Polo Power

     Maybe it’s because I’ve been up a greater amount of time before 4:30 than usual, but Jeopardy! and subsequent blogging just seemed like it was never get here. Finally!
     First, I got to catch up on 5 recent weekend reruns on Sunday. Here are my scores, followed by the score I got the first time I watched them:
originally July 1, 2011: 24600/23400
originally July 11, 2011: 22200/18800
originally July 18, 2011: 27000/19000
originally July 19, 2011: 27800/24000
originally July 20, 2011: 32400/37800 (I cannot explain that! I wish I still had the Coryat grid to compare.)
     My friend Robert tells me that next weekend, Roger Craig‘s record-setting game (where he achieved the highest one-day total) airs next weekend.
     Other recent Coryats:
originally January 5, 2006: 24400
originally January 6, 2006: 22600
February 20: 20000
originally October 25, 2005: 19400
     (The first time I kept track of my score, it was apparently 26200! I wish I could explain what happened. And I wish I could say I’d kept track of that one with my Jeopardy Challenger.)
     By the way, I’d still love to see other people’s Coryats. If you keep track of yours, please post them any time – every time – here in a comment!
     Today was the last day of the Teachers Tournament quarterfinals, but I didn’t even realize it til Mr. Trebek had today’s winner join him near his lectern.  The contestants:

Pian Wong

Leslie Decker

Justin Hofstetter (He’s from Kansas City. I wonder when he auditioned.)

     Justin bears a striking resemblance to my computer guy, right down to the polo shirt. (You don’t see that very often on Jeopardy!) He seemed just as warm and nice as my computer guy until I read his R-rated tweets. Whoa! I’m not even gonna link to it. Funny how something like that can cancel my admiration for a guy instantly. It’s too bad.
     Anyway, the list of categories in the Jeopardy round redeemed itself with Crossword Clues “S.” The contestants went to it first. I only didn’t get this one in the category, at 1000: “To consecrate or make holy (8).”
     I got this triple-stumper in Acts of Congress: “This act of 1964 established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.” Nobody even took a stab at it! Justin found the Daily Double a couple of clues later in the same category. He had an early lead with 3000 while Leslie had 400 and Pian had 1000. Justin said he’d wanted to say it for 21 years (Why that number, I don’ t know!): He’d make it a true Daily Double.  Here was the clue: “Britain couldn’t afford to pay cash for war materials much longer, so FDR proposed this alliterative act in December 1940.” Justin said, “What is the, I just lost $3000 Act?” At the first break, Leslie had 800, and Pian and Justin were tied with 1800.
     I swept Trademarks in the Jeopardy! round, despite not knowing the answer to this clue that Jeopardy! tweeted this afternoon.
     I have no very good reason to include this clue, except I love the subject of it. I break into Salt-N-Pepa’s “Whatta Man” whenever I think of him! In The All-Star Game MVP: “2000 was a nice year for this Yankee shortstop; he was both the All-Star & World Series MVP.”
     I got this triple-stumper in Let’s Hear the Composer’s First (Name), probably from studying for my appearance on Jeopardy!: “Menotti’s first (& second).”
     At the first break, Leslie had 1600, Justin had 3600, and Pian had 4600.
     I couldn’t believe this was a triple-stumper, in Death on a Sitcom: “Chuckles the Clown, dressed for a parade as Peter Peanut, was shelled to death by an elephant on this 70s sitcom.” Nick at Nite, anyone?! I swept this category, which the contestants had gone to first.
     When Justin found the first Daily Double of the round, I had answered 10 of the 11 clues right, missing only this one in Teacher’s “Pet”: “A woman’s undergarment like a thin loose skirt.” Justin got that one, and I never would have! The Daily Double was in War, Who Ya Got? He had 12400, Leslie had 4000, and Pian had 5000. Justin wagered 4000 on this clue: “Punic Wars: Rome vs. ________.” He got it right.
     Justin found the next Daily Double, too, in A Hell of a Quote. He had a huge lead: 17600 to Leslie’s 5200 and Pian’s 5400. He wagered 6000 on this clue: “‘All Hell Broke Loose’ comes from this 17th century epic poem.” He got it right immediately.
     Justin kept right on steamrolling, and ended the round with a lock at 28400. Leslie had 6400 and Pian had 11800. The Final Jeopardy category was Asian Borders. (Yuck!) This was the clue: “In 1893, the British established the Durand Line, now the boundary, much in the news since 2001, between these 2 countries.” (Too many commas!) Justin shrugged when the camera came across him during the think music. He missed it, as did Pian, who lost 10112. Leslie got it right and added 6399, which is good enough to give her a wild-card spot in the semifinals. Those start tomorrow, and I can blog about it! And the next night, too, when Brooks Humphreys plays again! Vamos!
     My Coryat today was 30000!

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