Dumb Answer of the Week
What Happens When You Speak Before You Think.
February 26th - March
Text by: Jim Williams
This week's Dumb Answer comes from a misplay
on Monday's (2/28) episode of The Price is Right.
This is Curtis from Cleveland. He won his way on stage bidding on an
iPad (which as we've learned this past week will soon be obsolete). Now,
he's got a chance to win something that won't be as obsolete in the
A NEW CAR! It's a 2011 Ford Escape XLT. And to win that he'll have to
10 Chances. Of course he'll also have to price two smaller prizes
correctly before he gets a crack at the price of the car. After
correctly getting the price of a pasta machine ($70) on his first try,
he has a maximum of 9 chances to correctly price a set of Michael C.
Fina/Kate Spade flatware.
Those are the 4 numbers given to him. 3 of those 4 numbers make up the
actual retail price (ARP) of the flatware set.
To those who never watch the show, there's always a good tip to have in
your head when playing 10 Chances. If there's a 0 in the list of
numbers, it's almost always going to be the last number in the price.
Curtis, follows this notion by putting down...
Incorrect. On Chance 3 of the game he writes down...
$250? This isn't The Cheap Show and Drew
Carey isn't Dick Martin, so BUZZ. Chance 4 and Curtis goes with...
Makes sense but, wrong. Chance 5 and Curtis again comes up with a
somewhat sensible answer of...
Now he gets desperate. He forgoes the previously mentioned tip and
Uhhhh...no. You probably sense where
this is going. Matter of fact, let's condense this to save bandwidth. He
would write down $270 on Chance 7 which was wrong, $572 on Chance 8
which was wrong, $752 on Chance 9 which was wrong and, thus, gave him no
chance at the car, and then for no reason whatsoever came up with his
price on his final chance.
Lebron feels so much happier about
taking his talents to South Beach, I bet. ARP for those of you wanting
some flatware: $720
So, Curtis really didn't make "Cleveland Rock" in 10 Chances, and he
wouldn't do much better in the Showcase Showdown by spinning a 15
followed by a 5 before exiting stage right.
So, Curtis ends up with a soon to be obsolete iPad, a pasta maker, and
this week's Dumb Answer of the Week. But, hey he's from Cleveland & he
can hang his hat on one thing...
Ahhh, I love those Hastily Made
Cleveland Tourism videos.
Note: Jim Williams has no real hatred for
Cleveland or Detroit. If anything as a Philadelphia sports fan he has
some compassion for both cities. That said, all hail the Phillies' 4
Aces & Fat Joe.