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Amazing Race 18
|Which team was eliminated from the race in Australia in Leg 2 (being the first to be eliminated)?||"The Amazing Race" 18.1
Amanda and Kris. After the kangaroo/element task, teams were told to hop into their vehicles and drive to the next Pit Stop, the Junction Mine in Broken Hill, wearing their kangaroo outfits (without the shoes). Here, Zev and Justin took the lead and won themselves a trip for two to Cancun courtesy of Travelocity. Teams would also have their mandatory rest period, the first in a few days. In the end it was Amanda and Kris who found themselves arriving in eleventh and last place. After the U-Turn they nearly caught up but they ended up eliminated.
|While dressed up as kangaroos, teams needed to locate an intersection with streets named after mercury and what other chemical element?||"The Amazing Race" 18.1
Bismuth. Arriving at the Central Football Stadium in Broken Hill, teams received a clue containing the periodic table and two coloured elements (Mercury and Bismuth). They then needed to determine that many of Broken Hill's streets are named after elements, but only two intersect- the two highlighted for them. Teams needed to locate their cluebox at this location while dressed up in kangaroo outfits complete with bouncing shoes before they could continue. The periodic tables, of course, only listed the chemical symbols and not their names.
Amanda and Kris. Because they were the last team to find the proper paper airplane at the race's starting line, Amanda and Kris received the automatic U-Turn and were told to complete the other Detour task in Leg 2, 'Natural World'. For this task, they needed to create a traditional painting using stencils and natural paint that they spit from their mouths. Although none of the teams initially chose this task, Amanda and Kris were forced to complete it to carry on with the race (though they claimed that it was quicker than the first one).
After the Detour, teams traveled into Broken Hill to find the 'Home of the Magpies', the Central Football Club.
'Spirit World'. Landing in Broken Hill, teams found a clue waiting on their vehicles sending them to the Painted Desert just outside the city. Here, teams located the Detour tasks, 'Spirit World' and 'Natural World'. 'Spirit World' was completed by all eleven teams almost simultaneously. For this task, both members needed to use natural materials to make a ground mosaic in a formation given in an example. Once they finished the mosaic, they would need to dance on it to receive their next clue. Many teams had trouble figuring out the dancing part, but they all carried on anyways. No one initially chose the 'Natural World' task.
Broken Hill. Continuing from the first Pit Stop of the race, teams were told to search through Sydney for 'To Sail To Stop', a sculpture standing outside Sydney Town Hall (although teams did not know this last bit of info). Here, they were required to sign up for one of two flights departing the next morning for Broken Hill, Australia in the Australian Outback. Finding this statue proved difficult for many teams who resorted to searching for internet access rather than asking cabbies and locals. Jet and Cord, who arrived at the Pit Stop in last, searched on until the middle of the night. The next morning, teams flew out arriving a half hour apart from one another.
Gary and Mallory. After taking a ride on a 16ft skiff to receive a clue from a buoy in the nearby bay, teams ended up racing on foot to the next Pit Stop at Shelly Beach in Manly. Gary and Mallory ended up being the first to land on the mat after leading through most of the leg (upon landing in Sydney, of course) and they were able to claim the powerful Express Pass mechanic. Phil had more news, though; they were still racing. Leg 2 began right then and there with a clue telling them that they would be heading to the outback. As teams continued to arrive and immediately depart, it was Jet and Cord who were last to arrive (having missed a ferry and taken too long to figure out the Road Block). They were spared from elimination, though.
|At the starting line, teams needed to locate a paper airplane bearing the name of what major Australian airline?||"The Amazing Race" 18.1
QANTAS. When teams were told "go", they needed to search the nearby fields for one of twelve paper airplanes (amongst thousands) all bearing the names of different international airlines. If teams could locate one bearing the name 'Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services' (abbreviated to the Australian airline, QANTAS) and return it to Phil, he would hand them tickets for their flight to Sydney, Australia and their first clue. The first eight teams would take an earlier flight while the last three teams would arrive an hour and a half later (and the last team would be U-Turned). In a turn of fate, the leading plane ended up landing in Hawaii due to a medical emergency and they were delayed nearly two hours.
