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15 of the best and brightest take on each other from Raleigh for the chance at $100,000 and a berth in the next Tournament of Champions.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN


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Host: Alex Trebek
Clue Crew: Jon Cannon, Cheryl Farrell, Jimmy McGuire, Kelly Miyahara, Sarah Whitcomb
Announcer: Johnny Gilbert
Creator: Merv Griffin
EP: Harry Friedman
Packager: Jeopardy Productions for Sony Pictures Television
Origin: RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
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"Preliminaries: Purdue/Boston Univ./North Carolina" - November 7

It is an honor and a privilege as the NC delegate to GSNN to welcome you to my neck of the woods, Raleigh, North Carolina, the mecca for college basketball (well, half an hour from it, actually) for a different kind of competition. This is Jeopardy!'s annual College Championship, hosted by North Carolina State. Thirteen of the brightest in the country (and some people who go to State and Duke... you know what they say, if you can't go to college, go to Duke) have come to the RBC Center, home to Wolfpack Basketball and the Carolina Hurricanes, for a chance at $100,000 and a berth in the next Tournament of Champions for a quarter-mill.

The second place winner is guaranteed at least $50,000 and third-place is ensured $25,000.

Semifinalists are guaranteed at least $10,000, while all tournament players are guaranteed $5000 for participating. Any and all monies, as always, depend on how far the player moves up the bracket.

And here's match number one!

CHRISTOPHER CHILTON
Holly Springs, NC
Sophomore, North Carolina
BETH CIMINI
East Longmeadow, MA
Junior, Boston Univ.
ANTONIA WANG
Carmel, IN
Sophomore, Purdue

Jeopardy! categories: Off to College, Disney Movies by Character, World Capitals, I Learned It From Shakespeare, Nouvelle Fast Food, From the French.

Daily Double: $1000 I Learned It From Shakespeare. Beth (in front with $3400 to Antonia's $2600 and Christopher's $200) bets $2500. The clue: heed this "Hamlet" character's advice that "the apparel oft proclaims the man". Beth's response: "Who is Polonius?" Right for $5900.

End of round:
Christopher - $4000
Beth - $7100
Antonia - $2800

Double Jeopardy! categories: Carolinians on My Mind, Reality TV, To Phrase a Coin, Dorm Decor, Finals; I Got 3 As, Mom!

Daily Double #1: $1600 Finals. Beth ($13,900 over Christopher's $4000 and Antonia's $2400) bets $5000. The clue: in contrast to James Joyce, Joseph Heller titled his final nove, "A Portrait of an Artist" as this. Beth's response: "A portrait of an artist as an old man?" Making it sound like a question won't even make it so. "What is a portrait of an artist as an old man?" Now you're on for $18,900.

Daily Double #2: $1600 To Phrase a Coin. Antonia ($5200 to Beth's $21,700 and Christopher's $3200) bets $2000. The clue: of the 12 words that appear on every currently circulated US quarter, this Latin word is the shortest. Antonia's response: "What is E?" Right for $7200.

End of round:
Christopher - $3200
Beth - $21,700
Antonia - $7200

As a reminder, the winner comes back next week automatically, while the rest of the players must vie for four wild card slots.

Final Jeopardy! category: Notable Names. The answer: he declined the offer to lead a country & once said, "Politics is for the present... an equation is... for eternity." Correct response: Who was Albert Einstein?

Christopher's question: Who is Einstein Newton? (WRONG) Wager: $3199. Final score: $1. And the kicker... he would've been right.
Antonia's question: Who is Einstein? (RIGHT) Wager: $4100. Final score: $11,300.
Beth's question: Who is Einstein? (RIGHT) Wager doesn't matter, because Beth's a SEMIFINALIST!

Far be it for me to shoot someone from my alma mater in the foot, but Chris, you did it to yourself. What is the cardinal rule? Go with your gut. Had he not changed his answer, he could've been a wild-card contender. Now he's off to join Nakia Hansen of Greed fame in the "why do they pick the gomers from my school?" file. As for Beth, simply put, she played the best game and is now an early favorite to take it all.

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