David Forman

David is a mathematician, and this question brought him into the big time:

Based on U.S. Census estimates, put these states in order of population, starting with the smallest.
A. California B. Delaware
C. Georgia D. Oregon
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): B-D-C-A
David's winning time: 4.69
Competitors: 6/9

Let's see David go for it all!

For $100:
1. An aircraft's flight data recorder is often referred to as what?

A. Strong boxB. Deposit box
C. Black boxD. Bread box

David goes with C...

And that's final.

It sure is! $100.

For $200:
2. Which of the following is a Spanish word for 'goodbye'?

A. AdiosB. Au revoir
C. Auf WeidersehenD. Ciao

David picks A...

Si seņor! $200.

For $300:
3. What militia did the colonists form during the American Revolution?

A. MusketeersB. Minutemen
C. BanditosD. Avengers

David selects B...

Three in a row! $300.

For $500:
4. In which of the following places would you most likely find a Windsor knot?

A. On your shoesB. In your hair
C. Around your fingerD. Around your neck

David thought about wearing a tie to the show, and if he did, he'd be using this knot. He says it's D...

Nailed it for $500!

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. What brand of soda's slogan is 'twice the caffeine'?

A. Mountain DewB. Dr. Pepper
C. JoltD. Pepsi One

David has a feeling it's C, but to cement his inkling he'll toss it to the audience.

A. Mountain Dew - 11%B. Dr. Pepper - 1%

C. Jolt - 83%D. Pepsi One - 5%

That seems to be a pretty favorable sampling, so he'll settle on C...

Final answer? You bet.

And he's just jolted his way to a thousand dollars!

For $2000:
6. In the classic children's book 'Peter Pan', what is the name of the Darling family dog?

A. OctoberB. Nana
C. MistyD. Precious

David has a guess, but rather than crap out this early, he's going to use another Lifeline and call Jean, her sister-in-law. After the question and choices, here is the conversation that ensues.

    Jean: "It's Nana."
    David: "OK, that's what I thought. Thank you."
    Jean: "OK, good luck." (Hang up with 17 seconds left on the clock)

Now there's someone who wastes no time.

David, convinced by his correspondent, will go with B...

That'll be his final answer.

Short, sweet, and correct! $2000!

For $4000:
7. Who was the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes?

A. John LandyB. Frank Shorter
C. Sebastian Coe D. Roger Bannister

David immediately chooses D...

And declares it final.

Didn't need a Lifeline there! $4000!

For $8000:
8. Which of these nations was previously known as Ceylon?

A. ThailandB. Burma
C. Sri Lanka D. Brunei

David pulls another Carpenter and swiftly picks C...

And he'll turn it orange.

No problems here; he's just won $8000!

After the break, Regis and David talk about a little gift David's son, Sam, gave him as a good-luck present. It seems that Dad's favorite candies are Smarties. So, in preparation for David's appearance, Sam got him a package of Smarties to take with him.

Sam figures that it would make his father smarter during the game. Regis suggests he pops a couple now, especially since he's down to one Lifeline now.

For $16,000:
9. The 1999 movie 'Man on the Moon' takes its title from a 1992 song by what band?

A. Smashing PumpkinsB. R.E.M.
C. Pearl JamD. Red Hot Chli Peppers

Looks like those Smarties worked; David quickly replies that it's B.
(Then again, he's been doing that the last two questions.)

B is his final answer.

And it's the right one for $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. Which city was ruled by the Medici family during the Renaissance?

A. FlorenceB. Rome
C. NaplesD. Milan

It's quite obvious that Reege has been snacking on some of those Smarties; you can tell as he reads them when he's chewing or swallowing them.

Anyways, it takes David a whopping 7 seconds to decide on A...

But that will be his final answer.

I hope David hasn't eaten up all the Smarties.

He'll be needing them in the upper tier!
David has won $32,000!!

For $64,000:
11. Who played the original Darrin on the classic TV sitcom 'Bewitched'?

A. Dick MartinB. Dick Sargent
C. Dick YorkD. Dick Van Dyke

David knows that the role was played by Dick Sargent and Dick York. The only question is, who replaced whom?

After talking it over, he sides towards C...

For his final answer.

He seemed to have trouble early on in this game...

But he's making up for it now!

For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. The 'Gulf Stream' ends in what body of water?

A. South PacificB. North Atlantic
C. Black SeaD. English Channel

Looks like the Smarties wore off; David has to resort to using his 50:50.

OUTB. North Atlantic

OUTD. English Channel

That's exactly what David was afraid of.

David now explains the startegy he had before he came on the show. Quite simply, he said that he'd guess at this juncture if he thought he knew the answer.

He does think he knows it, and he thinks it's B.

And he will lock it in.

As far as I'm concerned, it was a sound strategy.

But you have to have the right answer for it to work.

Which is exactly what David has!

For $250,000, or ONE QUARTER of a MILLION DOLLARS:
13. On November 9, 1967, who appeared on the first cover of Rolling Stone magazine?

A. John LennonB. Jimi Hendrix
C. Joni MitchellD. Janis Joplin

He doesn't say in what context, but David mentions that this very question came up to him a few days ago.

Because of that, he knows it's A.

Yes, that's his final answer.

David had taken another Smartie before answering this one.

It looks like those tiny, tart candies...

Have just made him a

I forget who makes Smarties, but they're getting one heck of a product placement here. For someone who needed two Lifelines on the lower and middle tiers, David is showing remarkable staying power. Question is, will he stay long enough to answer two more questions correctly?

For $500,000, or HALF A MILLION DOLLARS:
14. The computer language "Ada" is name for what poet's daughter?

A. Lord ByronB. Walt Whitman
C. T.S. EliotD. Emily Dickinson

David thinks he knows it, but isn't sure. And out of consideration for the other eight contestant on the stage, he'll gladly bid adieu.
David Forman leaves with $250,000.

His guess after the buzzer was A...

And it would've doubled his winnings. A. Lord Byron was the correct answer.

David was an acquaintance of a contestant who appeared on the previous episode, Mark Prysant. Prysant won $125,000.

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