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Amazing Race 17
Andie and Jenna. In the end of Leg 2, teams were told to take a taxi to one of Western Africa's largest, busiest marketplaces, Kaneshie Market, where they would find Phil, the Pit Stop mat, and a woman carrying a large basin of fish on her head (have to note the oddity). Brook and Claire pulled through to claim a first place win in this leg and they both earned themselves a trip for two to Hawaii from Travelocity. As teams waded through the crowds of the market it was Andie and Jenna who failed to avoid last place. They became the second team eliminated from the race.
Coffins. In the 'Check Out' Detour task, teams needed to head to a nearby woodworking shop to pick up one of a number of kooky coffins (odd choice of phrasing, but completely apt). Then, both members needed to wheel the coffin through the neighbourhood to a showroom known as 'Hello Coffin' (odd name) where they would be able to claim their next clue upon delivery. Katie and Rachel, Jill and Thomas, Jonathan and Connor, Nat and Kat, and Andie and Jenna completed this rather odd task.
Nick and Vicki. After the Road Block, teams were told to take a taxi to their next destination across the city of Accra to the Peace Motor Spare Parts stall in Teshie. Here, teams found a Detour task waiting for them. In this one, teams chose between either 'Tune In' or 'Check Out'. In the 'Tune In' task, teams needed to take the appropriate materials provided for them and venture into the nearby houses to find one of the marked homes. Here, they needed to successfully install an antenna on the roof to allow for TV reception to feed into the house. Brook and Claire, Chad and Stephanie, Kevin and Michael, Nick and Vicki, Gary and Mallory, and Nat and Kat finished this one.
Sunglasses. Upon finding the memorial specified in their clues, teams were told to hop back into their taxis to locate the Makola Market in Accra. Here, one by one, teams arrived to find a Road Block task in which one member needed to be selected to do some 'shady dealings'. In this task, the selected teammate needed to take a board full of sunglasses and sell them to local market shoppers at a minimum of three cedis each to receive a total of fifteen cedis. Once they traded this money in they could claim their next clue. Nick, Brook, Jill, Chad, Rachel, Michael, Kat, Connor, Jenna, and Mallory took on this task.
Accra. In the beginning of Leg 2, teams opened their clues at Eastnor Castle and were told to head to the airport to catch a flight to the city of Accra, Ghana. Because of a lack of flights to Western Africa, all ten remaining teams ended up taking the same flight from Heathrow in London to the city of Accra. Once they arrived, teams needed to hop into some taxis and reach a statue at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park to locate their next clue box.
Ron and Tony. In the end of the leg, teams raced across the grounds of Eastnor Castle to their first Pit Stop and Jill and Thomas became the first place team. Both arrived and claimed the Express Pass, the first to ever appear on the race. Soon, other teams checked in and completed the leg. Finally, it was Ron and Tony, who spent most of their day driving and getting lost in England, who couldn't make up the time necessary to catch up to the other teams. They became the first team eliminated from the race.
|During the first Road Block task of the race in Leg 1, which team member was notoriously smacked in the face with a watermelon?||"The Amazing Race" 17.1
Claire. The next task completed was the first Road Block task of the race. For this one, one member of each team needed to head to a clearing and use a ballista to fire a watermelon at a suit of armour. This would prove to be quite interesting as Claire (or Brook and Claire) who would take one rogue watermelon to the face. Thomas, Claire, Nat, Rachel, Connor, Chad, Gary, Kevin, Jenna, Nick, and Ron completed this Road Block task before heading to the next destination, the Pit Stop for this leg of the race.
England. Teams heading out from the starting line on the Massachusetts coast were told to fly to London, England on one of only two flights heading over the Atlantic that evening. Upon their arrival, teams needed to drive themselves through the confusing city streets and then southwest to the world-famous Stonehenge, the first route marker for their race. This proves to be one of the more difficult tasks of the race because not only do teams have to navigate the streets of Britain on the wrong side of the road, but they have to drive with gearshifts.
Massachusetts. Beginning this seventeenth race around the world, teams were given the "go" at the Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This was the first race to leave in a city other than Los Angeles in about six seasons. This time, teams were told that the first person to reach the Pit Stop in this starting leg would receive a new prize that would benefit them later on in the race. This mechanic, known as the 'Express Pass', would allow the leading team to skip any one task during the first eight legs of the race to their liking. Of course, that would all come later- the eleven teams headed on their way to their first destination across the ocean.
