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Game Show Alleges Plot by Low-Tech Hackers

November 25, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Who wants to (cough) be a (cough, cough) millionaire?

That's the ticklish question being probed by Scotland Yard as detectives pursue an alleged cheating scandal on the British version of the hit TV quiz show. Police arrested a grand-prize winner and two associates on grounds they used coughing by an audience member to signal correct answers.

Charles Ingram had a habit of repeating the questions and multiple choice answers before responding. As he contemplated his final answers, show officials thought they heard a pattern of coughs from the audience. For a "C" answer, for example, three coughs were heard.

Ingram, 38, has denied cheating and has filed suit demanding the million-pound payoff.

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