Recaps and commentary on Jeopardy! episodes, from two devoted fans. Jeanie was on Jeopardy! March 28, 2012!
Recaps and commentary on Jeopardy! episodes, from two devoted fans. Jeanie was on Jeopardy! March 28, 2012!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Here are my scores from Tuesday and Wednesday:
Jesse Cuevas 24000 Laura Spadanuta 0 Pam Jones-Pigott -2400 me 23602
I loved the Final Jeopardy clue that day. The category was Sports Venues, and this was the clue: "In 2000, the Centre Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia was renamed for him."* Frankly, I was a little surprised that anyone got this right. It reminded me of the episode where the correct response in the final was "Roland Garros" (the venue for the French Open). None of the contestants got that one right. On Tuesday's episode, Jesse got the final right, and Laura was on the right track, guessing an athlete from the correct sport. She looked anguished as her response was revealed.
I could have won that day if I'd wagered enough. (That sounds so silly once I read it again!) What I mean is, I wagered enough to win if Jesse wagered just enough to win, but he wagered a little more.
Sarah Whitaker 9001 Bert Rubini 26390 Jesse Cuevas 27600 me 26402
The same thing happened today - Jesse wagered more than was necessary to win by a dollar.
These are today's contestants:
At the end of today's Jeopardy round, Jesse had 7400, Barbara had 4200, George had 5000, and I had 13200 after an amazing round for me. Jesse had doubled his score with the Daily Double at one point in the round, tying him with George at 4400. The category was Proper Names. This was the clue: "You might remember that this herb with needle-shaped leaves is a traditional seasoning for lamb."* I got that one, too.
George found the first Daily Double of the Double Jeopardy round, in U.S. Islands. He had 7000 while Jesse had 11400, Barbara had 7400, and I had 21200. George wagered 2500 on this clue: "This 12-mile-by-5-mile South Carolina resort has 24 golf courses."* George smiled as he read the clue, and he got this one right.
Barbara found the next Daily Double in Unfinished Novels. She had 9800, while Jesse had 12200, George had 14300, and I had 22400. Barbara wagered 3000 on this clue: "Reminiscent of another of his novels, his 'The Original of Laura' features a lecher named Hubert H. Hubert."* She couldn't remember it.
Like in the Jeopardy round, there were three clues remaining in the Double Jeopardy round. At the end of it, Jesse had 14200, Barbara had 7000, George had 14300, and I had 21200. As you can see, only 100 separated Jesse and George.
The final category was Word Origins. This was the clue: "This 4-letter term for a religious group that holds distinctive beliefs comes from the Latin for 'follow.'"* I answered this clue before Mr. Trebek was done reading it, but changed my answer at the last second when I reread the words "distinctive beliefs." I was WRONG to change my response! Jesse and Barbara got it right, while George answered what I did. Jesse wagered a bizarre (and a little annoying) 181. I mean, why? I've griped about this before. It just looks to me like you are not taking this seriously with a wager like that! Strangly, though, I wound up beating Jesse then by 17 dollars: I wagered enough to beat everyone if I answered correctly, but I didn't. George lost a whopping 12300, so Jesse squeaked by with another win. That's okay with me; Overall, I like him. What's up with these young lawyers doing well on Jeopardy! these days?
*Rod Laver, rosemary, Hilton Head Island, Nabokov, sect
Monday, October 25, 2010
(from left to right; Ari Stern, Reggie LaFond, Pam Jones-Pigott)
Reggie found the Daily Double in the Jeopardy round, with one clue to go before the first break. The category was Best Spoken Word Grammy. This was the clue: "'The Words of Gandhi,' (1984)."* He got it right! At the first break, Reggie had 2200, Ari had 1800, and Pam had 1200.
Now, you guys know how I feel about triple-stumpers. Today, I'm including triple-stumpers that not only I got, but ones my mom and dad got, too. Here are two from the Jeopardy round. My dad got this one, also in Best Spoken Word Grammy: "'Gracie: A Love Story,' (1990)."* My mom got this one, in The Executor Branch: "As sheriff of Erie County, New York, Grover Cleveland personally hanged 2 criminals, earning him the nickname 'Hangman of' here."*
At the end of the Jeopardy round, Ari (who said his father appeared on the show in 1985!) had 4000, Reggie had 5200, and Pam had 3200.
