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Mark Gluckstern, from Fort Collins, Colorado, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on February 1-2. 2000. He walked away with $125,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following best-selling authors in order of their birth, starting with the earliest.
• A: Barbara Kingsolver • B: J.D. Salinger
• C: Sue Grafton • D: Frank McCourt

Mark took the full 20 seconds (the time limit) to answer the question in the correct order, being B-D-C-A. And, to his surprise, he was the only one who got it right, so he made it into the Hot Seat. He then later said he had pressed the "Ok" button well before the time limit, but the computer didn't recognize it. So, when the 20 seconds time limit came in, the computer automatically sent his answer.

Mark's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is used to row a boat?
• A: Foil • B: Oar
• C: Cue • D: Net

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name commonly given to people who are able to break into computer systems?
• A: Backers • B: Hackers
• C: Slackers • D: Smackers

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
If a letter is marked with the acronym s.w.a.k, it is supposedly sealed with a what?
• A: Kiss • B: Kudos
• C: Knowledge • D: Kitty

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is a typical Japanese dish?
• A: Saganaki • B: Souvlaki
• C: Sukiyaki • D: Ceviche

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What does an altimeter measure?
• A: Wind velocity • B: Altitude
• C: Electric power • D: Water pressure

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is credited with the 'quick and easy' method of teaching dance steps by using diagrams of footprints?
• A: Alvin Ailey • B: Dick Clark
• C: Bob Fosse • D: Arthur Murray

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these songs begins "My country! 'Tis of thee"?
• A: America • B: America the Beautiful
• C: This Land is Your Land • D: God Bless America

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
In June 1876, where did Sioux and Cheyenne warriors defeat General George Custer and his troops?
• A: Bull Run • B: Little Bighorn
• C: Wounded Knee • D: Dancing Rabbit Creek

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Approximately how much of the Earth is covered with water?
• A: 90% • B: 70%
• C: 50% • D: 40%

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the first woman to win the $100,000 Grand Prize on the TV series 'Star Search'?
'Ask the Audience', 'Phone a Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: Rosie O'Donnell - 32% • B: Ellen DeGeneres - 12%
• C: Jenny Jones - 14% • D: Paula Poundstone - 42%
Mark did not know, so he decided to Ask the Audience, from which the top answer was Paula Pondstone with 42%, followed by Rosie O'Donnell with 32%, and Jenny Jones with 14%. Therefore, he decided to call his old friend Dave, who did not have an y idea; so he decided to burn his 50:50, eliminating B and D. He had a strong feeling towards Jenny Jones, and decided to go with that and won $32,000. Then, the klaxon called time and Mark would return on $32,000 with no lifelines available.

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following novels features a dog trainer named Muriel Pritchett?
• A: Animal Dreams • B: The Accidental Tourist
• C: Breathing Lessons • D: Searching for Caleb

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What character did James Montgomery Flagg help immortalize in his 1914 poster?
• A: Kilroy • B: Betty Boop
• C: Uncle Sam • D: Smokey Bar

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
According to an Aesop fable, what bird told the goddess Juno that he wanted the voice of a nightingale?
• A: Crane • B: Peacock
• C: Dove • D: Swan
The answer Mark was thinking did not appear among the choices, so he decided to walk away with $125,000. The correct answer was B: Peacock.


  • Mark became the first contestant to take the full time limit of 20 seconds to answer a Fastest Finger question and still win it.


Preceded by
Lori Shields
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Mark Gluckstern
Succeeded by
Rob Moran

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