Who wants to try out for Millionaire (again)?

     Good news – I think I’ll be able to audition for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on July 12th in Denver. I’ve auditioned once before and passed the test, but didn’t make the contestant pool. I guess I’ll have one more forum to visit daily, in addition to jboard and the Sony boards. I’ll gratefully accept your advice or studying suggestions. I’m kind of thinking about reading the remaining issues in my Mental Floss box. And I’m thinking of laying off the tennis for a while that I’ve been gobbling up both because I love it and because I’ve been hoping for an Experts Show appearance one day. This audition’s an exciting thing to think about!
     Yesterday, Andrew Moore won his fourth game and showed no signs of weakness or of slowing down. Will he be back next week?

Judy Cole
Ben Christenson
(Does he not look like Milos Raonic?)

     Andrew didn’t respond til the fourth clue, but he got that the 5 following right. When he found the Daily Double in The 1970s, he’d gotten 9 right and had 6600. Ben had gotten 3 right and had 1400, and Judy had gotten one right and had 1000. Andrew wagered 3000 on this clue: “This national liberation front overthrew Nicaragua’s Somoza regime.” Andrew got it right. This was the last clue before the break. 9600?! Ouch.
     Remember how Andy said he knows Judy from Scrabble? Today she talked with Mr. Trebek about constructing 2 crossword puzzles for the New York Times! That’s impressive.
     I got this triple-stumper, the first clue after the break, in It’s Getting “Late”: “I’m grateful for all the help way back when, but…this Janet Jackson song title.” I got this triple-stumper too, in The International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame: “Althea Gibson.” Andrew negged on it, as did Judy! As for the tweeted clue in the same category, I said “track” but apparently they were going for “running.”
     At the end of the round, Judy had gotten 3 more right and the one wrong, and had 2600. Ben had gotten 4 right and had 3000. Andrew had gotten 7 right and the one wrong and had – ouch again – 12800.
     Speaking of ouch, did you hear Kelly of the Clue Crew say “bass-relief”? Wow. Someone’s already mentioned it on the Sony boards. Apparently it’s acceptable but I’ve never heard it pronounced that way.
     It seemed to have been a while since Andrew responded, when he found the first Daily Double in King of the Hill. But he found it. He’d gotten 3 right and one wrong since the break, and had 17200. Ben and Judy had each gotten 6 right and had 8200 and 9400, respectively. Andrew wagered 3000 on this clue: “Pico del Teide in the Canary Islands, since 1975.” Andrew missed it by adding the number “two.”
     But that sly Andrew managed to find the last Daily Double too, in Asian Religion. He’d gotten 4 right since his last Daily Double, and had 20600. Ben had gotten 2 right and one wrong and had 8600, and Judy had gotten one right and had 11000. Mr. Trebek mentioned there were 4 clues left after this one. Andrew wagered 1000 on this clue, read by Kelly: “In a lopsided and unusual arrangment, Banteay Srei’s northern sanctuary was dedicated to Vishnu, while the central and southern sanctuaries were dedicated to this Hindu deity, the Destroyer.” Andrew got it right.
     Andrew got 3 of the last 4 clues, and Judy got the other one. Did you notice Mr. Trebek reading Andrew’s final score of 23200 realllly slow, as if he was trying to figure out whether it was a lock? It wasn’t – Judy had 11800, and again Ben had 8600.
     The Final Jeopardy category was Cartoon Characters. This was the easy clue: “She first appeared in 1930’s ‘Dizzy Dishes,’ along with singing cats in flapper outfits.” All three contestants got it right. Ben added 2000, Judy added 11600, and Andrew added 401, making him a five-time champ.
     Here’s the updated ToC list:

1. Jim Coury (May 2013 College Champion)
2. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 wins)
3. Andrew Moore $131,003 (5 wins)
4. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
5. Rebecca Rider $101,600 (5 wins)
6. Mike Lewis $102,800 (4 wins)
7. Adam Holquist $76,299 (3 wins)
8. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)
9. Salvo Candela $66,195 (3 wins)
10. John Anneken $60,112 (3 wins)
11. Tim Anderson $56,001 (3 wins)

     My Coryat today was 25000 (25600 without a neg).