Round 1: Jennings vs. Lee/Olmstead vs. Kitt -
Today, sixteen of the genre's
greatest champions are met on the same field of battle to match wits with each
other. At stake, $100,000 and the title of greatest game show champion in the
land. This... is "Grand Slam."
In our first episode, Jeopardy! legend Ken
Jennings faces off against "World Series of Pop Culture" winner Victor Lee. Then
biggest "Millionaire" winner Dr. Kevin Olmstead will pitch bout against the
all-time winningest player on "Weakest Link," Michelle Kitt.
But first, Jennings vs. Lee. Let's meet the
Mountlake Terrace, WA
Jeopardy!: went on a reign of
terror that spanned 75 days, two seasons, and over $2 million
Claim to fame
World Series of Pop Culture: won
$83,333 as one-third of the Twisted Misters, who took the 2007 title.
1 vs. 100
Ken has more time nowadays to be Mr. Dad. His son
Dylan is his biggest fan. HE, on the other hand, sees himself as a big target.
Victor hasn't really changed that much since his
win. He still lives at home with his parents. Still has a boring job. He learned
everything he knows from television. He predicts he is going to win it all.
Okay, an explanation of the rules...
Round 1: General knowledge questions.
Round 2: Numbers and logic.
Round 3: Words and letters.
Round 4: Mixed bag.
Players are each given one minute of the
questioner's time. Correct answers will stop the clock; wrong ones will keep the
clock going until they give a correct answer or they use one of three switches
given to them for the entire match. A switch passes the question to their
opponent. The player who runs out of time first loses the round, and the winner
keeps the time remaining on his or her clock to use in the final round. Player
who runs out of time in that round first is out of the tournament.
Round 1 begins... NOW.
|What animals are named after the
Greek words are "fearfully great lizards?"
KEN: Dinosaurs. CORRECT
|Who wrote the novel "Murder on
the Orient Express?"
VICTOR: Christie. CORRECT
|In 2003, who became the youngest
actor ever to win the Best Actor Academy Award?
KEN: Adrien Brody. CORRECT
|What historic document was
signed at Runnymede in 1215?
VICTOR: Magna Carta. CORRECT
|Besides Mercury, what is the
only major planet in our solar system without a moon?
KEN: Venus. CORRECT
|What is the Greek equivalent of
the Roman god Neptune?
VICTOR: Uranus. (Poseidon)
Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I have a dream" speech on the steps of what
Washington, DC landmark?
VICTOR: The Washington Monument (Lincoln Memorial)
What is the only current NFL team that incorporates numbers into its team
VICTOR: 49ers. CORRECT
|What brand of peanut butter
shares its name with a literary character known for shadow-chasing?
KEN: Peter Pan. CORRECT.
|The Punic Wars were fought
between Rome and what other ancient city-state?
VICTOR: Carthage. CORRECT
|How many ounces are currently in
a standard 7-Eleven Big Gulp?
KEN: 35. (32)
The 2005 film "Good
Night, and Good Luck" takes its title from a signoff used by whom?
KEN: Edward R. Murrow. CORRECT
|What is the chemical symbol for
VICTOR: He. CORRECT.
|What infectious disease gets its
name from an Italian phrase meaning "bad air"?
KEN: Malaria. CORRECT
|In 2003, Gwyneth Paltrow married
Chris Martin, the lead singer of what British band?
VICTOR: Coldplay. CORRECT.
|What current African country was
formerly known as "French Sudan"?
KEN: Ethiopia. (Mali)
Switzerland became the 190th member state to be admitted to what?
KEN: The United Nations. CORRECT
|Which Stanley Kubrick film was
released in 1999, after his death?
VICTOR: "Eyes Wide Shut." CORRECT
|Name one of the two cities
where US coins for general circulation are minted for the treasury.
KEN: Philadelphia. CORRECT
|What yodeling folk singer
reached #4 on the Billboard 200 with the debut album "Pieces of You"?
VICTOR: Jewel. CORRECT
|Who starred as Batman in the
movie "Batman Returns"?
KEN: Val Kilmer (Michael Keaton).
What is the last name of popular TV
psychologist Dr. Phil?
