It’s always something

     The good news: I got to watch Jeopardy! with my sister and parents tonight.  The bad news: When I went to get the tape of last weekend’s episode, not only was there no tape in the machine, the VCR was on.  (The timer won’t start unless it’s off.)  I’m ready to accept blame for the tape not being there.  I probably just did not put it back after watching it in another room of the house.  My dad said he was probably the one who left the VCR on.  Last week’s episode must have been Terry Linwood‘s last, because this week’s returning champion was the guy who beat him.

Valerie Vicroy

     Today’s contestants:
Kevin Wilson

Matt Blackwood (What do you think of the jacket?)

     As the Jeopardy round categories were revealed I noted that Let’s Get Biblical would be a good category for my dad.  When Self-Indulgent Reality TV appeared as the next category, I said that was my category.  And I swept it!  I went four for five in the Bible category, missing this one that I shouldn’t have: “They’re the 2 books of the Bible named for women.”
     Matt found the Daily Double three clues in, in Tea.  He joined the ranks of countless contestants who said they’ve always wanted to say: Make it a true Daily Double.  He had 400 at the time, Kevin had 200, and Valerie had not responded yet.  Here was the clue: “Because it’s meant to be served on coffee tables, not dining room tables, it’s the alternate 2-word name for afternoon tea.”  Matt missed it.  My mom was close: She said “high tea.”  At the first break, Kevin and Valerie were tied with 2400 while Matt still had nothing.  At the end of the round, Kevin had 4600, Matt had 3000, and Valerie had 1400.
     Kevin found the first Daily Double of the Double Jeopardy round in Animal Subtraction.  (The idea is to form a word by taking a letter away from an animal name.  You have to give the animal.)  He had 7400, Matt had 8200, and poor Valerie had 600.  Kevin wagered 2000 on this clue: “Subract a letter from this noisy bird and you get a list of players on a team.”  Kevin, my sister, and I all got it right. 
     Kevin found the next Daily Double, too, in Let’s Talk About the Weather.  He had 24200, Matt had 8600, and Valerie had 2600.  Kevin wagered 4000 on this clue: “Named for the direction from which they come, much of our weather is carried across the United States and Canada by “Named for the direction from which they come, much of our weather is carried across the United States and Canada by these dominant winds, between 30 and 60 degrees latitude.”  Kevin was not so lucky this time; he missed it.
     At the end of the round, Kevin had a lock on the game with 21400, Matt had 9800, and Valerie still had 2600.  The Final Jeopardy category was Notable Women.  This was the clue: “When Galveston was devastated by a hurricane in 1900, she traveled 1,500 miles to head up the relief effort.”  I got this one instantly.  Valerie shook her head like she missed it, but she didn’t.  She wisely wagered everything.  Matt wrote “Amanda,” and Alex guessed (correctly, it seems) that that is his girlfriend.  Matt lost 200.  Kevin missed this one, too, but of course he had a lock on the game.  He wagered 1600.  Kevin’s Coryat score was 25000, way higher than I think I have seen.  I thought mine had been satisfactory at 19400!  Kevin had gotten 30 clues right and 3 wrong.  I got 36 right and 7 wrong.  Matt’s Coryat was 10200 and Valerie’s was 2600.