Tuesday, September 29, 2009

9/29/2009 Results

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?: On Super Tuesday, our first contestant is Wylisa Bennett (who is a marketing executive). After making Madison (whose favorite family vacation was to NYC) her opening partner, here are the subjects:

1st Grade Nature
1st Grade Social Studies
2nd Grade World Geography
2nd Grade Music
3rd Grade U.S. History
3rd Grade Animal Science
4th Grade Geometry
4th Grade Anatomy
5th Grade Earth Science
5th Grade U.S. Geography

This game begins with 4th Grade Geometry. For $3,500:

If a quadrilateral has angles of 36, 48 and 172 degrees, how many degrees is the fourth angle?

Wylisa Copies right away. I hope Madison wrote down 104...she did to get Wylisa on the board! Her second category is 5th Grade Earth Science.

From the Chinese for "great wind", what's the official word for hurricanes that form west of the International Date Line?

Wylisa now uses her Peek. This time, Madison wrote down "Yyng yangs". They agree...no way. They're called typhoons in the west. With $165,000 still possible, Wylisa's third category selection is 4th Grade Anatomy. To get the $3,500 back, here's the question:

In a full set of 32 adult human teeth, how many are molars?

Wylisa's guess is eight...that's not enough. Madison's guess is 20...she's over. The actual number of molars is 12. Wylisa's now playing for a potential $130,000 as she picks on Pablo (who thinks he's a WWII expert) second. Her next question comes from 3rd Grade U.S. History. For $2,500:

How many of the 13 original colonies had the word "new" in their name?

She locks in three...correct. Her next subject is 2nd Grade U.S. Geography.

If Annalise is having lunch in the nation of India, she's dining on what continent?

Wylisa locks in Asia with authority to move to $3,500. Now, to the 5th Grade World Geography question worth another $5,000:

The Yukon River flows through what U.S. state?

Her guess is Ohio...incorrect. And that's too bad, because Pablo's guess of Philly is not even a state. Pennsylvania wasn't it either- it was Alaska. $45,000's now at stake for Wylisa. Annalise is now eligible to Save her on one of the final four questions and the next chosen category is 3rd Grade Animal Science:

Which of the following do snails and octopi have in common?

A: Both are molluses
B: Both are herbivores
C: Both lay about 200,000 eggs

Wylisa's guess is the molluses...correct for $2,500. Now, for the $1,000 2nd Grade Music question:

Which of the following is the correct spelling for a percussion instrument?

A: Cymbals
B: Cymbles
C: Cymbuls

Wylisa goofs with "cymbles", but Annalise is able to Save her with "cymbals", taking her back up to $3,500. Now down to the 1st Grade mark, her next-to-last question comes from Social Studies:

What U.S. federal holiday falls on the first Monday in September?

Wylisa's right with Labor Day, meaning she now has $4,000.

Extra Credit Question:

What city has the world's busiest airport?

A: New York
B: Atlanta
C: Chicago

Correct: Atlanta; New York surprisingly got cut first.

The 1st Grade Nature question:

T or F: The Sun is always in front of you when you see a rainbow.

Wylisa's guess is False...sure it is for $4,500!


Wylisa wisely decides not to heed the audience's advice and will Drop Out with $4,500. Outtakes are shown at the end.

Our second player is Jackie Pennetta (who is a recptionist). She calls on Malachi (who loves to play Chess and has won seven such tournaments) first before we see these subjects:

1st Grade Social Studies
1st Grade Nature
2nd Grade U.S. History
2nd Grade Vocabulary
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Civics
4th Grade Measurements
4th Grade Grammar
5th Grade World Geography
5th Grade Geometry

Jackie starts the game off with 3rd Grade Math. This question is worth $2,500:

What's the name of the symbol that appears over the number 9?

It looks like the square root symbol to me, but Jackie's wrong with the division symbol...as is Malachi. She secondly attempts to earn $5,000 with this 5th Grade World Geography question:

What African desert covers parts of Botswana, Namibia & South Africa?

She agrees with me on the Sahara...but we're both incorrect! Malachi's guess to this one was the Nigerian Desert...also wrong. It was the Kalahari. Jackie's now hoping the third time's the charm to score with this question from 5th Grade Geometry:

What's the surface area in square feet of a rectangular solid with dimensions 3 ft., 3 ft. & 4 ft.?

Jackie uses the first of her cheats, the Peek. Malachi said 36, and Jackie locks that in...she just wasted a cheat and is STILL not on the board yet. The correct answer was 66. Hoping to be a better partner for her is Danielle (who's taking Mandarin lessons) and she tries again to get in the money with the following question from 4th Grade Grammar:

Fill in the blank with the past participle of "awake"- "Zach has _____ at 8:00 all week".

Her guess is "awoke"...finally for $3,500! She then tries to double that with 4th Grade Measurements.

35 degrees Celsius converts closest to which of the following in degrees Fahrenheit?

A: 75
B: 95
C: 115

Jackie goes with 95...another $3,500 is hers! Now to 3rd Grade Civics and this question worth another $2,500:

T or F: U.S. Representatives must live in the state that contains the district they represent.

Jackie's pretty sure it's True...yes to go to $9,500! Zach (who once saved a turtle that was in the middle of the road) is now in play as Jackie chooses the next category of 2nd Grade U.S. History. To break the $10K mark:

What 19th Century mail service in the U.S. carried letters over 2,000 miles in 10 days by horseback?

Jackie uses her Copy...and Zach knew it was The Pony Express, taking the bank to $10,500! The first question from 1st Grade in the subject of Social Studies is this:

Thomas Jefferson is featured on what current U.S. coin?

