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Roulette, Ken, and 1 vs. 100

Postby nrajeff » Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:02 pm

Well, Ken lost on 1 vs. 100, but it's not too bad. You're already a multi-millionaire, anyway. Now the contestants have a fair chance of winning. The decisive question: "On a traditional roulette wheel, what color is the number 1? A) red B) black C) green" How the heck were you supposed to know that?? Mormons don't gamble!!!! Although I am Mormon and I got that one right, it was just a guess. Let's see how many of YOU can get that right. (Ken, you don't count.)


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Postby Robert K S » Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:04 pm

Recap for 1 vs. 100 episode 2, for the person who's going to start the 1 vs. 100 Archive (not me!)

"Hi, I'm Bob Saget, and welcome to 1 vs. 100."

Last week's contestant Christine Tarbit is back, having banked $87,600.

1 vs. 39, $6,000
8. Braeburn, Rome & Gravenstein are what?
A. Varieties of apples
B. Nobel Prize winners
C. The law firm on "Boston Legal"

19 eliminated, $114,000 added to Christine's pot.
Christine guesses A. COrrect answer. Total at $201,600.

Christine says she doesn't know if she's going to go to work on Monday. With both her lifelines left and a mob of 20, she takes the money.

You vs. 100 play-at-home question, for $10,000:

In the 1995 movie featuring Jim Carrey as the Riddler who played Batman?
A. Michael Keaton
B. Val Kilmer
C. George Clooney

First break.

New contestant: program coordinator from New York, Aaron Sanderlin.

Aaron says he has a newborn son, Scott.

20 survived the last game. In the new mob, there are:
- 3 brain surgeons
- 7 bodybuilders--#44 busts his guns, can't say how much he bench presses
- 9 L.A. Clippers Spirit Girls
- And Ken Jennings is still #13.

1 vs. 100, $100
1. Which of these does not have a circular shape?
A. The target store logo
B. A Wendy's hamburger patty
C. A Playstation 2 video game

Aaron chooses B, correct answer.
15 wrong, $1,500 added to Aaron's bank. #44 bodybuilder eliminated. 3 Clipper Girls.

1 vs. 85, $500
2. Who is George W. Bush's current Secretary of State?
A. An African-American
B. An Asian-American
C. A Mexican-American

Aaron chooses A, correct answer. Dr. Condoleezza Rice is the current Secretary of State.
3 mob members eliminated, another $1,500 added to the bank. 1 more Clipper Girl out.

1 vs. 82, $1,000
3. What are porcini, morel and chanterelle?
A. Red wins
B. Mushrooms
C. Cheeses

Aaron chooses B, correct.
24 eliminated, $24,000 added, bank now at $27,000.

Break 2. 2 of the 7 surfers in the mob got the You vs. 100 play-at-home question wrong.

1 vs. 58, $2,000
4. Based on their profession, what item in the house would the SUper Mario Bro. best be able to fix?
A. The furnace
B. The microwave
C. The toilet

Aaron says he can hear the theme in his head. He picks C. Correct answer. "Finally, the toilet has paid off for you."
4 eliminated. $8,000 added to kitty, grand total at $35,000.

1 vs. 54, $3,000
5. In 1987, what little girl became known as 'Baby Jessica' after spending 58 hours in an abandoned well?
A. Jessica McClure
B. Jessica Lynch
C. Jessica Sierra

Aaron needs some help. Only 4/54 chose B., Jessica Lynch #42, Rebecca, an outdoor educator (elementary kids come to outdoor school, she teaches them about the environment). She says her sister's name was Jessica, and it was a big topic of conversation when she was a kid.

Aaron uses his second help. #50, and #42, Rebecca, are selected at random. #50 picked A., Jessica McClure, because it seemed more familiar than the other two.

With option C eliminated, Aaron sticks with his first thought, B. Incorrect. 5 mob members were wrong, 49 got the question right. Rebecca says she was really only 7 in 1987, so maybe she didn't really know after all. 49 mob members split $35,000.

Break 3.

New contestant from Las Vegas, Nevada, Chas Hale, builds satellites. Green shirt. Great beard.

