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Minneapolis meteorologist Eric Ahasic opened his second week on “Jeopardy!” Monday with yet another blowout win of $26,800, bringing his six-day total to $160,601.
Host Mayim Bialik opened the show by ticking off Ahasic’s accomplishments thus far. He has averaged 24 correct responses per game, found 13 of the 15 available Daily Doubles and won enough money to ensure his win in four of five games.
“These are the performance stats of a potential superchampion,” Bialik announced.
But at the beginning of the first round, a student from Toledo, Ohio, looked as if he were going to make things difficult for Ahasic as the two remained relatively close in score. (The third contestant, a banking director from New York, struggled in a distant third.)
The Toledo student also found, and lost, the first Daily Double. Ahasic had the lead at the end of round one with $6,800 to $2,800 and minus-$200.
Ahasic found his footing during the second round when he found and won both Daily Doubles. He took $6,000 for a question about solar wind and another $5,000 by identifying Salome as the daughter of Herodias. The wins gave him a commanding lead that ended with $29,400 to $9,200 and $200.
The Final Jeopardy! Asked about TV legends: “Buster Keaton considered her the tops in her field and, in fact, was one of her early mentors.” It wasn’t Ginger Rogers, as Ahasic guessed, but Lucille Ball. Still, his meager $2,600 wager left him plenty of room to become champion for the sixth time.
Will seven prove to be a lucky number for Ahasic, a meteorologist at the Chanhassen office of the National Weather Service? We’ll find out when his seventh episode airs at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on KARE-TV.