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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? contestant loses £93,000 after the audience gives him the wrong answer to £250,000 question (but do YOU know which is correct?)

An unlucky Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? contestant threw away £93,000 last night after following the audience's advice on a tricky literature question.
Oli, from Canterbury, had successfully made it as far as £125,000 in the popular quiz show and could have walked away with the cash.
But he faced a question about opening lines from great works of fiction which could have doubled his money to £250,000.
He was asked which novel begins with the words: '3 May. Bistritz. Left Munich at 8:35PM.'

With £125,000 in winnings his for the taking, Oli faced a literature question to get to £250,000
With £125,000 in winnings his for the taking, Oli faced a literature question to get to £250,000

Having not read any of the four novels Oli used his 50/50 lifeline but remained none the wiser
Having not read any of the four novels Oli used his 50/50 lifeline but remained none the wiser
He asked the studio audience, but by a ratio of more than four to one, they recommended the wrong answer
He asked the studio audience, but by a ratio of more than four to one, they recommended the wrong answer
Oli responded to the loss of £93,000 with good grace, saying 'It's something I now know'
Oli responded to the loss of £93,000 with good grace, saying 'It's something I now know'

The four options were Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Dracula, Heart of Darkness and Frankenstein.
The confused contestant admitted to not having read any of the four novels.
Talking through the options he found himself unable to hazard a guess, so he asked presenter Jeremy Clarkson if he could use his '50/50' lifeline to remove two wrong answers.
The computer removed the novels by Joseph Conrad and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley leaving him with just Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Dracula to choose from.
Jeremy Clarkson said to him: 'If you get it right you've got a quarter of a million and you're two questions from the big one.'
Host Jeremy Clarkson was sympathetic when the gamble didn't pay off, saying 'What an absolute nightmare'
Host Jeremy Clarkson was sympathetic when the gamble didn't pay off, saying 'What an absolute nightmare'

Knowing he could still walk away with £125,000 - and that he would lose £93,000 and drop to winnings of just £32,000 if he got it wrong - Oli went a step further and asked the studio audience.
He said he imagined many of them would have read at least one of the books and would know the answer.
The audience overwhelmingly voted for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with 81 per cent giving him that answer.
Even at the that point, the rules of the game stipulate Oli could still have walked away from the podium, refused to give any answer, and taken home a massive £125,000 in prize money.
But with the audience semingly so sure, he took a risk.
He said: 'I think let's go with... let's do it. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, final answer.'
But with a groan from the audience, the correct answer - Dracula - flashed green on the screen and Mr Clarkson said: 'It's the wrong answer.
'What an absolute nightmare, it's Dracula.'
Oli seemed to take the reduction in his winnings with good grace, responding: 'It's something I now know.'
He went home with winnings of £32,000.

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