Who’s seeing red now?

      After yesterday’s episode, I advised Andy not to wear red when he appears on the show someday. He asked me, you realize you were wearing red, right? Okay readers, tell me: What color was I wearing? Or what color is that, in my picture at the left? Or if you were at the pub the night I taped, what color?
     I have one season 25 Coryat to report, from the episode originally airing 5-27-09: 27800 (29400). Check it out: I actually blogged on this episode when I was first starting out. At the time it was a weekend rerun, and I kept track of my scores using the Jeopardy Challenger as opposed to the Coryat method. I got “kudzu” this time. 😉 I also got both “heaven and earth” and “indigo,” again. My dad still talks about how I wrote watching Jeopardy! with him is my favorite way.
     I wonder, will GSN play season 26 after these season 25 episodes? Or will they replay season 25?
     Here are the contestants for this second semifinal:

Colby Burnett
Stephanie Jass

Dan McShane


     More red! Mr. Trebek’s tie was dark red, too.
     So the Jeopardy! site had it right, unlike yesterday. Doesn’t this mean Jason K., Keith, and Paul play each other tomorrow? That’s gonna be a great game, I have a feeling. Probably better than either of the finals will be. I can blog, but Andy insisted on it. Oh well!
     I don’t know about you, but I’d never heard of a couple of the names in Names in American Lore: “John Henry”? “Mike Fink”? And later, “Mesabi” in U.S. Geography? (Somebody reading this usually can help me out!) And “Sergio Leone” and “Sergei Eisenstein” in Directors’ Big Screen Farewells.
     No counting required: At the first break, Dan was obviously answering more than anyone else. But if you want to know, he’d gotten 8 right and had 3800. Colby had gotten 3 right and had 1400. Stephanie had gotten 3 right and one wrong, and had 1000.
     Colby found the Daily Double, in Organizations. He’d gotten the 3 right we’d seen since the break. So Stephanie and Dan still had 1000 and 3800 respectively, and Colby now had 3000. He wagered 600 on this easy one: “The March of Dimes was established by FDR in 1938 to put an end to this disease.” Colby got it right. I wish he’d wagered it all!
     At the break, Dan had gotten 5 right since the Daily Double, and had 7800. Colby had gotten 3 right and had 5600, and Stephanie had gotten 2 right and had 1800.
     Colby found the first Daily Double in this round too, in U.S. Geography. He’d gotten 2 right since the round began and had 8400. Stephanie almost swept Royal Weddings. She’d gotten 5 clues right and had 6200. Dan still had 7800. Was anyone else hoping Colby would “Roger Craig this“? He didn’t. He wagered 2000 on this clue: “Dubuque, Iowa lies at the junction of 3 states: Iowa, Illinois & this one.” I knew this from having driven with my family from Nebraska to Wisconsin, to visit my big sister. Colby took some time but he got it too.
     Maybe it’s just me too, but it seems like the values of the clues haven’t matched the clues lately. This was the 1600 clue in The Large Hadron Collider (and what the heck is that?): “Trillions of these positively charged subatomic particles circle the LHC track at 11,245 times per second.” And in the ToC? And later we had this triple-stumper at 400  in Directors’ Big Screen Farewells: “The epic ‘A Passage to India.'”
     Colby had stepped on the gas since his Daily Double, answering most of the clues in The Large Hadron Collider. (He apparently knew what it was.) But it was Dan who found the Daily Double, in Directors’ Big Screen Farewells. Dan had gotten 3 right since Colby’s, and had 12600. Colby had gotten 6 right and had 18000, and Stephanie had gotten 2 right and had 8600. Dan wagered 2600 on this clue: “His second & last talkie, 1931’s ‘The Struggle.'” Both of the names Mr. Trebek crossed my mind, but I ruled out the wrong one and got it right, easily. Dan got it, too!
     Mr. Trebek was reading slowly today (or were the clues longer?), and we had most of a category, The Large Hadron Collider, read by the Clue Crew. Plus Mr. Trebek was just talking more. My Coryat was still not cracking my average in the last Tournament, so I was really getting nervous we’d run out of time. Still, we didn’t hear any time-running-out warning. I needed this last clue of the round, in Psych!ology: “A conflict between overt behavior & belief is known as cognitive this 10-letter word.” I had this without the “10-letter.” I had to learn this in Lifetime Development class before nursing school.
     Colby led at the end of the round, with 22000. He’d gotten 3 right since Dan’s Daily Double. Dan had gotten 3 right also, and had 19200. Stephanie had gotten 2 right and had 10600.
     The Final Jeopardy category was Russian History. This was the clue: “Launched October 1, 1928, it was brought to a premature end in 1932 amid growing hunger.” The 30 seconds was more than necessary for me – I would’ve needed years. Stephanie and Dan had it wrong too. (Reminder: Stephanie and Colby are history teachers, and Colby coaches quiz bowl!) Stephanie lost 10000, and Dan lost 2801. Colby got it right! He gained a whopping 16401, and the opportunity to play in the finals. I didn’t see it coming, considering how the Teachers Tournament champ did in the last ToC.
     My Coryat today was 20800 (21800 without negs).