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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Andy Dislikes NCAA Football

Hello! Andy here with the last recap of the week!

Today's contestants:

Bryce was introduced as a "wine cellar rat"; Johnny chuckled as he was reading it out! Will Steven make it 2 wins today?

J! round categories:

THE NIXON YEARS was the first category played and it had the first Daily Double on the third clue of the game! Steven got the first two clues to be at $600. Steven bet $1000. His clue: Where do I begin to tell the tale of this tearjerker that topped the New York Times Bestseller List for most of 1970. Steven seemed very unsure of his response, but was correct! He went to $1,600!

Bryce did very well in the geography category, getting 4 of the 5! At the first break, the scores sat at:

Tracy $3,400
Bryce $2,000
Steven $1,400

Coming out of the break, Steven found his buzzer mojo and stormed into the lead!

THE LEAST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD was a fun parody of the Dos Equis commercials! The scores at the end of 30:

Steven $7,800
Bryce $3,800
Tracy $3,800

DJ! round categories:

STATE OF THE MOVIE was much harder than I anticipated it would be!

When Bryce got control, though, he started Daily Double hunting. He found the first one under COATS AND JACKETS $1600 (though it was a video clue in what otherwise wasn't a video category!) Scores:

Steven $12,200
Tracy $8,200
Bryce $4,600

Bryce bet $2,500. The clue: This trademark long raincoat is perfect for the weather condition in its name. His correct response put him at $7,100!

Even though Steven negged on the previous clue (HAILED FROM WALES $1200: While not much is known about his life, we do know that his feast day is March 1), he still saw the Daily Double under $1600! The scores were:

Steven $11,400
Bryce $10,700
Tracy $8,200

Steven bet $1,000. His clue: Taste testing chocolate bars for Mr. Cadbury inspired his most famous kids' novel. Steven could only come up with the book title and fell to $10,400.

Not sure I really liked the clue choices by Bryce in the game's final minute. He had a $700 lead and picked an $800 clue with a $400 clue still on the board. Needless to say, Steven got that clue and when the end-of-round signal went, Steven had a $100 lead.

Two clues remained hidden (WALES $2000, BOTANY $400).

Scores going into Final:

Steven $11,200
Bryce $11,100
Tracy $8,200


FJ! clue: In 1947 Walt Disney made a handshake deal to let this university use one of his major characters as its mascot, still in use today

Tracy 8200 - 3001 = 5199
Bryce 11100 + 5301 = 16401
Steven 11200 + 11100 = 22300

As I said to Jeanie and Robert yesterday, "just because US college sports are on in Canada doesn't mean I enjoy watching them", and I can't say I'm a fan of the Oregon program as it is!

Steven's now a 2-day champion; $41,100!

I'll be back next week with five more recaps!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Bets Of Clay

Andy here today with another recap! Hope your Thanksgiving was awesome!

Today's contestants:

J! round categories:

Some laughs on the opening clue of the game (SHOW BIZ STUPID ANSWERS $200): Julie Chen & Sara Gilbert give their view as 2 of the co-hosts of this talk show

Whitney: "What is The View?"
John: "I will also say 'What is The View?', because that was my answer!"

Needless to say: John went over to "V"ERBS, which he ran. Amazingly, though, there was no applause for him running the category!

At the time of the first break, the scores were:

John $4,400
Steven $1,400
Whitney $0

Every year, John goes to Las Vegas with a bunch of friends and impersonates Elvis!

The first clue out of the break (ANCIENT GREEKS $800) was the Daily Double! It was John's to play. He bet $3,000. His clue: "Life of" this Greek, by the Roman physician Soranus, was published around 100 A.D.. John's answer of Pericles dropped him down to Steven's score. The rest of the round was pretty even between John and Steven; the scores at the end of round signal (with the bottom two clues in OF CLAY unplayed) were:

John $3,400
Steven $3,400
Whitney $600

DJ! round categories:

The Daily Double stayed hidden for awhile (though I ran NATIONAL ATHLETES and only missed $2000 in THAT AUTHOR'S MIXED UP!)

COMPUTER TERMS $1200 had the first Daily Double, this one was Steven's to play! Scores:

John $5,800
Steven $5,800
Whitney $1,800

Steven bet $3,000. The clue: OS can stand for operating system or this movement to make operating systems & other programs freely available. Steven's correct response put him at $8,800!

I had a feeling that THE BARNES FOUNDATION was going to be a video category. By the time we got to it, there was still a Daily Double unseen. It became seen at $800 (with the 3 bottom clues left to play)

Scores were:

Steven $10,800
John $10,600
Whitney $1,800

John to bet. I like exactly $5,200 as a bet here, for the following reasons:

1) It's an $800 clue, so it should be easier;
2) If you're correct, there is $4,800 on the board, so you guarantee the lead by $200 going into Final;
3) If you're incorrect, you're at exactly 50% of Steven's score.

Also, Alex gave "less than a minute", so feel free to stall here.

However, John bet just $300. His clue: "haere pape," the inscription on "beach scene," roughly means "she goes down to the fresh water." But a literal translation is rather difficult, which indicates that this artist had a rather quirky grasp of the local language. John gave the correct response which gave him a $100 lead.

One more clue got in before the end-of-round signal came.

Scores going into Final:
John $12,100
Steven $10,800
Whitney $1,800

FJ! category: 20th CENTURY NAMES

FJ! clue: In 1942 Winston Churchill said "I can handle this peasant"; historians aren't sure things turned out that way

Whitney 1800 - 0 = 1800
Steven 10800 + 8000 = 18800
John 12100 - 9501 = 2599

Both Whitney and John said "Hitler". I said "Gandhi".

I'm trying to figure out what Steven and Whitney were thinking with their bets. Both bets were not very good. Can we just retroactively make Shanna from yesterday the champ? However, Steven is the champ, and he'll be back tomorrow to defend!

I'll be back tomorrow with a new recap!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Refreshing Change: A Well-Played Game!

Good morning! Andy here with the recap of Wednesday's show!

John Kyle Grady and Shanna Lafferty are the challengers for Mike Nickel, who beat Rani Peffer and won $29,210 yesterday!

