& Be prepared, Mary

      My Coryat for the episode originally airing 10-2-12 is 13600 (17200 without negs). The first time I played, my score was 12000 (18400 without negs). I need to resist looking at my original Coryat before playing the second time through, to avoid reminders of what happened the first time through!
     This week’s contestants:
Andrew Nelson – New Bedford, MA
Carolyn Gawlik – Dearborn, MI
Dinu Nesan – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Julia Dye – North Hills, CA
Seth Tribble – New York, NY
Marika Kuspa – South Bend, IN
Adrian Ho – Palo Alto, CA
Michelle DeGrothy – Neptune Beach, FL
     Sarah Olson goes for her third win today. She is notable for having defeated Jerry Slowik last week.

Mary Manhardt


Eric Brach

     I started out with a sweep of Body Part Prefixes, assuming I’d have been BMSed on this one: “Blepharo-.” I was surprised Sarah was BMSed on this one in the category: “Hystero-“, since “female” isn’t a body part!
     Eric only got one right before selecting the Daily Double in “U” “S” Cities! He’d gone straight for the 600 clue.
Sarah 2400 (6 right and one wrong)
Eric 600 (One right)
Mary 600 (One right)
     Eric wagered it all on this clue: “Twin city of Champaign, Illinois.” Eric got it immediately. He continued the Forrest Bounce! Somebody doesn’t like that:

At the first break:
Sarah 3400 (2 right)
Eric 3000 (3 right)
Mary -200 (One wrong)
     I’m not surprised we didn’t see all the clues in the round, since Space Shuttle Endeavor took so long! There were 5 clues left with a minute to go, including 4 of TV Anchors Aweigh! I thought I’d like that category but the clues were too hard, except for this triple-stumper at 1000: “In 2011 he found himself in the situation of moderating the first-ever CNN/Tea Party Republican debate.” See?

     At the end of the round:
Sarah 3000
Eric 5000
Mary 600
     Mary didn’t start with & Be Mary like it seemed Mr. Trebek expected. She went to Books & Authors and did well! Hey, she did well in & Be Mary later. She was in the lead at the end of both categories. One of the clues in Books & Authors was the Daily Double, and it was the third clue of the round.
Sarah 3800 (One right)
Eric 5000
Mary 2200 (2 right)
     Mary wagered 2000 on this clue: “‘The Coral Sea’ & ‘Mutiny’ were 2 of the stories in this 1947 James Michener work.” Mary knew this one immediately!
     She found the next Daily Double too, in European History. Mr. Trebek said then there was a minute left. There were 5 clues left on the board after this one.
Sarah 5400 (3 right and one wrong)
Eric 12600 (6 right)
Mary 12200 (8 right)
     I hated how Mary seemed to throw up her hands and throw out a random number, as if she hadn’t thought ahead about such things. She wagered 3000 on this clue: “In May 1916 the British executed by firing squad 15 leaders from this rebellion of the month before.” She’s lucky she got this one right. She got the next 2 right too, and then the round ended.
Sarah 5400
Eric 12600
Mary 18800
     The Final Jeopardy category was Broadway Actresses. This was the clue: “She originated 2 famous Broadway roles: one later played on film by Marilyn Monroe, another by Barbra Streisand.” It took me a while before I came up with what I was sure was right…but it was what Sarah had at first, and she would’ve been wrong with that. She put the correct response though! She doubled her score. Eric wrote his grandmother’s name. He lost only 100! Mary started writing the correct response but left off the last 3 letters of the last name, so it could not be accepted. Maybe if she hadn’t written the first name she’d have had time! She lost 4399, but she still wins, and she looked like she thought she’d lost. We’ll see what she does tomorrow.
     My Coryat today was 21200 (27800 without negs).
One year ago: A rare occurrence!
Two years ago: Two-a-days
Three years ago: [untitled]