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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Will The Streak Get Cracked?

I'm pretty sure that I'm not the only person who's shocked that there have been so many five-time-plus champions since the last Tournament of Champions!

In any case, it's Andy here starting off another week of recaps at TJ!F.

This week's players:
Elissa Burr - Annandale, NJ (WABC)
Julia Collins - Kenilworth, IL (WLS)
Michelle Flaherty - Natrona Heights, PA (WPXI)
Mallory Howe - Brea, CA (KABC)
Bob Kochersberger - Raleigh, NC (WTVD)
Nick Lemek - Omaha, NE (WOWT)
LaWanda London - Round Rock, TX (KXAN)
Marlon Morris - Mayood, IL (WLS)
John Ogden - Silver Spring, MD (WJLA)
Sarah Shody - Toronto, Ontario, Canada (CHCH)
Mary Twellman - Bowling Green, MO (KSDK)

Today's contestants:

Sarah's Hometown Howdy failed to make a Rob Ford joke. I'm disappointed.

J! round categories:
WHAT "ITIS" IS IT?
TENNIS TIPS
GETTING POSSESSIVE
2-LETTER SCRABBLE WORDS
APPROXIMATE WEIGHTS & MEASURES
REIGN

Sarah did very well in "Scrabble Words", though. I'm slightly less disappointed.

However, both of our challengers did very well over the first segment. Our 5-time defending champion was in third place! Scores were:

Sarah $2,800
Bob $2,000
Julia $1,400

Sarah's husband is a home brewer; when they found out that Sarah was going to be on Jeopardy, he made a Belgian beer, and called it the Daily Dubbel!

Julia fell asleep in the middle of her SATs!

REIGN $1000 had the Daily Double. Of course it was a video (Harumph.) Julia's to play, the scores were:

Sarah $3,400
Bob $2,000
Julia $2,000

Julia bet $1,500. Her clue, presented by Torrance Coombs: Even though my character, Bash, has feelings for Mary, she is betrothed by my brother, who boasts this French title as Henry II's eldest son & heir apparent. Her correct response puts her at $3,500!

Bob did well in TENNIS to take the lead at the end of the round! Scores after 30:

Bob $5,000
Julia $4,700
Sarah $4,000

DJ! round categories:
GERMAN CITIES
FASHION HISTORY
STARTS WITH DOUBLE O
THE COLE PORTER SONGBOOK
A PIG
A POLK

Both Bob and Julia had some negs keeping her score down in the early part of this round!

Over half of the round went by before we saw a Daily Double! GERMAN CITIES $1200 had it! Julia's to play, the scores were:

Julia $11,500
Sarah $7,200
Bob $4,600

Julia bet $1,500. Her clue: The Farina Fragrance Museum in this city has on exhibit perfume bottles dating from antiquity. Her correct response put her at $13,000!

A POLK had the final Daily Double. It went to Bob at $1600! Scores:

Julia $16,600
Sarah $10,800
Bob $6,600

Bob bet $3,000. His clue: In his 1845 inaugural address, Polk mentioned annexing this republic & "her desire to come into our union". Bob went north, to Canada, and fell to $3,600.

Scores going into FINAL:

Julia $19,000
Sarah $10,800
Bob $4,400

FJ! category: NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHORS

FJ! clue: Due to injuries suffered in 2 plane crashes in Africa, he was unable to accept his 1954 Nobel Prize in person

Bob 4400 - 2400 = 2000
Sarah 10800 + 9000 = 19800
Julia 19000 + 3000 = 22000 (6-day champion, $124,810)

ToC update:

1. John Pearson (November 2013 Teacher's Champion)
2. Jim Coury (May 2013 College Champion)
3. Terry O'Shea (February 2014 College Champion)
4. Arthur Chu $297,200 (11 wins)
5. Ben Ingram $176,534 (8 wins)
6. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 wins)
7. Jared Hall $181,001 (6 wins)
8. Sandie Baker $140,200 (6 wins)
9. Andrew Moore $137,803 (6 wins)
10. Julia Collins $124,810 (6 wins)
11. Jerry Slowik $121,800 (5 wins)
12. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
13. Rebecca Rider $101,600 (5 wins)
14. Sarah McNitt $89,398 (5 wins)
15. Rani Peffer $68,701 (5 wins)
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16. Mark Japinga $112,600 (4 wins)
17. Mike Lewis $102,800 (4 wins)
18. Carlos Ross $89,774 (3 wins)
19. Adam Holquist $76,299 (3 wins)
20. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)
21. Salvo Candela $66,195 (3 wins)
22. Neal Pollack $60,798 (3 wins)
23. John Anneken $60,112 (3 wins)
24. Tim Anderson $56,001 (3 wins)
25. Stuart Anderson $51,601 (3 wins)
26. Bill Tolany $44,200 (3 wins)

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