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
low-scoring affair meant it was anyone's game. In a
controversial ruling asking for an element, Tom Nosek
gave the elemental symbol and was ruled correct. He now
sits on Quarterfinalists' Row with Leszek Pawlowicz and
Chuck Forrest. Meanwhile, in game 4...
1993 College Champion
New York City
Before we continue, a note
about yesterday. Because Richard is a federal appointee, he will not
receive the $5000 promised to all tournament invitees.
Phoebe has the honor, and
will start the Jeopardy! round...
Daily Double: $600 The Country Due
South. Mark has double Phoebe's total, $800 to her $400. The "Jeopardy! police"
is still at the starting gate. Mark bets the max of $1000 on this: of Sofia,
Bulgaria. "What is Greece?" RIGHT for $1800!
At the end of Jeopardy!...
Double Jeopardy! round...
Video Daily Double #1:
$1600 Civil War Generals. Phoebe is in second with
$5000 to Frank's $4400 and Mark's $8000. She bets
$2000 on this: a Texas fort is named for this
Confederate general who led the Texas Brigade of the
Army of Northern Virginia. "Who is Hood?" Right for
Daily Double #2: $1600 In the
Courtroom. Phoebe has the lead with $14,600 to Mark's $8000 and Frank's $6400.
She fronts $2500 on this: defense witnesses in this comedian's 1964 obscenity
trial included game show panelist Dorothy Kilgallen. "Who is Lenny Bruce?"
That's the line for $17,100.
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...
- MARK WINS
IF... he bets less than $3200 on a triple stumper or
$10,400 and is correct while the other two are wrong.
- FRANK WINS IF... he bets $3599 on a triple stumper or
$7800 to cover Phoebe's score.
- PHOEBE WINS IF... she bets $10,901 and is correct.
Final Jeopardy! category: COUNTRIES OF
ONCE A POOR
BRITISH PROTECTORATE, IN 2012 THIS PENINSULAR COUNTRY RANKED AS THE WORLD'S
RICHEST PER CAPITA
Correct response: what is Qatar?
Mark's response: what is
Singapore? WRONG. Wager: $1400.
Frank's response: what is Bahrain? WRONG. Wager: $6801. Total: $7199.
Phoebe's response: what is Singapore? WRONG. Wager: $15,000. Total:
QUARTERFINALIST: Mark Lowenthal
podium continues to be money as Mark bets wisely on a
triple stumper and joins Tom Nosek, Leszek Pawlowicz,
and Chuck Forrest in the tournament.
three more players from the 80s and early 90s play next
To read all about the tournaments
and the contestants, go to