J! round categories:

We went to POSTAL ABBREVIATIONS and JOKERS ARE WILD first and the game was dominated by the two men; Shanna didn't get in on the buzzer until the 11th clue! Scores at the first break:

Mike $5,400
John $2,600
Shanna $200

Shanna was a Rotary exchange student to Japan! John once intercepted a Doug Flutie pass at a Patriot tailgate!

FAR SOUTHERN NOVELS $800 had the Daily Double, and it was Shanna who got to play it! She hadn't had the opporunity to play much, but the scores were:

Mike $6,600
John $4,200
Shanna $1,400

Shanna bet $1,000. Her clue: Beryl Bainbridge's "Birthday Boys" fetes this explorer's fatal 1912 expedition to the South Pole. Shanna went for "Perry" and fell to $400. By the end of the round, the scores were:

Mike $7,600
John $3,200
Shanna -$400

DJ! round categories:

Shockingly to me, Shanna went Daily Double hunting in SEQUELS, but found nothing. She did well in the category to bring her score up!

The first 3 categories played ("B" GOOD, SEQUELS, SOUND GEOGRAPHY) had no Daily Double. However, ENRAPTURED WITH RAPTORS seemed to be a partially video category! Amazingly, there was no Daily Double there either! However, there was one under REMEMBER 1791? $1600 (surprise surprise!) and it was Shanna who found it! Scores:

John $12,400
Mike $12,000
Shanna $7,600

Shanna bet $5,000. Her clue: In August the Treaty of Sistova ended war between the Hapsburgs & this empire to the east. A correct response put her at $12,600 and into the lead!

The trivia gods, noticing that Shanna was making an effort to find these Daily Doubles, gave her the third and final one a few clues later, at EDUCATION $2000! Scores at this point were:

Shanna $14,200
John $13,600
Mike $12,000

Shanna bet $200. Her clue: This New Jersey-based organization says it's the world's largest provider of scholarships to young women. Her correct response put her at $14,400.

I can't fault a $200 bet here, to be honest. It doesn't risk the lead, and the clue is at the bottom of the category. However, John did get the $2000 clue in REMEMBER 1791? to retake the lead as the end-of-round signal came! Both Shanna and John played that endgame very well!

Scores going into Final:

John $16,000
Shanna $14,400
Mike $12,000


FJ! clue: Over 8,000 people have been saved from harm by this program authorized in a 1970 law, but we're not allowed to name any

Mike 12000 - 11950 = 50
Shanna 14400 - 0 = 14400
John 16000 + 12801 = 28,801

Looking over at J! Board, you'll find a couple of screenshots: One is of a Simpsons episode, where Homer's wearing a shirt that says "Witness Relocation Program"; the other is of John's, where it looks like he spelled it "Protction". It's pronounced the same way, I think it's acceptable! I also agree with Stefan's comment of "I was cursing the show for putting such an easy FJ at the end of a well-contested game."

Oh well, John's the champion now and he'll defend his title tomorrow! I'll be back with that recap!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Nickel for your thoughts

     So will Rani Peffer become a super-champ today?

Janel Stogdill

Mike Nickel
     I kicked myself for not pulling the trigger on this one in Doohickeys: "The raised connector for the positive side of a car battery." I knew "cathode," but what was the other acceptable response? I can't understand Mr. Trebek, and closed-captioning didn't have it. It sounded like "turman." I could look it up, but I wonder if anyone knows it.
     At the first break:
Rani 2600 (6 right)
Mike 1600 (3 right)
Janel 2000 (5 right)
     I responded correctly but took it back on this one in Literatura en Espanol: "Beloved by girls: 'Mujercitas.'" I did get this triple-stumper in Food Words Created in the Americas (weird category name): "It's a type of pepper, or the dish of the pepper ground with chopped onion, bell pepper, kidney beans & tomatoes." I'd have gotten this right even if I hadn't had some at lunch!
     Mike found the Daily Double of the round in Tomb Service.
Rani 5000 (4 right)
Mike 2800 (2 right)
Janel 3000 (One right)
     Mike wagered 1500 on this clue: "This writer's tomb in Amiens, France was featured on the masthead of Amazing Stories magazine for many years." Mike answered quickly and was wrong, but then he said the correct response!
     I got this triple-stumper, the last clue in the round, in Doohickeys: "That 'ce' key on calculators...what's it stand for again?" I didn't know the answer and always wondered what it stood for, so this was a guess.
Rani 6200 (3 right and one wrong)
Mike 1300 (One right and one wrong)
Janel 3000
     Mike found the next Daily Double too, in The French & Indian War.
Rani 7000 (One right and one wrong)
Mike 5700 (5 right and one wrong)
Janel 3000
     Mike wagered 2000 on this clue: "In 1758 the British captured Fort Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island, thus gaining access to this vital river." Mike knew it immediately. And what do you know, he found the last Daily Double too, in Driving in Europe.
Rani 8200 (2 right)
Mike 13700 (5 right)
Janel 1800 (One wrong)
     This time Mike wagered 2500 on this clue: "This little 1959 car was built because of the Suez fuel crisis; a British race car driver soon put his own stamp on it." Mike got this one right too.
     I got this triple-stumper at the last second, since that's not what a "monokini" is today: "Term coined in the early '60s for a 2-piece bathing suit with the top piece missing." Maybe that's what threw the contestants off.
     There were 7 clues left when Mr. Trebek gave the less-than-a-minute warning, and poor Janel was in the hole after 2 negs since Mike's second Daily Double. She negged one more time, on a 2000 clue. "Boo hiss," Mr. Trebek said. She also got one more right but of course it wasn't enough.
Rani 14600 (4 right)
Mike 20200 (4 right)
Janel -1800 (One right and 3 wrong)
     The Final Jeopardy category was Authors. This was the clue: "An international airport in Jamaica is named for this author who set many of his stories of the 1950s & 1960s there." I didn't know this and wouldn't have gotten it. Rani was wrong too, but Mike was right. He added 9010 while Rani lost all but a dollar. Mike is a giant-killer!
     My Coryat today was 21400 (23000 without one neg). And the ToC list doesn't change.