Jackie's got a 1/4 chance of locking in the right coin. She believes it's the nickel...that's the one for a new total of 11 grand! Back to 2nd Grade she goes and here's the $1,000 Vocabulary question:

The word "smog" comes from combining "smoke" with what other word?

She nails "fog"!

Extra Credit Question:

In 2006, what state gave out a record-breaking Powerball prize worth $365 Million?

A: Nebraska
B: West Virginia
C: Wisconsin

The very lucky state: Nebraska; West Virginia left the board first.

For half the maximum amount in regulation, here's the 1st Grade Nature query:

T or F: Pine needles are a type of leaf.

Jackie locks in False, as did Zach...TRUE (the other two classmates got that one right). That means she's the third contestant to miss out on the Bonus Question opportunity and leaves with a $250 gift card.

JEFF'S JOKE: "If you think the Ottoman Empire is a chain of furniture stores, you might NOT be smarter than a 5th Grader."

TPIR: Episode 4854K starts with Paula Burke, Denise Watson, Andrew Houseman and Joshua Byrd. After Denise picks up one of the earrings that falls off while she was entering Contestant's Row, the first IUFB behind the splitting sign is a home gym (Amber).

Paula: $1,500
Denise: $1,550

Andrew: $1,501
Joshua: BUCK

ARP: $1,195

Joshua's one buck bid buys him a chance to play Coming or Going for a Kawasaki jet ski (Rachael at Door #2). This time, Coming would yield a guess of $9,398, while the Going guess would be $8,939. Joshua's final answer is $8,939...that jet ski's Going nowhere- he loses.

Juliet Gaspar is today's fifth player and the second IUFB is Delsey luggage (Lanisha & Rachael).

Juliet: $1,200
Paula: $1,000
Denise: $520
Andrew: $521

ARP: $760

Andrew plays Any Number for either an Ashley dinette (Amber) or a 2010 Mazda3 (Std., AT, Prot, Net)(Lanisha; both prizes behind Door #3). First number in the car price is 2.

1. 1- CAR ($ 2 1 , _ _ _)
2. 5- Dinette ($ _ _ 5)
3. 0- Pricey Ziffel ($ _ . _ 0)
4. 4- Dinette ($ 4 _ 5)
5. 9- Pricey Ziffel ($ 9 . _ 0)
6. 2- CAR ($ 2 1 , _ 2 _)
7. 7- CAR ($ 2 1 , _ 2 7)
Final pick: 6- Wins $465 dinette

His next pick of 3 would've done it, because the ARP of the car was $21,327.

Next to play is Joseph Cole from the Marine Corps and the third IUFB is a Blackberry Pearl (Amber).

Joseph: $465
Juliet: $520
Paula: $300
Denise: $325

ARP: $840

Juliet plays One Wrong Price at Door #2 for an off-road vehicle marked at $3,499 (Amber), an HP laptop marked at $2,998 (Lanisha) and a refrigerator/freezer marked at $2,798 (Rachael). I would pick the laptop, while she picks the ATV...should've gone with me- the laptop was $2,149.

Andrew wins $1,000 on the Big Wheel and gets to the Showcase! In his Bonus Spin...75 cents. Let's see the scores for the other two players during the first Showcase Showdown:

Juliet: 35 + 40 = $.75
Joshua: $.85

Coming on down now is Lydia Newhouse and the fourth IUFB is a pair of Croton watches coming down from the ceiling.

Lydia: $550
Paula: $700
Denise: $2,500 (STAGE WILLY)
Joseph: $2,501 (STAGE WILLY)

ARP: $600

Lydia from Walla Walla, WA plays Hi-Lo for a home theater package including a Panasonic plasma 50" HDTV (Rachael at Door #3) worth $4,496. The groceries are Horizon organic strawberry yogurt, Arm & Hammer detergent, Bath & Body Works sweet cinnamon pumpkin lotion, peanut brittle, CoverGirl lipstick and Castrol GTX motor oil. First selection is the detergent...$7.99. Lydia's second choice is the lotion...$9.50. Her final pick is the lipstick...$4.99. The yogurt's $1.29, the peanut brittle is $3.99...but the motor oil is $5.99, so she blew an easy victory here, IMO.

Hoping to become the day's first big winner is Rachael Garrett and the next IUFB on the turntable is a Le Creuset cookware set (Rachael).

Rachael: $750
Paula: $500
Denise: $825
Joseph: $400

ARP: $960

Denise plays Temptation for a Scion xB (Std., Mats, Stereo, WCovers, Springs, Bluetooth)(Amber at Door #3). First number in the price is 1.

1. Trip to Santa Barbara (Rachael)- $3,888

2. $2,244 cash fishbowl (Lanisha)

3. Line 6 guitar (being played by Alex Taylor from said company)- $699

4. Picnic baskets (Lanisha)- $500

Her car guess is $18,490 and she leaves it alone. She's being offered $7,331 in cash and prizes not to go for the car...

...she wisely bails out with them! ARP of the Scion: $18,465.

Rich lastly calls on Luke Vistor and the final IUFB this episode inside the clam is a fragrance collection (Lanisha). Paula's been here the whole show, but she does get the final bid this round.

Luke: $720
Joseph: $550
Rachael: $750
Paula: $751

ARP: $951, so Paula finally makes it out of the Row!

She now plays Range Game for a Flagstaff camping trailer (Amber at Door #3). Range is $9,800-$10,400. Her range guess is $9,954-$10,104...it's $10,065! The skunking was never meant to happen this episode, as Fingers wanted this playing won today!

