Contestant #16

Bill McDonald stops with $125,000. Let's see if the next contestant can do as well:

QQ16. Rank the eggs of these animals in order of their size, from the smallest to the largest.
A. Pheasant B. Hummingbird
C. Ostrich D. Mosquito

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

D. Mosquito
B. Hummingbird
A. Pheasant
C. Ostrich

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

Daniel Kim 7.49
Brad Jorbam WRONG
Joseph Syta WRONG
Dale Dufloth 10.15
Michael Rosenthal4.92
Jim Rumpf WRONG
Paul Szerenyi WRONG
Jeffrey Fisch WRONG
Keith FontanaWRONG
Ron MartinWRONG

Michael Rosenthal is our winner!

Michael is a lawyer who recently moved to Los Angeles from New York. He's been sleeping on a mattress for the last few years, so the first thing he's going to buy if he wins a lot of money is a bed.

For $100:
1. Which of the following is NOT considered a condiment?

A. Mustard B. Relish
C. HamburgerD. Ketchup

Michael picks C... (They edit out the final answer)

I work at a burger joint myself, and I know he's right!

For $200:
2. What home entertainment technology was introduced to consumers in 1997?

A. VHSB. Betamax

Michael picks C again...

And he's right again! $200.

For $300:
3. In what American city is the internationally famous business district known as Wall Street?

A. New York CityB. San Francisco
C. PhiladelphiaD. New Jersey

Michael chooses A...

Three in a row! $300.

For $500:
4. With what musical instrument is Elton John most closely associated?

A. GuitarB. Saxophone
C. PianoD. Drum

Michael goes with C...

And he's right again for $500!

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. What loose-fitting garment was worn by citizens of ancient Rome?

A. TogaB. Hoop Skirt
C. CaftanD. Kimono

Michael picks A...

And he's guaranteed himself $1000!

For $2000:
6. In 1803 the United States concluded the Louisiana Purchase for 15 million dollars with what country?

A. SpainB. Germany
C. EnglandD. France

Michael notes that it was "quite a bargain." He selects D...

And we're back to the final answers.

He's right! $2000!

For $4000:
7. What does a philatelist collect?

A. Stamps B. Insects
C. Phonograph RecordsD. Coins

Michael sees two possibilities. But rather than burn a Lifeline, he'll go with his gut and pick A...

Which is his final answer.

Good thing he preserved those Lifelines; he didn't need them!

For $8000:
8. Which of the following artists created the sculpture known as "The Thinker?"

A. Henry MooreB. Edgar Degas
C. Michelangelo D. Auguste Rodin

Michael wastes little time in making his guess. He chooses D...

And that's his final answer.

He's right! It was Rodin! $8000!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: I wouldn't have needed a Lifeline, but ABC would've had to edit down some of my pondering time. I knew it couldn't be A or C, and I'd eventually have narrowed it down to D after a little bit of thought.

For $16,000:
9. Which of the following is the current United States Secretary of State?

A. Janet RenoB. Madeleine Albright
C. Sandra Day O'ConnorD. Donna Shalala

Once again, Michael is quick on the trigger. He picks B...

Yes, that's his final answer.

And he's on a roll for $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. Who played the role of James West on the original TV series, "The Wild Wild West"?

A. Robert ConradB. Conrad Bain
C. Tim ConwayD. William Conrad

All those Conrads are confusing Michael. Not wanting to lose 15 grand, he'll Ask the Audience.

A. Robert Conrad - 75%B. Conrad Bain - 2%

C. Tim Conway - 5%D. William Conrad - 18%

After seeing how the audience is almost never wrong, Michael is going to trust them and pick A...

For his final answer.

He wasn't too sure about this one...

And usually the audience is right...

And they were right again!!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Shame on me. My work (Burger King) has a weekly newsletter posted on our bulletin board, and one of the questions was who were the original duo on TWWW, during our Wild Wild West promotions. I should've remembered. I'd have gone the same way and asked the audience.

For $64,000:
11. How many red stripes are currently on the 50-star U.S. flag?

A. 5B. 6
C. 7D. 8

Michael looks like he has the answer, but he wants to think about it for a minute. He knows that there are thirteen stripes in all, one for each of the original colonies. And he knows that the top stripe is red.

Hoping he's done his math correctly, he'll go with C...

Which is his final answer.

Count with me, folks:

RED (1)
RED (2)
RED (3)
RED (4)
RED (5)
RED (6)
RED (7)!!



For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. What was the maiden name of Argentine leader and actress Eva Peron?

A. DuarteB. Domingo
C. CastilloD. Navarro

Michael has read books about Peron, and seen the movie "Evita," so he's pretty sure of the answer. He chooses A...

And confirms that's his final answer.

And if you've seen Evita...

You know that...

Eva Peron's maiden name was...


LOOGAROO LAMENTS: I'd have bailed out at this point. I was totally clueless, thus the 50:50 wouldn't have helped, and I don't know anyone who even saw the movie, let alone knew the answer.

You think? Could it be possible to have THREE quarter-million dollar winners in just one run of the show? We'll find out if Michael can join the ranks of Doug Van Gundy and Michael Shutterly as being among the top winners in the show with this next question.

For $250,000, or ONE QUARTER of a MILLION DOLLARS:
13. Beethoven's Sixth Symphony is also known by what name?

A. ChoralB. Eroica
C. PastoralD. Pathetique

Once again, Michael thinks he might know the answer. But with $93,000 down the drain if he misses, he's going to use his 50:50 to be sure.

OUTB. Eroica

C. PastoralOUT

Michael's first instinct was Pastoral, and that's still a possibility. However, he just can't bring up enough certainty to go for it. With one Lifeline left to burn, he's going to call his friend Teemu. The Transcript, after the question and choices are read:

    Teemu: "Uh, the Sixth-"
    Michael: "Sixth Symphony. Beethoven's Sixth Symphony. Six."
    Teemu: "Uh, I'm not sure. My gue- My guess would be for Eroica, but I'm not sure."
    Michael: "OK, I- I was leaning the other way, but if you're not sure either, then that's- that's good. You don't know for sure, right?"
    Teemu: "Well, I don't want to bet a quarter million dollars." (Hang up with 1 second left)

So Michael's two remaining Lifelines are all gone, and they don't put him in any better shape than he was before. So, Michael is going to play it safe and take the money.

Michael: "Unless you're gonna take off one more answer!"
Reege: "Nooooooo!!"
Michael Rosenthal resigns with $125,000.

Unfortunately, his first instinct was right all along. It was C. Pastoral.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: I had it narrowed down to A or C. I hadn't even heard of Eroica before, and I doubt that Beethoven would call one of his pieces "Pathetic." Of course, I'd have stopped on the last question, so I wouldn't have gotten this far anyway.

WINNINGS TO DATE: $1,275,000, at least.

Here comes contestant #17...

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