Quarterfinals: Jennings vs. Harris/Kitt vs.
Carpenter - August 25|
Last time on the
Slam, #9 Ogi Ogas pulled the tournament's biggest upset after dispatching #1 Brad Rutter. Then #5 David Legler made quick work
of #13 Leszek Pawlowicz. Tonight, #2 Ken Jennings takes on #10 Phyllis Harris,
and #14 Michelle Kitt matches wits with #6 John Carpenter.
But first, Jennings vs. Harris. 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
Greed: one of the show's first
big winners in the Super Greed series, winning a lifetime total of almost
half a mill
def. #15 Victor Lee
Ticket to the quarterfinals
def. #7 Rahim Oberholtzer
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.
|Trumpet legend John
Birks Gillespie is better known by what nickname?
KEN: Dizzy. CORRECT
|The Muslim holy
city Mecca is located in what country?
PHYLLIS: Iraq. (Saudi Arabia)
hyphenated word describes a hammer with a metal head that is rounded on one
PHYLLIS: Pass. (Ball-peen)
On his 1995
album "Mirror Ball", Neil Young was backed by what Seattle grunge band?
PHYLLIS: Pass (Pearl Jam)
gunman John "Doc" Holliday was actually what kind of doctor?
PHYLLIS: Pass. (A dentist)
Nebuchadnezzar II is credited with building which of the ancient Seven
Wonders of the World?
|KEN: Hanging Gardens
of Babylon. CORRECT
|Named after a
British mathematician, what illustration uses circles to show the links
between two or more groups of things?
PHYLLIS: Pass. (Venn diagram)
comic strip character Cathy married what long-suffering boyfriend after 28
|KEN: Les (Irving)
Which takes the longest period to rotate on its axis, Earth, Mars, or the
KEN: Earth (The moon)
Which popular magician spent more than two
days encased in a chamber of ice in Times Square in 2000?
KEN: David Blaine. CORRECT
|What organ in the
human body produces the hormone insulin?
PHYLLIS: Pancreas. CORRECT
|Which of these
horror films is not a remake of a Japanese movie: "The Grudge," "The Ring",
or "The Others?"
KEN: "The Others"
photosynthesis, plants produce sugar and release what gas?
PHYLLIS: Carbon dioxide (Oxygen)
silkworm's natural diet consists mainly of leaves from what tree?
PHYLLIS: Eucalyptus (Mulberry)
What syndicated advice column shares its name
with a track from the Beatles' "White" album?
TIME! Correct: "Dear Prudence".
Phyllis just shut down in this round, giving Ken
another 35.49 seconds to use in the final round.
Another minute on the clock for both sides as we
prepare for the numbers round. Phyllis has one switch, Ken has three. Round 2 begins... NOW.
||What is 84 ÷ 6?
PHYLLIS: 16 (14)
What is 77.7 + 88.8?
PHYLLIS: 166.5. CORRECT
|Solve for y: 32 + 4y = 88
KEN: 14. CORRECT
|All magazines are fun to read.
Bowling Today is a magazine. True or false: Bowling Today must be fun to
PHYLLIS: True. CORRECT
How many wheels are on 18 tricycles?
KEN: 54. Correct
|The 100th day of a non-leap year
is what month and day?
PHYLLIS: Pass (April 10)
How is 1500
expressed in Roman numerals?
PHYLLIS: MD. CORRECT
|What is (27 x 3) - 17?
KEN: 64. CORRECT
|Solve for y: 12 = 4y - 28
|KEN: 10. CORRECT
|A 225-pound man who can
bench-press 180 pounds is able to lift what percentage of his body weight?
PHYLLIS: 25% (80%)
In the US, the
standard red stop sign is what kind of polygon?
PHYLLIS: Octagon. CORRECT
|What is six-fifths of 20?
KEN: 30 (24)
What is 779 - 393?
|PHYLLIS: 4... (386)
Another 32.36 seconds goes to Ken's final clock.
Into the half, Ken's got two switches. Phyllis has none. Ken is up over two
Time to play with letters. Round 3... begins now.
|What letter comes 17 after D in
the English alphabet?
