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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: Slaven/Pitassy/Schumacher" - March 18

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.

Technical product specialist
orig. from Yellowknife, NT
5-time Champion
Roselle Park, NJ
5-time Champion
Graduate student/newlywed
Fort Collins, CO
Reigning TOC Winner

Last time we mentioned that Brian was from Wisconsin. He's actually from Minnesota. Sorry, man...

Jeopardy! categories: They Came to Egypt, This Should Sound Familirar, A Ulysses S. Grant Quickie, Cherchez la Femme, What a Comedian, "Ha"!

Daily Double: $600 A Ulysses S. Grant quickie. Bill ($1200 to Robert's $7200 and Russ' $1800) bets $1000. The clue: his mother's maiden name. Bill's response: "What is Simpson?" Correct for $2200.

End of Round:
Robert - $9200
Bill - $3400
Russ - $3200

Double Jeopardy! categories: Contemporary Art, Al Pacino Film Roles, That's Illinois-ing, A Category from Scratch, Remembering Arthur Miller, Would You Take an "IOU"?

Daily Double #1: $800 Remembering Arthur Miller. Russ ($5600 to Robert's $16,000 and Bill's $3000) fronts $3600. Clue: speaking of this play, Miller said, "The threat of this kind of hysteria is never gone. It's with us always." Russ' guess: "What is 'The Crucible'?" Correct for $9200.

Daily Double #2: $1600 Contemporary Art. Robert ($15,600 over Russ' $14,400 and Bill's $3000) bets $900. Clue: Christo had the idea for the Central Park project with this title in 1979; it was finally realized in 2005. Robert's guess: "What is 'The Gates'?" Correct for $16,500.

End of Round:
Robert - $16,500
Bill - $3000
Russ - $14,400

Remember, runners-up will take home $5000, while the winner is guaranteed at least $15,000.

Final Jeopardy! Category: European Language. Answer: in this language spoken by 120 million worldwide, all of the days of the week but one end with the same 3 letters. Correct response: What is German?

Bill's question: What is German? (RIGHT) Wager: $3000. Final score: $6000.
Russ' question: What is Russian? (WRONG) Wager: $2101. Final score: $12,299.
Robert's question: What is German? (RIGHT) Wager: $12,301. Final score: $28,801.

Russ did the math, but Robert did the math AND his language homework, as he takes $28,801 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, Jeff Richmond, John Beck, Tad Carithers, Jerome Vered, Bruce Borchardt, Fred Ramen, Ed Schiffer, Grace Veach, Ryan Holznagel, Mark Dawson, Michael Rooney, Pam Mueller, Steve Newman, Chris Miller, Leah Greenwald, Jonathan Groff, and Brian Moore.

Seventeen matches to go until that next round. Next time, John Ryan, Lynne Wexler, and Shane Whitlock.

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