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Every season, every champion. It all adds up to 145 players on a quest for $2 million.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN


Host: Alex Trebek
Clue Crew: Cheryl Farrell, Jimmy McGuire, Sarah Whitcomb
Announcer: Johnny Gilbert
Creator: Merv Griffin
EP: Harry Friedman
Packager: Jeopardy Productions for Sony Pictures Television
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"Round 1: Frates/Galvin/Terzuolo" - February 9

So you're probably thinking, what's this doing in the Primes section of the site? Well, short answer, it's worth the coverage. Long answer: it's a major deal and in most markets and Canada, it airs in prime access. But mostly, it's because of the gravity of the situation. 145 champs, three months, two million dollars. Sounds like something you'd see here, doesn't it?

Now that that's taken care of, let the games begin! Here's how it works: We start with 135 champs. From here, we go to 45 winners, who take on nine of Jeopardy!'s best. The 18 winners then face off for six slots. The two winners of those semifinal games have a date with destiny in the form of one Ken Jennings for a three-day final. The winner of those games wins $2 million. Second place is guaranteed $500,000, while third place is guaranteed $250,000.

No wild cards, no second chances. It's (my favorite words when it comes to Jeopardy! tourneys) win or go home.

Spanish teacher
Hayward, CA
Penn Wynne, PA
1987 Teen Tournament
University professor
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jeopardy! categories: Good Conductors, Movie Missing Links, In the News 2005, Eat Your Vegetables!, Advice, Cleaning Your "Clock"

Daily Double: $800 Good Conductors. Eric ($800 to Michael's $200 and Leslie's $0) bets the level on the early clue. The clue: this form of carbon used in fishing rods is a good conductor--so cast with care around power lines. Eric's response: "What is graphite?" Correct for $1600.

End of Round:
Leslie - $5200
Michael - $2600
Eric - $6200

Double Jeopardy! categories: Great Conductors, Cole Mining, Where Am I?, Japanese Americans, Literary Crossword Clues "S", Clichés in Other Words

Daily Double #1: $1600 Great Conductors. Leslie ($6000 to Eric's $8200 and Michael's $1800) wagers $3500. Clue: he studied medicine at St. Xavier's College in India before becoming a conductor. Leslie's guess: "Who is Zubin Mehta?" Correct for $9500 and the lead.

Daily Double #2: $1200 Literary Crossword Clues "S". Leslie ($9900 to Eric's $8200 and Michael's $3800) wagers $6000. Wow. Clue: what "Requiem for a Nun" is to "Sanctuary" (6). Leslie's guess: "I'm sorry, I don't know." Correct question: What is a sequel? Leslie drops to $3900, a hair off of third.

In a somewhat prophetic move, Leslie gets the final clue in "Cliches in Other Words": "Carmen" remains unfinished up to the time a beefy broad belts out a ditty. Not a statement to Leslie personally, but she answers with "the opera ain't over 'til the fat lady sings" as...

End of Round:
Leslie - $9900
Michael - $8600
Eric - $15,000

Today's winner is guaranteed $15,000. Runners-up receive $5000 each.

Final Jeopardy! Category: 19th Century Presidents. Answer: with 4, this President had more Attorneys General in his administration than any other President. Correct response: Who was Ulysses S. Grant?
Michael's question: Who is Ulysses S. Grant? (RIGHT) Wager: $2000. Final score: $10,600.
Leslie's question: Who was Lincoln? (WRONG) Wager: $9900. Final score: $0.
Eric's question: Who was Grant? (RIGHT) Wager: $4801. Final score: $19,801.

Eric moves forward into the next round with $19,801. Next time, three more champions - Rachael Schwartz, Michael Rankins, and John Genova.

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