John Zimcosky appeared as a contestant on the 10th Anniversary Primetime Celebration of the U.S. version of the show. He won $25,000 after incorrectly answering his $50,000 question.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these popular Web sites in the order they launched, starting with the earliest.
• A: Hulu • B: Google
• C: Facebook • D: eBay
6 of the 9 remaining contestants got the correct order: D-B-C-A, but John Zimcosky did it in 4.92 seconds, faster than the other contestants, and made it into the hot seat.

John's Run to the Million (incomplete)Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: Total Meltdown
Cash4Gold is a business that pays consumers primarily for their unwanted what?
• A: Clothing • B: Jewelry
• C: Cars • D: ABBA records

$200 (2 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: Look It Up
In Roget's Thesaurus, what literary character's name is a synonym for the word "detective"?
• A: Huckleberry Finn • B: Anna Karenina
• C: Sherlock Holmes • D: Lolita

$300 (3 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: What a Joke!
What is the punch line to the old joke that asks, "What did the nut say when it sneezed?
• A: "Cashew!" • B: "Almond!"
• C: "Pecan!" • D: "Walnut!"

$500 (4 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: The Graduate
What famous world leader graduated from the University of Havana in 1950?
• A: Nelson Mandela • B: Mikhail Gorbachev
• C: Kim Jong-il • D: Fidel Castro

$1,000 (5 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: The Dickens
Which of these Charles Dickens novels shares its title with a popular book about pregnancy and childbirth?
• A: A Tale of Two Cities • B: David Copperfield
• C: Great Expectations • D: Nicholas Nickleby

$2,000 (6 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: Diver Down
In standard scuba diving hand signals, a slashing gesture at the throat communicates what?
• A: Stay at this depth • B: Where is the boat?
• C: Follow me • D: I'm out of air

$4,000 (7 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: Common Ground
Though they are very different, the movies "Spider-Man" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" both feature what movie cliché?
• A: Weepy deathbed scene • B: Kiss in the rain
• C: High-speed car chase • D: Mustachioed bad guy

$8,000 (8 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: Online Shopping
Fittingly, the online retailer Zappos adapted its name from "zapatos," the Spanish word for what?
• A: Toys • B: Cookware
• C: Flowers • D: Shoes

$16,000 (9 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: Rock Writing
In 2007, Rolling Stone magazine wrote "Hip-hop was peanut butter; rock was chocolate" in reference to a 1986 remake of what song?
"Ask the Audience" lifeline used.
• A: Sweet Home Alabama • B: Like a Virgin
• C: Walk This Way • D: Thriller
Ask the Audience Results: A: 14% • B: 9% • C: 70% • D: 7%
Music was not John's strong suit, so he asked the audience. 70% went for C: Walk This Way, which John then went for and got it right.

$25,000 (10 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: Exotic Cuisine
Tagine, which refers both to a cone-shaped covered pot and to the food prepared in it, is traditional in the cuisine of which of these countries?
"Ask the Expert" lifeline used.
• A: India • B: Turkey
• C: Indonesia • D: Morocco
John has never heard of Tagine, so he asked the expert, George Stephanopoulos. George said he knew the answer, saying it was D: Morocco. John went with him and got it right.

After this question, John had to leave so that they would have time for Vanessa Williams to play her $50,000 question. He came back the next day to finish.

$50,000 (11 of 15) - 45 seconds
Category: Long Strange Trip
Before returning to the UK in July, controversial singer Amy Winehouse spent most of 2009 vacationing on what island nation?
"Phone a Friend" and "Double Dip" lifeline used.
• A: Saint Kitts & Nevis • B: Saint Lucia
• C: Cyprus • D: Kiribati
At nine seconds, John decides to Phone-a-Friend. He decides to call Bob from Grand Haven, MI. "Um... Don't have an answer for ya. Sorry, John. Double dipping. First answer is C... Wrong. Second answer is A.... Nope. So John leaves with $25,000. It was B.
Preceded by
Michelle Ribeiro
U.S. Contestant (10th Anniversary Special)
John Zimcosky
Succeeded by
Brian Slope

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