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 2.000 Euro question:

After the commercial break, Prem Kumar started a little friendly chat about my job. I said that I enjoyed software design because sometimes it was a lot like solving puzzles. He made some crack about me having to solve quite a bit of them now, and then the lights went down again and the next question came up. Prem pulled off a big show with this question, and he obviously enjoyed repeating the word "2000" over and over again, since it also showed up as part of the question text. The question seemed to be much too hard for a 2.000 Euro question. I guess that the question makers and show producers just had chosen it at this level so that Prem could play around with the words.

Now about the answers, I didn't think it was a romantic comedy, so that left option A out. I was also pretty sure D was "just" an award winning epic and certainly not on top. Once again, however, I had to reach back into the depths of my memory to decide between the two remaining choices. Prem made some comment that almost interrupted my concentration; I just replied "Yeah, I could do that", but without committing myself to anything.

I could see an old newspaper article coming into focus in my mind and suddenly remembered that C had domestically beaten B, though not by much. Thinking that the 50/50 option that Prem had mentioned would probably only leave me with answers B and C anyway, I decided to trust my memory instead. Turns out, I had a good one. At least this time. Later I found out that answer B indeed had been the runner-up, while A and D had been farther down the list.

What was the 2.000 Euro question?
What were the four possible answers A, B, C, D?

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    $\begingroup$ Is there a way to create better titles for these puzzles? $\endgroup$
    – user20
    Apr 14, 2015 at 8:37
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    $\begingroup$ It's pretty weird to see that people down-vote this kind of questions. In my opinion, this is a pretty good series of puzzles, with increasing difficulty, which aren't too easy to solve if you don't have a bunch of time to spend. I like it, keep up the good work! PS: as Emrakul suggested, the title could be improved! $\endgroup$
    – leoll2
    Apr 14, 2015 at 11:06

2 Answers 2



What film grossed most in 2000?


A: What Women Want
B: Cast away
C: How the Grinch stole christmas
D: Gladiator


A is a romantic comedy, D won the Oscar prize in 2001, C and B are the 1st and 2nd 2001 worldwide grosses, and C beat B domestically.

  • $\begingroup$ A question about American films on an Italian game show? Seems pretty unconventional. $\endgroup$ Apr 14, 2015 at 12:30
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    $\begingroup$ What make you think it is an Italian game show? $\endgroup$
    – Mohit Jain
    Apr 14, 2015 at 13:41

Not sure of the answer yet, but I will post my ideas for others.

I'm thinking of a movies in year 2000 that were somehow significant


List of RomComs is:

Down to You
Return to Me
Keeping the Faith
Boys and Girls
Woman on Top
What Women Want


For B & C I need to find similar movies but C was more successful in India domestically for the studio


For B & C I need to find similar movies but C was more successful in India domestically for the studio


Award winning epic for year 2000 is Gladiator and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

but if it wasn't on top, I would scratch Gladiator, because that tops many leaderboards.

My concept of questions is:

Highest grossing film perhaps with some unknown condition.

My inspiration:

Wiki - 2000 in Film
Highest grossing films of 2000


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