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Round 1: Oberholtzer vs. Harris/Carpenter vs. McKee - August 11

Last time, the biggest winner in the history of game shows took the biggest underdog to school as Brad Rutter, the top seed, made short work of the 16th seed Amy Kelly, then in a battle between two game show demigods Ed Toutant and Leszek Pawlowicz, only one walked away with head held high.. Leszek. Tonight, a one-time king in Rahim Oberholtzer takes on one of the game's grand dames in Phyllis Harris. Then the first millionaire on Millionaire, John Carpenter, takes on the Ken Jennings before Ken Jennings, Tic Tac Dough's Thom McKee.

But first, Oberholtzer vs. Harris. Let's meet the players...

RAHIM OBERHOLTZER VS PHYLLIS HARRIS
34 Age 47
Finance Occupation Mortgage broker
Houston Hometown Las Vegas
Twenty-One: One of the first big winners on the modern-day remake, winning $1.12 million Claim to fame Greed: one of the show's first big winners in the Super Greed series, winning a lifetime total of almost half a mill
none Other games Card Sharks, Scrabble, Trivia Trap, Wheel of Fortune, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Rahim wanted to have every experience he could before he started his job. Among those... being a millionaire on "Twenty-One". He lives for poker. He sees himself as the underdog, saying that he'll do the best he can.

Phyllis loves to barbecue with her "quiz-show mom". Now she hangs out with her "quiz-show kids". She sees the game as being dominated by men. They were produced, hosted, and played.. mostly by men. She just wants to win. Doesn't matter who she beats, just so long as she beats somebody. Anybody.

Okay, an explanation of the rules...

Round 1: General knowledge questions.

Round 2: Numbers and logic.

Round 3: Words and letters.

Round 4: Mixed bag.

Players are each given one minute of the questioner's time. Correct answers will stop the clock; wrong ones will keep the clock going until they give a correct answer or they use one of three switches given to them for the entire match. A switch passes the question to their opponent. The player who runs out of time first loses the round, and the winner keeps the time remaining on his or her clock to use in the final round. Player who runs out of time in that round first is out of the tournament.

Round 1 begins... NOW.

  In the human body, the scapula is more commonly known as what?
PHYLLIS: Shoulder blade. CORRECT
:55:64
What Broadway musical follows the story of paroled convict Jean Valjean?
RAHIM: Les Miserables. CORRECT
:52.59
What is the original name of the Roman Colosseum?
PHYLLIS: Pass (Flavian Amphitheater)

What building is depicted on the back of the current $50 bill?
PHYLLIS: Pass (US Capitol).

King Adrock, Mike D, and MCA are all members of what famous hip-hop group?
PHYLLIS: Pass (the questioner's favorite, the Beastie Boys)

In the final episode of "Sex and the City", viewers learned that Mr. Big's first name is actually what?
PHYLLIS: John. CORRECT
:33.26

Who sang along with Paul McCartney on his hit song "Ebony and Ivory?"
RAHIM: Stevie Wonder. CORRECT
:45.79
What Russian was the first human being to orbit the earth?
PHYLLIS: Pass. (Yuri Gagarin)

the popular Nintendo character Mario was introduced in what classic video game?
PHYLLIS: Donkey Kong. CORRECT
:20.32
Diana Prince is the civilian name of what superhero?
RAHIM: Pass (Wonder Woman)

Humans typically have a set of how many adult teeth?
RAHIM: 25. (32)

In 2006, Roger Goodell became the new commissioner of what pro sports league?
RAHIM: Football. (NFL)

Who was the first female justice appointed to the Supreme Court?
RAHIM: Sandra Day O'Connor. CORRECT.
:23.39

In college, President George W. Bush and John Kerry were both members of what Yale secret society?
PHYLLIS: Skulls (Skull & Bones).

What Italian phrase is commonly used to refer to a restaurant with outdoor seating?
PHYLLIS: al fresco. CORRECT
:06.36

What American artist invented moving sculptures which are now known as "mobiles?"
SWITCH!
:18.17
SWITCH!
:04.37
RAHIM: Pass. (Alexander Calder)

What Lauren Weisberger bestseller was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep in 2006?
SWITCH!
:09.88

PHYLLIS: The Devil Wears Prada. CORRECT.
:03.55
What is the name of the first Space Shuttle to orbit the earth?
RAHIM: Pass. (Columbia)

What slogan for the internet company AOL became the title of a 1998 Tom Hanks movie?
TIME! Correct: You've Got Mail

 

Phyllis keeps 3.55 seconds for the final round. Still a wash. Phyllis leads in switches, 2 to 1.

Another minute on the clock for both sides as we prepare for the numbers round. Round 2 begins... NOW.

