Today’s contestants: Megan Cornell (in eye-popping red!), Bob Kennedy, and one-day champ George Tsuji. For some reason I get an error message when I try to insert their images into this entry. I see on Twitter that I’m not the only one having that trouble. I’ve asked for help from the Blogger team, and if I can add their pictures later, I will. (The contestants, not the Blogger team’s, mugshot-style!)
Can Mr. Trebek mention one more time that the College Tournament is over? He brought it up again today, saying that he thought the contestants all look like they could have been in the Tournament.
Three immediate similarities between today’s show and yesterday‘s: George found the first Daily Double three clues in, he had 600, and he wagered 1000! Mr. Trebek remembered the similarities too, and pointed it out. His opponents both had zero. This was the clue, in the category Beer Googles: “Google links for the site for this American beer that’s sponsoring a longshot American homebrew contest.”* This clue was over my head. George missed it, too.
I didn’t know any of the clues in Action Cinema 2010!, either. I still had 7000 at the end of the Double Jeopardy round, to George’s 4800, Bob’s 3000, and Megan’s 3600.
Did you guys know these two triple-stumpers? In Text Messages: “From this city, Robert Benchley sent the witty wire, ‘Streets full of water. Please advise.'”* And in Anyone from Tennessee?: “During the Civil War, this Tennessee native fought for the North and delivered his ‘Damn the Torpedoes’ line.”* Bob found the first Daily Double in Anyone from Tennessee? He led with 13000, while George had 4800, Megan had 2000, and I had 17800. Bob wagered 2000 on this clue: “Running with Adlai Stevenson in 1956, this Tennessee Democrat was a candidate for vice-president.”* We both missed it. I guess neither of us are (from Tennessee).
Megan found the next Daily Double with one clue remaining afterward. She had 6000, while George had 8800, Bob had 11800, and I had 13800. She wisely wagered 5000. (I might have wagered a little more, but then I consider that if I missed the next and last clue, I’d be in the hold before Final Jeopardy.) The category was Paint No Stopping Me Now, and this was the clue: “Paintings by this man include 1913’s ‘Paris Through the Window’ and 1914’s ‘Over Vitebsk.'”* Megan and I both missed it, but I wagered only 200. No one answered the last clue (including me), so the scores going into Final Jeopardy were: George 8800, Bob 11800, Megan 1000, and me 13600.
The Final Jeopardy category was Horse Breeds. This was the clue: “This American breed was named for its ability to race a distance of 1320 feet.”* I answered this one before Mr. Trebek could finish the clue, but I wasn’t certain about it until the correct response was revealed. I got it right, and so did all three contestants. Bob, who was leading, wagered enough to beat George if he doubled. In fact, he pulled a fast one on me and wagered about 99 more than was required to beat him. So I lost by 98. Bob’s back tomorrow!
By the way, the show “CNBC Titans” will feature Merv Griffin (creator of Jeopardy!) on December 2nd at 8 p.m. Central. Check it out.
*Sam Adams, Venice, Farragut, Estes Kefauver, Marc Chagall, quarterhorse