TIME. Correct: McGraw
So Victor banks eight seconds and change to use
in the final round. All three switches are still in play on both sides.
Round 2 begins... NOW.
||What is (9 x 7) / 3?
VICTOR: 66 (21)
How is 79 expressed in
VICTOR: LXXIX. CORRECT
|What is 452?
KEN: Pass. (2025)
What is the next
number in this sequence? 2, 3, 5, 7, 11...
KEN: 13. CORRECT
|What is 84 x 40?
VICTOR: Pass. (3360).
If A = 1 and Z =
26, then what is X + Y?
|KEN: 49. CORRECT
|A trapezoid has how many sides?
VICTOR: 5 (4).
Express 7p in military
VICTOR: 18 (1900)
What is 60% of 110?
VICTOR: 66. CORRECT
|What is 4.7 + 5.6?
KEN: 10.3. CORRECT.
|If it's first and ten in an NFL
game, how many feet does the offense need for a first down?
VICTOR: 10 (30)
What is 24.9 -
VICTOR: 9.2. CORRECT.
|If the 13th of the month falls
on a February, on what did of the week did the month begin?
KEN: Saturday (Sunday)
teaspoons are in one cup?
KEN: 16 (48)
What is (9 x 9) - 9?
KEN: 72. CORRECT
|Solve for y: 4y - 16 = 20
TIME. Correct: 9.
Ken now has an extra 31 seconds to use in the
final and all of his switches. Victor is 23 seconds and one switch behind.
Round 3... begins now.
|What newsman's name is an
anagram of MOB AT WORK?
|VICTOR: Tom Brokaw. CORRECT
|What is the 15th letter of the
KEN: O. CORRECT
|Besides New Jersey, what is the
only other US state whose name ends in the letter Y?
VICTOR: Kentucky. CORRECT
|What M is a city in India and a
type of plaid fabric?
KEN: Madras. CORRECT
|What is the middle letter of the
VICTOR: A. CORRECT.
|Unscramble this popular website:
KEN: Youtube. CORRECT.
|What does the C stand for in the
humanitarian organization known as UNICEF?
VICTOR: Pass. (Children's.)
of German origin means "ghostly double of a living person"?
VICTOR: Doppelganger. CORRECT.
|What is the middle letter of the
KEN: L (E)
What insect is hidden in the
phrase THAT WAS PERFECT!
KEN: Wasp. CORRECT.
|Viewing the alphabet as a
continuum, what letter comes 7 after W?
VICTOR: D. CORRECT
|What is the only member country
of the European Union that begins with the letter E?
KEN: England. (Estonia).
actress' name is an anagram of SKATE HOUND?
KEN: Pass (Kate Hudson).
SKY - - - - - HEARTED
KEN: Light. CORRECT
|Separate the world capital from
its country in this jumble: RIECYELKAJAVINKD
VICTOR: Reykjavik, Iceland. CORRECT
|In internet chat lingo, the
letter TTYL stand for what?
KEN: Talk to you later. CORRECT
|What actor and stand-up comedian
is an anagram of RICH CORKS?
VICTOR: Chris Rock. CORRECT
|What big cat is hidden in the
phrase POPE LEO PARDONED THEIR SINS.
KEN: Leopard. CORRECT
|Spelling backwards, spell
|What is the middle letter
of the word "egregious"?
VICTOR: G. CORRECT
|What number value is found on
the face of a P tile in Scrabble?
TIME. Correct: 3
Victor is now up to 17 seconds flat in added
time, 1:16.98 total. Ken still has 1:31.62. Victor has one switch to Ken's two,
which will change, because for the fourth round, both players will be given an
additional switch. Ken now has 3; Victor has 2. It's anyone's game to lose...
Round 4... begins NOW.
||Multiply the number of diamond
playing cards in a standard deck with the number of vowels in the word
VICTOR: Pass. (39)
What Chinese herb is
hidden in this phrase: BRODY BEGINS ENGLISH CLASS TODAY.
VICTOR: Pass. (Ginseng)
What was the only state Walter Mondale
carried in the electoral vote of the 1984 presidential election?
