Andres Rivera

Now we've finally covered the minority issue! Andres reached the Hot Seat with this question:

QQ17. Put the following South American countries in order from northernmost to southernmost.
A. PeruB. Paraguay
C. Colombia D. Argentina
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): C-A-B-D
Andres' winning time: 6.41
Competitors: 3/10

Andres is a software developer from Atlanta, Georgia, but his real dream is to be a tornado chaser. Here he goes on his quest for the million!

For $100:
1. According to the 1953 song, 'when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie,' what is it?

A. IndigestionB. Messy
C. Bad luckD. Amore

Andres chooses D...

Which is his final answer.

And he's right for $100!

For $200:
2. In the classic children's story, which of these villains threatened the three little pigs?

A. Wicked stepsisterB. Bluto
C. Snidely WhiplashD. Big Bad Wolf

Andres says it's D again...

And again that's his final answer.

And again, he's right! $200.

For $300:
3. Which of the following for the lustrous lining of certain types of oyster shells?

A. Cubic zirconiaB. Mother-of-pearl
C. Oyster crackerD. Pearl-of-wisdom
Andres selects B...

For his final answer.

Got it! $300.

For $500:
4. What orange drink became popular after astronauts took it to the moon?

A. Sunny DelightB. Tang
C. ShastaD. Orange Julius
Andres mentions it was a favorite of his. He says it's B...

And confirms that's his final answer.

You betcha! $500.

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. If you travel 'as the crow flies,' what word best describes your route?

A. CrookedB. Winding
C. StraightD. Circular

Andres doesn't recognize the saying, so he'll pose the question to the hopefully-verbose audience.

A. Crooked - 18%B. Winding - 4%

C. Straight - 73%D. Circular - 5%

That's quite a majority, so he'll trust the audience. Andres guesses C...

Which is his final answer.

And now Andres can't fly away with less than $1000!

For $2000:
6. What M&M's color was introduced in 1995 after winning a nationwide vote?

A. BlueB. Brown
C. YellowD. Green

Andres picks A...

That'll be his final answer.

And it's correct! $2000!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: In case anyone cares, I voted for Purple in said vote. (You could vote for Blue, Purple, or Pink.)

For $4000:
7. Russian jeweler Faberge is best known for what decorative objects?

A. Easter eggs B. Bookends
C. Dinnerware D. Vases

Andres goes with A...

And that's his final answer.

He's on a roll! $4000!

For $8000:
8. Which of the following vampire characters was created by novelist Anne Rice?

A. NosferatuB. Dracula
C. LestatD. Vlad Tepes

Andres is a big fan of Rice, and so he's confident of the answer. He chooses C...

Final answer? You bet.

And he's got himself $8000!

After the commercial, Regis delves more into Andres' personal life. It turns out he once played bass guitar for a local rock group. Phish is his favorite group, and he's seen them close to 20 times when he was in college.

Reege: "Wouldn't it be great, Andres, if you could go again to see Phish, and then step outside the theater, and here comes a tornado! And you could chase that! What a night you would have!!"

For $16,000:
9. Hydrophobia literally means a fear of what?

A. PeopleB. Water
C. SnakesD. Dark

Andres knows that "Hydro" means water, so he'll pick B...

As his final answer.

And now he's up to $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. Who is the NFL's Super Bowl trophy named after?

A. Paul BrownB. William Heffelfinger
C. Pete RozelleD. Vince Lombardi

Andres is a big football fan, so he confidently selects D...

Which is his final answer.

And that trophy is named after...

Vince Lombardi!
Andres guarantees himself $32,000!!

For $64,000:
11. In 1860, which state was the first to secede from the Union?

A. AlabamaB. Virginia
C. South CarolinaD. Mississippi

Andres has a feeling he knows the answer, but that feeling isn't enough for him. He'll burn his 50:50 to help him.

OUTB. Virginia

C. South CarolinaOUT

He knows it's a freebie, and he doesn't want to waste his last Lifeline, so he'll go for it and choose C...

For his final answer.

He lives in the south, so he should know...

That the first state to secede was...

South Carolina!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: I'd have bombed on this question; I thought for sure it was Alabama. I was also quite surprised that Virginia made it past the 50:50.

For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. Gregor Johann Mendel was best known for his discoveries in what branch of science?

A. GeneticsB. Geology
C. GeophysicsD. Geometry

Andres was lucky enough to study genetics in college, so he's going to choose A...

And that's his final answer.

Andres, you should've known if you worked in genetics...

That the father of the field was...

A man by the name of...


Our last contestant went for the quarter-million, and busted. Will Andres do the same? Or will he get the next question right? Or will he even go for the next question? To find out, just scroll down.

For $250,000, or ONE QUARTER of a MILLION DOLLARS:
13. Who was the first host of 'Saturday Night Live'?

A. Billy CrystalB. George Carlin
C. Steve MartinD. Paul Simon

Andres doesn't even pretend to know the answer. He's going to use his final Lifeline and call his friend Ben, or as Andres calls him, "Benny Louie." Here's the transcript after the formalities:

    Andres: "You have any idea?"
    Ben: "Um... Hmm, George Car- say 'em again? Can you say 'em again?"
    Andres: "Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Steve Martin, and Paul Simon."
    Ben: "George Carlin, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin..."
    Andres: "You got 7 seconds."
    Ben: "...and Paul Simon."
    Andres: "Yeah."
    Ben: "God... Uh..."
    Andres: "Not a clue?"
    Ben: "I don't know." (Burp burp)

He didn't even have time to take a guess.

Needless to say, he wasn't sure going into the phone call, and he isn't any more sure coming out of it. So, he's going to do the smart thing and call it quits.
Andres Rivera passes on the 13th question and stops with $125,000.

With a free guess, he takes a shot on C...

And that shot would've been an airball. B. George Carlin was right.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Another tough one. The 13th question seems to constantly throw curveballs, asking questions that really can't be researched ahead of time. It's just one of those "you have to be there" kinda questions. Nevertheless, I will say that his use of Lifelines was pretty darn good - even though he squandered one on the lower tier.


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