One year ago: Spin. Click. Phew.
Two years ago: [untitled]
Three years ago: Anyone from Tennessee know these responses?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Blame it on the Rani

     I'm blogging from home today (what a concept!) after replacing my modem. In a strange way, I'm gonna miss how I did it last week - typing painstakingly on my phone, and adding links and images from McDonald's where I could get wifi.
     My Coryat from this weekend's rerun, which originally aired 7-15-13, was 30000 (32800 without negs). The first time I played, my score was 23200 (26400 without negs).
     Here are this week's contestants, courtesy of Jeopardy!'s YouTube channel:
Tracy Carlson
Steven Durham
John Kyle Grady
Bryce Johnson
Whitney Magendie
Mike Nickel
Janel Stogdill
     So Rani Peffer's back to try to win a fifth time.
James Kosmatka

Johnna Mahoney
     Mr. Trebek referred to Johnna as "Johanna" at the top of the show, but I wouldn't have noticed it if Mr. Trebek hadn't said later, "It's 'Johnna.' I keep...I'm slipping up." I'm sure she's used to it! Johnna's a medical student, BTW, so I wonder if she was as happy as I was to see TV Physician and Heal Thyself.
     I first said what Rani did, then changed my response to the correct one before she responded, then took it back on this clue in Piggybacking: "Piggybacking on a 747, space shuttle Endeavor says goodbye to this, its old launch facility." I was sorry it was a triple-stumper in that case.
     At the first break:
Rani 1200 (3 right and one wrong)
Johnna 2400 (5 right)
James 3200 (6 right and one wrong)
     I said what Johnna did on this one in TV Physician, and was surprised at first when it was wrong: "In 2013 TV shows on CBS & the BBC respectively, Lucy Liu & Martin Freeman played doctors with this surname." And my eyes widened when no one seemed to ring in right away on this one in Piggybacking: "This place in Omaha whose logo is seen here traces its roots to the efforts of Fr. Edward J. Flanagan."

Rani got it though. She got the next clue right too, and the next one was the Daily Double in the same category.
Rani 2800 (4 right)
Johnna 2200 (One wrong)
James 3400 (One right)
     Rani wagered 1000 on this clue, an instaget for me: "No longer on the Catholic calendar, this saint is often shown carrying the Christ child on his back." I thought Rani's incorrect guess was a sensible one, though. In fact, I don't know how a non-Catholic would know this.
     I don't work with IVs but I knew this from nursing school, still in Piggybacking: "In the piggyback type of this hospital setup, a secondary line adds intermittent doses of a new medication." The medical student got this one right.
     I was really excited about this clue in 4-Letter Edibles: "It's the 4-letter name for the dessert seen here, topped with raspberries."

Johnna got it right. And like her, on this next clue in the same category, I questioned how to pronounce my response: "A Greek specialty similar to Shawarma, lamb roasted on a spit, shaved off & put in a pita has this 4-letter name." She said, "What is a gyro, hero, g-y-r-o?" Mr. Trebek said there were 3 acceptable pronunciations! Then I got this triple-stumper in the same category: "Vegans love this veggie that's basically a primitive cabbage."
     Mr. Trebek gave the less-than-a-minute warning with 7 clues left on the board. There were 3 left covered.
Rani 3200
Johnna 4600
James 2400
     James surprised me and Mr. Trebek went he dove for a 2000 clue, in Husbands & Wives. The first 3 clues in the category were triple-stumpers! Mr. Trebek then hinted that James should change categories. I'm not counting this right even though I responded correctly, because I took it back at the last second: "He met Mary Godwin in 1812, but they didn't wed until 1816 because he was still married to his first wife, Harriet." I got this triple-stumper in I C U R A 1-Letter Response. "Notation for the least valuable chessman."
     James was cruising in Potent Poe-tables until he got one word wrong in his response to this one: "The violent killings of an old woman & her daughter are the title crimes of this detective story."
     I gasped when Johnna had a word wrong in this response, in "me" Tunes, but she corrected it in time!: "Back off! In 1981 the Police had proximity issues with this top 10 hit." I'm glad I wasn't on the stage when I responded with "Blow Me" to this one in the same category: "This No. 1 hit by Pink begins, 'Right from the start you were a thief, you stole my heart."
     I was surprised this was a triple-stumper in Newspapers: "This media company owns over 80 newspapers, including USA Today & the Des Moines Register." The next clue, in the same category, was a Daily Double, and it was James's.
Rani 12000 (8 right)
Johnna 8600 (3 right)
James 7200 (6 right and one wrong)
     James wagered 3000 on this clue. I might've wagered it all: "In 2013 this paper won a Pulitzer for its breaking news coverage of the Aurora theater shooting." Unfortunately James didn't get it. I did after much consideration. Mr. Trebek gave the less-than-a-minute warning then with 5 clues left. One would be the Daily Double! Rani found it in All Systems Go. There were 2 clues left after this one.
Rani 11600 (One right and one wrong)
Johnna 8600
James 5400 (One right)
     Rani wagered 3000 on this clue: "Largely gone since the 14th century is this system in which a fief holder took an oath in a ceremony called homage." Rani got it right, and this was the last clue. I wonder if she regretted not creating a lock, at the time!
     The Final Jeopardy category was Nobel Laureates. This was the clue: "The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner from this country was under arrest at the time of the award." I misread it, as I am wont to do, but I'd have been wrong anyway. James and Johnna gave the same response, and they were wrong. It was sad to see James wave goodbye. Rani's response was wrong too, for that matter. James lost everything, Johnna lost 7000, and Rani lost 2611. So she is a 5-time champion and she moves up on the ToC list.
     My Coryat today was 24200 (27800 without negs).

