Today was the second day of the two-day College Tournament final. Yesterday, Surya Sabhapathy ended with 12800, Nick Yozamp ended with 20000, and Ryan ended with 14800. These scores are added to today’s to determine the champion of the Tournament.
This is the first time I have pretended to play along with the contestants as though it were a two-day final for me, too. I have always thought the wagering is soooo much more difficult on both days. On the first day, not only will you not know whether you’ll be right or wrong, but what are your opponents going to wager, and will they be right or wrong? On the second day, the possibilities seem endless even though they of course are not. But I am dreaming big and therefore want to practice for a two-day final as well. I had 22400 after yesterday.
Ryan found all three Daily Doubles today, with mixed success. He got this one correct in the Jeopardy round with the equivalent of one category to go, in Microbiology Milestones: “By 1980, a global vaccination effort led to the virtual eradication of this, the only time that’s been done to a germ.”* He doubled his score to make 2000, while Nick had 6400 and Surya had 2200. The category that remained was Opera (four of the five clues, anyway), which I cannot believe I swept. I also swept “O” Nouns. At the end of the round, Ryan had 2600, Nick had 7400, and Surya had 4400. I had 9400.
The Double Jeopardy Daily Doubles were not as kind to Ryan. This was his reaction after finding the first one of the round:
Yeah, he missed it, but it didn’t matter. His two-day total was 30799, and he is the reigning College Tournament champion!
*smallpox, bandwidth, Kongo, Saul and David