'Full Throttle'. In Leg 11, teams found a Detour clue waiting in the center of the Seoul World Cup Stadium soccer field. Here, teams chose either 'Full Throttle' or 'Full Bottle'. All the teams finished 'Full Throttle' in which they needed to don speed skating outfits and perform a twenty-four lap relay in speed skates to get their clue. In 'Full Bottle', teams would've needed to don delivery uniforms and travel through the city to deliver six bottles of ginseng tonic to a wellness center before drinking one and receiving their next clue.
Nick and Vicki. In Hong Kong, teams had a choice of 'Ding-Ding' and 'Sampan', the latter of which was the only one completed by any teams. In 'Ding-Ding', teams needed to ride tramcars through Hong Kong's streets looking for three signs mentioning their next destination, the Pit Stop at Statue Square. Instead, all four teams finished 'Sampan' in which they needed to deliver caged birds to specific boats in Aberdeen Harbour (at night). Nick and Vicki attempted to complete 'Sampan', but because Nick didn't want to finish the task, they took a six hour penalty to be held during their stay at the Pit Stop.
Chad and Stephanie. In Leg 9, teams flew to the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where they inevitably found their way to the river docks in this over-populated city. Here was the first Double U-Turn ever featured on the race. As a result, Brook and Claire were U-Turned by Jill and Thomas while Chad and Stephanie were U-Turned by Nat and Kat. Both taems had to go back and complete 'Balanced Bricks' in which they had to transport one hundred bricks from a river to a brickyard to get their clue. Only Jill and Thomas originally did this task. Everyone else did 'Balanced Meal' in which they needed to deliver thirty canisters of food to a barge on the water and return with ten.
'Water Table'. In Oman, teams found a Detour clue waiting on top of a stack of books in the town of Nizwa. Here, everyone chose 'Water Table', a task in which they commandeered a water tanker truck, filled it, then delivered it to a home in the nearby town. Once teams hooked the water tanker up to the house they would receive their next clue and continue on to the Muttrah Souk. If they hadn't done this task, teams would've needed to hurry to a nearby market to purchase twenty-five chickens and the ingredients necessary for a local soup. Then, after the soup was prepared, they needed to deliver it to a wedding party to collect a clue.
No. Arriving at Antovo Circus in Saint Petersburg, Russia, teams either completed 'Circus Clown' or 'Circus Band'. In 'Circus Clown', teams needed to head into the big top and perform a plate spinning trick. When they mastered the trick and placed ten spinning plates onto a platform without letting any fall, they would receive their clue. Brook and Claire, Nick and Vicki, Chad and Stephanie, Michael and Kevin, and Jill and Thomas did this. Gary and Mallory and Nat and Kat did 'Circus Band' in which they needed to learn how to play three parts of a Russian folk song on an accordion. After this task, teams continued to the Bank Bridge.
Nick and Vicki. In Saint Petersburg, teams found a Detour at the Rostral Columns on Vasilievsky Island. The first choice, 'Classical Music', was only completed by Nick and Vicki and Chad and Stephanie; they had to identify three Russian songs on gramophones and identify them being played in a room full of pianists. Once they properly picked the correct songs, in order, they received their clue on a vinyl record. In 'Classical Cinema', the rest of the teams went to a film studio and searched for one film strip in thousands depicting a scene from a Russian movie playing in the same room. Once they picked a correct strip they would receive their clue on a film canister. After this task, teams needed to head to Palace Square.
Three. In Leg 5, teams drove through Northern Norway and completed the Detour task near Narvik. In an open field in Harvika, teams chose either 'Boat' or 'Bike'. In 'Boat', they needed to hop into a boat and direct its driver, using a map, to a specific spot, then climb up steep rock and a path to deliver two fish and a chainsaw to claim their clue. Michael and Kevin, Brook and Claire, Chad and Stephanie, and Katie and Rachel finished this task. Jill and Thomas, Gary and Mallory, and Nick and Vicki all finished 'Bike' in which they rode mountain bikes through some tough terrain to find a signboard containing bike lock combinations. Returning to the start they could unlock their proper combination to receive their clue. Nat and Kat didn't complete the Detour having claimed the race's only Fast Forward. After the Detour, teams drove to the Pit Stop at the Ankenes Marina.
