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Friday, August 31, 2012

Week 4, Day 5 #SHC2012

      Plunging right into the Summer Hiatus Challenge tonight! In order from best of Week 4 Day 5 to worst, among the few I'm watching:
Andy (He was among the 14 who had perfect scores! The next person in this list came in...wait for it...43rd place. Well done, Andy.)
Joon Pahk
Alison Stone Roberg
Ryan Chaffee and  Stefan Goodreau (tied)
David Menchaca (He still has an ungraded response that I will consider unanswered for now. It's related to the 3-pointer.)
Kathy Wright
Megan Barnes
Robert (Like David, he has an ungraded response. When I total his points myself, I come up with 47, but he's scored at 37. He tells me his 6-pointer in That Didn't Take Long is acceptable, but I'll leave these standings as they appear on the official scoring page.)
Julie Bratvold Ghanbari
Vito Cortese
Me (sigh)

     First category clues brought to you by Joon, second category by Dad of Twins!
Fractional Knowledge
2: Football position played by Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and the Manning brothers. Alison, Joon, Stefan, Ryan, David, Robert, Vito, Megan, Julie, Kathy, Jeanie, Andy
4: Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen as 40% of the title characters on this CBS sitcom. Alison, Joon, Stefan, Ryan, David, Robert, Vito, Megan, Julie, Kathy, Jeanie, Andy
6: LP records are designed to be played at this rotational speed. Alison, Joon, Stefan, Ryan, David, Robert, Vito, Megan, Julie, Kathy, Jeanie, Andy
8: This musical note is also called a quaver. Alison, Joon, Stefan, Ryan, David, Robert, Vito, Megan, Julie, Kathy, Jeanie, Andy
10: In Harry Potter books, the Hogwarts Express departs from this platform at King's Cross station. Alison, Joon, Stefan, Ryan, David, Robert, Vito, Megan, Julie, Kathy, Jeanie, Andy

That Didn't Take Long
3: Two of the four present-day countries that were official combatants against Israel in the Six-Day War. (This question was a bit of a pain in the butt to blog about. I looked at all 14 people's correct responses to find the fourth country, and no one put anything besides the three you see when your arrow hovers over the red text.) This was Dad of Twin's response to the grader's query: Regarding the 6-day war, my research indicates that Israel was fighting against 3 countries: Iraq, Lebanon, and the "United Arab Republic" which consisted of modern-day Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. Alison, Joon, Stefan, Ryan, David, Robert, Vito, Megan, Julie, Kathy, Jeanie, Andy
6: In 1969, El Salvador and Honduras fought a 100-hour war after rioting related to qualifying matches for this event. Alison, Joon, Stefan, Ryan, David, Robert, Vito, Megan, Julie, Kathy, Jeanie, Andy
9: After Vietnam invaded this country in 1979 to remove Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, Chinda invaded northern Vietnam for a month. Alison, Joon, Stefan, Ryan, David, Robert, Vito, Megan, Julie, Kathy, Jeanie, Andy
12: These two countries have fought three wars since World War II; the shortest, lasting 13 days in 1971, resulted in Bangladesh becoming independent. Alison, Joon, Stefan, Ryan, David, Robert, Vito, Megan, Julie,  Kathy, Jeanie, Andy
15: Later combined with a neighbor to make a larger country, this African country was at war with England for 45 minutes in 1896. Alison, Joon, Stefan, Ryan, David, Robert, Vito, Megan, Julie, Kathy, Jeanie, Andy

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Week 4 Day 4 #SHC2012

     One recent Coryat:
originally 12-5-08: A dreary 14600, especially considering I had 7200 in negs. If you review the game, you'll see Ben Bishop stung his live opponents just as severely.
     I thought my DVR's been saving all Jeopardy! episodes until I delete them, but I find out today that's not the case for the GSN reruns. Since I've been recording a lot of tennis (that's probably been spoiled for me before I can watch it anyway), I only have two recent reruns left on there. That's only two episodes lost, but still...BOOO!! And I painstakingly make sure each and every episode is recorded since my "series recording" function isn't consistent. >:-(
     Tell me, are you eating up Andy's Learned League updates like I am? ;-) Do you too want a little more? It might well be just me. Let us know in a comment.
     On to the Summer Hiatus Challenge. First, there was a replacement question for the 8-pointer on Week 3 Day 2: The First President to...: Have served in the United States Navy; had he lost, his opponent would also have been the first Navy veteran to be President. Jeanie, Ryan, Alison, Andy, Joon, Julie. No one else has responded, as I type this.
     Now for Week 4 Day 4. Only 3 people got perfect scores this time, and none did among the people I'm watching. In order from highest score to lowest. Thanks again to Dad of Twins for letting us share the clues he's written:
Vito Cortese and Julie Bratvold Ghanbari (tie)
Joon Pahk
Ryan Chaffee and David Menchaca (tie)
Megan Barnes
Stefan Goodreau
Kathy Wright
Andy
Alison Stone Roberg
Robert
Me

