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My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it extensively.

Here is what Jamal told us about the 125.000 Euro question:

Unfortunately the next question brought back sad memories of my high school years. Prem Kumar gave us a big smile, and it was absolutely clear that he had no idea what the question was about.

B was the only answer that was not on, but I was pretty sure that it was one. And Superman's was one also, and that eliminated C. That left me with A and D. I didn't know one from the other. Both had five letters, both started with a consonant, and both starting consonants were pretty common consonants. Cleverly I then decided to use my 50/50 lifeline. I hoped that A or D would be eliminated. Prem asked the computer to take away two wrong answers, and answers C and D disappeared. So I chose A. I was excited to find out that I was correct!

What was the 125.000 Euro question?
What were the four possible answers A, B, C, D?

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From your description, I think the question and answers are:

Which one of these is NOT a noble gas? A. Boron, B. Helium, C. Krypton, D. Radon

B was the only answer that was not on, but I was pretty sure that it was one.

This refers to the common 'on' ending to noble gas names, helium is an exception.

And Superman's was one also, and that eliminated C.

Superman's home planet is Krypton

I think the rest doesn't require a description.

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Nice answer, this has to be it! – Deusovi Jan 25 at 23:35
    
I was also thinking this, but couldn't quite put it all together. Looks good! – Duncan Jan 26 at 21:43

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