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November 2
 

Fifteen of the best Jeopardy! contestants from the past year compete against each other for $250,000.

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
Packager Jeopardy Productions & Sony Pictures TV for CBS Television Distribution
Origins Sony Pictures Studios, Los Angeles
Web www.jeopardy.com
Airs Weeknights, check local listings
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Preliminaries: Craig/Meacham/Spak
November 3

An incredible year of champions has led to this moment, where fifteen of the best have returned to Sony Pictures for a shot at $250,000 and the right to be called a superchampion. Among them, a College Champion, a Teachers' Champion, and the person who has logged in the most money ever won in a single game.

Second place will be awarded $100,000, while third gets $50,000. Semifinalists who make it to week 2 will receive at least $10,000. Everyone will receive at least $5000. In total, a prize pool of almost half a million dollars will be awarded over the next two weeks. 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.

Tom Nissley won the first game by a hair or two. Who'll win the second?

Roger Craig
Newark, DE
computer scientist
six days, $231,200
Brian Meacham
orig. Anchorage, AK
film preservationist
four days, $92,500
Kara Spak
Chicago
newspaper reporter
five days, $85,401

Jeopardy! round...

I HAVE
A PREPOSITION
FOR YOU
2011 MOVIES GOING
TO PIECES
GROUP
COUNTDOWN
THE LAST
BATTLE
THE NOBEL
PEACE PRIZE

Daily Double: $800 The Last Battle. Kara was looking for it, but Brian found it with $1000 to her $1800. He can't catch Roger's $3800, but he can pass Kara. He bets it all on the Battle of Chapultepec. "What is the Mexican American War?" FOR THE DOUBLER!

A propos of nothing, but this clue was a real moment... $600 Group Countdown: If Andy yearns for Brenda & Brenda cares about Charlene who pines for Andy, the 3 of them form one of these.

Kara: "What is a threesome?" TECHNICALLY correct. But it was "What is a love triangle?". At the end of Jeopardy!...

$7,600 $3,200 $4,000
Roger Brian Kara

Double Jeopardy! round...

WHO'S AFRAID
OF VIRGINIA
WOOLF?
CARBON
CREDITS
THEIR 4th
TOP 40 HIT
OF THE '60s
19th CENTURY
PRESIDENTS
IT CAME FROM
THE
NEW WORLD
TRANSLATION
EXERCISES

Daily Double #1: $1200 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Roger has $10,000 and the lead over Kara ($7200) and Brian ($4400). He bets $6000 on this: this 1928 title character begins as a man & ends, almost 400 years later, as a young woman (but not in Florida). "Who is 'Orlando'?" Correct for $16,000!

Daily Double #2: $2000 It Came from the New World. Roger's running away with it with $23,600. He bets $5000 on this: also known as butter beans, they were, prior to being exported to Europe, a diet staple of the Inca. "What are lima beans?" Correct for $28,600

At the end of Double Jeopardy!, it's not even a contest...

$39,800 $8,800 $6,000
Roger Brian Kara

Final Jeopardy! category: COUNTRIES' HIGHEST PEAKS

 

THESE 2 NATIONS, ON AN ISLAND, HAVE HIGHEST PEAKS WITH THE SAME NAME; THEY ALSO SHARE A COMMON EUROPEAN CULTURE

 

Correct response: what are Greece & Cyprus?

Kara's response: what are Greece & Cyprus? RIGHT. Wager: $12. Total: $2012.
Brian's response: what are ____ & ____? WRONG. Wager: $8800. Total: $0.
Roger's response: what are Australia & Poland? WRONG. Wager: $20,200. Total: $19,600.

SEMI-FINALIST: Roger Craig

Roger had this game in the bucket at the outset. Kara knew it and bet as such. Brian tried to be a pig about it, but he forgot the main rule: the point of week one is to make it to week two. Now Kara has a good enough shot at wild-card as long as her score holds.

We end the week by cutting the field by the two who definitely will NOT move on to week 2.

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