KEN: U. CORRECT
|BROADWAY - - - - - - - CHAIRS
PHYLLIS: Stage. (Musical)
first names of the famous sibling actors in LOWKEEN.
PHYLLIS: Pass. (Luke and Owen)
Add letters to _ARR__ _U_GE_ to get the name
of a former US Supreme Court Justice.
PHYLLIS: Warren Burger. CORRECT
KEN: Z-E-P-H-Y-R. CORRECT
|How many total vowels are in the
PHYLLIS: Four (Five)
flower's name is hidden in LEAVE QUICHE AT HER HOUSE?
PHYLLIS: Pass. (Heather)
The name of what "Desperate Housewives"
actress is an anagram of HER RAT ETHIC?
PHYLLIS: Pass. (Teri Hatcher)
SUIT - - - - LOAD
PHYLLIS: Case. CORRECT
|Separate the first name and its
Russian equivalent in JIOHVNAN.
KEN: John and Ivan. CORRECT
|Add what letter to STEROID to
get something even bigger than Mr. Universe?
PHYLLIS: Steroidal. (A).
backwards, spell "reverse".
PHYLLIS: E-S-E-R... (E-S-R-E-V-E-R)
Another 47.88 seconds go to Ken Jennings, and he
can pretty much sit this final round out and still have an easy go at it. He has
a total of 2:55.73 to Phyllis' minute.
Now we go to the final round. Each player is allocated another switch.
Ken has three. Phyllis has one.
Round 4... begins NOW.
||What Lost Colony was the
birthplace for Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the Americas?
PHYLLIS: Pass. (Roanoke)
What is 9.7 +
PHYLLIS: 17.6. CORRECT.
|Florida's southern leg of
Interstate 75 is known by what reptilian nickname?
KEN: Gator Highway (Alligator Alley)
Add letters to A_G_LA _ERK__ to get the name of what current world leader?
|PHYLLIS: Angela Merkel. CORRECT
|What Hamlet character says,
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be?"
KEN: Polonius. CORRECT
|What French dessert is a small
cake baked in a shell-shaped mold?
PHYLLIS: Napoleon (Madeleine)
game show host's name is an anagram of CHECK YOUR OWL?
PHYLLIS: Chuck Woolery. CORRECT
|If y + 6 = 12, what is y²?
KEN: 36. CORRECT.
|The mouth of the Danube River
empties into what body of water?
PHYLLIS: Elba. (Black Sea)
Who is the
chairman of the board of the World Wrestling Entertainment group?
PHYLLIS: Pass (Vince McMahon)
Add letters to _H_RL_G_G to get a type of a
PHYLLIS: Whirligig. CORRECT
|If all poultry are birds, and
all fowl are birds; do we know if any poultry are fowl?
KEN: No. CORRECT
|If you have $1.43 and you triple
that amount, how much money do you have?
PHYLLIS: $4.29. CORRECT
|A climb of Pike's Peak inspired
Katharine Lee Bates to write the lyrics to what patriotic song?
KEN: America the Beautiful. CORRECT
|What state traditionally holds
the first caucus in the presidential election process?
PHYLLIS: Iowa. CORRECT
|Of vitamins A, B, or C, which is
PHYLLIS: C (A).
Spelling backwards, spell "acquire". PHYLLIS:
This was no contest. Ken Jennings dominates
Phyllis Harris to move to the semis against one of these two. Will it be Weakest
Link winner Michelle Kitt or Millionaire champion John Carpenter?
Here's the tale of the tape...
Glen Allen, VA
Millionaire: First person in the
world to successfully scale the money tree, winning
Claim to fame
The Weakest Link: biggest
winner, taking home $107,500
Def. #11 Thom McKee
Ticket to the quarterfinals
Def. #3 Kevin Olmstead
Boards are set. Clocks are in place. Players are
ready. Round 1 begins... NOW.
|The Rosetta Stone helped
decipher a system of writing from what ancient culture?
JOHN: Greek (Egyptian)
monarch abdicated his through to marry American Wallis Simpson?
