Clues remaining on the board? Arrggh!

     Yesterday’s contestants were Ryan Hedlund, Shaama Pandya, and 4-time champ Roger Craig, who Mr. Trebek mentioned is averaging more than 40,000 dollars per win.  I took pictures of the contestants, but for some reason am having trouble uploading them today.  It’s too bad, because I also took two funny pictures of Mr. Trebek saying, “Arrrggh!” after describing the category Talk Like a Pirate.  So I will say, “Arrrggh!” too.  I will be blogging about tonight’s episode, so I will try to include those pictures in that entry.
     Did it bother you that both rounds had clues left in play when time ran out?  The Jeopardy round had a whopping five clues left, and the Double Jeopardy round had four clues left.  The interviews were pretty good and they didn’t seem too long.  So I don’t know what caused it.
     At the end of the Jeopardy round, Roger had more than twice his nearest opponent, which is no surprise.  He found the round’s Daily Double in Hello Cleveland! and doubled his 4200 on the clue: “John D. Rockefeller co-founded this company in Cleveland in 1870.”*  Ryan had 4600 at the end of the round, and Shaama had 1400.
     Did you guys know this triple-stumper in September’s Here Already?: “I’m 2 weeks late with my 73rd birthday gift for this L.A. Olympics organizer and ex-baseball commissioner.”*
     Ryan and Shaama each found a Daily Double in the Double Jeopardy round, only two clues apart.  They both got theirs right.  Did you guys think they were both pretty easy?  I did.  Ryan still had less than half of Roger’s total when he found his.  He wagered 3000 on this clue in Metals: “Logically, it was the radioactive transuranium metal discovered right after neptunium.”*  This was Shaama’s, in The Votes Are In: “In 1967, this colony voted to reject Spanish rule and to remain rock solid under British sovereignty.”*  She too wagered 3000, which was a true Daily Double for her.
     Did you guys know this triple-stumper, in Yankee Magazine?: “A travel article says Arlington, Vermont is like something he would’ve painted — which he did, and lived there, too.”*
     At the end of Double Jeopardy, Roger could not be caught with 26800.  Ryan had 11600, and Shaama had 4400.  I found today’s final rather easy, and all three contestants got it right.  The category was Rivers: “These 2 rivers, each more than 1,000 miles long, rise in the Armenian plateau in Turkey.”*  Mr. Trebek did scare me, though, when he said no one talks about these rivers much.  I thought, then, that the names must be more obscure than what I had answered.
     Will Roger become a six-time champion on Monday?
*Standard Oil, Peter Ueberroth, plutonium, Gibraltar, Norman Rockwell, Tigris and Euphrates

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