John Nelson

John reached the hot seat by way of this question:

QQ20. Place these science fiction TV series in the order of their premiere, from the earliest to the most recent.
A. Star Trek: The Next Generation B. Star Trek: Voyager
C. Star Trek D. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): C-A-D-B
John's winning time: 5.21
Competitors: 2/8

Let's keep this hot streak going!

For $100:
1. According to a 17th century saying, what should you not cry over?

A. Fallen leavesB. Spilt milk
C. Dropped candyD. Old bread

John picks B...

Which is right! $100.

For $200:
2. When water wears away a beach, what is that process called?

A. ErosionB. Guilt
C. AggressionD. Construction

John goes with A...

Another right answer! $200.


For $300:
3. Having a 'green thumb' indicates talent in which of the following areas?

A. HitchhikingB. Painting
C. NeedlepointD. Gardening
John chooses D...

Correct! $300.

For $500:
4. What is the popular nickname of the Pope's bulletproof car?

A. PopemobileB. Vativan
C. Holy RollerD. Italian Stallion
John selects A...

Right again for $500!

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. What is the name of Elvis Presley's former home in Memphis, Tennessee?

A. XanaduB. Paisley Park
C. GracelandD. Presleyville

Former, of course, because he's now working at a 7-11 in Mobile, Alabama.

Anyways, John chooses C...

And it wins him a thousand dollars!

For $2000:
6. What is the name for a revolving light in a lighthouse?

A. St. Elmo's FireB. Foghorn
C. FlashlightD. Beacon

John says it's D...

Which is his final answer.

He's correct! $2000!

For $4000:
7. Which of the following directors is known for making cameo appearances in every one of his movies?

A. Alfred Hitchcock B. George Lucas
C. Sydney Pollack D. Steven Spielberg

John thinks he knows it, but he's going to ask the cinematically-inclined audience first.

A. Alfred Hitchcock - 84%B. George Lucas - 4%

C. Sydney Pollack - 6%D. Steven Spielberg - 6%

Looks kinda lopsided, doesn't it?

John takes the hint and goes with A...

For his final answer.

The audience gets another one! $4000!

For $8000:
8. What letter of the Greek alphabet shares its name with the term used to describe the mouth of a river?

A. ThetaB. Gamma
C. DeltaD. Omega

John decides it's C...

And that's his final answer.

It's a good one; he's just won $8000!

For $16,000:
9. Which of the following would you find in the movement known as 'Promise Keepers'??

A. Working mothersB. Christian men
C. Camp Fire GirlsD. Rabbis

After thinking for a while, he eliminates C and D. But it's a blur after that.

So, he's going to squan... erm, use his 50:50.

A. Working mothersB. Christian men


Saw that coming halfway across town.

Still, it seems to cement his feeling, and he settles on B...

As his final answer.

What was the problem? It was B! $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. Who retired the highly-popular syndicated comic strip, 'Bloom County', in 1989?

A. Berke BreathedB. Scott Adams
C. Gary LarsonD. Gary Trudeau

John knows that Trudeau does Doonesbury, Larson does The Far Side and Scott Adams does Dilbert, so by process of elimination he lands on A...

Which will be his final answer.

Gotta love process of elimination!
John wins $32,000!!

For $64,000:
11. Which country celebrated its 50th birthday in 1998?

A. LiberiaB. Israel
C. UkraineD. Nicaragua

John eliminates C immediately, and A not much later.

Since it's a free shot, he'll just go with B...

Final answer? It is.

Gosh, if he'd only used the phone-a-friend...

Someone could've told him...

That Israel...

Is right!

For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. The ancient Greek masterpiece known as "Winged Victory" is a sculpture of what goddess?

A. HeraB. Athena
C. NikeD. Aphrodite

John is now wishing he'd paid more attention to his mythology classes.

He's pretty sure D isn't it.

But three choices is too many to ponder for John, so he'll call his dad, Ed. Here's the transcript after the formalities:

    Ed: "I'm pretty su- uh, I think it's Athena, but I'm not sure."
    John: "How confident are you in that answer?"
    Ed: "Not very, John."
    John: "Not very. Dad, do you have any feelings other than 'not very'?"
    Ed: "Nope."
    John: "No, I- I said Athena, but I- I'm not that confident." (Burp burp)

Not too much help from that correspondent.

John is debating if he should try to be the hero now.

B was John's instinct as well, although neither was too sure.

He's going to hate himself if he goes and misses, but he's also going to hate himself if he stopped on the right answer.

Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. He'll pick B...

And that will be his final answer.

Regis takes a long pause...

Before he tells John that...

He's just lost 32 grand. C. Nike was the correct choice.
John Nelson drops back the $32,000.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: This is a case of blind faith. Granted, they were both thinking B, but there's a difference between thinking B and knowing B. Neither was very sure, but since they both were one the same wavelength, John went for it. This is why the Phone-a-Friend can be a tricky Lifeline: If two people agree on the wrong answer, that could spell doom.

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