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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 his 1.000 Euro question:

The first few answers I had rattled off with almost no pause, but the fifth question (which would lead me to the first safe haven) took me quite a bit of thinking. I had heard of this author before, and I remembered a very negative newspaper article about him and all the "pseudo-religious" trash that he is producing. But I have not read any of his books, and in particular I hadve not read that one, which apparently is his most famous one.

I found the last answer rather unlikely. That guy surely was not Hannibal, or was he? Answer C on the other hand perhaps was a vague possibility. But I knew that the author does not come from Argentina but from a neighboring country, and so this answer rather smelled like a trap. The first traps always pop up around the 1.000 Euro level. Answers A and B were similar in nature and in appearance, one located in the north and one in the south of the continent. All in all I slowly started to build up an ever so slight preference for answers A and B.

At that moment I decided to simply use my "Ask the Audience" lifeline: bestsellers, that's exactly what these guys should know about. The outcome was very reassuring: 55 percent voted for A, 20 for D, 15 for B and only 10 for C. I picked A. Is your decision final? Yes. Is this your final decision? Yes. Correct!

What was the 1.000 Euro question?
What were the four possible answers A, B, C, D?

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  • $\begingroup$ how many question are there with you in this category... :) $\endgroup$ – user2408578 Apr 9 '15 at 8:31
  • $\begingroup$ I guess 15, as in the real TV show. $\endgroup$ – leoll2 Apr 9 '15 at 12:44
  • $\begingroup$ I thought this was about Carlos Castaneda but Peru doesn't border Argentina...dang it.... $\endgroup$ – kaine Apr 9 '15 at 21:08
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Question:

Where does Santiago, the protagonist of Paulo Coelho's bestseller "The Alchemist", decide to travel?

Answers:

A Sahara Desert
B Kalahari Desert
C Andes
D Alps

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I'm not quite there yet, but I think the question relates to

Paul Coelho's book The Alchemist. Paul Coelho is Brazilian which is a neighbour of Argentina.

Something to do with...

...mountain ranges being crossed? D: The Alps (Hannibal crossed the Alps). A: The Atlas Mountains (the protagonist of The Alchemist crossed the Atlas mountains). C: The Andes (which cross Argentina).

The only problem is I don't know which answer was B.

There's nothing named similarly to the Atlas mountains in the South of Africa.

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