Norman Payne, a professional crossword writer from Atlanta, Georgia, was a contestant on season 1 of the primetime U.S. version of the show on August 17th-18th, 1999. He walked away with $32,000 after incorrectly answering his $64,000 question. He was the first U.S. contestant to make it past the second milestone question.


Fastest Finger Question Edit

Fastest Finger Question
Place the following members of the Jackson family in order from the youngest to the oldest.
• A: Marlon • B: Janet
• C: Michael • D: Jermaine

From the 10 starting contestants, only Norman (with a time of 5.25 seconds) correctly answered B-C-A-D, making it into the Hot Seat.

Norman's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What is a young male horse called?
• A: Billy • B: Colt
• C: Filly • D: Cow

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
If you asked for 'pomme frites' in a French restaurant, what would you get?
• A: French Fries • B: Baked Potato
• C: French Onion Soup • D: Bad Service

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the most common nickname for athlete Dennis Rodman?
• A: Worm • B: Weasel
• C: Warlock • D: Wendy

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the hardest natural substance known to man?
• A: Amber • B: Chalk
• C: Diamond • D: Onyx

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
A young mother named Debbi started what cookie company in 1977?
• A: Famous Amos • B: Pepperidge Farm
• C: Mrs. Fields • D: Keebler

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What type of clothing is a mackintosh?
• A: Shoe • B: Hat
• C: Raincoat • D: Shirt

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Who wrote the autobiographical plays 'Biloxi Blues' and 'Broadway Bound'?
• A: Edward Albee • B: Thornton Wilder
• C: August Wilson • D: Neil Simon

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
A combination of contradictory words like 'cruel kindness' is called what?
• A: Oxymoron • B: Onomatopoeia
• C: Alliteration • D: Metaphor

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In what month is Boxing Day celebrated in England?
• A: December • B: January
• C: November • D: May

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Unabomber Ted Kaczynski was a former Math professor at what college?
'50:50' and 'Phone-a-Friend' lifelines used
• A: U. of Washington • B: Columbia
• C: Berkeley • D: Brown
Norman did not know, so he decided to use his 50:50, eliminating B and D. He then decided to phone his friend Doug, who was reasonably sure it was Berkeley. He went with him and won $32,000. Then, the klaxon called time and Norman would return on $32,000 with the Ask the Audience lifeline remaining.

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
The name of what toy translates into English as 'play well'?
'Ask the Audience' lifelines used
• A: Atari • B: Yo-Yo
• C: Hacky Sack • D: Lego
Ask the Audience Results: A: 70% • B: 15% • C: 3% • D: 12%



Preceded by
Hillary Daw
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Norman Payne
Succeeded by
David Honea

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