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Ian Wallis

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« Reply #30 on: July 06, 2004, 09:15:17 AM »
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Anyone who wins zip on Millionaire qualifies as a sad loss :)


I think any contestant who misses the $500,000 question on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" would qualify - and there have been a few of them.

It's been discussed on this board before, but for me the most heartbreaking of those was the contestant who didn't know who sang "I Will Always Love You" on the question about longest-running No. 1 songs.  

That still hurts to think about it...
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« Reply #31 on: July 06, 2004, 09:28:51 AM »
[quote name=\'bandit_bobby\' date=\'Jul 6 2004, 06:43 AM\'] There was a contestant last year on WOF who had most of the letters in WINNIPEG revealed in the bonus round, but still lost. And it cost her $50,000 (But it was close to being $100,000). [/quote]
 And what made you think the $100,000 was right next to the $50,000?  What are you?  Psychic?

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« Reply #32 on: July 06, 2004, 09:42:15 AM »
[quote name=\'Craig Karlberg\' date=\'Jul 6 2004, 04:32 AM\'] Boy, that $50K heartbreaker incident from Treasure Hunt makes me wanna paraphrase what Geoff Edwards said to her:

"Rose, diid jamacia mistake?" [/quote]
 Another Geoff Edwards-hosted loss of $50K: The $50K Jackpot riddle that was missed in 1974 that we recently.

bandit_bobby

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« Reply #33 on: July 06, 2004, 09:55:04 AM »
I am not kidding about the $50K loss on WOF. I didn't see it, but I saw a report about it, and I swear the $50K was one off the $100K.

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« Reply #34 on: July 06, 2004, 10:42:59 AM »
[quote name=\'sshuffield70\' date=\'Jul 6 2004, 08:28 AM\'] [quote name=\'bandit_bobby\' date=\'Jul 6 2004, 06:43 AM\'] There was a contestant last year on WOF who had most of the letters in WINNIPEG revealed in the bonus round, but still lost. And it cost her $50,000 (But it was close to being $100,000). [/quote]
And what made you think the $100,000 was right next to the $50,000?  What are you?  Psychic? [/quote]
 Sajak showed where the 100 grand was after the puzzle was missed. He does that sometimes, but only when they are really close to it, though. I guess he thinks it makes them feel better.

adamjk

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« Reply #35 on: July 06, 2004, 11:14:53 AM »
That happened on last night's Wheel rerun too. The contestant lost a shot at $25,000. But the wheel nearly had gone over to the space that held $100,000.

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« Reply #36 on: July 06, 2004, 11:23:43 AM »
[quote name=\'Ian Wallis\' date=\'Jul 6 2004, 08:15 AM\'] It's been discussed on this board before, but for me the most heartbreaking of those was the contestant who didn't know who sang "I Will Always Love You" on the question about longest-running No. 1 songs.  
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 Who did sing it? The Beatles?
Sorry; never heard of it....so it looks like I would have lost too...
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GS Warehouse

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« Reply #37 on: July 06, 2004, 11:47:50 AM »
[quote name=\'gsnstooge\' date=\'Jul 6 2004, 08:15 AM\'] One episode of The $20,000 Pyramid where Jamie Lee Curtis spent over 40 seconds on the last subject in the Winner's Circle. [/quote]
This made me recall another $20kP heartbreaker: Brianne Leary gave an illegal gesture on the first box.  The subject was "Parts of the Statue of Liberty", and she raised her arm as she said "Her torch".  The contestant got the other five and won $500 but was within a brain lapse of $15,000.

While we're at it, we should qualify any $900 SPW round where the tenth word was lost on an illegal clue.  One particular player I recall was Kris Kuba, who was on CS in 1978 and couldn't buy a break in MC either.  She did, however, win $25K her next time at SPW.

Another last second-loss: On Legends of the Hidden Temple, this one player got the treasure and had to pass through the temple gate with it, but he was behind Olmec, just feet from the gate as the clock hit zero.

[quote name=\'Dsmith=Jul 6 2004\' date=\' 11:23 AM\']Who did sing ["I Will Always Love You"]? The Beatles?[/quote]
According to Lawrence Kaplan, Celine Dion.  IMO, he should not have gone for it.  Dolly Parton wrote it, but Whitney Houston recorded it.
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adamjk

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« Reply #38 on: July 06, 2004, 12:03:04 PM »
[quote name=\'Don Howard\' date=\'Jul 5 2004, 11:18 PM\'] [quote name=\'zachhoran\' date=\'Jul 5 2004, 09:21 PM\'] Pretty much any 198 or 199 score in Fast Money on FF.

