Easy as one two three

     Today’s contestants:

Charley Tinkham


Lori Kissell

     This clue in The Periodic Table stumped all four of us.  I still don’t know what they mean by the part before the colon: “Don’t take this the wrong way: it’s the most-used and cheapest metal.” (Hint: John guessed aluminum, Lori guessed nickel, Charley guessed lead, and I guessed tin.
     Two clues later, Charley found the Daily Double in the same category.  He had 600, Lori had -600, and John had 200.  Charley wagered only 400 on this clue: “The last element in the table that occurs widely in nature, it was named for a planet discovered 8 years before.”  Charley got it right.  At the first break, he had 1600, Lori had 600, and John had 2000.
     I swept Ends with the Same 2 Vowels.  I got four clues right in App-y Days, only missing this triple-stumper: “How about a round of this 8-letter app? You can select ‘burst out,’ ‘concert,’ or ‘very long.'”  Same story with On the Lamb: I got four of them and missed this triple-stumper: “New York’s Le Cirque serves rack of lamb with eggplant and this cheese whose name means ‘recooked.'”
     At the end of the Jeopardy round, Charley had 3400, Lori had 1600, and John led with 8200.  But by the time Lori found the first Daily Double in History and Geography, she had taken the lead with 8000, while John had 7800 and Charley had 3800.  Lori wagered 1500 on this no-brainer: “An anagram of the present-day capital, this city was the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868.”  Lori got it right.
     I can’t believe this was a triple-stumper, in Principals: “Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson.”  (I swept the category, by the way.)
     You know the clues are too easy when I go 4 for 5 (at this point, not having studied it much yet) in Going for Baroque.  You know, I have to feel bad for teachers.  It’s a shame that the Jeopardy! writers seem to not have faith that the teachers can shine on material at least as difficult if not more so than the usual stuff.  It’s just too bad.
     Case in point: Yet another no-brainer Daily Double, in Going for Baroque.  This time John found it.  He had 13800, Charley had 9000, and Lori had 15500.  John wagered 4200 on this clue: “Vivaldi’s ‘La Primavera,’ ‘L’Estate,’ ‘L’Autunno,’ and ‘L’Inverno’ are known by this collective title.”  John had it right.
     I swept Substitutes before the round was over.  Charley had 11000, Lori had 18300, and John had 19600.  The Final Jeopardy category was The National Statuary Hall Collection.  This was the clue: “In 2009, Alabama replaced a statue in collection with one of her at age 7, the first child honored.”  (Kinda makes you wonder whose statue was replaced.)  This was an insta-get for me, all three contestants got it right, too.  I’d like to know what the guys were thinking on their wagers, though.  Charley wagered just 3000 and John wagered 7100.  Lori wagered a hefty 16200, enough to beat the guys.  We will see her in the finals.
     My Coryat score today was 30200.  Lori‘s was 18000, John’s was 17000, and Charley’s was 11600.
     My Coryats for Friday and Monday:
5-6: Judd Hess 13400     Larry DeMoss 18000     Catherine Carson 1000     Me 17600
5-9: Elisabeth Raab 5200     Dan Crosby 14200     Larry DeMoss 15600     Me 12200