California. In the beginning of "The Amazing Race 18", the eleven teams made their way to the starting line at the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in Palm Springs, California, one of the U.S.'s windiest places. Here, teams were informed that (like in "The Amazing Race 17") the first team to check in at the first Pit Stop would receive the ever-helpful Express Pass which would allow them to skip one task of their choice at any point in the race. In addition, however, the last team to finish the first task upon departing from the starting line would be penalized with an automatic U-Turn to be held during the first Detour. They say second chances don't come for free.
|In this season of the race, eleven teams from previous seasons returned for a second chance at the million dollars. Which season did not have a team representing it?||"The Amazing Race" 18.1
Season 13. Because the previous 'All-Stars' season was season 11 (during which Eric and Danielle won) "The Amazing Race 18 (Unfinished Business)" only featured teams of two from season 12 onwards. The only season not to have any teams return was season 13 (one of the shorter seasons, and one of the ones with the most dominating teams). There were, however, five teams from "The Amazing Race 14" on the roster. All eleven teams participating were eliminated from their races under unique circumstances; some lost to bad cab rides, some lost their passports, and some simply missed the million in the last moments. Regardless, they all came back to try again.
Margie and Luke. In the end of Leg 4, teams were told to make their way on foot through the streets of Lijiang to the fourth Pit Stop of the race, the Eternal Tower. Here, Phil greeted Margie and Luke first informing them that they had won themselves a trip for two to Aruba (courtesy of Travelocity, as usual) for their victory. Unfortunately though, they were still racing. This leg was not over quite yet. All of the racers checked in soon after and Kent and Vyxsin never made up the time lost by their poor flight. For taking the non-mandatory plane, they were told that they would be penalized thirty minutes upon check-in at the next Pit Stop.
Candy. Arriving in Old Town Lijiang, teams needed to find a zodiac prayer wheel, write a wish on a piece of paper and insert it into the sign corresponding to their year of birth to receive their Detour clue. This was a choice between 'Hammer' and 'Horn'. In 'Hammer', teams needed to locate a candy shop in the narrow streets of Lijiang and take turn using large mallets to pound the candy to the proper consistency. When done to the approval of a confectioner and cut into pieces, teams would receive their next clue. In 'Horn', teams needed to carry a ceremonial horn and lead dancers through the city to Wencheng Palace to get their next clue. Only Flight Time and Big Easy chose the latter task while everyone else completed 'Hammer'.
|All teams but one made their way from Kunming to Lijiang, China (in Leg 4) via which mode of transportation?||"The Amazing Race" 18.2
Train. Arriving in Kunming, teams needed to make their way to Jade Dragon Mountain in Lijiang, China but to do so they either needed to fly there in the morning or take one of two late trains. Ron and Christina quickly secured a lead on the other teams by taking the earliest train while seven other teams took the second and Kent and Vyxsin took the flight. The eight leading teams reconvened on a bus ride to the mountain while Kent and Vyxsin narrowed the gap. At the mountain, teams found a clue box and one member was told to ride a yak across the Baishui River to collect their next clue.
Kent and Vyxsin. Departing from the third Pit Stop of the race in Yokosuka, Japan, teams were told that their next clue would be waiting for them nearly six thousand miles away in the city of Lijiang, China at the base of Jade Dragon Mountain. To get there, teams would need to take a mandatory flight from Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan, then arrange for a connection in Kunming. Although all nine remaining teams had ample time to make it from the Pit Stop to the airport in Tokyo, Kent and Vyxsin got helplessly lost on the Japanese roads and highway and ended up traveling in the other direction. They were forced to take an alternate flight, missing their mandatory ride and putting themselves hours behind the other teams.
Mel and Mike. After the Detour, teams were told to make their way to the third Pit Stop of the race, the Commodore Perry Monument in Yokosuka, Japan. Zev and Justin were the first team to make it to the Pit Stop for a second consecutive win. They ended up claiming a trip for two to Costa Rica (courtesy of Travelocity) for their prize. Although Jaime and Cara trailed throughout the leg because of an earlier altercation involving their car (hitting another car) it was Mel and Mike who were unable to complete the Detour due to the intense cold and fatigue. They showed up at the Pit Stop to become the second team eliminated.
|The 'Prayer of Purity' Detour task in Leg 3 was only completed by two teams: Flight Time and Big Easy and which other duo?||"The Amazing Race" 18.2
Ron and Christina. Heading out from the Road Block, teams needed to drive themselves to Daiyūzan Station in Minamiashigara where their next clue would be waiting at the foot of a statue of Kintaro. This was the Detour for this leg of the race. In this task, two teams selected the 'Prayer of Purity' option in which they had to drive toward the base of Mt. Fuji, Japan's tallest mountain, to locate a Shinto ritual being held in the woods. After performing two customs, teams needed to stand under a freezing, cold waterfall fed by the melting snows atop Mount Fuji for one minute before they could receive their clue. Only Flight Time and Big Easy and Ron and Christina did this one.