My lineup today:

1. Temptation
2. Coming or Going
3. One Wrong Price
4. Range Game
5. Hi-Lo
6. Any Number

Lydia ($600): $.95
Denise ($8,281): 80 + 65 = OVER
Paula ($11,016): 65 + 90 = OVER

Good news for Andrew- since Lydia won this SS, he gets the Top Winner spot in the Showcase.

The opening Showcase offers prizes to get away from it all. First, listen to the music with a pair of Dr. Dre headphones, an iPod and a $1,000 iTunes gift card (Rachael). Second, upload those tunes into the database of this new IntelliTrax jukebox (Rachael at Door #2). Third, relax in this bathtub with a built-in TV (Amber at Door #3). Finally, this kind of Showcase wouldn't be complete without offering a trip- in this case, it's to the Marquesas Islands (Lanisha at the audience screen; includes SCUBA lessons, a picnic lunch and horseback riding on the beach at sunset).



Andrew then gets a similar Showcase. In his case, he's going for a Daniel's Wood Land giant tree house (Rachael), a five-night treehouse resort trip to Oregon (Lanisha) and another treehouse trip to India (Amber). All prizes are behind Door #1.



BID: $21,000
ARP: $28,513


BID: $17,572
ARP: $19,525

Lydia wins $20,125 in prizes while Andrew leaves with $2,225 in cash and stuff.

Video Bonus: Andrew's Journey

Now, for Episode 4842K, which begins with these players- Mitchell Levine, Emily Allen, Israel Hutt & Cara Carlone. The first IUFB, coming down from the sky, is a pair of Burbury watches.

Cara: $700
Israel: $500
Emily: $999
Mitchell: $1,701

ARP: $1,390

Emily plays Master Key for a Chevrolet Impala (Rachael) plus a silver-plated coffee/tea set (Lanisha) and a cotton candy maker (Manuela; all prizes behind Door #2). "The Big Banana" does not get played; so sorry. Additionally, the red border around the Master Key logo is no longer there. She doesn't quite understand this game, as she thinks the keys will open up the locks to the two SPs.

1. Portable hot dog maker
SETUP: 649

2. A set of eight fairy tale princess cookie cutters
SETUP: 250

I feel good about this one. Key #2 unlocks...the cotton candy maker. As for Key #5...IT'S THE MASTER KEY, BABY!!! Great way to start off this episode!

(Note: While the Impala is the most expensive car ever won in this game at $24,540, the most expensive car ever offered in this game was a Buick LeSabre worth over $25K).

It's time to knock on Rachelle Wood, because she's coming on down next. The second IUFB is located inside the clam, and it's a Playstation 3 package (Manuela).

Rachelle: $800
Mitchell: $1,100
Cara: $659
Israel: BUCK

ARP: $530

After kissing Drew on both cheeks, Israel, a Sears appliance salesman, plays the Race Game for a dinette (Lanisha), Craftsman power tools (Lanisha & Rachael), designer accessories (Rachael & Manuela) and a motorscooter (Manuela). Today's board:



Dinette: $995
Tools: $1,799
Accessories: $1,390
Motorscooter: $2,090



Dinette: $1,799
Tools: $1,390
Accessories: $995
Motorscooter: $2,090



Dinette: $995
Tools: $1,799

Accessories: $2,090
Motorscooter: $1,390

He wins the accessories and the dinette; I thought for sure that motorscooter was $2,090. What do I know.

Clayton Bailey is next on Rich's magic list and the third IUFB behind the splitting sign is a Yamaha electronic keyboard (Rachael).

Clayton: $499
Rachelle: $1,500
Mitchell: $650

Cara: $651

ARP: $1,220

Cara, a recent college graduate, plays Pushover for a trip to Palm Springs (Lanisha at the audience screen; includes a tram ride in the air). Board:


She pushes to $3,041...


...and wins!

Israel ($3,615): $.70
Cara ($4,261): 40 + 45 = $.85
Emily ($28,837; second spin was a PENALTY): 15 + 70 = $.85

Cara: $.75
Emily: $.75

Cara: $.15
Emily: $.40

Emily's in the Showcase!

Next to hear the magic words is Terence Healey and the fourth IUFB is a selection of beach towels/bags (Manuela at Door #3).

Terence: $450
Clayton: $650
Rachelle: $300 (STAGE GARF)
Mitchell: $651

ARP: $558

Terence plays Freeze Frame for a Beachcomber Hot Tub (Rachael at Door #3). The best possible prices on this episode's board are $4,394, $5,233, $6,482, $8,220 & $9,452. But he locks in neither one, $3,315...he was one notch away from the right ARP of $5,233.

Next to enter the red position is Kristin Hoffman and the next IUFB is a Bose home entertainment system (Lanisha).

Kristin: $701
Clayton: $1,300
Rachelle: $1,500
Mitchell: $1,528

ARP: $1,499

Because Rachelle was over by a buck, Clayton plays (It's) In the Bag (Lanisha & Rachael). Today's grocery items are Clean & Clear daily pore cleanser, Dove chocolate, Buitoni angel hair pasta, a vegetable tray that includes Hidden Valley Ranch dressing, a PowerBar Harvest bar and Mazola Vegetable Plus! oil. His guesses:

$1.59: PowerBar
$9.99: Oil
$2.49: Chocolate
$4.99: Pore cleanser
$3.49: Pasta

The PowerBar...is right for $1,000; I would've wiped out with the chocolate there. The audience didn't like his oil guess at the $9.99 spot...and he decides to take their advice and stop with the grand. The $9.99 item...was actually the veggie tray. The pasta was $2.49, the oil cost just $4.99 and the chocolate was $3.49. Honest to God, I probably wouldn't have gotten any of them right.

