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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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"Semifinals: Rutter/Miller/Cuthbertson - Part 2" - 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 third-place finisher.

Today, the final card is set.

BRAD RUTTER
TV quiz show host
Lancaster, PA
Won $65,000
$10,000
JOHN CUTHBERTSON
Investment analyst
San Diego
Won $67,900
$13,500
CHRIS MILLER
Retail specialist
Louisville, KY
Won $73,844
$10,000

Jeopardy! categories: Predators, Tribute Bands, Forbes' Billionaires, Russian Geography, Draw It Up, Time for a "Con"test

Daily Double: $600 Russian Geography. Brad ($400 over Chris' $200) bets $400 early. The clue: Kaliningrad, a small piece of Russian territory, sits between Poland & Lithuania on this sea. Brad's guess: "What is the Baltic Sea?" Correct for the doubler, $800.

End of Round:
Brad - $5400
John - $3200
Chris - $5000

Double Jeopardy! categories: Pre-Daters, Glenn Close Encounters, Grand Canyon National Park, World Coins, Author! Arthur!, Secretaries of State Before & After.

Daily Double #1: $1600 Pre-daters. Brad ($11,000 over John's $3200 and Chris' $7800) fronts $2000. Clue: the last city to host the Olympics before St. Moritz in 1948. Brad's guess: "What is London?" Correct response: What is Berlin? Brad drops to $9000.

Daily Double #2: $800 Author! Arthur!. Brad ($16,200 over John's $3200 and Chris' $7800), the only one to control the board after achieving some ethereal Zen state, goes $3200. Clue: it's no mystery; he was knighted in 1902 for his work defending British policy in the Boer War. Brad's guess: "Who is Arthur Conan Doyle?" Correct for $19,400.

End of Round:
Brad - $26,600
John - $5200
Chris - $7800

Remember, this is a two-day affair. Scores from yesterday 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 NEXT WEEK!

Final Jeopardy! Category: Historic Objects. Answer: given to Washington by Lafayette, one of the keys to this is on display at Mount Vernon. Correct response: What is the Bastille?

John's question: What ? (WRONG) Wager: $5000. Final score: $200.
Chris' question: What is something? (WRONG) Wager: $6101. Final score: $1699.
Brad's question: What is the Bastille? (RIGHT) Wager: $0. Final score: $26,600.

$10,000 $13,500 $10,000
+26,600 +    200 + 1,699
$36,600 $13,700 $11,699

It was over when Brad got a hold of the board, riding it for all its worth. He moves on with $50,000 today, $115,000 total. Chris leaves with $93,844, while John takes home $97,900.

So there you have it... Jerome Vered, Brad Rutter, and Ken Jennings... And the only things that separates these three from a $2 million payday are three days and each other... The tripleheader for all that cheddar NEXT WEEK!

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