Today’s contestants were:

(from left to right; Erin McLean, Lea Tottle, Hans von Walter) 

     The new Jeopardy! game for Wii was mentioned twice on today’s episode!  There was even a clue about it, in Video Games: “I hit it big when Nintendo recreated my likeness with one of these, which rhymes with the gaming console you play on.”*

     Erin got it right, which almost makes up for everyone missing this clue on yesterday’s episode, in Pop Culture (although someone did ring in a little too late): “This game’s new ‘Warriors of Rock’ features narration by Gene Simmons of KISS.”*
     The other time the new Jeopardy! game was mentioned was during a commercial break, when we were told that every contestant would receive a Wii and the new game.
     Erin got the Daily Double in the Jeopardy round today with five clues remaining on the board, in Them Crooked Vultures.  She had 2200, Lea had 2800, Hans had 4800, and I had 6200.  Erin wagered 1000 on this clue: “This word for the type of bird vultures are is from an old word meaning a toll collector.”*  Erin missed it, and so did I.  She finished the round with 1400, while Lea had 1800, Hans had 5200, and I had 6800. 
     Lea found the first Daily Double in the Double Jeopardy round, in Notable Names.  She only had 600, and she wagered all of it on this softball: “At the Diet of Worms in 1521, he said, ‘I cannot and will not retract anything.'”*
     By the time Erin found the next Daily Double in The Muses, Lea was doing much better with 4000, though she still trailed Erin at 8600 and Hans at 7600.  I had 14000.  Erin wagered 1200 on this clue: “Clio is the muse of this and is often depicted with a scroll, perhaps to record the deeds of men though the ages.”*  Erin got it right.
     At the end of Double Jeopardy, then, Erin had 13000, Lea had 11200, Hans had 10000, and I had 20400.  Everyone was in excellent shape if they wagered well, especially considering the four wild-card spots available.  The Final Jeopardy category was Words in 20th Century Novels.  Kind of a weird category, and a weirder clue: “Words found in this 1945 fable include brood, baying, bleating, comrade, tyranny, and rebellion.”*  I got this one right away, and all the contestants got it right.  Erin wagered a whopping 9401, kind of a gutsy move.  If she had missed, that wager would’ve damaged her chances for a wild-card spot.  But I think she was right – You have to play for the win.  If she got it right, she wins, even if anyone else doubles.  So it payed off today, and she will appear in the semifinals next week.
     But check out this tight race for the wild-card spots.  Here are the scores for “non-winners” so far this week:
Steve Greene 20000     Olivia Colangelo 15000     Lea Tottle 17200     Hans von Walter 17000

*Mii, Guitar Hero, scavenger, Martin Luther, history, Animal Farm

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