History Series / JEOPARDY

25th Apr '17 2:07:36 PM Premonition45
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** 1994's Tournament of Champions' top three earners were Steve Chernicoff and John Cuthbertson (future standouts of 2005's Ultimate TOC) and Amy Fine (the winningest woman in regular play of the pre-doubled era), but Fine was eliminated in the quarterfinals, and Cuthbertson and Chernicoff were upset in the semifinals by College Champion Jeff Stewart. The finals that year would see Stewart square off with 4 day champions Rachael Schwartz and David Hillinck (the first time that the TOC didn't have at least one 5-time champion in the finals), the lowest earners to qualify for that TOC, and who had both lost to Cuthbertson in the quarterfinals (also making it the first time that all 3 TOC finalists were wildcard semifinalists). When all was said and done, Schwartz edged out Stewart by $1 to become the first woman and 4 day champ to win a TOC.

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** 1994's Tournament of Champions' top three earners were Steve Chernicoff and John Cuthbertson (future standouts of 2005's Ultimate TOC) and Amy Fine (the winningest woman in regular play of the pre-doubled era), but Fine was eliminated in the quarterfinals, and Cuthbertson and Chernicoff were upset in the semifinals by College Champion Jeff Stewart. The finals that year would see Stewart square off with 4 day champions Rachael Schwartz and David Hillinck (the first time that the TOC didn't have at least one 5-time champion in the finals), the lowest earners to qualify for that TOC, and who had both lost to Cuthbertson in the quarterfinals (also making it the first time that all 3 TOC finalists were wildcard semifinalists).quarterfinals. When all was said and done, Schwartz edged out Stewart by $1 to become the first woman and 4 day champ to win a TOC.


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** The 1991 Tournament of Champions was notable for being the first time that all 3 finalists, Jim Scott (the eventual winner), Steve Robin, and Lou Pryor, were wildcard semifinalists. Jim Scott and Steve Robin both lost to Mark Born (season 7's top winner) in the quarterfinals, who was defeated by Lou Pryor in the semifinals. Lou, in turn, lost to Leslie Frates in the quarterfinals, who was defeated by Jim in the semifinals.
24th Apr '17 12:16:08 PM Premonition45
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** 1994's Tournament of Champions' top three earners were Steve Chernicoff and John Cuthbertson (future standouts of 2005's Ultimate TOC) and Amy Fine (the winningest woman in regular play of the pre-doubled era), but Fine was eliminated in the quarterfinals, and Cuthbertson and Chernicoff were upset in the semifinals by College Champion Jeff Stewart. The finals that year would see Stewart square off with 4 day champions Rachael Schwartz and David Hillinck (the first time that a TOC didn't have at least one 5-time champion in the finals), the lowest earners to qualify for that TOC, and who had both lost to Cuthbertson in the quarterfinals. When all was said and done, Schwartz edged out Stewart by $1 to become the first woman and 4 day champ to win a TOC.

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** 1994's Tournament of Champions' top three earners were Steve Chernicoff and John Cuthbertson (future standouts of 2005's Ultimate TOC) and Amy Fine (the winningest woman in regular play of the pre-doubled era), but Fine was eliminated in the quarterfinals, and Cuthbertson and Chernicoff were upset in the semifinals by College Champion Jeff Stewart. The finals that year would see Stewart square off with 4 day champions Rachael Schwartz and David Hillinck (the first time that a the TOC didn't have at least one 5-time champion in the finals), the lowest earners to qualify for that TOC, and who had both lost to Cuthbertson in the quarterfinals.quarterfinals (also making it the first time that all 3 TOC finalists were wildcard semifinalists). When all was said and done, Schwartz edged out Stewart by $1 to become the first woman and 4 day champ to win a TOC.



** Only once has the Tournament of Champions featured two female finalists, and surprisingly, it was back in ''1993'', courtesy of Bev Schwartzberg and Seniors Tournament winner Marilyn Kneeland. However, both lost to Tom Nosek, and ''Jeopardy!'' had to wait another year for a woman (Rachael Schwartz) to win the whole thing.