Look! Up in the Sky!
2: Oenopion king of Chios temporarily blinded this hunter after he assaulted the king's daughter Merope, but now his constellation is visible around the world. Ryan, Alison, Robert, Julie, Stefan, David, Andy, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Joon, Megan
4: The constellation named for this Roman hero is kneeling on Draco's head, gloating over stealing the apples of the Hesperides. Ryan, Alison, Robert, Julie, Stefan, David, Andy, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Joon, Megan
6: This hero's constellation includes him carrying the head of Medusa; his wife Andromeda is nearby on the back of Pegasus. Ryan, Alison, Robert, Julie, Stefan, David, Andy, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Joon, Megan
8: The centaur Chiron, teacher of Achilles, became this member of the Zodiac. Ryan, Alison, Robert, Julie, Stefan, David, Andy, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Joon, Megan
10: The constellation Ophiokhos memorializes this son of Apollo, a healer struck dead by Zeus for bringing people back from the dead. Ryan, Alison, Robert, Julie, Stefan, David, Andy, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Joon, Megan

The Art of War
3: James Monroe holds an American flag as oarsmen paddle through ice in this Leutze painting. Ryan, Alison, Robert, Julie, Stefan, David, Andy, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Joon, Megan
6: Turner's painting of this battle shows the HMS Victory displaying signal flags reading “England expects that every man will do his duty.” Ryan, Alison, Robert, Julie, Stefan, David, Andy, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Joon, Megan
9: The Charge of the Mamelukes, by this Spanish artist, depicts events in the Peninsular War that take place on May 2, 1808. Ryan, Alison, Robert, Julie, Stefan, David, Andy, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Joon, Megan
12: Peter-Paul Rubens and Jacques-Louis David both painted versions of this Italian tribe's women being abducted by Romans. Ryan, Alison, Robert, Julie, Stefan, David, Andy, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Joon, Megan
15: A Manet painting portrays this U.S. Civil War battle in which the USS Kearsarge sank the CSS Alabama off the coast of France. Ryan, Alison, Robert, Julie, Stefan, David, Andy, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Joon, Megan

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

#SHC2012 Week 4, Days 2 and 3

Andy again!

I'd like to say that LearnedLeague is going well; I'm quickly learning that miracles can happen, as I'm 5-3-0 in my Rookie Rundle at the moment. Match Day 8 was quite a surprise, considering I handed my Rundle's leader his first loss ever!

Now onto playing catch-up from some of last week's games. I was waiting for official word from DadOfTwins on some of the answers, because from my recollection, Week 4 Day 2 contains my first-ever perfecto! Hooray!

(Once again, thanks to DadOfTwins for all of the work he puts in!)

Week 4, Day 2:
RHYME PRIME
2: In 1946, this chain of convenience stores changed its name to reflect its newly-expanded hours of operation.
4: This band which shares its name with a famous airplane formed when Paul Hewson and David Evans met in Larry Mullen's Dublin kitchen.
6: LTE Advanced is one set of telecommunications standards proposed to upgrade this rhyming cell phone technology.
8: The original recipe for this Coca-Cola product contains grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, and tangerine juices.
10: This rhyming phrase might be heard while playing Bingo or Battleship.

OLYMPIC SPORTS
3: “Exclusion fouls” in this sport include intentionally splashing water in an opponent's face and “committing an act of brutality.”
6: In this shooting competition, two clay targets are launched simultaneously.
9: Swedish Olympian Jan Boklov developed the V-Technique for this winter sport in 1985.
12: When racing in these, touching a gate results in a two-second penalty, while missing one altogether adds fifty seconds to the racer's time.
15: In the 2014 Olympics, a 3-sled team relay event combining men's and women's singles with a doubles crew will be added to this discipline.

Scores:
Andy Saunders 75
Robert Mcielwain 67
Joon Pahk 58
Vito Cortese 51
Alison Stone Roberg 49
David Menchaca 45
Ryan Chaffee 40
Jeanie Kenkel 28
Kathy Wright 28
Julie Bratvold Ghanbari 26
Stefan Goodreau 23
Megan Barnes 21

Week 4, Day 3:
A MORGAN FREEMAN FILMOGRAPHY
2: Freeman was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Hoke Colburn in this 1989 movie in which Jessica Tandy played the title character.
4: Freeman spent six seasons on this PBS kids' series playing such characters as Easy Reader, Dracula, and The Cop.
6: Freeman narrated this 1994 movie based on a Stephen King story set in a prison.
8: Freeman's character “Scrap-iron” Dupris narrates this 2004 Best Picture for which Freeman won his only Oscar as Best Supporting Actor.
10: Powerful characters Freeman has played include God in Bruce Almighty and this African world leader in Invictus.

LITERARY CROSSOVERS
3: Trot and Cap'n Bill from The Sea Fairies appear in this author's novel "The Scarecrow of Oz."
6: This author's best-known character visits his Pellucidar series of novels in "Tarzan at the Earth's Core."
9: Based on science-fiction author Theodore Sturgeon, this Vonnegut character appears in "Breakfast of Champions" and "Slaughterhouse Five."
12: A character in this author's Foundation series makes reference to Nemesis, another novel written by the same writer.
15: In his novel The "Number of the Beast," characters visit several of his fictional universes including that of "Stranger in a Strange Land."

Scores:
Julie Bratvold Ghanbari 75
Megan Barnes 75
Alison Stone Roberg 71
Ryan Chaffee 69
Joon Pahk 69
Kathy Wright 67
Vito Cortese 63
Robert Mcielwain 54
Stefan Goodreau 48
David Menchaca 44
Jeanie Kenkel 39
Andy Saunders 36

So, one day of glory and one day back to earth!

