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8th Jan '18 8:03:52 PM VmKid
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* Some questions in ''VideoGame/{{HQ}}'' can become this, especially when they happen in the first couple of questions. When they eliminate a large portion of the audience, Scott calls them "Savage Questions", complete with an associated graphic.
10th Dec '17 2:07:57 PM nombretomado
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** The three-answer questions can fall into this, by having one answer that's fairly easy to dismiss, and two which are so close together it has to be a guess. One question asked the contestants which of three famous Peters ([[DragonsDen Peter Jones]], Peter Andre, and Creator/PeterKay) was the shortest. [[note]](Peter Jones is about a foot taller than the others. The correct answer was Peter Kay, by ''one inch''.)[[/note]]

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** The three-answer questions can fall into this, by having one answer that's fairly easy to dismiss, and two which are so close together it has to be a guess. One question asked the contestants which of three famous Peters ([[DragonsDen ([[Series/DragonsDen Peter Jones]], Peter Andre, and Creator/PeterKay) was the shortest. [[note]](Peter Jones is about a foot taller than the others. The correct answer was Peter Kay, by ''one inch''.)[[/note]]
5th Nov '17 8:04:04 PM AnotherDuck
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* Done deliberately in the late 1950s thanks to ExecutiveMeddling, and hence part of the reason for the quiz show scandals -- if contestants weren't given answers in advance or told to take a dive, but the execs wanted them gone anyway for whatever reason (''especially'' if the contestant said ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules), the show would feed answers to their opponent(s) and/or go this route.
** On ''Series/The64000Question'', these kinds of questions were used in an attempt to force losses from contestants Charles Revson (head of show sponsor Revlon) didn't like, going so far as to swap out the questions that had been secured in a bank vault prior to the show. Dr. Joyce Brothers was one such target, but she managed to win the $64,000 legitimately by studying every book about boxing she could find.

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* Done deliberately in the late 1950s thanks to ExecutiveMeddling, and hence part of the reason for the quiz show scandals -- if contestants weren't given answers in advance or told to take a dive, but the execs wanted them gone anyway for whatever reason (''especially'' if the contestant said ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules), the show would feed answers to their opponent(s) and/or go this route.
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On ''Series/The64000Question'', these kinds of questions were used in an attempt to force losses from contestants Charles Revson (head of show sponsor Revlon) didn't like, going so far as to swap out the questions that had been secured in a bank vault prior to the show. Dr. Joyce Brothers was one such target, but she managed to win the $64,000 legitimately by studying every book about boxing she could find.



** In a Series 3 episode, Helen Atkinson-Wood correctly answers a question "so impossible that Stephen Fry shall award a gigantic 200 points if anyone gets the answer right." After she answers, the other contestants, rightly astonished, ask "How the hell did you know that?" For the curious, the question was "What does this chemical equation: "C[[subscript:6]]H[[subscript:12]]O[[subscript:6]] + 6O[[subscript:2]] --> 6CO[[subscript:2]] + 6H[[subscript:2]]O", represent?" Her answer: "An explosion in a custard powder factory."
*** The equation is for the combustion of glucose (a key element of said powder). According to those behind the show, "an explosion in a custard factory" is the standard TextbookHumor example used when the combustion of glucose is taught at school (it's also a common example of the effects of static electricity), hence how she knew it.

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** In a Series 3 episode, Helen Atkinson-Wood correctly answers a question "so impossible that Stephen Fry shall award a gigantic 200 points if anyone gets the answer right." After she answers, the other contestants, rightly astonished, ask "How the hell did you know that?" For the curious, the question was "What does this chemical equation: "C[[subscript:6]]H[[subscript:12]]O[[subscript:6]] + 6O[[subscript:2]] --> 6CO[[subscript:2]] + 6H[[subscript:2]]O", represent?" Her answer: "An explosion in a custard powder factory."
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" The equation is for the combustion of glucose (a key element of said powder). According to those behind the show, "an explosion in a custard factory" is the standard TextbookHumor example used when the combustion of glucose is taught at school (it's also a common example of the effects of static electricity), hence how she knew it.
8th Oct '17 3:25:06 PM nombretomado
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** Daffy is the host of a radio game show parody of ''TruthOrConsequences'' and Porky is the hapless contestant. Daffy throws several of these at Porky throughout the cartoon, including asking for the maiden name of Cleopatra's aunt, or asking him to name an opera based on hearing ''a single note''.

