Contestant #15

Mark Dixon thought leaves New York City with $32,000 to his credit. Who's next?

QQ15. In liquid measure, put the following units of volume in order from the smallest to the largest.
A. Half Gallon B. One Quart
C. Three Quarts D. Three Pints

Below is the correct order. Use your mouse to highlight the letters.

B. One Quart
D. Three Pints
A. Half Gallon
C. Three Quarts

Let's see who got them right, and who did it the fastest:

Amanda Johnson WRONG
Bill MacDonald 5.37
Scott Pruim WRONG
Tom Troutman WRONG
Ron HermanWRONG
Amy Kates WRONG
Mark Born WRONG
Chris Johnson WRONG
Gary BegraftWRONG
Allson MillerWRONG

Bill MacDonald is the only one to answer correctly!

Bill is a tax attorney, who attended Harvard and Georgetown law school. He also shares the same birthday with Reege.

For $100:
1. What is a female pig called?

A. Jenny B. Sow
C. PigD. Cow

Bill selects B...

Which is his final answer.

And he's right! $100.

For $200:
2. Neopolitan ice cream traditionally consists of chocolate, vanilla, and what third flavor?

A. StrawberryB. Boysenberry
C. PistachioD. Trout

Elektra the maid would hope it's D, but that's the gag answer. (Inside joke.)

Noting that it's his favorite flavor, Bill goes with A...

And that's his final answer.

He's right again! $200.

For $300:
3. What abbreviation is used as shorthand for the millenium bug?

A. YK2B. Y2K
C. 2YKD. R2-D2

Bill picks B...

For his final answer.

Anyone with a computer knows it; he's correct!

For $500:
4. P. T. Barnum said there was once of these born every minute.

A. A PersonB. A Sucker
C. A LoserD. An Osmond

Bill chooses B...

Yes, that's his final answer.

Bill's no sucker; he's just won $500!

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. Which of the following denim companies produces the 501 line of jeans?

A. WranglerB. Calvin Klein
C. Levi StraussD. Jordache

Reege: "You're a jeans man?"

Bill: "Actually no, I don't have any jeans. I'm a tax attorney."

Bill goes with C...

And that's his final answer.

He's right! He's guaranteed $1,000!

For $2000:
6. Which of these professional basketball players is nicknamed "The Mailman"?

A. Vince CarterB. Karl Malone
C. John StocktonD. Allen Iverson

Bill doesn't follow the NBA. He's hoping the audience does, because he's asking them.

A. Vince Carter - 6%B. Karl Malone - 90%

C. John Stockton - 1%D. Allen Iverson - 3%

Again, it's an overwhelming majority. Bill chooses B...

Which is his final answer.

The audience's winning streak stays intact; they're right!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: I didn't need the Lifeline.

For $4000:
7. What is the name of the captian who pursues the white whale in "Moby Dick"?

A. Ishmael B. Ahab
C. AbrahamD. Wolf Larsen

Mark chooses B...

And says that's his final answer.

He's right again! $4000!

For $8000:
8. Actor Denzel Washington got his start on what television dramatic series?

A. ERB. Chicago Hope
C. St. Elsewhere D. Medical Center

Bill goes with C...

Yes, that's his final answer.

And he's still going strong! $8000!

For $16,000:
9. The father of county singer Loretta Lynn worked at what profession?

A. LawyerB. Steel Worker
C. DoctorD. Coal Miner

Bill takes a few seconds to think...

He remembers that Loretta Lynn sang about being a coal miner's daughter. He picks D...

And that's his final answer.

She was a coal miner's daughter! $16,000!


For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. In what year did man first walk on the moon?

A. 1971B. 1969
C. 1968D. 1973

Bill quickly picks B...

And that's his final answer.

"That's one small step for man..."

And $32,000 for Bill MacDonald!!

For $64,000:
11. Which of the following cities was the first to build a subway system?

A. New YorkB. Paris
C. LondonD. Boston

Bill thinks he knows the answer, but to be sure he's going to use his 50:50.

A. New YorkOUT

C. LondonOUT

Bill is going to choose C...

Which is his final answer.

New York probably has the most famous subway system in the world...

But London has the oldest one!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: I thought it was either Paris or London. The 50:50 would've set me straight. Otherwise, I'd have stayed at $32K.

For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. In the film "The Truman Show," Jim Carrey's character is trying to escape from what ficitonal home town?

A. SeahavenB. Seaside
C. Sea ValleyD. Seacrest

Bill remembers the word "Haven" being used during the movie. He'll go for it and guess A...

Yes, that's his final answer.

The Truman Show is among my favorite movies.

And I can tell you...

That Truman is trying to escape...


For $250,000, or ONE QUARTER of a MILLION DOLLARS:
13. In Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," what musical instruments traditionally portray the wolf?

A. French HornsB. Oboes
C. BassoonsD. Saxophones

Bill admits that he won't be able to do this on his own, so he'll call his friend Mark.

Mark is ready to "embarrass [himself] in front of 16 million people." Here's the transcript after the question and choices:

    Mark: "My best guess would be French Horns, but I'm not certain."
    Bill: "How uncertain are you, percentage-wise?"
    Mark: "I would say about 60% certainty."
    Bill: "60% certainty. Hmm. OK, thank you Mark." (Hang up with 1 second left)

60% certainty is not enough certainty for Bill. He's going to stop and take his $125,000.

The correct answer was A. French Horns. Had Bill had gone with Mark's answer, he'd have been 2 questions away from the million.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: I knew it couldn't be B or D; since the wolf is the villain of the story, the instrument used for it would most likely be deep and low. I really can't say that I wouldn't have done the same thing that Bill did.

WINNINGS TO DATE: $1,150,000, at least.

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