## Sunday, December 23, 2007

### "Duel"- FINALE

Back with us to take care of unfinished buisness from last Friday are Ken Danberry (with \$10,000 in his pocket) and Jim Boulgardies. Whoever wins this next duel will be the last finalist. We begin with this question:

What is the only state that permits residents to cast absentee ballots from space?

A: Florida
B: California
C: Texas
D: New Mexico

After covering up Florida and Texas, Danberry uses his Pressure Button. The other covers up all the choices. If either California or New Mexico is right, Boulgardies will have come out of nowhere to become a finalist and will win \$35,000. Answer......

A: Florida
B: California
C: Texas
D: New Mexico

...Texas. The jackpot now stands at \$1,470,000, and Danberry leads 9-7. Second question:

How many face cards are in a standard deck of 52 cards?

A: 8
B: 12
C: 13
D: 16

Danberry uses his other Pressure Button. He says 12, while the other also says 8 and 13. The answer is indeed 12, so Danberry still leads 9-5. The jackpot is now worth \$1,480,000. Next:

What is the Statue of Liberty holding in her right hand?

A: Torch
B: Tablet
C: Scales
D: Nothing

Boulgardies uses his first Pressure Button. He covers torch and tablet, while Danberry covers tablet and nothing. If tablet's the answer, we keep playing. If torch is the answer, Boulgardies wins \$20,000 and a finals berth, and if the answer is nothing, Danberry wins another \$40,000 and will be in the finals. If it's scales, we go to a Shootout. Correct answer....

A: Torch
B: Tablet
C: Scales
D: Nothing

...tablet. With the jackpot at \$1,490,000 now, here's the next question:

Which celebrity marriage lasted the longest?

B: Jessica Simpson- Nick Lachey
C: Britney Spears- Kevin Federline
D: Pamela Anderson- Kid Rock

Danberry covers up everything while the other covers up just A and B. If either C or D is right, Boulgardies wins \$15,000 and a berth in the final four. Answer......

B: Jessica Simpson- Nick Lachey
C: Britney Spears- Kevin Federline
D: Pamela Anderson- Kid Rock

...A, so the jackpot heads to \$1,510,000, and Danberry now leads 5-3. Next:

According to the National Restaurant Association, what's the most popular holiday to eat out?

A: Valentine's Day
B: New Year's Eve
C: Mother's Day
D: Thanksgiving

After the last Pressure Button this duel is used, Danberry has everything covered while the other has Valentine's Day and Mother's Day covered. If either New Year's Eve or Thanksgiving is right, Danberry goes to the finals and doubles his winnings......

A: Valentine's Day
B: New Year's Eve
C: Mother's Day
D: Thanksgiving

...but it's Mother's Day. We're now tied at two chips apiece, and the jackpot now stands at \$1,530,000. Next:

Who passed Elvis Presley in 2007 as the all-time selling solo artist in the U.S.?

A: Mariah Carey
B: Michael Jackson
C: Shania Twain
D: Garth Brooks

Both say Carey and Brooks. If that's right, normal play continues and the pot will be \$1,540,000. Otherwise, the pot goes to \$1,550,000 and we will go to a Shootout....

A: Mariah Carey
B: Michael Jackson
C: Shania Twain
D: Garth Brooks

...it's Brooks, so the jackpot goes to \$1,540,000. Next:

How many months of the modern calendar contain 31 days?

A: 4
B: 5
C: 6
D: 7

Danberry guesses 7, while Bouulagardies' guess is 6. Actual number......

A: 4
B: 5
C: 6
D: 7

...lucky 7, meaning Danberry wins another \$5,000 and is still in the finals! Despite a valiant effort, Boulgardies leaves empty-handed. The jackpot is now at \$1,545,000.

Time for the first semi-final. The top seed, Robert Elswick III, with three wins and \$30,000 so far, challenges Danberry. This means that we will have a battle of the sexes in the championship duel. Here's the first question of the male battle:

Who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit edition in three different decades?

A: Elle Macpherson
B: Christie Brinkley
C: Tyra Banks
D: Cindy Crawford

Danberry uses his first Pressure Button. Nobody covers Tyra...and Elle's the answer, so the jackpot goes to \$1,565,000. Second question:

The phrase "often a bridesmaid, never a bride" was made famous in ads for which product?