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** Daffy is the host of a radio game show parody of ''TruthOrConsequences'' ''Series/TruthOrConsequences'' and Porky is the hapless contestant. Daffy throws several of these at Porky throughout the cartoon, including asking for the maiden name of Cleopatra's aunt, or asking him to name an opera based on hearing ''a single note''.
28th Sep '17 9:52:39 PM Daeolus
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* This is the MO of the PhoneInGameShows that went through a brief amount of popularity amongst the television money-men from 2005-10, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZu9Sdj_OjA this]] clip shows -- the host isn't even able to ''pronounce'' the big answer.

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* This is the MO of the PhoneInGameShows that went through a brief amount of popularity amongst the television money-men from 2005-10, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZu9Sdj_OjA [[https://youtu.be/qKFYJXRgcLs?t=6m50s this]] clip shows -- the host isn't even able to ''pronounce'' the big answer.
23rd Jun '17 1:29:29 PM jayharrison
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* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse:
** In the ''DonaldDuck'' story "The Crazy Quiz Show" by Creator/CarlBarks, Donald and his nephews participate in a television quiz, hoping to win a (literal) barrel of money. The nephews each successfully answer their question, but to Donald's dismay they pick a new bicycle instead of the cash. When it's finally his turn, the quizmaster decides that since Donald has been such a JerkAss throughout the show, he gets the most difficult question ever: how many drops per hour fall from the Niagara falls? [[spoiler:He knows the answer! But the stress of reciting it causes him to go mad and ''also'' pick the bicycle as his prize.]]

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** In the ''DonaldDuck'' ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' story "The Crazy Quiz Show" by Creator/CarlBarks, Donald and his nephews participate in a television quiz, hoping to win a (literal) barrel of money. The nephews each successfully answer their question, but to Donald's dismay they pick a new bicycle instead of the cash. When it's finally his turn, the quizmaster decides that since Donald has been such a JerkAss throughout the show, he gets the most difficult question ever: how How many drops per hour fall from the Niagara falls? [[spoiler:He knows the answer! But the stress of reciting it causes him to go mad and ''also'' pick the bicycle as his prize.]]



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** Parodied. John Cleese's game show host asks a housewife (played by Terry Jones) a very obscure question about philosophy ("Which great opponent of Cartesian Dualism resists the reduction of psychological phenomena to a physical state and insists there is no point of contact between the the extended and the unextended?") . When she protests she has no idea, Cleese nudges her to take a guess, which she does, correctly guessing Henri Bergson (despite never having heard of him). She has more difficulty with the second question, What do penguins eat?
** Another Python sketch had a British television host a game show with the leading figures of Communism: Creator/KarlMarx, UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin, UsefulNotes/CheGuevara, and UsefulNotes/MaoZedong. Marx, Che, and Lenin are shot down with obscure English Premier Football questions and to name the Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr song which won at the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest. ("Sing Little Birdie."), to which Mao unexpectedly knows the answer. In the ''Film/MontyPythonLiveAtTheHollywoodBowl'' version this last question is changed to naming "Great Balls Of Fire" by Music/JerryLeeLewis.
*** In a case of TimeMarchesOn one of the questions was "In what year did Coventry City win the FA Cup?". At the time it was correctly identified as a trick question "Coventry City have never won the FA Cup". That changed in 1987.

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** Parodied. John Cleese's game show host asks a housewife (played by Terry Jones) a very obscure question about philosophy ("Which philosophy: "Which great opponent of Cartesian Dualism resists the reduction of psychological phenomena to a physical state and insists there is no point of contact between the the extended and the unextended?") . unextended?" When she protests she has no idea, Cleese nudges her to take a guess, which she does, correctly guessing Henri Bergson (despite never having heard of him). She has more difficulty with the second question, What "What do penguins eat?
eat?"
** Another Python sketch had a British television host a game show with the leading figures of Communism: Creator/KarlMarx, UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin, UsefulNotes/CheGuevara, and UsefulNotes/MaoZedong. Marx, Che, and Lenin are shot down with obscure English Premier Football questions and to name the Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr song which won at the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest. Contest ("Sing Little Birdie."), Birdie"), to which Mao unexpectedly knows the answer. In the ''Film/MontyPythonLiveAtTheHollywoodBowl'' version this last question is changed to naming "Great Balls Of Fire" by Music/JerryLeeLewis.
*** In a case of TimeMarchesOn one of the questions was "In what year did Coventry City win the FA Cup?". Cup?" At the time it was correctly identified as a trick question question; "Coventry City have never won the FA Cup". Cup." That changed in 1987.



