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Semifinals: Legler vs. Ogas/Jennings vs. Kitt - September 1

Last time, #10 Phyllis Harris took a powder against #2 Ken Jennings. Then #14 Michelle Kitt, the Cinderella story of the Slam, upset #6, John Carpenter. Tonight, the winners take each other on for one of two spots in the $100,000 Final.

But first, Jennings vs. Harris. Let's meet the players...

DAVID LEGLER VS OGI OGAS
36 Age 36
Finance manager Occupation graduate student (neuroscience)
Blue Springs, MO Hometown Waltham, MA
Twenty-One: won $1.765 million Claim to fame Millionaire: won $500,000 last season
Def. #12 Frank Spangenberg
Def. #13 Leszek Pawlowicz
Ticket to the semifinals Def. #8 Nancy Christy
Def. #1 Brad Rutter

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.

Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom is the main character in a series of novels by what American writer?
DAVID: Pass (John Updike)

What chemical element is often added to table salt to prevent thyroid problems?
DAVID: Iodine. CORRECT
:47.70

What mythological character's name is also the name of Pluto's largest moon?
OGI: Charon. CORRECT
:54.37
The 1990 Tony Award winner for Best Play was an adaptation of what John Steinbeck novel?
DAVID: "The Grapes of Wrath". CORRECT
:40.90
What type of puppet is manipulated from above by attached strings or wires?
OGI: Marionette. CORRECT
:49.94
"The Simpsons" originally aired as an animated short on what Fox television show?
DAVID: "The Tracey Ullman Show". CORRECT
:35.83
What well-known oath was written by the Baptist minister Francis Bellamy in 1892?
OGI: Pledge of Allegiance. CORRECT
:43.79
What type of heel is named after an Italian weapon?
DAVID: Pass (Stiletto).

What number is printed on the back of bottles of Rolling Rock beer?
DAVID: 33. CORRECT
:24.69

The Baha'i faith was founded in the 19th century in what country?
OGI: Iran. CORRECT
:39.61
In 2006, whom did Joshua Bolten replace as George Bush's chief of staff?
SWITCH!
:18.26

SWITCH!
:38.59
DAVID: Pass. (Andrew Card)

In what Indian city would you find the mausoleum known as the Taj Mahal?
DAVID: Agra. CORRECT
:11.78

What Latin American dictator was ousted by US troops in 1990 as part of "Operation Just Cause?"
OGI: Noriega. CORRECT
:33.43
What Canadian singer had a hit song in 2006 about a "Bad Day"?
DAVID: (Daniel) Powter. CORRECT
:04.67
What Founding Father published the periodical "Poor Richard's Almanack?"
OGI: Benjamin Franklin. CORRECT
:28.83
The childhood disease varicella is better known by what name?
DAVID: Pass. (Chickenpox)

The Jurassic period fell in what geologic era?
SWITCH!

TIME! Correct: Mesozoic.

 

Ogi banks 28.83 seconds for the final round. David passes too much. Next up, it's numbers with two switches a piece.  Round 2 begins... NOW.

  Answering in Roman numerals, what is XVII - XII?
OGI: V. CORRECT
:52.81
What is three-fifths of 95?
DAVID: Pass. (57)

How many dimes are the monetary equivalent of 16 nickels?
DAVID: 8. CORRECT
:48.84

What is 2 raised to the 6th power?
OGI: 64. CORRECT
:48.54
Working in rows, what is the missing number in the box below?
9 7 2
6 3 ?
5 4 1
DAVID: 8. (3)

If a car is traveling 50 mph, how long will it take to drive 275 miles?
DAVID: 5 1/2 hours. Correct
:35.29

Which of these numbers is not a multiple of 12? 72, 84, 98, 120
OGI: 98. CORRECT
:42.88
What is (11.9 - 5.2) + 6.3?
DAVID: 13. CORRECT
:28.71
What is the perimeter of a trapezoid with sides of 2, 4, 7, and 9 centimeters long?
OGI: 22. CORRECT
:37.64
How many nickels equal $3.70?
DAVID: 74. CORRECT
:14.82
What unit of area equals 4,840 square yards?
OGI: An acre. CORRECT
:32.79
What is one-fourth of 464?
DAVID: 118 (116)

If Art buys two dozen eggs at a form and used twenty-five percent of them to make an omelet, how many eggs will he have left?
TIME! Correct: 8

 

Another 32.73 seconds goes to Ogi's final clock. Into the half, both players have two switches. Ogi has an advantage of over a minute.

