If You Unbuild It…

And, we’re back!

Season 30 has begun and we’ll have it all here for you at “The Jeopardy!” Fan”! One thing that Jeanie will certainly lament – the show’s website no longer has Hometown Howdies, which makes it tougher to see in advance who’s going to be on the show!

Andy here with the recap of the show’s opening night!

Some updates from the summer: 2004 College Jeopardy! champion Keith Williams has started a wagering strategy blog; you can find that over at The Final Wager – go check it out!

James Mardock and Angela Murock Hussein are the challengers for Jared Hall! Will Jared find himself on the ToC standings at the end of this game?

J! round categories:

PLACES IN THE NEWS
“GRAND” SLAM
CARE TO DANCE?
REAL LITERARY PARODIES
IF YOU BUILD IT
THEY WILL SING COME

All 3 contestants had plenty of chances to ring in…

REAL LITERARY PARODIES had me thinking of joke answers, especially the $1000 clue ( This parody of “Goodnight Moon” is a reminder to power down, especially a device kids love); I wanted to answer with the title of Adam Mansbach’s 2011 book — but that wouldn’t be appropriate for Jeopardy!

By the end of 15, the scores were:

Jared $3,800
James $2,600
Angela $2,200

James’ wife, on their first anniversary, gave him a box with 365 love letters so that he’d have one to read each day of their second year of marriage! (He doesn’t remember what he did in reply.)

I liked the THEY WILL SING COME categories; it was all about songs that have the word COME in the song title!

IF YOU BUILD IT $800 had the Daily Double, very late in the round. Scores were:

Jared $5,400
Angela $4,400
James $3,800

James bet $2,000. His clue: This term for ancient arenas like the Colosseum comes from the Greek words meaning “viewing on both sides”. James’ correct response put him at $5,800.

The scores at the end of 30:
Jared $6,600
James $5,800
Angela $4,400

DJ! round categories:
INTELLIGENCE
ABBREVIATIONS
MY “SON”, THE PRESIDENT
LANGUAGES OF THE WORLD
BIBLICAL ROLES
THE NORTON SIMON MUSEUM (a video category. I bet I know where the Daily Double is!)

MY “SON”, THE PRESIDENT $2000 had the Daily Double; we’d already seen questions about Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Madison, and Jackson in the category. Scores were:

Jared $10,600
Angela $10,400
James $5,400

Jared chose to wager $5,000. I like that bet — there are only 4 possible answers left! His clue: He whipped 2 former Presidents in the same election by an electoral score of 435-88-8. Jared’s correct response put him at $15,600

Meanwhile, Jared worked on consolidating his advantage. Angela did get in a few times to keep Jared in check, though! Meanwhile, the final category was THE NORTON SIMON MUSEUM — with one Daily Double left. I knew it!

That Daily Double was found on the $2000 clue, the final clue of the round! The scores were:

Jared $18,800
Angela $14,400
James $12,600

Obviously, the bet for James is $6,300 here. Instead, he went for just $6,200. Sigh. His clue: The design of the garden here at the Norton Simon Museum was inspired by Claude Monet’s own garden in this French village. Both feature water lilies floating on a pond that reflects the sky. James’ response was incorrect and he fell to $6,400.

Scores going into Final:
Jared $18,800
Angela $14,400
James $6,400

FJ category: POETS

FJ clue: Funds provided by his widow were used to set up a literary charity called Old Possum’s Practical Trust

James 6400 + 6400 = 12800
Angela 14400 + 10000 = 24400
Jared 18800 + 10001 = 28801 (3-day total, $88,401)

ToC standings:
1. Jim Coury (May 2013 College Champion)
2. Ben Ingram $176,534 (8 wins)
3. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 wins)
4. Andrew Moore $137,803 (6 wins)
5. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
6. Rebecca Rider $101,600 (5 wins)
7. Mark Japinga $112,600 (4 wins)
8. Mike Lewis $102,800 (4 wins)
9. Jared Hall $88,401 (3 wins)
10. Adam Holquist $76,299 (3 wins)
11. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)
12. Salvo Candela $66,195 (3 wins)
13. John Anneken $60,112 (3 wins)
14. Tim Anderson $56,001 (3 wins)

Jeanie will have tomorrow’s recap; I’ll be back Friday!

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