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The $250,000 Identity Mistake

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Last night I was watching the new NBC show Identity. I thought it would be terrible, but it's really not bad. There's a crazy rule and it drives me crazy. If you get everyone's identity right and get to the final two, they take away your Mistaken Identity - your do-over if you make a mistake.

So last night, the contestant gets down to three people. There is one male, a burly looking biker-type and two women, one in a nice dress and another in a just a typical shirt and shorts. The three clues she has to match are alligator wrestler, kidney donor, and CSI Investigator (at least I think that was the last one). So she chooses the guy and matches him with the alligator wrestler after getting all the experts' opinions. She gets it right cutting it to the two women. She loses her Mistaken Identity and realizes that she can go home with $250,000 or risk it all on a 50/50 shot at $500,000. She does the right thing and goes home.

Can you figure out what she should have done? If not, read on. She should have taken a stab at the kidney donor or the CSI Investigator as one of the women. Even if she gets it wrong, she just loses the Mistaken Identity. She can then ask the experts on the easy alligator wrestler. After that, due to the process of elimination, she can figure out the last two and take home the $500,000.

Hopefully, the other contestants will figure this out and take advantage. If so, NBC could be giving out some prize money - this situation has come up a couple of times in the first week.

Last updated on January 1, 2007.

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5 Responses to “The $250,000 Identity Mistake”

  1. Debt Hater says:

    Good gracious that sounds complicated. Whenever I play along with game shows, I always want to take the imaginary money I won and go. “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. I cringe when some people press on when I know they’re about to lose… but then again, “Easy come, easy go!”

  2. Lazy Man says:

    It’s probably half my complicated explanation. It’s a little complicated on it’s own, because the crazy rule makes it to your advantage to guess first if you are unsure.

  3. I just seen the show tonight and it was interesting, but I think I will continue tunning in the Dave ramsey show, which comes at 7 pm in my area.

  4. […] Lastly, I think that show Identity is stupid but I’ve only watched one episode… if you ever find yourself down to three people and you still have some of your lifelines, read Lazy Man’s tip on how to walk away a millionaire (or at least a half-millionaire… which is like a quarter millionaire after taxes). […]

  5. Foobarista says:

    The chief assumption here is that you can tell the “strength” job by looking at the person. This is usually true, but not always. If people start doing this, the producers will doubtless try to find the only 90 lb woman alligator wrestler in the country for the next show…

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