The last participant this Tuesday is Heidi Eilerston and the final IUFB is a Broyhill sofa (Manuela at Door #2). Mitchell's now in danger of heading to the clubhouse; he'll bid third this go-round.

Heidi: $1,600
Rachelle: $1,000
Mitchell: $1,200
Kristin: BUCK

ARP: $1,099


Rachelle rebounds from that tough break in the last IUFB at a good time, because she's playing Lucky $even for a Scion xB (Lanisha). First number in the Scion price is 1. Her second number guess is 9...

$ 1 8 , _ _ _

...that costs her a dollar. Middle digit guess is 5...

$ 1 8 , 9 _ _

...that's another four dollars gone. She then guesses 4...

$ 1 8 , 9 6 _

...she's flat broke. She guessed 4 one spot too soon (she also did that with the 9), because that was the last number in the price. In any event, too bad.

I liked the lineup as is today.

Terence ($558): $.75
Rachelle ($1,099): 55 + 35 = $.90
Clayton ($2,499): 35 + 95 = OVER

Rachelle definitely gets the Runner-Up spot in this episode's Showcase.

Showcase #1 contains a digital Canon camera and a Gateway computer system w/ a 4 GB memory card and Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 software, a trip to Egypt from STI Travel (Door #2; includes a three-night Nile Cruise and tours of the city's famous desert monuments) and a trip to China from NWA WorldVacations (Door #2; includes a private car guide). All prizes are modeled by Lanisha.



Rachelle's Showcase has a Ligna bedroom (Manuela at Door #3), snowboarding equipment (Rachael) and a Yamaha snowmobile (Rachael at Door #1).



BID: $10,500
ARP: $17,116

BID: $20,000
ARP: $25,646


Rachelle's bidding strategy backfires on her, so she leaves with a consolation gift while Emily becomes the season's biggest winner so far with $54,483 in stuff!

BrainSurge: Today's Brainiacs are:

Samantha (who speaks Pig Latin)
Nate (who once ate a chocolate-covered hot dog topped with whipped cream and relish)
Jenna (a Japanese anime drawer)
Spencer (who has only missed one day of school the past five years)
Gabe (who is a web site designer)
Priscilla (who is a school cheerleader)

Level 1: For 10 points, how many somersaults does the virtual Jeff do in the air while in a circus-like setting?

Everybody got that one right!

For 20: After paying close attention to the numbers on the first six gumballs that Jeff collects, Jeff collects a set of six more gumballs. Which number in the second series of gumballs did NOT appear in the first set?

Nate: 4
Spencer: 1 (30)
Priscilla: 1 (30)
Samantha: 1 (30)
Jenna: 5
Gabe: 1 (30)

For 30: A series of seven cards with numbers on them appear, with only a few turning over at a time. Out of the bottom row range of 1-8, which number does NOT appear on any of the cards in the top row?

Gabe was the only one who missed this one- he said unlucky seven, meaning he's now in last place for the moment with 30. Nate & Jenna now have 40 apiece while Spencer, Priscilla & Samantha are tied for the lead with 60 each.

For 40: Memorize the five-digit code on Jeff's chest while on the beach.

Priscilla was the only one to goof up this one- she typed in 83933, leaving her in last for the time being. Gabe now has 70, Nate & Jenna have 80 and Spencer & Samantha are still perfect with 100.

For 50: After paying attention to the phone number Jeff dials to have a pizza delivered, the entire phone number or the last three digits of it must be remembered.
CORRECT: 919 (the complete phone number was 555-3919)

Spencer: 555-3962
Priscilla: 399
Samantha: 3919- NOT ACCEPTABLE
Jenna: 919 (130)

FOR 100: How many monsters are under Jeff's bed?

Nate: 8
Spencer: 9
Priscilla: 15
Samantha: 8
Jenna: 9
Gabe: 9

We have our first WIPEOUT of the series. That means Priscilla & Gabe are dismissed and sent packing with a Spongebob Squarepants alarm clock and a bucket of slime.

Level 2: Today's story is about Jeff's first date.

Round 1:

Jenna: Jeff's gang got a ride from his cousin's truck- what kind was it?
Guess: Pickup- OUT ALREADY
Spencer: Tow- CORRECT

Samantha: What was the name of the girl Jeff dated?
Guess: Stacy- RIGHT

Nate: What did Jeff hit that caused a tire to go flat?
Guess: Pothole- RIGHT

Round 2:

Spencer: Whose pizzeria did Jeff & Co. eat at?
Guess: Charlie's Pizzeria- ELIMINATED (A: Johnny's)

KO Round: The correct matching pairs today are #1 & #10, #2 & #13, #3 & #14, #4 & #5, #6 & #12, #7 & #9, #8 & #15 and #11 & #16.

Samantha: #11 & #16
Nate: #2 & #13
Samantha: #8 & #15
Nate: #1 & #7
Samantha: #4 & #5- WIN!

The other three players each get a Pulse scooter.

THE FINAL STAGE: The first grid is worth a Behringer electric guitar, the second one is worth a Diamondback mountain bike and the last one is worth a trip to Lake Tahoe.