Jeanie'll be back for a few days! I'll be back next week!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Week 4, Day 1 #SHC2012

      Recent Coryats, but first: It appears that these GSN reruns are going to be on at 10:30 Central starting next week, instead of 11:00.
originally 12-1-08: 27200 (31800 without negs. I also should've rang in on the 1200s in Shakespeare and U.S. Cities in Foreign Lands.)
originally 12-2-08: 16600 (24200 without negs)
originally 12-3-08: 23800 (27800 without negs)
originally 12-4-08: 13000 (18600 without negs)
     On with an update of the 2012 Summer Hiatus Challenge! In order from first place to last place (among the people I'm watching of course), this round:
Vito CorteseJoon PahkStefan Goodreau. These three were among 22 who got perfect scores.
Ryan Chaffee He has an ungraded response. I've added his score myself and I come up with 61, while his score appears as 62 on the scoreboard. ??
Alison Stone RobergKathy Wright, and Julie Bratvold Ghanbari (tie)
Robert
Megan Barnes and David Menchaca (tie)
Andy
Me
Liz Murphy

     And the clues, written by Dad of Twins:
"KHAN!!!!!!!"
2: Born Temujin, this leader of the Golden Horde began his rise to power in 1206. Stefan, Joon, Andy, Robert, Ryan, Alison, Kathy, Julie, Vito, David, Liz, Jeanie, Megan
4: Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem named for this ruler starts with him decreeing the building of a “stately pleasure dome.” Stefan, JoonAndy, Robert, Ryan, Alison, Kathy, Julie, Vito, David, Liz, Jeanie, Megan
6: This funk singer's first hit single after leaving the band Rufus was 1978's “I'm Every Woman.” Stefan, Joon, Andy, Robert, Ryan, Alison, Kathy, Julie, Vito, David, Liz, Jeanie, Megan
8: This Kipling character, whose first name translates to “tiger” in Urdu, was born with a crippled leg. Stefan, Joon, Andy, Robert, Ryan, Alison, Kathy, Julie, Vito, David, Liz, Jeanie, Megan
10: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, the first person recognized by this title by the British government in India, was actually the third person to hold it. Stefan, Joon, Andy, Robert, Ryan, Alison, Kathy, Julie, Vito, David, Liz, Jeanie, Megan

Timekeeping Technology
3: On the Flintstones, right before pulling the string on the bird's tail, Mr. Slate checks the time on this device on his wrist. Stefan, Joon, Andy, Robert, Ryan, Alison, Kathy, Julie, Vito, David, Liz, Jeanie, Megan
6: On the soap opera intro, this timekeeping device measures the “days of our lives.” Stefan, Joon, Andy, Robert, Ryan, Alison, Kathy, Julie, Vito, David, Liz, Jeanie, Megan
9: In 1695, Samuel Watson invented this device with a restartable second hand so physicians could accurately measure a person's pulse. Stefan, Joon, Andy, Robert, Ryan, Alison, Kathy, Julie, Vito, David, Liz, Jeanie, Megan
12: Invented in 1888, the Bundy clock allows for an employee's work hours to be measured by inserting this into a slot. Stefan, Joon, Andy, Robert, Ryan, Alison, Kathy, Julie, Vito, David, Liz, Jeanie, Megan
15: An official second on an atomic clock is defined as one specific quantum transition in the 133 isotope of this element near the bottom of the first column of the periodic table. Stefan, Joon, Andy, Robert, Ryan, Alison, Kathy, Julie, Vito, David, Liz, Jeanie, Megan

Friday, August 24, 2012

#SHC2012 Week 3 Day 6

Andy here! So, I made a mistake on Tuesday. I apparently set the date wrong and it posted a day later than I wanted it to! Thus, I'm posting the final day of Week 3 of the SHC today!

Once again, thanks to DadOfTwins for all of the work -- apparently he's trying to juggle the SHC and a move this year! Impressive!

TERRAIN

2: From the Spanish for table,
this Arizona city is named for its broad, flat-topped elevation.

4: Cwm is a Welsh word referring to
this type of terrain, a low spot between two hills.

6: In
this type of terrain the permafrost can support lichen, moss, and some kinds of grass, but not trees.

8:
Russian name for a large grassland region, especially one found in Central Asia.

10:
A hole left behind by melting glacial ice, or a drum one might hit there while brewing tea.

BIBLICAL PLAGUES & PESTILENCES

3: The first time the Lord plagued
this country was in Genesis 12, and was only a precursor for what was coming in Exodus.

6: In Numbers 14:12, God offers
this man, “I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.”

9:
New Testament book referenced in the following quote: “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.”

12: In 2 Samuel 24, seventy thousand people died when
this king chose three days of pestilence over seven years of famine and three months of enemy invasion.

15:
This prophet who symbolically shaved his head announced in the book named for him that “a third shall die with pestilence, a third shall fall by the sword, and a third shall be scattered to the wind.”