Time to play with letters. Round 3... begins now.

What composer's name is hidden in THIS REVIVAL DISPLAYS HIS FAME?
DAVID: Vivaldi. CORRECT
:56.12
Spell "matinee".
OGI: M-A-T-I-N-E-E. CORRECT
:56.26
RING - - - - - - MIND
DAVID: Pass (master)

What former US Vice President's name is an anagram of EQUAL ANDY?
DAVID: Pass (Dan Quayle)

Separate the two countries in COACNIAXDEAM.
DAVID: Pass (Canada & Mexico)

Which US state is hidden in OH, I OVERLOOKED THAT?
DAVID: Ohio. CORRECT
:25.46

Add letters to T_E S___NC_ _F T__ L_M_S to get the title of what 1992 Best Picture Academy Award-winning film?
OGI: "The Silence of the Lambs". CORRECT
:49.18
Spell "insomnia".
DAVID: I-N-S-O-M-N-I-A. CORRECT
:18.67
Separate the two toast toppings in ENBIURATGTRAEMR
OGI: Pass (Butter & Margarine)

The name of what butt-kicking angelic actress is an anagram of CRAZED AMINO?
OGI: Pass. (Cameron Diaz)

Viewing the alphabet as a continuum, what letter comes ten after V?
OGI: F. CORRECT
:24.10

Of "AA", "BA", and "CA", which par is not an acceptable word in the US version of Scrabble?
DAVID: BA (CA)

What popular hard-rock band is an anagram of BECK IN LACK?
SWITCH!
:03.24


SWITCH!
:23.20
DAVID: Pass (Nickelback)

What African country is hidden in ANGIE DID A THOROUGH ANALYSIS?
TIME! Correct: Ghana.

 

Ogi banks another 23.20 seconds, giving him a final clock of 2:24.76 seconds. David still has a minute.

Now we go to the final round. Each player is allocated another switch. David has one switch. Ogi has two.

Round 4... begins NOW.

  The title of what 1882 drama by French playwright Victorien Sardou lends is name to a style of soft felt hat?
OGI: Beret (Fedora)

The name of what New York City borough comes from an old Dutch word meaning "broken land"?
OGI: Brooklyn. CORRECT.
2:10.21

In 1521, Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez toppled what Native American empire?
DAVID: Aztec. CORRECT
:53.62
Before becoming a superstar, Jennifer Lopez was a background dancer on what 90s TV series?
OGI: In Living Color. CORRECT
2:02.88
Spell "aphorism".
DAVID: Pass (A-P-H-O-R-I-S-M)

In 2001, Napster settled copyright infringement suits with Dr. Dre and what other popular band?
DAVID: Anthrax. (Metallica)

What candy bar was named after a wildly popular style of dance in the 1920s?
DAVID: Charleston Chew. CORRECT
:31.44

What is 108 18?
OGI: 6. CORRECT
1:58.73
What American writer of "The Devil's Dictionary" disappeared without a trace while traveling in Mexico?
DAVID: Bierce. CORRECT.
:25.67
All Johns are nice. A man whose name you don't know is nice. True or false: his name must be John.
OGI: True (False).

