Contestant #3

Hillary Daw stumbles her way to $16,000. Let's see how the next player will fare:

QQ3. Place the following members of the Jackson family in order from youngest to oldest.
A. Marlon B. Janet
C. Michael D. Jermaine

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

B. Janet
C. Michael
A. Marlon
D. Jermaine

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

Laurence Caplan WRONG
Charlyn Keating WRONG
Andrew Simon WRONG
Brooks Tomlin WRONG
Michele Courtney WRONG
Mike Berger WRONG
Norman Payne 5.25
Daniece Witt WRONG
Cindy Sastre WRONG
Paul BarbourWRONG

Norman Payne is the only one to get it right!

Norman is a professional crossword puzzle writer, whose works have been published in periodicals such as The New York Times, New Yorker Magazine and TV Guide. Watch out, folks - this man's a player!

For $100:
1. What is a young male horse called?

A. BillyB. Colt
C. FillyD. Cow

Norman chooses B...

And that's his final answer.

One question down, 14 to go!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Believe it or not, this one gave me a little bit of trouble. I wouldn't have needed a Lifeline, though. Perhaps 10 seconds of thought.

For $200:
2. If you asked for "pomme frites" at a French restaurant, what would you get?

A. French FriesB. Baked Potato
C. French Onion SoupD. Bad Service

Referring to D, Norman quips, "I guess that's always possible..."

Norman chooses A...

and confirms that's his final answer.

And he's right again! $200.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Free French lesson: If a word ends in a consonant other than C, F, L, or R, the ending is silent. The phrase should have been pronounced "pom freet." WWYC?IDK.

For $300:
3. What's the most common nickname for basketall player Dennis Rodman?

A. WormB. Weasel
C. WarlockD. Wendy

Norman picks A...

and confidently says that's his final answer.

Another right answer! $300.

For $500:
4. What's the hardest substance known to man?

A. Amber B. Chalk
C. DiamondD. Onyx

Norman selects C...

Yes, that's his final answer.

It's a good one; he's just won $500!

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. A young mother named Debbi started what cookie company in 1977?

A. Famous AmosB. Pepperidge Farm
C. Mrs. Field'sD. Keebler

Using logic to eliminate two possible answers ("It wasn't Famous Amos, and Keebler's been around way too long..."), he decides on C...

And that's his final answer.

And he's successfully guaranteed himself $1000!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: This guy knows how to play. Instead of immediately whipping out a Lifeline, he takes his time and eliminates wrong answers by deduction, not by 50:50. Remember, you only get three Lifelines to get you through 15 questions: conserve them as much as possible.

For $2000:
6. What kind of clothing is a "mackintosh"?

A. ShoeB. Hat
C. RaincoatD. Shirt

Norman chooses Raincoat...

which is his final answer.

He's correct! $2000.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Perhaps it's a regional thing, but I didn't know this one. I probably would have asked the audience for this one.

For $4000:
7. Who wrote the autobiographical plays "Biloxi Blues" and "Broadway Bound"?

A. Edward AlbeeB. Thorton Wilder
C. August WilsonD. Neil Simon

Norman picks D...

Yes, that's his final answer.

Right again! $4000.

For $8000:
8. A combination of contradictory words such as "cruel kindness" is an example of what?

A. OxymoronB. Onomatopoeia
C. AlliterationD. Metaphor

Norman once again answers quickly. He picks A...

Which is his final answer.

And he breezes to $8000!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: For reference, the previous contestant, Hillary Daw, had used all three Lifelines to reach this point. Norman has yet to use any.

For $16,000:
9. In what month is Boxing Day celebrated in England?

A. JanuaryB. December
C. FebruaryD. May

Once again using logic, Norman recalls that Boxing Day is the day after Christmas. Hence, he picks B...

And that's his final answer.

A few audience members begin applauding early.

Reege: "YOU'RE right, and HE'S right!"

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, was a former math professor at what school?

A. University of WashingtonB. Columbia
C. BerkeleyD. Brown

Finally, we've found a question that Norman is struggling with. Quoth Norman: "It was a few years ago, and I don't remember this particular detail."

Norman decides to burn a Lifeline. He'll use his 50:50.

10. How many US Presidents were elected in the 1970's?

A. University of WashingtonOUT
C. BerkeleyOUT

Unsurprising to Norman, since he remembered that Kaczynski was from the western US. Reluctantly, he decides to call his friend, Doug. Here's the transcript, after Norman reads the question and choices:

    Doug: "Oh, I think it was Berkeley."
    Norman: "How sure do you feel?"
    Doug: "Uh, not real sure, but uh, I would- I would've guessed Berkeley if I hadn't had the options."
    Norman: "You think?"
    Doug: "I'm... I'm reasonably sure it's Berkeley."
    Norman: "You're reasonably sure of Berkeley?"
    Doug: "Yes."
    Norman: "All right, I trust you." (Time's up)

Norman says that Doug is the smartest man he knows, and the fact that he'd have picked Berkeley even without the choices convinces Norman that C is the answer.

He picks C...

And that's his final answer.

Regis pauses...

And replies...

"Doug was right, You're right!!!"

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: I knew it was a California school. If another school had shown up (like Cal Poly or UCLA), I would've had to use a Lifeline. Maybe not 50:50 (if that left the two CA schools, I'd be toast), but maybe I'd have called someone. As it was, I knew the answer right away. Playing vicariously, I'd have $32,000, minus my audience Lifeline.


For $64,000:
11. What toy, translated into English, means "Play well"?

A. AtariB. Yo-yo
C. Hacky SackD. Lego

Norman immediately eliminates Hacky Sack. He figures he's got it narrowed down to A or B, and he'll ask the audience to decide between them.

A. Atari - 70%B. Yo-Yo - 15%

C. Hacky Sack - 3%D. Lego - 12%

Norman: "I wonder about those 3% favoring Hacky Sack..."

Fairly confident that the audience has led him to the right answer, he picks A...

And says that's his final answer.

And it is his final answer. Period. It was D. Lego.
So, Norman Payne leaves with $32,000.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: I hated to see this guy go. I thought he had a great shot at winning the million. Although I didn't know it was Lego all along, I knew it couldn't have been B. Considering that the yo-yo was originally a weapon and not a toy, "Play well" wouldn't have worked. I would have picked D, however, without burning my 50:50 (which would have been my only remaining Lifeline).


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