He has 30 games under his belt, “Danger!” contestant Amy Schneider was successful, winning more than $ 1 million and entering the game’s four most-profitable competitors.
But, like the previous danger! Contestants show that winning is not just about having a mind worthy of Mensa.
Deep access to databases, search techniques, pattern detection, and even children’s books can help you play the game.
“If something has been on TV for 35 years, it comes with a lot of trends,” 12-time winner Austin Rogers, who went with $ 411,000 in 2017, told The Post.
The 43-year-old bartender from Harlem, Spain, said he read 11 hours a day for two weeks before appearing when he found out he was going to be on the show.
His chosen guide: a fan-driven J database! The archive holds more than 48,000 game board tips from episodes from 1985 onwards.
“I would have opened random games [on the archive site] and play them in my head. I noticed what appeared the most. If the question says “Artist in Iowa,” it must be Grant Wood, “said Rogers, whose” The Ultimate Book of Pub Trivia by the Smartest Guy in the Bar “(Workman Publishing) was published Feb. 22.” And if if it says “Thornton Wilder,” the correct answer should always be “Our Town.”
Unfortunately, this was a difficult lesson to learn: “For some reason [Thornton Wilder] the only “Ultimate Danger!” I answered wrong, ”Rogers said. “But fortunately, I played well enough during the game and still won.”
J! The archive also offers a search function so that users can see which answers are repeated most often in the show. “It tells you that if a‘ cubist ’appears, the answer will almost always be‘ Picasso ’,” Rogers said, knowing about the feature only after the run was over.
Jeffrey Williams, a Los Angeles TV editor who starred in one of the last episodes of late-night starter Alex Trebeck in December 2020, followed the advice of James Holzhauer, a Las Vegas gambler who won $ 2.4 million on the show in 2019.
“I took advice from Holzhauer and bought books for children about world history, geography and presidents,” Williams told The Post. “Holzhauer rightly pointed out that if you understand how the tips are written, the children’s level of understanding of the topics will give you enough indicators to enter the answer area.”
Rogers advises aspiring attendees to frequently refer to the show’s pop culture. Rogers, who spends trivial nights at the Brazen Head bar on Boerum Hill, said: “I’ve watched film adaptations of well-known works that often appear in“ Danger! ”:“ King Lear, ”“ Intuition and Sensitivity, ”and biblical documentaries. .
He also focused on remembering the longest rivers and the highest mountains, as well as the state capitals. “There is no excuse for” danger “! The participant should not know these answers, ”he said. “They are easily remembered with mnemonics or songs.”
To memorize minerals on the Moh scale of mineral hardness – talc, gypsum, calcite, fluorite, apatite, orthoclase, quartz, topaz, corundum, diamond, Rogers thought of this mnemonic: “The geologist can find it quickly. ”
Williams, who has been exercising 90 minutes a day for three months, says he’s J! “An archive to see the holes in my knowledge. It showed me that I didn’t know much about Nobel Prize winners. So I fell into the rabbit hole of Wikipedia – and benefited when a category called ‘First Nobel’ appeared?” . It also helped me figure out where the tips lead. You start to feel the play on the tips that lead to the right answers. You realize that the tips aren’t just simple questions.
For example, Williams recalled: “The capital of the world is the Bingo category sign“ G, 1812: unnamed in honor of DC College, the capital of Guyana, formerly Stabroek, has received a new name ”. Answer: “What is Georgetown?” You know, you don’t have to know anything about the history of Guyana when you hear about DC College starting with G. ”
But before you show how smart you are, you need to be ahead of the competition. Rogers, who swapped cocktails for soda and cranberry juice during the two-week squeeze, also focused on physical things like mental.
“I walked around New York with an exercise with my thumb in my hand; it is usually used to restore the fingers, and “Danger!” it rang, ”he said. “I listened to the episodes on my phone, practiced the noise, and looked like a weird person.”
Williams, meanwhile, studied a book called Secrets of the Bell. The best advice, he said, was “to free your hand to speed up the call.”
His other advice is: “Make noise as the host says the last syllable.”
Although he only appeared in one episode, Williams is grateful for the experience.
“I’ve lost and I still think it’s the greatest,” he said, enjoying the “brilliant moments” that led the Shakespeare category. “When I qualify again 20 years later, I’m like, ‘Am I in danger?’ [application] test? Damn, I do! I take medications to increase my reflexes. ”