FIRST GRID: #1, #6, #7, #8, #11 & #16

1. #1, #6, #7, #8, #11 & #16- 1:22.79 LEFT

SECOND GRID: #5, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #17 & #23

1. #5, #10, #9, #8, #7, #11, #17 & #23- 1:15.82 LEFT

LAKE TAHOE GRID: #3, #8, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #23, #28 & #33

1. #3, #8, #13, #14, #15 (this turn was DQed because she didn't wait for #14 to lit up before stepping on #15)
2. #3, #8, #13, #14, #15, #22
3. #3, #8, #13, #14, #15, #16, #23
4. #3, #8, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #23, #28 & #33- WIN WITH 30.69 LEFT!

WOF: Tonight's first Toss-Up category is Around the House:

B _ _

W _ _ D O W

This could've very well been a Triple Stumper, but Christopher does solve BAY WINDOW for $1,000. Here are tonight's players:

Christopher Bell (Casa Grande, AZ)- Bartender
Monique Santos (Berkeley, CA)- Transportation supervisor
Meryl McWilliams (The Woodlands, TX)- Recent SHSU graduate majoring in Health and is going to grad school to major in Physical Therapy

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Living Things:

C A L I _ O

C _ T S

Meryl solves CALICO CATS for $2,000.

Eggland's Best Jackpot/Prize Puzzle Round category is Places and out on the wheel now is a trip to Rome & Florence from EZItaly worth $6,600. Meryl starts off the gameplay with a $400 F but then a Bankrupt. Christopher then calls the night's first dud in R. Third, Monique calls two N's for a $1,000 Telescopes.com gift certificate, two S's for another grand while on Free Play and then buys three E's. At this point, I will tell you right now the last three words of this puzzle will remind you of a puzzle that cost Becki Burrell approximately $40,000 in cash and stuff almost two years ago after adding two letters that resulted in a disqualification. Following the purchase of two I's, she lights up an $800 G, a $300 B and buys three A's to clean out the vowels before landing on Jackpot. She then calls a $500 C, but she can't solve for an $8,000 Jackpot. Next, she calls a pair of D's for another grand, two H's for the trip, a $500 W, a $300 L and...

D A _ _ L I N G

W H I T E / S A N D


...solves DAZZLING WHITE SAND BEACHES for $3,650, the gift tag, the Italy trip and a second trip to the British Colonial Hilton in the Bahamas worth $6,050, a total of $17,300 in cash and prizes!

DUD: $500 R (Christopher)

TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: DC0021059 (Deborah C. from Virginia Beach, VA!)

Next category is Same Name. Christopher's up first with quad S's for $3,600 but then duds out with the R for the second time this evening. Monique then calls two N's for the Million Dollar Wedge but then a dud in C. Meryl next calls two G's for the Wild Card but then spins Lose a Turn. Back to Christopher, he buys the E, two A's and the U but then hits LAT. Monique then has the same fate. Meryl then rings in...

S A U S A G E / &

_ _ S S _ N G

_ _ N _

...and solves SAUSAGE & MISSING LINK to go to $3,000, meaning the MDW is out of play.

DUDS: $300 C (Monique), $400 R (Christopher)
LATs: 3 (Everybody)

Meineke Mystery Round category is Phrase. Monique, fresh off that tough break in the last round, calls a $500 N, five T's for another $4,500 and then purchases three E's, two I's and two A's. Afterwards, she hits LAT for the second time tonight. Meryl then calls a pair of H's for $1,600, four M's to make that four grand and now we have...

I / M E A N / I T

_ _ _ M / T H E

_ _ T T _ M / _ _

M _ / H E A _ T

...she says I MEAN IT FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART to go to seven large.

LAT: Monique

$3,000 Toss-Up category is Fun & Games:

E X T _ _

_ N N _ _ _ S

Meryl's at 10 grand now after solving EXTRA INNINGS. Next category is Thing. She begins this round with a dud of N. Christopher finally gets his way with an R call, as three of them pop up for $800. He then proceeds to call two S's to triple that, followed by the purchase of two A's and E's. Afterwards, he puts up a pair of T's to add $600 but then calls a critical dud in M. Monique then calls two C's for $600 but then we have to go to Speed-Up Mode with this:

C _ A S S _ C

_ _ T E R A T _ R E

The remaining consonant in this puzzle is worth $1,300 every time it appears in this puzzle. She then calls it, the L...

C L A S S _ C

L _ T E R A T _ R E

...she solves CLASSIC LITERATURE for another $3,200 and a winning total of $20,500 in cash and stuff! Meryl leaves with $10,000 and a worthless Wild Card and Christopher gets a non-gooseegged $1,000.

So far, $31,500 in cash and prizes has been given away tonight.

DUDS: $600 M (Christopher). $300 N (Meryl; both called prior to the big bell)


Big Money Round: Monique Santos spins the R and the category is Phrase. Starting with:

_ / _ _ _

_ / _ _ N _ _

She calls C, D, H and I and gets...

I / H _ D

_ / H _ N C H

...I HAD A HUNCH she would win this with all that extra help...and she does! Now, having the $100,000 in the envelope would be a bit of a disappointment after what happened to her late in Round 2...

...no, $30,000's there instead. In any event, her final take on the night is $50,500 in cash and stuff!

Jeopardy!: For his third game, Andy Srinivasan's challengers are:

Jessica Hawks (Baltimore, MD)- Stay-at-home mom
Gregg Bingham (Louisville, KY)- Health care policy consultant

Opening categories:


"Shark Tank"

The $1,000 clue in Haunted America is the night's first Daily Double, and Srinivasan finds it first with $1,800; Bingham's leading for the moment with $3,400 and Hawks has a grand. He makes it a True Daily Double, so this clue is for the lead:

The Spirit of Marie Laveau reportedly utters voodoo curses to trespassers at a cemetery in this city.

