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 64.000 Euro question:
I almost quit when I saw the 64.000 Euro question - I can never tell the four of them apart. But of course,I had already reached second safe haven, I had nothing to lose, and I was already taking home a five-figure amount of money. So I tried to sort them out. At first I thought the answer had to be D, because he was nowhere to be seen during that whole cucumber thing. But then I realized that naturally the twins would be together, so that eliminated answer C as well.
I sat there for a good fifteen minutes pondering the answer, trying to ignore the steam coming out of Prem's ears. Maddeningly, the part about the brother and the mother (from forty-plus years ago) kept running through my head, but it didn't help me until I remembered that it was B who had been out in front that time. I got so excited that I screamed out "THE ANSWER IS A", nearly giving Prem another heart attack in the process.
But I didn't care, because I had just won - and I don't have to tell you how much. I must say Prem acted every bit as overjoyed as I was - but I could have sworn he gave me the "fast finger" when nobody could see.
What was the 64.000 Euro question?
What were the four possible answers A, B, C, D?