Jill and Thomas. In Leg 4, teams flew to Kiruna in Northern Sweden to complete their tasks. In the small town of Riksgränsen, teams found a Detour outside the Vassijaure Train Station and chose either 'Sleds' or 'Beds'. In 'Sleds', teams took a chairlift up a mountain, then used TechSleds to go down the mountain trail. If they reached the finish in under 1:58, they would collect their clue. Nat and Kat, Brook and Claire, Gary and Mallory, and Nick and Vicki finished this. In 'Beds', teams created a traditional dwelling known as a goathi to the specifications of a completed exemplar. Michael and Kevin, Chad and Stephanie, Katie and Rachel, and Connor and Jonathan finished this. Jill and Thomas went to complete 'Beds' but, fearing that they would arrive last, decided to use the Express Pass to skip the task and head straight to the Pit Stop (where they arrived in fifth).
Bicycle Parts. In Ghana, teams progressed to the rural area of Dodowa and completed their Detour at the Asebi D/A Primary School. For this one, only Connor and Jonathan completed 'Language Arts' in which they needed to use a story and a decoder to translate phrases into local symbols. When they found the eight necessary symbols in order on the wall they would be able to receive their clue. In 'Bicycle Parts' (completed by the other eight teams) they needed to use a stick to push a bicycle wheel rim across a field and back like the local schoolchildren. After the Detour, teams ran to their Pit Stop at a nearby house.
Thomas. In the final Road Block task of the race, teams needed to go to the Rose Bowl parking lot by helicopter and participate in a float building task for the Rose Bowl parade. Here, the participating team members (Thomas, Brook, and Nat) had to work on three different portions of the float to the satisfaction of the head builder (involving flowers and straw) to get their clue from the previous year's Rose Queen. After this task, teams headed off to complete their final tasks before going to the finish line.
One piece made of plastic. In Leg 10, teams flew to Hong Kong and completed a Road Block at the Majesty Chinese Restaurant in Kowloon City. Here, one member of each time needed to search through a buffet of sushi using only chopsticks to find one of only five pieces of sushi which were fake. If they touched any piece that was real, they'd need to eat it. Nat, Claire, Thomas, and Vicki all finished this task (with some team members getting sick mid-task) before continuing on to the Avenue of the Stars.
Oman. In Leg 8, while traveling through the Omani deserts, teams found the Road Block task at Jebel Shams, the tallest peak in the country. Here, once teams ascended to its top point in a jeep, one member needed to rappel five hundred feet down the side and search one of the ledges for one of only a few magic lamps (in hundreds) containing a ring. When they handed this item off to a waiting attendant they would be able to continue on with the race. Chad, Jill, Vicki, Claire, Nat, and Mallory all completed this task.
Seven. In Saint Petersburg, teams found the Road block at the Gorodki courts in Peter and Paul Fortress. Here, one member of each team needed to beat three rounds of this Russian game which bears similar attributes to American bowling. When they knocked their blocks off the starting platform three times they would be able to claim their next clue and head to the next Pit Stop, the Naryshkin Bastion in the fortress. Nat, Brook, Michael, Nick, Gary, Thomas, and Stephanie completed this Road Block task.
Nat and Kat. In Leg 5, teams drove to Narvik, Norway (from the Swedish border) and completed the Road Block at Skjomen Bridge. Here, one member of each team needed to perform a rappel off the side of a bridge (130ft. down) to receive their next clue from a boat, then ascend to the top to continue on. Kevin, Gary, Claire, Thomas, Vicki, Chad, and Katie completed this task before heading on to the Detour. Neither Nat nor Kat completed the Road Block as they had claimed the race's only Fast Forward clue and got to skip all tasks in the leg.
