Here “Iago”…

     Today began week 2, the semifinals, of the Teen Tournament that originally aired in November 2009.  The contestants today were all winners of their games last week (as opposed to wild-cards): Hema Karunakaram, Aidan Mehigan, and Zach Blumenfeld.  Zach found the first Daily Double today in U.S. Cities, only 4 clues into the game.  He wagered all of his 1000 on this clue: “This Florida city was first called Cowford but was renamed in 1822 for a man who would soon become president.”*  I got this one in the nick of time, and Zach got it too.
     Did you guys know this triple-stumper in Name Game?: “The name of this villain in ‘Othello’ is a Spanish version of James.”*  My question is, why then doesn’t anyone else have this name, besides the parrot in ‘Aladdin’?  I got this clue right, and I swept “B.C.” and History via Stick Figures.  My score at the end of the Jeopardy round was 11600.  Zach had 6600, Aidan had 6000, and Hema had 2600. 
     The Daily Double was again the fourth clue into the round, in Recent Books.  Aidan found it and wagered 800 on this toughie: “This restaurant chain is the title of Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s novel about D.J. Schwenk, a girl on a Wisconsin farm.”*  Strangely, I answered the same thing Aidan did, and we missed it.
     I would’ve gotten this triple-stumper in Recent Books, but I added an “s” to the guy’s name: “This British author of “About a Boy” turned to young adult fiction with “Slam.”*
     Aidan found the second Daily Double of the round in Art and Artists, and this time wagered 1800 of his 8800.  Zach followed closely with 8600.  Aidan had just professed to loving art in today’s contestant interview!  Here is the clue and the accompanying image: “There’s no wry smile on this Italian’s ‘Ginevra de’Benci,’ which you can see right here in the U.S. of A.”*

     Aidan got it right.  Zach, however, responded by sweeping Name Their Century, where contestants were given a figure in history, and they were to give the century in which they lived.
     At the end of Double Jeopardy, Aidan led with 23000, Zach had 19800, and Hema had 4600.  I had 25600.  The Final Jeopardy category was The Old Testament.  This was the clue: “This man was given the armor, helmet, and sword of the first king of Israel, but refused to use them.”*  I thought this was quite easy.  Aidan and Zach got it right, and Hema missed it.  Aidan wagered enough to beat Zach if he doubled, and I wagered enough to beat Aidan in that case.  So I win, but Aidan won among the contestants on TV, moving on to the finals of the Tournament. 
     An update on the Summer Hiatus Challenge: I purposely avoided looking at the message boards all weekend, thinking the break would invigorate my writing today.  I panicked a little this morning when I saw the questions for round 2, day 1 were already posted!  I don’t want to miss a day, so that I can have my best possible score!  They’d only been posted the night before, though.  The most recent results are through Day 4.  Here are the scores of some former contestants, plus me.  (Look here for how the scoring works.):
75 aggiebud (Buddy Wright) (He was one of 12 people who didn’t miss any questions that day.  Wow.)
57 Asphodel (Alison Stone Roberg)
54 mrbungle (Ryan Chaffee)
53 ptucker (Patrick Tucker)
49 emurphy (Liz Murphy)
42 thejeopardyfan (Me)

   And the questions from that round, written by DadofTwins (He writes a blog, too!)  The answers appear at the end of this entry:
Each correct response will begin with one of those letters.

2: This text file sent by a server to a user’s PC when the user visits a web site is named for a small baked good.

4: This type of software or website collects and consolidates RSS feeds and displays them in a single browser or desktop window.

6: Measured in bits per second, this term refers to the amount of information that can be transmitted over a connection.

8: Abbreviated CTR, this online marketing measurement calculates the percentage of a web page’s viewers who subsequently choose to view an ad on the page.

10: When data is streamed from a high-speed device to a low-speed device, the information is stored in this area of memory until the transfer is complete.

(Each clue leads to a two-word phrase where both words are spelled the same but are pronounced differently. Example: “A Peruvian bean” is a Lima lima. However, since the SHC isn’t an oral game, you only have to type the correct word once.)

3: A silver cleaner made in Lodz.

6: A dog chain made of old pipe.

9: A person who stitches drainage pipes.

12: A deep-voiced animatronic fish.

15: A more anesthetized digit.
     Don’t forget to enter my contest to win a copy of Chuck Forrest’s Secrets of the Jeopardy! Champions.  If you don’t understand how to sign up and play the Challenge, please leave a comment, e-mail me, or contact me through Twitter
     Finally, the poll about my plan to study for Jeopardy! closed recently.  The results: 37% said the plan was “overboard,” 37% said the plan was inadequate, and 25% said the plan was adequate.  For a while, only one person said my plan was inadequate.   I was eager to ask for that person’s thoughts!  I still do, as well as anyone else’s!  I’ve gotten some interesting and thought-provoking comments so far, and I appreciate them.  They really do help.

*Jacksonville, Iago, Dairy Queen, Nick Hornby, DaVinci, David
SHC answers: cookie, aggregator, bandwidth, click-through rate, buffer, polish, lead, sewer, bass, number

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