You live by the sword…

Watching today’s show as a viewer trying to answer, I felt as if I was 22 again. My Coryat was at the level it was when I was 22 as well. $16,000. 25 right, 3 wrong, and a whole bunch of stuff I should have gotten. No excuses, though! I’d also like to apologize for the terseness and tardiness of my recap tonight; I was forced to watch the show 2-3 hours later than I normally would, due to the Stanley Cup hockey playoffs moving around all of the airtimes in Canada. I also realized, per Jeanie’s suggestion, that my posts be in a different font to hers, so that it’s easier to tell who’s blogging!

I think Alex would be happiest if every player bet everything every single time. He started out today poking fun at our defending champion Amy’s conservative wagering on yesterday’s final!

Our contestants today saw Sean Hansen and Lindsay Reese challenging Amy Ketterling.

Sean got off to a quick start and went right into the ACTOR-DIRECTORS category.

I found that the wording of the triple stumper (WHAT A TOOL $1000) “A toothed bar with which a part engages, a movie “Transformer”, or to move up by degrees” was cute, even though I didn’t get it at home as well.

After today’s interview, I hope the subject of Alex’s on-air saying he’d will his brain to Lindsay’s brain bank doesn’t end up in probate court!

Once again, Amy took an agressive stance towards the Daily Doubles when she hit the first one on the penutimate clue of the opening round. Holding a 5200-4000-3200 lead, she ventured $5,000 on the bottom-row clue of THE PANAMA CANAL. The clue: The labor of building the canal was made possible by the discovery that mosquitoes spread deadly diseases; screens, fumigations, and oiling standing water helped quickly eliminate this disease and drastically reduce malaria. Her correct response led to her 10200-4600-3200 lead at the end of the opening round.

Amy got out to a hot start coming out of the break, and had racked up another good chunk of coin, even though she first skirted the Daily Double by going away from TALE SHIPS and into MEDICINE. Once she found it on the 9th clue of the round, at TALE SHIPS $1600, she had a commanding 15800-5400-4800 lead, but lost her $4,000 bet on the following: “The Fuwalda was the ship that stranded Lord John & Lady Alice, this character’s parents”. Sadly, her answer of Robinson Crusoe was not correct. Unfortunately, one that lives by the sword often dies by it. Including Mr. Jennings.

I was most amazed that a round that saw the first 17 questions answered (with only one neg) saw a “minute to play warning” in the round. Sean hit the game’s final Daily Double on the 26th clue of the round ($1600 under 21st CENTURY TONY AWARDS). With $8,400 to Lindsay’s $10,200 and Amy’s $15,000, he hemmed, hawed, and finally settled on $7,000 for his bet. The clue: “2010s winner for a musical revival was this French-named farce”. His correct response and subsequent end of the round gave him a slim lead going into Final Jeopardy! – category ART STYLES.

The clue: Printmaker Richard Hamilton is credited with coining the name of this style, calling it “Designed for a mass audience”.

Lindsay 10200 +5201 = 15401
Amy 15000 +15000 = 30000
Sean 15400 +14601 = 30001

Hopefully Amy will be able to put her winnings to good use on Operation Chainsaw; we’ll see Sean defend his title tomorrow!