Andy here with another recap!
Jeanie’s been having an excellent time by the sounds of it in Los Angeles! I’m sure she’ll have lots of stories for the blog!
Will Matthew make it onto our ToC list by winning his 3rd?
J! round categories
A LITTLE SOMETHING SWEET
ADJECTIVES FOR YOUR RESUME
GOD SAID UNTO THEE…
Curtis seemed to enjoy starting in the middle of categories! He had the most luck on the buzzer over the first 15 clues as well! Scores at the first break:
Curtis is able to speak the ancient Mesopotamian language of Akkadian! Alex was flabbergasted by this.
Poor Varun; Curtis snuck in on the buzzer in front of him on “M” STATE $600 (Its motto is Latin for “if you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you”) – to add insult to injury, the $800 clue had the Daily Double!
Matthew bet $2,400. Clue: In area it’s the largest of the 8 “M” states. This clue makes a good case for “taking categories in order”, as my first three instincts (Maine, Minnesota, and Michigan) were the first three clues in the round! I got to my 4th and finally got the correct response! As did Matthew; his score went to $5,800.
The minute-to-go signal came with 7 clues to go; the top 2 clues in GOD SAID UNTO THEE went unplayed!
Scores after the J! round:
THAT’S BRAVE TALK
CABINET DEPARTMENT BY COPS
SCIENTISTS $1200 had the first Daily Double; Varun got to play it on clue 3! Scores:
Varun bet $1,500. His clue: In the mid-1660s he laid the foundations of calculus & wrote the essay “of colours”. Varun went the right way on the calculus 50/50 and his score went to $3,500!
Meanwhile, as Varun’s score got close, Matthew and Curtis got back on the buzzer themselves and pulled back away. The Daily Double stayed hidden until late in the round!
Shortly after retaking the lead again, Curtis got to play the final Daily Double, when he went hunting to FILM COMPOSERS $1200.
Curtis bet $2,000. His clue: In March 2002, on his 16th nomination, he finally won his first Oscar, for “Monsters, Inc.” Curtis was unable to come up with a response and went to $9,800.
Inexplicably, with an $800 and $2000 clue remaining, and losing by $1000, Matthew went to the lower valued clue. Needless to say, the $2000 clue went unplayed.
Scores going into Final:
FJ! category: CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
FJ! clue: Joy, Nellie & Aranea are 3 of the many children of this title character
Varun 9500 – 2301 = 7199
Matthew 10800 – 8300 = 2500
Curtis 11800 – 9801 = 1999
Props to Varun on his bet; he’s the new champion! He’ll defend tomorrow!