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I'll add a Family Feud heartbreaker from Louie Anderson's regime. During the playing of Fast Money as the answers were being revealed, Louie would have the family member touch the screen if "he knew" that answer would take the team to 200 and win them the $10000/$20000. Well, one day he screwed up by telling the person to touch the screen because he knew the #1 answer had been given by the contestant. What he didn't know was the answer wasn't enough to give 'em the bonus money and they had to settle for five bucks a point. [/quote]
That really proves why Louie was so bad as a game show host. For one thing, he would often ruin the suspense of a moment like that, something Dawson, Combs, and even Karn didn't do.  The other thing is, if someone needed like say 40 points on the last answer to win, and answer given was #1, you should say it is #1, but not in such a way that it makes the person think they have won when they haven't, as was the case here.
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« Reply #39 on: July 06, 2004, 12:34:05 PM »
[quote name=\'GS Warehouse\' date=\'Jul 6 2004, 10:47 AM\'] [quote name=\'Dsmith=Jul 6 2004\' date=\' 11:23 AM\']Who did sing ["I Will Always Love You"]? The Beatles?[/quote]
According to Lawrence Kaplan, Celine Dion.  IMO, he should not have gone for it.  Dolly Parton wrote it, but Whitney Houston recorded it. [/quote]
 Houston had used it for the film The Bodyguard, Mark O., but Jason is indeed correct about Dolly Parton writing it (I believe it was written in 1982 or so, and it served as her closing theme for her short-lived ABC variety series five years later).

Just out of curiosity, how much was that WWTBAM question worth?

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« Reply #40 on: July 06, 2004, 01:06:38 PM »
Most heartbreaking loss IMHO, is Cathy Singer's $31,408 loss.

If you were her, and had that much money, and took that 1 passed spin that cost her the loot, how long would you have taken to stop the board to avoid her fate?

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« Reply #41 on: July 06, 2004, 01:53:37 PM »
[quote name=\'gameshowguy2000\' date=\'Jul 6 2004, 12:06 PM\'] Most heartbreaking loss IMHO, is Cathy Singer's $31,408 loss.

If you were her, and had that much money, and took that 1 passed spin that cost her the loot, how long would you have taken to stop the board to avoid her fate? [/quote]
 Are you serious, dude?
The board was random....there's really no "way" to avoid her fate.
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« Reply #42 on: July 06, 2004, 01:59:24 PM »
[quote name=\'whoserman\' date=\'Jul 5 2004, 11:56 PM\'] Greed: Dan Avila's loss going for $2,200,000. [/quote]
 This would win the award hands down. People still recognize Dan on the street from his Greed show.

Tim :-)

Kevin Prather

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« Reply #43 on: July 06, 2004, 02:23:29 PM »
[quote name=\'SRIV94\' date=\'Jul 6 2004, 09:34 AM\'] [quote name=\'GS Warehouse\' date=\'Jul 6 2004, 10:47 AM\'] [quote name=\'Dsmith=Jul 6 2004\' date=\' 11:23 AM\']Who did sing ["I Will Always Love You"]? The Beatles?[/quote]
According to Lawrence Kaplan, Celine Dion.  IMO, he should not have gone for it.  Dolly Parton wrote it, but Whitney Houston recorded it. [/quote]
Houston had used it for the film The Bodyguard, Mark O., but Jason is indeed correct about Dolly Parton writing it (I believe it was written in 1982 or so, and it served as her closing theme for her short-lived ABC variety series five years later).

Just out of curiosity, how much was that WWTBAM question worth?

Doug [/quote]
 $500,000.

Brandon Brooks

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« Reply #44 on: July 06, 2004, 02:32:40 PM »
[quote name=\'Ian Wallis\' date=\'Jul 6 2004, 08:15 AM\'] It's been discussed on this board before, but for me the most heartbreaking of those was the contestant who didn't know who sang "I Will Always Love You" on the question about longest-running No. 1 songs.  

That still hurts to think about it... [/quote]
 That's not heartbreaking.  If that was the case, this was way too easy for a $500K question.

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