Solve for X


     Do you remember we’re gonna watch Jeopardy! together on Thursday at 6:30 Central? Click here for more info and to say you’re coming. Andy will have more information on Wednesday!
     Now. The episode I watched with Colby Burnett has been archived, so as promised I will tell you more about it. I will put it in a comment on that post, though, because it makes more sense. Just click on his name above. I did tell the bartender at O’Hagan’s, where we watched it, that I’d mention it, so I’d like to do that here. Something tells me he never checked, though! See my comment for why.
     Now for the first semifinal of the Teen Tournament. Unfortunately pictures haven’t arrived in my e-mail when I’m ready to publish this!
     Sydney Mokel found the first Daily Double in Let’s Visit D.C.
Sydney 2400 (5 right)
Jeff Xie 1000 (2 right)
William Golden 1000 (One right)
     She wagered 1600 on this clue: “Though he didn’t even live to see 1777, he is honored with a statue for his contribution to the American Revolution.” This was a video clue, but this picture hasn’t arrived in my e-mail either. I didn’t know the correct response even with the picture, but Sydney did! Speaking of Sydney, I didn’t notice it last time but this time she seemed to precede every selection with “All right…”
     The contestants then went through TV, and I surprised myself by only knowing one (The Bachelor)! And no, I don’t watch that show. Then came the first break.
Sydney 3200 (One wrong. This was after she was negged later in the show, for her response on a TV clue.)
Jeff 1400 (One right)
William 1800 (Two right)
     Like all 3 contestants, I negged on this one in Food, Fast & Slow: “Martha Stewart’s quick way to make these eggs is to remove them from the water just as it starts to boil.” I said what Sydney did! I only got 2 right in the category. Sydney went 4/5 in Double Talk! At the end of the round:
Sydney 6200 (6 right and one wrong)
Jeff 3000 (2 right and one wrong)
William 2400 (3 right and 2 wrong)
     Sydney found the first Daily Double in Chemical Elements.
Sydney 7800 (2 right and one wrong)
Jeff 4200 (2 right)
William 1600 (One right and 2 wrong)
     She wagered 2200 on this clue: “The Roman numeral for 100 is also the symbol for this element.” I can’t believe she got this wrong but she did. Trebek seems surprised, too. She had even guessed the correct response on a previous clue. Apparently she thought the Roman numeral for 100 was “X.”  
     Jeff found the next Daily Double in Stamps. There was one clue left on the board after this one, worth 1200. “Oh boy,” Jeff said.
Sydney 5200 (2 right and one wrong)
Jeff 10200 (5 right)
William 10000 (6 right)
     Jeff wagered 2000 on this clue: “A stamp commemorating the War of 1812 features the Battle of this lake.” He looked like he knew this immediately, and he got it! I did too. Sydney got the last clue right. She had 6400 then, Jeff had 12200 and William had 10000 going into the final.
     The Final Jeopardy category was Historic Transports. This was the clue: “Its principal mast is at Arlington, its foremast is at the Naval Academy & a monument to it, restored in 2013, is located in Havana.” Sydney was wrong and lost all 6400. William was right and added 7801. Jeff was right too and added 7801 also!
     I wanted to see William win, since my friend said he’d put his money on him. But I’ll be glad to see Jeff play again because I want to see what he’s gonna wear these next two times out! I’m also glad because he was so happy to win today!
     Did you see Jeff when talking to Trebek after the show? It looked like Trebek was rolling up Jeff’s sleeves!
     I got enough triple-stumpers to make a list:

  • Playwrongs: “Simon: ‘Brighton Beach Mammoths.'”
  • Stamps: “A circular holiday stamp depicts an evergreen one of these decorations.”
  • Middle A: “Japanese massage technique using acupressure.”
  • Celebrities: “In 2014 this actress & Ashton Kutcher announced their engagement.”
  • Celebrities: “In 2013 this singer became a new mom, giving birth to son Axl Jack Duhamel.”

     My Coryat today was 32200 (32800 without negs).

One year ago: The One Where a Bad Wager Snowballed
Two years ago: Marathon Woman
Three years ago: For Peter’s Sake
Four years ago: Metals, Math, Mysteries, Monarchs and More

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