No fancy title today as I don't want to confuse anyone, as we're a couple of hours behind this week on recaps; Andy here with the recap of the June 27th game!
Tim Wong and Anna-Lise Santella are your challengers for newly-minted champion Jon Shoup.
J! round categories: FASHION, PRESIDENTS BY KIDS, BOY SCOUT TIES, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, "FOR", HE'S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW
Surprise of the day, under HAPPY BIRTHDAY $400: & a big happy Sept. 26 birthday to her, born at Sea World in 1985 & the 1st killer whale to survive being born in captivity. Had no idea the answer was female. Learn something new every day, right? I hope this isn't a bad omen for the rest of this game for me...
Tim saw the first Daily Double of the game on the game's 5th clue at the bottom of HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Holding $800 to Jon's $400 and Anna-Lise's $200, Tim bet $1000 and saw the following: The commemoration of this former U.S. Senator's June 3, 1808 birthday is a legal holiday in several southern states. My first instinct was Sam Houston but I eventually settled on the correct answer. Tim was unable to come up with an answer and fell to -$200.
The first break seemed to come early, after only 12 clues. I usually only see that if one person's dominating the buzzer, and I didn't really see that taking place too much. Unusual.
In spite of my limited camping experience, I did get the following Triple Stumper (BOY SCOUT TIES $1000): A clove hitch is useful in camping; tie a rope to your sack of food, whick you'll hang high to make this alliterative "bag"
At the end of the J! round Tim had $-200 (he did get in a couple of times but his negs cancelled out his gets), Jon had $4,600 and Anna-Lise led with $6,600.
DJ! round categories: IN UTAH ROW, NATURE, "M"USICALS, THE RIVER OF HISTORY, A FEW 4-LETTER WORDS, MY BIG FAT GREEK LIT CATEGORY
The first Daily Double came early again, Jon found it under THE RIVER OF HISTORY $1600. Trailing Anna-Lise by the clue value (5000 to 6600, Tim still at -200), he bet only $1500 and saw the following: Until the Erie Canal opened, this 981-mile tributary of the Mississippi was the main route west for goods & people. His correct response put him $100 off the lead.
Anna-Lise did quite well on "M"USICALS to build up a lead, but it was Tim who found the final Daily Double under NATURE $1600. Holding $1800 to Jon's $6900 and Anna-Lise's $11,400, Tim bet $2000. His clue: The moonflower, whose blossoms open in the evening, is a fragrant variety of this A.M. flower. His correct response put him at $3,800.
Tim found his buzzer mojo as the Double Jeopardy! round wore on, to the expense of Jon, who was unable to keep Anna-Lise at bay.
While I didn't like Anna-Lise's idea of going to the bottom of IN UTAH ROW while trying to protect a lock game, it didn't end up hurting her, as the scores going into Final:
FJ! category: EARLY FILMS OF OSCAR WINNERS
FJ! clue: The 1995, 2003 & 2006 winners for Best Actor all appeared in this 1982 teen comedy
Tim: 5800 - 0 = 5800
Jon 7300 + 4301 = 11601
Anna-Lise 19400 - 4000 = 15400 (1-day champ, $15,400)
I did get the Final, half from "1982 teen comedy", the other half knowing about Nicolas Cage and Sean Penn.
I'll be back in 24 hours with the recap of the June 28th game!
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