Contestant #5

While David goes back to North Carolina to stew on his next move, it's time to find another contestant:

QQ5. Put the following fractions in order from the largest to the smallest.
A. 1/2 B. 7/16
C. 3/8 D. 1/3

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

A. 1/2 (.500)
B. 7/16 (.438)
C. 3/8 (.375)
D. 1/3 (.333)

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

Rob Gelbman 7.58
Ruth Dammel WRONG
Frank Kulbaski WRONG
Lezsek Pawlowicz 8.97
Susan Butler WRONG
Andy Aaron 8.10
Scott Brill WRONG
Walter Kirkpatrick 9.08
Doug Van GundyWRONG
Doak Fairey WRONG

Rob Gelbman is the fastest!

Rob Gelbman is our second Mensa member, in the upper Eschelon no less. He hopes to fare better than the previous Mensa contestant (David Korotkin, $1000)

For $100:
1. Who painted the Mona Lisa?

A. RembrandtB. Leonardo DaVinci
C. Leonardo DiCaprioD. Sherwin Williams

Four choices, but it's really a 50-50 shot with two gag answers. (Can you find them? Sure you can.) Rob will go with B...

Which is his final answer.

Well duh, of course he's right!

For $200:
2. Which of the following is NOT a Disney animated feature film?

A. FantasiaB. Cinderella
C. The Little MermaidD. Godzilla

The second question of the round where they wanted to make sure he got it right. Godzilla sticks out like a zit. Rob picks D...

Yes, that's his final answer.

And he's pocketed his second gimme! $200.

For $300:
3. In which of these countries is bowing a customary greeting?

A. CanadaB. Japan
C. AustraliaD. England

Not as obvious as the first two, but still pretty easy. Rob chooses B...

And that's his final answer.

Right again! $300.

Reege: "You know I have to keep asking you 'Final Answer' because that's what locks it in, and then I get the right answer. Because I had no idea it was Japan." (Sure, Regis)

For $500:
4. Who played the title character in the movie "Rain Man"?

A. Jack NicholsonB. Danny DeVito
C. Dustin HoffmanD. Harrison Ford

Rob selects C...

and that's definitely, definitely his final answer.

And he's definitely, definitely won $500!

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. On what month is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday celebrated?

A. FebruaryB. January
C. DecemberD. March

Looks like the Mensa member needs help, 'cause he's asking the audience.

A. February - 21%B. January - 68%

C. December - 1%D. March - 10%

Rob will trust the audience and pick B...

Yes, that's his final answer.

Well, he's made sure he can't do any worse than David Korotkin: he's guaranteed $1000!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: MLK day is a national holiday. Why did Rob have to burn a Lifeline to figure that out? I guess just because you're in Mensa, it might mean you're "book smart," but not very "life smart."

For $2000:
6. Cloned in Scotland in 1996, what type of animal is Dolly?

A. SheepB. Goat
C. CowD. Mouse

Thankfully, David knows this one. He says it's A...

And confirms that's his final answer.

He's right for $2000!

For $4000:
7. What was the last name of the starring family on the sitcom "Roseanne"?

A. Conners B. Huxtables
C. Taylors D. Buchmans

Rob was a big fan of Roseanne, so he knows it's A...

Which is his final answer.

Rob is going strong! $4000!

For $8000:
8. Who is the current comissioner for the National Football League?

A. David SternB. Bud Selig
C. Pete Rozelle D. Paul Tagliabue

Rob just read in the paper how the commish visited the Giants training camp. He says it's D...

and that's his final answer.

Another coincidental question has just won him $8000!

For $16,000:
9. What is the profession of Robert Kincaid in the novel "The Bridges of Madison County"?

A. FarmerB. Writer
C. PhotographerD. Auto Mechanic

Rob has neither read the book nor seen the movie. So, he will use his Phone-a-Friend to contact his mom, Eileen. The transcript:

    Rob: "Mom, what is the profession of Robert Kincaid in the novel 'The Bridges of Madison County'? A - was he a farmer, B - was he --"
    Eileen: "Photographer."
    Rob: "C, Photographer? OK!"
    Reege: "Eileen, can you wait?"
    (audience laughs)
    Eileen: "No, no, no, I know it!"
    Rob: "And you're positive it's C, Photographer."
    Eileen: "Yeah. What are the other choices, anyway?"
    (Audience laughs)
    Rob: "Farmer, a Writer, a Photographer, or an Auto Mechanic."
    Eileen: "Photographer."
    Rob: "OK. I'm gonna trust you."
    Eileen: "OK. Bye."

Rob trusts his mom (shouldn't we all?) and goes with C...

Yes, that's his final answer.


LOOGAROO LAMENTS: This, my friends, is the Phone-a-Friend Lifeline used to perfection. He called someone he knew would have the right answer, and as a result the question nearly became a gimme. I say "nearly" because he did need a Lifeline to get there. Still, I'd have had to burn one up as well. I probably would've asked the audience, since I don't know anyone who's seen the movie or read the book.

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. Starting in January, which of the following signs of the Zodiac comes last?

A. AquariusB. Aries
C. LeoD. Scorpio

Rob is pretty confident about Aquarius. He picks A...

But wait - he's going to use the 50:50 to be sure.

A. AquariusOUT

OUTD. Scorpio

OK, now he's sure. He picks A...

And NOW it's his final answer.

It's $32K guaranteed if he's right...

And $1K if he's wrong...

And it turns out to be the latter. D. Scorpio was the right answer.
So, Rob Gelbman exits, stage left, $1000 richer.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Rob has been trying to sue Celador because the question was improperly phrased. According to Gelbman, Aquarius is indeed the last sign of the Zodiac, and it also starts in January. Hence, the question could be interpreted two ways, with Rob's interpretation being a valid one. This lament previously lambasted Rob for making a big deal out of this question, but I received a message from him and his argument is indeed legitimate. For my remarks, I apologize. (Although I still don't understand why he needed a Lifeline on the question regarding Martin Luther King.)

I also would have missed the question because of misinterpretation, but it would have been on account of my own mistake. Having not read the question fully, I'd have picked Aquarius since my birthdate is Nov. 3 and my sign is Scorpio. Hence, I knew it couldn't be the last sign. But the question was only asking for the last sign of the four, not the last sign period.

WINNINGS TO DATE: $82,000, at least.

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