Andy here with the Monday recap; sadly, one of my favourite champions of 2012 on Friday fell to a Final Jeopardy!, but Liza Veeneman is the returning champion today. Her challengers: Matt Collins and Blythe Rodgers.
J! round categories: NO. 1 AT THE BOX OFFICE, MAKING THE GRADE, AFFIX THE SUFFIX, "A"-LIST LITERARY CHARACTERS, GEOMETRY, PROTESTING TIPS & ETIQUETTE
I found that our players took a rather pedestrian pace to the opening 15 clues today, after 15, the scores were:
I think I've been spoiled by getting A.J. vs Laura as my previous game to recap! Liza played this game as if she was incredibly bored! I would have killed to have AJ or Laura in this game, for sure!
Matt got on a bit of a roll, though, and took the lead shortly before finding the game's first Daily Double under MAKING THE GRADE $600. The scores:
His bet: $800. His clue: From an EF-0 to an EF-5, the enhanced Fujita scale is used to grade the intensity of these weather events. The second question on this board (as well as GEOMETRY $200) which was very similar to a question I've asked in the past two weeks at my trivia quizzes, Matt got it quickly in order to bring his score to $4,000.
Exhibit #378 in the "Maybe Alex needs to retire soon?": under "A"-LIST LITERARY CHARACTERS $1000: He's the title character in "The Return Of The King" - Alex originally accepted Liza's response, and of course, gave the answer away so that no rebound was possible!
Scores after 30:
DJ! round categories: I'M ON THE CASE, NEIGHBORS OF NIGER, SINGING SOLO, THE QUOTABLE NIETZSCHE, CALIFORNIA GIRLS, WHATEVER
Matt extended his lead further and was rewarded with the second Daily Double (I'M ON THE CASE $1200): Scores:
He bet $2,000 this time. His clue: Peruse the appeal that successfully fought the $100 fine this Tennessee high school teacher got in 1925 for teaching evolution. Another correct response brought him to $11,400.
It was Blythe who found the final Daily Double, under NEIGHBORS OF NIGER $1200. It was a video category - I probably would have gone for a True Daily Double here, just on my knowledge of African geography.
Blythe only wagered $3,000 though. Her clue: It underwent a change in government in 2011.
Her correct response brought her to $13,200.
Let's take a time-out for a second here. You've been given the same map on the first two clues. Clue 3 is a video Daily Double, so it stands to reason you'll see the same map on the third clue. You've demonstrated knowledge on the first two clues. There are a rather small number of possible responses here. If there was any question that is just inviting a very large Daily Double wager, it's this one. $3,000 really just doesn't cut it here.
Back to the game. Blythe, knowing that Burkina Faso was Upper Volta later in the category, validated that she really should have bet a ton more on that Daily Double.
Had Blythe bet what she should have on that question (not leaving $7,200 on the table), she would have a runaway going into Final Jeopardy! Instead, she doesn't. Scores after DJ!:
FJ! category: INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS
FJ! clue: David Phillips, whose exposé reporting inspired this word made popular by Teddy Roosevelt, was later shot dead
Liza 8400 - 8400 = 0
Matt 13000 - 10000 = 3000
Blythe 20000 - 6001 = 13999
Blythe will be returning tomorrow as champion!
I went too far down the "shot dead" road and picked a different incorrect response
I thought it was a very difficult Final, myself. What did everyone else think?
I'll be back tomorrow with the next recap. See you then!
Recaps and commentary on Jeopardy! episodes, from two devoted fans. Jeanie was on Jeopardy! March 28, 2012!