Drew to form

     So naturally there is lots to say when I’m in the biggest hurry. Don’t worry, I’ll do this right, but the goal’s to be out the door in 2 hours.
     First, my Coryat from this weekend’s episode. Originally 7-24-12: 22200 (23000 without one neg). The first time I played, my score was 21600 (23800 without negs).
     So will I be updating the ToC list today? Drew Horwood‘s going for his third win. Here he is with his opponents:

Drew Horwood of Minneapolis MN
Jennifer Head of Dubuque IA
Lloyd Baum of Long Beach NY

     I don’t know why but I kind of like Lloyd, even before his charming anecdote with Mr. Trebek. And I loved the gesture he made as if he were his dog. Of course I have a soft spot for Jennifer, who works for nuns. By the way, as for her interview: If I were in her shoes I’d have at least used the word “Jeopardy!” before asking for time off.
     I hope Andy wasn’t annoyed when 2 people negged on this clue in Letters & Words: “At 10 points apiece, these 2 letters have the highest value in Scrabble.” (I clammed.)
     Lloyd found the Daily Double of the round in The 18th Century. It was the last clue before the first break. He’d gotten 7 right and one wrong, and had 2600. Jennifer had gotten 4 right and had 2200. Drew had gotten one right and one wrong and had 600. Lloyd wagered 1200 on this easy one: “Working with Peter the Great’s navy, this explorer went ‘strait’ to the water routes between Siberia & North America.” Lloyd got it right.
     I went 0/5 in Oyster Stew. Two of them were triple-stumpers. I swept London Transportation though.
     At the end of the Jeopardy round, Drew had 2400. He’d gotten 4 right since the break. Jennifer had 1800 after getting 2 right and 2 wrong. Lloyd had gotten 6 right since the first break and had 7800.
     That 80s Show was fun. But I said what Jennifer did on this one: “During the run of this show, Robert Guillaume rose through the ranks from butler to lieutenant governor.” Why, I wonder?
     In A Horse of a Different Color, I was waiting for the clue with this response, but I still didn’t recognize it and clammed: “The ‘strawberry’ type of this horse has white hairs interspersed throughout a base coat of red.” It was a triple-stumper.
     I don’t know about you but apparently I’ve been mispronouncing this response in Sharp (& Flat) Instruments: “The sound of this symbol of South African soccer can hit 127 decibels, louder than a jet engine. There were thousands at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.”

     I’ve never heard it spoken until today! The next clue was the Daily Double, in the same category. Drew found it. He had 4800 after getting 5 right and one wrong. Lloyd had 10600, having gotten 4 right. Jennifer had 6600 after getting 4 right and one wrong. I about fell off the couch when Drew wagered it all, after seeing his barely-there wagers the past couple of days! And he said the ever-popular, “I’ve always wanted to say this”…?! Here is the clue: “Mark Twain complained of ‘the snorting of an unholy’ one of these; lucky for him there weren’t 75 more.” Drew and I got it right.
     I swept Starting “En“. The last clue in that category was the Daily Double. Jennifer got it. She’d gotten 2 right since Drew’s Daily Double and had 8600. Drew had gotten 3 right and had 12800. Lloyd had gotten one right and had 12600. Jennifer wagered 2000 on this clue: “The measure of disorder or randomness in a closed system.” Jennifer got it right too. There was one category left, Marry Land. If I were Jennifer I do believe I’d wagered more, even moreso since I’d be confident in this last category.
     Were you guys as surprised as I was that these two have been married this long?: “Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban, June 25, 2006.”
     At the end of the round, Drew had gotten one more right and had 14800. Lloyd had gotten 3 and had 15400. Jennifer had gotten one and had 11800.
     The Final Jeopardy category was The Western Hemisphere. In my opinion this clue didn’t fit very well with that category name: “One of the 2 Central American countries never under military rule in the last 50 years.” I got this one right!! Oh, and the contestants: Jennifer and Drew got it too, but Lloyd missed it. Jennifer added 5000. Drew added 13000, which makes him a three-time champion. Lloyd lost 14201.
     My Coryat today was 29400 (30600 without negs). And I can’t believe it but I’m finished in one hour, not two. Here’s the updated ToC list:

1. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
2. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)
3. Drew Horwood $63,999 (3 wins)