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Quarterfinals: Firke/Hinchen/Schenkel - February 8

Fifteen of the brightest teenagers from all across the country have 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.

Another standard two-week affair awaits as the first runner-up receives $25,000 at least, while the second runner-up wins at least $15,000.

Semifinalists are guaranteed at least $5000, while quarterfinalists are guaranteed $2500 for participation. As always, any and all winning accrued depends on how far up the ladder a player goes.

So far, Hank Robinson, Stephen Fritz, and Caroline Bartman are the only three people assured of a spot, but at the end of today's match, we'll know of three more people.
 
Frank Firke
Chicago
Junior
Naomi Hinchen
Brooklyn, NY
Senior
Ben Schenkel
Allentown, PA
Junior

Jeopardy! categories:

STATE CAPITALS I STILL LIKE CARTOONS A NUMBER IN THE TEENS SCIENTISTS ROLE-PLAYING GAMES BASIC SPANISH

Daily Double: $600 State Capitals. Ben, having just gotten back the $400 he lost on "Scooby Doo", has a ways to go to catch up with Frank's $2000 and Naomi's $3800. He bets the maximum of $1000 on this: Mount Rainier is visible to the east from its state capitol building. "What is Olympia?" Right for $1400.

At the end of the Jeopardy! round...

$4000 $5800 $8200
Frank Naomi Ben

Double Jeopardy! categories:

EXPLORATION WHEN THEY WERE TEENS ALL ABOUT ANIMALS BALLET THE "PROM" YOU'RE NOT GOING OUT WEARING THAT

Daily Double #1: $1200 Explorations. Frank is still in third with $5200, but with Naomi at $5800 and Ben at $8200, he can make a play for first. He bets... $3000. That'll tie. The clue: in 1769 this Brit found Tahiti by sailing west until he ran into it. "Who is Cook?" Right for $8200 and the tie for first.

Daily Double #2: $1600 Ballet. Ben is only $800 off of the lead enjoyed by Naomi, $15,000 to her $15,800. Frank is still a factor at $13,400. He wagers $10,000 on this: a flurry of ballerinas performs the "Waltz of the Snowflakes" in this beloved ballet. "What is 'The Nutcracker'?" Right for $25,000!

At the end of the Double Jeopardy! Round...

$13,400 $18,600 $26,200
Frank Naomi Ben

Final Jeopardy category: NOVELS

 

IT WAS PARTLY INSPIRED BY OWEN CHASE'S NARRATIVE OF THE SHIPWRECK OF THE WHALE-SHIP ESSEX

 

Correct response: what is "Moby Dick"?

Frank’s response: what is Moby-Dick? RIGHT. Wager: $4100. Total: $17,500
Naomi's response: what is Moby Dick? RIGHT. Wager: $3800. Total: $22,400
Ben’s response: what is Robinson Crusoe? WRONG. Wager: $7001. Total: $19,199

Automatic semi-finalist: NAOMI HINCHEN

Mr. A says: Props go to Ben for a strong-play in the Daily Doubles, but Naomi, who amassed a great amount without the use of a Daily Double, could also be a factor in the next week.

Now let's talk wild-cards. Ben's $19,199 and Myles Jeffrey's $17,808 from earlier mean that they are now locks for next week. On the outside looking in: Frank at $17,500 and Heidi Liu with $14,980.

Tomorrow, your final nine will be revealed.

 

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