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     One season 28 Coryat:
originally 4-12-12: 30400. The first time I played, my Coryat was 20800. (I said “magma” this time.) 😉 I played this one with an app as opposed to clicky pen/paper, for the first time. And I’m typing this on my phone using a Blogger app, something that was unthinkable just a few days ago. Vamos! I’ve discovered, though, that I must record my negs in each round as they happen, because I can’t go back and see what they were.
     Some season 25 Coryats:
originally 2-13-09: 23200 (25200 without negs)
originally 2-16-09: 25000 (I had four negs but as mentioned above, I didn’t make a note of their dollar value.  I could check the archive but I don’t want to. It won’t happen again.)
originally 2-17-09: 24200 (26000 without negs)
originally 2-18-09: 25400 (26800 without negs) Mr. Trebek mentioned during an “Ask Alex” commercial that How Green Was My Valley is his favorite movie and oh yeah he cries every time he sees it. (Do you guys think anybody crying at a movie is okay?) I actually have this book checked out from the library right now. I may or may not finish it. Have you guys read it?
     Today? Day one of the Teachers Tournament! The contestants:

Diana North of Rock Hill SC (Talk to us when you’re celebrating your golden anniversary of teaching.)
Michael Farabaugh of Charlottesville VA (Been there!)
Colby Burnett of Chicago IL

     I just discovered something – gone are the days of e-mailing contestant pictures to myself. There’s an app for that, and I already have it.
     Mr. Trebek kicked off the show by saying he’s “feeling so good today” because he won’t have to see political ads on TV anymore. Jeopardy! breaks were loaded with ’em here. Were the ads bad where you live? The one negative ad I saw this year (or there appears to be several with the same topic) didn’t bother me, and in fact I found it very interesting.
     Colby got the first two right in U.S. Geography, then found the Daily Double there. He wagered 1000 on this clue: “The Sakonnet, Seekonk & Providence rivers are saltwater arms of this bay.” Spell that 5 times fast. Colby got it right! He went 4/5 in the category. He got 5 more right before the break and, no surprise, led with 3800. Michael and Diana had each gotten 3 right and had 800 and 1400 respectively.
     Did you guys only hear shouting when the students were cheering for their teachers? Except for Michael’s, later. Short and sweet. And clear.
     I’d be remiss if I didn’t have this video of Michael’s interview. (Not bad!) And hey, it worked like a charm uploading automatically from my phone!!

     I swept Rhyme Fighter. Colby continued to be on a roll too, getting the first 4 right after the break.
     If you go to the Sony boards, you reacted somehow when you saw this clue in Side Dishes: “Tostones are usually made by frying this fruit; if you’re not in the Caribbean, bananas may be easier to come by.” And how about Diana’s pronunciation of the correct response?
     So at the end of the round, Colby had gotten 6 right and one wrong since the break and had 8000. Michael had gotten 4 right and one wrong and had 3200, and Diana had gotten 3 right and had 4200.
     The subject of a clue I watched in the last couple days (2-17 above) came up again today (and I got it right both times, thank you very much). In Composers: “Though nicknamed ‘Papa,’ this Austrian composer had no children; he was, however, the ‘Father of Orchestral Music.'” I can’t resist; look how similar the clue is, and the category was even Composers!: “Nicknamed ‘Papa,’ he was the ‘Father of the Symphony’, having written 104 of them.” Deja vu!
     My friend Carol called me today while I was at the nail place. She had seen some of Jeopardy! I guess I had called her between 4:30 and 5:00, and she joked that I was not to call her during Jeopardy! 🙂 I should’ve come back with the serious, You are not to talk about the show until you’re sure I’ve seen it. She mentioned this clue to me before I could stop her, even though she knew I hadn’t seen the whole episode. In Love & Marriage, which I swept: “His ex-wife Demi Moore attended his 2009 marriage to British model Emma Heming.” Carol’s point was to mock the guy (Michael) who said “Ashton Kutcher.” Carol and I know our celebs.
     Michael soon found the Daily Double, in Composers. He had gotten 3 right and the one wrong since the round began, and had 4800. Colby had gotten 3 right and one wrong, and had 9600. Diana had also gotten 3 right and one wrong, and had 5800. I love Michael’s wager: 4000. He obviously feels confident here. He had kept going back to the category. Here is the clue: “This German composer married Franz Liszt’s daughter Cosima, 24 years his junior.” The confidence was well-placed – He got it right! He got the 2K clue right too, and people applauded again! It put him in the lead, as Mr. Trebek pointed out. Michael got the next 2 right too, and went to Love & Marriage! Colby got that one right, and the next clue was the Daily Double in The 1980s, Quick! (What does the category name refer to?) Colby had 10400, Michael had 14400 and Diane had 5800. Here is the clue, on which Colby wagered 2200: “With U.S. help in 1983, Sir Paul Scoon returned to power in this island nation.” Colby nodded and closed his eyes like “I got this” as the clue was being read. I could have to.
     Big scores at the end of the round: Colby had 19800 after getting 5 right and one wrong since his Daily Double. Michael had gotten 2 right and 2 wrong and had 14000. Diana had gotten 5 right and stormed to 13800. How would you have wagered, when you consider the wild card slots? I think Andy would go to town with this. The Final Jeopardy category was Plays. This was the clue: “Referring to its 2 acts, an Irish critic described it as ‘a play in which nothing happens, twice.'” This was an instaget for me. Diana was ruled incorrect because she left out a letter. The Sony boards are already blowing up about this, even though it’s already
been covered
there. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) She lost 3800. Michael got it all and added 4000. Colby left out “is” but had the correct response, and he added 201. So we’ll see him in the semis!
     Andy and I will maintain a list of wild card standings (there will be 4 “non-winners”):
Michael Farabaugh 18000
Diana North 10000
     For kicks, I looked back at my entries from the previous Teachers Tournament (Andy wasn’t blogging here yet!), in order to compare my average Coryat then to this time. I found 8 of the 10, and the average is 25900. My Coryat today was 25600; 27000 without negs.