It All Comes Back To 9

Andy here as Ben Ingram goes for Win #9!

Mark Japinga and Dawn Owens-Nicholson are the challengers!

J! round categories:
WHERE AM I?
SET SAIL FOR THE MOVIES
WAR STORIES
POKER WORDS
THE LAW
GET YOUR “J.D.”

Ben started at $600, as he always does, but Mark got the $800 and $1000 clues in WAR STORIES to jump to an early lead! Ben got 8 of the first 14 clues before the break, though; scores were as follows:

Ben $5,000
Mark $3,400
Dawn $1,600

In Mark’s hometown, the high school marching band wears wooden shoes! Apparently they wear 6 or 7 pairs of socks, and it feels like normal shoes!

The first clue out of the break (THE LAW $800) had the Daily Double, and it was Ben’s to play! He bet $1,600 and struggled with the following clue: Oddly, this term for a trial postponement comes from the Latin for “uninterrupted”. Ben went for “adjournment” and his score fell to $3,400.

I’m sure Ben made a bunch of people back home happy by calling the Civil War “The War Between The States” on one clue! In the latter half of the round, Ben did pick up 10 of the 15 clues, including 7 straight, regaining his lead!

The only Triple Stumper was the final clue – POKER WORDS $1000 — A steep cliff. Alex said he always gets in trouble when he tries to do it!

Scores at the end of 30:
Ben $7,800
Mark $3,600
Dawn $2,200

DJ! round categories:

19th CENTURY NOVEL QUOTES
ANNIVERSARY GIFTS
WORLD HISTORY
MORE THAN AN ATHLETE
A “BAR”RAGE OF CLUES
CURRENT U.S. SENATOR BEFORE & AFTER

WORLD HISTORY $1200 had the first Daily Double; it was Ben’s to play (surprise, surprise!) Scores were:

Ben $7,800
Mark $3,600
Dawn $2,200

Ben bet $3,000. His clue: The 1st planned convict settlement in Australia was at this bay named for its abundance and variety of life

Following this, Ben started to struggle a bit! He took negs on clues like (“BAR”RAGE $1200) “Adjective for crude & uncivilized practices” and (19th CENTURY NOVEL QUOTES $1200) “”Miss Havisham was alone. ‘Well?’ said she, fixing her eyes upon me. ‘I hope you want nothing? You’ll get nothing”‘”. Both were rebounded by Mark!

Meanwhile, Dawn started to get her score up, and found the final Daily Double, under ANNIVERSARY GIFTS $2000. Scores were:

Ben $12,000
Dawn $11,800
Mark $11,600

Dawn said: “Well, I might be crazy, but I’m gonna bet $10,000.” Her clue: 40th: A “pigeon’s blood” one of these. Alex’s response of “Oh, Dawn…you got it!” cruelly made Dawn think she’d missed the question! Her score went to $21,800!

Over the rest of the round, Mark picked up 5 clues and Ben 2. 2 clues went unplayed, and Ben found himself in 3rd place going into Final!

Scores going into Final:
Darm $21,000
Mark $15,600
Ben $14,400

FJ! category: CLASSICAL MUSIC

FJ! clue: This piece that premiered in Moscow in 1882 includes strains from “God Save the Czar” & “La Marseillaise”

(One of my favourite pieces.)

Ben 14400 + 3600 = 18000
Mark 15600 + 15599 = 31199
Dawn 21000 – 0 = 21000

Dawn’s response was “I have no idea” – but that’s probably a good strategy, considering that she’d chosen to bet $0!

Ben has been dethroned; Mark’s the new champ.

Also, check out the following article about Ben!

I’ll be back tomorrow with Mark’s first title defense!

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