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** Only once has the The ''1993'' Tournament of Champions featured was notable for having 7 women players, with all 4 wildcard spots going to 4 of them, and featuring two female finalists, and surprisingly, it was back in ''1993'', courtesy of Bev Schwartzberg and Seniors Tournament winner Marilyn Kneeland. However, both lost to Tom Nosek, and ''Jeopardy!'' had to wait another year for a woman (Rachael Schwartz) to win the whole thing.
22nd Apr '17 12:38:00 PM Premonition45
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** November 19, 1992: The first Final game in the 1992 Tournament of Champions between Jerome Vered, Leszek Pawlowicz, and Bruce Simmons was a very fast-paced affair, and the three players entered Final Jeopardy accumulating $25,400 as a group (pre-doubled, no less). Unfortunately, they all missed the Final Jeopardy answer, and they cumulatively lost $20,700.
21st Apr '17 10:58:39 PM Twentington
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** On April 27, 2012, a contestant missed the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w7-UA46gQ0 last clue of the game]], a Daily Double which presented lyrics to "I Lost on Jeopardy" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic ("My hope of winning sank, 'cause I got the Daily Double now, and then my mind went blank"). She didn't recognize the song and ended up losing in Final Jeopardy!

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** On April 27, 2012, a contestant missed the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w7-UA46gQ0 last clue of the game]], game, a Daily Double which presented lyrics to "I Lost on Jeopardy" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic ("My hope of winning sank, 'cause I got the Daily Double now, and then my mind went blank"). She didn't recognize the song and ended up losing in Final Jeopardy!
21st Apr '17 1:50:56 PM Premonition45
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** 1994's Tournament of Champions' top three earners were Steve Chernicoff and John Cuthbertson (future standouts of 2005's Ultimate TOC) and Amy Fine (the winningest woman in regular play of the pre-doubled era), but Fine was eliminated in the quarterfinals, and Cuthbertson and Chernicoff were upset in the semifinals by College Champion Jeff Stewart. The finals that year would see Stewart square off with 4 day champions Rachael Schwartz and David Hillinck, the lowest earners to qualify for that TOC, and who had both lost to Cuthbertson in the quarterfinals. When all was said and done, Schwartz edged out Stewart by $1 to become the first woman and 4 day champ to win a TOC.

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** 1994's Tournament of Champions' top three earners were Steve Chernicoff and John Cuthbertson (future standouts of 2005's Ultimate TOC) and Amy Fine (the winningest woman in regular play of the pre-doubled era), but Fine was eliminated in the quarterfinals, and Cuthbertson and Chernicoff were upset in the semifinals by College Champion Jeff Stewart. The finals that year would see Stewart square off with 4 day champions Rachael Schwartz and David Hillinck, Hillinck (the first time that a TOC didn't have at least one 5-time champion in the finals), the lowest earners to qualify for that TOC, and who had both lost to Cuthbertson in the quarterfinals. When all was said and done, Schwartz edged out Stewart by $1 to become the first woman and 4 day champ to win a TOC.
14th Apr '17 6:24:35 PM BuddyBoy600alt
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* DramaticSpotlight: Used during the Final Jeopardy! Round (ever since Season 7, and still use it today).
14th Apr '17 2:01:53 PM Premonition45
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** The 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions was littered with upsets and dark horse victories in the early rounds. Of the "Nifty Nine" champions that were byed to the second round following their record setting and accomplished prior runs on the show, ''seven'' of them lost their opening game, with only Brad Rutter and Frank Spangenberg advancing to the quarterfinals (and only one other TOC winner, Dan Melia, joining them there.) On the flip side, the UTOC was a great showcase for John Cuthbertson, Chris Miller, and Pam Mueller, who won their own share of upsets on their route to the semifinals, after ending their previous ''Jeopardy!'' runs as semifinalists in their regular [=TOCs=]. Cuthbertson, in particular, impressed many by knocking off TOC winners Bob Verini and Bob Blake, plus TOC finalist Tad Carithers in the first two rounds alone.