49 survivers from the last mob
- 10 Mensa members
- 6 grandmothers
- 1 person has been here since the beginning--Ken Jennings at #13. "He's been here so long he was bar mitzvahed on this show." Ken says he's "just been going B the whole time--and I'm still here!"

1 vs. 100, $100
1. If Cuba Gooding Jr. said 'Show me the Armani', whose clothes would he want to see?
A. A French designer
B. An Italian designer
C. A Chinese designer

Chas selects B. Correct answer.
1 mob member wrong, #15. Boy is she embarassed. $100 in the bank.

1 vs. 99, $500
2. What New Orleans celebration occurs immediately before the start of Lent?
A. Big Wednesday
B. Good Friday
C. Fat Tuesday

Chas picks C.
67 eliminated, $3,500 added to Chas's new $3,600 total.

Break 4. Last chance to play You vs. 100.

Chas is a thirysixhundredaire.

1 vs. 92, $1,000
3. In Dr. Seuss' classic tale, who was the Who in Who-ville who caught the Grinch stealing Christmas?
A. Baby-Boo Who
B. Peggy-Sue Who
C. Cindy-Lou Who

Chas picks C, correct. 13 wrong, $13,000 added to Chas's total, now at $16,600.

How did 2 grandmas get that wrong? #7 and #8 say they used to read it to their kids, but it's been so long.

1 vs. 79, $2,000
4. What color is the number "one" space on a standard roulette wheel?
A. Red
B. Black
C. Green

Chas apologizes to the state of Nevada and the city of Las Vegas. He goes for help. He asks about A, red. 42 of the remaining mob members picked red, excluding Ken Jennings. Chas asks for help from #76 the year he was born. Eric Rico is a salesperson. He's pretty sure that the odds are red and the evens are black: 95.5% sure.

Chas sides with the majority of the mob, and picks A. Correct answer.

37 out, including Ken. What happened? "I went B!" $74,000 added. $90,600 in Chas's bank.

Chas: "I just beat the guy that beat everyone else at Jeopardy!"

Break 5.

The correct answer for the $10,000 You vs. 100 is B.

1 vs. 42, $3,000
5. At a reunion of celebrity brothers, whose table would need the most place settings?
A. The Baldwin Brothers
B. The Wayans Brothers
C. The Osmond Brothers

Chas asks the mob with his 2nd help. 2 remaining mob members randomly selected, one right, one wrong. A mob member must be honest about choice, but may be deceptive about why they chose it. #44 and #64 picked. #44 is a Mensa member, Darren Esman(?). He picked A, the Baldwin Brothers. Osmond, from Utah, good chance a lot of brothers there, but he thinks it's a trick.

#64, Debbie, a brain surgeon, says she doesn't know too much. She picked C because they were a name they recognized. Saget points out that she didn't recognize the Baldwins or the Wayans, which means that she must be spending her time on the brain.

Chas thinks there's more Osmonds than Baldwins. He goes C. He's right. There are 8 Osmonds, 5 Wayans, and 4 Baldwins.

23 wrong, $69,000 added to his bank. It's now at $159,600. Knocked out 1/4 of the mob.

Chas isn't much of a gambler, as everyone saw earlier. He takes the money.

End of show #2.

Michelle M. from Algonquin, IL won the You vs. 100 $10,000 game.

1 vs. 100 returns next Friday at a yet earlier time still, 8/7 Central.
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Postby ajsnavely » Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:15 pm

The only reason I knew the answer was red was because of this week's episode of Heroes. There is a scene at a roulette table, and the character bet on 26 black. Is 26 is black, therefore 1 must be red.

TV! Is there anything it can't do?
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Postby hwalk » Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:17 pm

Multiple choice questions can be just too tricky sometimes. I am a Mormon, and I would never know that in a million years. And colors? What if someone is color blind? But it still is a decent trivia question . . .
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Postby Robert K S » Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:20 pm

hwalk wrote:What if someone is color blind?


Then they might have an excuse for picking C, Green...
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Re: Roulette, Ken, and 1 vs. 100

Postby econgator » Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:31 pm

nrajeff wrote:Well, Ken lost on 1 vs. 100, but it's not too bad. You're already a multi-millionaire, anyway. Now the contestants have a fair chance of winning. The decisive question: "On a traditional roulette wheel, what color is the number 1? A) red B) black C) green" How the heck were you supposed to know that?? Mormons don't gamble!!!! Although I am Mormon and I got that one right, it was just a guess. Let's see how many of YOU can get that right. (Ken, you don't count.)