A: Listerine
B: Avon
C: Secret
D: Leggs

Danberry uses his other Pressure Button. Elswick covers them all up while Danberry doesn't cover Listerine.....

...AND LISTERINE IS RIGHT, SO ELSWICK IS A FINALIST! He just won another \$25,000, giving him \$55,000 prior to the championship duel! Danberry leaves with \$15,000. The jackpot is now worth \$1,595,000.

In the other semi-final, it's Julie Tan vs. Ashlee Register. First question:

What color is the top horizontal stripe on a U.S. flag?

A: White
B: Red
C: Blue
D: Silver

Tan uses her first Pressure Button. Both players have red, while Register also locks in white.....

A: White
B: Red
C: Blue
D: Silver

...the answer's red, so the jackpot is now an even \$1.6 Million. Second question:

Which TV star filmed a recruitment video for the CIA in 2004?

A: Gillian Anderson
B: Jennifer Garner
C: Kiefer Sutherland
D: Richard Dean Anderson

Both players cover up everything, making the big bank \$1,630,000. Answer: Garner. Next question, which might be for you "Wheel of Fortune" geeks:

What is the most commonly used letter in the English language?

A: T
B: A
C: E
D: S

Tan uses her other Pressure Button. Again, both players cover up everything, so we now have a \$1,660,000 jackpot. Answer: E. Tan leads 4-3. Next:

Which of these represent a quarter of all animal species?

A: Beetles
B: Birds
C: Dogs
D: Tuna

Tan locks in everything but dogs, while Register covers up everything but tuna. If dogs is right, Register is a finalist. If tuna is right, Tan is a finalist. Otherwise, we keep playing. Answer......

A: Beetles
B: Birds
C: Dogs
D: Tuna

...beetles, so our jackpot goes to \$1,680,000, and Tan now leads 2-1. Next:

Which best-selling book was inspired by an episode of "Sex and the City"?

A: "Bridget Jones's Diary"
B: "The Game"
D: "He's Just Not That Into You"

Register uses a Pressure Button. Both say "He's Just Not That Into You", and Tan also says "The Game". If "The Game" is right, Tan goes to the big show. Otherwise, we either go to another question in regulation or a Shootout. Answer.......

A: "Bridget Jones's Diary"
B: "The Game"
D: "He's Just Not That Into You"

..."He's Just Not That Into You", meaning both players have only one chip left! The jackpot now stands at \$1,685,000. Next:

What do the letters "MI" stand for in Britain's legendary spy agency "MI5"?

A: "Mission: Impossible"
B: "Military Intelligence"
C: "Majesty's Information"
D: "Mounted Inspector"

Register goes with "Military Intelligence" while Tan says "Majesty's Information". If the duel ends right now, whoever is right faces the male finalist.....

A: "Mission Impossible"
B: "Military Intelligence"
C: "Majesty's Information"
D: "Mounted Inspector"

....it's "Military Intelligence", so Register wins another \$5,000 and goes to the finals with \$40,000 in her pocket! Tan leaves with 30 grand.

Now, if Register should win it all after this last duel, she will become the all-time biggest female winner in game show history. She and Elswick will play for at least \$1,690,000. Here's the first question:

Which of these weighs more?

A: Gallon of water
B: Gallon of crude oil
C: Gallon of vegetable oil
D: They all weigh the same

The lady locks in everything, while the man doesn't cover the water. If water is right, we have a new all-time game show queen......

A: Gallon of water
B: Gallon of crude oil
C: Gallon of vegetable
D: They all weigh the same

...IT'S WATER- ASHLEE REGISTER CAN HIT THAT CASH OUT BUTTON ON HER "CASH REGISTER" ALL SHE WANTS TO- BECAUSE SHE IS NOW THE ALL-TIME GAME SHOW QUEEN!!!!!! SHE WINS \$35,000 IN REGULAR MONEY, GIVING HER \$75,000. BUT WHEN WE ADD THAT TO THE FINAL JACKPOT OF \$1,720,000, SHE GOES HOME WITH....

\$1,795,000

...which also makes her the third-highest network game show winner ever!!!!! The man leaves with \$55,000.