Scores:
Megan Barnes 52
Julie Bratvold Ghanbari 42
Andy Saunders 42
Liz Murphy 42
David Menchaca 41
Alison Stone Roberg 38
Vito Cortese 35
Kathy Wright 33
Joon Pahk 29
Stefan Goodreau 28
Jeanie Kenkel 22
Robert Mcielwain 21
Ryan Chaffee 21

And Week 3 scores (unofficial as I believe there are some re-questions coming from earlier in the week):
Julie Bratvold Ghanbari 302 (23rd)
Joon Pahk 300 (24th)
Ryan Chaffee 299 (25th)
Megan Barnes 269 (37th)
David Menchaca 256 (41st)
Liz Murphy 249 (46th)
Vito Cortese 242 (48th)
Alison Stone Roberg 240 (49th)
Andy Saunders 238 (51st)
Stefan Goodreau 226 (59th)
Robert Mcielwain 202 (61st)
Kathy Wright 189 (67th)
Jeanie Kenkel 162 (76th)

Jeanie'll be back tomorrow with the start of Week 4!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

#SHC2012 Week 3, Day 5

Andy here again with Week 3, Day 5 of the SHC! Not much to contribute this evening other than the questions (once again thanks to Dad of Twins), answers, and scores!

OH #@$&!

2: Place
this punctuation mark between the name of two sports teams to indicate that the host team for their contest is the one on the right.
4:
Musical meaning of the punctuation mark used on Twitter to signify a “hashtag.”
6:
Mathematical function called for by the punctuation mark at the end of the titles of the musicals Oklahoma and Oliver.
8: Aside from the quotation mark,
this mark is the most-often-used piece of punctuation in the titles of Jeopardy categories.
10:
This punctuation mark was used to define string variables in BASIC computer programming.

GRAMMY-WINNING ROCK BANDS

3: The first Grammy for Best Rock Album was not presented until 1995, when
this band won for “Voodoo Lounge.”
6:
This Irish band has won Best Rock Album twice, most recently for “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.”
9:
This band set a record by winning its fourth Best Rock Album Grammy in 2012, for “Wasting Light.”
12: The first artist to win two Best Rock Album Grammys was
this former Michael Jackson backup singer whose “If It Makes You Happy” was that year's Best Female Rock Vocal.
15:
This album, the first recorded by E Street Band in 18 years, contained Bruce Springsteen's reflections on the September 11 attacks.

I noticed that the five punctuation marks in the first category name matched up with the five answers in that category; that was quite helpful to me! Between that and a strong category in GRAMMY-WINNING ROCK BANDS, I had one of my best days in the SHC!

Scores:
Andy Saunders 60
Megan Barnes 55
Julie Bratvold Ghanbari 51
Vito Cortese 51
Ryan Chaffee 47
Stefan Goodreau 47
Joon Pahk 45
Alison Stone Roberg 45
Liz Murphy 33
David Menchaca 30
Jeanie Kenkel 28
Kathy Wright 20
Robert Mcielwain 18

I'll be back tomorrow with the final day of Week 3!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

#SHC2012 Week 3, Day 4

Andy back with Week 3, Day 4 (I'll be here with Day 4, 5, and 6 over the next 3 days!)

By the time this is posted, another day of LearnedLeague will be official; I'm quite happy with how I've been doing on the sports questions thus far; even moreso considering that they've been some of the harder questions of the entire LearnedLeague season!

Once again, huge thanks to DadOfTwins for all of his question-writing work!

Onwards with Day 4 of Week 3 of the Summer Hiatus Challenge! (I've extrapolated these responses based off the responses given by those who scored 75).

REALITY TV STAR MADE GOOD

2:
She finished seventh on the third season of American Idol, but first in the voting for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls.
4:
This panelist on The View and wife of a former NFL quarterback got her start on TV as a contestant on the second season of Survivor.
6: Toms Shoes was founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie, a contestant on the second season of
this around-the-world CBS adventure series.
8:
Animal nickname of Duane Chapman, a former bail bondsman turned reality TV star.
10: British game show host Jon Tickle got his start as a contestant on the British version of
this reality show.

PIANO SONATA COMPOSERS

3:
He wrote sonatas in both the Classical and Romantic styles, including “Tempest” and “Hammerklavier.”
6: While he was working on the score for Bolero,
this composer wrote a piano sonata that was later adapted for Doris Humphery's dance “Day to Earth.”
9: During World War II,
this composer of Peter and the Wolf wrote three “War Sonatas,” including one called “Stalingrad.”
12: During his tenure as Leonard Bernstein's replacement as director of the New York Philharmonic,
this French composer wrote two piano sonatas.
15: Deutsch's catalog of
this nineteenth-century composer's works includes 21 solo piano sonatas.

I believe I took a rare neg for myself on the 3-pointer; I went down the "Klavier" trail to "The Well-Tempered Clavier" and Bach. Whoops!

Scores:
Ryan Chaffee 45
David Menchaca 43
Stefan Goodreau 41
Julie Bratvold Ghanbari 39
Alison Stone Roberg 39
Megan Barnes 38
Andy 34
Jeanie 26
Vito Cortese 25
Kathy Wright 23
Joon Pahk 21
Robert Mcielwain 20
Liz Murphy 12

See everyone tomorrow!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Week 3, Day 3 #SHC2012

