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Lt. j.g. Brett Pancoast flashes his answer as Tiffany Pancoast reacts after she correctly guessed “chicken pot pie” to the question: “What dish does your wife cook for you that you really don’t like?”
Lt. j.g. Brett Pancoast flashes his answer as Tiffany Pancoast reacts after she correctly guessed “chicken pot pie” to the question: “What dish does your wife cook for you that you really don’t like?” (Jennifer H. Svan / S&S)
Lt. j.g. Brett Pancoast flashes his answer as Tiffany Pancoast reacts after she correctly guessed “chicken pot pie” to the question: “What dish does your wife cook for you that you really don’t like?”
Lt. j.g. Brett Pancoast flashes his answer as Tiffany Pancoast reacts after she correctly guessed “chicken pot pie” to the question: “What dish does your wife cook for you that you really don’t like?” (Jennifer H. Svan / S&S)
Amber Altizer holds up her answer during the game at the Misawa commissary. Her husband, Airman 1st Class Andrew Altizer (holding the couple’s 5-month-old daughter Bayleigh), got the question right, winning the game and a $100 commissary gift certificate.
Amber Altizer holds up her answer during the game at the Misawa commissary. Her husband, Airman 1st Class Andrew Altizer (holding the couple’s 5-month-old daughter Bayleigh), got the question right, winning the game and a $100 commissary gift certificate. (Jennifer H. Svan / S&S)
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chris Bowen said “beer” was what his wife would say he spends too much money on. Ernestine said “me.” The Bowens, married less than a week, were one of four couples to test their knowledge at the Misawa commissary Wednesday night.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chris Bowen said “beer” was what his wife would say he spends too much money on. Ernestine said “me.” The Bowens, married less than a week, were one of four couples to test their knowledge at the Misawa commissary Wednesday night. (Jennifer H. Svan / S&S)
Senior Airman Dock Dowdell waits while his wife, Karina, tries to guess the correct answer.
Senior Airman Dock Dowdell waits while his wife, Karina, tries to guess the correct answer. (Jennifer H. Svan / S&S)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — He said mushrooms. She said macaroni and cheese.

He said Santa Claus. She said Bob Newhart. He said gardener. She said gardener.

At least they agreed on something.

After tying the knot two days after Valentine’s Day, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chris Bowen and his new bride, Ernestine, tested their knowledge of each other on the “Newlywed” game at the base commissary Wednesday night.

It didn’t go so well: Of seven questions, they concurred on two. But, perhaps a sign that their union may still be off to a good start, they laughed about it.

“I thought we had an advantage because they disagree all the time,” Bowen, 40, quipped about the more seasoned newlyweds. “You just don’t know me,” he said to Ernestine, 38, a schoolteacher at Misawa.

The Bowens were one of four couples that battled it out near the rotisserie chicken and frozen food aisle for bragging rights and a $100 commissary gift certificate. The husbands and wives took turns answering questions while their partner waited in a separate room, just like in the 1970s TV game show.

“We wanted something totally out of the box, for the commissary and for the base,” said Trish Reams, Misawa district manager for contractor Webco. “We tried to keep it as clean as we could with a lot of humor.”

Getting five questions right apiece were couples Airman 1st Class Andrew Altizer, 20, and wife Amber, 20; and Senior Airman Dock Dowdell, 21, and his wife, Karina, 21. But the Altizers were the only ones to nail the 3-point bonus question about which celebrity their husband would say he most resembled. Andrew Altizer is a deadringer for actor Matt Damon.

“If you get this wrong, you’re walking home,” Amber warned.

After much thought, Karina chose Nick Cannon, but Dock said Will Smith.

Dock was still shaking his head about that one after the game. To his credit, the 35th Maintenance Squadron armament technician was the only husband to know his mother-in-law’s birthday.

The other three contestants received $50 commissary gift certificates; everyone received gift baskets. About 20 couples entered the drawing to play the game. Commissary director Jack Younger said the store next may stage a spin-off of “The Dating Game” TV show.

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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