Here are some triple-stumpers from the Double Jeopardy round. My mom got this one in Synonyms: "This synonym for 'rich' consists of an adverb, a preposition, and a verb."* I got this one (finally!) in Literary Obituary: "19th century pickpocket gang leader, described as 'a receiver of stolen goods,' by execution."*
Pam found the first Daily Double of the Double Jeopardy round, also in Literary Obituary. This was the clue: "Long Island society mourns his loss, murdered in West Egg, by George Wilson."* She got it right. Reggie then nearly swept Pro Athletes by Number Worn, with only a few clues left on the board. The only clue I knew in that category was this one: "Moses Malone, Derek Jeter."* Then Pam found the next Daily Double in Lawyers. She led, and wagered 2000. This was the clue: "John Adams was a defense attorney for patriots like John Hancock and for British troops accused in this 1770 skirmish."* She got it right!
There's one more triple-stumper in the same category that I want to share, because this subject of the clue is a Nebraska native! I learned about him in fourth grade. This is the clue: "This prosecutor in the Scopes monkey trial fell ill and died shortly after that trial ended."*
At the end of the Double Jeopardy round, Ari had 5600, Reggie had 8400, and Pam had 12800. Reggie prevented an unpleasant situation (not quite a runaway) at the last second by answering the last clue, worth 2000, correctly. Otherwise he would've had exactly half of Pam's total going into the final.
The final category was Famous Americans. This was the clue: "In 1886, he published his first book, 'The Trumpet and Drum,' an instructional handbook with 8 compositions."* My mom got this right at the end of the thirty seconds, and my dad seemed like he knew it, too. All three contestants got it right! Ari wagered 4000 and Reggie wagered 5000. Pam wagered 4000, which would've put her tied with Reggie if he had wagered everything. As it is, she is your new champion!
*Ben Kingsley, George Burns, Buffalo, well-to-do, Fagin, The Great Gatsby, 2, the Boston Massacre, William Jennings Bryan
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Sheryl Silverstein 12400 Chris d'Orso 6000 Dave Belote 21200 Me 17400
Now, I want to gripe again about the Coryat method's shortcomings, specifically that Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy have no bearing on one's final score. First, I knew the answer to this Daily Double in Art and Artists and I wished I could wagered on it: "This 'Joy of Life' Fauvist studied law, but turned to painting when recuperating from an operation (Good choice!)."* Then, I thought going into the final that I should have a chance at winning. (Dave had a lock on the game at least against his opponents on the show.) This time it didn't matter because I did not know the answer to this Final Jeopardy clue in The 13th Century: "In 1298 this explorer created his 'Description of the World.'"* I am also consoled somewhat because I can still compare myself to the other players via j-archive; they include the Coryat score of each player. In this case, I still lost to Dave. *shrug*
Posted by Jeanie Kenkel at 5:53 PM
Friday, October 22, 2010
(Does anyone else thing Kathleen could double for Catherine Keener?
The resemblance was especially pronounced today.)
You know I can't resist telling every triple-stumper that I got right! It doesn't get old! So here are today's, all in the Jeopardy round (and I want to know if you knew them).
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I was not expecting to have the chance to blog tonight when I watched today's Jeopardy!, but now I can! So I'll take it!
Here are my scores for Tuesday through today:
Stephanie Bethel 8300 Jon Golbe 6800 Matt deTura 23000 me 18600
Going into the final that day, Matt had 18000 (a runaway) and I had the 18600 that I finished with. I didn't know whether Matt would wager anything since he didn't have to, so I didn't wager anything, and I wound up losing. Like all the contestants, I did know the answer to this super-easy final, though, in Holiday History: "Cuba removed Christmas from its list of national holidays in 1969 & restored it in 1997 in anticipation of a visit by this man." Actually I am three for four on finals this week, only missing that toughie about currency on Monday.