      Recent Coryats:
originally 11-15-11: 9400 (19400 without 9 negs). The first time I played, my score was 20600, and would've been 26400 without 7 negs. Hey, I guess now that I've lost in real life I need not have any shame! It's funny, I actually thought while I watched that I got one of the same ones wrong the first time.
     My DVR's misbehaving (shocker), and unfortunately it didn't record the GSN rerun (originally airing 11-28-08) either time that it was on. Yet it recorded that ToC final twice. Not that it's really related to Jeopardy!, but it didn't record tennis either. Explain this to me: The red light was on indicating something was recording, yet the light wasn't on that indicates the box is even turned on. I've never seen that happen.
     Here are the people I'm tracking in the Summer Hiatus Challenge, from first place to last place in this round, followed by the clues for Week 3 Day 3. Clues are written by Dad of Twins.
Joon PahkRyan Chaffee, and Julie Bratvold Ghanbari. These three got perfect scores! In fact, 19 people did.
Alison Stone RobergKathy Wright, and David Menchaca (tie)
Robert
Moi?!?!
Andy
Liz Murphy (This is unofficial - see the note under the "Make" Me 6-pointer.)
Megan Barnes
Stefan Goodreau
Vito Cortese

"Make" Me
2: Sam Saboura was the original host of this ABC series; the "Home Edition" was later hosted by Ty Pennington. David, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Robert, Megan, Ryan, Julie, Andy, Jeanie, Vito, Kathy, Liz
4: This foundation raises money to provide special dream experiences to terminally and seriously ill children. David, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Robert, Megan, Ryan, Julie, Andy, Jeanie, Vito, Kathy, Liz
6: King Friday XIII rules over this imaginary land visited daily by Mr. Rogers' trolley. David, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Robert, Megan, Ryan, Julie, Andy, Jeanie, Vito, Kathy, Liz
     My response was accepted, as were Andy's and Kathy's. (They said the same thing, but Andy had an extra "u" in there. ;-) Liz's score isn't posted as I'm typing this, but I'll assume her response is acceptable too.)
8: One Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes to win an Emmy in this category revolved around Riker serving temporarily on a Klingon ship. David, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Robert, Megan, Ryan, Julie, Andy, Jeanie,  Vito, Kathy, Liz
     I think I misread the clue, in my defense. Really, that doesn't make me look any better!
10: Middle name of the Calcutta-born author of Vanity Fair. David, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Robert, MeganRyan, Julie, Andy, Jeanie, Vito, Kathy, Liz

Shakespearean Title Pairs
3: The "star-crossed" three-day fling between these two teenage characters ends with six people dead, including the title couple. David, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Robert, Megan, Ryan, Julie, Andy, Jeanie, Vito, Kathy, Liz
6: Six named characters, including the title pair, die in this play depicting the aftermath of the Battle of Actium. David, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Robert, Megan, Ryan, Julie, Andy, Jeanie, Vito, Kathy, Liz
9: In this play, Valentine and Proteus are friends, then they aren't, then they are again, all the while Proteus falls in love with Julia, then Sylvia, then Julia again. David, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Robert, Megan, Ryan, Julie, Andy, Jeanie, Vito, Kathy, Liz
12: One member of this title pair is a prince of Troy, while his love is the daughter of a priest who defected to the Greeks. David, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Robert, Megan, Ryan, Julie, Andy, Jeanie, Vito, Kathy, Liz
15: Palamon and Arcite are the title characters in this play (probably) co-written by John Fletcher and based on The Knight's Tale. David, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Robert, Megan, Ryan, Julie, Andy, Jeanie, Vito, Kathy, Liz
 
     I liked Stefan's joke "18-point" response in this category: "Titus and Ronicus." :-) One guy actually asked if there was an 18-point clue somewhere that he hadn't seen! ?!?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

#SHC2012 Week 3, Day 2

Andy here on this Saturday; we're going straight through the weekend here at The Jeopardy! Fan trying to catch up on the couple of days we lost earlier in the Summer Hiatus Challenge.

I'm pretty happy with how things are going for myself over at the LearnedLeague, though I feel as though that Commish has made the questions a little bit harder (Not that there's anything wrong with that!) - at least judging by the slightly lower scoring (and fewer 9(6)-9(6) ties in the top Rundles!).

I've been fortunate in the respect that my opponents haven't figured out how to play strong defense against me yet, as I've gotten the 3-point question on 3 of the 4 days so far (riding those points to a 2-2-0 record in spite of only 9 correct answers out of 24). Of course, that includes a 0 on Match Day 3, a day most players found to be an excruciatingly hard day. My excuse: The "gimme" (yet hardly, at only a 55% get rate) question was American-centric!

And now on with the SHC, Round 3, Day 2, and a thanks once again to DadOfTwins for all of the work that he puts into writing and organizing this!

THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO . . .
2:
Appear on television, at the opening of the New York World's Fair in 1939.
4:
Serve as governor of what is now a foreign country; he was also the only former President to serve on the Supreme Court.
6:
Pardon a former President; he also posthumously pardoned Robert E. Lee.
8:
Not run for re-election after his first term; his successor didn't run for re-election either.
10:
Become President without ever having been a British subject; he is also the only President not related to King John of England.

POTENT POET-ABLES
3: In The Devil's Dictionary,
he defined brandy as “one part thunder-and-lightning, one part remorse, two parts bloody murder, one part death-hell-and-the-grave and four parts clarified Satan.”
6:
His “Reflection on Ice Breaking” was that “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.”
9:
This author of the Rubiyat longed for “a book of verses underneath the bough, a jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou.”
12: In Deformed Transformed,
this Romantic-era nobleman born with a deformed foot wrote, “What's drinking? A mere pause from thinking.”
15:
This Roman lyric poet who lived in the first century BC wrote in one of his “Satires” that “No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.”

There was a good amount of controversy regarding the 6 and 8 point Presidential clues. I'm not sure of their resolution at this juncture; the Instant Replay thread gives me a headache on the best of days.

