Last night, Chris Maslowski
(Hamden, CT) had just enough time to win $1,000, and he has all 4
lifelines available. He could win a lot more money tonight, but how much
more will he win?
Tonight's Expert: Mo Rocca, a writer, comedian, and TV/radio
[$2,000] (Econ ABCs)
What does the "G" stand for in the often-cited economic figure "GDP"?
Chris picks D... and he's on his way!
[$4,000] (Cooking 101)
To prevent the browning of cut fruits and veggies, cooks often put them
in water that has been mixed with what?
A: Coconut milk
B: Lemon juice
C: Olive oil
D: Soy sauce
After a bit of thought, Chris locks in B... and he's right!
After a hotly contested election result, former "SNL" cast member Al
Franken was named a U.S. senator for what state in 2009?
C: New Hampshire
Chris says it's A... and it is!
[$16,000] (The Skulls)
The stage directions "Takes the skull" and "Puts down the skull" appear
in a famous scene from what Shakespeare play?
B: King Lear
C: Richard III
D: Romeo and Juliet
Chris decides to ask the Expert. Mo's response: "Alas, poor Regis, I
think it's Hamlet." Chris trusts him... and it's A!
To help him prepare for the show, Chris' wife, Laurie (in the audience),
tortured him with nursery rhymes.
[$25,000] (Away We Go!)
In Pixar's 2009 movie "Up," a cantankerous old man fulfills his lifelong
dream by flying his house to what fictional destination?
A: Narwhal Island
B: Beluga Bay
C: Paradise Falls
D: Lake Divine
Having seen the movie, Chris says C... and he has $25,000!
[$50,000] (Grueling Races)
What annual sporting event concludes when a kerosene lantern known as
the "Widow's Lamp" is extinguished?
A: Iditarod Sled Dog Race
B: America's Cup
C: Ironman Triathlon
D: Tour de France
Chris decides to use the Double Dip. His first answer is A... which is
[$100,000] (Fathers & Sons)
Bernie Madoff's two sons are named what?
A: Mark & Andrew
B: Peter & Benjamin
C: David & Gregory
D: Daniel & Jonathan
This time, Chris asks the audience.
Ouch. With that, Chris calls his friend, Bill. Bill says that he would
go with A. Chris decides to go with A, with 5 seconds on the clock...
and he's right!
[$250,000] (How's That?)
A "howdah" is used for which of these purposes?
A: Charming a snake
B: Sitting on an elephant
C: Blindfolding a hawk
D: Taming a lion
Since it would be a total guess, Chris decides to walk with $100,000!
The answer, by the way, is B.
These ten will try to get in the Hot Seat tonight...
Alyssa Goncalves (San Diego, CA)
Jim Robinson (Columbus, MS)
Ken Graham (Encino, CA)
Paula Hall (West Bloomfield, MI)
Jacqueline Adamson (Lanham, MD)
Joe Romano (San Diego, CA)
Nathan Farrington (Dublin, OH)
Connie Ford (Hanover Park, IL)
Liz Schuller (Portsmouth, VA)
Thom Bonafede (Fonda, NY)
The first Fastest Finger question of the night is this...
Put these lyrics from a famous nursery rhyme in the order they are sung,
starting with the earliest.
A: Ashes, ashes
B: A pocket full of posies
C: We all fall down
D: Ring around the rosie
The right order is of course DBAC, and the winner is... Liz Schuller!
She's an elementary music teacher who loves nursery rhymes. No wonder
she got that so quickly! She teaches 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades. Will she
make it to the million?
[$100] (In the Beginning)
The first book of the Bible, Genesis opens with the line "In the
beginning God created the heaven and the" what?
Liz knows it's A, and she's on her way.
[$200] (Order Up)
A waiter who asks, "Straight up, or on the rocks?" is inquiring if you
A: Ketchup with your fries
B: Milk in your coffee
C: Dressing on your salad
D: Ice in your cocktail
It is of course D, and she gets it.
[$300] (Something's Missing)
Which of these vehicles often lacks handlebars?
Liz correctly goes with A, the one with just 1 wheel.
[$500] (Happy Easter!)
Every Easter season, the PAAS Dye Company sells more than ten million
color kits for decorating what?
Easter eggs. B. She has no problem with this.
[$1,000] (Rated PG-13)
Which of these 2009 movies was rated PG-13 for "intense sequences of
B: He's Just Not That Into You
C: Terminator Salvation
D: 17 Again
Liz says it's C, and she has $1,000!
[$2,000] (All Aboard!)
Southwest Chief, an Amtrak train route, includes a stop in which of
these U.S. cities?
Liz locks in B... and she's right!
[$4,000] (Colorful Foods)
Aubergine, the British term for an eggplant, is also the name of a shade
of what color?