ToC update:

1. John Pearson (November 2013 Teacher's Champion)
2. Jim Coury (May 2013 College Champion)
3. Ben Ingram $176,534 (8 wins)
4. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 wins)
5. Jared Hall $181,001 (6 wins)
6. Andrew Moore $137,803 (6 wins)
7. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
8. Rebecca Rider $101,600 (5 wins)
9. Rani Peffer $68,701 (5 wins)
10. Mark Japinga $112,600 (4 wins)
11. Mike Lewis $102,800 (4 wins)
12. Adam Holquist $76,299 (3 wins)
13. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)
14. Salvo Candela $66,195 (3 wins)
15. Neal Pollack $60,798 (3 wins)
16. John Anneken $60,112 (3 wins)
17. Tim Anderson $56,001 (3 wins)
18. Stuart Anderson $51,601 (3 wins)
19. Bill Tolany $44,200 (3 wins)

One year ago: Spin. Click. Phew.
Two years ago: [untitled]
Three years ago: Anyone from Tennessee know these responses?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Q & A with Eli Barrieau and John Pearson!

     Eli was a semifinalist in the Teachers Tournament, and John won it! (Check out John's blog.) Thanks, guys!

Jeanie: You said you've been watching Jeopardy! "20 or 30 years." How many times have you tried out?
Eli: This was my first time trying out, although the process took from January of last year, so I don't know if they had me pegged for the Teachers Tournament from the interview or what. But it was nine months between online test and interview. Another nine months between interview and invitation.
Jeanie: Have you gotten any more comments after you said you don't have a cellphone?
Eli: I always get comments about the cell phone. People don't understand. They think it's some kind of great political stand or as I read on the Jboards, some kind of boasting. It's neither. I don't need one. That's it. Even if I had one, reception is very bad where I live, so what's the use? I'm easy to get a hold of.
Jeanie: What was it like watching the finals in person?
Eli: Being able to watch the finals was awesome as a fan of the show. I was bugging everyone with the strategic breakdowns. My first game was overly cautious, so I was really excited to see the first semi-final match was just a street fight. And then in my semi-final I definitely was going for broke. The last few minutes, all of my answers had the quality of a dying man's last pistol shot, especially the math category. For the finals itself, I think we were all shocked that John eked out the win on the first day. No disrespect to Becky and Mary Beth (especially since Mary Beth kicked my ass), but the general feeling was that John was the one to beat. Before his quarter final, someone asked my who i thought would win. I said John because he seemed quick on the buzzer even at the practice rounds. By the first commercial break, we were looking at each other open-mouthed. (BTW, how awesome were Becky and Mary Anne to come out of that with byes, never mind any money at all?). The other thing that made it so great was watching it with the other teachers. Rico and James had come down to the hotel lobby to travel with us just to watch! They had to take separate transport unfortunately. But I think that really shows the camaraderie that was present. We were rooting for each other. I'm hoping we can finagle some Tournament of Champion audience tickets from the producers so we can go cheer John.
Jeanie: Is there anything else you'd like to say?
Eli: Watching myself was odd. I don't think I've spent a more awkward 5 seconds than looking at my promos, so I was really dreading 23 minutes. But I was so into the game, I was fairly relaxed. In all, I think I looked ok. I'd like to watch the show again. There was a lot of screaming and talking, and I was trying to still keep the secret, so my viewing experience was a blur.

From Jeopardy!'s Facebook page
Jeanie: I've seen some people complain that you misspelled "fleur-de-lis" in the quarterfinals. Have you heard or seen anything about it?
John: Oh sure, I saw a lot about my misspelling fleur-de-lis.  I honestly always thought it was spelled “leis.”  As in leisure, either, receive, etc.  I think that a whole lot of people are really upset with Jeopardy for not counting that “emanciptation” kid’s answer correct, and they see justification in criticizing every spelling judgment from here on out.  There were even several comments about how I should have lost the game because I spelled it wrong.  Those people just don’t understand.
Jeanie: I've seen speculation that you actually knew the answer to the Final on Friday. Care to comment?  I think I know who Drew is, but other people are wondering...?
John: Drew (Andrew) is my 18-month-old son.  I wanted to give him a little shout out that he might appreciate when he gets older, and I saw the opportunity in the last game.  After the Double Jeopardy round, when I looked at the score and did some quick math in my head, I saw that I had the game won.  Then I got terrified that I was doing the math wrong, so I spent about 5 minutes with scratch paper checking my math every way I could think of.  I must have checked it 7-8 times before I finally convinced myself that I did indeed have a lock game.  So I wrote $0 as my wager and decided to write that message to Drew.  As soon as Alex started reading the clue, I started writing, and believe it or not, I never even looked at the clue.  Last night, when I watched the show on tv, was the very first time I had ever seen that clue in print.  So as to whether or not I would have gotten it right… who knows?  I saw Mary Beth’s correct answer of Pakistan long before I ever saw the clue, so I can’t truly say whether I would have gotten it in those 30 seconds.
Jeanie: Did the contestant coordinators not ask you to avoid writing personal messages? They admonished us several times.
John: At the end of my quarter-final game, when I also had a lock in that one too, I asked Maggie if I could write “Hi, Drew” at the bottom of my answer.  She thought about it for a second then said, “Officially, you’re not supposed to, but you know what?  Go for it!”  Almost immediately, John the director was up at our podiums saying, “Remember, just write your answer, no shout outs, no smiley faces, nothing else.”  So I didn’t do it then. In the final game, I didn’t ask for permission. :-)
Jeanie: Are you thinking at all about the Tournament of Champions?
John: I think it’s so awesome that I get to go back and play again at some point in the ToC.  However, I’m not giving it any serious thought just yet because I was told there would be no ToC this season because of the big 30 anniversary tournament.  So the earliest I would go back is end of season 31.  In the meantime, I’ve got Drew and school to occupy my small amount of free time.
Jeanie: Is there anything else you want to say?
John: I want to reiterate what Rico and James said about the teachers in this tournament.  What an incredible group of people.  They were fun to talk to, fun to hang out with, fun to play against.  And fun to keep in contact with!  We’ve become a tight-knit band of friends, and my life is so much the better for it!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Daily Chicken

Good morning! Andy here with the recap of the final game of the Teacher's Tournament!

Yesterday's scores:

John Pearson: $15,200
Becky Giardina $0
Mary Beth Hammerstrom $11,000

Remember, those scores get added to what they win today!

