Yesterday, Craig Cornish Jr. had me thinking he was gonna make the ToC list today. Today Mr. Trebek said Craig is “well-rounded” and “not in the mood to take prisoners” yesterday, and told Phil Lowe and Meredith Larson “You have your work cut out for you, but good luck!”
By the way, I like how Phil wrote his name in block letters. He went to Control after getting the first clue right, but Meredith swept the category. She’s having good luck so far! At the first break:
Craig 1200 (2 right)
Phil 2000 (5 right and one wrong)
Meredith 3800 (7 right)
We found out that Craig is the oldest of 10 children, and the family’s never had a vacation! He got 2 right after the interviews before finding the Daily Double.
Craig wisely wagered on this clue in “N” the Atlas: “This largest Central American lake is separated from the Pacific Ocean by the 12-mile-wide Rivas isthmus.” He got it right.
I got this triple-stumper in You Floor Me: “Stay with me: Brits call the second floor the first floor & what we call the first floor they call this.”
At the end of the round:
Craig 6000 (One right)
Phil 2800 (3 right)
Meredith 7200 (5 right)
I got this triple-stumper in File Under “Q”: “It’s a bon mot.” I got this one too in the same category: “Around 1970 this British fashion designer made hot pants popular.” I took umbrage when Mr. Trebek said the contestants were “too young” to remember this designer. No, they just don’t follow such things! And later, they weren’t too young (at least Phil wasn’t) to remember this, in 1963: “Coca-Cola introduced its first diet soda, this classic with a 3-letter name.” (Neither was I.)
Meredith found the next Daily Double, in Scientific European.
Craig 6800 (3 right and one wrong)
Phil 3200 (One right)
Meredith 10000 (2 right)
She wagered 3500 on this clue: “In 1943 he fled from Copenhagen to escape the Nazis & later went to Los Alamos to advise scientists working on the A-bomb.” She got it right!
Then Craig got the next one in There’s No Place Like Dome.
Craig 8000 (2 right)
Phil 8800 (6 right!)
Meredith 17100 (2 right)
Craig wagered 5000 on this clue: “In an April 9, 1965 exhibition game, Mickey Mantle hit the first home run in this ‘8th wonder of the world.'” I took a guess and got it right. I’d never heard of Craig’s response, but it was the correct response to the next clue! Craig knew its location then. Luckily he got the last clue of the round right, because then it was not a runaway. Craig seemed to know it, too, as it looked like he pumped his fist.
Craig 11400 (5 right)
Phil 8400 (One right and one wrong)
Meredith 21900 (4 right)
The Final Jeopardy category was State Capitals. I already felt pretty good about this. Here’s the clue: “It’s the southern city in which the building seen here is located; counting the panels may help.”
(I was too lazy to get up from the computer.) This was a triple-stumper, but Meredith had the correct state. Phil lost 1600, Craig lost everything, and Meredith lost 2000. So we don’t add Craig to the ToC list today, and that’s too bad.
My Coryat today was 26400 (28800 without negs).
One year ago: Who’s afraid of the big bad Woolf?
Two years ago: The Boys Are Back in Town
Three years ago: [untitled]