If A = 1 and Z = 26, what is the sum of the letters in "DADA"?
RAHIM: 54 (10)

If Matt weighs 200 pounds and can lift 150% of his body weight, how much can he lift?
RAHIM: 300 lbs. CORRECT
:45.64

What is one-third of 1560?
PHYLLIS: 520. CORRECT
:54.35
What is 12.6 - 9.7?
RAHIM: 2.9. CORRECT
:40.92
What is 18 x 12?
PHYLLIS: 216. CORRECT
:48.41
Solve for y: 18 x 3y = 216
RAHIM: 66. (4)

What is the mathematical term for positive angel measuring less than 90 degrees?
SWITCH!
:27.79

PHYLLIS: Acute. CORRECT
:47.58
What number is represented by the Roman numeral CDXV?
RAHIM: 415. CORRECT
:22.00
A realtor working on a 6 percent commission will earn how much money from the sale of a $2.5 million home?
PHYLLIS: $150,000.
CORRECT.
:39.31
What is 1002 - 1?
RAHIM: 999. (9999)

How many nickels equal $1.40?
RAHIM: 24 (28)

What is the sum of the first five positive even numbers?
TIME! Correct was 30.

 

Phyllis comes out with 39.31 seconds, a substantial difference from Rahim, who is now about 42 seconds trailing. Next up is words and letters with ZERO switches on his side. Phyllis still has her two.

Round 3... begins now.

  What US state name is hidden in the phrase TOM IS SOUR; l I AM NOT?
PHYLLIS: Missouri. CORRECT
:56.31
What is the last letter in the Greek alphabet?
RAHIM: Omega. CORRECT
:56.23
Separate the author's first and last names in this jumble: CTARPUOMTAEN
PHYLLIS: Pass (Truman Capote)

What President's name is an anagram of LAMP JOKES?
SWITCH!
:45.46

RAHIM: Pass. (James Polk).

What wild dog is hidden in the phrase STOP STANDING ON THE STREET?
RAHIM: Pass (dingo)

What F is the official language of Iran?
RAHIM: Farsi. CORRECT
:45.63

Spell "dissipate".
PHYLLIS: D-I-S-S-I-P-A-T-E. CORRECT
:39.60
What letter comes two before the penultimate letter of the English alphabet?
RAHIM: W. CORRECT.
:38.33
Add vowels to CNTNNTL to get the name of a US airline company.
PHYLLIS: Continental. CORRECT
:35.17
Separate the two original members of the Jackson 5ive in the jumble JEMIRMACHAINEEL
RAHIM: Michael... Pass (Michael & Jermaine)

STAINLESS - - - - - WOOL
RAHIM: Steel. CORRECT
:23.42

What four legged animal is hidden in I RECALL A MAN WITH FIVE ARMS?
PHYLLIS: Pass (Llama).

Which letter in duplication appears twice?
PHYLLIS: I. CORRECT
:23.60

What does the J stand for in the acronym JPEG?
RAHIM: Pass. (Joint)

What famous doctor's name is an anagram of DIM RJOHN FUNGUS?
RAHIM: Pass (Sigmund Freud)

What B is a person who works at the counter of a coffeehouse?
RAHIM: Pass. (barista)

Add consonants to AU---A-IA to get a current commonwealth.
RAHIM: Australia. CORRECT
:02.67

Spell "fortuitous".
PHYLLIS: F-O-R-T-I-T... (See above)

BREATHING - - - - TEMPERATURE
PHYLLIS: Room. CORRECT
:10.83

How many total vowels are there in the word "requisition?"
TIME! Correct: 6
 

Phyllis is three-for-three, earning another 10.83 seconds, giving her a total time of 1:53.69 with ttwo switches. Rahim has a minute flat with one.

Round 4... begins NOW.

Titan, the second largest moon in the solar system, orbits what planet?
RAHIM: Jupiter (Saturn)

Robert Murtaugh and Martin Riggs were police partners in what popular movie franchise?
RAHIM: Lethal Weapon. CORRECT
:48.32

What number is represented by the Roman numeral CD?
PHYLLIS: 400. CORRECT.
1:48.31
On the TV sitcom "The Cosby Show", what was the name of Cliff Huxtable's only son?
RAHIM: Theo. CORRECT
:42.89
GREEN - - - - - TACK
PHYLLIS: Thumb. CORRECT
1:43.96
If a 7 foot 2 inch man married a 5 foot 6 inch woman, how many inches taller than his wife would he be?
RAHIM: 20. CORRECT
33.17
What popular beverage was created by Georgia pharmacist John Pemberton in 1886?
PHYLLIS: Coca-Cola. CORRECT
1:36.49
Built in the 1930s by Frank Lloyd Wright, "Fallingwater" is located in what US state?
RAHIM: Pass. (Pennsylvania)

The giant panda's diet is made up almost entirely of what plant?
RAHIM: Eucalyptus (Bamboo).

