Final Jeopardy goes Pop this time

     I’m glad today is my last day of keeping track of my results by tally.  It is so uncomfortable to feel like I have to ring in in order to increase my total, when I know that is bad practice for the show!  Today I went 22/28 in the Jeopardy round (swept American Heritage Dictionary Preferred Plurals) and 16/30 in Double Jeopardy.  That seems low to me, especially because I swept “Hy” Five.  My Double Jeopardy round was about as rough as 3-day champ Van Lane’s day was, overall.  At the end of the Jeopardy round, he had -400, John Krizel had 5800, and soft-spoken Leslie Williams had 3200.
     Speaking of John, he is the second person this week to resemble a tennis player.  He looks exactly like tennis player Janko Tipsarevic, but these pictures don’t quite do it justice.  What do you think?:

     Van found the first Daily Double in the Double Jeopardy round in The West Indies immediately after missing this triple-stumper in the same category: “Buck Island National Monument in this U.S. territory has an underwater trail where snorkelers can view the coral.”*  Van had -800 and wagered 2000 on the Daily Double.  This was the clue: “3 main groups make up the West Indies: the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, and this nation north of Cuba.”*  He got it right.  Phew!  Van found the other Daily Double in the round, too, this time with 8000 and trailing John by 5800.  He wagered 3000 on this clue in the category Doctor Who: “…pioneered the use of carbolic acid to disinfect wounds and surgical instruments.”*  He got it right again!
     By the end of Double Jeopardy, Van had 13000, John had 17800, and Leslie had 4400.  The Final Jeopardy category was No. 1 Pop Hits.  Excellent!  And I did in fact slam-dunk this clue before Mr. Trebek was done reading it: “A 1987 remake of this 1959 hit was the first song with all Spanish lyrics to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.”*  John and Leslie got it right, while Van missed it.  John, who wagered 8201, is your new champion!
*the Virgin Isles, the Bahamas, Lister, “La Bamba”
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