Hungry Like The Wolf

…as in “I’m on the hunt, I’m after you”. For The Daily Doubles, of course!

Andy back today with the start of the 2nd week of 46 of the 29th season of Jeopardy!

This week’s contestants:

Sheri Boysen – Houston, TX
Katie Clair – Broad Brook, CT
Brendan DuBois – Exeter, NH
Sophie Hill – Coronado, CA
Stephanie Kelleher – North Hollywood, CA
Mike Malaier – Tacoma, WA
Erica Mines – Washington, DC
David Schuman – Ardsley, NY
Deb Teitelbaum – Sylva, NC
Matt Tobin – Glastonbury, CT
Erin Zwiener – Abiquiu, NM (our returning champion!)

I don’t have OneNote to take screenshots on this computer here, so I got the pictures of this week’s contestants from the Hometown Howdies part of the Jeopardy! site.

Today’s challengers for Erin Zwiener (2-time champion with winnings of $32,199) are Deb Teitelbaum and Matt Tobin!

Apparently, in Alex’s eyes, Deb looks like Jamie Lee Curtis and Matt looks like Ashton Kutcher! I guess there’s a resemblance there…


RHYME HELL for $400 might strike a chord with a few people around here: Swiss archer who saved his son by slicing an apple. I think I’m glad that I’m the one blogging this game!

And, of course, the Daily Double is in the entirely video category. (THE METROPOLITAN OPERA $600 for those keeping score at home) It was Matt that selected it, with the scores as follows:

Erin $2,800
Matt $1,400
Deb $200

I expected Matt to make it a true Daily Double, and that he did. His clue: In 1955, the Met made history with the debuts of its first African-American singers; the first man was Bobby McFerrin’s father Robert, and the first woman was this great contralto of the day

I’d heard her name before, but there was no way I could remember it. Matt did, though, and he tied the score with Erin!

At the end of 15, we had scores of:
Erin $2,200
Matt $2,000
Deb $200

Deb told a story about how once, as a high school English teacher, spellcheck mangled a student’s essay about “The Catheter In The Rye”; one wonders if it led to the rye in the catheter, myself! (Sorry, here all week, folks. Literally!)

It sounds as if Erin’s going to take some time off to become a writer; I’d certainly want to read her book!

I did pretty well for myself in the NUTRITION category; I guess that’s a byproduct of being able to lose 75 pounds, being that I definitely followed tips like those (as well as many others) during the last few years!

A surprising Triple Stumper in SPIN-OFFS $600: “Torchwood” is an anagram & a spin-off of this BBC show

Meanwhile, it was Deb who was able to get much of the momentum in the second half of the round, leading to a very close game at the end of the opening round! Your scores:

Deb $4,400
Erin $3,800
Matt $3,600


It should come as no surprise that Erin went Daily Double hunting, and it should also come as no surprise that she hit! The 5th clue of the round was IT’S A MYTH $2000 and the betting clue was behind it! Scores were at:

Deb $5,600
Erin $4,200
Matt $3,200

Erin certainly shocked this blogger by making it a True Daily Double. Her clue: One of the epithets that followed her name was Epistrophia, “She who turns men to love”. Erin backed up her confidence in the category by responding correctly and doubling her score!

The game’s final Daily Double was found in MARSHALL LAW (a good category about cases decided by the John Marshall Supreme Court) at the $1600 level. Matt faced the clue on his own with scores as follows:

Erin $10,000
Matt $8,800
Deb $6,400

Matt bet only $2,000 and saw the following clue: In 1807 Marshall wrote the opinion for U.S. v. this politician, making standards of evidence for treason. While I hadn’t heard of the case, I was able to figure out that I guess that shooting Alexander Hamilton in a duel might possibly be considered treasonous, so I went for the other party in that famous duel. Sadly, Matt’s answer was incorrect and he fell to $6,800.

Erin was able to gain advantage for most of the rest of the Double Jeopardy! round, but she wasn’t quite able to make it a runaway today!

Scores going into Final Jeopardy!

Erin $19,200
Matt $10,400
Deb $9,600


FJ! clue: Seen here is the seal of this New England city that got its current name in 1637

Deb 9600 + 9597 = 19,197
Matt 10400 + 10400 = 20,800
Erin 19200 + 2000 = 21,200

Erin got lucky, at the last minute she changed her answer from the capital of Maine to the correct one, but she’s a 3-time champion now with winnings of $53,399.

I really want to see Erin get a 4th (or possibly more!) win tomorrow, to hopefully get her into the ToC! Even though it means that Beau is relegated out of the Tournament of Champions standings on my co-blogger…

I don’t know if it’s been all the trivia writing or the LearnedLeague questions, but I really feel as if stuff is starting to stick in my brain! My Coryat today was $35,800 with 42 right and 1 wrong. These are numbers I could only dream of when I started trying out for the show 7 years ago!

Tournament of Champions update:

1. Monica Thieu $100,000 (College Champion)
2. Patrick Quinn $100,000 (Teacher’s Champion)
3. Jason Keller $213,900 (9 wins)
4. Joel Pool $116,800 (6 wins)
5. Dave Leach $98,054 (6 wins)
6. David Menchaca $115,503 (5 wins)
7. David Gard $84,700 (4 wins)
8. Dan McShane $62,001 (4 wins)
9. Patrick Morrison $80,701 (3 wins)
10. Francis Lansangan $78,401 (3 wins)
11. Matt Samberg $61,402 (3 wins)
12. Andy Baggarly $60,402 (3 wins)
13. Stephanie Fontaine $54,500 (3 wins)
14. Joey Falco $53,999 (3 wins)
15. Erin Zweiner $53,399 (3 wins)

16. Beau Henson $51,203 (3 wins)
17. Margaret Swanson $48,000 (3 wins)
18. Claudia Gray $45,202 (3 wins)
19. Dan Adkison $37,400 (3 wins)
20. Jacob Silverman $35,998 (3 wins)
21. Jessamine Price $26,803 (3 wins)

See you all tomorrow as Erin goes for win #4!