In 1984, "Jeopardy!", the
Merv Griffin creation that provided the answers and
asked for the questions, returned to the airwaves in
first-run syndication. Thirty years and more than 6000
episodes later, it stands as the gold standard for quiz
shows today, and this year, we celebrate with a
year-long tournament featuring some of the greatest
champions to ever play the game: The Battle of the
This week, 15 of the
greatest contestants of the 80s return to compete. The
winner of each game will return in May to compete for $1
million and the title of Champion of the Decades.
Runners-up will receive $5000 each.
Yesterday in the 80s,
Chuck Forrest came from behind to take the first game in
1980s Week. He will return later in the season to take
on the other 14 game-winners. Meanwhile, in game 2...
Game 1 features THESE
retired Spanish teacher
sports business writer
1991 Teen Tournament
Leslie has the honor, and
will start the Jeopardy! round...
Daily Double: $800 Book Covers.
Andrew has $3000 to $2000 for Leslie. Leszek has been owning the round with
$5600. But this clue belongs to the kid from the Queen City. He bets $2000 on
this: from 1969: the puppeteer's hand holds the control piece, with the strings
attached to the title. "What is 'The Godfather'?" RIGHT for $5000!
At the end of Jeopardy!...
Double Jeopardy! round...
Video Daily Double #1:
$800 8-Letter Words. Leslie has $6200 to Andrew's
$9200. Leszek's still in front with $10,000. Leslie
bets $4000 on this: if you grasp all the symbols
here at a glance, this field must be your hobby.
"What is heraldry?" Leslie takes the lead with
Daily Double #2: $1600 Run EMC. And
speaking of runs, Leszek is on one himself, up to $16,000 against Leslie's
$13,800 and Andrew's $12,600. As you can see, it's been a challenge to keep
pace, so this late in the round, someone needs to break out. Leszek's going for
it with $10,000 on this: the equation would never have made it big in its
original version, which was conceived as the equivalent M = this. "What is E
over cē?" RIGHT FOR $26,000!
At the end of Double Jeopardy!...
strictly a win-or-go-home situation, with the runners-up
taking $5000, while the winner moves on to the
tournament quarterfinals. The strategy from J-Archive.com...
WINS IF... he goes all-in and is correct, while Leslie
and Leszek bet against each other and are wrong.
- LESLIE WINS IF... she bets at least $13,401 and is
correct while forcing Leszek to play to win (and only if
- LESZEK WINS IF... he bets $2001 and is correct.
Final Jeopardy! category: 20th CENTURY
TO THIS AUTHOR ABOUT HER 1948 SHORT STORY ASKED WHERE THE TITLE EVENT WAS
HELD & IF THEY COULD GO & WATCH
Correct response: who was Shirley
Andrew's response: who is Jackson? CORRECT. Wager: $13,600. Total:
Leslie's response: who is Shirley Frates? WRONG. Wager doesn't matter.
Leszek's response: who is
Shirley Jackson? CORRECT.
Wager: $2400. Total: $28,000
QUARTERFINALIST: Leszek Pawlowicz
Jeopardy! game for the ages, as each player was locked
in a Mexican standoff until Leszek decided to play on
the Daily Double. That made all the difference, as he
didn't have to do much in order to win. He joins Chuck
Forrest in the final 15 in May.
three more players from the 80s and early 90s play next
To read all about the tournaments
and the contestants, go to