April 23: Bad day for Canada?

Nothing much to say today, except that we got snow last night up here in Ontario. Yes. Snow. April 23: Bad day for weather.
Your contestants: Cindy Vanderbur, Mike Garrett, and returning champion Dan Adkison.
One thing that I’ve always found while watching the show: Copy editors are a vastly underrated occupation, especially when it comes to being Jeopardy! champions. They need to know a lot of things in order to do their jobs well, and thus it comes as no surprise whatsoever to me that Dan, a Brooklyn copy editor, is a 3-day champion.
Also, it makes me happy to see a Canadian on the show! Gives me somebody to cheer for.

J! round categories: GREG-CELLENT, BOOK LEARNIN’, BIG (& NOT-SO-BIG) BIRD, FIVE FINGER EXERCISE, I LOVE PARIS, IN THE “SPRING” TIME.

Dan went right into BOOK LEARNIN’, and we could tell that Mike was going to have a struggle on the opening clue: “Usually at the end of a book, it’s a list of source materials & related readings”. Being met with a “be more specific”, followed by a neg, on his answer ,likely led to a derailment of his game for the first half of the Jeopardy! round.

Cindy has this trait of diving into the middle of a category, even when the Daily Doubles are exhausted, and her switching out of BOOK LEARNIN’ cost her the Daily Double when Dan went back to the $800 clue there. As it was only the 5th clue of the game, he only had $1000 (Cindy had 600 and Mike -200). He bet the full $1000 and saw the following: Technically a page is only one side of each sheet of paper; the two-sided sheet is called this. Dan’s response was accepted.

At the opening break, Dan had $5,200, Cindy $3,000 and Mike -$1,400.

Most of the second half of the opening round belonged to Cindy; she went 4/5 in IN THE “SPRING” TIME, 4/5 in GREG-CELLENT, and 2/4 in FIVE FINGER EXERCISE, leading to a $8400-$4400 lead over Dan. Mike, with $200, selected first in the Double Jeopardy! round.

I think Dan might not have realized that each answer in FIVE FINGER EXERCISE was the name of one of your finger, as evidenced by the $800 clue: “A Pac-Man ghost; use your “brain”, a problem compounded by the fact that Alex thought that Dan had given the correct response (when in fact he had not)! My father, a charter member of the “Alex is losing his touch” club, will have a field day with that one…

The Double Jeopardy! categories: WATERFALLS, COMPLETE THE COMPANY NAME, IN THE DICTIONARY, APRIL 23: BAD DAY FOR WRITERS, “HOW TO” ENTERTAIN, and TIME PIECES.

Mike was the player that had the best start to the Double Jeopardy! round, even with an interesting clue at TIME PIECES $1200: In 1956 Time said he had “a high unpleasant quaver” & a “rich basso” marred by “a spasmodic delivery”. Mike and Dan went in the wrong direction; but I knew who they were talking about…

The following clue (TIME PIECES $1600) was a Daily Double, and Mike saw it with $1400. Dan had $4000 and Cindy $8800. Mike bet the full $2000 and saw the following: “The ghostly white-clad figure descended the ladder” was the lead for a cover story in July of this yearas Mike, and his score went to -$600.

I picked up some further Triple Stumpers at the bottom of “HOW TO” ENTERTAIN: $1600 was “Kate Hudson is writing the titular column on a dating don’t in this romantic comedy” and $2000 was “Brooklyn friends Ben & Cam hustly to try to make a buck without selling out in this comedic HBO series”. It helps that I’ve seen both of them!

The final Daily Double was found under WATERFALLS $1600: Cindy had $11,600 to Dan’s $6,000 and Mike’s $4,200. She seemed hesitant but bet $4000, and saw the following: Add “S” to a Frank Lloyd Wright house & you get this, Florida’s tallest cataract. Her unsure, but still correct, response, put her score up to $15,600.

In spite of a furious rally at the end by Mike, him and Dan were unable to break Cindy’s lock going into Final Jeopardy (Cindy had $17,200 to Mike’s $8,200 and Dan’s $6,400).

Category: AMERICAN HISTORY

Clue: This state is known as the “Cockpit of the Revolution” for all the battles there, including a pivotal one in December 1776

Dan was unable to come up with the correct answer, but Mike and Cindy were, and Cindy will be back to defend tomorrow!

Dan 6400 – 6399 = 1
Mike 8200 + 4601 = 12801
Cindy 17200 + 799 = 17999

I’ll be back in a week’s time; I’m quite looking forward to Jeanie’s reports from the J! reunion myself!

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