VICTOR: Minnesota. CORRECT
|Placed before an internet
address, the abbreviation WWW stands for what?
KEN: World Wide Web. CORRECT
|What number is next in this
sequence? 1, 2, 4, 7, 11, 16...
VICTOR: 21. (22)
What variety of apple
shares its name with Japan's highest mountain?
VICTOR: Fuji. CORRECT
|The first "Forever" stamp issued
by the US Postal Service in 2007 features a picture of what national
KEN: The Statue of Liberty. (Liberty Bell)
How long is 6 hours 11 minutes - 3 hours 4
KEN: 3 hours 7 minutes. CORRECT
|What is the only South American
country that is currently a member of OPEC?
VICTOR: Venezuela. CORRECT.
|When rolling dice, what B
represents a throw of a pair of sixes?
KEN: Boxcars. CORRECT.
|Who immediately preceded Tony
Blair as British Prime Minister?
VICTOR: Pass. (John Major)
longer: 100 centimeters or 36 inches?
VICTOR: 36 inches (100 cm)
What actor founded the Sundance Institute,
which runs its annual film festival in Park City, Utah?
VICTOR: Robert Redford. CORRECT.
|In a deck of American playing
cards, the king of which suit is nicknamed "the suicide king"
KEN: Hearts. CORRECT.
|In a circle with a diameter of 6
inches, what is the length of its radius?
VICTOR: Pass. (3 inches).
What does the
"T" stand for in the name of the cable channel known as TCM?
VICTOR: Turner. CORRECT.
|What world city was formerly
known as Constantinople?
KEN: Istanbul. CORRECT
|What singer's first and last
name is an anagram of WEEKLY CONE SNOB?
VICTOR: Pass. (Beyonce Knowles)
internet company's informal corporate motto is "Don't be evil"?
VICTOR: Orbitz. (Google)
What high profile businessman owns the
rights to the Miss Universe pageant along with NBC?
VICTOR: Trump. CORRECT
|Poland Spring bottled water is
corrected from sources within what US state?
KEN: Vermont. (Maine)
What is 7.4 -
KEN: 6. ... (5.7)
What two-time Academy Award winning actress's
surname is a synonym of "posh"?
KEN: Pass. (Hilary Swank)
What letters would you added to the end of
"TUNIS" to create the country for this capital?
KEN: IA. CORRECT
|What is two-fifths of 160?
The correct answer is 64, and Ken Jennings moves
onto the quarterfinal round. Victor was a nice guy, and Ken said that he wanted
to beat him in the nicest way possible. Mission accomplished. This might augur
well for the guy from Jeopardy!. He'll take on either Rahim Oberholtzer or
Phyllis Harris later.
Next on the docket is the biggest money winner on
Millionaire vs. the biggest money winner on The Weakest Link. It's Dr. Kevin
Olmstead vs. Michelle Kitt. Here's how they stack up.
Ann Arbor, MI
Glen Allen, VA
Millionaire: won over $2.2
million, making him the highest winner in the show's history (currently, he
ranks only behind Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings genre-wide)
Claim to fame
The Weakest Link: biggest
winner, taking home $107,500
Since his April 2001 triumph, Kevin broke out of
his shell. He went out and bought a minivan.
Since being on the Weakest Link, Michelle, who's
up for any challenge, entered a bodybuilding contest, taught spinning,
volunteers at a restaurant, and got an invite to yet another rapid-fire
quizzer... this one.
Boards are set. Clocks are in place. Players are
ready. Round 1 begins... NOW.
|In humans, what blood type is
known as the Universal Recipient?
KEVIN: AB. CORRECT
|What character from Greek
mythology few too close to the sun and melted his wings?
MICHELLE: Pass (Icarus)
What is the
second most expensive property on a standard Monopoly board?
MICHELLE: Park Place. CORRECT
|What 1996 film introduced the
catchphrase "Show me the money"?
KEVIN: Pass. ("Jerry Maguire").
2007, "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Al Franken announced his candidacy for
US Senate in what state?
KEVIN: Minnesota. CORRECT
|KKD is the NYSE ticker symbol
for what morning treat manufacturer?
