Math is hard

     My Coryat from last weekend’s rerun, which originally aired 7-11-13: 28000 (31600 without negs). The first time I played, my Coryat was 22200 (26000 without negs).
     So this is Day 3 of the Teacher Tournament.

Eli Barrieau
Karen Cafaro
James Brown

     This game felt like it kicked my butt but my score, 18000, was the same as Monday’s, and I had fewer negs. (Today I had 20600 without negs). I did have a rough day today long before the show ever started, though. I didn’t get any of the clues in The Right Tool, and I didn’t get anything right until this 8th one in Yes, November!: “On Nov. 23, 2013, National this day, organizers hope to bring more than 4,000 kids out of foster care.” Despite the title of this post, I went 3/5 in Talkin’ Math. I never thought math was a weakness of mine, and I’m surprised to see it’s my worst category in Learned League. In fact it looks like I haven’t gotten one right yet. I negged on this one today, even though the correct response came to mind: “Students usually take this, the study of angles & their functions, after geometry & algebra.” I don’t know about you but at my high school, pre-calculus came after geometry. (Algebra’s first.)
     At the first break:
Eli 5200 (8 right)
James 2000 (4 right)
Karen 1400 (2 right)
     Karen found the Daily Double of the round in U.S. Landmarks.
Eli 6000 (One right)
James 1800 (One right and one wrong)
Karen 3800 (Four right)
     She wagered 1000 on this easy clue: “This landmark’s Skycity restaurant has been serving its Lunar Orbiter ice cream sundae since the 1962 World’s Fair.” She got it right. At the end of the round:
Eli 5800 (One right and one wrong)
James 4200 (3 right)
Karen 4600 (One wrong)
     I thought these three clues at the bottom of TV Shows by Nerd were way easier than the two above it (correct responses The Big Bang Theory and Happy Days):

  • “White-collar worker Dwight Schrute”
  • “Next-door neighbor Steve Urkel”
  • “Bayside High School student Samuel ‘Screech’ Powers”
     I got this triple-stumper in The Year 1713, but it was a guess: “The Tuscarora War in N.C. was decided, leading to the Tuscarora heading north & the Five Nations becoming this.” James moved to An Eponymous Category after that. He found the first Daily Double there.
Eli 7800 (2 right)
James 7800 (5 right)
Karen 6600 (One right)
     James wagered 2400 on this clue: “The name of these breeches is derived from a pseudonym used by Washington Irving for one of his works.” I said “knickers” and am counting it. James said “headless horseman”! ?
     I said “Brown” for this one in Journalists and am counting it, even though I was thinking of someone other than “Tina”: “The former editor of Vanity Fair, she served as editor-in-chief of both Newsweek & The Daily Beast.”
     James found the next Daily Double too, in “A” in Geography.
Eli 12200 (4 right)
James 9400 (3 right and one wrong)
Karen 9800 (4 right and one wrong)
     James wagered 2400 on this clue: “Great Britain has several rivers named this, from the Celtic for ‘river.'” James answered immediately but was wrong. Ouch. Lucky for him though, Eli negged on the next clue for 1600. On the second-to-last clue though, Eli got a 1600 clue that Karen and James both negged on.     

     Karen took a while to select clues after getting a correct response, but we saw every clue in the first two rounds.
Eli 12200 (One right and one wrong)
James 6600 (One right and one wrong)
Karen 9000 (One right and one wrong)
     The Final Jeopardy category was Mythology. This was the clue: “Rich with electrum, the Turkish river Pactolus is where this legendary man was said to have washed off his curse.” The correct response crossed my mind but I wound up saying what James did. I guess I associate this guy more with the Bible than with mythology. I doubt it’s in the Bible but I think I learned about this in religion class. I remember seeing the illustrations that went with the story. Karen got it wrong too, but Eli got it right. James lost everything! (What about the wild card!?) Karen lost 3000. Eli added 2200, and we’ll see him next week.
     So Rico’s score is higher than that of today’s losers. I’m glad. I’d like him to play next week. By the way, I did a lot of asking around for Q & As this tournament (though I didn’t get to everyone), and Rico’s the only one who responded. Phew!

Wild card standings:
Anne Baxter (Monday winner)
Patrick Dillon (Tuesday winner)
Eli Barrieau (Wednesday winner)
Mary Beth Hammerstrom $20,000
Katie Moriarty $16,400
Rico Vazquez $11,400
Karen Cafaro $6,000
Kati Sorenson $399
James Brown 0

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