JOHN: Edward VIII. CORRECT
|On the television show "Lost",
the castaways crashed on their island while flying what fictional airline?
MICHELLE: Oceanic. CORRECT
|What is the two-letter chemical
symbol for the element copper?
JOHN: Cu. CORRECT
|Completed in 2004, the world's
tallest building is located in what Asian city?
MICHELLE: Kuala Lumpur (Taipei)
myocardial infarction is more commonly known as what?
MICHELLE: Heart attack. CORRECT.
|What 1999 independent horror
film followed three film students in the Maryland woods?
JOHN: "The Blair Witch Project". CORRECT
|In Greek mythology, what goddess
was the twin sister of Apollo?
MICHELLE: Athena (Artemis)
in newspaper causes it to turn yellow when it is exposed to light and air?
MICHELLE: Pass. (Lignin).
Who appeared in "The Devil Wears Prada" and
shares her name with William Shakespeare's wife?
MICHELLE: Anne Hathaway. CORRECT
|What scientist accidentally
discovered penicillin in 1928?
JOHN: Pass (Alexander Fleming)
board game "Risk," what continent has the fewest points of attack from other
JOHN: Australia. CORRECT
|Which of Beethoven's nine
symphonies is known as the Pastoral Symphony?
MICHELLE: Eighth (Sixth)
sign is represented by two fish?
MICHELLE: Pisces. CORRECT
|In 1995, Craig Newmark launched
the online community Craigslist to serve what city's populace?
JOHN: Craigslist (San Francisco)
director Martin Scorsese won his only Academy Award for directing what film?
JOHN: "Casino" ("The Departed")
In 1997, what Grammy-winning singer launched
the traveling music festival Lilith Fair?
John: Pass (Sarah McLachlan)
In the "Peanuts" comics, Schroeder had a bust
of what famous composer on his piano?
TIME! Correct: Beethoven
Michelle adds 15 seconds to her final clock.
Switches are still up for round 2, which starts... NOW.
||What is 123 + 456?
MICHELLE: 579. CORRECT
|What is the monetary total of 13
nickels plus 6 quarters?
JOHN: Pass ($2.15)
How many square feet
are there in 4 square yards?
JOHN: 75 (45)
What is 30% of 210?
JOHN: 70 (63)
What is 13²?
JOHN: 169. CORRECT
|What is 174.6 - 98.4?
MICHELLE: Pass. (76.2)
If Susan arrives
forty-three minutes early for an 8:15am meeting, what time did she arrive?
MICHELLE: Pass (7:32a)
Which of these numbers is a multiple of 11?
441, 451, 461, 471
MICHELLE: 441 (451)
What is one-eighth of 360?
MICHELLE: Pass (45)
If all people are boneheads, and all
boneheads rise to the occasion, then do all people necessarily rise to the
MICHELLE: Yes. CORRECT.
|Solve for y: 9y - 40 = 4y
JOHN: -4 (8)
What's longer: 18 yards or
JOHN: 18 yards. CORRECT.
|What is 12 x 11?
MICHELLE: 132. CORRECT
|What is the sale price of a $60
blouse that is marked 30% off?
JOHN: $18 ($42)
How is 67
expressed in Roman numerals?
JOHN: L.. (LXVII).
Michelle tacks on another 14.65, giving her an
extra half-minute almost. All three switches are still in play.
Now we go to the letters. Round 3 starts... NOW.
|What US state is hidden in
CAUSED BY SLUDGE OR GIANT SQUID?
|MICHELLE: Pass (Georgia)
Add letters to _SP_D__LL_ to get what type of
MICHELLE: Espadrille. CORRECT
JOHN: F-A-L-L-A-C-Y. CORRECT
|PARKING - - - - - - OFFICE
|JOHN: Pass (ticket)
Separate the first names of celebrity siblings
JOHN: Kate and Mary-Ashley (Mary-Kate and Ashley)
What rap artist is hidden in IT WOULD BE NICE
TO SEE YOU?