MICHELLE: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. (C-Note: The official doughnut of GSNN and
game show fans everywhere). CORRECT
|What famous battle is popualrly
known as "Custer's Last Stand"?
KEVIN: Little Bighorn. CORRECT
|The Hawaiian word for "quick" is
prominently featured in the name of what online encyclopedia?
MICHELLE: Wiki. (Wikipedia).
security company known for its bulletproof armored trucks as been in
operation since 1859?
MICHELLE: Pass. (Brinks)
What rap artist's real name is Robert Van
MICHELLE: Vanilla Ice. CORRECT
|The lampshade-like collar that
injured pets wear takes its name from what era of the British monarchy?
KEVIN: Victorian (Elizabethan)
nickname is often applied to the brass-colored mineral pyrite?
KEVIN: Iron. (Fool's gold)
The infamous French penal colony Devil's
Island was located off the coast of what continent?
KEVIN: South America. CORRECT.
|What type of bird is central to
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?
|KEVIN: Albatross. CORRECT.
|What actor pilots his own Boeing
707 and in 2002 became an ambassador for Qantas Airlines?
MICHELLE: Pass. (John Travolta)
Traditionally, what color is the "zero" slot on a standard roulette wheel in
MICHELLE: Red. (Green)
Singer Gordon Sumner is better known by
MICHELLE: Sting. CORRECT
Kevin wins this round and an additional almost 18
seconds tacked on to his final clock. Round 2 begins... NOW.
||What is 75% of 280
MICHELLE: Pass. (210)
In the decimal
4.85632, what digit is in the ten-thousandths place?
MICHELLE: 3. CORRECT
|Multiply the number of yards in
a mile by the square root of 4.
KEVIN: Pass. (3520)
What is 82
+ the square root of 144?
KEVIN: 76. CORRECT
|Which of these amounts is worth
more money, 16 nickels or 3 quarters?
MICHELLE: 16 nickels. CORRECT
|200 centimeters is equal to how
KEVIN: 2000. CORRECT
|If Irene has 50 items in her
shopping cart, three of which are fruit, what percentage of the items in her
cart is fruit?
MICHELLE: 6. CORRECT
|If X is trying to move in this
tic-tac-toe game, which square forces an eventual win?
o 1 2
o 3 4
x o x
KEVIN: 3. (2)
How is the year 1976 expressed in Roman
KEVIN: MCMLXXVI. CORRECT
|What is 70% of 400?
MICHELLE: Pass. (280)
What number is
next in this sequence: 80, 40, 20, 10...
MICHELLE: 0. (5)
What time is exactly 3 hours and 46 minutes
later than 3:15p?
MICHELLE: 7:01. CORRECT
|What is three-fourths of 20?
KEVIN: 15. CORRECT
|Which weighs more: a kilogram or
MICHELLE: A kilogram. CORRECT
|What is 80 + 30 - 17?
KEVIN: 93. CORRECT
|In square inches, what is the
area of a right triangle with a base of 5 inches and a height of 8 inches?
MICHELLE: Pass. (20)
What is 7 feet 4
inches in inches?
MICHELLE: 84 (88)
What is 4 x 5 x 6?
TIME! Correct: 120.
11.68 seconds goes into Kevin's final bank. He
still has all three switches. Michelle has two. Round 3... begins now.
|What letter is halfway between J
and T in the English alphabet?
KEVIN: M (O)
What 41 cent item is
hidden in this phrase: YOUR FIRST AMPLIFIER
KEVIN: Stamp. CORRECT
|Switch two letters in DAIRY to
get a journal.
MICHELLE: AI. CORRECT.
KEVIN: I-N-N-O.... See above.
COUNT - -
- - WIND
KEVIN: Down. CORRECT
|What constant would you add to
"trident" to get an adjective meaning loud and harsh?
MICHELLE: S. CORRECT
|What beverage is hidden in this
phrase: FRENCH FORCES PRESS ONWARD
|KEVIN: Espresso. CORRECT.
|Add vowels to _NN_P_L_S to get a
US state capital.
MICHELLE: Annapolis. CORRECT.
|Separate the NFL team from its
home city: DEBRNONVECROS
KEVIN: Denver Broncos. CORRECT
|What does the G stand for in the
controversial substance HGH?
