All quiet at the front

     Yesterday, I forgot to put the “one year ago/two years ago/etc.” links at the end of the post! I’m doing it today.
     I’m pleased to announce that today’s Sean Kram has agreed to answer questions for the blog after his appearance! Leave a comment if you have anything! Today he takes on Molly Kossoff and Marge Lindblom. The former rolled her opponents yesterday. Can she do it again?


     I have to admit the show’s Explore the World Sweepstakes has some really cool prizes. I’m entering every day, for sure. But right now I’m desperate to go to the 30th anniversary tournament.
     I’d be kind of insulted if Mr. Trebek implied I was old enough to be one of these, as he did to Marge on this clue in “Uga”: “The Carnival cruise with this name, for older women & younger men, only sailed once.” But Marge responded to the clue very, uh, eagerly.
     I was a little worried about Sean when it seemed, my first time through, that he took a long time to get going. But by the first break he was doing fine:
Molly 2600 (7 right and one wrong)
Sean 2000 (4 right)
Marge 1400 (3 right and one wrong)
     Molly thinks she’s gone “full nerd” by having Mr. Trebek on her fingernails? Come on.
     Mr. Trebek pointed out that Sean was in the lead by the time he found the Daily Double of the round, in Deep Inside of Me.
Molly 2600
Sean 3800 (3 right)
Marge 1800 (One right)
     Sean wagered 1200 on this clue: “About 80% of this organ can be removed without creating an insufficiency of the insulin it produces.” I’m a nurse but I’m pretty sure I’d have known this anyway. Sean looked like he knew it immediately too. “Took you no time there,” Mr. Trebek said.
     Has anyone heard of the response to this triple-stumper in I Can’t Stop This Feeling?: “I gotta wear this brand of pants. The stripes are slimming, right?”

     I had to refer to closed-captioning to see how it was spelled.
     What about this one that came later, during Double Jeopardy, in Strange Rhymes: “This farmers’ organization was founded in 1867.” Marge knew that one.
     At the end of the Jeopardy round:
Molly 4600 (3 right)
Sean 7400 (4 right)
Marge 3400 (2 right)
     I got this one, read by a “David Carr,” at the last second in The New York Times: All the News That’s Fit to Print because I read and play along to the daily Who Wants to Be a Millionaire transcripts: “On the ‘Media Decoder’ blog I’ve been following this Netflix series that shows Washington officials & yes, even a few journalists, in a harsh light.” And I guessed on the Millionaire clue too. By the way, I’ve been playing along since this season began, in case I can take the Millionaire test again someday. It’s been thought that the tests contain clues from past episodes, and I don’t get the show where I live.
     Speaking of transcripts, I almost needed one to get that clue posted here. Wicked indeed. Luckily I remembered that here at my parents’ house, there’s no bar across that bottom of the screen that would’ve covered the clue when I paused. Otherwise I’d have gone through the clue like two dozen times.
     Side note: I just heard a representative say “You don’t need to be a Jeopardy! champion to get this…” on CSPAN.
     Marge got the first Daily Double of the round in Riding on the Metro.
Molly 9800 (6 right)
Sean 9000 (3 right)
Marge 11800 (6 right)
     She wagered 2000 on this clue: “Duke Ellington knew this NYC Metro Line that runs from Manhattan to Far Rockaway.” I don’t know this, but Marge got it immediately.
     Sean got the next Daily Double in Manned Space Flight. He had almost negged when he said “Mercury 7,” ultimately accepted, on this clue immediately preceding, in the same category: “The monument seen here at Pad 14 at Cape Canaveral honors the men of this program.”

     He’d selected that clue anyway, but who knows: maybe Molly would’ve picked it up. (Marge had negged on it too.)
Molly 11000 (2 right)
Sean 11000 (2 right)
Marge 13000 (One wrong)
     Sean wagered 2500. He looked like he’d made up his mind on the wager and was waiting for Mr. Trebek to quit talking. This was the clue: “This lunar excursion module used by Armstrong & Aldrin was left in lunar orbit & has crash landed.” I didn’t know this, but Sean did. I did get this triple-stumper in the category: “Her main qualifications for her June 1963 flight were being a parachutist & a good Communist.” Mr. Trebek gave the less-than-a-minute warning then with 5 clues left.
     I didn’t know the correct response to this one, read by Linda Greenhouse, in All the News That’s Fit to Print…til Marge said what felt like everything but the correct response: “In a multimedia feature, I gave a tour of the papers of this Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade & about whom I’ve written a book.” It didn’t look like Sean or Molly had a chance, but neither Sean nor Molly rang in after Marge handed the response to them. Mr. Trebek said Marge took 15 seconds to tell us all that. “Of course. Totally embarrassing,” Marge said when Mr. Trebek gave the name of the man in question. This was the last clue of the round.
Molly 14200
Sean 16700
Marge 11000
     The Final Jeopardy category was Movie Comedies. This was the clue: “The hero of this 1993 comedy says he’s ‘been stabbed, shot, poisoned, frozen, hung, electrocuted & burned.'” I have not seen this movie, but I got it right! Marge didn’t get it, and she lost 4000. Molly got it and added 12000. Sean got it too, and added 11701! I applauded too when he won.
     My Coryat today was 24600 (26800 without negs).
One year ago: Frowns all arownd
Two years ago: Stand
and deliver

Three years ago: It was a graveyard smash