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* CriticalResearchFailure: "Montreal is the capital of which province in Canada?" According to the show, the answer was "Quebec". Actually, the answer is "none", as the capital of Quebec is "Quebec City".
* CultClassic: Despite its short life in America, the show has a noticeable cult following.
* ReplacementScrappy: Syndicated version host George Gray, who had to follow MeanBrit Anne Robinson, whose previous game was the abysmal ''[[TheGongShow Extreme Gong]]'', and whose only notable work since has been announcer on ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''. Then there are some who think the man's style appears to have helped him [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap redeem himself.]] However, because it was a daytime syndicated version, the scope of the top prize was cut down to a ''tenth'' of what it used to be and the show was slashed in half to a 30-minute run where the rounds were even shorter, there was less suspense, and the prizes awarded were a lot less substantial, leading to a lot of lukewarm episodes.
* WhatAnIdiot: In the 2010 "Sporting Heroes" edition, the collected group of sporting heroes managed to get a chain of ''seventeen'' correct answers, and yet nobody thought to bank the huge amount of money they had earned (even though they weren't earning anything extra after the tenth correct answer). Eventually, they lost it all when Alex "Hurricane" Higgins confidently answered "What day comes after Tuesday" with "Sunday!"
** "What letter is the name for a female sheep?" "Baa?" "...EWE."
** One contestant confused the motto of Boy Scouts with Alcoholics Anonymous. (Although considering the existence of a few really [[PaedoHunt unscrupulous Scoutmasters]], some former, shall we say, traumatized Boy Scouts, may have ended up ''[[DrowningMySorrows in]]'' Alcoholics Anonymous. Or former Boy Scouts may have had a good Scouting experience, then been dealt a bad hand in adulthood and taken up the bottle. Yet the Boy Scouts themselves are still a highly virtuous, goal-driven organization, mind you.)
** In the puppet version, Zippy and George (Technically just Zippy as he was the only one talking) knew the answer to the question ("Pearl Harbor") but just [[EpicFail messed up anyways]].
** BookerT in the Wrestling/{{WWE}} episode, who did so badly that being an idiot became his gimmick in WWE for a while afterwards. Also Kurt Angle, who did statistically better, but took too long to answer some of the questions, including one point where he spends over ''half a minute'' saying "uhhh" before giving up, ultimately costing the team a lot of potential money. Big Show also managed to not come up with an answer for "What television show theme has the phrase [[MisterEd "A horse is a horse, of course, of course"]].
** In one of the West End specials, on the first round, the actress playing Meat was asked this question: "What word is a common abbreviation for the name Michael and the term microphone?" She passes. When Anne tells her "mike", the audience, understandably, laughs.
* TheWoobie: It's not hard to feel bad for K9 in the Series/DoctorWho special. He, like everyone else, answers his question correctly, and doesn't really do anything to warrant being voted out. However, come voting time, ''everyone'' votes him out. He even says his own name sadly when it gets to him. [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Unfortunately, the other actors were instructed to vote him out first to ensure that he was removed from the game before he broke down.]] This is because K9, no matter what prop iteration, seems to malfunction at the drop of a hat. And this has been going on ''since the Seventies''. The prop operators and veteran actors knew from experience to make his appearance short but sweet.
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