Joel Winkelsas

Joel is a special ed. teacher, who made it to the main game on this question:

QQ7. Put these horses in the order in which they won the 'Triple Crown," from the earliest to the most recent.
A. Citation B. Affirmed
C. War Admiral D. Secretariat
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): C-D-A-B
Joel's winning time: 4.97
Competitors: 3/8

Let's see if the guy from Yonkers can zonk ABC for a million!

For $100:
1. Traditionally, what is the 'B' in a BLT sandwich?

A. ButterB. Bacon
C. BarleyD. Bobby

Joel says it's B...

And that's his final answer.

He's right! $100.

For $200:
2. On which type of boat would you typically find a periscope?

A. YachtB. Gondola
C. SubmarineD. Dinghy

Joel picks C...

For his final answer.

Correct! $200.


For $300:
3. According to a centuries-old saying, wealthy babies are born with what in their mouth?

A. Silky tongueB. Gold teeth
C. Silver spoonD. Platinum pacifier

Joel chooses C...

And confirms that's his final answer.

He's got it! $300.

For $500:
4. What piece of men's clothing is commonly worn around the waist as a part of a tuxedo?

A. SmockB. Muumuu
C. GirdleD. Cummerbund

Joel doesn't like tuxedoes, but he knows the answer. He selects D...

Yes, that's his final answer.

And it's right! $500.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Isn't Cummerbund spelled with two B's? That's how it's pronounced...

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. What is your occupation if you're a member of the paparazzi?

A. PhotographerB. Architect
C. Truck DriverD. Lawyer

Joel quickly answers A...

That's gonna be his final answer.

It's right, and he's got no less than $1000!

For $2000:
6. According to a 1976 Paul Simon song, how many ways are there to leave your lover?

A. 33B. 50
C. 99D. 100

Joel is fast on the answer again. He picks B...

Which is his final answer.

Nailed it! $2000!

For $4000:
7. Where is the Sea of Tranquility?

A. Antarctica B. Mars
C. Moon D. Siberia

Joel is spouting out the answers almost before Reege is finished giving the choices!

He says it's C...

And that's his final answer.

Another right answer! $4000!

For $8000:
8. In 1954, what phrase did Congress add to the Pledge of Allegiance?

A. To the RepublicB. Under God
C. Indivisible D. And justice for all

It's been a while since Joel has gone to elementary school, so he'll take the 50:50.

OUTB. Under God

OUTD. And justice for all

As it usually does, the 50:50 leaves the two choices Joel was contemplating. Feeling no more certain than before, he'll ask the infinitely-smart audience.

OUTB. Under God - 49%

OUTD. And justice for all - 51%


Reege: "Just great, audience! Thank you!"
Joel: "Very helpful! Thank you!"
Reege: "From the bottom of our hearts!"

Well, it looks like Joel is going to have to swim on his own with this one. He's going to go with his hunch, and pick B...

For his final answer.

Not too many people go against the audience. (Let's forget that the audience is nearly split down the middle)

But Joel was right to do so! $8000!!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: After the 50:50, the answer should have become obvious. Try reading the Pledge while leaving out B, then do it without D. Omitting "And justice for all" sounds really awkward, doesn't it? I also would've figured B because of the whole church/state separation issue.

For $16,000:
9. In 1947, what did Reynolds Metal Co. market to consumers for use in the kitchen?

A. Teflon-coated cookwareB. Aerosol cans
C. Aluminum foilD. Stainless steel

Joel ponders the question, then chooses C...

And says that's his final answer.

And he's just wrapped up $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. What modern Broadway play is based on the Puccini opera titled 'La Boheme'?

A. 'Cats'B. 'Showboat'
C. 'Rent'D. 'Les Miserables'

Joel has gone back to giving the answers right after Reege is done with the choices. He goes with C...

Which is his final answer.

Joel, you've just guaranteed yourself $32,000!!

For $64,000:
11. Who was the only heavyweight champion ever to retire undefeated as a professional?

A. Muhammad AliB. Rocky Marciano
C. Joe LouisD. Jack Dempsey

Joel is not a big sports fan. He's hoping his brother Jim is, because he's using his Phone-a-Friend. Here's the transcript, after the question and choices:

    Jim: "Oh, geez..."
    Joel: "Uh huh, thanks, all right, well, take a guess."
    Jim: "Uh..."
    Joel: "12 seconds. Come on."
    Jim: "Rocky Marciano."
    Joel: "Complete guess?"
    Jim: "Complete, uh, a guess."
    Joel: "A guess. All right."
    Jim: "OK?"
    Joel: "Thanks, Jim."
    Jim: "OK, Joel." (Burp burp)

Regis reminds Joel that this question is a freebie. Guess wrong, not a penny is lost.

Even though Jim's endorsement of B had nothing behind it, it looks as good as any choice.

Joel selects B...

And he hunkers down, declaring B his final answer.

He had nothing to lose on this question.

And B was a wild guess.

So it won't be that bad to hear that...


For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. Which of the following wines is not the name of a grape?

A. ChablisB. Chardonnay
C. Cabernet SauvignonD. Chenin Blanc

Joel doesn't drink, and he'd have to be drunk if he was going to put half his money at stake.
Joel Winkelsas steps down with $64,000.

If he had to guess, he would've picked C...

And he would've been wrong. The answer was A. Chablis. Joel did the right thing in stopping.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Allow me to preach (as if you haven't done so already). Joel immediately walked away because he wasn't a drinker. Nice to see that someone doesn't need alcohol to have fun. I'm doing my best to be a teetotaller myself - not easy, I can tell you. Anyone who knows me knows I'm weird enough without booze. Okay, back to the game.


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