going to cost you money; require you to text-message your answer, at normal {{texting}} texting rates, of course; or on a form you need to mail in -- then the question means that the contest is not a "lottery" by legal definition, and therefore not subject to the regulations concerning lotteries, ''and'' you provide your address and/or phone number which can be added to mailing lists for sale.
16th Jan '15 9:18:00 AM erforce
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-->"Who starred in the film ''EnterTheDragon''? Send your answer to: 'BruceLee competition'..."

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-->"Who starred in the film ''EnterTheDragon''? ''Film/EnterTheDragon''? Send your answer to: 'BruceLee competition'..."
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