Thank God It’s Friday, Again

     I love Fridays of the first week of Jeopardy! tournaments.  It is so exciting at the end of the show when the semifinalists are announced.  I really love it when one of the semifinalists played that day and lost but had enough to qualify as a wild-card.  They always look so surprised and happy.  That happened today, the end of the Teen Tournament quarterfinals, with Gabe Orlet!  I won handily today:
Stephanie Radke 700
Gabe Orlet 16500
Hema Karunakaram 18901
Me 26800
     It helped that I swept Pop Toppers, where a current (then, anyway) pop song was provided, and the contestants were to give the artist.  Sample clue: “Disturbia.”*  I also got this triple-stumper, in Famous Latinos and Latinas (Yeah, I know, that really helped me win): “Univision host Raul de Molina, AKA ‘El Gordo,’ meaning this, is the author of ‘La Dieta del Gordo.'”*
     How many time did Mr. Trebek say “Right you are” today?  It seemed like he said it with most correct responses.  I wish I’d have kept track.  In fact, after this episode aired the first time, I noticed Mr. Trebek kept saying it, and I did start to keep track!  I think this one would take the cake, though.  Did you guys notice it?
     Now for an update of the Summer Hiatus Challenge.  (Informal poll – Do you guys say “hiatus” with a long or short ‘a’ sound?)  Scores for Day 2 are now posted.  Here are the scores of the former champs I mentioned in my last post (If you are a former champion playing along and I have not mentioned you, please let me know!):
39 emurphy (Liz Murphy)
32 mrbungle (Ryan Chaffee)
30 ptucker (Patrick Tucker)
24 thejeopardyfan (Actually, that’s me)
23 aggiebud (Buddy Wright)
15 Asphodel (Alison Stone Roberg)
    
     Let me explain the scoring, but first, the questions from Day 2, written by DadofTwins.  The correct answers are at the end of this entry, but give them a try before you peek!:

MIDDLE EASTERN CAPITALS

2: The first historical mention of this Syrian capital is in a list of cities conquered by an eighteenth dynasty Pharaoh.

4: This Saudi capital has grown nearly fifty-fold in the last fifty years.

6: This is the only Asian national capital with a beach on the Mediterranean Sea.

8: This city east of the Jordan River was named Philadelphia when it was conquered by Ptolemy II.

10: The Dhofar Rebellion resulted in this city becoming the capital of a re-organized Sultanate of Oman.

MUPPET SHOW GUEST STARS

3: His 1973 album “Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player” includes his first number one hit in America, “Crocodile Rock.”

6: Thirty-three years before her appearance on the Muppet Show, she sang the title song in the movie “Stormy Weather.”

9: Paul Williams, a guest from Season 1, wrote the lyrics for this brother-sister duo’s hits “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “We’ve Only Just Begun.”

12: This season two guest star hit number one on the R&B and Easy Listening charts and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 with “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.”

15: He sang his number one hits “When I Need You” and “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” on the second episode of season three of The Muppet Show.

     You get the question’s value if you answer it correctly.  You don’t gain or lose anything when you don’t answer.  (They call that a “clam.”)  For the first five questions (the Jeopardy round), you lose 1/2 of the question’s value when you answer incorrectly.  For the second set of five questions (Double Jeopardy), you lose 1/3 of the question’s value when you answer incorrectly.
     So, I got questions 2, 4, 8, 3, 6 (Double Jeopardy), and 9 correct.  I guessed incorrectly on 6 (Jeopardy round) and 15.  I didn’t guess at all on 10 or 12.  My score, then: 2+4+8+3+6+9-3-5=24.  Does that kind of make sense?
     Speaking of the Challenge, still no one has entered my giveaway of Chuck Forrest’s book Secrets of the Jeopardy! Champions.  Don’t miss the fun of the Challenge and the opportunity to own this out-of-print book!
     Also, you have one more day to vote in my poll, below.  I could use your feedback, even after the poll has closed!
 
*Rihanna, fat
Summer Hiatus Challenge answers: Damascus, Riyadh, Beirut, Amman, Muscat, Elton John, Lena Horne, the Carpenters, Lou Rawls, Leo Sayer

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