Finals: MacDonald/Falk/Vaz - May 18
From fifteen of the best Jeopardy! players of the
last year and a half, we are now down to three, Vik Vaz of Austin, TX, Michael
Falk of Milwaukee, and Bill MacDonald of Bonita Springs, FL. One of them will be
richer by $250,000 in 48 hours' time.
Second place is guaranteed $100,000, while third
is guaranteed $50,000.
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.
Bonita Springs, FL
Four days, $75,399
Three days, $59,403
Three days, $72,002
Jeopardy! categories: Health Matters, Famous
Pairs, Machinery, Vice President... The Sitcom!, 3 of a Kind, Backwords.
Daily Double: $600 Vice President... the Sitcom!. Bill ($1000 over Vik's -$200) bets
it all. The clue: iIn tonight's episode, "Take This Job & Shove It", he quits as
a power line worker to attend the Univ. of Wyoming.
response: "Who is Cheney?" Correct for $2000.
End of round:
Double Jeopardy! categories: Pulitzer Prize-winning Bios, Sams of the Cinema;
Opera, Like It Or Not; Continental Breakfast, UN Secretaries-General; Before,
During & After
Daily Double #1: $1600 Pulitzer Prize-winning Bios. Vik ($4800 to Michael's
$5000 and Bill's $3200) bets $3200. The clue: glory, Hallelujah! She was the
subject of the first Pulitzer Prize-winning biography in 1917. Vik's response: "Who
is Harriet Tubman?" Correct response: who was Julia Ward Howe; Vik drops to
Daily Double #2: $1200 Opera, Like It or Not. Vik ($6800
to Michael's $11,800 and
Bill's $1600) fronts $5000. The clue: Act III of this Verdi opera unfolds near a
temple of Isis. Vik's response: "What is Aida?" Correct for $11,800
and the tie.
End of round:
Final Jeopardy! category: Legal Terms. The clue: Congress has passed 2 laws
named for this, defined as inciting rebellion: one in 1918 and one 120 years
earlier. Correct response: What is sedition?
Bill's response: What is insurrection? WRONG. Wager: $5200. Total:
Michaels response: What is sedition? RIGHT. Wager: $2000. Total:
Vik's response: What is sedition? RIGHT. Wager: $13,400. Total: $30,800.
In this rematch of sorts (Vik dethroned Bill back
in November), Vik looks to make up for "Royal Dutch" by locking this one in
early. Michael or Bill can play spoiler with a consistent effort in the next
game, but based on the last week of competition, Michael stands more of a
One last chance to make a move tomorrow.