One Of The Best Games…That Nobody Wanted To Win

Hey everybody! Andy here with his 4th of 4 straight recaps. Jeanie will have tomorrow’s game!

The Eastern online contestant test was also last night, with plenty of reports of delays, slow websites, and the like in trying to sign in. Did you write last night? How did you do? Also, you can go to and you’ll be able to find a transcript (along with answers) for the test, as compiled by some of the Boardies there! I personally am writing Thursday, as it’s the only night where I don’t have to worry about a conflict with one of my pub quizzes!

Lee Ann Roberts and Matt Ruprecht are the challengers for Ashok Poozhikunnel today; Ashok’s won 3 games, will he make it 4?

J! round categories:
HOCKEY TALK? (This one seemed popular amongst some of the Canadians I follow on Twitter)

Once again, the Daily Double was found very early in the round. Ashok got the chance to bet on the third clue (THE 6 NEW ENGLAND STATES $600)! He had $400 and Leann $200. Betting the full $1,000, his clue was: The 2 whose names come from Native American words. His correct response put him at $1,400.

The first 15 clues went by without a Triple Stumper, and saw scores at the end of that first segment of:

Ashok $5,400
Lee Ann $2,200
Matt $1,800

Lee Ann once set her stove on fire making Yorkshire pudding (too much fat in the pan — whoops!). In his interview, Matt spoke of his girlfriend who finished in second “by $2” in 2010. When I hear of people speak this way, it screams (to me at least) a lack of knowledge of the game’s strategy. I hope that doesn’t come back to haunt him!

Coming out of the break, there was only one Triple Stumper in the entire round! (HOCKEY TALK $600): In 1981 he published “Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen”. Matt took one neg on a $400 clue in the back half of the round, meaning that scores were sitting at:

Ashok $9,000
Lee Ann $4,600
Matt $3,800

at the end of 30.

DJ! round categories:

The correct answers kept rolling along here, though Ashok got in exactly one time in the first 25 clues! It was all Matt and Lee Ann, and Lee Ann got to play the first Daily Double, all the way down on Clue 20! It was under DIRECTOR $1200 (it was a corporate directors category), with scores at:

Matt $15,800
Lee Ann $11,400
Ashok $10,600

Lee Ann bet just $3,000 (Not sure why she wouldn’t bet for the lead here). Her clue: Peter Ueberroth, Barry Diller & ex-Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn are on the board of this beverage company. Her correct answer put her at $14,400. Could have had the lead, though!

The only Triple Stumper of the round came in at EXTRAS $2000: Near this Mass. college, oldest of the 7 Sisters, Skinner Park has great views from this peak

After Matt went to EDITOR $400, he gave up control to Lee Ann, who got the clue. Lee Ann, followed by Matt, then proceeded to go to the only two clues on the board guaranteed not to have a Daily Double. Sigh. Needless to say, Ashok got the $2000 clue in DIRECTOR, his first buzz in over 20 clues, and then got the Daily Double. At EDITOR $800. Scores at this point:

Matt $19,000
Lee Ann $16,000
Ashok $12,600

(Come on Ashok, bet $6,500, take the lead here.)

Ashok bet $6,000 (Sigh.)

His clue: John Callahan, seen at left, pulled together Juneteenth, the posthumous second novel of this author His correct response put him just short of the lead.

To paraphrase Casey Stengel, can’t anybody here play to win this game?

Ashok got the $1200 and $1600 clues in EDITOR, Lee Ann got the $2000, and the scores going into Final were:

Ashok $21,400
Matt $19,000
Lee Ann $18,000


FJ! clue: Record holder for the longest time lived after leaving office

Lee Ann 18000 – 17999 = 1 (Sigh)
Matt 19000 – 19000 = 0 (Double sigh)
Ashok 21400 – 18000 = 3400

I matched Matt’s answer, not remembering that the answer just changed!

Well, in amongst the carnage, Ashok arises as the champ for the 4th straight day, which does put him into the Tournament of Champions field! (By the way: If I’m Francis Lansangan watching this game, I’m very annoyed with how Matt and Lee Ann played today.)

Tournament of Champions field update:

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. Ashok Poozhikunnel $69,002 (4 wins)
14. Dan McShane $62,001 (4 wins)
15. Patrick Morrison $80,701 (3 wins)

16. Francis Lansangan $78,401 (3 wins)
17. Matt Samberg $61,402 (3 wins)
18. Andy Baggarly $60,402 (3 wins)
19. Kris Hamilton $60,301 (3 wins)
20. Alistair Bell $56,800 (3 wins)
21. Paula Menasche $55,100 (3 wins)
22. Stephanie Fontaine $54,500 (3 wins)
23. Joey Falco $53,999 (3 wins)
24. Susan Jann $53,800 (3 wins)
25. Erin Zweiner $53,399 (3 wins)
26. Beau Henson $51,203 (3 wins)
27. Margaret Swanson $48,000 (3 wins)
28. Claudia Gray $45,202 (3 wins)
29. Dan Adkison $37,400 (3 wins)
30. Jacob Silverman $35,998 (3 wins)
31. Jessamine Price $26,803 (3 wins)

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