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Aten bows out on 'Jeopardy!'

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    Tim Aten poses with Alex Trebek during the Jeopardy tournament of champions.

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Tim Aten’s run on the television game show “Jeopardy!” ended Tuesday as he went up against two other big winners during the show’s Tournament of Champions.

Aten, 36, of Vermilion, first appeared on the show in December during season 33, and won seven games, bringing in more than $107,000.

On Tuesday, Aten, who holds degrees in psychology and sociology from Case Western Reserve University, played against Lilly Chin from Decatur, Ga., and Jason Sterlacci, of Somerset, N.J.

By the end of the first round, Aten was in lead with $5,600, while Sterlacci came in second with $5,000 and Chin had $2,000.

However, the categories in Double Jeopardy proved difficult — Aten didn’t buzz in often and Sterlacci moved into first place.

At the conclusion of Double Jeopardy, Aten had $14,000 while Chin had $12,800 and Sterlacci was in the lead with $18,800.

A lead he never lost.

The final category was “Landlocked Counties” with the answer reading — “South of the Tropic of Capricorn, this Kingdom is the world’s southernmost landlocked country.”

The only person to answer correctly was Sterlacci who responded with “What is Lesotho?”

Aten knew his response of “What is Myanmar?” was incorrect. He wagered $2,500, bringing in the second-place amount to $11,500.

Aten isn’t the only person from Lorain County scheduled to appear on “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions this week.

Andrew Pau, 48, of Amherst, will appear 7:30 p.m. Friday on Channel 19.

According to an earlier interview with The Chronicle, neither Aten nor Pau have any immediate plans to go on another game show. And, neither has spent their winnings from their first appearances.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @MLinebrinkCT.



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