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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: Fine/Barker/Knutsen" - March 30

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.

Part-time teacher
Bethesda, MD
Last 5-time Champ, '93-'94
AP history teacher
Livonia, MI
'97 College Champion
Musician/stay-at-home dad
Brooklyn, NY
2K1 TOC Finalist

Jeopardy! categories: We All Scream for Ice Cream, Oscar Night 2005, Mothers of Invention, Reagan 101, One of the 12 Tribes of Israel, I've Got "ESP".

Daily Double: $600 I've Got "ESP". Rick ($3600 over Craig's $1200 & Amy's $200) bets his lead $2400. The clue: King Xerxes crossed it in 480 BC to get to Europe. Rick's guess: "What is ... ?" Correct response: What is the Hellespont? Rick drops to a tie with Craig at $1200.

End of Round:
Amy - $2600
Craig - $4000
Rick - $6800

Double Jeopardy! categories: Art & Artists, Kitty Lit, Name the James, A River Runs Through It, You're the "Champ", I've Got ESPN (delivered by Scott van Pelt and Dan Patrick).

Daily Double #1: $800 Name the James. Craig ($8400 to Rick's $12,800 and Amy's $5800) goes for $4400. Clue: ... who was the last President to be born in a log cabin. Craig's guess: "Who is Polk?" Correct question: Who is Garfield? Craig drops to third with $4000.

Daily Double #2: last clue in the round, $2000 Kitty Lit. Craig ($10,800 to Rick's $13,200 and Amy's $9400; they'll end with these totals) fronts only $800. Clue: he wrote an "Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat" (as well as that other famous "Elegy"). Craig's guess: "Who is Gray?" Correct to end the round with $11,600.

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

Final Jeopardy! Category: Vocabulary. Answer: this term for a sudden piece of good fortune literally refers to fruit blown to the ground. Correct response: What is a windfall?

Amy's question: What is a windfall? (RIGHT) Wager: $9400. Final score: $18,800.
Craig's question: What is windfall? (RIGHT) Wager: $9999. Final score: $21,599.
Rick's question: What is a windfall? (RIGHT) Wager: $10,001. Final score: $23,201.

With that windfall, Rick encounters a windfall in the form of $23,201 and a berth in the second round against 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, Brian Moore, Robert Slaven, Shane Whitlock, Michael Daunt, Steve Berman, Eugene Finerman, John Cuthberson, India Cooper, and Kyle Hale.

So that should be 36. Tomorrow, it will be 37, with Bruce Naegeli, Tom Halpern, and Graham Gilmer competing.

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