Kent. After retrieving their cars, teams were instructed to drive out of Tokyo to the city of Kamakura where they would be able to locate their next clue box outside the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū Shrine, specifically at the doors of the Yabusame Dojo. Here, teams found the Road Block task and one member of each pair was required to dress in traditional garb before being taught meditative stances. When they perfected these to the approval of a sensei, they would need to shoot an arrow atop a spinning mount through a piece of wood to receive their next clue. Team members stepping up for this task included Ron, Gary, Flight Time, Jen, Justin, Kent, Mike, Luke, Cord, and Jaime.
Japan. Before beginning Leg 3, teams headed out from their second Pit Stop in Broken Hill, Australia and took a train ride through the Australian Outback back to Sydney. They opened their clues at the train station and were told to fly themselves over five thousand miles to the city of Tokyo, Japan. Teams split onto two different flights, one of which ended up being delayed en route. When they arrived they had to make their way to a Shibuya parking garage where they would be able to receive their next clue and a car needed to get around Japan. Once they received their car from the rotating device used to hold them, they could drive off.
'Hindu Art'. Following the clue in their Snapple lids, teams located the Detour at the Tiwari Tea Stall in Thakur Bari, part of Northern Kolkata. This Detour was a choice between 'Hindu Art' and 'Bengali Literature'. In 'Bengali Art', teams traveled to a nearby statue shop where they needed to paint and decorate their statues according to a model set up for them. Once they did this to the specifications they received their next clue. Jen and Kisha, Kent and Vyxsin, Ron and Christina, Flight Time and Big Easy, and Margie and Luke finished this one. In 'Bengali Literature', teams collected several bundles of textbooks and delivered them in school bus rickshaws to a local school before receiving their next clue. Gary and Mallory, Zev and Justin, and Jet and Cord did this one.
Kolkata. Finally able to leave China, teams were told to purchase tickets to the city of Kolkata, India, one of the many densely-populated locations in the country. Once there, teams needed to reach Kolkata Town Hall by taxi in order to reach their next clue box. Because teams arrived in the middle of the night, they arrived quite late and had to wait as a group until morning to reach the box. It turned out to be the Road Block.
Tea. Leaving the fifth Pit Stop in Kunming, China (at Green Lake Park), teams were told to take a taxi to Jin Fu Yi Zhan Tea Shop where they would need to partake in a quick tea tasting involving a new mango-papaya flavour. Once both members downed their tea and received a brick of the very same flavour, they would receive their next clue sending them to the airport (to finally leave China after a couple legs).
Jaime and Cara. Jet and Cord ended up breezing through the Road Block and took a taxi to a first place victory in this leg, showing up on the mat at Green Lake Park. They won $5,000 each for their victory. Gary and Mallory, who used the Express Pass and departed from the Road Block before them, ended up placing second while Kynt and Vyxsin, who had their penalty, ended up hitting the mat in fifth. In the end of the episode it was Jaime and Cara who, while they made up the time after their U-Turn, were unable to overcome the Road Block task and fell back to the bottom of the pack. They became the third eliminated team.
Solar water heating systems. Arriving at the flower market, teams found their Detour task for this leg of the race including the 'Honor the Past' and 'Embrace the Future' options. In 'Honor the Past', teams needed to go to a cultural center to watch a performance by locals dressed in traditional garb. Without taking notes, teams needed to place dolls matching the outfits in the order that each one appeared on stage. Once teams completely placed the fifteen dolls they collected their clues. Zev and Justin, Ron and Christina, Jen and Kisha, and Gary and Mallory finished this one. In 'Embrace the Future', teams needed to go to an office building, carry solar water heating devices to the roof, and construct them to receive their next clue. Margie and Luke, Jet and Cord, Kynt and Vyxsin, Jaime and Cara, and Flight Time and Big Easy finished this one.
Yes. Teams arrived at the Pit Stop at the end of Leg 4 in front of Lijiang, China's Eternal Tower and were instructed to keep racing; Leg 5 began right then and there. To start this leg, teams were told to make their way to the train station to board a train taking them back to the city of Kunming. As a result of this transportation, all nine remaining teams were on even ground beginning the fifth leg of the race including Kynt and Vyxsin, both of whom had a thirty minute penalty to contend with because of their rule infringement early in the preceding leg. Teams needed to make their way to the Dounan Flower Market in Kunming to find a clue box.
Caipirinha. On Copacabana Beach in Leg 11, teams needed to choose either 'On the Rocks' or 'On the Beach'. All four teams completed the former task in which they needed to properly make one hundred caipirinhas, the beach's most popular drink (consisting of lime, sugar, and rum. When they had all one hundred properly made, they would receive their clue. In 'On the Beach', teams needed to sell sixty reals-worth of bikinis and have their customers model the outfit, changing inside a portable changing room. After this task, the final Detour of the race, teams headed to the next Pit Stop, the Contemporary Art Museum.