"What is New Orleans?"...good guess to DOUBLE UP to $3,600 and the lead! At the first break, he's still has that much money while Bingham's now down to $2,400. Let's see what happens after the round is over...

Andy: $5,800
Gregg: $7,200
Jessica: $3,000

...so far, it's mostly a battle between the men.

TOTAL LACH TRASH: $1,800 (all from the Presidential Facebook Pages category)

DJ! Categories:



After the first two categories this round (At the Movies and Faith), Srinivasan's in Lock Game Territory at $15,800; he leads Bingham by nine grand while Hawks' down to $2,600. By the time he finds the round's first DD under the $1,200 "A" clue, he's at $19,400; Hawks is now back to her pre-DJ! score of $3,000. His wager this time is five grand on this clue:

Metabolic imbalances can cause this, an electrical disturbance that alters the heartbeat.

"What is arithmia?"...is right to jump to $24,400! He winds up finding all three DDs tonight- the last one is located under the $1,200 Charity clue. At this moment, he's at the Norma Brown mark of $28,800; Hawks' new total is $3,400. His latest wager is...five grand once again. To break the $30K mark at least for now, here's the clue:

It was founded in 1887 to coordinate 22 Denver charities.

"What is...Goodwill?"...incorrect. We're actually talking about United Way here, so he falls back to $23,800. Time runs out before the $2,000 Alternate Literary Tombstones clue can be played.



Andy: $29,000 (another lock game!)
Gregg: $9,200
Jessica: $1,400


Andy: $29,400
Gregg: $9,200

Jessica: $1,400

FJ! CATEGORY: Music Halls of Fame.

Two of the four Country Music Hall of Fame acts who are also in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as performers.

Response: "Who are Johnny Cash + Elvis Presley?"
Wager: $100

Final score: $1,500

Response: "Who are Elvis Presley and Traveling Wilburys? "
Wager: $57
Final score: $9,143

Response: "Who are the Eagles + Elvis Presley?"
Wager: $9,000

Wins with: $20,000

No $38K payday for the champ tonight, but he does now have a three-day total of $53,800! The other acceptable two acts were Brenda Lee and The Eberly Brothers.

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, Part 2: Time now for the first celebrity game of the evening. Coming into the classroom now is Paula Deen, playing for the Bethesda Home For Boys. After making Taylar (whose favorite author is Roald Dahl) her first partner, here are her categories:

1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Math
2nd Grade Animal Science
2nd Grade Spelling
3rd Grade Social Studies
3rd Grade U.S. Geography
4th Grade U.S. History
4th Grade Ancient Cultures
5th Grade Cultural Studies
5th Grade Literature

Paula starts out with a $5,000 opportunity on this question from 5th Grade Literature:

What's the name of the 14th Century Italian author who wrote "Intrepid", which was part of his epic poem "The Divine Comedy"?

Paula's guess is Giovanni...incorrect. Taylar's guess was Deconeo...only the first letter's right. It was Dante (as in "Dante's Inferno"). She tries to do better with this $2,500 question from 3rd Grade Social Studies:

Clutching a snake in its mouth, what bird is featured on the national flag of Mexico?

Paula guesses the eagle...yes it is for $2,500. She's going all over the board here, because her third category selection is 2nd Grade Spelling.

How many times does the letter S appear in the following word- "ancestor"?

Paula is right with one. Her second partner is Kevin (whose favorite afterschool activity is swimming) and her fourth subject is 5th Grade Cultural Studies. For $5,000 more:

Kabuki is a traditional type of theater which originates from what country?

She locks in Japan...right she is to go to $8,500! Paula then goes back to the middle of the board and 3rd Grade U.S. Geography. This is a $2,500 question:

Over 14,000 feet high, Mt. Rainier is a volcanic mountain peak in what U.S. state?

Hawaii gets locked in, but another Bobby in the audience doesn't think so...and it's not. He got it right with Washington...as did Kevin, taking her total to $11,000! She then attempts her first 4th Grade question in Ancient Cultures:

According to Norse mythology, which of the following gods was ruler of peace, sunshine and fertility?

A: Frey
B: Odin
C: Thor

Paula uses her Peek. Kevin wrote down Frey, but Paula's first instinct was Thor. Paula agrees with Kevin on Frey...that's worth another $3,500! Only the Copy remains as Khamani now joins her. The next category is 4th Grade U.S. History.

Finding it cold, damp and uncomfortable, who was the first U.S. President to live in the White House?

Since Paula can't remember this event, she uses her Copy. Khamani's guess was John Adams...yes indeed to reach $18,000! Now out of cheats, Paula decides to finish out 2nd Grade by taking a stab at the following Animal Science question:

A typical ant can lift how many times its body weight?

A: 2
B: 20
C: 200

Paula's fairly sure it's 20...that's the number to make her new bank total $19,000! She's two correct answers away from reaching the 20. Only the 1st Grade subjects remain; her next category is Reading.

T or F: Personal narratives are always written in the first person.

Paula's right with False. For $20,000 in Math:

If Khamani buys four pairs of rollerskis, how many rollerskis will he have?

Paula locks in eight for $20,000!


Paula decides to Drop Out.

Our last civilian game this Tuesday is played by Mike Price (who is an SAT tutor). He first brings up Taylar before seeing these 10 subjects:

1st Grade Social Studies
1st Grade English
2nd Grade U.S. Geography
2nd Grade Animal Science
3rd Grade Music
3rd Grade Cultural Studies
4th Grade Grammar
4th Grade Earth Science
5th Grade Measurements
5th Grade U.S. History

This game starts out with a $5,000 5th Grade U.S. History question:

The House of Burgesses was the first elective assembly of the 13 original colonies. What colony was it in?

