Mark McDermott

Mark made it to the hot seat by beating everyone else at this question:

Put these famous sculptures in the order they were created, starting with the earliest.
A. Rodin's the Thinker B. Venus De Milo
C. Michelangelo's David D. Calder's UNESCO mobile
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): B-C-A-D
Mark's winning time: 3.42
Competitors: 7/8

Let's see how far Mark can go!

For $100:
1. According to America Online's trademark phrase, 'you've got' what?

A. Some nerveB. A friend
C. MailD. Time Warner

Mark chooses B...

Got it! $100.

For $200:
2. The Grim Reaper is normally depicted carrying what object in its hand?

A. ScytheB. Book
C. SwordD. Puppy

Mark takes A...

It's right! $200.

For $300:
3. According to the fairy tale, what did Rapunzel 'let down' from her window?

A. Her legB. Her arm
C. Her hairD. Her entire family

Mark picks C...

Correct! $300.

For $500:
4. A crocus is which of the following?

A. BirdB. Plant
C. InsectD. Frog song

Mark goes with B...

Four in a row! $500.

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. In which of these sports do the main characters of the film 'Chariots of Fire' compete?

A. AutoracingB. Hockey
C. RunningD. Basketball

Mark selects C...

And he's won a thousand dollars!

For $2000:
6. When shown the red card by the referee, what does a soccer player have to do?

A. Change teamsB. Score a goal
C. Leave the fieldD. Tackle an opponent

Mark says it's C...

For his final answer.

Absolutely right for $2000!

For $4000:
7. In the opening sequence to the sitcom 'The Brady Bunch', what character occupies the center square?

A. Mrs. Brady B. Mr. Brady
C. Marcia D. Alice

What, no Paul Lynde?

Mark thinks it through. He knows the kids are on each side, and the parents are on the top and bottom. So, by process of elimination, Mark settles on D...

Which will be his final answer.

Got another one! $4000!

For $8000:
8. In what U.S. city did protests at a 1999 World Trade Organization meeting turn violent?

A. SeattleB. San Diego
C. MiamiD. Las Vegas

Mark immediately says A...

And locks it in.

He's hot! $8000!

For $16,000:
9. In 1959, what continent was deemed an international preserve for scientific research?

A. EuropeB. Australia
C. AntarcticaD. South America

Mark, again quick on the trigger, chooses C...

As his final answer.

Nailed it! $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. What Shakespearean character was assassinated on the 'ides of March'?

A. HamletB. Macbeth
C. Richard IID. Julius Caesar

After quoting a line from the play, Mark goes with D...

And that's his final answer.

He had $16,000...

And now he's got 32!!

For $64,000:
11. What image is pictured on the current flag of the European Union?

A. Circle of starsB. Sun and rays
C. Stripes woven togetherD. Concentric circles

They've finally stumped him on this one. He's going to take a Lifeline and Ask the Audience.

A. Circle of stars - 44%B. Sun and rays - 13%

C. Stripes woven together - 21%D. Concentric circles - 22%

Not the most conlusive results.

But A was Mark's first instinct.

Reege reminds Mark that he can't lose any money on this question.

Mark: "I know... but every one is serious; every question is necessary."

But Mark will go for it and take A...

Yes, that's his final answer.

Mark was pretty darn happy when he won $32,000.

He'll be twice as happy now-

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For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. In the Botticelli painting 'The Birth of Venus', what is Venus standing on?

A. CloudB. Shell
C. TapestryD. Pedestal

Mark has seen the painting numerous times, and he chooses B...

That'll be his final answer.

Mark's just put 32,000 clams on a shell.


The permanent run hasn't even been on for a whole week, and we've already seen four people win six digits worth of money. Mark still has two Lifelines in tow, and this next question will put him in the 13 Club:

For $250,000, or ONE QUARTER of a MILLION DOLLARS:
13. Dry ice is the solid form of which gas?

A. NitrogenB. Carbon monoxide
C. HydrogenD. Carbon dioxide

After staring at the question for a few seconds, Mark concludes that it's D.

And D will be Mark's final answer.

Mark had $125,000.

But not anymore.


The 13 Club has now extended to six members, Mark McDermott being the newest recruit. He's also holding on to two Lifelines. Two questions away from the seven-digit prize. But as is always warned, a wrong answer will cost Mark $218,000.

For $500,000, or HALF A MILLION DOLLARS:
14. What ship is believed to have passed by the Titanic, ignoring her distress signals?

A. SiriusB. Californian
C. CarpathiaD. Ann McKay

Mark is one of the three people who hasn't seen the movie.

But he has read a lot about it.

Regis reminds Mark of his two Lifelines.

And Mark's going to use one. He'll burn the 50:50.

OUTB. Californian

C. CarpathiaOUT

That clinches it for him. Mark chooses C...

Which is his final answer.

So far, we've seen three people look at the million-dollar question.

Mark is trying to become the fourth to see it.

And with his answer of C...

He's just lost a lot of money. The answer was B. Californian. The Carpathia was the one that came to the Titanic's aid.

Mark McDermott drops $218,000 and leaves with $32,000, plus the dubious title of the first to miss the 14th question.

Regis never asked about Mark's occupation. (Sorry, that's the best I can do.)

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