Silence is golden

      One season 25 Coryat:
Originally 5-15-09: 35600 (39200 without negs)
     I see on the Jeopardy! message boards (in a post by Hans von Walter!) that Sam Spaulding of the 2011 College Tournament will be appearing on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Tuesday.   If I find out how he did I’ll pass it on, or if you find out you can leave a comment!

     Now for the finals of this year’s Teen Tournament:

Leonard Cooper of Little Rock AR
Nilai Sarda of Marietta GA
Barrett Block of Lexington KY

     This is of course the first day of the two-day final. Mr. Trebek reminded viewers (though I already remembered) that last year, three girls were in the final of the Teen Tournament.
     Not that you’ll be able to tell, but I sure could: Today’s episode recorded without sound. *sob*! On the other hand, it was nice for my parents, who could talk freely while I blogged.
     I got this triple-stumper in Sneaker-ing Around: “This brand named for a gazelle goes back to a company that made shoes for 1924 Olympic athletes.”
     At the first break, the boys seemed evenly matched. Nilai and Leonard each got 5 right, and Nilai had one neg. Leonard had 3800 and Nilai had 2200. Barrett had gotten 3 right and had 1200.
     I’m not surprised Barrett is an announcer. He reminded me of one even before he said that today.
     Add this clue to the tweeted ones on which I had no idea, in, of all things, Celebrities. This one perplexed me just as much, for 200: “Born in Wales, he’s the first British actor to play Batman on the big screen.” It was a triple-stumper. I got this triple-stumper in the category after I’d given up on it: “Fresh from ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,’ he starred as Peeta in ‘The Hunger Games.'”
     Nilai fished for the Daily Double. It took a long time to find it, but it was he who did, in College Recommendations. He’d gotten 3 right since the break and had 4200. Leonard had gotten 3 right and one wrong, and had 5200. Barrett still had 1200. Nilai wagered only 1000 on this clue: “Be impressed that the $1 million given in 1873 to endow this U. was the commodore’s only major philanthropy.” I didn’t get this one, but Nilai did, even though he adjusted his tie while the clue was read.
     Gotta show this clue, for no very good reason: In College Recommendations: “Volunteer as a test subject at this Cornhusker school that created the first undergraduate psychology lab.”
     At the end of the round, Leonard had gotten 2 right after Nilai’s Daily Double and had 6000. Nilai had gotten 3 right and had 6400. Barrett had gotten one right (the Husker clue!) and had 1600.
     Barrett found the first Daily Double of the round, in Discovers & Inventors. It was only the second clue! Leonard had negged on the first clue before Barrett picked it up, giving Leonard 5600. Barrett had 2000. Barrett wisely wagered it all, but he looked worried. Soon he was smiling. Here is the easy clue: “In 1783 Antoine Lavoisier named this element, from Greek words for ‘water former.'”
     I got this triple-stumper in Biblical Quotes: “In Luke, a father celebrates the safe return of an errant son by killing this; ‘Let us eat, and be merry.'”
     Barrett found the next Daily Double in Biblical Quotes. He’d sort of come alive, getting 5 right since his last Daily Double. He had 10400. Nilai had gotten 7 right though, and one wrong, and had 14800. Leonard had gotten 3 right and one wrong, and had 7600. Barrett wagered just 2000 on this clue: “Matthew 6 says, ‘Consider’ these flowers ‘of the field, how they grow.'” Barrett didn’t get it.
     I got this triple-stumper, still in Biblical Quotes: “In this Old Testament book, the handwriting on the wall read, ‘Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin.'” After this Mr. Trebek said there was less than a minute to go, and we still had 6 clues left! One was left covered. At the end of Double Jeopardy, Leonard had gotten 3 right since Barrett’s second Daily Double and had 10000. Barrett had gotten one right and one wrong and had 8800. Nilai had gotten 3 right and had 16400.
     The Final Jeopardy category was American Literature. Here’s the clue: “In the 1st chapter of this 1939 novel, ‘When the night came again it was black night, for the stars could not pierce the dust.'” I had to read this one in high school and got it pretty much instantly. Leonard didn’t get it and lost 7000. Barrett got it and doubled his score!! Mr. Trebek had said he looked “very satisfied and very happy” before revealing his response. Nilai got it too and added 2600. So, on to tomorrow!
     Maybe I should watch the show without sound more often – my Coryat was 38600 (40K without 2 negs, both in the Jeopardy round). I swept 4 categories: Onomatopoeia, Sneaker-ing Around, Discoverers & Inventors and They’re History.