Anecdotally speaking

      I can’t believe I’m already saying this, but am I gonna add someone new to the ToC list at the end of this post? Sara Garnett of Okemos, MI is going for her third win today. Here she is, on the left, with her opponents:

Craig Sallinger of Washington D.C.

Melissa Leanza of Laguna Hills CA
(She reminds me of Sally Field.)

     I thought we might be in for a long episode when Melissa took a veeeerrrrry long time selecting a clue after responding correctly to the first one. But she didn’t have any more pauses as long as that one.
     Sara found the first daily Double in Presidential Pooches. She’d gotten the one right and had 600. Craig too had gotten one right and had 400. Melissa had gotten 3 right and had 800. Sara wisely wagered 1000 on this clue: “Thomas Jefferson owned 2 briards that were a gift from this Frenchman.” She and I got it right, but I think we both were guessing!
     At the first break, Sara had gotten 2 more right and had 3200. Craig had gotten 3 right and one wrong and had 1400. Melissa had gotten 2 right and had 2200.
     Melissa said in her interview her daughter was in the season 28 Teen Tournament! Apparently I didn’t blog on the episode. Did you notice Melissa didn’t really answer the question, how did she do? That’s as obvious as if she’d told it like it was. I don’t know about those of you who also lost, but it only frustrates me when someone says to me something like “it was a really good experience.” Same as before my episode aired.
     As for Craig, he must’ve been desperate if that’s the anecdote he offered. I wonder what lines Mr. Trebek rejected on his index card.
     I didn’t get any in Places in Texas, Plus til this triple-stumper, the last clue of the round: “It’s an air force base & a nickname of England’s property-poor King John.”
     So at the end of the round, Sara had gotten 8 right and one wrong, and it showed: She led with 7000. Craig had gotten 4 right and one wrong, and had 3600. Melissa had gotten 3 right and had 4600.
     I wish Craig hadn’t found the Daily Double so early in the round. That is, I wish they’d been more evenly spaced – I was looking forward to counting his negs and correct responses and reporting them. If you don’t know why, you’ll find out soon. Anyway Craig had gotten one right and one wrong when he found the Daily Double in The E.U. Country That…, and had 4000. Sara had gotten 2 right and had 8200. Melissa still had 4600. Craig wagered 2500 on this clue, which is causing quite a stir on the Sony boards: “…has a territory just off Canada, even though it’s 1,300 miles away.” Craig responded immediately, but was wrong. He negged on the next clue, worth 2000, putting him in the hole. I noticed that Craig got three 2000 clues right, which helped propel him in the right direction. He also negged on another 2000 clue.
     Mr. Trebek gave the less-than-a-minute warning with 6 clues left.
     I believe Craig got a whopping 15 right before he found the next Daily Double, in Chicken Parts. It didn’t seem like it the first time I watched the show. He had also gotten 3 wrong, and had 13500. Sara had gotten 4 right and one wrong, and had 11800. Melissa had gotten 3 right and one wrong, and had 6600. There were 2 clues left on the board when Craig wagered 2500. This would’ve put him in second place if he was wrong, and with so little time left. It was another clue worth 2000: “The character ‘Judgment of’ this second son of Priam was that he was a coward during the Trojan War.” I got it but Craig didn’t. This was the last clue of the round.
     The Final Jeopardy category was Business History. This was the clue: “In 1938 his company began installing instruments in U.S. homes to record the frequencies to which a radio was tuned.” It took me a while but I got this one right. Melissa got it wrong and lost 6000. Craig and Sara got it right and added 10998 and 10201, respectively. So yes, I’m updating the ToC list today:

1. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
2. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)

     My Coryat today was 29000 (31600 without negs).

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