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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 8.000 Euro question:

We moved on to the 8.000 Euro question. Before reading it to me, Prem Kumar made some tasteless joke about the monotone voice that I had been using when answering his questions so far. I was annoyed, but decided to stay calm and to ignore it.

I had never been to the place mentioned in the question; however, each of the phrases in the four possibilities was familiar to me. I decided to try and match each possibility to its correct place and hopefully the one left over would be the answer.

D's associated metropolis did not come to my mind right away. With C, I figured the association based on the stadium's name; this could not be the right answer. Answer B also was very obvious, as that movie and its associated (and somewhat annoying) song had come out a few years ago. Answer A didn't ring a bell right away, so I focused closer on A and D.

D's phrase brought Disneyland to mind for some reason. My mental connection was that if you are happy, then you're probably friendly as well. I knew that wasn't it, though, but maybe it was some place nearby. I turned to answer A and kept repeating the phrase in my mind over and over again. Suddenly a faint bell did start ringing, and brought me to liberty. I said in a loud and clear voice: "My final answer is A."

Prem Kumar looked at me with a very serious face, causing my heart to beat faster. "I am afraid that that is", he said, pausing for a few seconds, "absolutely correct! If you decide to stop now, you are guaranteed to walk away with at least 8.000 Euros!" I breathed a sigh of relief.

What was the 8.000 Euro question?
What were the four possible answers A, B, C, D?

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  • $\begingroup$ something to do with life liberty and the pursuit of happiness with A being philadelphia? $\endgroup$ – sriram Oct 3 '15 at 21:00
  • $\begingroup$ I was thinking city slogans, "City of Brotherly Love", but the "stadiums", and "movie" and "song" have thrown me off track. $\endgroup$ – APrough Oct 5 '15 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ City slogans are the right idea. $\endgroup$ – Haobin Oct 8 '15 at 17:34
  • $\begingroup$ They are US cities. $\endgroup$ – Haobin Oct 13 '15 at 15:49
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The question is:

Which of these is the slogan for the city of Philadelphia?

The correct answer A is:

The City of Brotherly Love

because:

"Suddenly a faint bell did start ringing, and brought me to liberty": The liberty bell is found in Philadelphia.

The other answers were

B:

The City of Angels [Los Angeles. Also the name of 1998 movie starring Nick Cage and Meg Ryan; the song being Angel by Sarah McLachlan (thanks @irishPanda)]

C:

The Mile High City [Denver, home to The Mile High stadium. Thanks to @Fillet for this one - I was nowhere!]

D:

The Magic City [Sounds a bit like a ride at Disney World, but is actually the slogan for Miami, which is in Florida and not too far (in US geography terms) from Disney World in Orlando, Florida.]

Alternative idea for D:

America's friendliest city [which is Delphos. "Delphos" has similar letters to Disney... but is a tiny place in Ohio, so unlikely to be correct]

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  • $\begingroup$ I think C is Denver. The Mile High Stadium is in Denver, the Mile High city. $\endgroup$ – Fillet Oct 14 '15 at 13:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Fillet - many thanks, I think that completes it (providing I got the others all correct) $\endgroup$ – AndyT Oct 14 '15 at 13:08
  • $\begingroup$ D might be "The Friendly City", Bellflower: articles.latimes.com/1997-01-11/local/me-17505_1_city-clerk (Quote: There are hundreds of other U.S. cities that claim to be "The Friendly City." ) $\endgroup$ – Gamow Oct 14 '15 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ B has something to do with angels. $\endgroup$ – Haobin Oct 15 '15 at 16:58
  • $\begingroup$ Well, that does make B obvious, as well as the song (which I now have stuck in my head, you evil, evil person). A and C I agree with the above, which leaves D bugging me. $\endgroup$ – Irishpanda Oct 15 '15 at 19:03

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