Contestant #8

Our youngest contestant reaches the $32,000 level. Will our next contestant fare any better? Here's the question to find that player:

QQ8. Put the following presidents in the order they appear on Mount Rushmore, from left to right.
A. Jefferson B. Lincoln
C. Roosevelt D. Washington

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

D. Washington
A. Jefferson
C. Roosevelt
B. Lincoln

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

Doug Szafran 3.45
Arlene Perkins WRONG
Marlo Kemp 12.90
Warren Harrison WRONG
Bruce Neidt WRONG
Kirsten Olsen WRONG
Lloyd Baum 5.94
John Nam WRONG
Kris Weimer 6.92
Walter ChappelWRONG

Doug Szafran wins it with the fastest qualifying time yet!

Doug is a high school math teacher, and claims to be the king of all nerds. "I do math problems for fun, I read history for jollies - I have the Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Edition!!" Let's see if his nerdiness gives him six zeroes with a 1 on the left.

For $100:
1. According to the Bible, who ordered Samson's hair to be cut off?

A. DelilahB. Salome
C. BathshebaD. Vidal Sassoon

Doug pauses, and says it's A...

Which is his final answer.

He's right for $100!

For $200:
2. On what article of clothing would you find a "French cuff"?

A. TrousersB. Shorts
C. Dress ShirtsD. T-Shirts

Doug believes that he's heard about French cuffs being on trousers. He picks A...

But wait, he's backing out of it. He's going to Ask the Audience.

A. Trousers - 7%B. Shorts - 4%

C. Dress Shirt - 86%D. T-Shirt - 3%

Doug is not about to go against an overwhelming majority, so he'll say C...

And THAT'S his final answer.

Good thing the audience intervened - he's right!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: For a second question, this was awful tough. I'd probably have had to ask the audience, too.

END SHOW 6 -- BEGIN (Hour-long) SHOW 7

For $300:
3. Which of the following is NOT a Chinese culinary delight?

A. Kung Pow ChickenB. Peking Duck
C. Won Ton SoupD. Tempura

Doug chooses D...

Yes, that's his final answer.

Tempura is Japanese, not Chinese! $300.

For $500:
4. The mythical land of "El Dorado" was a place believed to be rich in what?

A. Gold B. Silver
C. Diamonds D. Caddilacs

Going back to high school Spanish, Doug recalls that El Dorado means "The Golden One." So he'll pick A...

And that's his final answer.

He's correct! $500.

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. What branch of the military has its academy in Annapolis?

A. ArmyB. Navy
C. Air ForceD. Coast Guard

What a coinky-dink - Doug just wrote a letter of recommendation for one of his students to that academy. He chooses B...

And confirms that's his final answer.

That coincedence is now worth $1000!

For $2000:
6. Riverdance primarily features the traditonal dances of what country?

A. PolandB. France
C. IrelandD. Russia

Although Doug has made small quips on previous questions, he's cutting to the chase this time (much unlike myself) and picking C...

Which is his final answer.

Right again! $2000.

For $4000:
7. Which of the following E-mail viruses first appeared in March 1999?

A. HelenB. Melissa
C. GloriaD. Betty

Doug got a lot of messages that month warning him of this virus. He selects B...

Yes, that's his final answer.

Viruses are usually bad, but the Melissa virus has won Doug $4000!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Funny... I never got anything about this virus. With my AtA Lifeline gone, I'd have called my brother-in-law, who's a major computer whiz.

For $8000:
8. Before becoming a solo artist, Grammy winner Lauryn Hill was a member of what group?

A. En VogueB. The Fugees
C. The Foo FightersD. The Goo Goo Dolls

Doug is ashamed of himself...

Because he knows the answer. He goes with B...

And says that's his final answer.

And Doug is Killing Them Softly! $8000!

For $16,000:
9. According to the 1999 World Almanac, a wedding gift for a first anniversary is traditionally made of what material?

A. PaperB. Pottery
C. BronzeD. Wood

Doug says that there are two different sets of gifts for each anniversary - Traditional ones and Modern ones. He decides to go with the Traditional set for this question.

Reege: "Good idea, Doug!"

Doug guesses A...

Yes, that's his final answer.

And Doug is right once again!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. Who composed the 1927 musical piece known as "Bolero"?

A. TchaikovskyB. Ravel
C. MahlerD. Stravinsky

Doug remembers where that piece is most commonly known: the 1980 movie "Ten." He picks B...

Which is his final answer.

He'll win $32,000 if he's right...

And lose $15,000 if he's wrong...

But he's right! He wins $32,000!!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: I know the song, but not the composer. As a result, I'd either have had to burn my 50:50 or walk away. Hey, $16,000 is better than a kick in the teeth.

For $64,000:
11. Who is the current president of South Africa?

A. P. W. BothaB. Desmond Tutu
C. Nelson MandelaD. Thabo Mbeki

Almost immediately, he decides to phone his friend Jeff.

Jeff must be watching the show, because he knows why Regis is calling him. Here's the transcript, after the question and choices:

    Jeff: "Ooh, good question."
    Doug: "That's why I called you."
    Jeff: "Uh, my best guess would be Nelson Mandela. But I'm not sure."
    Doug: "You can't do any better than that?"
    Jeff: "I can't give you any better than, uh, reasonable certainty on that." (Time's up)

Doug is understandably unconvinced of his friend's suggestion. His 50:50 remains, so he'll use it now.


C. Nelson MandelaD. Thabo Mbeki

Doug wants to chicken out, but Reege smartly reminds him that his $32K is safe regardless of this question's outcome.

Persuaded to continue, Doug will go against his friend and choose D...

Wanting to get it over with, he quickly declares that's his final answer.

And he's right again!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: I would have guessed Mandela, I'm afraid. I didn't know a new president had been elected since then. But Doug should be commended for having the guts to go against his friend.

For $125,000:
12. What is the number of the main precinct of the television series "NYPD Blue"?

A. 12thB. 13th
C. 15thD. 52nd

Doug has never seen the show.

Reege: "Makes it a little tough."
Doug: "On the contrary - it makes it completely easy."

Are you could infer from a comment like that, Doug knows what he's going to do, and that's walk away. Doug Szafran will quit with $64,000.

The correct answer was C. 15th.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Can't hardly blame him for his decision. If I had $32K riding on one question that I had no clue to, I'd be right there with him. Although I must say, the writing for this set of questions was quite a bit more difficult than Doug Van Gundy's or Hillary Daw's. Looks like the writers are still trying to find their range.

WINNINGS TO DATE: $428,000, at least.

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