Chesterfield Teacher Falls Short in Jeopardy! Tournament

The Ritenour High German teacher was a quarter-finalist, but missed in his bid to advance after earning a spot in the quiz show’s tournament of champions last year.

A Chesterfield German teacher came up short in his bid to advance in the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions when he trailed two other competitors on the episode that aired this afternoon.

Patrick Quinn, who teaches at Ritenour High in Overland, had advanced to the tournament after winning the . He came in last in his round that aired on Tuesday.

The winner of Tuesday’s round, who advances to the semi-finals, was Dave Leach, a game merchant from Atlanta.

Quinn briefly held the lead at the end of the first round with $4,600; to $4,400 for Ashok Poozhikunnel, an underwriter from Wheaton, IL; to $3,200 for Leach. But Quinn’s fade started at the end of that round when he didn't know what the computer term "PDF" stood for ("portable document format"), saying, "I used to teach that."

St. Louis Cardinals' trivia made it into the first round on Tuesday with this answer in the "Who’s On First" category: "A's, 1987-1997; Cardinals, 1998-2001."

Leach buzzed in first with the question: "Who is Mark McGwire?"

Leach advanced to the semi-finals with $15,100 on the final Jeopardy question, "On the new list chosen in 2007 (for the new seven wonders of the world), this wonder designed by Heitor Da Silva Costa is the only statue." Leach correctly answered, "What is Christ the Redeemer?"

Poozhikunnel ended with $12,000 and Quinn ended with $989.


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