A former Soviet capital and some speak-easy TV knowledge has West Islip native Dan McShane alive and kicking in the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions.
The 25-year-old bartender, who now lives in Brooklyn, has advanced to the semifinals of the tournament, and his quest for a spot in the final will air Thursday at 7 p.m. on WABC-TV.
McShane’s first-round match aired Monday, and his $20,000 second-place finish earned him one of four wild card spots after the final opening-round match aired Tuesday.
McShane got off to a quick start, doubling his $1,200 earnings by landing the only “Daily Double” in the “Jeopardy” round’s “Micro” category and scoring with “What is nanotechnology?”
During the mid-round on-air banter with host Alex Trebek, McShane was kidded about the amount of Facebook attention he received after his four victories that aired in January 2012.
“Mostly high school girls that saw me on TV,” McShane responded to laughs from the studio audience.
McShane led after the first round with $6,000, and despite a strong “Double Jeopardy” round he was third at the end with $12,400. (He got more laughs when he correctly answered “What is bartender?” to the answer “Sam Malone, Nick Miller” in the category “The TV Character’s Job.”)
The “Final Jeopardy” category “World Capitals” offered the answer, “Alphabetically, Zagreb is the last world capital; this capital of a former Soviet republic is second to last.”
With the question “What is Yerevan (Armenia)?” and a wager of $7,600, McShane had done enough to advance to the next round.
If McShane wins Thursday, he would advance to the two-match cumulative-score final next Monday and Tuesday for a grand prize of $250,000.