Andy in for today and tomorrow, and today we get to see Joel Pool defend his title. His challengers: Marnie Cox and Mike Lally!
J! round categories: THE INDIANAPOLIS 500, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, WRITER'S DICTIONARY, IN PERE-LACHAISE CEMETERY, GIVE ME A PRIZE, "IFY" ANSWER CORRECTLY
It was a pretty even game by all three players in the Jeopardy! round; Mike seemed to be most in his element in THE INDIANAPOLIS 500, he went there early and often. I did pick up the Triple Stumper, though, at the bottom of the category: Now tragically deceased, this British racer won in 2011, the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500.
At the opening break, your scores had Mike leading at 2800, Joel at 1800, and Marnie at 1000.
After the break, Mike seemed to lose his buzzer mojo, with Joel and Marnie taking over the game. Marnie found the Daily Double at IN PERE-LACHAISE CEMETERY $1000, on the round's final clue. With scores at Joel 5400 Marnie 3600 Mike 2400, she was spooked by the clue value and bet just $600. The clue: This novelist's magnum opus is literally translated "In Search of Lost Time". Her correct answer put the scores at halftime at Joel 5400 Marnie 4200 Mike 2400.
DJ! round categories: THE COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS, FROM THE SANSKRIT, YOUR DAY IN "C"OURT, NATIVE AMERICANS BY TRIBE, BEFORE & AFTER GOES TO THE MOVIES, EYE Q
Once again, the round belonged to Joel and Marnie; Marnie breezed through $400 and $800 of BEFORE & AFTER GOES TO THE MOVIES before finding the Daily Double under $1200. Joel led at 9000, Marnie had 8200 and Mike 1600. Alex commented that Marnie "risked very little money" the first time around, but that wasn't enough to convince Marnie to risk more than $2000. The clue: Mia Farrow taking a pregnancy pause in a horror pic segues into Tina Fey's ticking biological clock in a 2008 comedy. After her correct response, Alex echoed the world's thoughts in saying "See, you're good with these! Should have risked more..."
After spending most of the round at $1600 or $3200, Mike picked up an $800 rebound on Joel's miss in NATIVE AMERICANS BY TRIBE (Geronimo) and found the game's final Daily Double under the $1200 clue. He only had $2400 to bet with; Joel had $16,600 and Marnie $15,800. He only bet $1,000, and saw the following: Osceola. His incorrect response wasn't quite there, so he fell to $1,400 as the end-of round signal brought the game to Final Jeopardy:
Scores going into FJ:
FJ category: 1957
FJ clue: On Sept. 5, Dwight Eisenhower told this state's Gov. that "the federal Constitution will be upheld by me by every legal means"
Mike 1400 + 799 = 2199
Marnie 15800 - 13000 = 2800
Joel 16600 + 15100 = 31700 (2-day champion with $48,400)
I liked all three wagers today; My own Coryat was $24,400 (37 right, 3 wrong), and I'll be back tomorrow to recap Joel's 3rd game!