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20th May '16 12:06:47 PM Lirodon
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* In the bonus round, in the dying seconds on the last name: "She was the first ''Series/AmericanIdol'' winner". "Kerry Washington"
27th Apr '16 7:40:02 AM Hallwings
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** '''Bonus Idiocy''': The producers got the spelling wrong, too--it's '''"mosquitoes"'''.
9th Apr '16 8:47:28 PM jameygamer
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* A contestant is asked to name a prime number between 20 and 40. His answer? ''7''.

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* A contestant is asked to name a prime number between 20 and 40. His answer? ''7''.'''7'''.
9th Apr '16 8:47:08 PM jameygamer
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* A contestant is asked to name a prime number between 20 and 40. His answer? "7."

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* A contestant is asked to name a prime number between 20 and 40. His answer? "7."''7''.
9th Apr '16 8:45:48 PM jameygamer
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** '''Instead''': Dennis, [[TemptingFate boasting that he has followed Chuck's career]], answers ''Wheel of Fortune''...and Darrell '''accepts''' it! How Woolery was able to maintain his sanity throughout the ordeal no one will ever know, but he gleefully rips them a new one when they get the question wrong, preventing the other 3 teammates from ever participating in the game.

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** '''Instead''': Dennis, [[TemptingFate boasting that he has followed Chuck's career]], answers ''Wheel of Fortune''...and Darrell '''accepts''' it! How Woolery was able to maintain his sanity throughout the ordeal no one will ever know, but he gleefully rips them a new one when they get the question wrong, preventing the other 3 teammates from ever participating in the game.game; this is the only time on ''Series/{{Greed}}'' where someone got the first question in the game wrong.
6th Feb '16 3:22:17 PM MoPete
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* "What 'O' is the generic name for any living animal or plant, including bacteria and viruses?" A contestant infamously answered "[[FreudianSlip Orgasm]]."

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* "What 'O' is the generic name for any living animal or plant, including bacteria and viruses?" A contestant infamously answered "[[FreudianSlip Orgasm]]."" [[note]]The correct answer is organism.[[/note]]
18th Jan '16 12:23:48 PM Lirodon
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* In the final round, Craig all but exhausted his clues for "Maria Sharapova", so he did his "get ready, cause I'm just going to give out the answer", routine. He gives the answer, and the woman who buzzes in repeatedly mispronunces it ("Maria Shara-pose-a"), so the judges count it as incorrect. What makes this unforgivable is that Craig ''literally said it'' just a moment ago.
7th Jan '16 5:50:21 PM Gimere
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On game shows, one of the most popular forms of entertainment, contestants display their knowledge and smarts to the entire nation. However, some contestants make complete fools of themselves and do things that not only dumbfound the host, but cause the audience to break out in complete hysterics.

To be fair, just like with the separate GameShow pages in WhatAnIdiot (for longer-running programs), said players try their best to perform well. After all, they're in front of cameras and (often) a studio audience is watching their every move. Plus, they may be under a [[TimedMission time limit]] and the show is taping to be shown sometime in the future. As such, it can be expected for some to be unusually nervous and as a result, give into pressure. [[Series/WheelOfFortune Pat Sajak]]  especially after a BonusRound loss of a seemingly easy puzzle  has said many times that playing the game at home or from the studio audience is ''far different'' than it is for the contestants, who are under stress to do well and sometimes fail to perform under pressure.

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On game shows, {{Game Show}}s, one of the most popular forms of entertainment, contestants display their knowledge and smarts to the entire nation. However, some contestants make complete fools of themselves and do things that not only dumbfound the host, but cause the audience to break out in complete hysterics.

To be fair, just like with the separate GameShow game show pages in WhatAnIdiot (for longer-running programs), said players try their best to perform well. After all, they're in front of cameras and (often) a studio audience is watching their every move. Plus, they may be under a [[TimedMission time limit]] and the show is taping to be shown sometime in the future. As such, it can be expected for some to be unusually nervous and as a result, give into pressure. [[Series/WheelOfFortune Pat Sajak]]  especially after a BonusRound loss of a seemingly easy puzzle  has said many times that playing the game at home or from the studio audience is ''far different'' than it is for the contestants, who are under stress to do well and sometimes fail to perform under pressure.
5th Jan '16 9:27:37 PM mlsmithca
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16th Dec '15 5:37:14 PM Gimere
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* The first ever contestant of ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'' did not know Andrew Johnson was the first president to be impeached and thought Columbus Day was celebrated in ''[[FacePalm September!]]'' He walked with [[EpicFail $5,000]], not answering a single question without one of his cheats. While not getting the first question may not seem so bad, consider this; he was a ''[[ArtisticLicenseHistory UCLA American History graduate!]]''

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* The first ever contestant of ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'' did not know Andrew Johnson was the first president to be impeached and thought Columbus Day was celebrated in ''[[FacePalm September!]]'' ''September!'' He walked with [[EpicFail $5,000]], not answering a single question without one of his cheats. While not getting the first question may not seem so bad, consider this; he was a ''[[ArtisticLicenseHistory UCLA American History graduate!]]''