Search. In Switzerland, teams flew by helicopter to their next task on the Matterhorn near Zermatt. Here, they either selected 'Search' or 'Rescue'. In 'Search', teams used avalanche beacons to locate mannequins in the snow. Using shovels, they needed to dig up their body and bring it to the surface to receive their next clue. In 'Rescue', teams used a rope and pulley system to descend into an ice crevice and rescue a stranded mountaineer. When the mountaineer had surfaced teams would receive their clue. Zev and Justin and Gary and Mallory completed 'Search' while Kent and Vyxsin, Kisha and Jen, and Flight Time and Big Easy finished 'Rescue'.
|In Leg 9 (in Switzerland), Jet and Cord faced a Double U-Turn and were forced to complete both Detour tasks. Who used the device?||Detours of "The Amazing Race 18"
Flight Time and Big Easy. In Zermatt, Switzerland, teams chose either 'Cheese' or 'Wheeze'. In the former task, teams needed to find a local restaurant and indulge in a large pot of cheese fondue. Once they finished the steaming pot of decadent cheese, they would receive their next clue on the bottom of an empty fondue pot. Only Zev and Justin could finish this. In 'Wheeze', teams needed to locate a pile of luggage at the Zermatt Train Station and deliver twenty pieces to at least five different hotels in the city. Once they received receipts for each one and returned them to the start, they would receive their next clue. After the Detour, teams found a Double U-Turn waiting. Only Flight Time and Big Easy used this one forcing Jet and Cord to complete the 'Cheese' Detour (which they avoided earlier) and causing their subsequent elimination.
No. While Zev and Justin, Kisha and Jen, and Gary and Mallory all opted to complete 'Quick, Easy Meal' at the Wiener Riesenrad in Vienna, Austria, none of them were able to complete their large Austrian meals in the twelve minute time limit. Instead, all six remaining teams finished 'Long, Hard Walk' in which they needed to find Sigmund Freud's house and carry a psychiatrist's couch one mile through the streets of Vienna to the University to receive their next clue. After this, teams drove several hundred miles to the city of Salzburg, Austria for a Road Block task.
Seven. In Varanasi, only seven teams remained. For the Detour task, teams needed to choose wither 'Feed the Fire' or 'Feed the Buffalo'. In 'Feed the Fire', teams needed to locate a specific house and use manure to create fifty fuel patties as per locals' specifications. Then, they needed to light one and use it to boil a pot of milk. Kent and Vyxsin, Gary and Mallory, and Kisha and Jen completed this task. In 'Feed the Buffalo', the other four teams crossed the Ganges to collect bales of hay and then transport them through the narrow alleys of Varanasi to different addresses.
Two. In Kunming, China, teams chose either 'Honor the Past' or 'Embrace the Future' for their Detour. In the former, teams watched a local play and needed to memorize the appearances of fifteen different people onstage. Then, in another room (without recording their answers) they needed to correctly place dolls representing the figures in the correct order to get their clue. Zev and Justin, Ron and Christina, Jen and Kisha, and Gary and Mallory finished this. In 'Embrace the Future', teams needed to go to a local building to transport and construct solar water heaters on the roof to get their clue. The remaining teams did this. After the Detour, teams found the race's first Double U-Turn at the Yunnan Province Cultural Center. Kent and Vyxsin used it to U-Turn Jaime and Cara forcing Jaime and Cara to use theirs on Flight Time and Big Easy. Both teams returned to complete the 'Honor the Past' Detour option.
'Frog of Luck'. In Japan, teams completed one of two tasks in the Mt. Fuji area. In 'Prayer of Purity' (completed by Flight Time and Big Easy and Ron and Christina), teams needed to go to a forested area and perform two rituals before standing under a freezing cold waterfall from the glaciers of Mt. Fuji for a minute to receive their clue. The other teams chose 'Frog of Luck' in which they had to search a muddy pit for a plastic frog hidden inside (while locals pelted them with mud). During the latter task, Mel and Mike had to wait with paramedics for their temperatures to return to normal allowing last place team Jaime and Cara to catch up and overtake them.
Amanda and Kris. In Broken Hill, Australia, teams found their Detour task waiting in the Australian Outback's Living Desert. Here, they chose either 'Spirit World', in which they needed to craft a stone mosaic using an example for reference then dance upon it to receive their next clue, or they needed to complete 'Natural World' in which they had to create a painting using water and clay which they spit from their mouths. Every one of the eleven teams completed 'Spirit World'. For being the last team to find a paper airplane in the first leg of the race, Amanda and Kris were also forced to complete the other side of the Detour task. They were eventually eliminated in this leg, unable to overcome their penalty.