A Game That Was A Joy To Watch

This week’s contestants on Jeopardy!:

Jake Ayres, San Diego, CA
John Fausz, St. Louis, MO
Todd Federman, Livingston, NJ
Mary Folley, Charlotte, NC
Cara Harley, Charlestown, MA
Tim Norris, Knoxville, TN
Lucas Peterson, Oak Park, IL
Karen Poole, Washington, DC
Jason Shore, Plano, TX
Scott Vinick, Sagamore Hills, OH
Beth Youngers, Rochester, MN

Andy here today, and we’re back with another week of blogging! In case you missed it Friday, Paul’s luck finally ran out and Jake Ayres ($28,201) is the defending champion! His two challengers today: Lucas Peterson and Beth Youngers!

Jake Ayres
Lucas Peterson
Beth Youngers

Lucas was the alternate from Jeanie’s taping last season – I’m glad to see he got the chance to play (and so is she)!

J! round categories: CHARLES DISCHARGED; WHAT’S YOUR SIGN?; CONTAINERS; “XO”; ONE-WORD NO. 1 HITS; CHICAGO THE BEAUTIFUL

Oak Park’s Lucas was happy ,I’m sure, to see a Chicago category; it was also a video category presented by Michelle Obama. Naturally, it contained the Daily Double! It was Lucas who got to play it, still early on in the game! Your scores were:

Lucas $3,400
Jake $600
Beth $200

Lucas, understandably, chose to make it a True Daily Double. (Good call!)

His clue: Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” & Picasso’s “Mother & Child” are highlights of this museum’s amazing collection His correct response put him at $6,800! I also got this instantly, thanks to a question I wrote about American Gothic for trivia last week!

They decided to go to the opening break a little early (after only 12 clues), but the scores were:

Lucas $6,800
Jake $3,000
Beth $200

Jake’s decided to go into the middle of categories even with the Daily Double out of the way. I can’t really say I’m a fan of mindless jumping around! I’m honestly surprised that we managed to get through 30 clues though, with all of the video clues that we saw in that round, but we did! Lucas managed to keep his momentum from the True Daily Double going, and at the end of 30, your scores were:

Lucas $11,200
Jake $5,200
Beth $3,000

DJ! round categories: THE BOOK OF NUMBERS; TIME SPAN LANGUAGES; BLACK’S LAW DICTIONARY DEFINITONS; THE GREAT PRETENDERS; JULIA ROBERTS MOVIE BY ROLE; “P” COUNTRY

Jake seemed to keep his buzzer mojo going this round, and was pursuing Lucas for most of the round! However, his strategy of starting at the $1200 level nearly backfired on him, as the first Daily Double he found was at BLACK’S LAW $800! The scores at this point were:

Lucas $18,000
Jake $12,000
Beth $7,400

Jake, being a law student, decided to bet $8,000. Frankly, if I’m a law student, I think I’d have bet $11,000 — or more! But I digress. His clue: “A defamatory assertion expressed in a transitory form, especially speech” His correct response put him to $20,000!

Nearing the end of the round, we were down to 3 clues, all 3 at the $800 level or lower. The Daily Double was under THE GREAT PRETENDERS $800. It was Beth, the swim coach fearful of non-chlorinated water, who got to play this one. Scores:

Jake $19,600
Lucas $17,200
Beth $8,200

Her bet: $8,000. Her clue: In the early 1600s 3 pretenders to Russia’s throne claimed to be Dmitry Ivanovich, son of this man Another correct response put her at $16,200. What a game! Right now, I’d definitely put this as one of the season’s best games!

Scores going into Final Jeopardy!
Jake $19,600
Beth $17,400
Lucas $16,800

FJ! category: PLACE NAMES

FJ! clue: Built in 1911, this Wisconsin home was named for a Welsh bard associated with King Arthur

Lucas 16800 – 2900 = 13900
Beth 17400 – 17400 = 0
Jake 19600 – 15201 = 4399

I had absolutely no problem with any of these three wagers — this was the best played game strategically that I have seen on this program in a very long time. Kudos to all three of you — I tip my cap to you!

Lucas ends up as champion with $13,900 – and he’ll be back again tomorrow! See you then!

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