Tommy Jordan 200 Megan Griffiths (from Omaha!) 8800 Matt deTura 16401 me 16800
The highlight of this episode (for me) was Matt saying that he was a bachelor and that he was going to utilize his status as a Jeopardy! champion in a pick-up line. That's my cue to say: I am single, too, I too am a "sports nut" (as his Twitter profile says, although I would stop just short of saying I am a "TV addict"), and I love Jeopardy! and its champions!
This episode featured a super-easy final, too, in Country Demographics: "Because of a policy adopted in 1979, this country's young people are collectively referred to as 'little emperors.'"*
Kathleen Mikulis 25201 Mike Wilson 0 Matt deTura 12399 me 8200
Today my favorite part was getting this Daily Double right on my best guess, while Matt missed it. The category was Just the "Facts on File," Please, and this was the clue: "April 27, 2010: After 2 decades in U.S. prisons, this Central American ex-leader arrives in France to face charges."* At the time, Matt had more than twice his nearest opponent and there was just one clue left in the Jeopardy round, so unfortunately missing it hurt him quite a bit.
By the way, what's up with Mike not knowing who Chuck Forrest is, never mind that they are from the same town?! He must not be a follower of the show.
I had 8000-some going into the final, while Kathleen and Matt were neck-and-neck with 12800 and 12600, respectively. The category was Art and Artists. I wagered nothing. I perceived that as a weak category for me, while even if I got it right I was unlikely to win. This was the clue: "They are the 2 artists associated with the 1888 work seen here; one is the artist and the other is the subject."*
Matt and Mike missed it while Kathleen got it right. She wagered enough to win if Matt got it right and wagered everything, so even though I got it right (kind of a wild guess), I could not have won even if I'd wagered everything. I hate to see Matt go. I really liked him and I think he's got the chops to have at least been a contender in the Tournament of Champions. How far do you think Kathleen go?
*Pope John Paul II, China, Manuel Noriega, van Gogh and Gauguin
Monday, October 18, 2010
It feels good to be blogging again. I didn't even go anywhere; I had just been working kind of a lot!
Here are my scores from last week:
Terry Andrews 800 Sara Wilkinson 25000 Suzanne Rorick 14000 Me 28798
Anjali Challiah Sawe 14799 Theo McLauchlin 4200 Sara Wilkinson 20001 Me 23000
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Today's contestants were 2-time champ Mike Hodel, Dylan Payne, and Carol Denny. Dylan said during his interview that he had been married ten days to a former contestant named "Meredith," who I've determined from the Jeopardy! message boards is Meredith Robbins. Her episodes aired almost exactly two years ago.
I recorded today's episode on a VCR at my parents'. After the commercial break, I accidentally fast-forwarded through some of the category names. My dad likes to give a thumbs-up or -down to each category (and I like it when he does that). I rewound so he could do that and I said something about it out loud, but my dad had picked up the newspaper while I fast-forwarded, and he was completely oblivious to the categories and to what I had said. :-) Oh well.
At the end of the Jeopardy round, Mike had 3400, Dylan had 6400, and Carol had 5000. Did you guys know this triple-stumper in The Hound of Music?: "Title question posed by Patti Page in a 1953 smash."* My mom and I answered it, and my dad knew it too. My dad said that it was his favorite song when he was a kid, and my mom said it was hers, too! I guess I just guessed on it not knowing it was a real song. I guess I thought it was just an old song that everyone knows, like "The Farmer in the Dell."
When Mike found the first Daily Double in Libraries, he had 7400, Dylan had 9600, and Carol had 13400. Mike wagered everything (!) on this clue: "Raffaele Farina, known as Bibliothecarius XLVI, is its head librarian."* Mike got it right and so did I.
The other Daily Double was the last clue of the round. My dad had just gotten done asking if there wasn't another Daily Double left on the board. Carol found it, in Jersey Girls. She had 14600, Mike had 20000, and Dylan had 12000. She wagered 4000 on this clue: "Governor of New Jersey from 1994 to 2001, she appointed the state's first female attorney general."* She got it right. I knew it and one of my parents did, too.