J! round categories:

All 3 players had good buzzer luck over the first few clues, and it was Mary Beth who found the Daily Double midway through the first segment, under THE KOREAN WAR $800! Scores were:

Mary Beth $1,800
Becky $1,200
John $800

Mary Beth bet just $800. Her clue: "War's End Near" said a jubilant U.S. headline on the capture of this metropolis October 19, 1950. Her response of Saigon dropped her to $1,000. (I would have said Panmunjom)

At the first break, the scores were:
Becky $1,400
John $1,200
Mary Beth $0

Becky thinks that she has one student that will end up on Jeopardy! one day -- I wonder if the show will still be around at that point!

I had trouble figuring out how STAR BUCKS translates to a literature category...the only thing I could think is of the character Starbuck from "Moby Dick", but that seems rather tenuous. Anyone want to make me feel less stupid?

John had the best time of it over the rest of the round -- in spite of losing $2,000 to a judge's correction -- leading to scores of:
John $4,800
Becky $4,000
Mary Beth $1,600

DJ! round categories:

Becky got the first GUGGENHEIM clue, went straight over the LITERARY OPENINGS, where John was waiting to pounce. He ran the category! He then got the next 3 in ANATOMY to bring himself to 8 correct responses in a row, leading to the Daily Double at $1600! The scores at this point were:

John $13,200
Becky $4,400
Mary Beth $1,600

John bet $3,000. His clue: Your tear glands are an example of this type of gland that secretes fluid through a duct and not directly into the bloodstream. John said "sebaceous" and fell to $10,200.

Meanwhile, the final Daily Double stayed hidden for awhile, but it was a video clue at Guggenheim $800! It was Mary Beth's, with scores of:

John $18,200
Becky $8,000
Mary Beth $4,000

Mary Beth bet just $2,000. For the love of Pete, that was a terrible bet. Mary Beth is behind a ton and needs to catch up huge to prevent a lock. Her clue: Jean arp turned to abstraction as a founding member
of this movement that rejected traditional values and embraced chance, even in how its name was supposedly chosen randomly from the dictionary.

Meanwhile, Mary Beth did very well in the rest of Guggenheim, meaning I think her bet above was even worse, leading to scores going into Final of:

John $18,200
Mary Beth $10,800
Becky $8,000

Even though Alex says "it's anyone's game", John has a lock tournament, as long as he bets no more than $799! Had Mary Beth bet more -- in what was obviously a strong category for her -- we might have had a game here!


FJ! clue: In England in 1933, Choudry Ramat Ali coined this name, a country that wouldn't be formed until 14 years later

Becky 8000 - 8000 = 0 + 0 = 0
Mary Beth 10800 + 10800 = 21600 + 11000 = 32600
John 18200 - 0 = 18200 + 15200 = 33400

I think John is a favourite already to do well in the Tournament of Champions, to be honest!

We're back to regular play next week!

ToC update:

1. John Pearson (November 2013 Teacher's Champion)
2. Jim Coury (May 2013 College Champion)
3. Ben Ingram $176,534 (8 wins)
4. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 wins)
5. Jared Hall $181,001 (6 wins)
6. Andrew Moore $137,803 (6 wins)
7. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
8. Rebecca Rider $101,600 (5 wins)
9. Mark Japinga $112,600 (4 wins)
10. Mike Lewis $102,800 (4 wins)
11. Rani Peffer $56,712 (4 wins)
12. Adam Holquist $76,299 (3 wins)
13. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)
14. Salvo Candela $66,195 (3 wins)
15. Neal Pollack $60,798 (3 wins)
16. John Anneken $60,112 (3 wins)
17. Tim Anderson $56,001 (3 wins)
18. Stuart Anderson $51,601 (3 wins)
19. Bill Tolany $44,200 (3 wins)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Grimace-ing again

     By that I refer to both the facial expression and the purple McDonald's character. Yes, I'm here again to blog! And I drove through McFlurries to get here. My poor computer guy came over a few times, even after 6 p.m., which delayed my getting here (and eating). I just need a new modem, we found out.
     So today is Day 1 of the 2-day Teachers Tournament final.

Mary Beth Hammerstrom
John Pearson

Becky Giardina
     Mr. Trebek prattled on and on so long I had time to e-mail myself all 3 contestant pictures, and handily. We saw every clue though, so no harm no foul.
     John said in a previous episode he's 6'4", but I didn't think he looked it til today. Don't forget he's answering questions for us, so leave a comment if you have any.
     John, who swept a TV category earlier in the tournament, went to Classic Automobile Tags when he could (at first). Becky seemed to favor Random House Dictionary Definitions, which I swept, and Mary Beth liked Law. I got this triple-stumper in the category: "A 2010 Irish law bans this, calling it speech ' matters held sacred by any religion.'"
     I also swept Famous Former Teachers. John was plowing through the category when Mr. Trebek said it was time for the first break. It's too bad, as there was one clue left there. John went back to it after the break, but Mary Beth got it right.
Mary Beth 2000 (3 right)
Becky 400 (2 right)
John 5000 (9 right!)
     John said he made a video for YouTube, where he explains the Pythagorean Theorem as Darth Vader. I found it!

