Andy with the recap of today's show, where Joel Pool goes for Win #3 against Jody Clark and Barb Hougas.
J! round categories: OPENING NIGHT ON BROADWAY, MORE THAN ONE MEANING, TV LOCATIONS, FRANKLY, MADEIRA, I DON'T GIVE A...
Our contestants got off to a slow start in I DON'T GIVE A..., with some Triple Stumpers, but everybody seemed to recover well in time for the first break after 15 clues: Your scores saw Joel leading at $2,600 with Jody at $2,000 and Barb at $1,600.
The game was still pretty close when Jody found the game's first Daily Double under OPENING NIGHT ON BROADWAY $600. Holding $3,600 (his two opponents had $2,600), Jody bet the size of his lead and saw the following: "The Wiz" opened on January 5, 1975; this other Oz-set musical on October 30, 2003. His correct response put him to $4,600 and on a roll that he wouldn't relinquish over the next seven clues.
The scores after 30: Jody had $7,000, Barb $3,000, and Joel $2,800.
DJ! round categories: WHAT THE X-RAY SHOWS, A TOUCH OF ROBERT FROST IN THE AIR, ENDS IN "TH", THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, COMPANY NAMES, LYRICS OF THE TOP 40 SONG
Joel went straight into COMPANY NAMES, and was rewarded when the round's first Daily Double was in that category, under the $1600 clue (albeit after a Triple Stumper at $1200). Jody had $7,400, Joel $3,600 and Barb $3,000. Only betting $1800, he saw the following clue: August Horch named his car company this after translating Horch, which means "Hark!" or "hear", into Latin. After some thought I got it as well; Joel got it to bring his score to $5,400.
WHAT THE X-RAY SHOWS for $2000 brought Barb right back into the game in the middle of Double Jeopardy!:
With the screws and pins in place, you can see it was a bad fracture of this leg bone. Joel and Jody's negs on this question, and Barb's subsequent rebound led to Alex's comment of "It's fun when the competitors narrow it down for you" and a $7,200 deficit shrinking to $3,200.
It appears as if there may have been some sort of technical difficulty surrounding the ENDS IN "TH" $800 clue (maybe Ursula can provide more insight here) as they went from $400 to $1200 and the end-of-round signal came before they went back to it.
After another Triple Stumper at $1,600, the game's final Daily Double came on what was ostensibly the 29th clue (but likely final, considering the above paragraph, and for that reason I'm not a fan of the J! board indignance about the wager to come here). Jody had $15,000, Joel had $10,600 and Barb $8,200. Jody bet $4,000, a wager I am perfectly okay with, considering the circumstances. The clue: It's the Robert Frost poem that says "good fences make good neighbors". His incorrect response and end-of-round signal put the scores going into Final as follows:
FJ Category: ANIMALS
FJ clue: A 2005 study reported that this animal named for an island has, pound for pound, the most powerful bite of any mammal
Barb 8200 - 3000 = 5200 (an excellent wager!)
Joel 10600 + 10600 = 21200 (fortuitous)
Jody 11000 - 10100 = 900
Sadly, I couldn't get any farther than Barb or Jody did. Looks like Jody made a math error on his bet that very nearly cost him dearly, but his incorrect response saved him. Remember to check your math, folks! My own Coryat today was $32,200 with 39 right (including the two Triple Stumpers before the DJ! round Daily Doubles)
Best of retroactive luck once again to Ursula on tomorrow's show!