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, a
close battle through was finally broken out, as Leszek
Pawlowicz proved why he is the Michael Jordan of Game
Shows. A late-game Daily Double wager put him above the
crowd and in prime position to take the second game,
joining Chuck Forrest in the tournament round.
Meanwhile, in game 3...
head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
strategic market analyst for a telecommunications
Richard has the honor, and
will start the Jeopardy! round...
IN THE CITY'S
Daily Double: $400 Like Henry James?
The players were just bouncing around the board hoping to hit the Daily Double,
but Leslie did it on the 28th clue with $3200 to Richard's $5200. Tom has $400.
She bets $2000 on this: I like the symbolism in this novel, such as the
shattering of the title object. "What's 'The Golden Bowl'?" Tied for the lead
At the end of Jeopardy!...
Double Jeopardy! round...
STARTS & ENDS
WITH THE SAME
Daily Double #1: $1600
I'm Heading To... Leslie's in the lead with $7400 to
Tom's $4800. Richard's in the red. She bets $2000 on
this: the banks of this African river that flows
between Zimbabwe & Zambia on its way to the Indian
Ocean. "What is the Limpopo?" No, it was the
Zambezi, dropping her to $4400.
Daily Double #2: $2000 Cinema of My
Youth. Tom is in the lead with $6400 to $5600 for Leslie and $600 for Richard.
He bets only $400 on this: Leopoldine Konstantin tells Claude Rains, "We are
protected by the enormity of your stupidity" in this Hitchcock film. "Don't
know." It was "Notorious", leaving him with $6000.
At the end of Double Jeopardy!...
Not the most spectacular scores ever logged.
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 Tom and
Leslie bet against each other and are wrong.
- LESLIE WINS IF... she bets at least $2401 and is
correct while forcing Tom to play to win (and only if
- TOM WINS IF... he bets $1201 and is correct.
Final Jeopardy! category: THE PERIODIC
OF THE ELEMENT
SYMBOLS THAT DON'T MATCH THE ELEMENT'S ENGLISH NAME, THIS ELEMENT'S SYMBOL
IS ALPHABETICALLY 1st
Correct response: what is silver?
Richard's response: what is silver? CORRECT. Wager: $2600. Total: $5200.
Leslie's response: what is iron? WRONG. Wager doesn't matter.
Tom's response: what is Ag? CORRECT. Wager: $1201. Total: $7201
QUARTERFINALIST: Tom Nosek
contention. This clue asked for the element's name, not
the symbol. By all accounts, Richard should have won
this. But in the meantime, a less-than-stellar
performance from all three players ends up with Tom
joining Leszek Pawlowicz and Chuck Forrest in the
three more players from the 80s and early 90s play next
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