What is 20% of 80?
RAHIM: 16. CORRECT.
:16.10

In 2006, former Survivor winner Richard Hatch was found guilty of perjury and what other crime?
PHYLLIS: Tax evasion. CORRECT
1:29.59
In Greek mythology, what three-headed dog guarded the entrance to Hades?
RAHIM: Pass (Cerberus).

Which cookie brand is hidden in ALONG THE SHORE OF MAINE?
RAHIM: Oreo. CORRECT.
:06.12

From 1970-2004 the World Series of Poker's main event was held at what Las Vegas casino?
PHYLLIS: Binion's Horseshoe. CORRECT
1:21.42
What Swedish furniture company was founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943?
TIME!
 

The correct answer is IKEA, and Phyllis Harris knew that, too. She moves on face the Ken Jennings unit. Good luck to her on that.

Next on the docket is a big winner in 1999 versus a big winner in 1980. It's Millionaire's John Carpenter vs. Tic Tac Dough's Thom McKee. Let's see who we're dealing with here.

JOHN CARPENTER VS THOM MCKEE
39 Age 51
Tax collector Occupation Former airman
Hamden, CT Hometown Marriottsville, MD
Millionaire: First person in the world to successfully scale the money tree, winning Claim to fame Tic Tac Dough: won 49 matches straight and $312,700
None Other games None

John was the first Regis-made Millionaire. His phone-a-friend call is historic. He's not really an arrogant SOB. He just likes to be funny.

Thom was the biggest winner on Tic-Tac Dough and in all of game shows until a guy named Ken Jennings erased his name from the record books. His wife is still hot. Thom's a guy who likes to win.

Boards are set. Clocks are in place. Players are ready. Round 1 begins... NOW.

  in 1614, the Native American princess Pocahontas converted to Christianity and was given what English first name?
THOM: Pass (Rebecca)

When referring to a popular MTV show, what do the letters "TRL" stand for?
THOM: Pass (Total Request Live)

Flutes, oboes and clarinets are all part of what musical instrument family?
THOM: Woodwinds. CORRECT
:40.73

Black tea flavored by oil extracted by bergamot orange rinds is known by what name?
JOHN: Oolong. (Earl Grey)

What "Dangerous Liaisons" and "Pulp Fiction" star was named after a Hindu goddess?
JOHN: Uma Thurman. CORRECT
:42.26

What artist was known for his "Water Lilies" series of paintings?
THOM: Monet. CORRECT
:35.68
The Tower Bridge traverses what London river?
JOHN: Thames. CORRECT
:38.60
What Shakespeare play has the stage direction, "Exit, pursued by a bear"?
THOM: Pass. (The Winter's Tale).

What long running television show regularly features a stopwatch during its opening montage?
SWITCH!
:22.69

JOHN: 60 Minutes.  CORRECT
:36.97
Which US President was the first to receive over 500 electoral votes in a presidential election?
THOM: Richard Nixon (FDR).

Linkin Park and what rapper collaborated on the 2004 mash-up album "Collision Course"?
THOM: Pass (Jay-Z).

The stars Betelgeuse and Rigel are part of what constellation?
THOM: Orion. CORRECT
:03.58

The Transylvania region associated with the Count Dracula legend is found in what country?
JOHN: Romania. CORRECT
:31.50
In the film "Jaws", what is the name of Quint's boat?
TIME! Correct: Orca.

John's first out the gate with 31 and a half seconds to use in the final round. Thom... a little rusty. He's got two to John's three. Round 2... begins now.

Is a kilometer more or less than a mile?
JOHN: More. (Less)

What is 54.3 - 28.6?
SWITCH!
:50.34

SWITCH!
:58.78
JOHN: Pass (25.7)

How long is 4 hours 28 minutes - 1 hour 38 minutes?
SWITCH!
:40.62

THOM: Pass. (2 hours 49 minutes).

What is 70 x 0.7?
THOM: 49. CORRECT
:49.71

What is 75% of 300?
JOHN: 225. CORRECT
:30.77
In geometry, what is the name for a triangle with three sides of equal length?
THOM: Equilateral. CORRECT.
:44.60
What is three-fourths - one-half?
JOHN: Pass (one-fourth)

Subtract the number of feet in a yard from the number of yards in a mile.
JOHN: 1757. CORRECT.
:09.73

If you are able to collect all 50 state quarters, how much money will you have?
THOM: "Twelve and a half bucks". CORRECT.
:36.27
What is 5 x 73?
JOHN: 73. (365)
TIME!
 

It's a dead heat now with Thom adding 36.27 to his final clock. Both players have a switch. Round 3... begins now.