The Final Jeopardy category was Prisons. Here is the clue: "Nazi Rudolf Hess in 1941 and the notorious Kray twins in 1952 were among the last people briefly held here."* I guessed Dachau, which I was glad to learn was the guess of at least one other person (someone on the Jeopardy! message boards), even though he said he was kind of embarrassed about the guess. The answer stumped the three contestants and the three of us watching, too. Dylan wagered everything (which I'd have done, too). Carol lost 5401. Mike lost a whopping 17300, making Carol the winner today. Do you guys think she is strong enough to win more than one game?
*"How Much is That Doggie in the Window," the Vatican, Christine Whitman, the Tower of London
Sunday, October 10, 2010
As promised (or at least mentioned), I've watched Saturday's rerun, this time with my dad, mom, and sister "Peaches." I have some sort of good news (maybe just for me) about the Saturday reruns. I can't watch them where I live because I don't get any channel that airs them. So the good news is that I think I've discovered a way to record them by setting a timer on a VCR at my parents' without them having to lift a finger. We'll see if it works. Right now Dave Belote is in the middle of his six-game run, and the likes of Stephen Weingarten and Ryan Chaffee will come up eventually. I don't want to miss those episodes!
Yesterday's other two contestants were Emily Brown and Todd Ryan. Dave had just won his first game. Todd found the Daily Double in the Jeopardy round, in Also a U.S. State. He had 4000, while Dave had 1800 and Emily had 2600. Todd wagered it all on this clue: "2-word beseeching request for Ms. Fanning to continue in the direction of Antarctica."* He got it right! I thought this next clue was going to be a triple-stumper in the same category before Dave got it in the nick of time: "First name of Ms. Engel of 'Mary Tyler Moore' fame."*
Peaches impressed me when she answered this one at the bottom of Jailhouse Rock in the Jeopardy round: "This 'chateau' on a tiny rock in the Mediterranean was a prison in real life, not just in The Count of Monte Cristo."* Later she told me that she actually doesn't say when she knows the answer to clues, because she lets me answer them! So I told her again that I really wanted her to keep track of her Coryat scores. This time, she said she would. I think this is a good time to hold a contest similar to the one two weeks ago, where I asked you to post your Coryat scores. Serendipitously, a prize (if you deem it prize-worthy) has presented itself: My aunt no longer has a need for two Trivial Pursuit games that I already own (the original and Baby Boomers editions). Would you guys participate in a contest if those were the prizes? They are in good shape, of course. Let me know via a comment here!
Speaking of Trivial Pursuit, Peaches and I were playing the Millennium edition of Trivial Pursuit today when she read me the following question in the Arts and Entertainment category, after saying to our mom, who was passing, "Don't tell her the answer, Mom.": "What actor portrayed Ben Hogan in Follow the Sun?"* Now, I knew this one cold without my mom's help because I have read Ben Hogan's biography. So I went crazy with a victory dance. After I sat back down and answered the question, Peaches told me she hopes I react that way on Jeopardy! some day, because the contestants generally look like they lack enthusiasm (not like on Wheel of Fortune, she said). She thinks there is "too much decorum." I hadn't even argued with her before she added that she wants me to put another poll on this blog! So I'm doing it. She wants to know if the amount of enthusiasm shown by the Jeopardy! contestants is sufficient or insufficient. So please vote and also, if you want, leave a comment about that. For more on this, check out this entry where I got nailed by a guy (who I suspect is a former contestant) because I thought a champion looked apathetic after his wins.
Back to yesterday's episode: At the end of Double Jeopardy, Todd led with 9400, while Dave had 5600 and Emily had 3400. Emily found the first Daily Double in the Double Jeopardy round, in Death in Venice. She had 5000, while Dave had 6400 and Todd still had 9400. Emily got this one right, and so did my dad: "This physicist who noted an effect in sound waves from moving sources died in Venice in 1853 and is buried in its San Michele."*
My dad got this toughie right, too, in Math: "The continuous summing of a change in a function over an interval, it's the inverse process of differentiation."*
Todd drew a laugh when he answered this clue in Letter, Please about the Air Force before Dave, who is a colonel: "Tomcats, Falcons, and Eagles get this alphabetical designation in the Air Force."*
Emily found the second Daily Double of the round, in Opera. She had 11200. Dave had 13200 and Todd had 20600, also their scores at the end of the round. Emily got this one right and added 4000 to her score: "Several operas based on 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' are named for this gypsy girl."*
It was a lucky thing for Peaches that she watched yesterday's game, as there was a category about Des Moines! (She lives there.) Here's a triple-stumper and the last clue of the Double Jeopardy round in the category: "Des Moinesians keep current with this newspaper, founded in a log cabin in 1849."*
The Final Jeopardy category was Shakespeare's Women. This was the clue: "The name of this royal daughter from a tragedy is from a word meaning 'little king.'"* My dad and Peaches were puzzling it out, and my dad actually said the right answer without knowing it. I was like, "That's it!" Emily missed it and lost all of her 15200. Todd, too, missed it, but he hadn't wagered anything. Dave got it right and ended with 20601, beating Todd by one dollar. And he had been trailing the whole game! Look for Dave next Saturday, then.
