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Old 12-07-2017, 05:56 PM
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Trivia questions which, amazingly, have two answers

I was watching a game show recently (_The Chase_, which I recommend quite highly, currently available on Netflix), and the question asked was:

"What movie actor immediately preceded Jerry Brown as governor of California?"

The contestant answered with "Ronald Reagan". This was counted as incorrect, with the correct answer being "Arnold Schwarzenegger". However, at the end of the round, ad judgment was made that Ronald Reagan was ALSO correct, and the contestant was awarded the point.


Which, when you think about it, is pretty remarkable.

"What movie actor immediately preceded Jerry Brown as governor of California?" is not a question that even HINTS at the possibility that it has two correct answers. For it to have two correct answers, then (a) Jerry Brown had to have been elected governor of California twice, nonconsecutively. Which is certainly not unknown, but is certainly unusual. And then (b) each of those times had to be immediately following a movie actor. Which is even less likely. In fact, Arnie and Reagan are between them probably at least half of the movie actors ever elected governor of ANY state.

So the fact that there are two valid answers that question is quite an amazing coincidence. And, for the purposes of this thread, one that you would not even get a hint was possible just from the question itself.


Anyone else have an example of a question of this sort?
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:10 PM
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:18 PM
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Once on Jeopardy, I heard them say "this president was the only one who was preceded and succeeded by the same man". The answer given was Benjamin Harrison who was elected between Cleveland's two terms. But if you think about it, Cleveland was succeeded and preceded by Harrison, too.
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:22 PM
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:23 PM
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“This Harvard graduate from the most powerful family in Massachusetts became President shortly after his predecessor, America’s top general, gave a famed speech warning America against foolish military policies.”
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:25 PM
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“Like his father, he was elected US President; unlike his father, he did not win the majority of the popular vote.”

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Old 12-07-2017, 06:45 PM
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:07 PM
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Jerusalem is the capital of ______________?

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Old 12-07-2017, 07:23 PM
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Jerusalem is the capital of ______________?

Nicosia is the capital of this nation.

Hyderabad is the capital of this Indian state.

Umm... this state has Dakota in the name? Carolina? No?
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:29 PM
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I was watching a game show recently (_The Chase_, which I recommend quite highly, currently available on Netflix), and the question asked was:

"What movie actor immediately preceded Jerry Brown as governor of California?"

The contestant answered with "Ronald Reagan". This was counted as incorrect, with the correct answer being "Arnold Schwarzenegger". However, at the end of the round, ad judgment was made that Ronald Reagan was ALSO correct, and the contestant was awarded the point.


Which, when you think about it, is pretty remarkable.

"What movie actor immediately preceded Jerry Brown as governor of California?" is not a question that even HINTS at the possibility that it has two correct answers. For it to have two correct answers, then (a) Jerry Brown had to have been elected governor of California twice, nonconsecutively. Which is certainly not unknown, but is certainly unusual. And then (b) each of those times had to be immediately following a movie actor. Which is even less likely. In fact, Arnie and Reagan are between them probably at least half of the movie actors ever elected governor of ANY state.

So the fact that there are two valid answers that question is quite an amazing coincidence. And, for the purposes of this thread, one that you would not even get a hint was possible just from the question itself.


Anyone else have an example of a question of this sort?
We call that: Only in California.

What was FDR's wife's married and maiden names? That's a trivia question that has only one answer, but usually has two!!
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:30 PM
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What actor from the cast of All in the Family was nominated for an Academy Award, but not for acting?
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:34 PM
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This one actually happened to me. It was on the Usenet trivia newsgroup.

What was the first Nasdaq-traded stock included in the Dow-Jones Industrial Average?

Well I happened to know that the first two were added on the same day, so I chose one of them (Intel). Everyone else gave the other answer (Microsoft) and that was the official answer too. I had to protest, which was upheld. I probably should have pointed it out when I answered.
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:34 PM
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What actor who starred in the 1987 sci-fi action thriller Predator later went on to become governor of a U.S. state?

Bathurst Island (named after Henry Bathurst, the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies) and Melville Island (named after Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville, First Lord of the Admiralty) are part of what country?

Which U.S. President:
Graduated from Harvard
Attended Columbia University Law School
Served in the New York state legislature
Served as Governor of New York
Served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Defied tradition by running for third term as President
Was noted for promoting a major domestic program with the nickname "____ Deal"
(HINT: His last name was "Roosevelt".)
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:37 PM
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What American President, who was also a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration?
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:38 PM
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Hyderabad is the capital of this Indian state.
Hyderabad is a city of over 1 million people located in which country?
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:45 PM
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One from the original (1981) Trivial Pursuit boardgame: What was Tycho Brahe's nose made of?
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:56 PM
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And one from the UK version of Trivial Pursuit: Who were the enemy at the Battle of Rorke's Drift?
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:31 PM
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:33 PM
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Most questions that can be answered with "Istanbul" could also be answered with "constantinople" if time isn't a factor. (sorry, I've had that song stuck in my head forever)
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:33 PM
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Which state of the United States is farthest east?

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If you consider "east" as starting at the 180th meridian, it's Alaska instead of Maine.
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:40 PM
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:41 PM
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:03 PM
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:09 PM
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Who was the 1st President of the United States?

