Adam Edgell, a student at the University of Mississippi., was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on April 27 & 29, 2001. He walked away with $250,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these writers in order of their birth, starting with the earliest.
• A: Edmund Spenser • B: William Faulkner
• C: Jane Smiley • D: Victor Hugo

From the 10 contestants, 3 got it right, but Adam (with a time of 3.52 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer A-D-B-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Adam's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Crutches are useful for someone who has injured what part of his body?
• A: Head • B: Leg
• C: Arm • D: Coordination

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the main function of a refrigerator?
• A: Keep food cold • B: Hydrate food
• C: Cook food • D: Paperweight

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
FBI surveillance sometimes involves doing what to a suspect's phone line?
• A: Buffing • B: Gigging
• C: Tapping • D: Crocheting

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
The wood of an ebony tree is what color?
• A: White • B: Black
• C: Yellow • D: Red

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What U.S. state's civil law is based on a French legal system known as the Napoleonic Code?
• A: Florida • B: Minnesota
• C: California • D: Louisiana

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In his 1956 hit song, Chuck Berry sings "Roll over Beethoven, and tell" what composer "the news"?
• A: Mozart • B: Schubert
• C: Tchaikovsky • D: Handel

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
In Norway, what are the narrow sea inlets enclosed by high cliffs called?
• A: Estuaries • B: Fjords
• C: Deltas • D: Archipelagos

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What group carried out the protest known as the "Boston Tea Party"?
• A: Molly Maguires • B: Sons of Liberty
• C: Green Mountain Boys • D: Abolitionists

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 2001 Britney Spears commercial for Pepsi, what political figure makes an appearance?
• A: Bob Dole • B: Jimmy Carter
• C: Newt Gingrich • D: Ted Kennedy

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
A person who makes barrels is called what?
• A: Cobbler • B: Fletcher
• C: Thatcher • D: Cooper

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
The device known as a Foucault pendulum is used to demonstrate what natural occurrence?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Electromagnetic induction • B: Doppler effect
• C: Rotation of the Earth • D: Deviation in Earth's orbit

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Famous Sugar Loaf Mountain rises over the bay of which of these cities?
• A: San Francisco • B: Rio de Janeiro
• C: Tokyo • D: Melbourne

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What movie is based on the 1968 science fiction novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"?
'Ask the Audience' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: Tron • B: Scanners
• C: Altered States • D: Blade Runner
Ask the Audience Results: A: 17% • B: 16% • C: 36% • D: 31%
Adam did not know, so he decided to poll the audience, from which the top answer was Altered States with 36%, followed by Blade Runner with 31%. Adam had a strong feeling, but decided to call his ex-high school teacher Laura, who thought it was Blade Runner. He decided to go with her and won $250,000. Then, the klaxon called time and Adam would return on $250,000 with no lifelines available.

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
Who wrote Spiro Agnew's 1970 speech in which he called the press "nattering nabobs of negativism"?
• A: John McLaughlin • B: William Safire
• C: George Will • D: Pat Buchanan
Adam had an idea, but decided the risk outweighed it, so he decided to walk away with $250,000. He said that his gut was B, and the correct answer was indeed B: William Safire.


Preceded by
Tom L. Cubbage
U.S. Contestant (Season 2)
Adam Edgell
Succeeded by
Bob Combs