Cheer up, Sleepy Jean

     Today’s contestants:

Matt Larson

Jennifer Najarian

Ty Cone

     The game started out shaky for me today, kind of like the past couple of days overall.  I didn’t get to study for the Jeopardy! audition (and possible subsequent appearance) as much as I wanted to, but it’s not like something happened – I just couldn’t keep my eyes open.  I don’t get it because I slept all night the night before.  This always seems to happen when I try to read.  If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.  I need a solution!
     Then you may remember from yesterday that I am trying to figure out what I’m going to wear to the audition.  Today I went to Maurice’s, the same store where I returned that dress just before the National History Bowl.  They did have the dress in my size, but I got to thinking I may want a different dress, one that I almost got for the Bowl.  Of course, they didn’t have my size in that one.  And the salesperson was less than helpful about checking if it’s available online or if I can get one sent to the store from another store.  So, I don’t have a dress yet.  I don’t know exactly what I’m gonna do, but I’m sure it will work out.
     Anyway, I did poorly in the first two categories of today’s game, Beatles Last Lines and Yes, We Have No Army.  I swept the next category, though (Animal Anagrams), so I picked up this triple-stumper: “These spotted cats are the coolest!”  After that I missed only one each in the next two categories.  In The Human Body: “Allowing for almost no movement between 2 bones, a suture is a joint found only here.”  And in Summer School at Yale: “‘The Chinese House From Courtyard to City’ was a course offered in 2010 by this department.”
     Jennifer found the Daily Double in The Human Body after responding to the first two clues correctly after the first break.  She had 1800, Matt had 4600, and Ty had 2400.  I liked Ty, by the way, as soon as Mr. Trebek said during his interview that Ty’s been practicing for the show.  He goes to pub quizzes!
     Jennifer wagered 1600 on this clue: “Appropriately, part of this organ’s name is an archaic term for bile.”  She got it right.  At the end of the round, she had 4400 while Matt had 5200 and Ty had 6400.
     Jennifer also found the next Daily Double, in Theodore Roosevelt.  She had 5600, Matt had 5200, and Ty had 7600.  Jennifer wagered 1000 on this clue: “Having reconciled with Teddy only a short time before, this ex-president attended TR’s funeral.”  I didn’t get this one, but I think I will get to it soon in a book I’m reading about presidential campaigns.  Jennifer didn’t get it right, either.
     By the time Ty found the next Daily Double, Mr. Trebek said he had a “comfortable lead” (16400 to Matt’s 10000 and Jennifer’s 7000).  Ty wagered 2000 on this clue in Play Mates: “Captain Keller and his wife Kate think that Annie’s methods are too harsh for their daughter in this drama.”  Ty got it right.  At the end of the round, he had 19200, Matt had 11200, and Jennifer had 9800.  The Final Jeopardy category was Ancient Writings.  This was the clue: “In 170 A.D., Melito of Sardis compiled a list of religious works to be included in this, a 2-word term he coined.”  Thankfully, I got this right.  Jennifer and Ty got it right, too.  Jennifer added 5000 to her total and Ty added 3205, while Matt lost everything.  So we will see Ty tomorrow.
     The Double Jeopardy round may have been my worst one ever, I’m sorry to report. I didn’t get any in The Incas or Michael Douglas Movie Roles. I didn’t get three in Play Mates and even “Bull”-y, and I didn’t get four in Theodore Roosevelt.  My Coryat for the day was 10200.  Matt‘s was 11200, Ty’s was 19200, and Jennifer’s was 9800.