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22nd Oct '17 5:35:14 PM nombretomado
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*** One of the shows found guilty of this, ChannelFive's ''Quiz Call'', at least didn't have questions that were too easy -- it had questions which looked like they ''should'' be easy, but where the accepted answers were [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW0cIRrsWRk& completely insane]].

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*** One of the shows found guilty of this, ChannelFive's Creator/ChannelFive's ''Quiz Call'', at least didn't have questions that were too easy -- it had questions which looked like they ''should'' be easy, but where the accepted answers were [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW0cIRrsWRk& completely insane]].
22nd Oct '17 4:38:00 AM DaibhidC
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* Parodied at the end of one episode of ''Series/OnlyConnect'', where Victoria Coren-Mitchell says the viewer competition question is 'Is it Puff the Magic Dragon' or 'Puff the Magic Hamster'?" ... and the number to call is a six digit number where the digits can be added together to form a prime that is in the Fibonacci sequence.

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* Parodied at the end of one episode of ''Series/OnlyConnect'', where Victoria Coren-Mitchell says the viewer competition question is 'Is "Is it Puff 'Puff the Magic Dragon' or 'Puff the Magic Hamster'?" ... and the number to call is a six digit number where the digits can be added together to form a prime that is in the Fibonacci sequence.
22nd Oct '17 4:36:54 AM DaibhidC
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* Parodied at the end of one episode of ''Series/OnlyConnect'', where Victoria Coren-Mitchell says the viewer competition question is 'Is it Puff the Magic Dragon' or 'Puff the Magic Hamster'?" ... and the number to call is a six digit number where the digits can be added together to form a prime that is in the Fibonacci sequence.
-->'''Victoria''': Please don't. There's no prize. I haven't even bothered to work out if such a number exists. But I'm sure by next week [[ViewersAreGeniuses one of you will have let us know]].
25th Jun '17 9:10:50 AM nombretomado
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* NGamer once ran a contest with the following (paraphrased) question: "Who is the the star of TheFastAndTheFurious? A) Vin Diesel B) Jim Petrol C) Kim Oil. Send your answers to itsvindieselyouidiots@ngamer.co.uk."

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* NGamer once ran a contest with the following (paraphrased) question: "Who is the the star of TheFastAndTheFurious? ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious''? A) Vin Diesel B) Jim Petrol C) Kim Oil. Send your answers to itsvindieselyouidiots@ngamer.co.uk."
18th Jun '17 2:08:22 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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-->''"Call in at £60 a minute and answer this question to win a fridge magnet! What is the capital of Britain - is it A, London, or B, 1948?" "[[TooDumbToLive Errrrm...I'm gonna phone in twice, make sure I get it!]]"''

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-->''"Call in at £60 £60 a minute and answer this question to win a fridge magnet! What is the capital of Britain - is it A, London, or B, 1948?" "[[TooDumbToLive Errrrm...I'm gonna phone in twice, make sure I get it!]]"''
28th May '17 1:45:15 PM nombretomado
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"Hey hey, reader! Welcome to the TVTropes Ultimate Competition line! Answer the following question to win an {{egregious}} prize: a five-week holiday on beautiful [[SugarBowl Sugar Bowl Beach]]!

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"Hey hey, reader! Welcome to the TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes Ultimate Competition line! Answer the following question to win an {{egregious}} prize: a five-week holiday on beautiful [[SugarBowl Sugar Bowl Beach]]!
28th Jan '17 6:46:38 PM bwburke94
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** Questions like "How many moons does the Earth have?" Go, on, you know that! It's obvious! What kind of moron doesn't kno- did you say "one"? Oh ''dear''... [[spoiler:[[ScienceMarchesOn or not]]: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3753_Cruithne 3753 Cruithne]] is a quasi-satellite]] (which still means "one" is the right answer).

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** Questions like "How many moons does the Earth have?" Go, on, you know that! It's obvious! What kind of moron doesn't kno- did you say "one"? Oh ''dear''... [[spoiler:[[ScienceMarchesOn or not]]: [[note]][[ScienceMarchesOn At the time]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3753_Cruithne 3753 Cruithne]] is was classified as a quasi-satellite]] (which still means "one" is the right answer).moon; it's now been reclassified as a semi-satellite.[[/note]]



* Subverted by the Japanese quiz show ''Time Shock'', which is fond of occasionally throwing in questions like "What question number is this?" and "Including this question, how many questions are left in this round?" To the audience, these may seem like pathetically easy questions, because they can just look at the scoreboard. However, the contestants can't - the show makes a point of seating them in such a fashion that they cannot see ''any'' information on the state of the round during their turn, not even the clock or their score. (In fact, more recent revivals seat contestants ''inside'' the scoreboard facing out.) Thus the only reliable way to get these questions right is to count the questions as you answer them.

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* Subverted by the Japanese quiz show ''Time Shock'', which is fond of occasionally throwing in questions like "What question number is this?" and "Including this question, how many questions are left in this round?" To the audience, these may seem like pathetically easy questions, because they can just look at the scoreboard. However, the contestants can't - the show makes a point of seating them the contestants in such a fashion that they cannot see ''any'' information on the state of the round during their turn, not even the clock or their score. (In fact, more recent revivals seat contestants ''inside'' the scoreboard facing out.) Thus the only reliable way to get these questions right is to count the questions as you answer them.



* At least one barroom trivia game had a multiple choice question asking "''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' was the hit sequel to what 1984 sci-fi film?" The game did not seem to be kidding, either. The correct answer? [[spoiler:Come on, don't be an idiot.]]

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* At least one barroom trivia game had a multiple choice question asking "''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' was the hit sequel to what 1984 sci-fi film?" The game did not seem to be kidding, either. The correct answer? [[spoiler:Come on, don't be an idiot.]]



[-"Isn't it obvious? It's 'custard'."-]

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[-"Isn't [-[[TheStinger Isn't it obvious? It's 'custard'."-]"custard".]]-]
28th Dec '16 11:15:48 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* At least one barroom trivia game had a multiple choice question asking "What was the hit 1992 sequel to the sci-fi film ''Film/TheTerminator?''" The game did not seem to be kidding, either. The correct answer? [[spoiler:Come on, don't be an idiot.]]

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* At least one barroom trivia game had a multiple choice question asking "What "''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' was the hit 1992 sequel to the what 1984 sci-fi film ''Film/TheTerminator?''" film?" The game did not seem to be kidding, either. The correct answer? [[spoiler:Come on, don't be an idiot.]]
12th Dec '16 8:58:50 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* [[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)..."

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* [[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, Series/TheTwoRonnies, B)..."
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".
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