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Preliminaries: Marshall/Rozenson/Thompson - May 9

Fifteen of the best Jeopardy! players this year have returned for one more shot at $250,000. In the next two weeks, three will play in a two-day final to determine who will walk away with the grand prize.

Another standard two-week affair awaits with an increased minimum guarantee of $100,000 for second place and $50,000 for third.

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.

So far, Maria Wenglinsky has her semi-final ticket stamped, but who will join her?
 
KEVIN MARSHALL
Metairie, LA
Student
Six days, $98,201
DAVID ROZENSON
Newton, MA
Lawyer
Three days, $76,000
AARON THOMPSON
Washington, DC
Special assistant
Three days, $57,899

Jeopardy! categories: Star Trek, Star Wars or Lord of the Rings; Action Figures, Dinner for One, In Need of a Date, Still Living with "Mom" and "Dad", You Have No Life

Daily Double: $1000 Still Living with "Mom" and "Dad". Kevin ($1400 over Aaron's $1200 and David's $800) makes it true. The clue: The dominating feature of this East African port is Fort Jesus, a Portuguese stronghold built around 1593. Kevin's response: "What is Somalidad?" Correct response: What is Mombasa? Kevin starts again at zero.

End of round:
Kevin: $7200
David: -$400
Aaron: $4400

Double Jeopardy! categories: The New York Times Science Times, Tarzan's Book of Reviews, Who Wears the Crown, Alphabetically First, Let's Go to Tallinn, Americanisms.

Video Daily Double #1: $1600 Who Wears the Crown. Aaron ($6400 to Kevin's $7600 and David's -$400) bets $2500. The clue: This crowned guy's problem was the thought that the kneeling guy might be Quetzalcoatl. Aaron's response: "Who is Montezuma?" Correct for $8900 and the lead.

Daily Double #2: $1200 Alphabetically First. Aaron ($16,500 to Kevin's $10,400 and David's $3200) fronts $3500. The clue: Of all U.S. Supreme Court justices in history by last name. Aaron's response: "Who is Brandeis?" Correct response: Who is Alito? Aaron drops to $13,000.

End of round:
Kevin: $16,400
David: $3200
Aaron: $13,000

Final Jeopardy! category: Composing Contemporaries. The clue: One of 2 hyphenated composers who flourished in the 1870s, one with "The Maid of Pskov" & one with "Samson et Dalila". Correct response: Who is Camille Saint-Saens or Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

David's response: Who is Saint-Saens? RIGHT. Wager: $3199. Total: $6399.
Aaron’s response: Who are Saint-Saens & Rimsky-Korsakov? RIGHT. Wager: $3401. Total: $16,401.
Kevin’s response: Who is Saint-Saens? RIGHT. Wager: $2. Total: $16,402.

Kevin is one of the more consistent players in the field of 15 this week. And he proved it by coming back from zero to take the game. Don't count Aaron out, either. He's also a very consistent player. He could prove to be a dark horse in the next round.

Third quarterfinal tomorrow.

 

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