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18th May '16 4:02:35 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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18th May '16 4:02:34 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Happens frequently on ''{{QI}}'', which has an explicit policy of asking questions that nobody's likely to know, and awarding points for how ''interesting'' a contestant's answer is, regardless of whether it's ''correct''.

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* Happens frequently on ''{{QI}}'', ''Series/{{QI}}'', which has an explicit policy of asking questions that nobody's likely to know, and awarding points for how ''interesting'' a contestant's answer is, regardless of whether it's ''correct''.
6th May '16 7:20:33 AM aye_amber
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* Played straight with a twist in British quiz ''{{Pointless}}''. Given a category, the aim is to name the most obscure member. But even though giving obscure answers is the point, it's still unexpected when it happens. Also, sometimes it's the fact that a given answer ''is'' obscure that's unexpected; sometimes the 100 people surveyed will simply miss an answer that you'd expect to be obvious.

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* Played straight with a twist in British quiz ''{{Pointless}}''. ''Series/{{Pointless}}.'' Given a category, the aim is to name the most obscure member. But even though giving obscure answers is the point, it's still unexpected when it happens. Also, sometimes it's the fact that a given answer ''is'' obscure that's unexpected; sometimes the 100 people surveyed will simply miss an answer that you'd expect to be obvious.
26th Mar '16 1:54:07 PM LadyJafaria
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* In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Vetinari comes up against this, courtesy of a new crossword compiler. "Who would know that 'psdyxes' are ancient Ephebian needle holders?"
18th Mar '16 4:18:00 PM billybobfred
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}'', Mettaton starts throwing some bizarre and improbable questions at you during his deadly quiz game. You can probably guess "what are robots made of" for yourself; while the game has never mentioned that the answer is [[spoiler:metal and magic]], the other three answers are ''obviously'' wrong. But when he throws [[http://lparchive.org/Undertale/Update%2021/11-1701.png this]] TrainProblem at you, you're probably going to resort to guessing. [[spoiler:Or cheating; the intended solution to this quiz puzzle is to notice that Alphys is showing you the correct answer with her fingers.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}'', ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', Mettaton starts throwing some bizarre and improbable questions at you during his deadly quiz game. You can probably guess "what are robots made of" for yourself; while the game has never mentioned that the answer is [[spoiler:metal and magic]], the other three answers are ''obviously'' wrong. But when he throws [[http://lparchive.org/Undertale/Update%2021/11-1701.png this]] TrainProblem at you, you're probably going to resort to guessing. [[spoiler:Or cheating; the intended solution to this quiz puzzle is to notice that Alphys is showing you the correct answer with her fingers.]]
12th Mar '16 12:35:59 AM billybobfred
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}'', Mettaton starts throwing some bizarre and improbable questions at you during his deadly quiz game. You can probably guess "what are robots made of" for yourself; while the game has never mentioned that the answer is [[spoiler:metal and magic]], the other three answers are ''obviously'' wrong. But when he throws [[http://lparchive.org/Undertale/Update%2021/11-1701.png this]] TrainProblem at you, you're probably going to resort to guessing. [[spoiler:Or cheating; the intended solution to this quiz puzzle is to notice that Alphys is showing you the correct answer with her fingers.]]
21st Feb '16 2:56:04 PM DarkHunter
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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 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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*** 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.
23rd Jan '16 2:47:47 AM jayharrison
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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; 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; 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.
1st Dec '15 8:22:17 PM Lirodon
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* A ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode had "Homonym", an unfair game show in which a contestant has to give the correct definition for a word that has homophones, [[LuckBasedMission but always ends up incorrectly giving the answer for "the other one"]]. The CreditsGag of the relevant episode features a contestant somehow getting a second chance on "Sent" wrong because of "the third one", and then is told that the correct answer for "Au pair" was "Oh, pear!", an exclamation about a fruit.

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* A ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode had "Homonym", an unfair game show in which a contestant has to give the correct definition for a word that has homophones, [[LuckBasedMission but always ends up incorrectly giving the answer for "the other one"]]. The CreditsGag of the relevant episode features a contestant somehow getting a second chance on "Sent" wrong because of "the third one", and then is told that the correct answer for "Au pair" was "Oh, pear!", an exclamation about a fruit.
fruit. Later episodes featured celebrity and Iranian versions.
12th Nov '15 5:21:34 PM Odacon_Spy
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