Andy's dream is to fly airplanes.
$500: As opposed to being listed according to their star power, actors in the end credits of movies are commonly listed in order of what?
A - when they first appeared in the film
B - how nice they were to the crew
C - how many times they've been divorced
D - how many chin-ups they can do
$1000: Doused during a key victory in 1984, the Chicago Bears' Mike Ditka is said to have been the first coach to get the now-common celebratory "shower" of what beverage?
A - hot coffee
B - wheatgrass juice
C - Gatorade
D - pinot grigio
$2000: Though it's certainly a dream for many, according to The Independent, which of these is NOT one of the most common things to happen in dreams?
A - falling
B - being naked in public
C - getting chased
D - winning $1,000,000 on a game show
$3000: The Chief Strategy Officer for what popular app says he got the idea for its iconic gesture-driven interface after wiping steam off his bathroom mirror one morning?
A - Waze
B - Tinder
C - Shazam
D - Uber
$5000: Before joining the U.S., which New England state briefly considered instead becoming a British colony attached to neighboring Quebec?
A - Rhode Island
B - Massachusetts
C - Connecticut
D - Vermont
$7000: Which of the following serves as the background in Leonardo da Vinci's famous "Mona Lisa"?
A - a curtain
B - a landscape
C - the interior of a church
D - a wall
Andy has been to the Louvre and seen the Mona Lisa. He thinks there is a landscape behind her.
$10,000: Though no one is sure of its rules (as it hasn't been played in 1,500 years), the ancient Chinese game of liubo is thought to have used a 14-sided die, called a what?
A - tetrahedron
B - tetradecahedron
C - tetracontagon
D - tetrahectagon
Andy has never heard of the game but "14" gives him some clues. He knows that a tetrahedron has 4 sides and a decagon has 10.
$20,000: A land of linked deserts, which of the following countries contains no permanent rivers or lakes?
A - Ethiopia
B - Iran
C - Saudi Arabia
D - Egypt
Andy says Iran sits on a big lake, the Caspian Sea, Egypt has Lake Nasser, formed by the Aswan Dam that swallowed Abu Simbel, an ancient temple, and Ethiopia sits on high land.
$30,000: Formerly known as JoAnne Chesimard, the godmother of what rapper was a key member of the Black Panthers, and the 1st woman to be on the FBI's most wanted list?
A - The Notorious B.I.G.
B - Snoop Dogg
C - Dr. Dre
D - Tupac Shakur
Andy remembers JoAnne but rappers are outside his normal realm of knowledge. He asks the audience.
A - 30%
B - 20%
C - 9%
D - 51%
That's what Andy's gut was telling him. He doesn't think 50:50 will help in this case, so he goes with the audience answer.
$50,000: The worst one-day stock market plunge in U.S. history, 1987's "Black Monday" saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average lose what percentage of its value?
A - 9.8%
B - 22.6%
C - 45.1%
D - 71.3%
Andy remembers this but didn't lose a lot of money. He rules out D and then C, and says 9.8% is close to 10% and knows there's a word for that but he can't remember it.
Andy does a victory lap after reaching the threshold.
MILLIONAIRE "QUESTION OF THE DAY": A daguerreotype is an early kind of what?
A - radio receiver
B - photograph
C - telephone
D - dressmaking pattern
$100,000: Though several dogs and monkeys made more famous voyages in the '50s, the first animals sent into space, in 1947, were what?
A - guinea pigs
B - goldfish
C - fruit flies
D - turtles
Andy whistles twice. He calls for his +1, Scott. Scott has a few thoughts. Why would any of these be used? Fruit flies are used in studies of DNA so maybe they wanted to do studies on the effects of radiation. Andy says that was one of his choices. Scott thinks turtles is wrong, but Andy says that at this level the answer is counterintuitive. Scott thinks guinea pigs are too obvious and cliché. Goldfish is too weird unless it's the right answer - why would that be used as a choice otherwise?. Andy decides to use the 50:50
Scott is still leaning more toward goldfish. Andy agrees and makes that his final answer.