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** The 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions was littered with upsets and dark horse victories in the early rounds. Of the "Nifty Nine" champions that were byed to the second round following their record setting and accomplished prior runs on the show, ''seven'' of them lost their opening game, with only Brad Rutter and Frank Spangenberg advancing to the quarterfinals (and only one other TOC winner, Dan Melia, joining them there.) On the flip side, the UTOC was a great showcase for John Cuthbertson, Chris Miller, and Pam Mueller, who won their own share of upsets on their route to the semifinals, after ending their previous ''Jeopardy!'' runs as semifinalists in their regular [=TOCs=]. Cuthbertson, in particular, impressed many by knocking off TOC winners Bob Verini and Bob Blake, plus TOC finalist Tad Carithers in the first two rounds alone.alone, and got very close to defeating Rutter himself during the Round 4 semifinals.



** Many fans who play from home use a scoring system developed by former 3 day champion Karl Coryat, which eliminates wagering, scores Daily Doubles by their clue value only, and doesn't penalize wrong answers on Daily Doubles due to it being a forced guess. What's more, there is a [[http://www.j-archive.com/help.php large lexicon]] of terminology used by the fanbase, including several terms coined by (and named after) former contestants.

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** Many fans who play from home use a scoring system developed by former 3 day 2-time champion Karl Coryat, which eliminates wagering, scores Daily Doubles by their clue value only, and doesn't penalize wrong answers on Daily Doubles due to it being a forced guess. What's more, there is a [[http://www.j-archive.com/help.php large lexicon]] of terminology used by the fanbase, including several terms coined by (and named after) former contestants.
12th Apr '17 4:03:00 PM Premonition45
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** In the 1995 Tournament of Champions, two of the finalists were David Siegel and Isaac Segal, both last names pronounced the same way. Interestingly, David Siegel was Isaac Segal's immediate predecessor as champion, which Alex lampshaded in the latter's first 2 games.

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** *** In the 1995 Tournament of Champions, two of the finalists were David Siegel and Isaac Segal, both last names pronounced the same way. Interestingly, David Siegel was Isaac Segal's immediate predecessor as champion, which Alex lampshaded in the latter's first 2 games.
12th Apr '17 4:02:44 PM Premonition45
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** In the 1995 Tournament of Champions, two of the finalists were David Siegel and Isaac Segal, both last names pronounced the same way. Interestingly, David Siegel was Isaac Segal's immediate predecessor as champion, which Alex lampshaded in the latter's first 2 games.



** In the 1995 Tournament of Champions, two of the finalists were David Siegel and Isaac Segal, both last names pronounced the same way. Interestingly, David Siegel was Isaac Segal's immediate predecessor as champion, which Alex lampshaded in the latter's first 2 games.
12th Apr '17 4:01:54 PM Premonition45
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** With four invited champions (Michael Block, Amanda Goad, Larry Mcknight, and Leslie Shannon) not able to compete in 2005's massive Ultimate Tournament of Champions, the next four highest earning 5 day champions gained their spots in the 145-person field, those being Jay Rosenberg, Dan Katz, Steve Berman, and Bill Dickenson, who all earned between $48,000 and $49,000 in their unadjusted reigns. Of those four, only Berman won his first round game, though he eventually lost in the next round.

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** With four invited champions (Michael Block, Amanda Goad, Larry Mcknight, and Leslie Shannon) not able to compete in 2005's massive Ultimate Tournament of Champions, the next four highest earning 5 day champions gained their spots in the 145-person field, those being Jay Rosenberg, Dan Katz, Steve Berman, and Bill Dickenson, who all earned between $48,000 and $49,000 in their unadjusted reigns. Of those four, only Berman won his first round game, though he eventually lost in the next round. It helped that Steve Berman had been a finalist in his Tournament of Champions, as well.


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*** The 1990 Tournament of Champions had Eric Terzuolo and Eri'''k''' Larsen, who were both semifinalists that year.
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