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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


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: UM-Dearborn/Rochester/Stanford" - November 11

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. So far, Beth Cimini of Boston University, Jayanth Ivengar of Washington-St. Louis, Peter Ellis of NC State, and Adam Pinson of UAB are still in the race toward $100,000 and a berth in the next Tournament of Champions for a quarter-mill. Joining them will be wild-card clinchers Antonia Wang of Purdue and Amanda Walker of Gonzaga.

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.

Tonight, the final three tickets are punched for next week's final.

Dearborn, MI
Junior, UM-Dearborn
orig. from Milwaukie, OR
Senior, Rochester
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Junior, Stanford

Jeopardy! categories: Websites, Movie Songs, Myth-ellany, Countries Named After People, Realm of the Senses, Silent "K".

Daily Double: $1000 Countries Named After People. Colin ($3000 over Nico's $1400 and Anna's $600) bets $1000. The clue: the name of this Mideast country comes from the name of the royal family that rules it. Colin's response: "What is Saudi Arabia?" Correct for $4000.

End of round:
Anna - $3200
Colin - $8000
Nico - $4600

Double Jeopardy! categories: Raleigh People, Amazing Sports Records, Technology, Girls Gone Wilde, Half Life, Starts with a Past Tense Verb.

Video Daily Double #1: $1600 Technology. Nico ($13,400 over Colin's $6800 and Anna's $3600) bets $2000. The clue, delivered by Kelly: experiments are underway with North Carolina State University's Rapid Prototyper to create custom surgical bone plates using this strong metal, atomic number 22. Nico's response: "What is calcium?'" Correct response: What is titanium? Nico drops to $11,400.

Daily Double #2: $2000 Girls Gone Wilde. Colin ($6400 to Nico's $11,400 and Anna's $3600): "This is not my strong category; I'll do $1000." The clue: the discovery of this title woman's fan in Lord Darlington's residence causes some craziness in a Wilde play. Colin's response: "Who is Lady Chatterley?" Correct response: Who is Lady Windermere? Colin has $5400.

Trying so desperately to avoid the $400 clue in Raleigh people (just as a hint, the response was "Who was Clay Aiken?") gives us these...

End of round:
Anna - $3600
Colin - $9000
Nico - $16,200

From a mathematical standpoint, the only way for Anna to come back next week is for her to win this game. 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: 20th Century US Presidents. The clue: his mother, Louise, said, "I do not want my son to be President... his is a judicial mind and he loves the law". Correct response: Who was William Howard Taft?

Anna's question: Who is Clinton? (WRONG) Wager: $3599. Final score: $1.
Colin's question on an index card: Who is Nixon? (WRONG) Wager: $7000. Final score: $2000.
Nico's question: Who is Nixon? (WRONG) Wager: $1801. Final score: $14,399. SEMI-FINALIST

This game could have went either way, but the Final decides it again as Nico bet wisely to secure himself a spot in the semi. Clearly he did the math in his head, and that's what half of Final Jeopardy! is, the math. Another one to watch next round, as we now have our final nine:

Beth Cimini Boston Univ. Game 1 Winner
Jayanth Iyengar Washington-St. Louis Game 2 Winner
Peter Ellis North Carolina St. Game 3 Winner
Adam Pinson UAB Game 4 Winner
Nico Martinez Stanford Game 5 Winner
Amanda Walker Gonzaga Wild Card
Antonia Wang Purdue Wild Card
Ben Goldman NYU Wild Card
Alison Jenik Maryland Wild Card

Next week, the four words that we live by when it comes to Jeopardy! tournies: Win... or go home.

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