*South Dakota, Georgia, Chateau d'If, Glenn Ford, Doppler, integration, F, Esmeralda, The Des Moines Register, Regan
Posted by Jeanie Kenkel at 7:34 PM
Friday, October 8, 2010
So said my dad (yes, the Jeopar-daddy!) when he answered this clue right in Ballet, and I missed it (misread it, actually): "In 1877, 'Swan Lake' premiered at the Bolshoi theatre in this city with choreography by Julius Reisinger."*
Today, Mike Hodel returned to hopefully prove his mettle after yesterday's narrow escape with the win. His opponents were Alli Johnson and Brad Rodriguez. I was excited right away about today's categories, which seemed to suit both my mom (Building a Recipe) and my dad (Hello, I'm Johnny Cash). (Incidentally, I have to give them both props for being so patient with me while I paused and rewinded in a surely-annoying manner.) And of course, I like crossword puzzles and thus the category Crossword Clues "C." Why did Mr. Trebek give such a lengthy explanation of the category? It's not like we haven't seen that one before on the show.
And two "why"s regarding this second clue of the game in Shakespeare's Settings: "This happy play is set in Athens and a nearby wood where fairies cast their spells."* Why did Alli screw up the title when she said it correctly in response to the previous clue? And why didn't either of the guys get that question right when she said it wrong? The next clue was the Daily Double of the round, and the scores were not pretty: Mike had 0, Alli had -400, and Brad had -200. Alli wagered 600 on this clue, still in Shakespeare's Settings: "The courtyard of Inverness is the setting for Act I, Scene vii of this masterpiece."* She got it right.
Did you guys know this triple-stumper in Building a Recipe?: "Before baking, I'm brushing olive oil on our puff pastries described by this 10-letter term, as they lack yeast."*
At the end of the round, Mike had 5200, Alli had 7000, and Brad had 3000. Here's a triple-stumper from the Double Jeopardy round, in Ballet: "In the ballet 'Petrouchka,' the ballerina is one of these doll-like toys, as is Petrouchka himself."* And another, in French Cities? that I got in the nick of time (I love triple-stumpers when I answer them correctly!): "Multiple episodes of military service in a war zone, population 137,000."*
At the end of the Double Jeopardy round, Mike had 10800, Alli had 9000, and Brad had 12400. The final category was Bestselling Authors, which prompted my dad to cry something like, "Hey, my new book is out!", meaning in his workplace's bookstore. It's a chemistry textbook that he doesn't mind me telling you is available on both amazon.com and bn.com! He's got a bunch of 'em, actually.
Anyway, the final clue was a toughie: "Since coming on the beat, he's had more N.Y. Times bestsellers than any other author, including over 20 in the last 5 years."* Alli was wrong and lost everything but a dollar. Mike was right (redemption!), and added 7300. Brad was wrong and lost 9201, making Mike your winner for the second time.
Tomorrow, I expect to be able to watch the Saturday evening Jeopardy! with the fam, so watch the show and come back here and see what happens!
*Moscow, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, unleavened, puppet, Tours, James Patterson
Thursday, October 7, 2010
I am blogging on a dead run today: Must blog and get dinner by 6:30 to watch the Husker game live! (ESPN, if you wanted to know.) I wish I have at least touched the book I got at the library called How to Write Fast. I sure need that knowledge right now!
