Now I know my ABCs…

     …as in Alice, Ben and Carlos.
     Ben Ingram won his fourth game yesterday! I’m all for it. He’s been cool so far.

Alice Kelly
Carlos Hernandez Fisher

     Again Mr. Trebek said at the top of the show that Ben was playing “extremely well.”
     Alice was introduced as an “orthopedic nurse.” As an RN, I always say that as opposed to “nurse.” The assumption otherwise is that you’re an LPN.
     Each category of the Jeopardy round contained a nationality, except the one on the extreme right which tied them all together: It’s a Big World.
     Today all three contestants started categories in the middle. I still like it. Ben found the Daily Double there, in Brazilian Geography.
Ben: 2200 (3 right)
Carlos -400 (1 right and 1 wrong)
Alice 400 (1 right)
     Ben wagered 1800 on this clue: “This planned city in Brazil’s vast interior has grown from being a construction project in 1956 to 2.6 million people today.”

     Ben gave the correct response before the image was off the screen. Did the picture help you? The clue?
     Alice said she’ll wager it all if she finds a Daily Double, because her son encourages her to! And remember when Ben wagered 29 on the Final of his first episode, and Mr. Trebek asked if it was his age? Mr. Trebek asked him about that again today, and Ben said it’s the number of his favorite ball player, John Smoltz. Mr. Trebek said Smoltz is no longer with the Braves, right?? As if he were still playing. Ben said he retired “just not long ago.” I started Smoltz’s book, but I don’t think I finished it. Something tells me Ben did!
     I said what Ben (“Amazonia”) did on this one in Brazilian Geography: “Add 2 letters to the name of a river to get this state so big it borders 3 countries.”
     Mr. Trebek gave the less-than-a-minute warning with 4 clues left, and we didn’t see one. At the end of the Jeopardy round, but since Ben’s Daily Double:
Ben 8800 (9 right and 1 wrong)
Carlos 5000 (9 right)
Alice 600 (4 right and one wrong)
     Ben found the first Daily Double of Double Jeopardy, in Captains Courageous.
Ben 12400 (3 right)
Carlos 7400 (2 right)
Alice 1000 (1 right and 1 wrong)
     Ben wagered 3000 on this clue: “In September 1835 Captain Robert Fitzroy anchored this ship in the Galapagos for a 5-week stay.” He and I got it right.
     Mr. Trebek gave Ben a huge cue, repeating “2 forms,” when Ben only named one at first on this one in Science 101: “Prophase, metaphase, anaphase & telophase are stages of these 2 forms of cell division.” Mr. Trebek said “Thank you,” and Ben said “Thank you.” The next clue was the Daily Double!! Not Ben’s fault, but I wonder if his opponents were miffed.
Ben 16600 (1 right)
Carlos 7400
Alice 1000
     Ben wagered “just 2000” on this clue in Science 101: “Defined as 10-400 nanometers on the spectrum, these rays fall between visible light and x-rays.” I got it right on a guess, and Ben didn’t get it.
     I got this triple-stumper in 7-Letter Words: “Rustic (6 letters) & pastoral (8) are synonyms for this adjective.” Later I got this one in the same category: “A dog of mixed or undetermined breed.”
     At the end of the round:
Ben 19400 (6 right)
Carlos 15400 (7 right)
Alice 4600 (4 right and 1 wrong)
     The Final Jeopardy category was U.S. Presidents. Mr. Trebek said this is a “very popular” subject. Does he just mean “common”? Remember Ben wants to visit all the president birthplaces. And he seems to like history. Here is the clue: “The only 2 men who were U.S. president 10 years to the day after their first inauguration.” I got this one right. Alice didn’t and lost 1000. Mr. Trebek took forever to say Carlos was right, after his response was revealed. Carlos gained 4001, putting him one dollar ahead of Ben. Ben got it right though and gained . (Nice poker face.) So Ben will be back Monday!
     My Coryat today was 23200 (24200 without negs).

ToC update:

1. Jim Coury (May 2013 College Champion)
2. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 wins)
3. Andrew Moore $137,803 (6 wins)
4. Ben Ingram $115, 632 (5 wins)
5. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
6. Rebecca Rider $101,600 (5 wins)
7. Mike Lewis $102,800 (4 wins)
8. Adam Holquist $76,299 (3 wins)
9. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)
10. Salvo Candela $66,195 (3 wins)
11. John Anneken $60,112 (3 wins)
12. Tim Anderson $56,001 (3 wins)