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Been to Vegas half a dozen times. Still got it wrong.

I did like Ken's, "I just keep hitting 'B' and I'm still here!" quip, though. :)
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Postby velocity boy » Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:31 pm

Actually Chas got lucky because the advise he got from the mob member was just plain wrong. There are both odd and even red numbers as well as black numbers on the Roulette table.
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Postby TheConfessor » Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:54 pm

ajsnavely wrote:The only reason I knew the answer was red was because of this week's episode of Heroes. There is a scene at a roulette table, and the character bet on 26 black. Is 26 is black, therefore 1 must be red.


Please explain your logic. How does the color of #26 affect the color of #1?
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Postby ajsnavely » Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:59 pm

It makes no sense, and is in fact wrong. But in my head, if even numbers are black, odd must be red. But it is how I got the answer right, even if the logic was incorrect.
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Postby jugglerchic » Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:05 pm

I guessed black on that question too. I had no idea seeing as I have never and never do plan to gamble. I've seen a few television ads with roulette in them, but I don't really pay that close of attention. All well, at least now I know for future reference.
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Postby CW Tyger » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:35 pm

Wow. Not counting the play at home question, this week's episode of 1 vs. 100 only asked 11 questions, compared to 14 last week. And yet, this week's seemed to be less stretched out than last week's show? Maybe it was because I was paying attention only when questions were asked. I don't know.
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Postby DadofTwins » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:41 pm

There are 36 numbers on a roulette wheel, arranged in a 4X9 grid. Zero and Double Zero are Green. The reds and blacks alternate starting each row, so 1 is red, 5 is black, 9 is red, 13 is black, etc.

Oh, and memo to the New York Post re: today's blog:

Ken Jenenings Bites the Hand That Feeds Him -- AGAIN!

Granted, they only fed him bread and water, but after an hour in the exercise yard he needed his protein.


This is not the signature you're looking for.

Move along.

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Postby heatherpotter » Sat Oct 21, 2006 6:34 am

ajsnavely wrote:The only reason I knew the answer was red was because of this week's episode of Heroes. There is a scene at a roulette table, and the character bet on 26 black. Is 26 is black, therefore 1 must be red.

TV! Is there anything it can't do?

This weeks heroes is the only reason I got it right also, figuring on the odd even thing, but looking at Dadof Twins reply above me...I guess it was jut lucky that we got it.
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Postby Isaac Cashman » Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:55 am

There is one othe way that you might know the answer.

Threre was a racehorse named Thirty Six Red.

If you remeber him you might remember that One and thirty six are both red.

I can't answer the following.

Zero and Double Zero are not included in the possible answers.
What are the two lowest consecutive numbers of the same color on a Roulette Layout?
What are the two highest?

Another tough question is if every horse in a race is owned a trained by a different interest, what is the smallest number of horses which _would have made it necessary_ to create a field entry? I'm not sure if the answer is 13 or 15 or both depending on the date.

Note: An American Roulette Layout has Zero and Double Zero at the top

1````2````3
4````5````6
etc.

r
the bottom is 3N+1``3N+2``3N+3 where N is an Integer and Negative One<N<Twelve

That's why I used 3N+3 rather than 3N.
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Postby velocity boy » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:37 am

As Isaac pointed out, the grid is 3 x 12 not 4 x 9.

1 is red and then the numbers alternate color in their numerical order with three exceptions.

10 & 11 are both black.
18 & 19 are both red.
28 & 29 are both black.

Reds: 1,3,5,7,9,12,14,16,18,19,21,23,25,27,30,32,34,36
Blacks: 2,4,6,8,10,11,13,15,17,20,22,24,26,28,29,31,33,35
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Postby TheConfessor » Sat Oct 21, 2006 4:49 pm

A picture is worth a thousand words. Note that the color sequence for 1 - 18 is repeated for 19 - 36. So it starts with red, then alternates with black, except that there are two blacks in a row for 10 and 11, so 18 is red. Then start over with a red 19 and repeat the pattern. So if you are certain of the color of any particular number, you can add or subtract 18 from that number and get the same color.