In Books' Other Titles: "Thackeray's 'A Novel Without a Hero.'"*
In A Business is Born: "The first drugstore in this chain began operating out of a Chicago hotel in 1901; in 2009 the 7000th store opened."*
Probably as a result of all those triple-stumpers, I had a lock on the game at the end of Double Jeopardy with 26400. Returning champ Don had 11400, Mike had 2800, and Sarah had 10400. The Final Jeopardy category was Mammals. This clue, too, was a quadruple-stumper, as I missed it, too. I don't like this clue much, actually. I don't think anyone really had a chance. (And I'm not just saying that because I missed it!): "One type of this aquatic animal gives milk that's 65% fat; pups are weaned in 4 days, the least of any mammal."* Did anyone watching know this one? Really?
Now, I'm not sure what Mike had in mind when he wagered 700. Did he accurately predict Don's wager and expect him to get it wrong? In any case, he did the right thing. Sarah wagered ALL of her 10400 (I'd have done that, too). Don wagered 9401, which I also would've done, because it would've given him the win if both he and Sarah got the final clue right. Since they both missed it, though...Mike was left with the most money at 2100. What?! Mike's reaction:
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The scores for Monday this week:
Don Meals Lois Petzold Emily Jusino Me
8199 6000 599 19202
I was proud to guess the right answer to this final in Primetime TV, when everyone else missed it. I'm even prouder to tell you (and I'm quick to add!) I haven't seen this show in its entirety: "Now in Season 23, its producer says it's the only show with 'no script, no actors, no host, and no re-enactments.'"*
James Brown Kristen Schroeder Don Meals Me
100 800 13199 5598
So Don (on the left) was back for a third day today, despite missing the final in his two games. His opponents were Kelly Moore and Peter Landesman.
What stood out for me today (besides the wheelhouse categories) was the number of what I thought were easy triple-stumpers (four!). I couldn't believe no one got this one in The Brady Bunch in Today's Workforce (another category I like): "Ironically, Greg, who once adopted the rock persona Johnny this, now works for the cable network of the same name."* Here are the other three:
In Prince Songs a la Trebek: "In this 1983 hit, 'I was dreamin' when I wrote this, so sue me if I go too fast'; did I say 1983?"* (Sorry to those of you will have that song stuck in your head now!)
In Cursing in the Bible: "In his epistle to the Galatians, he declares that htose who preach a false gospel will be cursed."* I think Mr. Trebek was surprised, too, because he pointed out the key words in the clue after time had run out.
And in You've Got She Mail: "This poet wrote to a friend, 'We are by September and yet my flowers are as bold as June. Amherst has gone to Eden.'"*
Don did not miss the final today in 2010 Science News, while everyone else, myself included, did. (Need I point out that Don is a scientist?) Since he led going into the final with 16200, then, he won today. Kelly had 10600 after the final and Peter had 9800. (I had 30000.) This is the final clue: "The IUPAC named an element for this man born in 1473 to 'highlight the link between astronomy and...nuclear chemistry.'"*
Monday, October 4, 2010
The winner of Steven J. Ferrill's book The Cultural Literacy Trivia Guide is...Peter! (In case you're wondering, I assigned a number to every Coryat score entered, then asked a friend who is clueless about the contest to pick a number.) Thank you to all (okay, both!) who participated! I would like to do this again soon. You guys can still post your scores whenever you want. And Peter, please leave a comment with how I can contact you. You know I moderate comments, so I will not publish personal information!
I want to let you all know that there is another game (for lack of a better word) identical to the Summer Hiatus Challenge on the Jeopardy! message boards starting today. Play along!
Regrettably, I can't blog about today's episode. I can watch it, though, and will be keeping track of my score with my Challenger. See you all later this week.
Posted by Jeanie Kenkel at 4:41 PM
Friday, October 1, 2010
Kara Spak lost her sixth game yesterday, to triathlon coach Mark McDonnell. (He told Mr. Trebek today that he's participated in more than two dozen triathlons!) Mark had a strong Double Jeopardy round that day, while Kara started strong and finished slow. My Coryat score for the day was 12200. Today Mark (left) faced Emily Jusino and Adam Podber: