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Andy here with a recap of Quarterfinal #3 of the 2014 College Championship!

Today’s contestants:

J! round categories:
MUSIC MAKERS
BIOLOGY CLASS
PRIME NUMBERS
STUDENT AID
3-LETTER WORDS
THE HARVARD BOOKSTORE TOP 100

Our 3 contenstants kept flipping categories but took them in order! I did notice, though, that they caught themselves a couple of times in PRIME NUMBERS to make sure their answers were prime! I liked that! By the end of 15 clues, the scores were:

Kenesha $4,400
Terry $800
Kevin $0

Kevin coded a casino game that apparently was very good at beating some of his classmates at blackjack, poker, and slots!

Terry is a member of the Institute of Chocolate Studies — basically, they make chocolate and eat it.

Kenesha goes to the only Seventh Day Adventist HBCU in the United States.

Back to the game, the first clue out of the break (STUDENT AID $800: This group gives scholarships to minority students & financial support to 37 historically black colleges & universities) made me think that Alex went with what he wanted to on Kenesha’s interview, knowing that this clue was coming! There were a few people, especially on Twitter, that thought that Alex Trebek was being racist here. What did you think? Post a comment!

The first Daily Double came in THE HARVARD BOOKSTORE, at $1000, the last clue of the round! It was Terry’s to play! Scores:

Kenesha $5,000
Terry $3,200
Kevin $2,000

Terry bet $2,000. Clue: The 1855 volume of American poetry rounds out the top 100. Terry came up with the correct response on a guess and Alex nearly gave her a heart attack in telling her she was right! She went to $5,200.

DJ! round categories:
HAIL TO THE CHIEF
TIME MANAGEMENT
SHARP THINGS
GETTING YOUR “M-B-A”
KENYA WEST
NO DISREPECT TO BEN AFFLECK

Kevin got to play the first Daily Double, under TIME MANAGEMENT $1200! Scores:
Terry $8,800
Kenesha $6,200
Kevin $4,400

Kevin bet $2,400. His clue: It’s what the U.S. Naval Observatory calls a timepiece regulated by the natural vibration frequencies of cesium particles. Kevin’s correct response put him at $6,800!

Terry seemed to be rolling through HAIL TO THE CHIEF when the final Daily Double was waiting for her at the bottom of it! Scores:

Terry $12,800
Kevin $6,400
Kenesha $5,400

Terry bet $3,000. Her clue: This soldier served only 16 months as the 1st President who had never been in Congress or the Continental Congress. She went for Andrew Jackson and fell to $9,800. That was a toughie!

Kevin jumped on the opening that Terry gave and jumped into the lead by the end of SHARP THINGS, but Terry regained it in BEN AFFLECK. Scores going into Final:

Terry $15,400
Kevin $10,800
Kenesha $2,200

FJ! category: BIBLE CHARACTERS

FJ! clue: “Take care of him”, says the man called this in Luke 10 after giving money to an innkeeper

Kenesha 2200 + 2200 = 4400
Kevin 10800 + 4601 = 15401
Terry 15400 + 2000 = 17400

Terry O’Shea is our third semifinalist!

Wild Card scores:
Whitney Thompson (Monday winner)
Ben Juster (Tuesday winner)
Terry O’Shea (Wednesday winner)
Kevin Shen $15,400
Laurie Beckoff $13,400
Cameron Kim $10,800
Kenesha Bennett $4,400

Sarah Stevens $1,400
James Fulwiler $0

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