Scores:
Joon Pahk 75
Liz Murphy 54
Vito Cortese 51
Julie Bratvold Ghanbari 48
Robert Mcielwain 44
David Menchaca 37
Megan Barnes 36
Kathy Wright 36
Alison Stone Roberg 32
Ryan Chaffee 31
Andy Saunders 24
Stefan Goodreau 20
Jeanie Kenkel 14

This is actually the first year I've kept with the SHC; most other years I've been horribly discouraged by being deep in the pack and just haven't had the want to stick with it, dropping out in the middle of Week 2 or so. Having to blog about it has helped with that for sure!

Jeanie will be posting about Week 3 Day 3 tomorrow!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Week 3, Day 1 #SHC2012

     Recent Coryats:
originally 11-11-11: 31600, and only one neg. The first time I played, my score was 26600. By the way, I still wish Joon and Roger hadn't played in the same semifinal, so that they could have possibly met in the finals. Why'd the powers that be do it like that?
     Andy says he doesn't usually watch Jeopardy! reruns because he remembers too many of the questions and answers. I don't usually think that's true in my case, except for this ToC. It was so memorable!
originally 11-14-11: 27600 (32000 without negs). The first time I played, my score was 24000.
originally 11-26-08: 24800 (30000 without negs)
originally 11-27-08: 22800 (28400 without negs)
     Now:  Dad of Twins, who writes the clues for the Summer Hiatus Challenge, has offered a replacement question for the controversial 10-pointer of Week 2 Day 2: That's (Not Very) Cold, "J": Even though it is the largest metropolitan economy in sub-Saharan Africa, this city is less than 300 miles from the nearest wild penguins.
     I negged on the original clue, so I was happy to see this softball. How everyone else did who didn't get the original clue right: Ryan, Joon, David (appears to have forgotten the category), Julie, Stefan, Alison, Andy, Vito
     Here are the standings for Week 3 Day 1:
Joon Pahk (He got a perfect score, but he wrote the Cell Biology category!)
Ryan Chaffee
Liz Murphy
Vito Cortese
Julie Bratvold Ghanbari
Robert
David Menchaca
Kathy Wright and Megan Barnes (tie)
Alison Stone Roberg
Andy
Stefan Goodreau
Me

     Nice, eh? And the clues:
Cell Biology
2: This class of macromolecules is made of amino acid chains; get yours from meat, milk, and eggs. Stefan, Robert, Ryan, Joon, Andy, Alison, Vito, Liz, Megan, Julie, Jeanie, David, Kathy
4: The cellular organelle containing the genetic material is called this, just like the center of an atom. Stefan, Robert, Ryan, Joon, Andy, Alison, Vito, Liz, Megan, Julie, Jeanie, David, Kathy
6: This 5-carbon sugar is used to form the nucleotides which make the backbone of DNA. Stefan (he guessed right but didn't officially respond), Robert, Ryan, Joon, Andy, Alison, Vito, Liz, Megan, Julie, Jeanie, David, Kathy
8: This bilayer of lipid molecules separates a cell from its surroundings. Stefan, Robert, Ryan, Joon, Andy, Alison, Vito, Liz, Megan, Julie, Jeanie, David, Kathy
10: In plants, photosynthesis occurs within this organelle. Stefan, Robert, Ryan, Joon, Andy, Alison, Vito, Liz, Megan, Julie, Jeanie, David, Kathy

Protect Yourself
3: On a golf course, if you're yelling a warning from the tee of a 410-yard hole, you're probably not going to make this par score. Stefan, Robert, Ryan, Joon, Andy, Alison, Vito, Liz, Megan, Julie, Jeanie, David, Kathy
6: The name of this short-legged, webbed-footed bird, Anas platyrhincos, is also the term for a cricket score of zero. Stefan, Robert, Ryan, Joon, Andy, Alison, Vito, Liz, Megan, Julie, Jeanie, David, Kathy
9: A rib in a wooden ship's frame, or what a lumberjack might say when he cuts down the tree to make the rib. Stefan, Robert, Ryan, Joon, Andy, Alison, Vito, Liz, Megan, Julie, Jeanie, David, Kathy
12: This word is traditionally yelled by U.S. soldiers when they hear enemy artillery shells in the air. Stefan, Robert, Ryan, Joon, Andy, Alison, Vito, Liz, Megan, Julie, Jeanie, David, Kathy
15: Joseph Hooker led an assault on this mountain outside Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 24, 1863. Stefan (as above, he had the right response but didn't make it official), Robert, Ryan, Joon, Andy, Alison, Vito, Liz, Megan, Julie, Jeanie, David, Kathy

Friday, August 17, 2012

#SHC2012 Week 2, Day 6

Andy's back, a bit of a long post, but I'm sure you'll manage!

As promised, a little more description of LearnedLeague for the uninitiated.

I'm co-opted the following description of LearnedLeague from fellow competitor Ben Bass' blog - because he's worded it better than I could!
--
You play a six-question head-to-head match against a different opponent every day in a season comprising 25 such matches. After each season, depending upon performance, players may be promoted or relegated to higher or lower divisions, and at the highest rank, an overall league champion is crowned.

The unique element of LearnedLeague is that a match includes both offense and defense. The offense part is straightforward: you try to score points by answering the questions correctly.

