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Semifinals: Hoffelmeyer/Chakravarthy/Graumann - February 15

Fifteen of the brightest teenagers from all across the country have been cut to the final nine, as they compete for one of three spots at the finals at the end of the week.

We started with 15 who had descended upon Los Angeles to compete in the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament, where one will walk away with $75,000 cash money and the mantle of Teen Champion. Now only Camille Bullock, Papa Chakravarthy, Joseph Graumann, Iddoshe Hirpa, David Hoffelmeyer, Sebastian Johnson, Matt Klein, Andrew Kreitz, and Allison Pea remain. For three of them, a trip to the two-day final and a possible $75,000 payday at least. For the other six, back on the school bus home. So far, Matt and Andrew have earned a ticket to the end of the week finals. One spot remains, and it'll go to whoever wins this match.

The first runner-up receives $25,000 at least, while the second runner-up wins at least $15,000.

Semifinalists are guaranteed at least $10,000, while quarterfinalists are guaranteed $5000 for participation. As always, any and all winning accrued depends on how far up the ladder a player goes.
 
DAVID HOFFELMEYER
St. Joseph, MO
Senior
Won Game 5
PAPA CHAKRAVARTHY
Lexington, KY
Sophomore
Won Game 4
JOSEPH GRAUMANN
Mays Landing, NJ
Junior
Wild Card

Jeopardy! categories: The Ancient Egypitans, Marvelous Marvel, We Help With Your College Applications, PS2 (each response will have two P's and two S's), 2-Word Capitals, State Quarters

Daily Double: $1000 2-Word Capitals. Papa ($1000 to David's $1200) makes it a true Daily Double. The clue: this Asian capital was built between 1912 & '29 & designed by the British architect Lutyens. Papa’s response: "What is Phnom Penh?" Correct response: what is New Delhi?. Papa loses everything.

End of round:
David: $4600
Papa: $5400
Joseph: $1000

Double Jeopardy! categories: I'm Down with Homework, Bodies of Water, Ballet Is For The Birds!, Their Teen Years, Rhyme Time, Estate Quarters.

Daily Double #1: $1600 Ballet Is For The Birds!. Papa ($6200 over David's $4600 and Joseph's $1800) bets $2600. The clue: Jemima Puddle-Duck shakes her tail feathers in the delightful ballet called "The Tales of" this woman. Papa's response: "Who is Beatrix Potter?". Correct for $8800.

Daily Double #2: $1200 Bodies of Water. David ($9400 to Papa’s $9600 and Joseph’s $7000) fronts $2000 for the lead. The clue: it's the fourth-largest of the Great Lakes & the one reaching farthest south. David’s response: "What is Lake Erie?" Correct for $11,400.

Thanks to Joseph coming alive in the Double round, for the first time this week, it truly is anyone's game...

End of round:
David: $17,000
Papa: $14,400
Joseph: $11,400

Final Jeopardy! category: Literary Animals. The clue: in an 1877 novel, he tells us that he was originally called Darkie, & later, Old Crony. Correct response: Who was Black Beauty?

Joseph's response: Who is Napoleon? WRONG. Wager: $10,000. Total: $1400.
Papa’s response: Who was Black Beauty? RIGHT. Wager: $8400. Total: $22,800. FINALIST
David’s response: Who is ---? WRONG. Wager unimportant...

Final Jeopardy! decides it again. Just goes to show you that the game isn't over until Alex says it's over, as Papa comes from a close one to take the final seat in the finals tomorrow...

So who has the better shot? If we're looking at wagering, it's Andrew's game. If we're looking at the money, we're talking about Andrew AND Matt. If we're looking at net gains during Double Jeopardy!, it's all about Matt.

But, as Boomer says... THAT's why we play the game. Finals next!

 

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