I'm sitting here at my computer, and I consider it an honor to be able to offer you this exclusive interview with my favorite DAW about her participation in the Push, Nevada game.
Interviewer: Thanks for agreeing to talk with me tonight.
Bebo: Oh, it's my pleasure.
I: The word is out...you did not win the Push, Nevada contest.
B: Unfortunately, that horrible rumor is indeed true. Like millions of other Americans, I did not win the prize money. Unlike millions of other Americans, I did try, though.
I: But is it true that you got through on the phone line?
B: Yes, it's true. When Monday Night Football started, I was sitting in front of the TV with my notepad and telephone, waiting for the clue. I had a list of all of the clues. I also had the VCR running in case I missed the clue. Mr. Bebo has a habit of distracting me at important moments.
I: So, why did you have the phone?
B: When I first read the official rules, I was struck by the secrecy of exactly how you were supposed to enter. The rules said the Final Solve would divulge the medium. I took this to mean that it would be either a telephone number or web address. Since my home PC sucks, I had to hope it was the phone. Since they stressed in the rules that you did not need the Internet to solve the Final Solve, and could solve it based on the TV clues, I decided it had to be the phone.
I: How quickly did you solve the puzzle?
B: Less than 5 minutes - I was too busy working the puzzle to watch the clock. Mr. Bebo pointed out the eye in the background, and I was translating the numbers into word positions as quickly as I could.
I: So you figured out what Derek was talking about?
B: Yeah, I understood that he was telling which letter to pull from each clue. And he said that spaces and punctuation counted, so I needed to count the periods in the web address and the space in Peter Pan if I wanted to get the right letter.
I: What was your fatal mistake?
B: I misdialed the first time! That might have sealed my doom. I prefer to think I had already been toasted, even though I corrected it and did get through quickly.
I: So, how did you not celebrate your non-win?
B: Well, we won't be having a big party to announce my victory, since it in fact did not happen.
I: A million dollars is a lot of money...
B:...and $1,045,000 is even more money...
I: Yes, of course. Anyway, since you didn't win, what aren't you going to do with the winnings?
B: First, I won't be paying off my car and other debt. Second, I won't be taking Mr. Bebo on a nice vacation. And I do plan to continue working, since I don't have any winnings to consider retiring on.
I: Now for the $1,045,000 question...why didn't you just tell people that you didn't win?
B: Because I'm a DAW, silly! Every DAW knows that when you get that 15 minutes, you milk it for all it's worth!