The defense part is both elegant and strategic: you assign points to the questions for your opponent to earn (or preferably not earn). Each day you distribute a 3, 2, 2, 1, 1 and 0 based upon what you think your opponent will know. You'd give your opponent 0 on a gimme, and 3 where you're sure they won't know it.

Defense can and often does decide matches. It's routine to get the same number of answers correct but lose a match, or get one more correct and tie; also possible to get one more correct and lose; and even possible, although rare, to get two more answers correct and still lose due to catastrophically bad defense (known as "Bucknering" a match). On the offense side, answering all six questions correctly is known as "drinking the beer," i.e. scoring a six-pack.
--

My first two days I'd say have gone pretty well, even though I played horrible defense against UToCer Robert Slaven and lost a match I very well could have won. But I won my second matchup!

Now onto Round 2 Day 6 of the SHC:
READ, WIGHT, AND BLEW (In honor of the Olympics)

2:
This railroad connected Delaware to Pennsylvania until 1976, but after that only connected Income Tax to Oriental Avenue.
4:
Operational code name for the 1944 invasion calling for the fleet to assemble twenty miles south of the Isle of Wight.
6: Someone informing the public about criminal activities in government or business might do
this, like a soccer referee calling a foul.
8: To be classified as one of
these, a winter storm must have gusts reaching 35 MPH and blowing snow which reduces visibility to less than a quarter mile.
10: An undead creature that drains energy, the wight was one of the original monsters in
this role-playing game first published in 1974.

“MY” PEOPLE

3: Nikki McCray and Chamique Holdsclaw were among the first players to take
this Washington-based team to the WNBA playoffs.
6: Serving from 1993-1994,
she was the first female White House Press Secretary.
9: Sherlock Holmes once commented that
this man, his older brother, is “the most indispensable man in the country.”
12: In 1970, Raquel Welch played the title role in the film adaptation of
this Gore Vidal novel.
15:
First name shared by the actress who starred as Nora Charles in The Thin Man and the actress who played Maria Crespo in Zorro.

I've done quite well to not fall for pitfalls, though I still think I'm afraid of negging and am probably staying clam a little bit too much!

Scores:
Julie Bratvold Ghanbari 60
Ryan Chaffee 72
Joon Pahk 75
Megan Barnes 60
Liz Murphy 45
Stefan Goodreau 54
David Menchaca 65
Alison Stone Roberg 14
Andy 45
Jeanie 62
Robert 55
Kathy Wright 66

Week 2 overall:
Winner: 421
Julie Bratvold Ghanbari 337 (28th)
Ryan Chaffee 348 (24th)
Joon Pahk 369 (17th)
Vito Cortese 311 (35th)
Megan Barnes 263 (52nd)
Liz Murphy 282 (45th)
Stefan Goodreau 259 (55th)
David Menchaca 245 (56th)
Alison Stone Roberg 223 (63rd)
Andy 215 (68th)
Jeanie 209 (70th)
Robert 219 (67th)
Kathy Wright 222 (66th)

Jeanie's blogging tomorrow with the recap of Week 3, Day 1!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

#SHC2012 Week 2, Day 5

Andy here with Week 2 Day 5 of the SHC!

HISTORICAL RELICS

2: This object, containing an image of a human face, is on display at the Cathedral fo St. John the Baptist in northern Italy.
4: Though it is considered foundational to the rule of law, only three of this thirteenth century document's original clauses remain in effect.
6: The Chicago History Museum has a display showing the medical kit Dr. Samuel Mudd used to treat this presidential assassin.
8: This document was compiled in the aftermath of the Norman invasion of England so William the Conqueror could know what, exactly, he had conquered.
10: Mohammad's cloak, sword, and even an impression of his footprint are on display in this palace, a royal residence for Ottoman sultans for over 400 years.

80s BILLBOARD TOP 5 ANIMAL SONGS BY LYRIC

Our annual classic rock-ish category, this time submitted by Teapot37. Name the song.

3: "Rising up to the challenge of our rival"
6: "Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams"
9: "Mouth is alive with juices like wine"
12: "Animals strike curious poses"
15: "It's sweetness that I'm thinking of"

As you can see by the scores, this was one of my better days! Hit a couple of my wheelhouses pretty well.

Scores of people we're tracking that I can find and that played:
Jeanie 19
Andy 50
Robert 33
Stefan Goodreau 38
David Menchaca 20
Ryan Chaffee 59
Joon Pahk 48
Megan Barnes 28
Vito Cortese 32
Liz Murphy 31

Jeanie is much better at remembering everyone's handles on J! board! Yikes!

Something I'm going to talk a little more about tomorrow: I've joined LearnedLeague for LL54, on the recommendation of 2006 2-day champion and good friend from Scrabble, Mark Edelson. I'm really enjoying it so far!

