The silent treatment

     I’d be pleased to update the ToC list for Tim Anderson. Is it gonna happen?
     Okay, I typed that before I knew that a Catholic priest was playing today. I guess I can hope for a tie. Also, if I’d known he was a priest I’d have called him “Father” in my list yesterday. When I look at his Howdy picture now on the J! site, I see he has his hands folded in prayer. He does it in the video too.
     I’m at my folks’ today. I had a feeling we’d be out when Jeopardy! was on, so I set up the tape. It worked, but I’d muted the TV while I set it up…and apparently one can’t bring the sound back when playing the tape. I’d watched the show this way before, and I think it’s happened once since then but I can’t be bothered to find it.

Judy Wang
Fr. Bill Matheny

     I got this triple-stumper in End of the Alphabet: “Jacob Zuma has been president of this country since 2009.”
     Tim disappointed me by seeming to guess twice before the first break, and negging as a result. He got 6 right too though, and arrived at the first break with 2600. Judy too had gotten 6 right and had 2200, and we had yet to hear from Father.
     He seemed to find his category in A Round of Gulf Coast. He got 6 right by the time Tim found the Daily Double in Another Black Friday. Mr. Trebek said, “And now we have a pretty close game.” Father then had 3400. Tim had gotten another one wrong and 4 right and had 4000. Judy had gotten one right and had 3000. Tim wagered only 1000 on this easy clue: “January 13, 1939: Record summer heat sparks ‘bushfires’ that ravage millions of acres in this country.” Tim too a while but he got it right. Then I got this triple-stumper in File: “Last name of Mrs. Basil E., whose ‘mixed-up files’ were the subject of a Newbery medal-winning children’s book.” Judy negged on it, and ended the round with 2000.
     Tim found the first Daily Double of Double Jeopardy, in The Monroe Doctrine. Mr. Trebek said he’d moved into a “fairly substantial lead.” He’d gotten 4 right in the round and had 7800. Father had gotten one right and had 4200. Judy still had 2000. Tim wagered just 1200 on this clue: “James K. Polk cited the doctrine in getting sole control from Britain of this territory below the 49th parallel.” I was way off on this one, and Tim got it wrong too.
     Judy looked like she was picking clues apathetically, but I believe she was searching for a Daily Double. Father found it eventually though, in Biology (which is where Judy had been looking). Mr. Trebek said there was less than a minute to go. There were 4 clues left. Father had gotten 4 right and one wrong since the last Daily Double, and had 8200. Judy had gotten 4 right and 3 wrong and had 2400. Tim had gotten 7 right and had 15400. Luckily this was not Father’s category, he said. I wanted him to wager small for a better chance of having more than half Tim’s total at the end of the round. After what felt like quite a bit of thought (though I don’t have sound), he wagered 1000 on this clue: “Appropriately, the name of this bone is from the Latin for ‘to chew.'” I got it right but Father got it wrong.
     He went for a 2000 clue then in Shakespeare Before & After, so it was bound to be tough. It was a triple-stumper. The next clue was a triple-stumper too, and I got it. In the same category: “A ‘bird’ who habitually stays up late watching the story of Viola & Orsino.” The last two clues were left covered. The scores remained the same, then: Tim 15400, Father 7200 and Judy 2400. That’s right, Tim’s got a lock on the game.
     The Final Jeopardy category was American Literature. This was the clue: “This 1884 novel begins in the fictional town of St. Petersburg & ends in Pikesville, 1,100 miles down the Mississippi.” Judy got it wrong and lost 2399. Father got it wrong and lost 2300. I was glad he had the presence of mind to wager considering how much Judy would have if she doubled. Tim got it right and added 600. Here’s an update to the ToC list:

1. Jim Coury (College Champ)
2. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 wins)
3. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
4. Rebecca Rider $101,600 (5 wins)
5. Mike Lewis $102,800 (4 wins)
5. Adam Holquist $76,299 (3 wins)
6. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)
7. Salvo Candela $66,195 (3 wins)
8. John Anneken $60,112 (3 wins)
9. Tim Anderson $56,001 (3 wins)

     My Coryat today was 22200 (25800 without negs).