Mike's wrong with Pennsylvania. I hope Taylar wrote down Virginia...but she wrote down New York instead, so no money yet. Maybe he'll get some with this $3,500 question in 4th Grade Earth Science:

T or F: An earthquake that measures 5.0 on the Richter Scale is twice as strong as one that measures 4.0.

Mike locks in True...False. Taylar...wrote down False for $3,500. Back up to 5th Grade he goes as he challenges the following question in Measurements:

By definiton, "a bushel and a peck" is equivalent to how many gallons?

Mike uses the Copy. Taylar wrote two...10, actually. Khamani (whose favorite author is J.K. Rowling) is then chosen to join Mike as 4th Grade Grammar is played next.

In grammatical terms, which of these is NOT a part of speech?

A: Conjunction
B: Exclamation
C: Pronoun

Mike's right with an exclamation for $3,500 and then chooses this $2,500 3rd Grade Music question:

The following is a muscial symbol representing which clef?

Mike nails the treble clef to up his total to $6,000. He then completes the 3rd Grade row with the following from Cultural Studies:

What ancient Greek city is known as the birthplace of democracy?

He locks in the birthplace of the Olympics, Athens...yes indeed for a new total of $9,500. On one of the last four questions, he can use his Peek on Kevin. Here's the $1,000 question in 2nd Grade Animal Science:

Some of Taylar's favorite animals are wallabies. The wallaby is native to what continent?

Mike's correct with Australia. The other 2nd Grade category, U.S. Geography, has this question:

The names of how many U.S. states start with the letter A?

The Peek is used here. Kevin thought four and Mike goes ahead and locks that in...good for a new total of $10,500 (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona & Arkansas)! 1st Grade Social Studies is Mike's next stop:

Which 555-foot-tall U.S. monument shaped like an obelisk was opened to the public in 1888?

Mike guesses the Washington Monument...right! To finish with $11,500, the 1st Grade English question:

Complete the following analogy- fingers are to the hand as toes are to the what?

A: Chin
B: Foot
C: Knee

Final answer is foot for $11,500!


Because Mike has gotten both of his 5th Grade questions wrong in this game, he's Dropping Out. But here's the Bonus Question just for fun:

There are four stages in a butterfly's life cycle. What's the stage immediately after caterpillar?

He would've locked in pupa...and would've won the really big money. Third time that's happened on this version of the show.

And now, it's time for the WWE episodes! It makes sense to air two such episodes on MyNetworkTV this week, because "WWE Smackdown" is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this Friday night! Taylar, Khamani & Kevin are also the classmates for these episodes. The Miz is up first, playing for Make a Wish (he's also a former "Real World" participant). After selecting Kevin as his first partner (who wrote his first story at the age of 4), here are the categories for this game:

1st Grade Astronomy
1st Grade Animal Science
2nd Grade Anatomy
2nd Grade Life Science
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Spelling
4th Grade Physical Science
4th Grade Grammar
5th Grade Measurements
5th Grade Social Studies

5th Grade Measurements poses this opening question worth $5,000:

How many cups are in 28 fluid ounces?

The Miz guesses seven...no. Kevin has double that guess, 14...both are over. The right answer was half of seven- 3.5. Trying again for $5,000, here's the 5th Grade Social Studies question:

The federal agency that oversees much of our public lands is called the BLM. What does BLM stand for?

The best guess that The Miz can muster is Bureau of Land Markets...makes some sense, but that's incorrect. Kevin instead guessed Bureau of Land Management...that's exactly right for $5,000! Now down to 4th Grade, The Miz tries a question from Physical Science:

T or F: The atomic mass of an atom is affected by how many neutrons it has.

The Miz simply locks in True...it is True to go to $8,500! After putting Jeff Foxworthy in a headlock, The Miz calls on Taylar (whose favorite poet is Shel Silverstein). His next subject is 4th Grade Grammar.

In the following sentence, what word is a definite article- "Khamani went to the wrestling event and drank a soda"?

The Miz uses the Peek here. Taylar has "the" written down on her monitor. That's locked in next...and it's the right answer to break five figures! Time now for my favorite subject, Math, and this 3rd Grade question worth $2,500:

What negative integer is the highest in value?

After thinking it out, instead of using the Copy (because Taylar rang in so quickly), he locks in his own guess of -1...that's not a negative answer at all, because it's right for a new total of $14,500!
The other 3rd Grade question comes from Spelling:

What's the fifth letter in the following word- "camouflage"?

The Miz locks in the letter U and...sir, U are right for a new total of $17,000! Khamani's now available and the first 2nd Grade subject The Miz attempts is Life Science. The question there:

Plankton is an example of which of the following?

A: Mineral
B: Fungus
C: Plant

The Miz's final answer is plant...yes indeed, giving him 18 grand at this moment! The 2nd Grade Anatomy query:

The anvil bone is located inside what organ of the human body?

The Miz says it's Copy time! Khamani's guess was the ear...and The Miz's going to be positively screaming in at least one of Khamani's, because that's right to go to $19,000! All cheats are now gone. His next-to-last regulation question eminates from 1st Grade Animal Science:

T or F: Penguins are native to the Southern Hemisphere.

The Miz locks that in as a True statement...it is True!

Extra Credit Question:

What's the most popular New Year's Resolution?

A: Pay off debt
B: Quit smoking
C: Lose weight

Answer: Lose weight; pay off debt was the first choice eliminated.