I'll be back tomorrow with Week 2 Day 6 of the SHC and more talk about LearnedLeague!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Week 2, Day 4 #SHC2012

      Recent Coryats:
originally 11-24-08: 18600 (24000 without negs)
originally 11-25-08: 19200 (23000 without negs)
originally 11-9-11: 26000, with 2 negs. The first time I played, my Coryat was 17000 with 3 negs!
originally 11-10-11: 25800. The first time I played, my score was 17400.
     Happy news: I've added Liz Murphy to the list of J! notables I'm following in the Summer Hiatus Challenge. Here are the the people I'm following, in order of how they did in round 4. First place is at the top. Drew and Bill did not play.
     And by the way, I don't keep track of these rankings and scores myself. Someone else on the boards is doing that.
Julie Bratvold Ghanbari (She got a perfect score!)
Ryan Chaffee
Joon Pahk
Vito Cortese
Megan Barnes
Liz Murphy
Stefan Goodreau
David Menchaca
Alison Stone Roberg
Andy
Me
Robert
Kathy Wright

Made-for-TV Movie
2: Recount, the Emmy-winning movie about the end of the 2000 Presidential election, was set in this state. Joon, Robert, Andy, Alison, Stefan, Ryan, Megan, Julie, David, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Liz
4: Kenneth Branagh and Cynthia Nixon played this first couple in the 2005 made-for-TV movie Warm Springs. Joon, Robert, Andy, Alison, Stefan, Ryan, Megan, Julie, David, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Liz
6: Robert Duvall was nominated for an Emmy for his 1992 portrayal of this title world leader born Iosif Dzhugashvili. Joon, Robert, Andy, Alison, Stefan, Ryan, Megan, Julie, David, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Liz
8: Jack Lemmon won a Best Actor Emmy for the title role in this 2000 movie based on a book by Mitch Albom. Joon, Robert, Andy, Alison, Stefan, Ryan, Megan, Julie, David, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Liz
10: John Lithgow was nominated for a Supporting Actor Emmy for this 1983 movie about a Soviet missile attack on Kansas during World War III. Joon, Robert, Andy, Alison, Stefan, Ryan, Megan, Julie, David, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Liz

Science? It's all Greek to Me
3: This Greek letter is used to symbolize the prefix micro- (meaning one millionth). Joon, Robert, Andy, Alison, Stefan, Ryan, Megan, Julie, David, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Liz
6: The ohm, a standard unit of electrical resistance, is symbolized by this Greek letter. Joon, Robert, Andy, Alison, Stefan, Ryan, Megan, Julie, David, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Liz
9: A positively charged particle consisting of two protons and two neutrons is symbolized by this Greek letter. Joon, Robert, Andy, Alison, Stefan, Ryan, Megan, Julie, David, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Liz
12: The Greek letter nu is often used to symbolize frequency, while this Greek letter is used to indicated wavelength. Joon, Robert, Andy, Alison, Stefan, Ryan, Megan, Julie, David, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Liz
15: The most common symbol for a wave function in quantum mechanics is this Greek letter. Joon, Robert, Andy, Alison, Stefan, Ryan, Megan, Julie, David, Jeanie, Kathy, Vito, Liz

Monday, August 13, 2012

Week 2, Day 3 #SHC2012

     Here's the original post on today's episode.
     Recent Coryats:
originally 11-20-08: 37000
originally 11-21-08: 26000 (33200 without negs)
originally 11-7-11: 18000. This game featured a whole bunch of clues where I should've rang in. The first time I played, my score was 16800 with 5 negs. This time, I had 4 negs, all in Double Jeopardy, and my score would've been 21600.
originally 11-8-11: 24200. The first time I played, my score was 23800.
     All right, time for an Summer Hiatus Challenge update. Late last week I started an entry on Week 2 Day 3, but didn't wind up publishing it because I didn't have the clue writer's intended responses. I'm publishing it today. First, a reminder of people I'm watching, in order of best scores to worst in round 3. (Bill and Drew did not play this round.):
Joon Pahk
Stefan Goodreau
Julie Bratvold Ghanbari
David Menchaca
Vito Cortese
Megan Barnes
Ryan Chaffee
Andy
Alison Stone Roberg
Robert
Me (A lot of good it did me not to neg.)
Kathy Wright (She didn't neg either!)

Crossword Clues? "Ha"!
2: Where Colonel Mustard did it with the lead pipe (4) Andy, Ryan, Vito, Robert, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Julie, Jeanie, Megan, David, Kathy
4: Subatomic particle, esp. associated with a large collider (6) Andy, Ryan, Vito, Robert, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Julie, Jeanie, Megan, David, Kathy
6: British button salesman (11) Andy, Ryan, Vito, Robert, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Julie, Jeanie, Megan, David, Kathy
8: Fractional element? (7) Andy, Ryan, Vito, Robert, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Julie, Jeanie, Megan, David, Kathy
10: Arabian sandstorm (6) Andy, Ryan, Vito, Robert, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Julie, Jeanie, Megan, David, Kathy

Seers and Visionaries
3: Pythia was the title typically given to the priestess of Apollo at this town on Mount Parnassus. Andy, Ryan, Vito, Robert, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Julie, Jeanie, Megan, David, Kathy
6: The severed head of Mimir, or "the wise one," was used as an oracle by this chief Norse god. Andy, Ryan, Vito, Robert, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Julie, Jeanie, Megan, David, Kathy
9: This author of the Old Testament's longest book of prophecy told King Hezekiah, "Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live." Andy, Ryan, Vito, Robert, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Julie, Jeanie, Megan, David, Kathy
12: Before leaving on his voyage, Odysseus went to this place "to hear the will of Zeus from the high-crested oak." Andy, Ryan, Vito, Robert, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Julie, Jeanie, Megan, David, Kathy
15: Five-letter word for one of ten prophetesses, each associated with a particular place, first mentioned by Heraclitus in the fifth century B.C. Andy, Ryan, Vito, Robert, Stefan, Alison, Joon, Julie, Jeanie, Megan, David, Kathy

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