Surfing TV channels, I spent a few minutes on KBC 2 (or KBC: the Sequel, or whatever they’re calling it now). Always intriguing to see how contestants start by being overwhelmed by emotion merely at the Big B’s presence (“aapke darshan ho gaye, yehi bahut hai”, etc), but then, as they win increasing sums of money, they get all atavistic and start behaving like ape-men (from an era, ironically, where there was no money in the first place, and all you had to do to get something you wanted was to bop the next guy with a sturdy tree-branch).
Anyway, I noticed that the show got it wrong on one tennis-related question:
What is the minimum number of serves you need to make to win a game?
The options given were 3, 4, 5 and 6. The ape in the hot seat said 5 and crashed out; the correct answer, “computer-ji” told us, was 4 (with AB counting off 15-0, 30-0, 40-0 and Game on his fingers).
Tut tut. The correct answer is really “Zero”, since you can of course win a game on the other guy’s serve - the show’s assumption that the game had to be won by the player who was serving wasn’t reflected in the question. Maybe the ape should sue.
P.S. While on KBC, I still haven’t stopped giggling inwardly at one of the questions from last week, “Which author has compiled a jokebook?” which had Arundhati Roy as one of the options. Yes, that would be a good joke to start the book with. (Suggestions please for any others such a book might contain. I’ve only been able to think of this one so far: “The US of A is Good.”)