Sound off

     Well, as has happened before, the sound wasn’t quite right when I watched Jeopardy! today.  (Did that happen to anyone else?)  The sound was ahead of the picture on the screen.  For instance, the contestant names were off the screen before Johnny even read them.  A bummer.  I wound up watching it muted with the closed captioning, which, thankfully, was aligned correctly.
     First, yesterday’s scores on the first day of the Teen Tournament, for those of you keeping track of semi-finalists/potential wild-cards (I didn’t keep track of my Coryat.):
Christian Ie 1     Kate Wadman 14400     Brandon Welch 35200
     The contestants:

Kailyn LaPorte (the youngest contestant in the tournament!)

Raphie Cantor (He’s wanted to be on Jeopardy! since age 4!)

Steven Ho

     At the first break, Raphie had 3400, Steven had 400, and Kailyn had 1400.  I was sweeping Land “Ha” when Kailyn found the Daily Double of the round in that category.  She wagered 1400 of her 2200.  (Raphie had 3800 and Steven had 1000.)  This was the clue: “The Potomac River meets the Shenandoah at this West Virginia village famed for an abolitionist’s civil war raid.”  I got it right and so did she.  Then I swept Odd Words!
     At the end of the round, Raphie had 4400, Steven had 3000, and Kailyn had 6000.  Raphie found the first Daily Double three clues into the Double Jeopardy round, in 4-Letter Countries.  He had 5200, Steven still had 3000, and Kailyn had 6400.  Raphie wagered 1600 on this clue: “In September 1980, war broke out between these 2 countries and would last for 8 years.”  Raphie missed it.
     I was sweeping “Op” Culture when Kailyn found the next Daily Double there.  (Hey, this Teen Jeopardy is pretty good for my confidence!)  Kailyn had surged to the lead with 10800, while Raphie had 3600 and Steven had 4200.  Kailyn wagered 2100 on this toughie: “The mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with humorous effect.”. Kailyn missed it, and so did I.
     At the end of the round, the match was quite even.  Raphie had 12000, Steven had 12600, and Kailyn had 15100.  The Final Jeopardy category was Literary Characters.  This was the clue: “His ‘story was soon told, for the whole twenty years had been to him as one night.'”  I got this one before Mr. Trebek was done reading the clue.  I was surprised that both Raphie and Steven missed it.  Don’t people read this in high school any more?  They both lost 6000.  Kailyn got it right and added 8000 to her score, making her an automatic semi-finalist.  My Coryat score was 30400.  Raphie‘s was 13200, Steven’s was 12600, and Kailyn’s was 16800.
     Did you guys see the commercial advertising another opportunity to take the Jeopardy! test?  Apparently it’s happening at the New York Times Travel Show on February 27th and 28th. 
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