Jane Oviatt

Jane is a homemaker, who reached the hot seat by answering this question:

QQ32. Using their nicknames, place these states in geographical order from west to east.
A. Show Me StateB. Sunshine State
C. Grand Canyon State D. Golden State
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): D-C-A-B
Jane's winning time: 5.40
Competitors: 5/9

While Reege was giving the rules, Jane decided to have a drink of water. So, Reege incorporated that as a Lifeline. "You can ask the audience, you can phone a friend... you can have a glass of water...."

Anyways, let's go for the million!

For $100:
1. How many rails does a monorail run on?

A. 1B. 2
C. 3D. 4

Jane thinks it's A...

And she's right! $100.

For $200:
2. Which of the following types of clothing is a sarong?

A. HatB. Sandals
C. SweaterD. Skirt

Jane goes with D...

Got it! $200.

For $300:
3. What three letter acronym would you most likely find on a bottle of sunblock?

Jane picks C...

And she picks up $300!

For $500:
4. According to popular belief, what monster stalks its prey only when the moon is full?

A. WerewolfB. Godzilla
C. FrankensteinD. Loch Ness Monster

Jane chooses A...

Good girl! $500.

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. How did comic strip character Dick Tracy earn his living?

A. Police DetectiveB. Medical examiner
C. FiremanD. Newspaper reporter

Jane goes with A...

And she's got the thousand bucks!

For $2000:
6. Which of the following animals would you find at the South Pole?

A. ReindeerB. Grizzly bear
C. Polar bearD. Penguin

Jane thinks she knows it, but those Lifelines are looking pretty appetizing.

Reege reminds her that all 3 available.

But no, she'll stand pat. Jane selects D...

Final answer? Yep.

Way to hold on to those Lifelines; she's won $2000!

For $4000:
7. Which of the following is not a member of the operatic trio known as 'The Three Tenors'?

A. Luciano Pavarotti B. Plácido Domingo
C. Andrea Bocelli D. José Carreras

Jane says it's C...

That's her final answer.

And she got another one! $4000!

For $8000:
8. Who presided over the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry against President Clinton?

A. Orrin HatchB. Henry Hyde
C. Bob LivingstonD. Bill Barr

Jane knows this it's B. The representative from her district, as a matter of fact.

So B is her final answer.

Yeah, she nailed it! $8000!

For $16,000:
9. In the musical 'Fiddler on the Roof', what prompts Teyve and Golde to sing 'Sunrise, Sunset'?

A. A daughter's weddingB. A parent's funeral
C. A grandchild's birthD. An attack by soldiers

Jane is pretty sure about this one, but she wants to use the 50:50 first.

A. A daughter's weddingB. A parent's funeral


That helped her. She'll say A...

For her final answer.

And she got another one right! $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. What signal from the Vatican indicates the election of a new pope?

A. BellsB. Doves
C. White smokeD. Black smoke

Jane stares at the question intently for a minute. Then, she decides to call upon her cousin's husband, Mike. Here is the transcript, after the question and choices:

    Mike: "Uh, Jane?"
    Jane: "Yeah?"
    Mike: "White smoke. 100% confident. White smoke."
    Jane: "OK, Mike, I'm counting on you!"
    Mike: "OK, you can count on me."
    Jane: "100% confident."
    Mike: "Yes."
    Jane: "Like to hear that."
    Mike: "OK."
    Jane: "All righty, thanks, we'll go for it."
    Mike: "OK, good luck." (Burp burp)

Way to burn off 7 seconds.

Well, no sense in opposing 100% confidence, so Jane will choose C...

As her final answer.

Well, it looks like...

We have another $32,000 winner!!


For $64,000:
11. Who was the first gymnast to score a perfect '10' in the Olympics?

A. Kerri StrugB. Nadia Comenici
C. Olga KorbutD. Mary Lou Retton

Jane in a fan of the Olympics, so she knows it's B...

And that's her final answer.

Well, at least she won't lose anything...


For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. Which artist popularized the sculpture with movable parts known as the mobile?

A. Pablo PicassoB. Alexander Calder
C. Auguste RodinD. Henry Moore

Nothing's ringing a bell for her, so she'll have to ask the hopefully-wise audience.

A. Pablo Picasso - 27%B. Alexander Calder - 55%

C. Auguste Rodin - 8%D. Henry Moore - 17%

Jane thinks she will trust the audience.

Reege: "Have you taken a look at this audience?"
Jane: "I have faith."

Jane will go with B...

Which is her final answer.

The audience was playing with Jane's money.

And they just made her...

The first American female to win

Jane is now the richest femlae in WWTBAM history, surpassing November contestants Beth Plummer and Jennifer Mullins. Can she raise the bar even higher?

For $250,000, or ONE QUARTER of a MILLION DOLLARS:
13. Which of the following letters does not exist in the the traditional Hawaiian alphabet?

A. HB. M
C. ND. T

Jane has no idea. And $93,000 is a lot to lose on one question, so she will bow out.
Jane Oviatt quits with $125,000, the largest sum by a female on the the show.

The answer was D. T.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Shucks. I would've been a quarter-millionaire. I know that one of the traditional fish of the Hawaiian islands is the humuhumunukunukuapua'a (yes, that is the name of the fish), which contains H's, M's, and N's. T also seemed like too percussive a letter to be in a Pacific language. Oh well. Congrats go to Jane - a swart woman and a lively contestant.

WINNINGS TO DATE: $3,116,000

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