     Apparently the music's associated pretty closely with Star Wars - a guy near me here at McDonald's recognized it. I heard him say to the girl with him, "Star Wars?"
     Mary Beth was sweeping Dinosaur Names when she found the Daily Double there.
Mary Beth 4200 (4 right)
Becky 400
John 5000
     Mary Beth wagered only 800 on this clue: "The high-flying pterodactyl's name means 'winged' this body part." She and I got it right. John got the last clue in the category though.
     At the end of the round:
Mary Beth 7200
Becky 1400
John 5000
     Mary Beth found the first Daily Double of Double Jeopardy in Nonfiction.
Mary Beth 8800 (3 right and one wrong)
Becky 3800 (2 right)
John 9800 (5 right)
     Mary Beth wagered 1000 on this easy clue: "This bestseller by Lynne Truss has been described as 'a book for people who love punctuation.'" Mary Beth got it and tied the game. Unfortunately John negged on the next clue worth 2000.
     I was amazed this was a triple-stumper in Types of Musical Instrument: "Alto (Art Pepper's specialty)." And I don't even know who Art Pepper is.
     Mary Beth found the next Daily Double too, in Charter School. There was one clue left on the board after this.
Mary Beth 16600 (8 right and one wrong)
Becky 5000 (One right)
John 8600 (2 right and 2 wrong)
     Mary Beth wagered only 600 on this clue: "The Pfaffenbrief or Priests' Charter of 1370 made the first mention of a confederation that became this country." Mary Beth missed it. The last clue of the round was a triple-stumper.
     The Final Jeopardy category was U.S. Presidents. This was the clue: "The second man to become president who was never elected to the job, he ran twice for the position unsuccessfully." I didn't get this. Becky got it wrong and lost all 5000. John got it right after crossing out the same response Becky had. He added 6600. Mary Beth was wrong and lost 5000 too. On to tomorrow!
     My Coryat today was 23400 (26600 without negs).

One year ago: 18 clues
Two years ago: You must remember this...
Three years ago: Jeopardy! goes green, and gives it too

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I can get used to this

     So today we see Eli Barrieau, Maryanne Lewell and Mary Beth Hammerstrom try for the final slot in the Teachers Tournament finals. Two of them teach history, and one teaches social studies! Don't forget Eli is answering questions for us. Leave a comment if you have any.

Mary Beth


     My desktop computer is still down, so I have to blog on the episode from my phone at home, then add pictures, links etc. at McDonald's. It's no drag, but I'm sure it would get old! And I'd get even weirder looks from the McDonald's employees. I hope my computer guy can come over tomorrow.
     Unfortunately Eli negged on this first clue of the game, in Seen from Space: "The building seen here is the headquarters of this Cabinet department." He just misread the clue is all. Hey, I remembered to take the picture before heading out!

     I got this triple-stumper in Speak Up: "The woman in this song by 'Til Tuesday needs to speak up despite what her boyfriend says." I wouldn't have if they hadn't played the song. Maryanne looked like she thought it was time for a commercial. Later Mary Beth looked like she was putting her signaling device down at an odd time, too. When it was time for the first break:
Mary Beth 2000 (5 right and one wrong)
Maryanne 2400 (6 right and one wrong)
Eli 800 (2 right and the one wrong)
     Eli says he doesn't have a cellphone. He says he doesn't need one! I know I have many times. When I was on the show, contestant coordinator Maggie said she'd never sent a text. I bet that's still the case, and I bet she's still proud of it.
     Mary Beth found the first Daily Double, in Don't Say Um. (Correct responses are elements that don't have "um" in the word.)
Mary Beth 2400 (One right)
Maryanne 2400
Eli 800
     Mary Beth wagered 1000. She giggled when she said "um" while pondering it. This was the clue: "The Latin for this element gave us the word plumbing." She got it right.
     I would've been tempted to respond "no-no" on this clue in Hyphenated Terms: "With 7, Nolan Ryan still holds the record for pitching the most of these games in the major leagues."
     I was pleased to see the Music of Today category and was 3/3 when time ran out in the round. >:-( One was a triple-stumper: "These 2 states precede 'line' in the name of the country duo featuring Tyler Hubbard & Brian Kelley." At the end of the round:
Mary Beth 3800 (One right)
Maryanne 6200 (5 right)
Eli 1800 (2 right)
     Eli found the first Daily Double of Jeopardy in World History.
Mary Beth 3800
Maryanne 6200
Eli 3000 (2 right)
     Eli wagered it all on this clue: "On August 26, whip France's National Assembly approved this 'declaration' that proclaimed, 'Men are born free and remain free.'" Eli smiled and got it right. Soon Mary Beth found the next Daily Double in Inspiration.
Mary Beth 6200 (2 right and one wrong)
Maryanne 8200 (2 right)
Eli 6800 (One right)
     This time Mary Beth wagered 2000 on this: "Looking like a giant lying down, Cave Hill near Belfast inspired this man in the 1720s." She and I got it.
     Mary Beth widened the gap on the last clue, when she picked up one that Maryanne negged on.
Mary Beth 21000 (11 right)
Maryanne 7800 (3 right and 2 wrong)
Eli 14800 (6 right)
     The Final Jeopardy category was Novel Titles. This was the clue: "These are not in the Koran, & the angel Gabriel told Muhammad that they were not revealed by God." I said The Ten Commandments and thought it was right! All 3 contestants got it right, so it wound up not really mattering if Mary Beth did add a letter to one of her earlier responses. She wagered enough to beat Eli by a dollar if he doubled (and he did). Maryanne doubled her score too. So the finals are set!
     My Coryat today was 15600 (16000 without one neg).

One year ago: Three contestants in search of an author
Two years ago: You must remember this...
Three years ago: Jeopardy! goes green and gives it, too

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sting like a B as in Becky

     I was hoping to see Eli Barrieau play today but it's okay. We'll see him tomorrow when his opponents must be Mary Beth Hammerstrom and Maryanne Lewell. I kinda like his chances.