Claire. In Leg 4, teams flew from the heat of Ghana to the cold of Sweden's Lapland region, specifically the city of Kiruna. Here, teams found their way to Fjellborg's Lodge in Poikkijärvi where one member of each team needed to harness dogs into sled gear and ride them along a course on a summer practice sled. En route to their destination, the participants needed to collect flags hanging from ropes along the route. If they collected all five they would be able to receive a bundle of furs to return to the starting point, otherwise they'd take a penalty lap around a small nearby track to make up for each one not collected. Michael, Mallory, Claire, Kat, Katie, Connor, Stephanie, Nick, and Jill completed this task.
Ghana. In Leg 2, teams flew to the city of Accra, Ghana, where they eventually needed to locate Makola Market. Here, one member of each team needed to perform a Road Block in which they had to use a board of sunglasses to sell enough to make fifteen cedis (selling each pair for no less than three cedis each). Once they handed in the money earned for their sunglasses, they would be able to continue on in their taxis to the Teshie region of Accra. Nick, Brook, Jill, Chad, Rachel, Michael, Kat, Connor, Jenna, and Mallory all drove the hard sell.
Watermelon. Arriving at Eastnor Castle in England in Leg 1, teams needed to choose one member with good aim to fire watermelons using a large sling device known as a ballista. When team members hit a suit of armour in a nearby field they would be able to receive the clue directing them to the Pit Stop on the Eastnor Castle grounds. Thomas, Claire, Nat, Rachel, Connor, Chad, Gary, Kevin, Jenna, Nick, and Ron all got ready, aimed, and fired. In a rather interesting moment, Claire ended up feeling the brunt of one watermelon which flew back and hit her in the face mid-task. This clip became viral on the internet months before the show aired.
Connor and Jonathan. After the Detour task, teams were told to make their way to a rather interesting Pit Stop resting directly on the border between Sweden and Norway in the town of Riksgränsen. Once there, it was Nat and Kat who claimed the first place spot and won themselves a trip for two to Belize. Surprisingly, it was Connor and Jonathan who came in last place on this leg. Having placed first in Leg 3, the duo arrived with the later group coming into Sweden and fell behind during the Detour tasks, unable to catch up.
Michael and Kevin. After the Road Block, teams continued on to the town of Riksgränsen on the Swedish/Norwegian border where they found their Detour clue waiting at the Vassijaure Train Station. The first of these choices was the 'Sleds' task in which racers took a chairlift to the top of the nearby mountain and were required to slide down to the bottom on a device called a TechSled. If the members could make it to the bottom in one minute, fifty-eight seconds, they'd get their next clue. Nat and Kat, Gary and Mallory, Brook and Claire, and Nick and Vicki all did this task.
|How long did it take the participating team to complete the Speed Bump task in Leg 4 (in Sweden)?||"The Amazing Race" 17.2
Ten minutes. In Leg 3, teams departed from their Pit Stop in rural Ghana and were told to fly a long, long way away to the city of Kiruna in Northern Sweden (across the Arctic Circle). Although they were given tickets on flights out of Ghana (due to their frequency) teams were not obliged to use them. As a result, many people took different flights, mixing up the standings almost immediately.
Finding the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, Michael and Kevin completed their Speed Bump task in which they had to spend ten minutes sitting on ice chairs before they could resume the race.
Connor and Jonathan. After the Detour, teams were told to head on foot to their next Pit Stop, the home of local resident Awusa Ntso, where they would find Phil and the mat down a marked path near a bullpen. Here, Connor and Jonathan checked in first and won themselves $5,000 each (as well as a rather early departure time). After a heated leg, Kevin and Michael lost their footing during the Detour when Michael needed medical attention due to over-exhaustion and the sun. When they arrived at the Pit Stop they discovered that they had arrived on a non-elimination leg and that they would remain in the race (though they needed to complete a Speed Bump in the following leg). During their mandatory rest period, teams were able to contribute to the local school system and help in the building effort if they so chose.
Connor and Jonathan. In this particular Detour, the teams needed to join the Ghanaian schoolkids in two particular activities. In 'Language Arts', completed by Connor and Jonathan, teams were told to use a message and a nearby decoder to determine eight Adinkra symbols and circle them on a giant wall-sized word-search to receive their next clue. Since most teams couldn't find the wall-sized decoder, everyone else chose 'Bicycle Parts' in which they needed to use a stick to roll a bicycle wheel rim down a marked field and back to receive their clue. Both members needed to do the back-and-forth. The other eight teams settled for this one.