Yet another snafu during today’s episode: For some reason the image on the screen was stuck on that of a commercial that aired before the show started.  At this point I don’t know the correct spellings of the contestants’ names (except for yesterday‘s champion, of course), and they don’t appear on yet, so we’ll just have to go with their first names.  Isn’t it cool that Eugene’s name appears in his photo?  But that was referring to a different guy, so I don’t know if that’s how this contestant spells his name.  Eugene had been talking about a time that his name was the response to a clue on the show.

Liz Maziarz


     I got two triple-stumpers today.  Here’s the first one, in Real Names of Celebs: “The voice of Marlin in ‘Finding Nemo,’ he was born with the name Albert Einstein.”*  The second was in The Greatest in Sports with Mike and Mike.  This category featured the two Mikes from “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on ESPN.  In these clues, one would make a case for something and the other would refute it, which, as you can imagine, made for some loooonnngg clues again.  But this time the players were still able to clear the board.  Incidentally, they went to this category last!  Anyway, here is the triple-stumper: “The greatest NBA player ever has to be Michael Jordan with his six championships.”  “No way, it’s this superstar who scored more than 50 points in a game 118 times.”*
     Eugene found the Daily Double in the Jeopardy round.  He had 4200 while Liz had 1800, Sandra had 2800, and I had 6800.  The category was Zoo Land, and the idea is to give the country where the zoo is located.  This was the clue: “Attica Zoological Park.”*  I didn’t know this one, and Eugene didn’t either.  He lost 2300. 
     At the end of the Jeopardy round, Liz had 2200, Sandra had 3800, Eugene had 4900, and I had 12000.  My second lucky day in a row!
     Sandra found the Daily Double in the Double Jeopardy round.  (I believe it was the only one uncovered.)  This marked the only time til then that she had looked happy.  (See her picture above.)  Not only was her face sad, she sighed frequently as though she’d rather be somewhere else.  Sandra had 9800 when she found this Daily Double in The War of Art.  Liz had 7800, Eugene had 11300, and I had 20000.  Sandra wagered 2000 on this clue: “A dismembered hand clutching a sword in black and white is part of this 1937 work inspired by the bombing of a city.”*  She got it right.
     At the end of the Double Jeopardy round, the game was tight: Liz had 9800, Sandra had 12200, Eugene had 10100, and I had 25600.  The Final Jeopardy category was Movies and Language.  This was the clue: “A 2010 article from Slate called this language created by Paul Frommer ‘the new Klingon.'”*  I had no idea until Mr. Trebek said something about a recent, popular movie.  Then I knew the movie but not the language.  (I haven’t seen it.)  Two of the three contestants, Liz and Sandra, identified the movie in their responses but not the language.  Eugene got it wrong, too.  He seemed to be thinking of Harry Potter.  All three wagered big, but I would have too.  Liz lost 9000, Eugene lost 9901, and Sandra lost 8001.  She was left with the most money, then, and she smiled for the second time!  Laughed, even.  We’ll see her Monday.
*Albert Brooks, Wilt Chamberlain, Greece, Guernica, Na’vi (from ‘Avatar’)
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