Who’s afraid of the big bad Woolf?

      As usual, I kick off the post with my recent season 25 Coryats:
Originally 3-16-09: 15800. I had one teeny neg in the 200 row! And I got three triple-stumpers in this game (a ToC one), which eases the pain of the low Coryat a little bit.
Originally 3-17-09: 16600; 19800 without negs. I had four triple-stumpers this time, and only nine right in Double Jeopardy.
Originally 3-18-09: 24000; 26600 without negs. I got 6 triple-stumpers, all in the Jeopardy round.
     I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention that today (December 7th) is my one-year anniversary of taping the show. 😛
     Today’s contestants:

Noah Rachels of Astoria NY

Josh Frumkin of Germantown MD

Rebecca Neese of Rosemead CA

     Josh has agreed to do a Q & A with us, so bring on your questions! He started out hot by answering 3 in Crossword Clues “N”. I said what he did on this one in The Kitchen Library: “‘Taste Buds and Molecules’ is an in-depth analysis of the pairing of food & this.”
     Rebecca looked like she was trying to ring in on some of these early clues, but was beaten by Josh or Noah. She found the Daily Double before the first break though, after answering her first one right. She had 400. Josh had gotten 5 right and the one wrong, and had 2400. Noah had gotten 4 right and had 1800. Rebecca wagered 1000 on this clue in Bible Books by Story: “3 friends are thrown into a fiery furnace.” I went with my knee-jerk reaction and didn’t take it back, and it was right. Rebecca commented that she knew the story, yet she guessed the same thing she did on the previous clue when she was right. At the first break, she still had -600. Noah had 2200 and Josh had 3400. They’d gotten one and 2 right since Rebecca’s Daily Double, respectively.
     Is it just me (and the three contestants), or was this triple-stumper extra tough, even for 1000, in Bible Books by Story?: “Thomas doubts the other Apostles have really met the risen Jesus.” I negged on it at the last second, and would’ve swept the category.
     I swept State Haikus.
     I said “flea” and thought it was right on this one in Jump Around! Jump Around!: “Yes, Caine of ‘Kung Fu,’ this insect can leap 20 times its body length; a human would have to leap about 120′ to do that.”
     At the end of the round, Josh had gotten 8 right since the first break and had 8800. Rebecca had gotten one right and had 400. Noah had gotten 5 right and had 5000.
     Rebecca didn’t seem enthused by the choice of categories, judging by how long she took to choose one, and by the tone of her voice when she did, at the beginning of Double Jeopardy. My favorite category was Congressional Committees. Remember I’m trying to learn about Congress. (If anybody has any ideas, I’m all ears. Blogs…books…apps…TV…radio…newspapers or magazines…anything.) I haven’t necessarily been into committees, and not the Senate either. I guess it shows because I went 0/4. I should’ve rung in on this triple-stumper though: “Chairman Jeff Miller of the House Committee on their ‘Affairs’ has called for an audit of the cemeteries it oversees.” The contestants went to that category last! Maybe it figures then that they were stumped by 3 of the clues too. How did you do?
     Josh found the first Daily Double of the round, in Behind Bars. We’d only seen 3 clues. Rebecca got one and Josh got the other two, giving them 800 and 10800 respectively. Josh wagered 3000 on this softball: “It was closed in 1963 because it was too costly to operate; 1 million gallons of water were shipped to the island each week.” He got it right!
     The next three clues were triple-stumpers, and I got ’em all. This one came in Behind Bars. I got it thanks to having read “Dead Man Walking: “Prisoners at Angola in this southern state can study for degrees at a Baptist seminary.”
     The next two were in The Songwriters Hall of Fame: “He was inducted in 2000 along with partner Glenn Frey.” And “He was inducted for ‘It’s So Easy’ & ‘That’ll Be the Day,’ among others.” I’d have swept the category if I hadn’t mixed up Waylon Jennings with this correct response, as I easily do: “In 2007 the Hall welcomed this ‘Okie from Muskogee.'”
     Noah found the next Daily Double, in Science Grab Bag. He’d gotten 2 right and one wrong since the last Daily Double, and had 5400. Rebecca had gotten one wrong (her first wrong of the game?), and had -400. Josh had gotten 2 right and one wrong and had 16600. Noah wagered 2000 on this clue: “Teflon is an example of this type of compound that contains only the elements F & C.” I thought this one was tough, and it sunk Noah too. There were 3 categories plus one clue left.
     At the end of the round, Noah had 5000, just like he did when the round began. He’d gotten one right and 2 wrong since his Daily Double. Rebecca had gotten one right and had 800. Lucky, because it took her out of the hole! But Josh had a giant lock on the game with 18600. He’d gotten 5 right and one wrong since Noah’s Daily Double.
     The Final Jeopardy category was 20th Century Plays. This was the clue: “This 1962 play takes place beginning at 2 a.m. in the living room of a house on a New England college campus.” The correct response crossed my mind, though not the title, and I rejected it anyway. The contestants were all stumped too. Rebecca lost 400, Noah lost 4993 (?), and Josh lost 1400. We’ll see him Monday!
     My Coryat today was 19000; 25400 without negs. I negged 4 times in Jump Around! Jump Around! alone.