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Ellyn Ritterskamp, from Charolette, North Carolina, appeared on the U.S. version of the show on July 17 & 19, 2001. She walked away with $32,000 after incorrectly answering her $64,000 question.

WWTBAM Run

Fastest Finger Question

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following U.S. holidays in the order they occur annually, beginning in January.
• A: Labor Day • B: Presidents’ Day
• C: Memorial Day • D: Columbus Day
The correct answer was B-C-A-D. Ellyn got it right in the fastest time at 4.44 seconds.

Ellyn’s Run to the Million

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to an old saying, what quality “is its own reward”?
• A: Melancholy • B: Virtue
• C: Humor • D: Haagen-Däzs
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Someone who pays for an item in a store with a credit card normally has to provide what?
• A: Signature • B: Fingerprint
• C: Retinal scan • D: Left Kidney
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
The grooved surface of a tire that touches the road is called what?
• A: Buckle • B: Tread
• C: Gripper • D: Dirty
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is need to distill a liquid?
• A: Ice • B: Heat source
• C: Salt • D: Vinegar
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
The ends of a handlebar mustache have what characteristic?
• A: Curve upwards • B: Go straight out to the side
• C: Hang below chin • D: Gray-haired
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In the comic strip “Broom Hilda,” the title character is what?
• A: Robot • B: Viking
• C: Witch • D: Puppy
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
According to “An Essay on Man” by Alexander Pope, what “springs eternal in the human breast”?
• A: Charity • B: Love
• C: Envy • D: Hope
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
A blintz most closely resembles which of these breakfast foods?
• A: Corn muffing • B: Pancake
• C: Sausage • D: Hard-boiled egg
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What TV sitcom follows the wealthy Tate family and the blue-collar Campbell family?
• A: Maude • B: Too Close for Comfort
• C: Soap • D: Gimme A Break
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Sunspots, the dark spots on the sun’s surface are caused by what natural phenomena?
”Ask the Audience”, “Phone-a-Friend” and “50:50” lifelines used
• A: Magnetic storms • B: Meteor showers
• C: Dust storms • D: Exploding helium
Ask the Audience Results: A: 32% • B: 22% • C: 13% • D: 33%
Ellyn had a good idea but she wants to make sure, so she asks the audience. But the audience is not confident on what it is, 33% thinks it’s D and 32% think its A. She then calls her friend Lawrence, a copy editor, but Lawrence does not give a response. She then uses 50:50 which leaves A and B. She then goes with A: Magnetic storms, which is correct for $32,000. The klaxon called time and Ellyn will be back with no lifelines left.
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 1996 movie “Waiting for Guffman,” who is Guffman?
• A: Pizza delivery boy • B: Prom date
• C: Spiritual leader • D: Talent scout
Total Prize Money: $32,000
Preceded by
Will Chapman
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
‘’'Ellyn Ritterskamp
Succeeded by
Rob Wilson
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