Today’s contestants:

Damian Yu

Paul Barbour (an aspiring producer!)

Sarah Powell

     At the first break, Sarah had 1800, Paul had 2400, and we thought Damian had 1400, until his interview: Mr. Trebek informed him his response of “Rocky Horror” was unacceptable for this clue in Rock of Stages: “This stage musical around since 1973 has Brad and Janet but no ‘picture’ in the title.”  So 400 was deducted from Damian’s total.  (By the way, I was hoping to see a clue about “Rock of Ages” in this category.  I haven’t seen it, but I love Constantine Maroulis.)
     The Daily Double of the round was found right when Mr. Trebek seems to like them: toward the end of the round.  Three clues remained after the Daily Double.  Mr. Trebek said it was “good news” for Damian, who found it in That’s Some Nerve.  He had 5200, Sarah had 2800, and Paul had 4200.  This was the clue: “The first cranial nerve, it’s responsible for the sense of smell.”  I got it, and so did Damian, who added 1000 to his score.  At the end of the round, Damian had 8600 while Sarah and Paul still had 2800 and 4200.
     Damian found the first Daily Double in the Double Jeopardy round, in The 13th Century.  He had 13000, Sarah still had 2800, and Paul had 7800.  Damian wagered 1200 on this clue: “In 1215 a bloody incident on this city’s Ponte Vecchio began a civil war between the Guelphs and Ghibellians.”  Damian answered immediately like he was sure of the answer, but he was wrong.  I missed it, too. 
     Damian found the next Daily Double in The Next Bible Book After….  In this category, I was again called upon to use my 6th grade memorization of the Old Testament books of the Bible.  Damian had 15400, Sarah still had 2800, and Paul had 10200.  Damian wagered 600 on this clue: “Joshua.”  I slam-dunked this one.  Damian missed it, which started a skid for him and a run for Paul.  In fact, Paul led going into Final Jeopardy.  He had 17800, Damian had 14800, and Sarah still had 2800.  (I don’t think she said anything since Damian found the Daily Double in the Jeopardy round.)  The Final category was Name the Poet.  This was the clue: “The Spirit who bideth by himself/In the land of mist and snow/He loved the bird that loved the man/Who shot him with his bow.”  I didn’t get this one, but all three contestants did.  Sarah added 1200, Damian added 5201, and Paul added 12000, enough to win had Damian doubled.  So we’ll see him tomorrow.
     Today felt like yet another butt-kicking, though I did sweep Who Do You Think I Am? and That’s Some Nerve. My Coryat was 17600.  This, as well a less-than-stellar session of answering trivia questions with my parents today, reminds me of how much work I really have to do.  I hope I can stay motivated and I hope I don’t run out of time.

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