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Fifteen teachers are about to try and school each other for $100,000 in the newest of Jeopardy! grand challenges.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Alex Trebek
Clue Crew Jimmy McGuire
Kelly Miyahara
Sarah Whitcomb
Announcer Johnny Gilbert
Creator Merv Griffin
EP Harry Friedman
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Origins Sony Pictures Studios Los Angeles
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Preliminaries: Brown/Temple/Umbach
May 5

It's been said that teachers rank among the best Jeopardy! players ever. To that end, fifteen of them have been chosen from all across the nation to do battle at Sony Pictures Studios for a shot at $100,000 and the title of the first ever Jeopardy! Teachers Champion. Second place gets $50,000. Third gets $25,000. Semifinalists who make it to week 2 will receive $10,000. All of this week's players will receive $5000. All money will be determined, as always, by how far the players go in the tournament.

This is a standard two-week affair, meaning that all 15 will play this week, with the five game winners joining the four highest-scoring non-winners in a win-or-go-home race to the two-day final.

So far, Kathy Casavant, Charley Tinkham, and Lori Kissell will be back next week. Who gets to hobnob with'em out of this group?

Grafton Brown
Chicago
Corliss HS
Charles Temple
Ocracoke, NC
Ocracoke School
Sally Umbach
Cincinnati
Newport Primary

Jeopardy! round...

CINCO DE MAYO
BIRTHDAYS
SAME TITLE,
DIFFERENT
SONG
LOW TECH POLITICIANS
MAKE ME CUSS
U.S.
GEOGRAPHY
ALL
"AMERICAN"

Daily Double: $1000 All "American". Sally has $2400 to Grafton's $1000. She bets $500 on this: in 2009 the US Mint issued a quarter for this territory featuring an ava bowl, a whisk & a coconut tree. "What is American Samoa?" CORRECT FOR $2900.

At the end of Jeopardy!...

$2,600 $2,800 $6,100
Grafton Charles Sally

Double Jeopardy! categories are...

SCIENTISTS ELIZABETH
TAYLOR
FILMS
WHY SO BLUE? JURY DUTY WHEN
IN ROME?
EPONYMS

Daily Double #1: $1200 Eponyms. Charles has powered his way into the lead with $9200. He bets $2400 (or $300 more than his lead over Sally) on this: to abstain from buying or doing trade with, in honor of an Irish landlord against whom such tactics were used. "What is boycott?" CORRECT FOR $11,600!

Daily Double #2: $1600 Scientists. Charles is on fire with $14,000. He bets $2000 on this: this Russian's work on gastrointestinal secretions in animals earned him a Nobel Prize. "Who is... Pavlov?" CORRECT FOR $16,000!

At the end of Double Jeopardy!... It's Charles' game to lose.

$7,800 $22,800 $4,100
Grafton Charles Sally

... and this is a battle for Wild Cards.

Final Jeopardy! category: WORLD LEADERS

 

SHORTLY AFTER HE RECEIVED THE 1990 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, HIS COUNTRY CEASED TO EXIST

 

Correct response: who is Mikhail Gorbachev?

Sally's response: Who is Gorbachev? RIGHT. Wager: $3000. Total: $7100.
Grafton's response: Who is Brava (C-Note: I think that's what he wrote)? WRONG. Wager: $2800. Total: $5000.
Charles' response: Who is Havel? WRONG. Wager: $2200. Total: $20,600.

SEMIFINALIST: Charles Temple

Lots of things to say about this match... No, not really. Sally had it, then lost it to Charles in the late minutes of the game. So congrats to him. And congratulations to Dan Crosby and Matt Polazzo, who will return next week as wild card players.

But who will join them? Final quarterfinal tomorrow...

To read all about the tournament and the contestants, go to www.jeopardy.com.