Andy back with Wednesday's recap! Remember that Lynn's agreed to answer some questions for Jeanie, so if you've got any, don't hesitate to ask them!
Prabhu Balasubramanian was yesterday's champion; his challengers today are AJ Motley and Lynn Welch.
J! round categories: 1933, BABY, YOU'RE A RICH MAN OR WOMAN, ABBREVIATED BANDS, INTERNATIONALITIES, FAST FOOD, and "F"-STOPS
Prabhu got off to a hot start in "F"-STOPS, but ran into some problems with his response at INTERNATIONALITIES $400: In this sport invented in Melbourne, goals are worth 6 points & "behinds" are worth 1. He recovered pretty well, though.
It was AJ who found his buzzer mojo and moved into ABBREVIATED BANDS just before the break; after 15, the two men had $3,400 while Lynn was on the board at $200.
I'll be honest: My favourite interviews are the ones where Alex digs the contestant further and further into a hole, much to the delight of the audience. AJ's was one of those interviews.
It took awhile, but we almost got right to the end of the round before we saw the Daily Double; AJ found it on the 29th clue, at 1933 $1000. The scores:
He bet $2,000. His clue: He came to the U.S. in 1933 & helped found the School of American Ballet. I wasn't able to come up with it, but neither was AJ, and AJ fell to $5,000.
At the end of the round, your scores were:
DJ! round categories: THE ILIAD & THE ODYSSEY, WE LOVE "L.A.", THE 50 STATES, MOVIE TITLE REFERENCES, THE HARD STUFF, OXYMORONS
I really liked how AJ was trying to keep a good pace on the game; Lynn got a few correct responses in a row to get back into the game slightly, and she was rewarded with a Daily Double at THE HARD STUFF $1200. The scores:
Her bet: $2,000. Her clue: The star variety of this deep blue gemstone has other minerals embedded inside super-hard corundum. She picked the right gemstone and her score went up to $6,800.
Nearing the end of the game, it was AJ in control of the board and he went Daily Double hunting. He found it under ILIAD/ODYSSEY $1200. The scores:
(with a $400 and $2000 clue left on the board)
My bet here would be $2,500 - then going to the $400 clue first coming out of the Daily Double.
AJ only bet $400, though. His clue: In order to retrieve the body, this man kisses the hands that killed his son. AJ gave the name of the son, so his score fell to $19,000. His $400 bet, of course, means a lock game was still in sight for him, though!
From here, AJ made the right move in going to the $2,000 clue: Odysseus' now-aged former nanny Eurycleia recognizes him by this physical sign. While it was a Triple Stumper, I do want to applaud AJ's late-game strategy here. I really like how he plays this game!
Scores going into FJ!:
FJ! category: INAUGURAL ADDRESSES
FJ! clue: He said, "It is 72 years since the first inauguration of a President under our national constitution"
Lynn 7200 + 7198 = 14398
Prabhu 10400 + 7000 = 17400
AJ 19000 + 1801 = 20801
AJ's the champion -- I'm quite looking forward to seeing his game tomorrow -- and Alex once again raises the ire of ESPN's Tony Reali by saying "we'll be back in 23 and a half hours."
I got the final immediately; basic math then brought me very quickly to the right year, which confirmed it. Nice parallel structure between this and another famous speech of the man, as well!
I'll be back tomorrow with AJ Game 2 - see you then!
Recaps and commentary on Jeopardy! episodes, from two devoted fans. Jeanie was on Jeopardy! March 28, 2012!