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Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by Bob78164 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:06 am

Watch today's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to see a familiar face, College Tournament champion and UToC semifinalist Pam Mueller. --Bob

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by legendneverdies » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:32 am

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Pam runs through round one with Ask the Audience remaining. She has $63,100, jumping over two questions, one of which was essentially to name the show that debuted on radio in 1945 and moved to TV in 1947. Most of us J! players and watchers would know Meet the Press is the longest running US Tv show of all time, but Pam must have forgotten it under the lights. SHe returns on Monday going for $100K with ATA remaining.

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by Paucle » Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:41 pm

Thanks for the heads up, Bob! Just started watching it off my DVR and WOW, I may never delete this! Her hair still looks amazing.
When was her tournnament, like last year? Because she doesn't appear to have aged much.
No mention in her intro about her J! appearance. Is that SOP ?

ETA: Maybe she didn't tell anyone about J! The way she reasons out her answers is so atypical of the usual idiot they have as a player, the producers are probably starting to get worried. "Uh oh, we screwed up, she may actually, like, know shit!"

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by Bob78164 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:14 pm

Paucle wrote:Thanks for the heads up, Bob! Just started watching it off my DVR and WOW, I may never delete this! Her hair still looks amazing.
When was her tournnament, like last year? Because she doesn't appear to have aged much.
No mention in her intro about her J! appearance. Is that SOP ?

ETA: Maybe she didn't tell anyone about J! The way she reasons out her answers is so atypical of the usual idiot they have as a player, the producers are probably starting to get worried. "Uh oh, we screwed up, she may actually, like, know shit!"
I promise you that they knew about it. The application asks for all past game show appearances, and also, when Ken Basin made his run to the million-dollar question on the last show hosted by Regis, she was in the "relationship seat" and he spoke about her Jeopardy! success.

There will almost certainly be extensive discussion of her performance on the Millionaire Bored. --Bob

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by Budphrey » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:13 pm

Well, not to cast aspersions, because Pam handled herself beautifully. Still ...
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If I ever make it to WWTBAM, I really really really hope I get a set of questions that easy in the first round.
To be fair, she faced unusual pressure because
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she came on as a contestant right after the guys from The Deadliest Catch copped $100 grand for charity, and it would have been pretty embarrassing to flame out at that point.
Poo-tee-weet? So it goes.

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Post by Paucle » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:32 pm

Budphrey wrote:Well, not to cast aspersions, because Pam handled herself beautifully. Still ...
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If I ever make it to WWTBAM, I really really really hope I get a set of questions that easy in the first round.
To be fair, she faced unusual pressure because
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she came on as a contestant right after the guys from The Deadliest Catch copped $100 grand for charity, and it would have been pretty embarrassing to flame out at that point.
Bud, I thought she wasted one jump, but the other one was a major WTF?? question. The more I thought about it, the more I thought I had only a 20% chance of getting it right, not an easy task when there are 4 answers. I didn't feel I could confidently eliminate any of them. Can't remember the question, I just knew I hadn't a prayer.

As to the deadliest catch guys, I think they caved too soon! I think had they sussed it out a bit longer they'd've realized that there are only two reasons, really, that someone ...
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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by MarkBarrett » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:22 am

Paucle wrote:
Budphrey wrote:Well, not to cast aspersions, because Pam handled herself beautifully. Still ...
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If I ever make it to WWTBAM, I really really really hope I get a set of questions that easy in the first round.
To be fair, she faced unusual pressure because
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she came on as a contestant right after the guys from The Deadliest Catch copped $100 grand for charity, and it would have been pretty embarrassing to flame out at that point.
Bud, I thought she wasted one jump, but the other one was a major WTF?? question. The more I thought about it, the more I thought I had only a 20% chance of getting it right, not an easy task when there are 4 answers. I didn't feel I could confidently eliminate any of them. Can't remember the question, I just knew I hadn't a prayer.

As to the deadliest catch guys, I think they caved too soon! I think had they sussed it out a bit longer they'd've realized that there are only two reasons, really, that someone ...
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The one that had to be jumped by I would suspect 90%+ of contestants was about the Olympics until 1952 with I think
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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by Paucle » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:48 am

Thanks Mark! Yeah, that one flummoxed me. I thought I knew the Olympics history pretty well, and I never knew ANY of those disciplines were involved in the competition. I was torn between the first two, because at least the latter two you could, you know, do something live. Watching someone type out a story or draw straight lines doesn't seem very exciting to me, but could you imagine a hibachi competition? Dicing an onion? How about yodeling? Holding a High note? That's competitive! Nope, I'd've been torn between choosing one of the first two.

