Good morning! Andy here with the recap of the final game of the Teacher’s Tournament!
John Pearson: $15,200
Becky Giardina $0
Mary Beth Hammerstrom $11,000
Remember, those scores get added to what they win today!
J! round categories:
THE KOREAN WAR
All 3 players had good buzzer luck over the first few clues, and it was Mary Beth who found the Daily Double midway through the first segment, under THE KOREAN WAR $800! Scores were:
Mary Beth $1,800
Mary Beth bet just $800. Her clue: “War’s End Near” said a jubilant U.S. headline on the capture of this metropolis October 19, 1950. Her response of Saigon dropped her to $1,000. (I would have said Panmunjom)
At the first break, the scores were:
Mary Beth $0
Becky thinks that she has one student that will end up on Jeopardy! one day — I wonder if the show will still be around at that point!
I had trouble figuring out how STAR BUCKS translates to a literature category…the only thing I could think is of the character Starbuck from “Moby Dick”, but that seems rather tenuous. Anyone want to make me feel less stupid?
John had the best time of it over the rest of the round — in spite of losing $2,000 to a judge’s correction — leading to scores of:
Mary Beth $1,600
DJ! round categories:
AP FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
THE SHORT VERSION
THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
Becky got the first GUGGENHEIM clue, went straight over the LITERARY OPENINGS, where John was waiting to pounce. He ran the category! He then got the next 3 in ANATOMY to bring himself to 8 correct responses in a row, leading to the Daily Double at $1600! The scores at this point were:
Mary Beth $1,600
John bet $3,000. His clue: Your tear glands are an example of this type of gland that secretes fluid through a duct and not directly into the bloodstream. John said “sebaceous” and fell to $10,200.
Meanwhile, the final Daily Double stayed hidden for awhile, but it was a video clue at Guggenheim $800! It was Mary Beth’s, with scores of:
Mary Beth $4,000
Mary Beth bet just $2,000. For the love of Pete, that was a terrible bet. Mary Beth is behind a ton and needs to catch up huge to prevent a lock. Her clue: Jean arp turned to abstraction as a founding member
of this movement that rejected traditional values and embraced chance, even in how its name was supposedly chosen randomly from the dictionary.
Meanwhile, Mary Beth did very well in the rest of Guggenheim, meaning I think her bet above was even worse, leading to scores going into Final of:
Mary Beth $10,800
Even though Alex says “it’s anyone’s game”, John has a lock tournament, as long as he bets no more than $799! Had Mary Beth bet more — in what was obviously a strong category for her — we might have had a game here!
FJ! category: COUNTRY NAMES
FJ! clue: In England in 1933, Choudry Ramat Ali coined this name, a country that wouldn’t be formed until 14 years later
Becky 8000 – 8000 = 0 + 0 = 0
Mary Beth 10800 + 10800 = 21600 + 11000 = 32600
John 18200 – 0 = 18200 + 15200 = 33400
I think John is a favourite already to do well in the Tournament of Champions, to be honest!
We’re back to regular play next week!
1. John Pearson (November 2013 Teacher’s Champion)
2. Jim Coury (May 2013 College Champion)
3. Ben Ingram $176,534 (8 wins)
4. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 wins)
5. Jared Hall $181,001 (6 wins)
6. Andrew Moore $137,803 (6 wins)
7. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
8. Rebecca Rider $101,600 (5 wins)
9. Mark Japinga $112,600 (4 wins)
10. Mike Lewis $102,800 (4 wins)
11. Rani Peffer $56,712 (4 wins)
12. Adam Holquist $76,299 (3 wins)
13. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)
14. Salvo Candela $66,195 (3 wins)
15. Neal Pollack $60,798 (3 wins)
16. John Anneken $60,112 (3 wins)
17. Tim Anderson $56,001 (3 wins)
18. Stuart Anderson $51,601 (3 wins)
19. Bill Tolany $44,200 (3 wins)