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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


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Announcer: Johnny Gilbert
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EP: Harry Friedman
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"Round 1: Beck/Nosek/Cracraft" - February 24

In round one, there are 135 players competing in 45 games. The winners of those games will take on nine seeded opponents. 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.

JOHN BECK
Creative director
Torrance, CA
2003
Last 5-time champ before "sky's the limit" rule change
TOM NOSEK
Aerospace engineer
Torrance, CA
1993
'93 TOC Winner/10th Ann'y Tourney runner-up
CAROLYN CRACRAFT
Grad student, UC-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
1999
1999 College Champion

First, an update, so far as the staff of J! knows, yesterday's outcome, with only Jeff Richmond in the Final, was the only time that has occurred.

Jeopardy! categories: Spingarn Medal Winners, Woody Allen's Manhattan, Island Hopping, The Great Exhibition of 1851, Drinks, Same First & Last Letter

Daily Double: $600 The Great Exhibition of 1851. John ($3400 to Tom's $3000 and Carolyn's $1800) bets $1000. The clue: the exhibits ranged alphabetically from absynthium to these musical instruments. John's response: "What are zithers?" Correct for $4400.

End of Round:
John - $5800
Tom - $3200
Carolyn - $2800

Double Jeopardy! categories: Desperate Housewives, Without a Trace, CSI, According to Jim, "Cold" Case, Hit TV

Daily Double #1: $2000 According to Jim. Tom ($6000 to John's $6200 and Carolyn's $3600) bets $2500.  Clue: a humorist: "Every person carries... the... scar, or the fresh wound, of some harrowing misadventure with a contraption." Tom's guess: "I don't know." Correct response: Who is James Thurber? Tom drops to $3500 and third by $100.

Daily Double #2: $1200 Desperate Housewives. John ($15,400 to Tom's $8300 and Carolyn's $7200) bets $1600. Clue: this organization was founded by 214-pound housewife Jean Nidetch in the early 1960s. John's guess: "What is Weight Watchers?" Correct for $17,000.

End of Round:
John - $19,000
Tom - $9100
Carolyn - $9200

Close game on the bottom, but John can take it if he does the math right. Remember, the losers get $5000 each, while the winner is guaranteed at least  $15,000.

Final Jeopardy! Category: The US Census of 1790. Answer: it was the only state in the 1790 Census to claim a slave population of zero. Correct response: What is Massachusetts?

Tom's question: What is New Hampshire? (WRONG) Wager: $9100. Final score: $0.
Carolyn's question: What is Rhode Island? (WRONG) Wager: $9200. Final score: $0.
John's question: What is Rhode Island? (WRONG) Wager: $0. Final score: $19,000.

"Isn't that a marvelous piece of knowledge?" Alex asks our champ. "No, not really," John says, as he takes $19,000 into the next round, joining Eric Terzuolo, Michael Rankins, Arthur Phillips, David Traini, Bob Harris, Vinita Kailasanath, Bev Schwartzberg, Dan Melia, Mark Eckard, Michael Dupee, and Jeff Richmond

Next time, Leszek Pawlowicz returns to active quiz duty to face Tad Carithers, and Al Lin. Instant classic...

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