She didn’t do it today

     Will Rebecca become a superchamp today? Here she is with her opponents:

Katie Newcomb
Rebecca Rider
Salvo Candela


     I got this triple-stumper in Manhattan Projects: “One of Manhattan’s greenest buildings is the Times Square HQ of this publisher of Vogue & Vanity Fair.”
     At the first break, Salvo had already answered 9 correctly (and gotten one wrong), and had 4400. Katie had gotten 2 right and had 600. Rebecca had gotten 3 right and had 1600. They probably stopped her when they did because the next clue down in the category where contestants had been selecting, Sowing “ote”s, was the Daily Double. Rebecca wagered it all again, but with less bravado than yesterday on this clue: “Theodore Roosevelt said this ‘is like a rifle; its usefulness depends on the character of the user.” Like Rebecca, I thought and thought and didn’t come up with this one.
     As mentioned here now twice before, I’ve been to this site in Bavaria but today I couldn’t come up with the correct response, in King Louis: “On June 13, 1886 this Bavarian king AKA Louis II drowned in a lake, as did his psychiatrist who tried to save him.” It was a triple-stumper.
     At the end of the round, Rebecca had gotten 2 right and one wrong since her Daily Double and only had 600. Katie had gotten 8 right, 4 of them in Fictional Beer, and had 6200. Salvo had gotten 3 right and had 5400.
     I hadn’t noticed Rebecca was in third place til Mr. Trebek said so after the break. Then I really noticed she was not successfully ringing in very often.
     I got this one in States’ Most Populous Counties only because of this clue in last weekend’s rerun: “Cuyahoga County.”
     I was very surprised this was a triple-stumper, in She Did It!: “Served in 2 cabinet posts & was president of the American Red Cross.” I got this next clue too, also a triple-stumper in She Did It!: “Writer who coined the term ‘lost generation.'” The next clue was the Daily Double, in the same category. Katie found it. She’d gotten 3 right and one wrong and had 8600. Rebecca had gotten 5 right and had 3000. Salvo had gotten 5 right also, and had 13000. Katie wagered 2000 on this clue: “Painted ‘Pelvis with Moon’ in 1943.” She and I got it right.
     Salvo found the next Daily Double, in Opera. There were 3 clues on the board after this one. He’d gotten 4 right since Katie’s Daily Double and had 17400. Katie had gotten 4 right and had 15800. Rebecca had gotten 2 right and had 5400. Salvo wagered 1400 on this clue: “In operas by Richard Wagner, Brunnhilde is one of these 9 sisters who are warrior-maidens.” He got it right.
     For kicks I timed how long Placido Domingo sang on the second-to-last clue in Opera. The first time through, I kept thinking, surely that was the end. So how long? 28 seconds.
     Rebecca and Salvo each got one wrong before the round was over, and Katie got one right. Their scores were: Rebecca 3800, Katie 17000, Salvo 17600.
     The Final Jeopardy category was At the Grocery Store. This was the clue: “The National Promotion Board for this food, citrullus lanatus, lists hydration as a primary health benefit.” The clue stumped Rebecca, Katie, and me. Rebecca lost everything. Katie lost 4000. Salvo added 8500 to his total. We’ll see him Monday!
     So the ToC list remains unchanged. My Coryat today was 27200 (31000 without negs).

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