MICHELLE: Growth. CORRECT.
KEVIN: L-I-A-S-I... See above.
is a pelvic bone in humans or the Latin name for the ancient city of Troy?
KEVIN: Ileum. CORRECT
|Add letters to _O___R_ER T___H
to get the name of a civil rights leader of the past.
MICHELLE: Sojourner Truth. CORRECT.
|What legendary character
is an anagram of CASUAL ANTS?
|MICHELLE: Pass (Santa Claus).
How many total vowels are in the word
MICHELLE: Pass. (6)
What actor's name is an anagram of HUNG
MICHELLE: Hugh Grant. CORRECT
|BUCK ---- GLASS
KEVIN: Pass. (Shot)
Michelle wins this round and 18.15 seconds to put
her final clock at 1:18.15 against Kevin's 1:29.66. Both players will get an
extra switch. Will Michelle use her two switches to freak out her opponent and
make up that difference, or will Kevin pull out the win with his two?
Round 4... begins NOW.
||An equilateral triangle with a
perimeter of 42 inches has sides of what length?
MICHELLE: 14. CORRECT
|Suri Cruise's mother formerly
starred on what WB television show?
KEVIN: Pass. (Dawson's Creek)
Eastern religion is hidden in the phrase PUT THE CASH IN TOM'S WALLET?
KEVIN: Shinto. CORRECT.
|On the NBC show "Law & Order:
SVU", the V stands for what?
MICHELLE: Victims. CORRECT
|What is one-third of 864?
KEVIN: 288. CORRECT
|What does the Y stand for in the
MICHELLE: Your. CORRECT
|What European city is home to
the world-famous art museum, the Uffizi Gallery?
KEVIN: Florence. CORRECT
|What math set, NOT a number, is
written as a circle with a slanted line drawn through it.
MICHELLE: Null. CORRECT
|How many I's are in the word
KEVIN: 3. (4)
What R is the eldest son
of Jacob in the Old Testament?
KEVIN: Pass. (Ruben)
In what US city could you visit the John G.
KEVIN: Chicago. CORRECT
|How is 555 expressed in Roman
MICHELLE: DLVI. (DLV)
The lead singer
of what band co-wrote and sang Carlos Santana's 199 hit song "Smooth"?
MICHELLE: Rob Thomas. (Matchbox Twenty)
What country's name is an anagram of ANTI
MICHELLE: Tangiers. (Argentina)
How many prime numbers are there between 4
|MICHELLE: 3. (6)
Producer Oprah Winfrey brought a production
based on what film to the Broadway stage in December of 2005?
MICHELLE: The Color Purple. CORRECT.
|In the English alphabet what
letter comes 10 before R?
KEVIN: Pass (H)
In the Bible, what
tree's leaf did Adam use as a loincloth in the Garden of Eden?
KEVIN: Fig. CORRECT
|What is 15 + 68 - 57?
MICHELLE: Pass. (26)
Gummo were the lesser known of what group of funnymen?
MICHELLE: Marx. CORRECT
|At the end of "The Shawshank
Redemption," Andy and Red reunited on a beach in what Mexican town?
KEVIN: Tijuana. (Zihutanejo)
weighs 260 pounds and can lift 40% of his body weight, how many pounds can
KEVIN: Pass. (104)
What member of the current "first family"
received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas?
KEVIN: Mrs. Bush. (Jenna Bush)
KEVIN: S-A-L-I-C... See above.
The landed bound by the Euphrates and
Tigris rivers was once known by what Greek name meaning "between the
KEVIN: Mesopotamia. CORRECT
|Multiply the number of
commandments received by Moses by the number of sides in a triangle.
MICHELLE: 30. CORRECT
|Joaquin Phoenix played
what singer in the 2005 film "Walk the Line"?
Correct answer was Johnny Cash, and in an upset,
Michelle Kitt moves on. She will play either John Carpenter or Thom McKee. We'll
see who later on.
Next time on the Shlam... the man who beat Ken
Jennings takes on half of the luckiest team in Lingo history, while a tax-free
Millionaire takes on "the Tim Duncan of game shows". See you then.