Clues from the Battle of the Bay Area Brains game from 1998 are now archived.
Leslie Frates vs. Michael Rankins vs. Beverly Spurs
Leslie had the buzzer and the early score momentum but the DDs and Final didn't go her way. Michael Rankins puzzled out the game's category theme for a Final solve that secured him the game after he had been trailing for most of it.
This game was akin to a celebrity game in that the show momentum was often interrupted, in this case by in-person clue readings by local celebrities, PSA/appeals for the Red Cross, an applause recognition of a local TV executive, and ads for the upcoming college championship. As a result, 15 clues (10 in the DJ! Round) went unplayed, including one in-person celebrity clue. At least all the DDs were uncovered. The J! Round did not have a one-minute warning. The game aired on a Sunday, and only on one local station (not nationwide).
The production designers weren't bothered with any set customizations for this special match. The players played under a set piece archway meant to look like a metal entrance gate to a university campus that read "College Championship". There also weren't any special graphics or logos made for the show.
The Sony electronics prize packages weren't mentioned on the show. Information about them comes courtesy the memories of Michael Rankins and Leslie Frates. I had to increase the allowable character count for the prize database field in the J! Archive database to accommodate the longer prize entries for this game. (I hope there are no side effects of that change.)