Question leaves contestant stuns on Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Green-fingered Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? viewers are left ‘screaming’ at their screens after one contestant is stumped on a gardening question – but would YOU get it right?

  • Viewers were left frustrated by Who Wants to be a Millionaire? question
  • Contestant was asked for the name given to the tiny pores in a leaf
  • Dozens at home were ‘screaming’ the answer but contestant Mike didn’t get it 
  • He left with the £64,000 he had already banked rather than risk the money 

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? viewers were left ‘screaming’ at their screens after a contestant failed to answer a question about plants for £125,000. 

Mike Farley, from Basildon, Essex, chose to leave the game with the £64,000 he had already banked rather than risk wrongly answering: ‘What name is given to the tiny pores in a leaf that allow the intake of carbon dioxide and the release of oxygen?’

Unsure of the answer himself, he used both his ‘phone a friend’ and ‘ask Jeremy’ lifelines. When neither could say for sure, he decided to exit the game. 

The episode, which originally aired in 2019, had viewers feeling frustrated. 

Actor Mike Farley, pictured, from Basildon, left Who Wants to be a Millionaire at the £125,000 because he was left stumped by a botanical question he didn’t have the answer to. He left with £64,000 instead

Viewers who knew about plants were left ‘screaming’ the right answer, answer D, Stomata, at the TV sets

One tweeted: ‘It’s stomata, innit.’ Another asked: ‘Anyone else screaming at their TV ‘D Stomata?’.

A third posted: ‘This guy and his phone a friend and Jeremy Clarkson not knowing this is actually killing me.’ 

Mike’s ‘friend’ was his former colleague Anne, who was adamant the answer was not ‘Rhizomes’ but couldn’t give the correct response.

Presenter Jeremy was also unable to help.  

‘If I told you I knew this, would you know I was lying,’ Jeremy said. ‘It’s the most extraordinary thing, I was in a wood the other day, we’re thinning a wood at home. 

The only other question Mike hesitated on was asking which celebrity married their childhood sweetheart in 2018, with the answer being Ed Sheeran. Mike used a lifeline on this question

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire questions:

 1. Fastest Fingers First question

Starting with the fewest, put these modes of transport in order based upon the number of wheels they typically use. 

A. NMX bikes B. Reliant Robin C. Unicycle D. Model T Ford

2.  (£100)  Under which plant is is traditional for people to kiss at Christmas? 

A. Mistletoe B. Hibiscus C. Clematis D. Japonica

3 (£200) A tumble dryer is generally used for drying what?

A. Paint. B. Hands C. Clothes. D. Hair 

4. (£300) Which toy, created accidentally in the 1940s, resembles a large spring? 

A. A Yo-Yo. B. Slinky. C. Meccano D. Hula Hoop 

5. (£500)  Dawn French starred in which of these sitcoms? 

A. Mrs Brown’s Boys. B. Not Going Out C. Miranda D. The Vicar of Dibley

6. (£1000) In standard UK road markings, what colour are the criss-cross lines of a box junction? 

A. Blue B. Red. C. Yellow D. Green 

7.  (£2,000) Which of these countries shares a land boarder with just one other country? 

A. Portugal B. Romania C. Luxembourg D. Italy

8.  (£4,000) Which singer married his childhood sweetheart Cherry Seaborn in 2018? 

A. Olly Murs B. Justin Bieber. C. Nick Jonas D. Ed Sheeran

9. (£8,000) In which film does the main character play ‘Chopsticks; on a giant walk-on keyboard?

A. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off B. Big. C. Risky Business D. Freaky Friday 

10. (£16,000) Which of these is another name for the egg-laying mammal sometimes knows as a spiny anteater? 

A. Platypus B. Tarsier. C. Echidna D. Caracal

11. (£32,000) Which of these words appears most frequently in the names of properties on a standard London Monopoly board? 

A. Road B. Avenue C. Square D. Lane  

12. (£64,000) What phrase follows ‘Stop all the clocks; in the W. H. Auden poem also known as ‘Funeral Blues’? 

A. Pack up the moon B. Sweep up the wood C. Silence the pianos D. Cut off the telephone

13. (£125,000) What name is given to the tiny pores in a leaf that allow the intake of carbon dioxyde and the release of oxygen?

A. Rhizomes B. Cuticles C. Auricles D. Stomata  

 

 

‘I was actually thinking about the name that is given to the pores on the leafs, and I didn’t know the name and I still don’t. 

‘The only thing I can help you with is that I was listening carefully and Ann said definitely ‘no’ to Rhizomes,’ he said, before adding: ‘aren’t cuticles on your nails?’

Clarkson also joked he thought ‘Stomata’ was the name of a Japanese percussionist, before once again apologising to Mike he didn’t have the answer.

Jeremy Clarkson, pictured, said he didn’t know the right answer to the question and wasn’t able to help

Mike had set his safety net at £16,000, but decided to leave with £64,000 instead of gambling his wins on the £125,000 question

Faced with uncertainly, Mike decided to stop the game and leave with the £64,000 he had already secured, rather than play and fail, which would bring his tally down to £16,000. 

‘I got a slight inkling towards one answer but that’s not enough,’ Mike said.

‘I don’t know enough about leafs, that I could possibly say yes that’s definitely the answer,’ he added. ‘I don’t want to risk losing what I’ve added so far so I’m going to take the money and run.’

Mike said he thought ‘stomata’ could be the answer, which turned out to be correct.

Who Wants to be a Millionaire answers

 1. Fastest Fingers First question

Starting with the fewest, put these modes of transport in order based upon the number of wheels they typically use. 

C. Unicycle A. NMX bikes B. Reliant Robin D. Model T Ford

2.  (£100)  Under which plant is is traditional for people to kiss at Christmas? 

A. Mistletoe 

3 (£200) A tumble dryer is generally used for drying what? 

C. Clothes

4. (£300) Which toy, created accidentally in the 1940s, resembles a large spring?  

B. Slinky

5. (£500)  Dawn French starred in which of these sitcoms? 

D. The Vicar of Dibley

6. (£1000) In standard UK road markings, what colour are the criss-cross lines of a box junction?  

C. Yellow 

7.  (£2,000) Which of these countries shares a land boarder with just one other country? 

A. Portugal 

8.  (£4,000) Which singer married his childhood sweetheart Cherry Seaborn in 2018? 

D. Ed Sheeran

9. (£8,000) In which film does the main character play ‘Chopsticks; on a giant walk-on keyboard? 

B. Big

10. (£16,000) Which of these is another name for the egg-laying mammal sometimes knows as a spiny anteater?  

C. Echidna 

11. (£32,000) Which of these words appears most frequently in the names of properties on a standard London Monopoly board? 

A. Road 

12. (£64,000) What phrase follows ‘Stop all the clocks; in the W. H. Auden poem also known as ‘Funeral Blues’?  

D. Cut off the telephone

13. (£125,000) What name is given to the tiny pores in a leaf that allow the intake of carbon dioxyde and the release of oxygen?

D. Stomata  

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