Tennis, everyone!

     Today’s contestants:

Jeff Fleischer

Nick Condon

LuEllen Buhrman

     I still have yet to watch yesterday’s whole episode, Nick‘s first.  (I was at my own Jeopardy! audition when it was on TV.)  He won more than 30000 that day.
     I was on a roll at the beginning of today’s episode.  I only missed these two before the first break: In Historical Quotations: “Attributed to Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata: ‘It’s better to die on your feet than live on’ these.”  And in “Aw,” Shucks, I fell into the same trap that Jeff did: “It’s the only state that doesn’t have national parks, monuments, battlefields, or historic sites.”  Jeff said Hawaii.  This one was a triple-stumper.
     I managed to sweep Cookbooks, including this triple-stumper: “‘Skinny Italian’ offers recipes and cooking tips from Teresa Giudice of this ‘Real Housewives’ franchise.”  (And I do NOT watch the show.) 🙂
     Those of you who follow me on Twitter or who come here often know that I LOVE tennis.  Naturally I was really excited about today’s Tennis, Anyone? category and, naturally, I swept it.  I was a little saddened that the category was chosen last (with one minute to go!), and I was more-than-a-little-saddened that this was a triple-stumper: “In 2008, Stanislas Wawrinka teamed with this pro to represent Switzerland in the Olympics, winning the doubles title.”  Commentators are always saying how much that gold medal means to this gentleman, and it was evident to those of us watching the end of the match.  To be fair, though, this guy is definitely NOT known for doubles. 
     Jeff answered a clue about my hero to get the Daily Double, the final clue of the round.  He had only 200, while Nick had 7000 and LuEllen had 3000.  Jeff wagered 1000 on this clue: “The 2 Martinas to have been ranked as the year’s No. 1 women’s tennis player.”  Jeff and I got it right.
     LuEllen found the two Daily Doubles in the Double Jeopardy round, which was a rougher round for me.  She found the first one 3 clues into the round, in Art.  She now had 5000 while Nick still had 7000 and Jeff had 1600.  LuEllen wagered 2000 on this clue: “It’s the nickname of the painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos, acquired when he lived in Italy.”  I should’ve gotten this one, but I didn’t.  LuEllen got it.
     She found the next Daily Double just a few clues later, in “Go,” Baby, Go.  She had 8200, Nick still had 7000, and Jeff had 2000.  LuEllen wagered 2000 again, on this clue: “For several decades in the 20th century, this Caribbean capital was known as Ciudad Trujillo.”  Again, I should’ve gotten this one, but didn’t.  LuEllen didn’t get it either.
     Nick started on a roll, and he put the game out of reach on this last clue of the round, in Great Lakes: “NFL star Carnell Lake recorded 819 tackles in a 12-year career spent mostly at SS, this position.”  I had never heard of this.  That correct response gave him 19800 while LuEllen had 9800 and Jeff had 9200.
     The Final Jeopardy category today was Flags of the World.  My shower curtain shows all the world flags.  I chose it thinking it would help me learn them.  I didn’t need it today.  This was the clue: “‘L’Unifolie’ is one of the names popularly given to the new flag unveiled in 1965 by this country.”  Jeff missed it and lost everything but a dollar.  LuEllen got it right but didn’t risk anything.  Nick missed it and lost just 100.  So we’ll see him again tomorrow.  Vamos, Nick!
     My Coryat score today was 18800.  Nick‘s was 19800, LuEllen’s was 11400, and Jeff’s was 9200.

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