La “vide” loca

     Today’s contestants:

Christopher Short
Amanda Wallwin
Mark Samburg

     I was excited when Christopher was introduced as a pub quiz editor – There’s going to be a pub quiz during the weekend of the unofficial Jeopardy! reunion!  I hoped Mr. Trebek would ask Christopher about it, but he did not.  (Can a person really make a living that way?)
     At the first break, both one-day champ Amanda and Christopher had 2800.  Mark, who made people laugh with his pronunciation of Vwlss Mmmls, had 1200.
     Did you guys know this triple-stumper in What’s Going “On”?: “A variety of agate with alternating colored layers.”
     This clue in the already-weird Molecular Gastronomy threw me: “Food is cooked to precise temperatures and uniform doneness in a waterbath without the water coming into direct contact with it.  The food is sealed without air so the technique is called ‘sous vide,’ ‘vide’ meaning this.”  While the complicated clue was being read, I came up with the answer that they were eventually looking for.  But when they said “‘vide’ meaning this,” I changed my answer to “empty,” because I knew – knew! – from taking 4 years of French in high school and 2 semesters in college (not to mention spending a month in France twice) that “vide” means “empty.”  I’ve not known it to mean the response that Mr. Trebek gave.  I counted “empty” right, actually.  Anyone care to weigh in?
     The very next clue was the Daily Double, also in Molecular Gastronomy, a category I hope never comes around again.  Amanda found the Daily Double, and wagered only 500 of her 3800.  Mark had 1600 and Christopher had 3600.  This was the clue: “Some creations at Moto involve the use of a laser.  Here, pastry chef Ben Roche uses one for this process.  It heats sugar to the necessary 338 degrees quite efficiently.”  Amanda and I both got it right.
     How about this triple-stumper in Actual FBI Files, also the last clue in the round: “This mustachioed comic ‘commented he should be given half a’ communist party ‘membership because his mother was a gentile.'”
     At the end of the round, Amanda had 4300, Mark had 1200, and Christopher had 5600.
     Mark found the first Daily Double in the Double Jeopardy round, in Shake, Shake, Shake.  He wisely wagered all of his 4800.  Amanda had 10300 and Christopher had 10800.  This was the clue: “These, like the thrust type, are defined as narrow zones where rock masses move in relation to one another.”  He got it right, and so did I.
     Triple-stumper time.  How about this one in Biblical Who Said It: “O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!”  The next clue was the next Daily Double, in the same category.  Amanda found it this time.  She wagered 1000 of her 10700.  Mark had 7600 and Christopher had 13600.  This was the clue: “‘Out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.'”  I thought of the right response at first, but changed it.  Amanda got it right. 
     There was one category left, Djibouti, when Mr. Trebek gave the one-minute warning.  One of the clue was a triple-stumper: “Temperatures in Djibouti go up each year with the arrival from the inland desert of the Khamsin, one of these.”  There was one clue left covered at the end of the round.  I have to wonder if it was asking what the capital of Djibouti was, since that hadn’t been asked yet!  Amanda ended the round with 12900, while Mark had 12400 and Christopher had 11600.  The Final Jeopardy category was Billboard’s Hot 100!  I was so excited…til I got the clue wrong!  This was the clue: “In 2010 they broke the Beatles’ record for having had the most songs on the Hot 100 chart of a non-solo act.”  Christopher was the only one to get it right, and I have to admit I’m pretty impressed.  He added 10000 to his score.  The other two felt confident, it seems: Amanda wagered 11901 and Mark wagered 10801.  Christopher is your new champion, then. 
     My Coryat score today was 24200.  Christopher‘s was 11600.  Mark’s was 9200.  Amanda’s was 13400.  My best categories were Museums by City, Actual FBI Files, and What’s Going “On.”  My worst category was In Your Face!  Coryats for Wednesday and Thursday:
3-30: Paul Cheng 15800      Ellen Dickens 12800      Ted Sitting Crow Garner 11600      Me 21800
3-31: Amanda Wallwin 14600     J.D. Lopez 8800     Ellen Dickens 3200    Me 23800