Clink, Clank, Clunk.

Andy here with a brief recap of the December 11 game – my Christmas party was last night!

Rachel Shuman and Jan Rishoi are the two challengers today to Josh Frumkin! Jeanie asked me to remind everybody that Josh has agreed to do a Q&A with us, so if you have any questions, let us know!

J! round categories:
THE SIGHTS YOU’LL SEE!
PATRON SAINTS
MOVIE CROSSWORD CLUES “R”
ANTHROPOLOGY
ON THE JOB IN BRITAIN
I CAN ALMOST TASTE THAT WORD

Josh got off to a hot start, getting 6 of the first 7 questions right to jump into an early lead. But Rachel and Jan did get some of the questions in the back half of the opening segment, leading to scores after 15 of:

Josh $4,200
Rachel $2,000
Jan $1,200

Some Triple Stumpers in I CAN ALMOST TASTE THAT WORD ($400 – One of the 4 basic tastes, it’s also a noun for a basic type of cocktail and $600 – This 10-letter word that means “sugary” is one letter longer than the name of a sugar substitute)

Poor Jan, having Alex stumble over his last name during the interview segment!

More Triple Stumpers led to us not seeing all 30 clues in the round! However, before we got there, it was Jan who saw the round’s Daily Double on the 29th clue of the round (PATRON SAINTS $800). Scores:

Josh $5,200
Rachel $3,800
Jan $800

Even though he could bet $1,000, he chose to just bet $800. His clue: St. Andrew:
this profession he practiced for a living. Sadly, the best Jan could come up with was not correct and his score fell to $0. Gave Alex some chuckles, though! Just wasn’t

DJ! round category:
“WHITE” MATTER
I GOT A BRIDGE I’D LIKE TO SELL YOU
19th CENTURY AMERICANS
LET’S GO CAROLING
THE BEAT MOVEMENT
IN THE DICTIONARY (Each correct response will be made up of letters in the word “Dictionary”.)

This round played much better than the opening 30! Jan started his recovery quite nicely here and was splitting the early clues with Josh (and nearly caught up to Rachel), but Rachel got two in a row in 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN leading to a Daily Double at the $1600 box there (10th clue of the round). Scores at this point:

Josh: $8,400
Rachel $5,600
Jan: $3,600

Rachel bet $3,000. Her clue: An 1877 cartoon showed 12 widows crying in bed, mourning the death of this man. She went for the wrong leader and her score fell to $2,800.

It was Jan who played the final Daily Double after finding it under LET’S GO CAROLING $1200. Scores at this point:

Josh $9,600
Jan $5,200
Rachel $4,400

Jan bet just $4,000, though. His clue: The view of a certain Middle Eastern city inspired Pastor Phillips Brooks to write this carol in 1868. Jan almost left off the opening word, but corrected himself in time!

Once the minute-to-go warning came, Rachel was smart enough to take categories in reverse order and got quite a few of them (2 $2,000 and 2 $1,600 clues will help with that immensely) to overtake both of the men; Josh did get the final clue given, though, to re-take the lead!

Scores going into FJ!:
Josh $12,000
Rachel $11,600
Jan $9,600

FJ! category: BUSINESSMEN

FJ! clue: Thomas Watson Jr. appeared on the March 28, 1955 cover of Time with the caption “Clink, Clank,” this

Jan 9600 – 5400 = 4200
Rachel 11600 + 8000 = 19600
Josh 12000 – 11201 = 799

Rachel’s smiling — as per Alex — as she’s new Jeopardy! champion! Jeanie’ll have that recap tomorrow!

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