Mark made it to the hot seat by beating everyone else at this question:
|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
Let's see how far Mark can go!
|1. According to America Online's trademark phrase, 'you've got' what?||A. Some nerve||B. A friend
||C. Mail||D. Time Warner
Mark chooses B...
Got it! $100.
|2. The Grim Reaper is normally depicted carrying what object in its hand?||A. Scythe||B. Book
||C. Sword||D. Puppy
Mark takes A...
It's right! $200.
|3. According to the fairy tale, what did Rapunzel 'let down' from her window?||A. Her leg||B. Her arm
||C. Her hair||D. Her entire family
Mark picks C...
|4. A crocus is which of the following?||A. Bird||B. Plant
||C. Insect||D. Frog song
Mark goes with B...
Four in a row! $500.
|5. In which of these sports do the main characters of the film 'Chariots of Fire' compete?||A. Autoracing||B. Hockey
||C. Running||D. Basketball
Mark selects C...
And he's won a thousand dollars!
|6. When shown the red card by the referee, what does a soccer player have to do?||A. Change teams||B. Score a goal
||C. Leave the field||D. Tackle an opponent
Mark says it's C...
For his final answer.
Absolutely right for $2000!
|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!
|8. In what U.S. city did protests at a 1999 World Trade Organization meeting turn violent?||A. Seattle||B. San Diego
||C. Miami||D. Las Vegas
Mark immediately says A...
And locks it in.
He's hot! $8000!
|9. In 1959, what continent was deemed an international preserve for scientific research?||A. Europe||B. Australia
||C. Antarctica||D. South America
Mark, again quick on the trigger, chooses C...
As his final answer.
Nailed it! $16,000!
|10. What Shakespearean character was assassinated on the 'ides of March'?||A. Hamlet||B. Macbeth
||C. Richard II||D. 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!!
|11. What image is pictured on the current flag of the European Union?||A. Circle of stars||B. Sun and rays
||C. Stripes woven together||D. 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-
|12. In the Botticelli painting 'The Birth of Venus', what is Venus standing on?||A. Cloud||B. Shell
||C. Tapestry||D. 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.
And he's just won ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!!
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:
|13. Dry ice is the solid form of which gas?||A. Nitrogen||B. Carbon monoxide
||C. Hydrogen||D. 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.
'Cause he's just won TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!!!
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.
|14. What ship is believed to have passed by the Titanic, ignoring her distress signals?||A. Sirius||B. Californian
||C. Carpathia||D. 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.
|OUT||B. Californian||C. Carpathia||OUT
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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