A: Yellowish green
B: Sky blue
C: Bright orange
D: Dark purple
She seems to know this. Liz says D... and she got it!
[$8,000] (Sesame Street)
Though not as popular as Tickle Me Elmo, what Sesame Street character's
Tickle Me doll laughs and says "That good one!"?
A: Big Bird
C: Cookie Monster
D: The Count
Liz doesn't know this, and she feels terrible about it. So, she asks the
Looks good. Liz trusts them... and it is indeed C!
[$16,000] (Great Location)
Fittingly, "The Jules Verne" is the name of a restaurant located on the
second floor of what world landmark?
A: Leaning Tower of Pisa
B: Eiffel Tower
C: Taj Mahal
D: The Kremlin
Though she has a guess, Liz calls on the Expert for help. Mo says that
Verne is French, so he wants to say B. With 6 seconds left, Liz goes
with that... and Mo is right!
[$25,000] (Dangerous Drugs)
In 2009, the FDA warned consumers to stop using certain Zicam cold
remedy products, saying that they could cause loss of what sense?
After some thought, Liz uses the Double Dip. Her first answer is A...
and she has $25,000!
[$50,000] (No More Drama)
Getting its start as an NBC radio program in 1937, what soap opera will
end in 2009 after nearly 16,000 episodes in 72 years?
A: One Life to Live
B: All My Children
C: Guiding Light
D: As the World Turns
Liz calls her brother-in-law, Dan, and he's 100% sure that it's C. She
trusts him... and it is indeed C! (That show is of course being replaced
by Let's Make a Deal in October.)
[$100,000] (Decades Ago)
Which one of these events happened in the '80s and not the '70s?
A: Shah of Iran overthrown
B: "Grease" tops the box office
C: Three Mile Island melts down
D: Sally Ride goes to space
Liz has enjoyed being there, but she has decided to walk with $50,000!
As for the answer, it's D.
Back to the Ring of Fire for another Fastest Finger question...
Put these cities in the order in which they first hosted the Winter
Olympic games, starting with the earliest.
The correct order is BDAC, and the next player to try for the million
dollars is... Jim Robinson! He's wearing a vest with a bunch of money on
it. Hopefully, it'll bring him a lot of luck here!
[For whatever reason, they never showed Jim's categories on tonight's
In a clichéd scene from many Westerns, gunslingers meet for a final
A: Early morning
B: High noon
C: Late evening
D: Right after "Ugly Betty"
Jim is off to a good start with B.
"One-car," "two-car" and "three-car" are adjectives commonly used to
describe a what?
Obviously, he knows it's B.
In the U.S., Groundhog Day playfully celebrates the transition between
what two seasons?
A: Winter and spring
B: Spring and summer
C: Summer and fall
D: Fall and winter
The answer is of course A, which Jim gets.
The 2009 Harley-Davidson Barbie is a Barbie doll that comes with what
After saying that Barbie would obey the law, Jim picks the right answer,
On a computer keyboard, the CTRL key stands for what?
Jim says it's C, and secures $1,000!
Which of the following are different shades of the same basic color?
A: Aqua and bronze
B: Beige and tan
C: Indigo and gold
D: Ivory and lavender
Jim says he'd guess B... and he's right!
In the 2008 animated movie "Bolt," what is Bolt?
Though he thinks he knows, Jim asks the audience to make sure.
Jim goes with A... and he and the 89% are right!
What world city did Mother Teresa mention eight times in her acceptance
speech for the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize?
Since she was from India, Jim locks in C... and he got it!
Why do old newspapers turn yellow?
A: Because of reduction
B: Because of oxidation
C: Because of sublimation
D: Because of condensation
Without wasting much time, Jim picks B... and that's right! That's as
far as he'll go tonight; Jim will be back on Sunday night!
Moving on to tonight's celebrity guest, Steve Nash (Phoenix, AZ). He's a
2-time NBA MVP, playing for the Phoenix Suns. He brought a jersey of
his, on the condition that Regis puts it on if he gets his question
right. Tonight, he's playing for the Steve Nash Foundation, which helps
at-risk kids and their families to get a "head start". It'll get at
least $25,000, but a right answer here will double that amount...
Which of these combinations of road races would require a participant to
run the farthest?
A: Twenty 5K races
B: Fifteen 10K races
C: Ten half-marathons
D: Four marathons
This is the 3rd math question for a celebrity this week! Though he
thinks he knows, Steve decides to ask the Expert. Mo says that C is
longer than D, and after a bunch of rambling, he just says that it's C.
Steve goes with that... and it's C! Regis puts on the jersey, and the
Steve Nash Foundation gets $50,000!
Next time, it's the final night of this primetime run. Jim Robinson will
start by going for $25,000, the Expert will be Bill Nye, and a few
surprises are on the way as well!
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