Becky Giardina
Patrick Dillon

Anne Baxter
     I swept the easy Movies with Structure. And did I really get two triple-stumpers, in Sounds Like Football?: "The profit you get back on an investment" and "Folded pastry." Later in the round I completed a sweep of Flashin' Some Fashion, and I got this triple-stumper in Science Survey: "This roughly 3-pound organ converts glycogen to glucose." At the first break:
Patrick 800 (4 right and one wrong)
Anne 3000 (7 right and one wrong)
Becky 1200 (2 right)
     Anne found the Daily Double of the round in Flashin' Some Fashion.
Patrick 1800 (2 right)
Anne 1800 (2 right and 2 wrong)
Becky 3600 (3 right)
     Anne wagered it all, to applause, on this clue: "Popular in the 20s and again in the 60s, this French-named hat will be there with bells on." I'm sorry but there's supposed to be an image here. Something's wrong with my desktop computer so I'm blogging from McDonald's, and I forgot to take the picture before I left. If it's important to you I can edit this post later. Anyway, Anne and I got it instantly. Lucky for her she is a French teacher!
     At the end of the round:
Patrick 0 (2 wrong)
Anne 4000 (One right)
Becky 5200 (2 right)
     I swept the breezy Celebrity Relatives.
     Anne found the first Daily Double of Double Jeopardy in Let's All Chant.
Patrick 0
Anne 9200 (6 right)
Becky 7600 (2 right)
     Anne wagered 1500 after much consideration, on this clue: "Priests chant the name of the god Ptah in the last scene of this opera." Anne got too cute in my opinion when she said, apparently sarcastically, "Oh I love opera." But she and I came up with a correct response.
     Patrick found the next Daily Double, in Front to Back, Back to Front. Mr. Trebek had given the less-than-a-minute warning with 5 clues left, and there was one on the board after this.
Patrick 10000 (7 right)
Anne 15100 (5 right and one wrong)
Becky 12400 (5 right)
     Tough decision, but Patrick wagered 2200 on this tough clue: "Beastly home & Mideast currency." Patrick didn't get it either, and we didn't see the last clue.
     The Final Jeopardy category was The 2012 Olympics. This was the clue: "NBC reported that in the first days of Olympic coverage, this sport seen in recent books & on film was the most watched on cable." I got this instantly. Patrick missed it and lost 6800. Becky got it right and doubled her score! Anne missed it and lost 9701. So Becky took a risk but she wins, and we'll see her in the finals! She was not near as excited as I like to see contestants, and Mr. Trebek noticed she wasn't smiling too.
     My Coryat today was 24800 (29000 without negs).

One year ago: On the Decay of the Art of Strategy
Two years ago: You must remember this...
Three years ago: Jeopardy! goes green and gives it too

Monday, November 18, 2013

Won't the real Jeanie please stand up?

     While preparing for my Q & A with John Pearson, I came across this on the Jeopardy boards and am so shook up I just have to show you. What do you think?!?
     My Coryat from this weekend's rerun, which originally aired 7-12-13, is 17400 (23200 without negs). I remember this episode but for some reason I can't find a recap or Coryat from that time.
     I'm pleased to bring you Day 1 of Week 2 of the Teachers Tournament.
Katie Moriarty
John Pearson

Timothy Shuker-Haines
      And I'm relieved that John and Eli Barrieau are not playing each other in the semifinals - I want them both in the finals! I'm doing a Q & A with them, so leave a comment with any questions you have for them.
     The Daily Double was only the second clue of the round! John found it in "Oh". The first clue was worth 200. He wagered 1000 on this easy clue: "This Czech region gave us a name for artistic people who live by unconventional standards." He got it.
     I think I swept People (as in the magazine), and I got this triple-stumper: "In 2013 People reported 'the new YouTube sensation' was 'doing' this dance; 'R.I.P. Gangnam style'!" No one got it even after Timothy said "Harlem shuffle"! I knew it before he said that, of course.
     At the first break:
John 3400 (4 right)
Timothy 200 (3 right and one wrong)
Katie 2200 (4 right)
     I don't know about you but I thought Timothy was way more relaxed this episode than the last one.
     I liked John's story about Coach K calling him the worst player who tried out for the team, and I liked John's reaction to it.
     I got this triple-stumper in Places: "In Biblical times, caravans stopped at Capernaum, Israel to stock up on fish from this nearby lake."
     At the end of the round:
John 4800 (5 right and 3 wrong)
Timothy 400 (2 right and 2 wrong)
Katie 4400 (3 right)
     Timothy got the first Daily Double of Double Jeopardy, in More Than One Meaning.
John 5200 (One right and one wrong)
Timothy 800 (One right)
Katie 4800 (One right)
     Timothy wagered "up to 2000" (2000) on this clue: "Polite & friendly, or any of various liqueurs." He got it right!
     John got the next clue right, and then the next clue was the other Daily Double, in Short Stories.
John 6000
Timothy 2800
Katie 4800
     John wagered 2500 on this too-hard clue: "'Bow Wow' & 'A Bit of a Shock,' 2 of John O'Hara's stories about Joey Evans, were the basis for this 1940 musical." He was wrong.
     I got this triple-stumper in American Experience: JFK: "During his 1946 run for Congress, the skinny JFK already suffered from this disease of adrenal insufficiency."
     I was thankful for the brainless Everybody Must Get Birthstones, for my Coryat's sake.
     One clue was left covered, with no warning.
John 8700 (7 right and one wrong)
Timothy 8400 (6 right and one wrong)
Katie 4800 (3 right and 2 wrong)
     The Final Jeopardy category was Buildings. This was the clue: "Charles Evans Hughes laid the cornerstone for this building on October 13, 1932 & got to work in it for about 6 years." I got this one right on a lucky guess. I'm especially glad because it was a triple-stumper. Katie and Timothy lost everything! John wagered everything but 500. I'm so glad we'll see him again on Thursday.
     My Coryat today was 19600 (21800 without negs).

One year ago: On the Decay of the Art of Strategy
Two years ago: You must remember this...
Three years ago: Wide world of weird, weird moments

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Q & As with Rico Vazquez and James Brown

     Rico played in the Teachers Tournament on November 11th. Thanks, Rico!

Jeanie: You did fine. I'm sorry you didn't make it to week 2 of the tournament.
RicoThank you.  I wish I would have made it, but someone has to lose, too.  James Brown ended with $0 and had a hockey jersey made that said “Jeopardy” on the back with the number 0.  I admire his attitude.  I should have totally worn an ugly shirt, even if it wasn't Thursday.
Jeanie: Your dream category is Classical Music?!? I have to ask, would you have gotten my neg right if it had been a clue on your show? (A Classical Mix-up for 800)
RicoYour clue was a tricky one, due to the vagueness of it. I felt for you on that answer.  At least you didn’t name “Sherman” as the capital of Mississippi.  I get called Sherman in the hall, now.
Jeanie: I noticed that Katie rang in before you on the Blagojevich clue (you're from Illinois), and the next clue was the Daily Double. Did you try to ring on the Blagojevich clue?
RicoKatie did beat me to the Blago one, and almost every other one. J  She really had that buzzer working.  I knew the Daily Double, but what can you do?  Even in the practice rounds I kept getting beat on the buzzer.
Jeanie: Can you explain your Final Jeopardy wager?
RicoMy final wager was almost a joke.  I wanted to bet all of it, but didn’t want to end with 0.  I then thought “Wouldn’t it be funny to bet $5,595 so that I would be left with $205 (My district number) if I lost?”  I then freaked out a little bit and left it at $5600.  I figure it would be better to have a little money, just in case.
Jeanie: Is there anything else you'd like to say?
RicoI would like to say that I am so happy I was there.  It truly was a very surreal experience, but one I hope I always remember.  The other teachers were all great people, and we have kept in close contact with each other.  The contestant producers were amazing, too.  Everything about Jeopardy! was so wonderful.