I've been in many casinos, and I did not know this without looking it up. It's not real obvious.
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Postby rkd » Sat Oct 21, 2006 6:33 pm

I reckon that's an example of the "elusive everyday detail" question described in Brainiac ... I've seen roulette wheels plenty of times, and I too would have guessed black. I remembered the funky pattern, but not which color was which.

--Raj Dhuwalia

P.S. If I had to remember it psuedo-algorithmically, I'd view it as groups of 9 with the red X pattern across each group, and with the upper left red changing to black in the second and fourth X's (#10 and #28, that is). That's no good for quick recall, but it works for slow recall.
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Postby JD » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:36 pm

Ken should say he was just following "Always bet on black."
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Postby shelberry » Sun Oct 22, 2006 4:18 pm

Not that I would have known the answer, but I'd have probably guessed wrong just to get off the dumb show....
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Postby cadams35 » Tue Nov 28, 2006 7:33 pm

velocity boy wrote:Actually Chas got lucky because the advise he got from the mob member was just plain wrong. There are both odd and even red numbers as well as black numbers on the Roulette table.


Duh. If all the reds were odd, then roulette players would always bet on odd and red at the same time knowing that if one bet wins, the other will also. In fact, exactly one fourth of the numbers, excluding 0 and 00, are in each of these categories:

-Odd and red
-Even and red
-Odd and black
-Even and black
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Postby velocity boy » Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:28 pm

cadams35 wrote:
velocity boy wrote:Actually Chas got lucky because the advise he got from the mob member was just plain wrong. There are both odd and even red numbers as well as black numbers on the Roulette table.


Duh. If all the reds were odd, then roulette players would always bet on odd and red at the same time knowing that if one bet wins, the other will also. In fact, exactly one fourth of the numbers, excluding 0 and 00, are in each of these categories:

-Odd and red
-Even and red
-Odd and black
-Even and black


This thread was so over already...

I do believe that my post (that you decided to mock) did bring previously unmentioned, correct and relevant information to the thread.
Your post however, although correct, merely contains information that had already been provided by other posters in one form or another.
So I'm afraid I just can't accept your "Duh" and must unfortunately return it immediately to you unopened, still factory sealed, and gift wrapped.
Please have a Happy or Merry generic winter holiday celebration of your choice at your earliest convenience!
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Postby cadams35 » Wed Nov 29, 2006 5:07 am

velocity boy wrote:So I'm afraid I just can't accept your "Duh" and must unfortunately return it immediately to you unopened, still factory sealed, and gift wrapped.
Please have a Happy or Merry generic winter holiday celebration of your choice at your earliest convenience!


I really don't like these holidays. Not because I hate them, but because there is so much stress and too much consumerism.
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Postby shade » Wed Nov 29, 2006 2:07 pm

Why is it that people focus on successful people's losses than their gains?

If I asked you guys to name one person Ken played against on Jeopardy! would everyone just say Nancy Zerg? (who by the way lost the very next day in 3rd place with a whopping $2)

This reminds me of my high school days where our basketball team kept winning, until one season loss, and it made front page sports news.
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Postby cadams35 » Wed Nov 29, 2006 3:07 pm

shade wrote:Why is it that people focus on successful people's losses than their gains?

If I asked you guys to name one person Ken played against on Jeopardy! would everyone just say Nancy Zerg? (who by the way lost the very next day in 3rd place with a whopping $2)

This reminds me of my high school days where our basketball team kept winning, until one season loss, and it made front page sports news.


Hey, one man's pain is another one's gain.
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Postby econgator » Wed Nov 29, 2006 3:39 pm

shade wrote:Why is it that people focus on successful people's losses than their gains?


Jealousy.

If I asked you guys to name one person Ken played against on Jeopardy! would everyone just say Nancy Zerg? (who by the way lost the very next day in 3rd place with a whopping $2)


Ummm ... errr ... Jerry Harvey and Julia Lazarus, who he beat to start his streak. Other than that, I got no one. I'd be curious to know if even Ken remembers more than about 10 names or so.

This reminds me of my high school days where our basketball team kept winning, until one season loss, and it made front page sports news.


Kinda like the Colts the last couple of years. Everyone was waiting on them to lose their first game.
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