Pink tie blues

     You guys, John Pearson from yesterday’s episode has contacted me for a Q & A! This does my heart good – he’s the guy who left the comment here.
     The big question today, for me: Am I gonna be sending Rico my questions this weekend or next? (That is, was his score high enough to be a wild card?) Here we go.

Cathy Bloedorn
Michael Townes
Timothy Shuker-Haines

     I was looking forward to Rap Stage Names, and it was one of I think 3 categories I swept in the Jeopardy round. I’m glad we saw them all – It was the last category the contestants chose!
     I got this triple-stumper in Same First & Last Letter: “Shortened term for an agreement before a marriage that stipulates rights.” I thought of “Loyalist” but didn’t quite make it to the correct response on this triple-stumper in Same First & Last Letter: “Traditional contradictory-sounding adjective for a Parliamentary opposition party.”
     At the first break:
Cathy 1800 (3 right)
Timothy 3800 (6 right)
Michael 1000 (3 right)
     Did you notice how many of this week’s teachers made education their second career? Maybe the contestant coordinators like that.
     I noticed Michael’s pink tie when he was introduced because I like that look. I was glad he mentioned in his interview. But “hot pink”? Uh uh.
     Timothy found the Daily Double of the round, in On his Presidency’s Secret Service.
Cathy 2200 (One right)
Timothy 5000 (2 right)
Michael 1000
     Timothy wagered 3000 on this clue: “In 1902 the service began full-time protection of the president, this man whose predecessor could’ve used some protecting.” He and I got it right.
     At the end of the round:
Cathy 4000 (2 right)
Timothy 9400 (3 right)
Michael 4400 (5 right)
     Did Timothy’s students really call him “Timothy” in the video from his school? I hope they don’t do that in the classroom! I have a feeling they don’t – He didn’t look too happy about it.
     I got this triple-stumper in Diseases: “The disease that kills all these animals in Egypt in Exodus 9:6 is believed to have been anthrax.” Timothy and Cathy negged but Michael didn’t, and the next clue was the Daily Double in the same category.
Cathy 5200 (3 right and 2 wrong)
Timothy 9800 (2 right and one wrong)
Michael 11600 (7 right)
     Michael wagered 1600 on this clue: “CFTR, the defective gene responsible for transmitting this metabolic disease, lies in the middle of chromosome 7.” I didn’t know it either, but I was disappointed that he didn’t even throw up a guess. He seemed unwilling to even think about it, even after Mr. Trebek waited to reveal the correct response. Boo. Timothy and Cathy negged on the next clue too! But Michael and I got it.
     I got this triple-stumper in Raid!: “This Biblical patriarch led a daring raid with his servants to rescue his nephew Lot.”
     The last clue of the round was the other Daily Double, in Raid! It was Cathy’s to play.
Cathy 8400 (4 right and one wrong)
Timothy 13400 (5 right and one wrong)
Michael 16400 (5 right)
     Cathy wagered 2000 on this clue: “In February 1942 he wrote that the purpose of his upcoming raid was ‘to bomb and fire the industrial center of Japan.” Cathy didn’t get it.
     The Final Jeopardy category was Play Characters. This was the clue: “In Peter Roach’s phonetics glossary, this alliterative guy is ‘the best-known fictional phonetician.'” I didn’t get this one. Cathy did and wagered all but $5. Timothy got it too and added 7000. Michael didn’t get it and lost 2600. Timothy walked so quickly toward Mr. Trebek the camera almost didn’t catch him.
     So, I’ll compile questions for Rico and James this weekend. I’d still like to know if you have any for them. Here are next week’s players:
Anne Baxter
Patrick Dillon
Eli Barrieau
John Pearson
Mary Beth Hammerstrom
Becky Giardini
Maryanne Lewell
Katie Moriarty
     My Coryat today was 33000 (34400 without negs).

One year ago: On the Decay of the Art of Strategy
Two years ago: You must remember this…
Three years ago: Play it again, Sam