While they were on a date, what film critic convinced Oprah Winfrey to host her own syndicated TV show?
SWITCH!
1:46.38

SWITCH!
:24.76
SWITCH!
1:45.59
DAVID: Pass (Roger Ebert)

How many total vowels are there in the word "ridiculous"?
DAVID: Six (Five)

CONVENTIONAL - - - - - - TEETH
DAVID: Pass (Wisdom)

Which of these numbers is a multiple of 17? 82, 85, 88, 91
DAVID: 91 (85)

In 1985's "Back to the Future," how fast does Marty need to drive the DeLorean to make it travel through time?
DAVID: 88. CORRECT.
:00.10

If George W. Bush made 3 cookies each for 50 percent of his daughters, how many total cookies would he make?
OGI: 3. CORRECT
1:37.48
What "C" is another word for spittoon?
TIME!
 

Final answer is cuspidor, and Ogi Ogas is going to the big show!

So one half of the final picture is painted. Now to determine his opponent in the final. Will it be the Jeopardy! king or the Cinderella story?

Here's the tale of the tape...

KEN JENNINGS VS MICHELLE KITT
33 Age 32
Computer programmer/author Occupation Instructional designer
Mountlake Terrace, WA Hometown Glen Allen, VA
Jeopardy!: went on a reign of terror that spanned 75 days, two seasons, and over $2 million Claim to fame The Weakest Link: biggest winner, taking home $107,500
def. #15 Victor Lee
def. #10 Phyllis Harris
Ticket to the semifinals Def. #3 Kevin Olmstead
Def. #6 John Carpenter

Boards are set. Clocks are in place. Players are ready. Round 1 begins... NOW.

  What famed exclamation is attributed to Archimedes?
MICHELLE: Pass (Eureka)

Phobos and Deimos are moons of what planet?
MICHELLE: Mars. CORRECT
:50.62

What shoe manufacturer sells the brand Chuck Taylor All-Stars?
KEN: Converse. CORRECT
:56.04
What stadium has hosted the Super Bowl six times, the most of any venue?
SWITCH!
:46.41
KEN: Superdome. CORRECT
:54.60
On the first season of the Fox show, "Prison Break", two brother attempted to escape from what fictional penitentiary?
MICHELLE: Pass (Fox River)

Heroin is derived from the opium variety of what flower?
MICHELLE: Poppy. CORRECT
:34.06

What rock legend's real name is Robert Zimmerman?
KEN: Bob Dylan. CORRECT
:50.74
What comedy troupe's work is the basis for the Broadway musical Spamalot?
MICHELLE: Monty Python. CORRECT
:29.01
The design of the White House is influenced by the works of what 16th century architect?
SWITCH!
:46.
20
MICHELLE: Pass (Palladio)

According to the Bible, Noah's Ark is how many cubits long?
MICHELLE: 42 (300)

What political consultant, known as the "Ragin' Cajun," was the chief strategist for Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign?
MICHELLE: (James) Carville. CORRECT
:14.60

The skull-and-crossbones flag on pirate ships is commonly known as the "Jolly" what?
KEN: Roger. CORRECT
:40.49
What popular cereal's mascot wear a red bandanna with the name "Tony" on it?
MICHELLE: Tiger (Kellogg's Frosted Flakes)

What amino acid found in turkey is believed to make people sleepy?
MICHELLE: Tryptophan. CORRECT
:02.68

Actress Jodie Foster took a break from acting in the 1980s to graduate from what university?
KEN: Yale. CORRECT
:35.50
What popular American chain opened its first location in 1971 in Seattle's Pike Place Market?
TIME! Correct: Starbucks.

Ken takes 35 and a half seconds to the final round. Both players still have two switches.

Round 2 is all about numbers and logic. It begins... NOW.

