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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.
 
BILL MacDONALD
Bonita Springs, FL
Attorney
Four days, $75,399
MICHAEL FALK
Milwaukee
Meteorologist
Three days, $59,403
VIK VAZ
Austin, TX
Medical student
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. Bill's response: "Who is Cheney?" Correct for $2000.

End of round:
Bill: $3200
Michael: $5000
Vik: $3200

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 $1600.

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:
Bill: $5200
Michael: $15,400
Vik: $17,400

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: $0.
Michael’s response: What is sedition? RIGHT. Wager: $2000. Total: $17,400.
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 chance.

One last chance to make a move tomorrow.

 

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