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by teapot37 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:06 pm

Paucle wrote:Thanks Mark! Yeah, that one flummoxed me. I thought I knew the Olympics history pretty well, and I never knew ANY of those disciplines were involved in the competition. I was torn between the first two, because at least the latter two you could, you know, do something live. Watching someone type out a story or draw straight lines doesn't seem very exciting to me, but could you imagine a hibachi competition? Dicing an onion? How about yodeling? Holding a High note? That's competitive! Nope, I'd've been torn between choosing one of the first two.
That one was not so bad for me because I knew Pierre de Coubertin won a gold medal in one of those disciplines.
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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by Paucle » Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:47 pm

Day two:
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Pam was given for 100k (essentially) What bottled TA Edison artifact can be found at the Henry Ford Museum?
a) little toe b) his breath
c) drop of sweat d) lock of hair

Pam, like me, got caught up in that whole "Genius is..." quote and locked on "c." She "final answer"ed it, I was afraid, when Meredith "Sorried" her, that it was d, as hair was one of his many light bulb filament tried-and-failed attempts. But nope, it was actually breath, BION.
Lost her 63k banked, walked with 25 k.
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Post by seaborgium » Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:44 pm

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I fell for it too. I was vaguely leaning toward breath when I came up with the "99% perspiration" quote, and then I couldn't be steered away from sweat. I hope the writer of the question did that on purpose, just because I like it better as a brilliant red herring than as a happy accident.
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I had a Ken Jennings flashback when the guy after Pam got a question asking which of these things that sounds like a dating website for women can be purchased at Home Depot, with "dude rake" and "man hoe" as two of the choices.

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by MinnesotaMyron » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:15 pm

teapot37 wrote:
Paucle wrote:Thanks Mark! Yeah, that one flummoxed me. I thought I knew the Olympics history pretty well, and I never knew ANY of those disciplines were involved in the competition. I was torn between the first two, because at least the latter two you could, you know, do something live. Watching someone type out a story or draw straight lines doesn't seem very exciting to me, but could you imagine a hibachi competition? Dicing an onion? How about yodeling? Holding a High note? That's competitive! Nope, I'd've been torn between choosing one of the first two.
That one was not so bad for me because I knew Pierre de Coubertin won a gold medal in one of those disciplines.
Yes, but the question was which one wasn't an Olympic competition. Much trickier.

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by MinnesotaMyron » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:17 pm

Paucle wrote:Day two:
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Pam was given for 100k (essentially) What bottled TA Edison artifact can be found at the Henry Ford Museum?
a) little toe b) his breath
c) drop of sweat d) lock of hair

Pam, like me, got caught up in that whole "Genius is..." quote and locked on "c." She "final answer"ed it, I was afraid, when Meredith "Sorried" her, that it was d, as hair was one of his many light bulb filament tried-and-failed attempts. But nope, it was actually breath, BION.
Lost her 63k banked, walked with 25 k.
Don't kids read The Straight Dope anymore? (URL contains spoiler.)

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by Paucle » Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:16 pm

MinnesotaMyron wrote:Don't kids read The Straight Dope anymore? (URL contains spoiler.)
Yes, we do, all the time which thanks to you solves the mystery: this factoid was lost/forgotten in the thousands of factoids learned in the intervening quarter century since that one came out.
I vaguely recall that now, and have the same question I had then: what's the provenance? Ford has Edison's last breath? How can he? I have it, here in this jar! Doubt me? Prove me wrong!

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

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Paucle wrote:
MinnesotaMyron wrote:Don't kids read The Straight Dope anymore? (URL contains spoiler.)
Yes, we do, all the time which thanks to you solves the mystery: this factoid was lost/forgotten in the thousands of factoids learned in the intervening quarter century since that one came out.
I vaguely recall that now, and have the same question I had then: what's the provenance? Ford has Edison's last breath? How can he? I have it, here in this jar! Doubt me? Prove me wrong!
Oh really? Then what do I have right here in this beach ball???



(Yes, I got Thomas Edison to blow up a beach ball for me on his deathbed. What can I say? I was a big fan.)

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by MarkBarrett » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:01 pm

Hey Heels, look who was on Millionaire today: http://www.j-archive.com/showplayer.php?player_id=6651

You still have that avatar handy?

She left with
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The transcript is here: http://wwtbambored.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=38839

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by Budphrey » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:46 pm

MarkBarrett wrote:She left with
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For the benefit of future contestants, it just goes to show — and this lesson has been repeated over time —
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It's baaaaaaaaad juju to make a big thing of your Jeopardy! accomplishments on Millionaire.
Poo-tee-weet? So it goes.

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by Snaxx » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:01 pm

MarkBarrett wrote:Hey Heels, look who was on Millionaire today: http://www.j-archive.com/showplayer.php?player_id=6651

You still have that avatar handy?

She left with
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The transcript is here: http://wwtbambored.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=38839
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Her first question prompted her to comment that it had to involve France, but it was not necessarily where the treaty was signed. She then used one of her two Jump-the-Question passes. This is where I don't like the randomization, where the first could be the hardest (and possibly trickiest) one of the ten. This also makes ask-the-audience hard to gauge. She was briefly shown the unrandomized topic list and the transcriber captured it as level 5 (say equivalent to a $2000 question). In comparison, the one she missed was rated level 9, say equivalent to $25,000.

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by Snaxx » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:10 pm

Budphrey wrote: For the benefit of future contestants, it just goes to show — and this lesson has been repeated over time —
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It's baaaaaaaaad juju to make a big thing of your Jeopardy! accomplishments on Millionaire.
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It also adds pressure to the first question (see the result). FWIW, I doubt contestants have much latitude as to what is discussed and makes the air. Mere introduced her as a Jeopardy Hall-of-Famer and the show may have chosen that is the most interesting thing in her resume. I was on WWTBAM about nine years ago and don't remember much talk about what would come up except Mere had a card with possible items to discuss.

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Re: Familiar face on Millionaire

Post by earendel » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:48 am

What was Rebecca's claim to fame that put her in the J! HoF?
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