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?