Joe Roberts

Roberts is another member of the fraternity of players who needed two tries to reach the hot seat. This is the question that got him here:

Place the following events in the order they occurred, starting with the earliest.
A. Exxon Valdez oil spill B. Challenger explosion
C. Harvey Milk assassination D. Million Man March
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): C-B-A-D
Joe's winning time: 4.92
Competitors: 3/9

Let's see if Joe can come back to win it all!

For $100:
1. How many letters are there in the modern English alphabet?

A. 10B. 26
C. 23D. 15

Joe quickly answers B...

And locks it in.

Got it for $100!

For $200:
2. Which of the following is a human blood type?


Joe chooses B...

For his final answer.

Right again! $200.

For $300:
3. Which of these athletes has won the Men's Singles competition at Wimbledon?

A. Carl LewisB. Michael Jordan
C. Andre AgassiD. Regis Philbin

Nah, too easy.

Anyways, Joe picks C...

He'll confirm it.

And he's got $300!

For $500:
4. In which part of the body does the female kangaroo nurse her young?

A. EarB. Paw
C. MouthD. Pouch

Joe selects D...

Final answer.

Nailed it! $500.

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. How far can a car going 60 miles per hour go in one minute?

A. 1 mileB. 6 miles
C. 10 milesD. 60 miles

Doing some quick math, Joe sides with A...

That'll be his final answer.

And the thousand dollars is secure!

For $2000:
6. Which of the following sports is played with a shuttlecock?

A. Jai alaiB. Cricket
C. BadmintonD. Miniature Golf

Joe goes with C...

As his final answer.

Doing fine! $2000!

For $4000:
7. Before joining the boy band 'N Sync, two members were regulars on what children's TV show?

A. Sesame StreetB. The Electric Company
C. Mickey Mouse Club D. Barney & Friends

Not up on popular music, Joe will use his Phone-a-Friend and call his brother Rich. We do the formalities, and then we get this transcript:

    Rich: "Two members of 'N Sync were on what television show?"
    Joe: "Sesame Street, Electric Company, Mickey Mouse, Barney & Friends. 10 seconds."
    Rich: "Mickey Mouse Club."
    Joe: "Sure?"
    Rich: "I'm being told that is correct." (Burp burp)

Joe is going to take the second-hand advice and choose C...

Which will be his final answer.

Whoever told Rich it was Mickey Mouse Club...

Was right! $4000!

For $8000:
8. Which of the following gives plants their green color?

A. ChlorophyllB. Carotene
C. Calcium D. Chlorine

Joe immediately picks A...

And he'll turn it orange.

He's right once again! $8000!

For $16,000:
9. The Russian city of St. Petersburg used to be known as which of the following?

A. StalingradB. Belgorod
C. VolgogradD. Leningrad

Joe looks stumped, and he decides to use the 50:50.

A. StalingradOUT

OUTD. Leningrad

Still not convinced, Joe is going to toss this question to the audience.

A. Stalingrad - 29%OUT

OUTD. Leningrad - 71%

A fairly conclusive sampling there, enough to persuade Joe into choosing D...

For his final answer.

The audience has now been polled twice this series.

And now...

They're 2 for 2! $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. What letter in the Braille alphabet is represented by a single raised dot?

A. AB. B
C. CD. D

Joe's instincts tell him it's A.

He'll take A...

And that's his final answer.

Well, logic would assume first letter, one dot...

And that logic...

is correct! Joe locks in $32,000!!

For $64,000:
11. By marriage Richard Nixon's daughter Julie is related by what other U.S. president?

A. CarterB. Eisenhower
C. TrumanD. Clinton

Joe knows this one right off. He says it's B...

Final answer? Go for it.

A freebie.

Without Lifelines.

And a right answer!

For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. What animated character danced with Gene Kelly in the film 'Anchors Aweigh'?

A. Mickey MouseB. Popeye
C. JerryD. Betty Boop

Again, Joe seems sure about this one. He'll take C...

And make it his final answer.

On the final episode of a game show called "Hit Man"...

They mention how Gene Kelly danced...

With Jerry the mouse!

How's this for starting it off with a bang? Joe Roberts, only the second contestant of the new series, stands one question away from being a quarter-millionaire. Plus, he hasn't had a Lifeline for the last three questions. Will he know the next one?

For $250,000, or ONE QUARTER of a MILLION DOLLARS:
13. During which war did nurse Florence Nightingale achieve notoriety?

A. Boer WarB. Crimean War
C. Peloponnesian WarD. World War I

Joe, poker face in full force, chooses B.

Reege reminds Joe that he's out of Lifelines.

But that doesn't faze Joe. He's going with B...

And declares it his final answer.

This is now four questions that he's been out of Lifelines.

He's been awful sure about these questions.

He was sure about this one.

Boy, he'll be surprised to find out...

That he's just won A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS!!!!!!

Despite his lack of Lifelines, it seems as if nothing will stop Joe from winning a huge amount of money. He's now in the 13 Club, one question away from a half million, and two questions away from being Millionaire #2. But as I always remind my readers, a wrong answer here will cost Joe $218,000. It hasn't happened yet, and Joe certainly doesn't want to be the first to do it.

For $500,000, or HALF A MILLION DOLLARS:
14. Who is often credited for designing the uniforms worn by the Vatican's Swiss Guards?

A. CaravaggioB. Da Vinci
C. BerniniD. Michelangelo

It appears Joe doesn't know this one. The fact that he's out of Lifelines is only now making itself apparent.

Not willing to risk his money on a guess, he decides to withdraw.
Joe Roberts walks away with $250,000.

His post-mortem guess is D...

And he'd have been a half-millionaire. D. Michelangelo was the correct answer.

Prior to Roberts, the most questions played after all Lifelines were used was 2, done by David Honea, Mike Feinberg, Rick Grimes and Neil Larrimore.

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