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     Yesterday the stoic Sarah Olson won her first episode. Mr. Trebek hasn’t said “giant-killer” in a long time, but he did today! He simply said it was the first time this year he could say it! He also said she sent Jerry Slowik home. I wonder if Jerry stayed for this last episode of the day, but I’m sure Mr. Trebek doesn’t think about such things. I’m glad he mentioned the Tournament of Champions, because he didn’t yesterday.

Sarah Olson
Lee May
Ilissa Gold

     Lee was introduced as a “merchandising manager.” I wish I’d known that when he kept going back to Musical Instruments. I also wish Mr. Trebek had asked him about that instead of the spelunking thing.
     As for Ilissa, I only have one other “I” name in my collection of contestant photos. That’s “Irene.” And Ilissa kept going back to Change You Can Believe In. Lee kept getting those right while Ilissa kept getting the Musical Instruments clues right. In fact they each went 4/5 in the category they weren’t choosing. The other clue in Musical Instruments was a triple-stumper on which Lee and Sarah negged. The other in Change You Can Believe In was the Daily Double, and Ilissa found it.
Sarah 200 (One right)
Ilissa 1200 (3 right)
Lee 1000 (3 right)
     Ilissa wagered 1000 on this clue: “The back of a U.S. quarter featuring this place calls it the ‘Isla del Encanto.'” I got it but Ilissa didn’t. At the first break:
Sarah 0 (One right and one wrong)
Ilissa 1000 (One right)
Lee 2000 (4 right and one wrong)
     At the end of the round:
Sarah 400 (3 right and one wrong)
Ilissa 2200 (2 right and one wrong)
Lee 8000 (8 right)
     In Double Jeopardy, Lee favored Canadian Provinces, and it favored him. His lead grew. But it was Sarah who found the first Daily Double, in Quotable Plays.
Sarah 6000 (5 right and one wrong)
Ilissa 4600 (2 right)
Lee 11600 (5 right and one wrong)
     Sarah wagered 2000 on this easy clue: “From Act I of this play: ‘She can’t see!…Or hear. When I screamed she didn’t blink. Not an eyelash.” Sarah got it. Then she picked up the next clue after Lee negged on it.
     I got this triple-stumper in Parts of Speech: “‘This’ and ‘some’ are examples of the limiting type of these.”
     Ilissa managed to find the next Daily Double in The Historic Senor-“a” or Senorit-“a”. (Awkward category name.)
Sarah 14000 (5 right and one wrong)
Ilissa 4200 (2 right and one wrong)
Lee 9200 (2 wrong)
     Ilissa wagered it all on this clue: “Her father, Pope Alexander VI, arranged several marriages for her, including one at age 13 in 1493 to Giovanni Sforza.” She and I got it. Then I got this triple-stumper in the same category: “As Wisconsin’s chancellor, this future Cabinet member was the first woman to head a big 10 school.”

     Mr. Trebek gave the less-than-a-minute warning then. The next clue was a triple-stumper, and then only Baseball: the 1950s was left. Lee got the first clue, then dove for the 2000 clue, which was also a triple-stumper. Lee negged on the next clue, which was also a triple-stumper! No wonder the contestants were avoiding it! Two clues remained on the board.
Sarah 14000
Ilissa 8400
Lee 8000 (One right and one wrong)
     The Final Jeopardy category was 20th Century Quotations. This was the triple-get clue: “In 1947 Churchill called it ‘the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried.” Mr. Trebek said “Piece of cake today I bet.” I got it too. Lee added 7500, Ilissa added 8399 and Sarah added 2801. We’ll see her Monday.  
     Trebek was way more excited about this episode at the end than I was. It was just kind of there for me. Note there was nothing to say between the first and second breaks! My Coryat was 20000 (23800 without negs).
     Finally, this tweet’s got nothing to do with today’s episode but I still like it.

     Same with this one:

One year ago: Twitch and shout
Two years ago: West Side Story
Three years ago: [untitled]