Contestant #14

Michael Shutterly goes back to Virginia with $500,000 and two claims to fame to boot. Will his successor do as well? Here's the question that'll find the next player:

QQ14. Put the following female groups in the order of their debut album, from oldest to the most recent.
A. The Go-Gos B. Wilson Phillips
C. TLC D. The Supremes

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

D. The Supremes
A. The Go-Gos
B. Wilson Phillips

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

Holly Buchanan 7.09
Mark Dixon 4.67
Wayne Meyers 11.49
Brian Rogers 6.52
Harry EisenbergWRONG
Peter Berghoff 6.98
Rich Beck 5.38
Erik Larson 5.78
Zach HoranWRONG
Pierre LetourneauWRONG

Mark Dixon is our winner!

Mark is a business analyst for a credit card company, and a big fan of Ultimate Frisbee.

For $100:
1. Which of these items is NOT traditionally associated with Easter?

A. BunnyB. Pumpkin
C. LilyD. Egg

Mark selects B...

And he's right!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you - they edited out the "final answer?" confirmation to squeeze as much time into the episode as possible.

For $200:
2. In the popular comic strip by Jim Davis, what kind of animal is Garfield?

A. CatB. Dog
C. BearD. Sponge

Mark chooses A...

And he's right again! $200.


For $300:
3. What structure is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC?

A. Smithsonian InstitutionB. Washington Monument
C. White HouseD. Supreme Court

Mark picks C...

Which is his final answer. (Yeah, they're leaving it back in.)

Yep, he's right again!

For $500:
4. Which of the following contintents is also a country?

A. EuropeB. North America
C. South AmericaD. Australia

Mark goes with D...

And that's his final answer.

And he's got $500!

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. While shipwrecked on an island, what was the name of Robinson Crusoe's companion?

A. MondayB. Tuesday
C. ThursdayD. Friday

Mark picks D...

And confirms that's his final answer.

He's right! He's guaranteed at least $1000!

For $2000:
6. After a 1996 broadcast, what group unsuccessfully sued Oprah Winfrey for over ten million dollars?

A. Book PublishersB. Cattle Ranchers
C. RealtorsD. Weight Watchers

Mark thinks he knows the answer. But just to be sure, he'll Ask the Audience.

A. Book Publishers - 1%B. Cattle Ranchers - 96%

C. Realtors - 2%D. Weight Watchers - 1%

I think anyone who'd disagree with such a huge portion of the audience would be likely to start a riot. Mark smartly goes with B...

Which is his final answer.

You guys should know by now, the audience is never wrong!

For $4000:
7. In addition to leeks, what is the other main vegetable used in the soup known as "vichysoisse"?

A. Potatoes B. Beets
C. AsparagusD. Broccoli

Mark chooses A...

And says that's his final answer.

He's right again; it's potatoes! $4000!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: I'd have missed this one; I thought it was beets.

For $8000:
8. Who was the first vice-president of the United States?

A. John AdamsB. Benjamin Franklin
C. James Madison D. Thomas Jefferson

Mark quickly selects A...

And that's his final answer.

Adams was the second president...

And the first vice-president! He's right again!

For $16,000:
9. In what Spanish city does the annual "Fiesta di Sar Fermin" Running of the Bulls take place?

A. PamplonaB. Madrid
C. BarcelonaD. Seville

Mark hasn't done it... yet.

"I like to run, but not with the bulls."

Mark goes with A...

Yes, that's his final answer.

And he's charged his way to $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. Which of these artists had a top 10 hit in the 1950's, 60's, 70's, and 80's?

A. Ray CharlesB. Rolling Stones
C. Stevie WonderD. Dolly Parton

Mark think he knows... but he'll take the 50:50 to be extra sure.

A. Ray CharlesOUT

OUTD. Dolly Parton

That cements it - Mark picks A...

Which is his final answer.

Ray Charles has been around a long time...

And he had hits in all four decades!!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: I'd have needed the 50:50 too; I thought it was the Rolling Stones. (They didn't have a hit in the 50's)

For $64,000:
11. Around 1990, what was the shared occupation of the group of men referred to as the "Keating Five"?

A. MusiciansB. Bankers
C. SenatorsD. Writers

Mark remembers that Charles Keating was a banker... so he's pretty sure that the group were Bankers. He chooses B...

And that's his final answer.

Back in 1990...

The Keating Five...

Were a group of...

Senators who accepted campaign contributions from Keating.
So, Mark Dixon says goodbye with $32,000.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Assuming the vichysoisse question hadn't tripped me up, I'd have called my dad, who's big into politics.

WINNINGS TO DATE: $1,025,000, at least.

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