Michael Avitzur

Michael, an attorney, used this question to get into the game:

Put the following oceans in order by their size in square miles, from smallest to largest.
A. Pacific B. Arctic
C. Atlantic D. Indian
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): B-D-C-A
Michael's winning time: 3.40
Competitors: 3/10

Here goes Michael on his search for the grand prize!

For $100:
1. Which of the following terms is often used to describe a plot of grounf where flowers grow?

A. BedB. Cot
C. CouchD. Mattress

Michael picks A...

He's on the board! $100.

For $200:
2. Which of these animals does pork come from?

A. CowB. Fish
C. SquirrelD. Pig

Michael chooses D...

Correct! $200.

For $300:
3. Which of these characteristics is most associated with the word 'southpaw'?

A. DeafnessB. Left-handedness
C. ArthritisD. Baldness

Michael takes B...

You're talking to a southpaw right now! $300.

For $500:
4. What country is the birthplace of both explorer Christopher Columbus and astronomer Galileo?

A. PortugalB. France
C. ItalyD. Spain

Michael selects C...

And that'll win him $500!

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. How many pockets are there on a standard pool table?

A. 4B. 6
C. 8D. 10

Michael says it's B...

And Michael pockets a thousand dollars!

For $2000:
6. The Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor 'Cherry Garcia' is named for the former lead singer of what band?

A. The Grateful DeadB. The Beach Boys
C. GenesisD. The Eagles

Michael goes with A...

Yes, that's his final answer.

It's correct for $2000!

For $4000:
7. What comedian frequently complains that he gets 'no respect'?

A. Buddy HackettB. Bob Hope
C. Rodney Dangerfield D. Don Rickles

Michael: "I like the way this is lining up..."

Michaels says it's C...

Which he will turn orange.

Absolutely correct for $4000!

For $8000:
8. Which of the following cities is not located on the banks of the Mississippi River?

A. Baton RougeB. Little Rock
C. Memphis D. St. Louis

Michael thinks this one over. Geography is not his forte.

He finally settles with B...

And he makes it final.

It's right! He's won $8000!

For $16,000:
9. Who told vice-presidential candidate Dan Quayle during a debate, 'Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy'?

A. Al GoreB. Lloyd Bentsen
C. Michael DukakisD. Ted Kennedy

Michael has this one down. He takes B...

And he locks it in.

Nailed another one! $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. Who was the first African-American manager to coach in major league baseball?

A. Hank AaronB. Reggie Jackson
C. Don BaylorD. Frank Robinson

Michael has it down to two answers.

Regis reminds Michael of his Lifelines.

Michael decides to use one and Ask the Audience.

A. Hank Aaron - 22%B. Reggie Jackson - 9%

C. Don Baylor - 13%D. Frank Robinson - 56%

He had a feeling that it was D, although he's afraid that Aaron came up before him.

Still, he'll chance it and pick D...

Which is his final answer.

More than twice as many people chose Robinson over Aaron.

That's a pretty good majority.

And they were all right!
Michael has won $32,000!!

For $64,000:
11. In 1998, Suharto resigned after 32 years as president of what country?

A. IndonesiaB. North Korea
C. ChileD. The Philippines

After looking at the question for a few seconds, Michael says it's A...

And he declares that his final answer.

He had to think about it for a little while...

But he nailed it!

For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. What vocal quartet sang backup for Elvis Presley in the '50s?

A. The CricketsB. The Elvii
C. The JordanairesD. The Moroccos

It's a little before his time, but Michael thinks he knows it.

Still, to be sure, he'll burn the 50:50.


C. The JordanairesD. The Moroccos

He knows it now. Michael chooses C...

That'll be his final answer.

It was either Jordan or Morocco...

And it was Jordan!

For $250,000, or ONE QUARTER of a MILLION DOLLARS:
13. What artist's painting of a distracted girl inspired the title of the book 'Girl, Interrupted'?

A. El GrecoB. Paul Gauguin
C. Edouard ManetD. Jan Vermeer

Again, Michael mulls over the question.

Then he thanks his friend Jen for getting him to read the book.

Because of that, he'll put his money on D...

Let's lock it in.

And when this show is over...

Michael can thank his friend...

For helping him win

It's been a while - three and a half weeks, to be exact - but we've finally found ourselves another member of the 13 Club. WIth one Lifeline left, Michael looks to have a chance at applying for the 14 Club right here. Of course, a wrong answer kicks him out of the club and leaves him with $32,000.

For $500,000, or HALF A MILLION DOLLARS:
14. A person from which of these countries has never been aboard a U.S. space mission?

A. Saudi ArabiaB. Denmark
C. GermanyD. France

Michael takes a drink of water, then decides to use his Phone-a-Friend. Now the question is, who to call.

He decides on Paul, a friend from college. After the chaff, here's the wheat:

    Paul: "Uh, I'm gonna say, um, Denmark. I'm fairly certain it's Denmark."
    Michael: "Do you remember from France and Germany going up?"
    Paul: "I remember people from Saudi Arabia, I remember people from Germany, I remember people from France."
    Michael: "You're sure of that?"
    Paul: "Germany is my only ambiguity."
    Michael: "What do you mean, ambiguity?"
    Paul: "I'm not sure I remember Germany, but Denmark I'm fairly certain, I don't remember anyone from Denmark." (Burp burp)

Now that's how you use the phone call. Despite the slight measure of doubt, more important information went around than ever before.

Michael again sits in contemplation.

He thinks Paul's right. Now he's trying to remember someone from Germany going up.

But he can't bring himself to risk it. He decides to stop.
Michael Avitzur withdraws with a quarter-million dollars.

If Michael had been courageous enough to go with his friend...

It would've been worth $500,000. B. Denmark was the right answer.

Michael was the first person to win $250K+ to go into the stands to meet his relative, rather than the relative coming on stage to meet the contestant.

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