Exciting news about this blog! Read until the end for the deets…
Today’s episode starred Kyle Mathews from California, Cyd Musni from Florida, and 4-day champ Vijay Balse from India. I was really pulling for Vijay. I love to see a five-day champ! Plus, I found it endearing when he talked on a previous episode about making his wedding invitations himself with calligraphy. I was disappointed and surprised to see him in the hole at the end of the Jeopardy round!
The real stars of today’s show, though, were the clues. I counted 10 clues (counting Final Jeopardy) that no one got right!:
$600 in Letter-Perfect Bands: “Deadbeat Club, Private Idaho.”* (Hint: Previous responses in the category were U2 and REM.)
$400 in Globe-Trekkin’: “Lund in this Scandinavian country isn’t named for Ilsa Lund; It was founded before the year 1000.” (Hint: Kyle guessed Denmark and Vijay guessed Norway.)
$800 in Globe-Trekkin’: In 1856 American adventurer William Walker conquered this Central American country and ruled it as ‘president.’
$1000 in Jerusalem’s Noble Sanctuary: “When entering Al-Aqsa, worshippers must clean themselves, so this type of fountain was placed. Its name comes from the Latin from ‘wash away.'”
$600 in The Other 2 Little Pigs Rebuild: “From a German word for ‘crust,’ this exterior finish of cement, sand, lime, and water is both pigs’ siding choice now.” (Hint: Cyd guessed concrete.)
$1200 in Filmmaking 101: “The slate that gets the action going on a film is also called this, from the sound it makes.”
$1200 in Double Double Letters: “A dessert called ‘fool’ is traditionally made with this tart fruit.”
$2000 in Double Double Letters: “Watch the birdie; This bird [image on the screen] with a colorful name.”
$400 in Double Double Letters: “This clasp holds a girl’s hair in place.”
With a couple of clues remaining, Vijay hit the second Daily Double of the Double Jeopardy round. He was still pretty far behind with $3800. He wagered $3700 and got this clue right, in Double double letters: “A writer of 14-line poems.” It was too little too late, as it turns out. As mentioned, no one got this Final Jeopardy clue correct in U.S. Places in Literature: “This fishing port is the setting for Kipling’s ‘Captains Courageous,’ and the wreck of the Hesperus was nearby.” (Hint: Vijay guessed Cape Cod, Kyle guessed Boston, and Cyd guessed San Francisco.) Vijay finished with $4600, Kyle with $3400, and Cyd won with $11199. We may see Vijay at the Tournament of Champions yet.
I have mentioned that I use a Jeopardy! Challenger to keep track of my score on days when I cannot blog – Today I see that there is one for sale on eBay! Bidding starts at just $1.99, and there is a buy-it-now option for $4.99. As of this writing, there were no bids. The auction ends in 6 days.
Here are my scores for Monday and Tuesday’s episodes this week:
(Karen Hoffman, IL) $1000 (Kirby Nelson, WA) $6399 (Vijay Balse, India) $14399 (me) $12000
(Shelby Sadler, MD) $5200 (Becki Norris, IL) $6400 (Vijay Balse) $11599 (me) $24402
Now, for the cymbal crash at the end of the drumroll: My blog has a new address! Now I can be found at thejeopardyfan.com! Please spread the word. (You CAN still find me at thejeopardyfan.blogspot.com, though!)
*The B-52s, Sweden, Nicaragua, ablution, stucco, clapper, gooseberry, yellowhammer, barrette, sonneteer, Gloucester Massachusetts.