Mark Gluckstern

Mark reached the hot seat by way of this question:

Put the following best-selling authors in order of their birth, starting with the earliest.
A. Barbara KingsolverB. J.D. Salinger
C. Sue Grafton D. Frank McCourt
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): B-D-C-A
Mark's winning time: 20.00
Competitors: 1/8

Mark was the only one to get it right, and needed all 20 seconds to do it. Let's see what he can do when he's not racing the clock!

For $100:
1. Which of the following is used to row a boat?

A. FoilB. Oar
C. CueD. Net

Mark chooses B...

Starting off strong! $100.

For $200:
2. What is the name commonly given to people who are able to break into computer systems?

A. BackersB. Hackers
C. SlackersD. Smackers

Mark goes with B again...

And he's right again! $200.

For $300:
3. If a letter is marked with the acronym s.w.a.k., it is supposedly sealed with a what?

A. KissB. Kudos
C. KnowledgeD. Kitty
Mark selects A...

Got it! $300.

For $500:
4. Which of the following is a typical Japanese dish?

A. SaganakiB. Souvlaki
C. SukiyakiD. Ceviche

Mark picks C...

Four in a row! $500.

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. What does an altimeter measure?

A. Wind velocityB. Altitude
C. Electric powerD. Water pressure

Mark says it's B...

Which secures him the thousand!

For $2000:
6. Who is credited with the 'quick and easy' method of teaching dance steps by using diagrams of footprints?

A. Alvin AileyB. Dick Clark
C. Bob FosseD. Arthur Murray

Mark chooses D...

For his final answer.

And he dances his way to $2000!

For $4000:
7. Which of these songs begins "My country! 'Tis of thee"?

A. America B. America the Beautiful
C. This Land is Your Land D. God Bless America

Mark takes A...

Let's turn it orange.

Nailed it! $4000!

For $8000:
8. In June 1876, where did Sioux and Cheyenne warriors defeat General George Custer and his troops?

A. Bull RunB. Little Bighorn
C. Wounded KneeD. Dancing Rabbit Creek

Mark goes with B...

Final answer? Of course.

And Mark is still hot! $8000!

For $16,000:
9. Approximately how much of the Earth is covered with water?

A. 90%B. 70%
C. 50%D. 40%

Mark, continuing his John Carpenter impression, immediately selects B...

As his final answer.

Got another one! $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. Who was the first woman to win the $100,000 Grand Prize on the TV series 'Star Search'?

A. Rosie O'DonnellB. Ellen DeGeneres
C. Jenny JonesD. Paula Poundstone

So much for that John Carpenter impression. Mark's gonna use a Lifeline.

He'll start by asking the audience.

A. Rosie O'Donnell - 32%B. Ellen DeGeneres - 12%

C. Jenny Jones - 14%D. Paula Poundstone - 42%

That showing isn't convincing enough for Mark. (Hey, on the last show, 64% wasn't convincing.) So, he'll burn another Lifeline and call Dave, an old friend. After the formalities, here's what they have to say:

    Dave: "I don't believe we have any idea, Mark."
    Mark: "Darn!"
    Dave: "Yeah!"
    Mark: "OK, thanks Dave." (Burp burp)

Well, at the very least the correspondent didn't get cut off before giving an answer.

Regis reminds Mark of his remaining Lifeline.

And see no other alternative, Mark will take that 50:50.

A. Rosie O'DonnellOUT

C. Jenny JonesOUT

Obviously, that means the audience did not have the right answer.

Even though Mark had a suspicion it might be Rosie, he has an even stronger suspicion that it's Jenny.

And that's what he'll go with. Mark settles on C...

And he will make that his final answer.

The audience was wrong.

His phone call didn't have a clue.

Rosie is a huge fan of the show.

But instead of going with the obvious choice...

Mark went with Jenny Jones.

And it's a good thing he did -
He's just $32,000!!


Mark brought his girlfriend, Paula to the show the last night. Of course, she's back to root him on for this show. But she brought a companion with her as well - the woman who sat next to her the last night! It seems that during Mark's campaign, Paula was clutching this person for dear life. Well, Paula, it isn't going to get any easier.

For $64,000:
11. Which of the following novels features a dog trainer named Muriel Pritchett?

A. Animal DreamsB. The Accidental Tourist
C. Breathing LessonsD. Searching for Caleb

Mark knows this one. He says it's B...

Which he will lock in.

He needed a lot of time on the last one...

But he had this one immediately.

And they both have the same result!

For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. What character did James Montgomery Flagg help immortalize in his 1914 poster?

A. KilroyB. Betty Boop
C. Uncle SamD. Smokey Bear

He knows it isn't A; that was World War II.

It isn't B, either; that was the '20s.

So now we're down to C or D.

He thinks Uncle Sam's been around before 1914.

Reege suggests Mark take his time.

Now Mark believes that Smokey the Bear may have started in the '40s.

He's going to go for it. He'll say C.

Reege: "Paula just did a nosedive into her friend's shoulder."

Mark will make C his final answer.

Paula's about to go through a nervous breakdown.

Going through such a range of emotions...

Only to watch Mark...


For $250,000, or ONE QUARTER of a MILLION DOLLARS:
13. According to an Aesop fable, what bird told the goddess Juno that he wanted the voice of a nightingale?

A. CraneB. Peacock
C. DoveD. Swan

Unfortunately, the answer Mark was thinking of isn't among the choices. So he's going to walk.
Mark Gluckstern leaves the hot seat with $125,000.

The correct answer was B. Peacock.

To date, Mark was the oldest contestant in the hot seat, at the ripe old age of.... 50.

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