Hey Paula

     Happy new year!
     Recent Coryats:
Originally 4-6-09: 25000 (28400 without negs)
Originally 6-22-12: 20400, but I didn’t ring in when I should have a few times. Without negs, my score would’ve been 26200. The first time I played this episode, my score was 19200 (25600 without negs).
12-31-12: 24600. I had one 1600 neg in Double Jeopardy and two in the Jeopardy round. I’m not sure what they were worth – I used an app I haven’t used in weeks and I didn’t think about negs until I couldn’t see them anymore. And I should’ve mentioned this in yesterday’s post, but I could not fill you in on yesterday’s Final because I went out to eat with my friend at 4 and the show’s on at 4:30.
     Today’s contestants:

Paula Menasche of Coral Gables FL
Laura Suzuki of Toronto, ON Canada

Andrew Schwerin of Cherry Hill NJ

     Mr. Trebek said we ended 2012 on a high note when Paula won her second episode. (Will I be updating the ToC list today?) Well 2013 started on a loooowww note for all three contestants. No one rang in on this first clue, in Notes from the Campaign Trail: “We are positive David Mark’s book ‘Going Dirty’ is subtitled ‘The Art of’ this type of ‘Campaigning.'” I got it but I have to admit I took a second look at the clue. Has anyone read this book? I wonder if it’s worthwhile.
     Paula got 2 right then, but all 3 contestants negged on this next one I wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole, in the same category: “‘Final Victory’ by Stanley Weintraub traces FDR’s tough reelection fight during this year.” This next one was a triple-stumper too, in the same category: “This bestseller about problems on the McCain-Palin ticket became an HBO movie with Julianne Moore.” No one rang in, though.
     I was scared of Which Time Zone?, but they were pretty easy. Andrew got 4 right in the category, then inexplicably moved to New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe he’d given all the time zones he knew. Andrew went back to Which Time Zone? immediately after the break, but it was a triple-stumper (and a dumb neg for me)” “Lewiston, Idaho.” No one guessed. Andrew did get the next 2 right in that New Year’s Resolutions though. Then came this triple-stumper in the category: “I want to be more scholarly: I will critique ‘The large scale structure of space-time’ by this physicist.” I got this one! Andrew and Laura negged on it. I also got this next clue, a triple-stumper in the same category: “I resolve to lose 50 pounds, like Marie Osmond did using this diet program; Dan Marino lost 22.” Andrew negged on it, sort of erasing the progress he’d made. My mom said, “No one knew that?!” She said the ads are everywhere. Andrew said, “Let’s go somewhere else,” then! But the next one was a triple-stumper too in The 20-aughts Show: “A 2-part episode of ‘Jag’ introduced this Mark Harmon drama.” I didn’t know this one. No one guessed. Mr. Trebek said it’s a “very popular show.” Sure, Mr. Trebek.
     This was the last clue before the break. Andrew had negged 3 times, Laura twice, and Paula once. Andrew’d gotten 6 right though, Paula 2, and Laura one. The score were: Paula 200, Andrew 400, Laura -1200.
     Mr. Trebek gave the less-than-a-minute warning with 8 clues left! Andrew found the Daily Double after that point, when he jumped over the 800 clue in African-American Women. Inexplicable once again, but it worked! He had gotten 2 right since the break and had 2200. Paula had gotten 4 right and had 2000. Laura had gotten 2 right and was in the black with 200. Andrew wagered 1500 on this clue: “In an essay defending this 2011 film, Myrlie Evers-Williams said, ‘My mother was’ this film’ & so was her mother.'” It took me a second but I got it. It took Andrew a few seconds, but he got it too! Mr. Trebek even had to say, “Andrew…?” Then Mr. Trebek gushed that it was “a delightful film.” I haven’t seen it or read it. This was the last clue of the round. I wouldn’t have minded seeing those last clues, which I think I could’ve gotten right! I did get 20/25.
     I thought I got this triple-stumper in Ranks & Titles, but Andrew’s response of “princess” was accepted later: “A czarina is the wife of a czar; a czarevna is this person.” I did get this next clue, a triple-stumper on this clue in Conservation: “Early projects of the WWF, this organization, included work with the bald eagle & the red wolf.” Andrew and Paula negged on it! Andrew found the Daily Double though, in the same category. He’d gotten 6 right and the one wrong, and had 8500. Paula had gotten 7 right and one wrong, and had 8400. Laura had gotten 3 right and had 3800. Andrew risked 2000 on this clue: “Indonesia’s largest lizard, it’s protected from poachers, though we wish it could breathe fire to do the job itself.” Andrew and I got it right. Paula got the next clue right, and the next one was the other Daily Double. This time it was in Ranks & Titles. She had 10400, Andrew had the 10500, and Laura still had 3800. This was the clue on which Paula risked 1500: “Italian for ‘leader,’ it was especially applied to Benito Mussolini.” She got it right. Mr. Trebek said then there was a minute to go. There were 7 clues left. Laura got the next 3 right, including a 1600 and a 2000! Andrew got the next one. Then I had a delay-of-game similar to this one: I’m at my mom and dad’s, so I used a VCR. It crossed my mind but instead of checking, I crossed my fingers that there was enough room on the tape. There wasn’t. I had 3 Double Jeopardy clues and of course the Final left, but a friend bailed my butt out once again. I doubt he read this, but…thanks, friend!
     I waited a long time because I wound up going to bed before seeing the rest episode (which explains why this is publishing the next day), and it turns out there was just one clue seen in Double Jeopardy after this point anyway. Andrew negged on it, and Laura got it right. So the scores going into the Final were: Paula 11900 Andrew 10100 Laura 9000. Those scores!
     The Final Jeopardy category was 19th Century America. This is the clue: “Held in 1857, America’s first national landscape design contest was for the creation of this place.” Laura was wrong and lost 3000. Andrew was right and added 8500! But Paula was right too, and she too added 8500. Making her a three-time champ. So I am updating the ToC list:

1. Monica Thieu $100,000 (College Champion)
2. Patrick Quinn $100,000 (Feb. 2012 Teacher’s Champion)
3. Colby Burnett $100,000 (Nov. 2012 Teacher’s Champion)
4. Jason Keller $213,900 (9 wins)
5. Keith Whitener
$147,597 (7 wins)
6. Stephanie Jass $147,570 (7 wins)
7. Joel Pool $116,800 (6 wins)
8. Dave Leach $98,054 (6 wins)
9. David Menchaca $115,503 (5 wins)
10. Paul Nelson $54,900 (5 wins)
11. Jason Shore $85,200 (4 wins)
12. David Gard $84,700 (4 wins)
13. Dan McShane $62,001 (4 wins)
14. Patrick Morrison $80,701 (3 wins)
15. Francis Lansangan $78,401 (3 wins)

16. Matt Samberg $61,402 (3 wins)
17. Andy Baggarly $60,402 (3 wins)
18. Kris Hamilton $60,301 (3 wins)
19. Alistair Bell $56,800 (3 wins)
20. Paula Menasche $55,100 (3 wins)
21. Stephanie Fontaine $54,500 (3 wins)
22. Joey Falco $53,999 (3 wins)
23. Susan Jann $53,800 (3 wins)
24. Erin Zweiner $53,399 (3 wins)
25. Beau Henson $51,203 (3 wins)
26. Margaret Swanson $48,000 (3 wins)
27. Claudia Gray $45,202 (3 wins)
28. Dan Adkison $37,400 (3 wins)
29. Jacob Silverman $35,998 (3 wins)
30. Jessamine Price $26,803 (3 wins)

     My Coryat today was 22400 (25800 without negs).