Michael Avitzur, a resident of the Big Apple, appeared on the primetime version of WWTBAM on February 15, 2000, won $250,000 on that date, and came back from May 21 to May 23 of 2000, during the Tournament of Champions, to win $32,000 for his charity. Here are both runthroughs. Please enjoy.

Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First
Put the following oceans in order by their size in square miles, from smallest to largest.
• A: Pacific • B: Arctic
• C: Atlantic • D: Indian

From the 10 contestants, 3 got it right, but Michael (with a time of 3.40 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-C-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Michael's First Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following terms is often used to describe a plot of ground where flowers grow?
• A: Bed • B: Cot
• C: Couch • D: Mattress

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these animals does pork come from?
• A: Cow • B: Fish
• C: Squirrel • D: Pig

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these characteristics is most associated with the word "southpaw"?
• A: Deafness • B: Left-handedness
• C: Arthritis • D: Baldness

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What country is the birthplace of both explorer Christopher Columbus and astronomer Galileo?
• A: Portugal • B: France
• C: Italy • D: Spain

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
How many pockets are there on a standard pool table?
• A: 4 • B: 6
• C: 8 • D: 10

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
The Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor "Cherry Garcia" is named for the former lead singer of what band?
• A: The Grateful Dead • B: The Beach Boys
• C: Genesis • D: The Eagles

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What comedian frequently complains that he gets "no respect"?
• A: Buddy Hackett • B: Bob Hope
• C: Rodney Dangerfield • D: Don Rickles

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following cities is not located on the banks of the Mississippi River?
• A: Baton Rouge • B: Little Rock
• C: Memphis • D: St. Louis

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Who told vice-presidential candidate Dan Quayle during a debate, "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy"?
• A: Al Gore • B: Lloyd Bentsen
• C: Michael Dukakis • D: Ted Kennedy

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the first African-American manager to coach in Major League Baseball?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Hank Aaron - 22% • B: Reggie Jackson - 9%
• C: Don Baylor - 13% • D: Frank Robinson - 56%

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1998, Suharto resigned after 32 years as president of what country?
• A: Indonesia • B: North Korea
• C: Chile • D: The Philippines

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What vocal quartet sang backup for Elvis Presley in the '50s?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: The Crickets • B: The Elvii
• C: The Jordanaires • D: The Moroccos

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What artist's painting of a distracted girl inspired the title of the book "Girl, Interrupted"?
• A: El Greco • B: Paul Gauguin
• C: Edouard Manet • D: Jan Vermeer

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
A person from which of these countries has never been aboard a U.S. space mission?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Saudi Arabia • B: Denmark
• C: Germany • D: France
Unsure of the answer, Michael used his Phone-a-Friend lifeline to call Paul, a college friend of Michael's. He said the answer was B: Denmark, and that he was fairly certain. That still didn't convince Michael to go for it, so he walked away with $250,000. The answer was surprisingly B: Denmark. If I were Michael, I would not use the Phone-a-Friend, lock in B: Denmark after the choices appear on the screen, win $500k, and play for $1,000,000 using my Phone-a-Friend. That's what I would do.

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