* ''Series/LateNight'''s "Wheel of Game Shows" combined this with a MoonLogicPuzzle: the game "Find the Red Tissue" had the red tissue be on the ''bottom'' of the box instead of inside it, and then on a rebus puzzle, the contestant's seemingly correct guess "[[DoubleEntendre Tickle my balls]]" was rejected in favor of "Play my sports"

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* ''Series/LateNight'''s ''Series/LateNight''[='=]s "Wheel of Game Shows" combined this with a MoonLogicPuzzle: the game "Find the Red Tissue" had the red tissue be on the ''bottom'' of the box instead of inside it, and then on a rebus puzzle, the contestant's seemingly correct guess "[[DoubleEntendre Tickle my balls]]" was rejected in favor of "Play my sports"



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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxSaveTheWorld: Situation: Comedy'', where you have to win "Who's Never Going to Be a Millionaire?". The questions are just as ridiculously arcane as you'd expect with a title like that. [[spoiler:To win, you have to switch the question cards with questions (actually song lyrics) that are insanely simple.]]

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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxSaveTheWorld: Situation: Comedy'', where you have to win "Who's Never Going to Be a Millionaire?". Millionaire?" The questions are just as ridiculously arcane as you'd expect with a title like that. [[spoiler:To win, you have to switch the question cards with questions (actually song lyrics) that are insanely simple.]]



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* In the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''WesternAnimation/TheDucksters'', Daffy is the host of a radio game show (a parody of ''TruthOrConsequences''), and Porky is the hapless contestant. Daffy throws quite a few of these at Porky throughout the cartoon, including asking for the maiden name of Cleopatra's aunt, or asking him to name an opera from a ''single note'' ("C-C-Cavalleriana Rusticana?" "Audience?" "''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}!''"). Porky gets even after winning the $26,000,000.03 (...yep) cash prize and buying the radio station with it, giving Daffy the same treatment Porky got after the question "At what latitude and longitude did the wreck of the Hesperus occur?"
* The first episode of ''GarfieldAndFriends'' had a segment where Garfield goes on a gameshow hosted by Binky The Clown to win a birthday gift for Jon. One of the increasingly ridiculous challenges is "Name That Fish", with Garfield given a selection of fish species to choose from. The fish's name? "Walter", an option that ''wasnt even on the board!'' The bizarre nature of the show is eventually justified when it turns it was AllJustADream.
** The challenge before that is even worse, Garfield has to answer the question "What did Christopher Columbus have for breakfast the day he discovered America?" The answer? "He didnt have breakfast that day". The question also has a ridiculously low time limit, something like three seconds tops.
--> '''Garfield''': Just as well, seeing as how I cant talk.

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* In the The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''WesternAnimation/TheDucksters'', ''WesternAnimation/TheDucksters'':
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Daffy is the host of a radio game show (a parody of ''TruthOrConsequences''), ''TruthOrConsequences'' and Porky is the hapless contestant. Daffy throws quite a few several of these at Porky throughout the cartoon, including asking for the maiden name of Cleopatra's aunt, or asking him to name an opera from a ''single note'' ("C-C-Cavalleriana Rusticana?" "Audience?" "''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}!''"). Porky gets even after based on hearing ''a single note''.
--> '''Porky:''' ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalleria_rusticana C-C-Cavalleria Rusticana]]''?\\
'''Daffy:''' Audience?\\
'''Audience:''' ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}!''.
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winning the a cash jackpot of exactly $26,000,000.03 (...yep) cash prize and yep), Porky gets even by buying the radio station with it, giving it. Daffy begins receiving the same sadistic treatment Porky got immediately after the question being asked by Porky, "At what latitude and longitude did the wreck of the Hesperus ''Hesperus'' occur?"
* The first episode of ''GarfieldAndFriends'' had a segment where Garfield goes on a gameshow hosted by Binky The the Clown to win a birthday gift for Jon. One of the increasingly ridiculous challenges is "Name That Fish", with Garfield given a selection of fish species to choose from. The fish's name? "Walter", an option that ''wasnt ''wasn't even on the board!'' The bizarre nature of the show is eventually justified when it turns it was AllJustADream.
** The challenge before that is even worse, Garfield has to answer the question "What did Christopher Columbus have for breakfast the day he discovered America?" The answer? "He didnt have breakfast that day". day." The question also has a ridiculously low time limit, something like three seconds tops.
--> '''Garfield''': '''Garfield:''' Just as well, seeing as how I cant can't talk.