  What noted sourpuss's name is an anagram of I LEMON SCOWL?
THOM: Pass (Simon Cowell).

Separate the world capital from its country in this jumble: SACNOJSTOARSICEA.
THOM: Pass. (San Jose, Costa Rica)

Lewis Carroll combined what two words to make "chortle"?
THOM: Pass. (Chuckle & snort)

Which Greek vowel is hidden in the phrase SHE STARED AT THE PEPSI LONGINGLY?
THOM: Stare. (Epsilon)

On a bottle of sunscreen, what does the abbreviation SPF stand for?
THOM: Sunlight protective factor (Sun protection factor)

What exotic fruit is hidden in the phrase THE TERIYAKI WILL BE SWEET?
THOM: Pass (Kiwi)

BLOOD - - - - - - - - COOKER
THOM: Pass (pressure)

Add vowels to RYRBSN to get the name of a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. SWITCH!
:00.84

SWITCH!
:55.25
THOM: Pass (Roy Orbison)
TIME!

And Thom just fell apart in that last round, giving John another minute almost. "Jiminy Christmas." Jiminy Christmas indeed. Here's how it works... John has 2:26.75 seconds on the clock. Thom has 1:36.27. It's easy to lose a 50 second lead, so it's anyone's game.

Each player is given an additional switch. Round 4... begins NOW.

If your watch is set ahead precisely 12 minutes and it reads 6:08, what time is it really?
JOHN: 5:54 (5:56).

Of the 50 US states, which one is alphabetically last?
JOHN: Wyoming. CORRECT
2:06.78

For what American musical did Carol Channing win a 1964 Tony Award?
THOM: Pass (Hello, Dolly!)

What name does Robinson Crusoe give to the man he rescues from cannibals?
THOM: Friday. CORRECT
1:20.13

What TV personality's name is an anagram of BROKE BARB
SWITCH!
1:57.66
THOM: Bob Barker. CORRECT
1:18.77
Since 1997, when he returned to the company he co-founded in 1976, what chief executive makes an annual salary of $1?
JOHN: Bill Gates (Steve Jobs)

What is the perimeter of a rectangle with a length of 5 inches and a width of 4 inches?
JOHN: 18 inches. CORRECT
1:40.12

Dr. Michael DeBakey was a pioneer in developing an artificial version of what organ?
THOM: Heart. CORRECT
1:13.03
What U is the small piece of tissue that hangs in the back of the human mouth?
JOHN: Uvula. CORRECT.
1:34.32
What angle is supplementary to a 75 degree angle?
THOM: 15 (105)

The Chicago Tribune wrongly declared what man the winner of the 1948 Presidential election?
THOM: Thomas E. Dewey. CORRECT.
1:01.20

In the final season of "Gilmore Girls", Rory graduates from what university?
JOHN: Harvard? (Yale)

What is 18 x 16?
JOHN: Pass (288)

A dysfunctional family driving a VW bus to a beauty pageant in California is the synopsis for what 2006 film?
JOHN: Little Miss Sunshine. CORRECT
1:15.17

What dessert is made with bananas, brown sugar, and rum then set afire?
THOM: Bananas Foster. CORRECT
:54.73

What vegetable is hidden in the phrase WHAT IF TONI ONLY LIKES PIZZA?
JOHN: Onion. CORRECT
1:09.79
A family driving 310 miles must maintain what minimum average speed to reach their destination in 5 hours?
THOM: 62 mph. CORRECT
:45.24
In 1963 Maurice Sendak wrote about a mischievous young boy named Max in what award-winning children's book?
JOHN: Where the Wild Things Are. CORRECT
1:01.52
If Gil Grissom is solving a murder in Las Vegas, what television show would you most likely be watching?
THOM: Vega$. (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)

Leonardo da Vinci's anatomically proportionate sketch of a human is known by what name?
THOM: Pass. (Vitruvian Man)

If a hot dog at Yankee Stadium costs $6.80 while one at Jacobs Field costs $3.95, how much cheaper is the one in Cleveland?
THOM: $2.85. CORRECT
:21.36

What fast-food chain started using its ad slogan "Have it Your Way" in 1974?
JOHN: Burger King. CORRECT
:55.31
Swedish for "commissioner" or "agent", what O is an official who investigates complaints?
THOM: Pass. (Ombudsman)

In 1975, President George W. Bush received his MBA from what university's business school?
THOM: Yale. (Harvard)

Express the year 2007 in Roman numerals.
TIME!

Correct answer was MMVII, and John Carpenter is moving to the quarterfinal match against Weakest Link's Michelle Kitt.

Next time, a battle of Millionaires ensues as one person who got halfway there meets one person who got all the way. And what happens when two lieutenants meet in the diamond? Well, you'll just have to wait and see, won't you?

 

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