JOHN: Ice-T. CORRECT
|What Greek appetizer made of
cheese is an anagram of the Japanese city NAGASAKI?
MICHELLE: Pass. (Saganaki)
word can mean hello, goodbye, or peace?
MICHELLE: Shalom. CORRECT
|Add letters to _A_ A_D _RI_ER to
get the name of what popular US magazine?
JOHN: Car and Driver. CORRECT
|JOHN: G-O-N-D-O-L-I-E-R. CORRECT
|CAPTAIN - - - - - - STANLEY
MICHELLE: Pass. (Morgan)
What does the
O stand for in the reference book known as the OED?
|JOHN: Original (Oxford)
What three letter word is formed by every other
letter in the word "floor"?
JOHN: What?! Pass. (For)
Michelle gets another 20 and change for her clock
after John suffers a common condition called "brain freeze". Michelle goes into
the final round with 1:50.40 to John's 1 minute. Each player gets one more
switch. John now has three switches. Michelle has one.
Final round begins... NOW.
||The Aztec empire covered the
southern half of what modern country?
MICHELLE: Mexico. CORRECT
|What massive government building
features a layout comprised of five concentric rings?
JOHN: Pentagon. CORRECT
|Separate the European country
from its capital in CDOEPNEMNHAARGKEN.
MICHELLE: Copenhagen, Denmark. CORRECT
|Scientist Jane Goodall is best
known for her work with what apes?
JOHN: Chimps. CORRECT
|What is 91 - 19 - 27?
MICHELLE: 55 (45)
|JOHN: H-A-C-I-E-N-D-A. CORRECT.
|Calcium carbonate and calcium
sulfate are the most common chemical bases of what writing material?
MICHELLE: Pencil (Chalk).
cartoon character was named after a famous Yankee catcher?
MICHELLE: Pass (Yogi Bear)
Which letter in "pneumonia" appears twice?
MICHELLE: N. CORRECT
|Of King Henry VIII's six wives,
three of them shares a first name with what common pronunciation?
JOHN: Anne (Catherine)
Add vowels to
C_RP_CC__ to get the surname of a Renaissance painter of the beef dish named
JOHN: Carpaccio. CORRECT
What former American politician released the
controversial 2006 book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid"?
MICHELLE: Pass (Jimmy Carter)
Name both of the months in the cliché that
describes a romance with a large age gap?
MICHELLE: May-December. CORRECT
|What is the common three-letter
Internet domain assigned to educational institutions in the United States?
JOHN: .edu. CORRECT
|What is 4.5 x 8?
MICHELLE: 36. CORRECT
|In the Steven Spielberg film,
"Saving Private Ryan", who plays Private James Ryan?
JOHN: Matt Damon. CORRECT
|What "N" is the name of a
research firm that measures and reports television ratings?
MICHELLE: Nielsen. CORRECT
|How many total vowels are there
in the word "tenacious"?
JOHN: Four. (Five)
seventeen-twentieths of 100?
|MICHELLE: 80 (85)
What "A" is a river that flows through downtown
MICHELLE: Pass (Allegheny)
Which of these measurements is longer, 25
feet or 8 yards?
MICHELLE: 25 feet. CORRECT
|In the "Beverly Hills Cop"
movies, Axel Foley is a cop originally from what city?
JOHN: Detroit. CORRECT
MICHELLE: M-A-U-S-E-L (Incorrect)
the Las Vegas Strip, what hotel is a replica of an Egyptian pyramid?
MICHELLE: The Luxor. CORRECT
|Which US area code is further
north, 323 or 415?
JOHN: 415. CORRECT
|What magic duo is an anagram of
LET PLANNER END?
MICHELLE: Penn and Teller. CORRECT
|What former US President was
TIME! Correct answer was Ronald Reagan
And Cinderella keeps on dancing, as Michelle Kitt
narrowly averts defeat at the hands of John Carpenter. She will take on Ken
Next time, it's semi-final time, where Ogi Ogas
will take on David Legler, and Ken Jennings will battle Michelle Kitt in four
minutes of game show hell a piece. See you then!