     James Brown played on November 13th. Thanks, James!
Jeanie: Can you talk about your Final Jeopardy wager?
James: Sure. I had 6600 and I was really just focused on what I should do against Eli. He had 12200. In my mind, he wasn't going to go 0 so I figure if he wagered anything and got it right, then my only shot was the wild card. That's why I bet it all. If I double to 13200 then it may be a decent shot at it. Anything less than that didn't make sense given the format. It was either wager it all or go 0 and hope Eli and Karen went big and missed it. I didn't want to leave my fate in their hands so I went all in.
Jeanie: Did you come back the next day to watch the second week of the Teachers Tournament from the audience?
James: Yes I did go back the next day. Our little group of teachers became friends and we all were rooting for each other. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. There was also a reception after the taping was over.
Jeanie: Is there anything else you'd like to say?
James: I will admit to panicking during the daily doubles. I had no idea what the answers were but I didn't want to just stand there and say nothing. Lol your post said I answered immediately but wrong on the a in geo Daily Double. They edited out a bit of my staring blankly at the camera lol. Not that it matters but I thought long and hard for my wrong answer lol.
     The only two answers I regret was 1) not answering Disney hall. I knew it was Disney but didn't know if it was hall or theatre or what the official name was and I didn't know if Disney was acceptable. The other was missing Aegean Sea. My mouth answered before I fully thought it out to realize there are two parts of the Mediterranean that began with a.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Pink tie blues

     You guys, John Pearson from yesterday's episode has contacted me for a Q & A! This does my heart good - he's the guy who left the comment here.
     The big question today, for me: Am I gonna be sending Rico my questions this weekend or next? (That is, was his score high enough to be a wild card?) Here we go.

Cathy Bloedorn
Michael Townes

Timothy Shuker-Haines
     I was looking forward to Rap Stage Names, and it was one of I think 3 categories I swept in the Jeopardy round. I'm glad we saw them all - It was the last category the contestants chose!
     I got this triple-stumper in Same First & Last Letter: "Shortened term for an agreement before a marriage that stipulates rights." I thought of "Loyalist" but didn't quite make it to the correct response on this triple-stumper in Same First & Last Letter: "Traditional contradictory-sounding adjective for a Parliamentary opposition party."
     At the first break:
Cathy 1800 (3 right)
Timothy 3800 (6 right)
Michael 1000 (3 right)
     Did you notice how many of this week's teachers made education their second career? Maybe the contestant coordinators like that.
     I noticed Michael's pink tie when he was introduced because I like that look. I was glad he mentioned in his interview. But "hot pink"? Uh uh.
     Timothy found the Daily Double of the round, in On his Presidency's Secret Service.
Cathy 2200 (One right)
Timothy 5000 (2 right)
Michael 1000
     Timothy wagered 3000 on this clue: "In 1902 the service began full-time protection of the president, this man whose predecessor could've used some protecting." He and I got it right.
     At the end of the round:
Cathy 4000 (2 right)
Timothy 9400 (3 right)
Michael 4400 (5 right)
     Did Timothy's students really call him "Timothy" in the video from his school? I hope they don't do that in the classroom! I have a feeling they don't - He didn't look too happy about it.
     I got this triple-stumper in Diseases: "The disease that kills all these animals in Egypt in Exodus 9:6 is believed to have been anthrax." Timothy and Cathy negged but Michael didn't, and the next clue was the Daily Double in the same category.
Cathy 5200 (3 right and 2 wrong)
Timothy 9800 (2 right and one wrong)
Michael 11600 (7 right)
     Michael wagered 1600 on this clue: "CFTR, the defective gene responsible for transmitting this metabolic disease, lies in the middle of chromosome 7." I didn't know it either, but I was disappointed that he didn't even throw up a guess. He seemed unwilling to even think about it, even after Mr. Trebek waited to reveal the correct response. Boo. Timothy and Cathy negged on the next clue too! But Michael and I got it.
     I got this triple-stumper in Raid!: "This Biblical patriarch led a daring raid with his servants to rescue his nephew Lot."
     The last clue of the round was the other Daily Double, in Raid! It was Cathy's to play.
Cathy 8400 (4 right and one wrong)
Timothy 13400 (5 right and one wrong)
Michael 16400 (5 right)
     Cathy wagered 2000 on this clue: "In February 1942 he wrote that the purpose of his upcoming raid was 'to bomb and fire the industrial center of Japan." Cathy didn't get it.
     The Final Jeopardy category was Play Characters. This was the clue: "In Peter Roach's phonetics glossary, this alliterative guy is 'the best-known fictional phonetician.'" I didn't get this one. Cathy did and wagered all but $5. Timothy got it too and added 7000. Michael didn't get it and lost 2600. Timothy walked so quickly toward Mr. Trebek the camera almost didn't catch him.
     So, I'll compile questions for Rico and James this weekend. I'd still like to know if you have any for them. Here are next week's players:
Anne Baxter
Patrick Dillon
Eli Barrieau
John Pearson
Mary Beth Hammerstrom
Becky Giardini
Maryanne Lewell
Katie Moriarty
     My Coryat today was 33000 (34400 without negs).

One year ago: On the Decay of the Art of Strategy
Two years ago: You must remember this...
Three years ago: Play it again, Sam


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