It’s a Chelsea morning

      Hey hey, the Hometown Howdies are up. Here are the contestants we haven’t seen yet this week:
Amanda DeMeola
Kellie Herson
Adam Johnston
Vimal Murthy
Sarah Orman
Evan Voorn
     And today’s contestants:

Woody Houchin

Carole Furr

Rani Peffer

     I hope you’ll forgive me for taking a little nap before blogging this episode. Normally I’m a pitbull when it comes to blogging ASAP, but sometimes you know when everybody’d be better served for doing what one has to do. Tonight that includes not watching the episode through first or keeping track of my Coryat.
     Yesterday, Woody won his first episode. Poor guy had a brainfart on this first clue of the game, in Pi: “Pi is the ratio of this measurement of a circle to its diameter.” I have to admit I had to think hard about this on myself and at first thought what he did, but caught it in time. (This is before I decided not to track my Coryat.) Later Woody said “Berlusconi” in response to this one in Shepherds: “When traveling, this man sometimes uses an Alitalia jet dubbed ‘Shepherd One.'” That one came after the first break, but Woody’d negged 3 times by the time Rani found the Daily Double in Entertaining Occupations just before the first break. (By the way, I’ve discovered that Rani was on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2011.)
Woody 200 (4 right and 3 wrong)
Rani 2000 (6 right and one wrong)
Carole 2400 (3 right)
     Rani wagered 1800 on this clue. (Why not the whole thing?): “If you had this job in Japanese Bunraku theater, it was common to spend 15 years as a left arm operator.” Rani got it right.
     I did know this triple-stumper in Entertaining Occupations: “Fruity term for the straight man in a comedy duo.”
     I was sweeping TV Self-Help Me when the round ended with two of those clues left. 🙁
Woody 2800 (3 right and one wrong)
Rani 6400 (5 right)
Carole 3200 (3 right and one wrong)
     By the time Woody found the fourth clue in Double Jeopardy, the Daily Double, Mr. Trebek said he’d “moved up handsomely.”
Woody 4800 (2 right)
Rani 6400
Carole 3600 (One right)
     Woody wagered 2400 on this clue in Come to Our “Ade“. I’d have wagered it all. “‘Haffner’ & ‘Colloredo’ are 2 of these compositions by Mozart.” Woody didn’t get it, and I have to admit I didn’t either. He only had time to get one more right (and Rani did too) before the next Daily Double in Water, Water Everywhere.
Woody 3200
Rani 6800
Carole 3600
     Woody wagered 1000 on this clue: “In 2011 about 20% of globally traded oil left the Persian Gulf region through this strait.” Woody got it!
     Soon after this point I absent-mindedly put my pen down to mark yet another one Alex got right – that is, another triple-stumper.
     The New York Times Theater was painfully slowly read by Ben Brantley, but it was the best thing that could’ve happened to Carole, and in the nick of time. She’d had zero in this round but came back with this category’s help. I did get this triple-stumper: “In 1996 I reviewed the revival of this Kander & Ebb musical, whose jaded take on celebrity worship & a fractured justice system were timely then; I said I hoped it would run for a long time. Little did I know it would still be playing today.” I got this next one right too, another triple-stumper. It was the last clue of the round: “Based on a movie, this musical about an Irish guy and a Czech girl uses song & dance in a way I’ve never experienced in an American musical: to convey a beautiful shimmer of might-have-been regret.” At the end of the round, then:
Woody 10600 (5 right)
Rani 7200 (2 right and one wrong)
Carole 5600 (4 right and 2 wrong)
     The Final Jeopardy category was First Families. This was the clue: “Sasha and Malia Obama are the first presidential children who were not old enough to vote for Dad since this one.” This one was an insta-get. Carole looked like she thought she had it right, but she didn’t. She lost 1601. Rani got it right and added 7111. Woody did not get it right! He lost 3801. I’m surprised this was not a triple-get. Anyway, Rani’ll be back tomorrow.

One year ago: We were contestants once, and young
Two years ago: No no no no drama
Three years ago: Vito vetoes the competition, all election week