These are a few of my favorite things

     Yesterday I mentioned it had been kind of a hard week.  Today I was up at 2:30 a.m., took a nap at 1 p.m., and slept til 8:30 p.m.  I could’ve slept longer, I think, but I got up when I realized I did not have to stand up anymore while playing Jeopardy!  And here I am.
     Today’s contestants:

Brendan Graham

Bruce Vale

Emily Kelly

     Mr. Trebek said he is often asked what he and the contestants talk about after each episode.  I’m being asked that more and more, myself!  Apparently peops think Brendan doesn’t smile much.  I didn’t notice.  Anyway it’s nowhere near as bad as this guy who had every reason to smile.
     I was surprised there were clues two days in a row that had something to do with a trip I took to Europe last summer.  This time it was in Visiting the City: “Take the ‘Sound of Music’ tour or visit the Hagenauer House, once home to the Mozart family.”  My family and I didn’t take the tour, as we thought we could cover more ground in less time and for less money!  We did visit Mozart’s home, but I didn’t know that was the name!  I hope you don’t mind a few more pictures.  By the way, these were taken by my dad and little sister:


View on the way to the abbey featured in The Sound of Music

     The last clue before the first break was a triple-stumper I picked up, in Lesser-Known Scientists: “Joseph Lagrange insisted on 10 as the basic unit when standardizing French weights and measures, creating this system.  I wound up sweeping the category.
     Emily rang in first plenty, but she had plenty of negs.  I had my share, too, including two in the 200 row! At least I didn’t ring in with no hope of coming up with the correct response.
     The Daily Double was the last clue in the round.  Emily found it in Pants.  She had 1400, Brendan had 1000, and Bruce had 5200.  Emily wagered it all, which I’d have done too.  This was the clue: “Tight-fitting pants patterned after those worn by bullfighters aren’t usually called matador pants, but these.”  Believe it or not I saw a bullfight in Madrid on that same trip last summer.  I was very happy to get this clue right, but it had nothing to do with me having been to a bullfight!  Emily got this one wrong.


     Emily found the first Daily Double sort of late in the round, when there were only clues from two categories remaining.  She had 6400, Bruce had 6800, and Brendan had 11800.  She wagered 5400 on this clue in 1940s American Lit: “This 1946 novel about a southern politician takes its title from the ‘Humpty Dumpty’ nursery rhyme.”  She and I got it right.
     Now, I don’t know what Emily was thinking.  The other Daily Double was obviously going to be in the other category left, but she continued in the same one, seemingly oblivious.  By chance, she did get the other Daily Double, the last clue in the round.  She had 14600, Brendan had 11800, and Bruce had 8400.  Emily wagered a weird 2799, I guess to be one dollar ahead of Brendan had she missed.  And that’s what happened.  The category was First in War, and this was the clue: “The 1940 invasion of Norway saw the first combat use of these troops, the German Fallschirmjager.”  Still another reference to Europe, and again my being there didn’t contribute to me getting this right, which I proudly did.  (I got all three Daily Doubles right today!)
     The Final Jeopardy category was Word and
Phrase Origins
.  This was the clue: “After living in Honduras, O. Henry coined this term for a small country dependent on a single export.”  Would you believe I made it to “banana” but still couldn’t come up with the correct response?  Emily and Bruce missed it, too.  Bruce lost 3402 of his 8400.  Emily lost 11000 of her 11801.  Brendan added 8401 to his 11800, making him a two-time champ.
     Tonight, I’m gonna at least start There Will Be Blood.  I notice it’s 3 1/2 hours long!  Probably plenty of commercials.
     My Coryat today was 23200.  A couple of recent Coryats:
originally 10-5-05: 25000
originally 10-6-05: 13800

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