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Dan Demars, a biotechnological worker from Norwich, Vermont, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on February 20, 2000. He walked away with $250,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these heads of state in order of when they took office, starting with the earliest.
• A: Yuri Andropov • B: Vladimir Putin
• C: Konstantin Chernenko • D: Boris Yeltsin

From the 8 remaining contestants, only Dan (with a time of 5.43 seconds) correctly answered A-C-D-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

Dan's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
An adult Dalmatian dog is best known for what type of markings?
• A: Spots • B: Triangles
• C: Stripes • D: Stars

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
According to a well-known phrase, where shouldn't you put all your eggs?
• A: In one pocketbook • B: In one knapsack
• C: In one basket • D: In one omelette

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is the name of the process the human body uses to cool itself?
• A: Vindication • B: Condemnation
• C: Aggravation • D: Perspiration

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What branch of the U.S. military has an elite fighting force called SEALs?
• A: Army • B: Navy
• C: Air Force • D: Marines

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following U.S. Presidents operated a peanut business?
• A: Jimmy Carter • B: Lyndon Jonhson
• C: Ronald Reagan • D: Richard Nixon

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What ingredient gives guacamole its green color?
• A: Tomato • B: Avocado
• C: Zucchini • D: Onion

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the 'Guinness Book of Records,' where can you find the tallest tree currently standing?
• A: Vermont • B: Maine
• C: California • D: Washington

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Who left the TV news program '20/20' in September 1999, after 21 years as the show's co-anchor?
• A: Hugh Downs • B: Sam Donaldson
• C: Diane Sawyer • D: Barbara Walters

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 1972 movie 'Deliverance', how many friends start out on the canoeing trip?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: 2 - 0% • B: 3 - 18%
• C: 4 - 60% • D: 5 - 22%

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Traditionally a 'fob' is a chain attached to what kind of item?
• A: Scarf • B: Pocket watch
• C: Wallet • D: Eyeglasses

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the second president to be killed by an assassin while in office?
• A: Abraham Lincoln • B: Andrew Johnson
• C: John Tyler • D: James A. Garfield

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these musical pieces takes its title from a line in Shakespeare's play 'Othello'?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Night on Bald Mountain • B: Rite of Spring
• C: Pomp and Circumstance • D: Ode to Joy

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
In Scandinavian mythology, what is the home of warriors who are slain in battle?
• A: Nirvana • B: Olympus
• C: Limbo • D: Valhalla

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the Earth's current geological period?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Permian • B: Quaternary
• C: Tertiary • D: Cretacious
Dan did not know it, so he decided to call his friend Carl, who thought it was Quaternary, but it was just a guess. Therefore, Dan decided to walk away with $250,000. The correct answer was indeed B: Quaternary.


Preceded by
Jonathan Wilks
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Dan Demars
Succeeded by
Steve Fayne

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