"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.
Last 5-time champ before "sky's the limit" rule
'93 TOC Winner/10th Ann'y Tourney runner-up
Grad student, UC-Berkeley
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
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
$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
Daily Double #2: $1200 Desperate Housewives.
($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
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
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
Leszek Pawlowicz returns to active quiz duty to
face Tad Carithers, and Al Lin. Instant