Shawn Borgosz

Shawn, a factory worker and volunteer fireman, made it to the hot seat thanks to this question:

QQ37. Put the following Brad Pitt movies in the order they were released, starting with the earliest.
A. KaliforniaB. Seven Years in Tibet
C. Fight Club D. Thelma & Louise
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): D-A-B-C
Shawn's winning time: 7.18
Competitors: 3/9

Here goes Shawn on his quest for the million!

For $100:
1. What target did William Tell split in half while it sat on his son's head?

A. AppleB. Balloon
C. SnowballD. Cantaloupe

Shawn picks A...

And he's right! $100.

For $200:
2. In 'Miracle on 34th Street", what legendary figure must stand trial in court?

A. BigfootB. Kris Kringle
C. Tooth FairyD. Paul Bunyan

Shawn chooses B...

Correct! $200.

For $300:
3. A business man that is in debt is said to be 'in the...' what?

A. PinkB. Red
C. BlueD. Black

Shawn selects B...

Right again! $300.

For $500:
4. By definition, what sport do you participate in if you are an 'angler'?

A. CurlingB. Fishing
C. BaseballD. Cheerleading

Shawn and his father love to do this - it's B, Fishing...

Bingo! $500.

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. How many face cards are there in a standard U.S. deck of 52 cards?

A. 8B. 10
C. 12D. 14

Shawn goes with C...

And he's nailed the thousand dollars!

For $2000:
6. What sqaud of TV commando-for-hire would you seek out to find Mr. T?

A. The A-TeamB. The Brady Bunch
C. The Dirty DozenD. The Avengers

Shawn likes A...

That's his final answer.

No problem! $2000!

For $4000:
7. Seventeenth-century French monk Dom Pérignon is considered the father of what?

A. Champagne B. Sparkling water
C. Brie D. Baguette

Shawn hopes to splurge on a bottle of this if he wins the million - he picks A...

For his final answer.

Absolutely right! $4000!

For $8000:
8. What constellation is known as the Hunter?

A. OrionB. Andromeda
C. Cassiopeia D. Draco

Shawn isn't feeling to sure about this one, so he'll give this one to the astronomically-minded audience.

A. Orion - 86%B. Andromeda - 8%

C. Cassiopeia - 4%D. Draco - 2%

Another lopsided response from the audience.

That's enough to help Shawn. He'll say A...

As his final answer.

And the audience pulls it off once more! $8000!

For $16,000:
9. What is the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens?

A. Mark TwainB. Thomas Wolfe
C. Jack LondonD. Henry Miller

Shawn is (obviously) not a literary buff, so he'll call Sharon, his high school history teacher. After the fluff, we get this:

    Sharon: "Mark Twain."
    Shawn: "Thank you, Sharon. Are you positive on that?""
    Sharon: "Oh yes, dear."
    Shawn: "OK." (Audience laughs) "I would never doubt you."
    Sharon: "Good luck, honey."
    Shawn: "Thank you." (Hang up with 11 seconds left)

Reege: "Sounds like a very close student-teacher relationship. Dear, honey... a lot going on there. All in front of the new wife, too."

A ringing endorsement for A, and that's what Shawn will take.

That'll be his final answer.

She was right! $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. What legendary jazz vocalist was known as 'Lady Day'?

A. Ella FitzgeraldB. Mahalia Jackson
C. Billie HolidayD. Lena Horne

With no idea, Shawn is going to use his 50:50.

A. Ella FitzgeraldOUT

C. Billie HolidayOUT

On the logic that he knows she's a jazz singer and isn't as sure about the other, Shawn will pick A...

Which will be his final answer.

It was a 50-50 shot.

An even gamble.

And Shawn's risk is going to...

Cost him money. The answer was C. Billie Holiday. Shawn Borgosz drops back to $1000.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: A pretty tough question for this level. A person who figured out the mnemonic device would've had it, though. (Don't look at me - I was guessing A, too.)

WINNINGS TO DATE: $3,371,000

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