Talking Soup

     Recent Coryats:
originally 10-28-05: 15000 (The first time I kept score, it was 13600.)
2-24: 25000
originally 1-9-06: 18800
originally 1-10-06: 28200
     Today’s contestants:

Brooks Humphreys (He still looks nervous to me!)
Patrick Quinn (First time on this blog!)

Justin Hofstetter

     Two of these guys, Justin and Patrick, are from Missouri! And as noted many a time here, Brooks is from Omaha.
     Did you see the double gun-finger (or is there another name for it?) from Justin? And the double crossed fingers during the think music at the end? His dramatic gestures! He created kind of a stir, which I got a little involved in, over on the Jeopardy! message boards when he made a Big Papi-style sign of the cross after making the finals on the 22nd. I didn’t even go back to that thread after my most recent post there. (At least not til I had to make a link there just now!) My friend’s been keeping me updated on it in general, and now it seems the discussion has gone a different direction. Looks like I survived!
     Anyway, Brooks started at Double I, which I wound up sweeping, including this clue I simply must note (even though I haven’t played in a long time!): “Games for this product include ‘Fortune Street,’ ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ & ‘NASCAR Unleashed’.”
     Patrick moved to Soup, which I was sweeping when Brooks inexplicably went to 5 Flags Over Texas. Nice try, Brooks: It didn’t interrupt my rhythm. I was sweeping it, too, til we got to the last clue in the category, which was the Daily Double. Brooks found it. He had 1600, Justin had 1400, and Patrick had 1200. Brooks wisely wagered everything on this clue: “Following annexation, the U.S. flag was first raised officially in Texas in this city Feb. 19, 1846.” This was the first clue of the game that I missed, guessing “San Antonio.” Brooks missed it too, going with “Houston.” Then he went back to Soup, and naturally, I missed that clue (clammed on it), too: “This name for a thick soup that usually contains pureed seafood is also used for a type of unglazed white porcelain.” All three fellas looked like they were trying to ring in, but Justin got there first and incorrectly said “chowder.” That must’ve been the other guys’ response, as no one else rang in!
     I felt sorry for Patrick during his interview – Mr. Trebek wasn’t clear to me either what he wanted. He asked about Patrick’s education, so Patrick started talking about where he went to college (Mizzou). Then Mr. Trebek asked about grade school, so Patrick identified his. Then Mr. Trebek said he didn’t want to know that, he was more interested in Patrick’s teachers. You know, why do some people assume that everyone’s been inspired by some teacher? Mine were just there. Just weird on Mr. Trebek’s part, though. No wonder Patrick seemed wrong-footed. Mr. Trebek asked Justin if he went to parochial schools (he didn’t), and Brooks said he went to Notre Dame and Creighton.
     I went on to sweep Possessive Actors’ Possessions. At the end of the round, Brooks had 1000, Justin had 6800, and Patrick had 2800.
     Speaking of the gaming console in the clue above, I’d not have gotten this clue right in Rolling Stones Lyrics if it had not been for the awesome Just Dance 2: “‘Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name…but what’s puzzling you is the nature of my game.'”
     Brooks had 3800 to Justin’s 13200 and Patrick’s 6800 when he found the first Daily Double in Places to “C.”  He wagered 3000…why not all of it, then? Here’s the clue: “This body of water receives many rivers, including the Ural & the Kura.” He got it right and so did I, but my voice was a lot shakier, as I was far from sure!
     I was happy to get this triple-stumper in European Holidays, as I remember looking it up when my family came across it in a trivia game once: “To celebrate St. David’s Day, the Welsh wear this onion relative in their caps or as a corsage.”
     Justin found the next Daily Double, in Social Studies. He had 16800 while Brooks had 8800 and Patrick had 8000. Justin wagered 4000 on this clue: “‘The Social’ this plural noun ‘Marketing Book’ has chapters on networks like MySpace and Facebook.” Justin didn’t give a response. (I said “Networks” pretty confidently.)
     I got this triple-stumper in Small Talk (it was a guess): “6-letter word used by People magazine to describe Rachael Ray’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ dress.”
     I also swept the easy Literary Title Overlaps and European Holidays.
     At the end of the round, each guy was in good shape: Justin had 11200, Patrick had 11600, and Brooks had 8800. The Final Jeopardy category was U.S. Memorials. This was the clue: “‘No day shall erase you from the memory of time,’ from Virgil’s ‘Aeneid,’ is inscribed on a wall at this memorial.” This was a triple-stumper, and I got it almost instantly! Justin looked extremely pained when Mr. Trebek said that the memorial is not in the nation’s capital. He and Brooks both said the Vietnam Memorial, and Patrick said the D-Day Memorial. Brooks lost 3000, Justin lost 6401, and Patrick lost 6011. Their totals will be added to tomorrow’s to determine who replaces as Charles Temple as reigning Teachers Tournament champion.
     My Coryat today was 33400!