Fit To Be Tied

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Andy here with the final recap of Season 30, the final day of the Teen Tournament!

We have some fun things planned for the hiatus, including a weekly video podcast! Stay tuned for more details!

Yesterday’s scores:

Remembering that today’s scores can double in Final, Alan’s effective lead is $5,000 over Jeff and $12,400 over Cooper.

Alex gave his usual spiel to a contestant in distant third, stating as he always does that a player in distant third often comes back to win! (Something for me to evaluate over the summer?)

J! round categories:
INTERNET JARGON
MOUNTAINS
WANNA DANCE?
3-LETTER WORDS WITH 2 VOWELS
THE STORY OF HIS LIFE
ATTACK OF THE MOVIE MONSTERS

This game was definitely Jeff’s early on; by my count, he got 8 correct over the first 15 clues! Some Daily Double hopping happened but the round’s betting clue eluded our players! Scores after 15:

Jeff $4,400
Alan $2,200
Cooper $200

These are probably my favourite interviews: when the contestants get to ask something of Alex!

Jeff asked whether Alex prefers to host Jeopardy! or the geography bee (he enjoyed them both). Alan asked Alex about how difficult it was to come up with 75 conversation topics with Ken Jennings, and Cooper took the controversial line — asking whether Alex prefers Canada or the US. Apparently the Olympic women’s gold medal hockey game brought tears to Alex’s eyes!

Back to the game, the Daily Double eventually went Jeff’s way, under THE STORY OF HIS LIFE $800! Scores:

Jeff $7,000
Alan $3,600
Cooper $1,000

Jeff bet $2,000. His clue: A Pennsylvania businessman: “Young Chocolatier”. Jeff’s instant correct response put him at $9,000!

By the end of the round, the scores sat at:

Jeff $9,400
Alan $4,600
Cooper $1,600

DJ! round categories:
1950-2000
THE ARTS
SYMPTOMS OF LOVE
ANTHROPOLOGY
MUSIC INDUSTRY TERMS
A FEW WORDS WITH “MOM” AND “DAD”

Cooper finally got some buzzer mojo working and even got to the first Daily Double, under THE ARTS $800! Scores:

Jeff $12,200
Alan $4,600
Cooper $4,000

Cooper went for the True Daily Double! His clue: Praise the Lord! Over a century old, this American form of Christian music combines elements of blues, jazz & spirituals. His correct response doubled his score!

The final Daily Double went Jeff’s way a few clues later, under ANTHROPOLOGY $1200! Scores:

Jeff $15,000
Cooper $9,600
Alan $6,200

Jeff bet $3,000. His clue: Elsie Parsons studied these “apartment” dwelling Indians of the Southwest, including the Zuni. His correct response put him at $18,000!

The rest of the game saw Alan and Cooper had the best luck on the buzzer! Both Alan and Cooper had 7 gets apiece over the final 19 clues. Jeff had just 3 — and 2 negs to boot! Scores going into Final:

Jeff $19,600
Cooper $15,600
Alan $14,600

Look at those scores! If Jeff and Alan bet everything and get the question right, we’ll have a tie!

FJ! category: AWARDS & HONORS

FJ! clue: There were no winners for this award from 1939 through 1943; in 1944, it was won by the International Committee of the Red Cross

Alan 14600 + 14600 = 29200 + 25000 = 54200
Cooper 15600 + 15400 = 31000 + 200 = 31200
Jeff 19600 + 19600 = 39200 + 15000 = 54200

So we have a tie, and a tiebreaker! First to ring in with a correct response wins!

Tiebreaker category: THE CIVIL WAR

Tiebreaker clue: The battles of Shiloh & Collierville were fought in this state

Jeff rang in first to win the tournament and $75,000!

Congratulations to all 15 teens for an awesome tournament! We’ll be back with some fun items soon; keep checking the blog for updates!

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