Wits and Wagers

     It pained me today to have to stop recording one of two U.S. Open men’s matches (Verdasco/Fognini or Djokovic/Troicki) in order to watch a Celebrity Jeopardy rerun.  Don’t get me wrong;  you know I love Jeopardy!, but I can’t believe they would choose to rerun the celebrity episodes right now over anything else, like, maybe this year’s Tournament of Champions?  That would’ve made shutting the recording off so much easier, even though it had to be only half an hour.  What would you guys want to see these last two weeks of the summer break?  I’ve put up a poll.  Look for it below my logo above.

     Today’s contestants:
          Julie Bowen                                                                                                                          Robin Quivers
                                                                                                   Jane Kaczmarek
     Did you guys know this triple-stumper in the Jeopardy round’s Agents and Managers?: “It’s the nickname of Hall of Fame baseball manager George Anderson of the Reds and Tigers.”*

     By the first break, Julie had 3200, Jane had 1400, and Robin had 0, as she had not rung in yet.  She answered her first clue (correctly) in Agents and Managers, with two categories left in play in the Jeopardy round.  It wound up being the only clue she responded to in the round.  Here it is: “Anne Hathaway was Agent 99 to Steve Carell’s Agent 86 in this movie adaptation from the small screen.”*
     Like yesterday, the Daily Double of the Jeopardy round remained uncovered.  Julie had 6600 at the end of the round, Jane had 5200, and Robin had 1000. 
     Julie found the first Daily Double in the Double Jeopardy round, in Un-outsource-able.  She seemed to shun strategy and randomly choose a wager, because she said “Half” (of her 10200).  Jane had 6000 at the time, and Robin had 4200.  This was the clue: “This type of healer who adjusts and aligns you based on a system developed in 1895.”*  She got it right.
     Later, Julie “moved away” from What’s Opera, Doc category that Jane had been choosing.  When Jane went back to it, the next clue in the category was the second Daily Double!  But if Julie perceives it as a weaker category for her, maybe it’s for the best that she didn’t find it.  Jane admitted she was following Julie’s lead when she wagered 5000.  Maybe they don’t watch the show and don’t know about wagering strategies?  At any rate, this was the clue: “Marcello fetches a doctor bt Mimi still dies, leaving Rodolfo heartbroken at the end of this opera.”*  Jane seemed to know it right away.
     At the end of the round, Julie had 15300, Jane had 23400, and Robin had 4200.  The Final Jeopardy category was Film Directors.  Perhaps the Jeopardy! people were hoping to draw big wagers from the contestants?  This was the clue: “His work of the 1930s and 40s is so associated with sentimentality that his name is often combined with ‘corn.'”*  Jane was the only one to get it right, so it didn’t really matter that Julie once again made an arguably unreasonable wager: She wagered everything!  Jane was today’s champion, then.

*Sparky, Get Smart, chiropractor, La Boheme, Capra