Joel's now a 6-time champ, and his two challengers today: Daphne Moulton and Richard Block.
J! round categories: ANNUAL EVENTS, PSYCHOLOGY, READINGS FROM 1984, ORG. ABBREV. COMIC BOOKS, "OW"! "OOF"! "ACK"!
Joel went straight into COMIC BOOKS and ran the category for a quick $3,000, but Daphne found the first Daily Double shortly thereafter under ORG. ABBREV. $600. Holding $400 to Richard's $200 and Joel's $3,000, she only bet $400 (though she could have bet $1000), and saw the following: "Fighting for air" (medically): ALA. Her incorrect response reset her score to $0.
Joel took a little bit too long to answer the bottom clue in "OW" "OOF" "ACK": An iron ring for securing the wrist or ankle -- and Richard took the rebound to bring the scores much closer at the first break: Joel $2,800 Richard $2,400 Daphne $600.
I found that the contestants got the easy questions out of the way first (playing along at home I got the first nineteen), but the slow pace of the round was evidenced by the fact that they left 4 clues on the board! After the J! round, your scores had Richard leading with $4,800, Joel $2,800 and Daphne $800.
DJ! round categories: KNIGHT WEAR, 13-LETTER WORDS, RUBBER, CABLE DRAMAS, VIRTUOSI, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
Daphne seemed to go straight into CABLE DRAMAS, which to this Canadian here, means 5 clues about shows I've never seen an episode of! I prefer questions about network shows, personally!
I did pick up the following Triple Stumper in what was a quieter round for me: (RUBBER $800): During WWII the Soviet Union & the U.S. experimented with latex from this lawn weed to produce rubber. $1200 produced more Lach Trash as well: Rubber-soled shoes were first mass-marketed with this now-familiar name by U.S. Rubber around 1916. I'll get Jeanie to put that one in the poll next week!
The first Daily Double of the round came at RUBBER $1600. Joel saw it holding $5,600. Richard had $8,200 and Daphne $2,800. He bet only $1,600 and the clue was as follows: In 1853 this American wrote about his vulcanization discovery in "Gum Elastic and Its Varieties". His correct response brought him to $7,200.
Joel's mispronunciation of the correct response on 13-LETTER WORDS $2000 was harsh, but fair: Meaning "immeasurably small", it comes from a word meaning "immeasurably large". Once again, Richard picked up the rebound...
They left the final Daily Double on the board, which was just fine for Richard, as he had a runaway!
Scores going into FJ!:
FJ! category: CLASSIC MYSTERY NOVELS
FJ! clue: A letter in this mystery says, "We are going...to Luxor and Assuan by steamer, and perhaps on to Khartoum"
Joel: 3200 - 3200 = 0
Daphne: 6000 - 4000 = 2000
Richard: 13800 - 1799 = 12001
My answer matched those of all 3 contestants.
My own Coryat today: $23,600 - with 33 right.
I too now am looking forward to Jeanie's interview with Richard; we'll see him defend his title tomorrow!
Recaps and commentary on Jeopardy! episodes, from two devoted fans. Jeanie was on Jeopardy! March 28, 2012!