Lauren Kelner

Another female! Woo hoo! Lauren's a clinical laboratory scientist, who made it into the hot seat via this question:

QQ38. Put these cities in the order they will observe the arrival of New Year's Day 2000, from first to last.
A. ParisB. Moscow
C. Honolulu D. New York City
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): B-A-D-C
Lauren's winning time: 5.25
Competitors: 4/8

Our most successful female won $125,000. Will Lauren beat that mark? Let's find out!

For $100:
1. In the book 'Peter Pan', where does Peter live?

A. Garden of EdenB. Neverland
C. Middle EarthD. Dublin

Lauren chooses B...

And she's on the board!

For $200:
Who is credited with inventing the sandwich?

A. SubwayB. 4th Earl of Sandwich
C. 1st Duke of ReubenD. Jonathan Club III

Somebody get the cough syrup away from the writers. Please.

Lauren picks B...

And that's her final answer.

Nailed it! $200.

For $300:
3. What is the name for the tuft of hair that surrounds the head of a lion?

A. ToupeeB. Hock
C. ManeD. Chapeau
Lauren says it's C...

Three in a row! $300.

For $500:
4. Party animal Spuds McKenzie was a 'pitch dog' for which of the following drinks?

A. Bud LightB. Miller Light
C. Coors LiteD. Kibbles and Brew
This one looks a little tricky to Lauren, so she'll toss this one to the hopefully-not-inebriated audience.
A. Bud Light - 88%B. Miller Light - 7%

C. Coors Light - 4%D. Kibbles and Brew - 1%

That seems to have jogged her memory, so Lauren will go with A...

For her final answer.

Nice going, audience! $500.

END SHOW 17 -- BEGIN SHOW 18 (Final show)

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. Which department store sponsors the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City?

A. Bloomingdale'sB. Saks
C. Macy'sD. Tiffany

Lauren chooses C...

And she's leaving with no less than a grand!

For $2000:
6. What kind of cooking instrument is a wok?

A. ShredderB. Pan
C. StrainerD. Barbeque grill

Lauren picks B...

Yes, that's her final answer.

She got it! $2000!

For $4000:
7. How long is a fortnight?

A. One day B. One week
C. Two weeks D. Five days

Lauren selects C...

As her final answer.

Correct for $4000!

For $8000:
8. The African festival Kwanzaa is celebrated for one week after which of the following holidays?

A. EasterB. Labor Day
C. ThanksgivingD. Christmas

Lauren chooses D...

And that's her final answer.

Right again! $8000!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Not to foist my political philosophy on you guys, but Kwanzaa is not an African festival. Kwanzaa was originally created by a UCLA professor in the 70's. It might be a celebration of African culture (although to lump all cultures from Africa into one event is like having a music festival celebrating Bach, Kenny G and Limp Bizkit), it did not originate in Africa.

For $16,000:
9. What group of people is referred to collectively as the 'fourth estate'?

A. PressB. Clergy
C. TeachersD. Military

Lauren has no concrete idea, so she'll call her friend Marsha. Here's what they said after the obligatory disclaimers:

    Marsha: "OK. What..."
    Lauren: "The fourth estate."
    Marsha: "Fourth estate. The military..."
    Lauren: "Press, teachers, or clergy."
    Marsha: ", teachers, or clergy. I believe it's the press. I'm not absolutely sure, but I believe it's the press." (Burp burp)

Not a really definitive answer by Marsha, but it seems to be enough to persuade Lauren into playing. She'll guess A...

For her final answer.

It's a $7,000 flyer...

But it worked out! $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. The term 'natural selection' was coined by which scientist?

A. EinsteinB. Pasteur
C. DarwinD. Newton

Lauren sighs, and then declares C...

As her final answer.

Well, what seems to be our last female of November...

Won't be leaving with less than 32 grand!!

For $64,000:
11. What is the current annual salary of the president of the United States?

A. $200,000B. $250,000
C. $300,000D. $500,000

Lauren thinks it's A, but she knows that the next president will enjoy a raise to $350,000.

Reege: "But as of now...!"
Lauren: "$200,000!" (laughs)
Reege: "And that would be?"
Lauren: "A!"
Reege: "Your-"
Lauren: "Final answer!"

A cute interchange...

Which leads us to...

The right answer!

For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. Which of these cities is not a U.S. state capital?

A. PierreB. Chicago
C. OlympiaD. Lincoln

Lauren knows the capital of Illinois is Springfield, hence it's B...

Which is her final answer.

Nailed another one!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: This isn't a $125K question. It's a $4K question. At the very least, it's a lot easier than the last $32K question, asking for the real name of 'Lady Day.'

And so, Lauren Kelner ties Jane Oviatt for the most money won by a female on the show. Will she be the first female to answer the 13th question? We're about to find out...

For $250,000, or ONE QUARTER of a MILLION DOLLARS:
13. In what city was Rosa Parks arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a bus?

A. Selma, AlabamaB. Little Rock, Arkansas
C. Amarillo, TexasD. Montgomery, Alabama

Lauren has an inkling, but with $93K on the line if she misses, she's going to use her last Lifeline.

A. Selma, AlabamaOUT

OUTD. Montgomery, Alabama

Well, she knew it was in Alabama, so that was of no help.

Rather than blow $93,000 at this point, she's going to stop.
Lauren Kelner gets up from the hot seat with $125,000.

The correct answer was D. Montgomery, Alabama.

WINNINGS TO DATE: $3,496,000

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