- 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 Peña
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.
St. Joseph, MO
Won Game 5
Won Game 4
Mays Landing, NJ
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. Papas
response: "What is Phnom Penh?" Correct response: what is New Delhi?.
Papa loses everything.
End of round:
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 Papas $9600 and
Josephs $7000) fronts $2000 for the lead. The clue: it's the fourth-largest of
the Great Lakes & the one reaching farthest south. Davids 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:
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.
Papas response: Who was Black Beauty? RIGHT. Wager: $8400. Total: $22,800.
Davids response: Who is ---? WRONG. Wager unimportant...
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
But, as Boomer says... THAT's why we play the
game. Finals next!