- Part 1" - May 19
We started with 135 players
fighting for 45 slots. Then we threw in nine of
Jeopardy!'s best for fun, whittling the field to 18. Now
we're down to the six best - Brad Rutter, the Million
Dollar Master; Pam Mueller, the lady of the bunch; Frank Spangenberg,
the living legend; John Cuthbertson, the
underdog; Chris Miller, the newbie; and Jerome Vered,
the guy everyone likes. Two of these players will go on
to next week's finals against the reining King of Quiz,
Ken Jennings. At stake: $2,000,000 for the winner,
$500,000 for the first runner-up, and $250,000 for the
So far, Jerome Vered has
earned his seat in the final. Today, another semi-final
match for the big dance.
TV quiz show host
Frisky Presidents, True Crime, States by Counties,
Animal Shelters, "W"ho Can It Be Now?, An Attractive
$1000 An Attractive Preposition. Brad ($6800
over John's $2000 and Chris' $200) bets $4800. The clue:
when not in its usual time context, it can mean
"in the presence of". Brad's guess: "What
Correct response: What is before? Brad drops to
$2000 to tie John.
End of Round:
Brad - $3200
Chris - $1200
John - $3400
categories: European Architects, Creature
Feature, 18th Century Potpourri, Symphonies, We
Rule, "Mal" Practice.
Daily Double #1: $1200 Symphonies. John ($5400
over Brad's $3200 and Chris' $1600) fronts $3000. Clue:
this Soviet superstar subtitled his third
symphony "May First". John's guess: "Who is
Shostakovich?" Correct for $8400.
Daily Double #2: $1600
We Rule. Brad ($10,000
over John's $8000 and Chris' $4000) goes
$1000, citing bad luck. Clue: in 1868 Emperor
Mutsuhito chose this name meaning "enlightened
rule" as the name for the era of his rule in
Japan. Brad's guess: "What is Meiji?" Correct
for $11,000. "I should've bet more if I knew!"
End of Round:
Brad - $14,200
Chris - $7200
John - $8000
is a two-day affair. Scores from tomorrow will
be added to today. The winner is guaranteed at
least $50,000, second place is guaranteed
$30,000, while third is guaranteed $20,000. The
winner will join Jerome Vered and Ken Jennings
in the final.
Final Jeopardy! Category: Nuclear Power. Answer:
this state, besides having the first, also has
the most nuclear reactors. Correct response: What is
What is Illinois? (RIGHT)
Wager: $2800. Final score: $10,000.
John's question: What is Illinois? (RIGHT)
Wager: $5500. Final score: $13,500.
Brad's question: What is Tennessee? (WRONG) Wager:
$4200. Final score: $10,000.
The final match before
the marquee title bout, and it's still anyone's game to
lose, but Chris and Brad are going to have to play like
it's their last game. For at least one, that may be
true. We'll find out tomorrow!