Let’s Bet Together And Feel All Right

Andy here with his 2nd straight recap!

Got a message from Jeanie expressing her disappointment that there were still no Hometown Howdies at the Youtube channel! Jeanie and I can’t be the only ones missing those, can we be?

Heidi McEchron and Fran Altomare are the challengers for Neal Pollack today; will I have reason to update the ToC standings at the end of today?

J! round categories:

WELL-PLAYED was a sports category! I can only imagine how some of my Squirrel Tooth’s regulars will react when they see a bass fishing question like the $600 clue (Kevin Vandam has hooked more than $5 million in prize money going after these game fish). I feel vindicated by it (never been bass fishing myself, but I still get heat for one bass fishing question in a 2011 game I wrote). Meanwhile, the $800 clue (This Spaniard’s hard work has netted him more than $50 million on the pro tennis tour) clearly caused my co-blogger to be in need of smelling salts!

The opening categories belonged mostly to Neal and Fran, but Heidi got in enough to keep things close! Scores at the end of 15:

Frank $2,800
Neal $2,400
Heidi $2,200

Heidi’s first selection after the break was LET’S GET TOGETHER $600 and it was the Daily Double! She bet $1,000. Her clue: In 2009, Georgia left the group called this commonwealth, originally formed in the early 1990s. Heidi gave a wrong answer which dropped her score to $1,200.

Meanwhile, the second half of the round belonged to Fran; Neal wasn’t able to get in once until the final clue! Heidi did reasonably well in A STORIED FORECAST to bring her score back up!

At the end of 30, the scores were:

Fran $8,600
Neal $3,400
Heidi $2,400

Neal has done really well in Double Jeopardy! the last two days, though…

DJ! round categories:

Heidi didn’t go Daily Double hunting this time around! Key clue on #5 of the round (SCREENPLAYS $2000 – 1983: James L. Brooks, from the novel by Larry McMurtry) was negged by Fran, with Neal picking up the rebound and the $4,000 swing!

Fran did well to recover, though, as the Daily Doubles stayed uncovered through the first half of the round!

The first one did come out in THE ART OF GEORGIA O’KEEFE $2000 and much to my chagrin, it was a video. It was Fran’s to play, with the following scores:

Fran $13,800
Neal $11,800
Heidi $6,400

Fran bet $3,000. His clue: O’Keeffe said, “Artists who spend any time in this city near Santa Fe have to paint the Ranchos Church. Here’s her take.” Fran’s incorrect response dropped him to $10,800 and gave Neal the lead.

ON THE MARQUIS $1200 had the final Daily Double. There was a $1600 and $2000 clue on the board, and the scores were: (Neil to play)

Neal $15,000
Fran $10,800
Heidi $6,800

Here? I bet $500, answer this to the best of my ability, and sit on the buzzer for the final two clues. Neil bet clue value. His clue: Of the British surrender at Yorktown, he said, “The play is over…the fifth act has just come to an end”. Neil’s correct response put himself at $16,200, and another neg from Fran on the final clue cemented Neil’s position further!

Scores going into Final:

Neal $16,200
Fran $8,800
Heidi $8,400

FJ! category: THE INTERNET

FJ! clue: The animal for which this computer program is named is actually a red panda

Heidi 8400 – 8000 = 400
Fran 8800 – 8200 = 600
Neal 16200 – 1401 = 14799

I’m interested to see the get rate on this Final. It won’t be high.

Neal is now a 3-day champ, $60,798!

ToC update:

1. Jim Coury (May 2013 College Champion)
2. Ben Ingram $176,534 (8 wins)
3. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 wins)
4. Jared Hall $181,001 (6 wins)
5. Andrew Moore $137,803 (6 wins)
6. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
7. Rebecca Rider $101,600 (5 wins)
8. Mark Japinga $112,600 (4 wins)
9. Mike Lewis $102,800 (4 wins)
10. Adam Holquist $76,299 (3 wins)
11. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)
12. Salvo Candela $66,195 (3 wins)
13. Neal Pollack $60,798 (3 wins)
14. John Anneken $60,112 (3 wins)
15. Tim Anderson $56,001 (3 wins)

I’ll be back tomorrow with another recap!

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