Solve for y: y 11 = 72.
SWITCH!
:
53.75
MICHELLE: 792. CORRECT
:57.71
What is 456 + 787?
KEN: 1243. CORRECT
:48.25
What is 11.3 - 8.9
MICHELLE: 2.6 (2.4)

What is 11 x 7 2
MICHELLE: 33.5 (38.5)

How many monthly installments of $600 will it take you to pay back an interest-free loan of $13,200?
SWITCH!
:38.13

KEN: 22. CORRECT.
:44.31
What is 57% of 300?
MICHELLE: Pass (171)

IF a boy standing 3 foot 7 inches doubles in size, how tall will he become?
MICHELLE: 7'2". CORRECT
:23.83

If two angles in a triangle are 35 degrees and 55 degrees, how many degrees is the third angle?
KEN: 90. CORRECT
:38.34
If a 140 lb. woman lost 20% of her total weight, how much would she weigh?
MICHELLE: 112. CORRECT
:16.31
What is (8 x 11) 4?
KEN: 22. CORRECT
:34.77
If Beth is half as old as Chris, and Chris is 18 years old, what is their combined age?
MICHELLE: 27. CORRECT
:10.48
What is one-half x four-fifths?
KEN: Two-fifths. CORRECT.
:27.69
What is 3.59 + 29.79?
MICHELLE: Pass (33.38)

Solve for x: 11x + 9 = 4x + 30
TIME! Correct: 3

Ken is up over a minute at the half of this match, with each player holding onto one switch.

Now we go to the letters. Round 3 starts... NOW.

  What cocktail is hidden in JACK LOOKS SMART IN INDIGO PANTS?
MICHELLE: Pass (Martini)

What twenty-something actress and singer's first and name is an anagram of DOORMEN MAY?
MICHELLE: Pass (Mandy Moore)

In the English alphabet which letter comes 6 before J?
MICHELLE: C (D)

What does the "T" stand for in the government agency abbreviated ATF?
MICHELLE: Tobacco. CORRECT
:34.01

Spell "obfuscate"..
KEN: O-B-F-U-S-C-A-T-E. CORRECT
:55.25
What word is formed by using the first letter and every third letter thereafter of the word "theological"?
MICHELLE: Toil (Toga)

LAND - - - - MARMALADE
MICHELLE: Pass (Lady)

What singer's name is an anagram of HI TONY SHOW TUNE?
SWITCH!
:
15.55

SWITCH!
:54.09
MICHELLE: Pass. (Whitney Houston)

Add consonants to A__E_IA_ to get a type of natural well that requires no pump.
MICHELLE: Aquifer (Artesian)

What T is a fear of the number 13?
MICHELLE: Triskaidekaphobia. CORRECT
TIME!

And Ken only answered one question that entire round to put him at about 3 minutes for the final round. 2:57.28 to be exact. Michelle has one minute. Both players get one more switch.

Final round to determine who plays Ogi next week... begins... NOW.

Alvin Barkley was Vice President under whom?
KEN: Truman. CORRECT
2:54.51
In what state does Nike have its world headquarters?
MICHELLE: Georgia. (Oregon)

What animal is hidden in A SAUCEPAN, THERMOS OR SPATULA?
MICHELLE: Pass (Panther)

What is 55% of 700?
MICHELLE: 390 (385)

Hansen's Disease is better known as what?
SWITCH!
:38.51

KEN: Leprosy. CORRECT
2:53.30
The name of what wooden block game is derived from a Swahili word meaning "to build"?
MICHELLE: Jenga. CORRECT
:33.58
FINE - - - - - FAIRY
KEN: Tooth. CORRECT
2:45.45
Who wrote the essay "Civil Disobedience" published in 1849?
MICHELLE: Paine. (Henry David Thoreau)

What "B" refers to the aroma of wine or an arrangement of cut flowers?
MICHELLE: Pass (Bouquet)

What holy man's full list of titles includes "Primate of Italy"?
MICHELLE: Pass (The Pope)

What is 588 - 94?
MICHELLE: 492 (494)

What US state's motto is "Live Free or Die?"
MICHELLE: Pennsylvania. (New Hampshire)

Add letters to C_I_T _A_T_OO_ to get an Academy Award-winning movie director.
TIME! Correct answer was Clint Eastwood.

Clock has struck midnight for Michelle Kitt, as Ken Jennings moves on to the finals to face Ogi Ogas for the cup, the stack of presidents, and, most importantly... the BRAGGING RIGHTS! That's next week. See you then!

 

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