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30th Oct '16 11:09:03 AM nombretomado
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* The university in the ''{{GURPS}} IOU'' setting has an "Advanced Cheating" class, in which the final exam is nominally a series of impossibly obscure trivia questions. The ''real'' test is to [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught cheat on the test without getting caught]].

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* The university in the ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} IOU'' setting has an "Advanced Cheating" class, in which the final exam is nominally a series of impossibly obscure trivia questions. The ''real'' test is to [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught cheat on the test without getting caught]].
19th Oct '16 5:13:45 PM nombretomado
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* After a string of correct answers, ''[[DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]'' would throw in a few questions that no child could be expected to know, such as "What does DNA stand for?" [[note]](Deoxyribonucleic acid)[[/note]], to try and force a messy Physical Challenge (one of the main draws of the series) to be played. As could be expected, it didn't always work.

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* After a string of correct answers, ''[[DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]'' ''Series/{{Double Dare|1986}}'' would throw in a few questions that no child could be expected to know, such as "What does DNA stand for?" [[note]](Deoxyribonucleic acid)[[/note]], to try and force a messy Physical Challenge (one of the main draws of the series) to be played. As could be expected, it didn't always work.
9th Oct '16 11:40:18 PM Lirodon
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** On ''The $64,000 Question'', 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.

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** On ''The $64,000 Question'', ''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.legitimately by studying every book about boxing she could find.
9th Oct '16 11:36:42 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. Later episodes featured celebrity and Iranian versions.

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* A The ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode had "Homonym", "The Beginning of The End" featured an unfair game show in which called "Homonym" as a CutawayGag; the 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. Later episodes featured celebrity and Iranian versions.
27th Aug '16 3:34:31 AM morenohijazo
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* ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape'': Deliberately set up by the twins in ''Olimpiadas escolares'', when trying to prevent a rival team from winning a sports quiz show. They disguise as the show's secretary and present an envelope to the host containing the question "What is the name of the mother of the Zaire national team's goalkeeper?" Obviously, the rival team fails to figure it out.
2nd Jul '16 8:48:32 AM Andyroid
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* In the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short "The Ducksters", 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?"

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* In the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short "The Ducksters", ''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?"
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?"
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