To finish regulation play with 20 grand, the 1st Grade Astronomy question is this:

How many days does it take the Earth to make one complete spin on its axis?

Miz locks in one...$20,000!


The Miz decides to tap out at this point, so all that money is definitely headed to Make a Wish. The Bonus Question wasn't revealed on TV, but I can tell you that he did the right thing not to go for it, as he would've missed it.

JEFF'S JOKE: "If you think your largest organ is the one in your church, you might NOT be smarter than a 5th Grader."

(Just before the joke, outtakes are also shown.)

The second WWE Superstar to play is current Intercontinental Champion John Morrison! He's also playing for Make a Wish. After his first classmate turns out to be Khamani (following a trading of glasses between him and Jeff; Khamani's been reading since he was 3 and is the biggest wrestling fan in the classroom), here are the subjects this time:

1st Grade Measurements
1st Grade English
2nd Grade World Geography
2nd Grade Spelling
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Animal Science
4th Grade Social Studies
4th Grade Grammar
5th Grade Anatomy
5th Grade Literature

The last game of the day begins with a question from 5th Grade Anatomy:

In humans, the pituitary gland is attached by a stalk to what internal organ?

John's guess is the brain...his own mind's right for $5,000! To double it to 10, here's the 5th Grade Literature question:

Kevin's favorite book is the 1850 novel "David Copperfield". Who wrote it?

John's fairly confident it was Charles Dickens...it is for $10,000! He continues the slow trip down the board with the following $3,500 question from 4th Grade Grammar:

What's the intransitive verb in the following sentence- "Taylar laughed as she threw the referee out of the ring"?

John's guess is "threw"...incorrect. Khamani's answer was "laughed"...that's a successful Save for another $3,500! He then brings up Taylar (who has taken piano lessons since she was 4) and the fourth selected subject is 4th Grade Social Studies.

T or F: Filibusters can occur in the House of Representatives.

John uses the Copy. Taylar said False, but John's gut was telling him True...good thing he didn't trust his gut now- False's right for a new total of $17,000! Now, to 3rd Grade Math and the following problem for another $2,500:

How many different pairs of positive integers add up to nine?

He locks in four...exactly right to move up the bank to $19,500! I would've missed with five. Finishing out 3rd Grade, let's take a look at the Animal Science question:

Which of the following is NOT a mollusk?

A: Clam
B: Oyster

C: Shrimp

Mr. Morrison locks in my favorite seafood, shrimp...right on to hit $22,000! Kevin can now join John. The next chosen subject is a 2nd Grade one- World Geography. For another $1,000, the question:

How many oceans does Europe border?

John's guess is two...Atlantic & Arctic are it for $23,000! Now, for 2nd Grade Spelling.

What letter comes immediately after the letter G in the following word- "vegetables"?

John knows that would be E to hit the $24,000 mark! His next-to-last subject is 1st Grade Measurements.

T or F: If you need to be at least 52 inches tall to ride the roller coaster, and Kevin is 4'8" tall, Kevin can ride the roller coaster.

Knowing there are 12 inches in a food, John believes he added up to 56, so he locks in True...yes!

Extra Credit Question:

80% of a potato consists of what?

A: Carbs
B: Fat
C: Water

Answer: Water; fat had to go first.

For $25,000, here's the 1st Grade English question:

In print, not cursive, there are five over case letters that extend below the base line. Four of them are J, P, Q & Y. What's the fifth?

For insurance, John uses his Peek. Kevin's response was G. That's what John was thinking beforehand, so that's locked in...and that's $25,000!

$250,000 QUESTION CATEGORY: Earth Science

John Morrison...

...IS GOING FOR IT!!! We haven't had a Bonus Question winner at all so far on this version of the show. This would be such a good time for it to happen now, because it's for another quarter million dollars for Make a Wish. If he fails, The Miz will have bragging rights over his former tag team championship partner John on this show. Here's the all-important question:

The last geological period before ours was called the Neogene Period. What's the name of the geological period we are in right now?

John's final answer is Myogene...

...THE MIZ BEAT HIM. Darn. The right answer was Quaternary. That means we knock off a zero from his previous bank, so $2,500 in his name will go to Make a Wish. Outakes are shown at the end.

Video Bonus: "5th Grader" $250,000 Loss #3

DOND: #12 Coach Chris Fuerte played today (who is a football coach in Southern California).

1. #13 (Ms. Prager)- PENNY
2. #8 (Ms. Aionne)- $7,500
3. #19 (Mr. Gydus)- $10,000
4. #6 (Mr. Shin)- $1,000
5. #10 (Ms. Allen)- $500


1. #11 (Ms. Sierra)- $10
2. #1 (Mrs. Cuda)- $5
3. #9 (Ms. Traverso)- $25,000
4. #4 (Ms. Miller)- $25
5. #3 (Mr. Reece)- $2,500


1. #15 (Ms. Walker)- $50,000
2. #2 (Dr. Kim)- $200
3. #7 (Ms. Trevano)- $5,000
4. #14 (Mrs. Cadigan)- $250,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)


1. #5 (Mrs. Collins)- $100
2. #16 (Mr. Piazza)- $75,000
OFFER: $79,000

1. #17 (Ms. D)- BUCK
2. #18 (Mrs. Frohlich)- $500,000!
OFFER: $24,000

19th PICK: #20 (Mrs P.)- $100,000!

He didn't make such a bad deal after deal- his case only had 50 bucks! Other cases:

#21 (Mr. I)- $300
#22 (Ms. Lavalle)- $400


Conclusion of Alex Zephyr's game
Game 2
Game 3
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