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Old 12-07-2017, 10:14 PM
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Archibald Campbell, Chief of that Ilk and Earl of Argyll, was the son of another Archibald Campbell and the grandson of William Douglas, Earl of Morton. He was de facto ruler of Scotland for a while, and for a while was an important supporter of King Charles II, but, charged by that King with treason, he was eventually beheaded on 'the Maiden' at Edinburgh for treason against his King, with both head and body laid to rest in Kilmun Parish Church. He was succeeded by his son Archibald to whom his lands were eventually restored. In what year did his beheading by 'the Maiden' occur?

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Old 12-07-2017, 10:30 PM
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Among the world's 30 most populous cities, which has a name that translates to 'City of Angels'?
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:36 PM
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Is light a particle or a wave?
This doesn't quite satisfy the OP, because both answers are wrong.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:40 PM
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Who was the 1st President of the United States?
Despite what some Internet would-be pedants will tell you, the only correct answer to that question is George Washington. If you're going to argue that Peyton Randolph was "President of the United States", then you'd have to likewise say that the current President of the United States is Mike Pence.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:40 PM
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What is the capital of Bolivia?
3 correct answers here?

Sucre, La Paz, and "B".
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:41 PM
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Which U.S. President:
Graduated from Harvard
Attended Columbia University Law School
Served in the New York state legislature
Served as Governor of New York
Served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Defied tradition by running for third term as President
Was noted for promoting a major domestic program with the nickname "____ Deal"
(HINT: His last name was "Roosevelt".)
I've heard this one a lot, but it includes one questionable line. Did Teddy ever run for a third term as President? As Vice President he replaced the assassinated McKinley and ran for President in 1904. Were those therefore two terms? Not by modern usage. Roosevelt was the first VP turned President to run for re-election, though. Some people at the time did consider the period from September 1901 to March 1905 as a term but only a very few. I don't find any hits on Google Books from 1912, when Roosevelt actually did run as a candidate, for that use applied to him, although some exist from 1906.

I think junking that line improves it.

Who's the first President of the United States, in contrast, has only one answer. Any fudging on it is historically wrong.
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It orbits the Sun and was called a planet when discovered, but was 'demoted' when similar bodies were discovered, and is now called a dwarf planet. What is its name?
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3 correct answers here?

Sucre, La Paz, and "B".
And the boliviano. That's a favorite gimmick of crossword editors.
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What actor who starred in the 1987 sci-fi action thriller Predator later went on to become governor of a U.S. state?
Excellent.
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I'm not sure this satisfies the OP, because it is impossible for there to be exactly two correct answers. There's either a unique answer or at least four correct answers.

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Old 12-07-2017, 10:56 PM
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I think the trick here is to ask the question before the wavefunction collapses.
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:22 PM
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I'm not sure this satisfies the OP, because it is impossible for there to be exactly two correct answers. There's either a unique answer or at least four correct answers.
LOL, maybe. But the OP was not "exactly" it was "amazingly"
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:36 PM
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What actor who starred in the 1987 sci-fi action thriller Predator later went on to become governor of a U.S. state?
Also, there are 3 answers to who ran for governor. The recently departed Sonny Landham unsuccessfully ran in Kentucky.

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Hyderabad is a city of over 1 million people located in which country?
I like mine better, because otherwise you have to count Punjab. Or all the Springfields.
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:43 PM
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This might be slight hijack, but it's surprising how often I have to give complex answers to simple English questions.

"Is there a word for fear of heights in English?"
"Yes acrophobia. But no one will understand that. People use vertigo...but it's not correct. You know what..just use fear of heights "
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LOL, maybe. But the OP was not "exactly" it was "amazingly"
I guess the OP didn't consider a case like your kitchen, where the existence of only one correct answer would exceed the existence of two or more correct answers in amazingness.
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Also, there are 3 answers to who ran for governor. The recently departed Sonny Landham unsuccessfully ran in Kentucky.
Good grief. If the alien had survived he'd probably be a senator by now.
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It orbits the Sun and was called a planet when discovered, but was 'demoted' when similar bodies were discovered, and is now called a dwarf planet. What is its name?
Ceres.
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Which major city in New York State was named after King James II and VII of Great Britain?

Hint: One is the capital of the state, and the other was once the capital of the U.S. and is thought by many to be the capital of the state.

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The category is "First Second Third". The answer is "This First Lady named Edith was her husband's second wife. She opposed her husband's plans to run for a third term in 1920 on the grounds that his health had declined."
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Old 12-08-2017, 01:34 AM
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"What is the largest city (stating with the letter C) in the State of Ohio?" actually has three possible answers. Columbus is the largest incorporated city, Cleveland is the largest metropolitan area if you only include parts within the state, and Cincinnati is the largest if you include parts in northern Kentucky. Of course, you can drop "starting with the letter C" from the question, and still get the same three answers.
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Quadratic equations.
What is the square root of x (where x is any real or complex number not equal to zero)?
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Questions of the form 'what is the only English anagram of 'banana'?'

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Old 12-08-2017, 03:19 AM
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I like mine better, because otherwise you have to count Punjab. Or all the Springfields.
There is only one Punjab. It was divided into two, that’s the Part bit of Partition, and both countries then continued to call their version “Punjab”, infact India further subdivided their bit.

And while several towns share names, “Hyderabad” is rare in that both cities are large with multi- million people populations.

In play: Two countries each named for a River in Africa.
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