Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

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FiF

35,671 posts

196 months

Saturday 9th March
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Northbloke said:
Well it's a shame the series is over already. Great TV with some proper egghead contestants giving it a good go at the million.

Just shows the questions are only easy if you know them: I thought when theodolite came up, wahey easy question she's on for the million question but she had no idea unlike the earlier really tough questions she sailed through.

I reckon lifeline handling is crucial to getting to big money but too many fritter them away too early or just use them to give them extra confidence on a question they "know". Then later when they really need them they're gone.

So what do you reckon?

Ask the Audience
Use early on any populist questions that have you stumped (TV, films, sport, royal jelly!). Never do 50/50 then ATA, madness but some do. Be very wary later on and don't give clues in your chat pre asking.

50/50
Most useful for the free hit question after the 2nd safety net: a 1 in 2 free guess for £125k is miles better than a 1 in 4. Don't waste it before this round. (Do we trust it to be completely random, i.e correct answer left plus 33% all the others, or is it manipulated to keep the two most likely answers?)

Ask Clarkson
Great new addition. He seems to have a narrow but very in depth knowledge which is very useful for the later questions. Research what he knows but from his TV persona it includes wartime, travel, cars, countryside stuff.

Phone a friend
Get as many egghead friends on different subjects as possible. Use for later questions. Trust their instincts.

Risk/return is also crucial and for good TV it is refreshing to see more giving it a go this series. Previously I've seen people cash in even when they know the answer as the money is too much to risk.

For me, if say you are on £125k with guaranteed £64k and you know the next question is 1 of 2 answers you've got to go for it. You are risking £61k to win £125k PLUS a go at the next question for another £250k. Got to be worth it on effectively the toss of a coin.

In contrast the guy who got to £500k this time had no idea for the million (so a 3/1 shot) and was risking £436k for £500k (and stardom) so correctly folded.
Reasonable summary, re 50:50 not sure about manipulation, certainly it seems as if most of the time the two obviously wrong answers are eliminated, but not always the case, certainly one of the women on this series was helped when it left her with what she knew wasn't the right answer. Too many use it when they haven't a clue, and still haven't when only left with two, but I appreciate the validity of your reasoning for the better odds first question after second safety net.

The other use for it I could imagine is when you don't know the answer but have a slight inkling towards one. If the 50:50 removes your favoured answer it makes the fold decision an easy one.

One thing I find amusing is when there's a tricky question seeing that topic hit the Google search charts.

Oh yes, when phoning a friend why waste several seconds saying Hi between each other, should have an agreed no pissing about strategy.

thebigmacmoomin

2,195 posts

114 months

Saturday 9th March
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Clarkson got it wrong about the theodolite …. can't remember what he said exactly but isn't it for measuring distance. That was one of the easiest questions but then I just happened to know it. Wasn't sure on the Wimbledon 2000 final question as I thought Venus was a couple years later than that.

Pericoloso

40,351 posts

108 months

Saturday 9th March
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Most here have said theodolite question was easy,she'd never heard of the thing.
She won more money than I would have though.
Tennis not my forte.

eskidavies

3,078 posts

104 months

Saturday 9th March
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Is it on tonight

cuprabob

7,897 posts

159 months

Saturday 9th March
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eskidavies said:
Is it on tonight
No, the current run has finished.

eskidavies

3,078 posts

104 months

Saturday 9th March
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cuprabob said:
eskidavies said:
Is it on tonight
No, the current run has finished.
I’m devastated honestly I’m guttedsmile
Never mind I’ll watch the young lad on catch up and whatever comes after

eskidavies

3,078 posts

104 months

Saturday 9th March
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Brilliant lucky man ,and the woman,surveyor,surveyor iknew that ,

simonrockman

5,801 posts

200 months

Sunday 10th March
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I suspect you are now only allowed one phone a friend, friend. They used to say how many but if they have six contestants over five shows, and I guess they shoot over something like three days, that's a lot of people to send out to sit next to the friends to make sure they are not googling.

cuprabob

7,897 posts

159 months

Sunday 10th March
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simonrockman said:
I suspect you are now only allowed one phone a friend, friend. They used to say how many but if they have six contestants over five shows, and I guess they shoot over something like three days, that's a lot of people to send out to sit next to the friends to make sure they are not googling.
I would guess the "friends" are at the studio and when the contestant gets into the chair they will then be moved into seperate rooms with a chaperone.

DoubleD

8,879 posts

53 months

Sunday 10th March
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cuprabob said:
simonrockman said:
I suspect you are now only allowed one phone a friend, friend. They used to say how many but if they have six contestants over five shows, and I guess they shoot over something like three days, that's a lot of people to send out to sit next to the friends to make sure they are not googling.
I would guess the "friends" are at the studio and when the contestant gets into the chair they will then be moved into seperate rooms with a chaperone.
Im sure with modern technology no one needs to physically be with somebody

cuprabob

7,897 posts

159 months

Sunday 18th August
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New series starts on Saturday 24th August at 9:10pm.

Jasandjules

63,019 posts

174 months

Sunday 18th August
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cuprabob said:
New series starts on Saturday 24th August at 9:10pm.
I am looking forward to it.

Laurel Green

26,782 posts

177 months

Sunday 18th August
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Me too. smile

Fermit and Sexy Sarah

7,035 posts

45 months

Sunday 18th August
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I'm in, cheers for the heads up CB thumbup

eskidavies

3,078 posts

104 months

Sunday 18th August
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Can’t wait

Laurel Green

26,782 posts

177 months

Saturday 24th August
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It's here. Well, nearly!

Driver101

5,525 posts

66 months

Saturday 24th August
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Jezza has upped the insults.


RichB

42,172 posts

229 months

Saturday 24th August
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Driver101 said:
Jezza has upped the insults.
Deservedly so!

Driver101

5,525 posts

66 months

Saturday 24th August
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What chance has she got if she needs a lifeline at £200?

Pericoloso

40,351 posts

108 months

Saturday 24th August
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This is going well.

Not knowing when the Observer is sold on Sundays is.....silly