Chris Harris has always fared well against friends in Trivial Pursuit, Cards Against Humanity and other basement games. He now has a chance to see how he stacks up against the rest of the country.
The Saskatoon city police detective competes on Sunday's episode of the CBC game show Canada's Smartest Person. Before the episode airs, he agreed to be quizzed by The StarPhoenix's Dave Deibert - a friend of Harris's since before Kindergarten - in four of the six categories of the show.
LINGUISTIC Before becoming a police officer, you were a sports anchor for Global TV. What's the worst you were ever tongue-tied on-air?
It wasn't even tongue-tied, it was laughter. It was figure skating highlights, probably the first time I had done them on the show. The whole concept of doing figure skating, to me, seemed ridiculous. Halfway through, I couldn't help laughing and I don't think I was able to regain my composure.
PHYSICAL You have competed in several Tough Mudders (during which competitors try to complete the gruelling five-mile loop and its 25 obstacles as many times as possible in 24 hours). Has there been a moment in one of the races where you wished you could be anywhere but there?
At last year's World's Toughest Mudder in Las Vegas, standing on top of the 40-foot cliff jump, I thought, 'What am I doing here? I can't believe I signed up to do this and paid good money to do this.' This was the first or second lap of the whole event and I had to do this four more times before nightfall. It was a question I kept asking myself all over again.
VISUAL What 's the most consistent 'tell' you see at the poker table, whether it's a game with friends or at a Las Vegas casino?
Probably covering facial features, covering their mouth. Bringing hands to face is probably the most common that I see. Strength or weakness, it could go either way, depending on what they typically do because you collect information as you play. Usually it's a weakness.
SOCIAL Who's easier to crack during interrogations: criminals you've investigated, or you, in Grade 9 at Aden Bowman, after light bulbs were smashed in the Castle Theatre basement? (Full disclosure: Reporter may have been involved in incident. Reporter, interview subject and a couple others may have had to scrub the Castle Theatre stage and shovel snow from the sidewalks at Aden Bowman as punishment.)
(Laughs) They say on the street that snitches get stitches. I know better. I never snitched. I remain steadfast in that until the day I die that I did not rat anybody out.