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHgkbdXnMiY 352 feet in a yard?!]]
** If what she said is true, a mile has exactly 15 yards. It could have been some other measurement.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHgkbdXnMiY 352 feet in a yard?!]]
** If
yard?!]][[note]]If what she said is true, a mile has would have exactly 15 yards. It could have been yards, so perhaps she was thinking of some other measurement.[[/note]]



* One contestant early in the syndie run, Charity Cabico, was relatively lousy with her test, missing the first two questions and needing to be Saved on the third one [[note]] in syndication, the contestant keeps playing until all 10 questions have been dealt with, and if they have any money after them (up to $25,000; wrong answers reset their bank to $0 and lowers the potential final prize), they can play the 11th question, which is called "Bonus" and multiples the final total by 10, but operates under the same rules (only the subject is given; once seen, the player has to answer if they elected to earlier), or drop out with the money they already have; anything less than a perfect run of all 11 questions, which would win them $250,000, forces them to say the exit {{CatchPhrase}} "I am not smarter than a 5th grader!"; the second season reduced it down to 8 questions amongst the lower 4 grades and one 5th grade question for the final. [[/note]], but her final question, a 1st grade question, asked for a continent, and she gave them, [[ArtisticLicenseGeography "The United States"]]. This resulted in her only winning a $250 gift card since she had no money, and the "Bonus" question was never played [[note]] Contestants who miss the final question of the main 10 or get the Bonus question wrong with less than $2,500 get that gift card; contestants who lose the "Bonus" with more than that get a $2,500 credit card. [[/note]]

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* One contestant early in the syndie run, Charity Cabico, was relatively lousy with her test, missing the first two questions and needing to be Saved on the third one [[note]] in syndication, the contestant keeps playing until all 10 questions have been dealt with, and if they have any money after them (up to $25,000; wrong answers reset their bank to $0 and lowers the potential final prize), they can play the 11th question, which is called "Bonus" and multiples the final total by 10, but operates under the same rules (only the subject is given; once seen, the player has to answer if they elected to earlier), or drop out with the money they already have; anything less than a perfect run of all 11 questions, which would win them $250,000, forces them to say the exit {{CatchPhrase}} CatchPhrase "I am not smarter than a 5th grader!"; the second season reduced it down to 8 questions amongst the lower 4 grades and one 5th grade question for the final. [[/note]], but her final question, a 1st grade question, asked for a continent, and she gave them, [[ArtisticLicenseGeography "The United States"]]. This resulted in her only winning a $250 gift card since she had no money, and the "Bonus" question was never played [[note]] Contestants who miss the final question of the main 10 or get the Bonus question wrong with less than $2,500 get that gift card; contestants who lose the "Bonus" with more than that get a $2,500 credit card. [[/note]]



** The contestants right after them didn't fare well either; firstly, a guesser accidentally said "UsefulNotes/AlCapone" when trying to guess Creator/AlPacino, and then when Al Capone actually came up as the word a few moments later (theoretically allowing the use of a LampshadeHanging "you accidentally said this earlier" as a clue), the cluegiver ''passed''.

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** The contestants right after them didn't fare well either; firstly, a guesser accidentally said "UsefulNotes/AlCapone" when trying to guess Creator/AlPacino, and then when Al Capone actually came up as the word a few moments later (theoretically allowing the use of a LampshadeHanging "you accidentally said this earlier" LampshadeHanging as a clue), the cluegiver ''passed''.



* One rebus on ''Classic {{Series/Concentration}}'' showed D+RACK+EWE+LA (the rack being of the type used by auto mechanics). Neither contestant could solve it after it was fully exposed, so host Alex Trebek started offering clues. When he said, "Bela Lugosi," the female contestant rang in and said, "Frankenstein."

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* One rebus on ''Classic {{Series/Concentration}}'' Series/{{Concentration}}'' showed D+RACK+EWE+LA (the rack being of the type used by auto mechanics). Neither contestant could solve it after it was fully exposed, so host Alex Trebek started offering clues. When he said, "Bela Lugosi," the female contestant rang in and said, "Frankenstein."



*** Dorothy rings in, spits out (after reciting most of the lyrics) "The Band Played On". She matches it with "[[Series/AllInTheFamily Archie Bunker]]". (Her opponent, Michael, claps gleefully and hyperactively jumps up and down like a little kid when she gives the wrong answer. Correct answer: Lawrence Welk.)
*** Dorothy immediately identifies "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody". Even she should be able to identify Catherine Bach, or give a reasonable guess, but all she can say, "The girl in the picture but I don't know her name." (Michael tries to ring in but is denied.)

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*** Dorothy rings in, spits out (after reciting most of the lyrics) "The Band Played On". She On," which she matches it with "[[Series/AllInTheFamily Archie Bunker]]". (Her opponent, Michael, claps gleefully and hyperactively jumps up and down like a little kid when she gives the wrong answer. Correct answer: Lawrence Welk.)
*** Dorothy immediately identifies "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody". Even she someone her age should be able to identify Catherine Bach, or give a reasonable guess, but all she can say, "The girl in the picture but I don't know her name." (Michael tries to ring in but is denied.)






** '''Instead''': Rebecca says "DAD". Lyn then asks for a letter under "BOXING", and Lennie says that he can't give a letter under "BOXING".

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** '''Instead''': '''[[RunningGag Instead]]''': Rebecca says "DAD". Lyn then asks for a letter under "BOXING", and Lennie says that he can't give a letter under "BOXING".



** '''''[[RunningGag INSTEAD]]''''': No answer, which is starting to drive Lennie crazy. Lyn then asks for a letter under "BOXING", and Lennie ''again'' says that he can't give him the letter.

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** '''''[[RunningGag '''''[[OverlyLongGag INSTEAD]]''''': No answer, which is starting to drive Lennie crazy. Lyn then asks for a letter under "BOXING", and Lennie ''again'' says that he can't give him the letter.



** '''Bonus Idiocy''': The producers got the spelling wrong, too--it's '''"mosquitoes"'''.



* "Name a prime number between 20 and 40." "7."

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* "Name A contestant is asked to name a prime number between 20 and 40." 40. His answer? "7."
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