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 32.000 Euro question:
Oh no, the 32.000 Euro question was a sports question! The second safe haven suddenly seemed far away, perhaps out of reach! Although I enjoy exercising myself, I have not paid much attention to professional sports. Unfortunately, this question was not about the Raiders or the Lakers.
At first sight, all four answers seemed perfectly acceptable. I thought to vaguely remember that D is particularly strong in that sport, and also has many good teams playing in the national competition. But I also thought to vaguely remember that they had become world champion the time before, as at that time the final had been particularly violent. Not that I had watched this final, but it just was all over the media and there was no way of not hearing about it. Aha, and then I suddenly remembered that C had also been involved in these ruthless acts of kung fu violence. Hence C and D had been the finalists the time before, and this should have eliminated them, unless of course one of them managed to make it to the final again next time. Darn. Darn. Darn.
I read the question once again, and decided to go with A or B. I cautiously said: "Perhaps it is answer A", and saw a lickety-split happy flash in Prem's eyes. Prem wanted me to lose. So A had to be wrong. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! I went for answer B. (After the show and only much later I found out, that A in fact had been B's opponent in the deciding match of that world championship.)
But the only thing that really mattered was that I had picked the right answer! Prem swallowed hard, and his eyes popped out a little bit. "Answer B is corrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrect, my frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriend!" This was good enough to get me to the 64.000 Euro question.
What was the 32.000 Euro question?
What were the four possible answers A, B, C, D?