* Both ''Series/{{Debt}}'' and ''Idiot Savants'' made use of categories based on a contestant's selected field of pop culture expertise. During each game's bonus round, questions would come from these categories, but would be extremely obscure to anyone but absolute experts. For example, one ''Debt'' question about ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' asked who gave the voices for the adult Pebbles[[note]]([[Series/AllInTheFamily Sally Strutters]])[[/note]]; an ''Idiot Savants'' question about the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' series involved the ''exact time'' Marty woke up when he returned to 1985.

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* Both ''Series/{{Debt}}'' and ''Idiot Savants'' made use of categories based on a contestant's selected field of pop culture expertise. During each game's bonus round, questions would come from these categories, but would be extremely obscure to anyone but absolute experts. For example, one ''Debt'' question about ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' asked who gave the voices for the adult Pebbles[[note]]([[Series/AllInTheFamily Sally Strutters]])[[/note]]; Sally]] [[WesternAnimation/TaleSpin Struthers]])[[/note]]; an ''Idiot Savants'' question about the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' series involved the ''exact time'' Marty woke up when he returned to 1985.
30th May '17 7:06:31 PM nombretomado
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* A sketch in ''APrairieHomeCompanion'' had special guest Fred Willard host a "Wheel of Willard" game, functioning as WheelOfFortune where the puzzles were quotes of his. The categories were "Lines from my movies", "Things I've said to myself while by myself in a soundproof room", and "Things I have said at some point in my entire life". One of the contestants, self-proclaimed as Fred's biggest fan, gets all of them correct. The final one was guessed without any clues, and was a fifty-plus word ramble about getting bananas from the grocery store.

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* A sketch in ''APrairieHomeCompanion'' had special guest Fred Willard host a "Wheel of Willard" game, functioning as WheelOfFortune ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' where the puzzles were quotes of his. The categories were "Lines from my movies", "Things I've said to myself while by myself in a soundproof room", and "Things I have said at some point in my entire life". One of the contestants, self-proclaimed as Fred's biggest fan, gets all of them correct. The final one was guessed without any clues, and was a fifty-plus word ramble about getting bananas from the grocery store.
25th May '17 1:57:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played for laughs in the "Bridge of Death" segment of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. The page quote has part of this exchange. Ultimately, the trope gets inverted when Arthur's third question requires him to know [[CallBack the airspeed of an unladen swallow]]. He doesn't know, since it wasn't covered in the SeinfeldianConversation about swallows earlier in the movie, so he asks whether the question is about African or European swallows. Since the bridgekeeper doesn't know the difference, ''he'' gets tossed off the bridge.

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** Played for laughs in the "Bridge of Death" segment of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
*** The page quote has part of this exchange. Ultimately, the trope gets inverted when Arthur's third question requires him to know [[CallBack the airspeed of an unladen swallow]]. He doesn't know, since it wasn't covered in the SeinfeldianConversation about swallows earlier in the movie, so he asks whether the question is about African or European swallows. Since the bridgekeeper doesn't know the difference, ''he'' gets tossed off the bridge.
25th May '17 1:55:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' where John Cleese's game show host asks a housewife (played by Terry Jones) a very obscure question about philosophy ("Which great opponent of Cartesian Dualism resists the reduction of psychological phenomena to a physical state and insists there is no point of contact between the the extended and the unextended?") . When she protests she has no idea, Cleese nudges her to take a guess, which she does, correctly guessing Henri Bergson (despite never having heard of him). She has more difficulty with the second question, What do penguins eat?

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* Parodied in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' where ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** Parodied.
John Cleese's game show host asks a housewife (played by Terry Jones) a very obscure question about philosophy ("Which great opponent of Cartesian Dualism resists the reduction of psychological phenomena to a physical state and insists there is no point of contact between the the extended and the unextended?") . When she protests she has no idea, Cleese nudges her to take a guess, which she does, correctly guessing Henri Bergson (despite never having heard of him). She has more difficulty with the second question, What do penguins eat?
25th May '17 1:53:41 AM Morgenthaler
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