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     I’m ringing in the new year on the blog today with my first Jerry Slowik episode. It occurs to me that next month, I’ll be able to post a “four years ago” link at the end of my posts!
     By the way, just throwing this out there: Anyone know a good book to learn Google Analytics? Or do you have a better suggestion?
     I got curious to see how soon this blog would come up when I searched “Jerry Slowik,” and I learned some interesting things about him: He’s 28. He got perfect scores on his SAT and a 34 on his ACT. And that’s without clicking on any links.
     Andy’s gung-ho about embedding Jeopardy tweets in our posts, so here’s a timely one from a familiar name:

      I just wish you could see all the replies, too! Today, 4-time champ Jerry takes on Bridget O’Donnell and John Coulter. I felt like I had a comment a second on today’s episode. Let’s do this.

     I’m glad Jerry chose to dress up again today, after wearing a polo shirt yesterday. Today it was Bridget’s shirt that didn’t flatter her.
     Mr. Trebek thanked people for watching the show rather than college football. As if we always or even usually had a choice!
     I got this triple-stumper in “O-M-G”!: “In 1961 this upscale chain of department stores introduced the first designer shopping bags.”
     John found the first Daily Double of the round, in Portraits in History.
Jerry 1000 (3 right)
Bridget 600 (One right)
John 1000 (2 right)
     John wagered it all on this clue: “He’s the Italian hero pictured here; you might recognize him by the color of his attire.”

     John even said “He’s a redshirt,” but he couldn’t come up with the correct response!
     We only saw 14 clues before the first break!
Jerry 2400 (3 right)
Bridget 600
John -200 (One right and one wrong)
     John was identified as a “creative director.” I wish Mr. Trebek would’ve asked him what that was! Instead he asked whether John taught in the Peace Corps even though John had said he worked in agriculture.
     Bridget is one of those people proud to say they don’t own a cellphone. (Sound familiar?) Mr. Trebek said “Good for you! You are gutsy.” ?! I doubt he means because she’s taking a chance she’ll never be in an emergency. Bridget said haughtily, “I just like to not be in contact with people 24-7, and I think that it does not foster communication; I think it isolates people, the cellphone.”
     Were you caught off-guard when Bridget’s response was accepted even though she added a “g” on this one in Dylan Songs in Other Words?: “‘Borne Along by Gusts.'”
     We saw every clue in the round. Funny how that’s news!
Jerry 5600 (8 right and one wrong)
Bridget 3400 (5 right and one wrong)
John 2600 (3 right)
     I got this triple-stumper in Take a Walk on the Mild Side: “The posterior muscular portion that separates the oral cavity from the nasal cavity is this palate.” This one wasn’t a triple-stumper, but I was happy to get it right anyway in the same category considering all the CSPAN I watch!: “In Congress-speak, ‘the chair recognizes’ not ‘the man from Montana’ but this type of ‘man from Montana.'” Mr. Trebek felt the need to add “the distinguished gentleman, usually.” I bet I watch more CSPAN than he does, and proud of it.
     I said what Jerry did but immediately regretted it on this one in Botany: “The seeds of the red-bead tree were once used to weigh gold due to their uniform weight: 4 seeds equal this metric measure.” Bridget said “centimeter.” It was a triple-stumper.
     Jerry soon found the Daily Double in Writers in Prison.
Jerry 7200 (3 right and one wrong)
Bridget 3000 (One right and one wrong)
John 5800 (3 right)
     Jerry wagered it all! I have to wonder why. This was the clue: “He spent 30 days in jail for vagrancy in 1894 before heading to the Klondike, the setting for some of his best stories.” Jerry and I got it right.
     Bridget started selecting slowly when she should’ve been picking up the pace, considering the lead Jerry was achieving. She soon found the Daily Double in Botany. I think I saw Jerry look at the audience at this time. There were 5 clues left on the board.
Jerry 20400 (6 right)
Bridget 10600 (5 right and one wrong)
John 5800
     Bridget wagered 3400 on this clue: “In the scientific name of the common onion, allium cepa l., the “l” stands for this botanist.” I doubt I’d have ever gotten this either. Jerry’s lead grows! He and Bridget each got 2 right in the final category, for these scores going into the final:
Jerry 21600
Bridget 10000
John 5800
     Yep, another lock.
     The Final Jeopardy category was Nonprofit Organizations, and this was the clue: “This intellectual forum started in 1984, bringing together people from 3 different industries, hence its 3-letter name.” I’d never have come up with this, I don’t think. Mr. Trebek said, “That was tough, but finals are supposed to be tough.” Neither did Bridget or John. They lost 4200 and 5001 respectively. Jerry of course knew this. He added 1400.
     Maybe this guy needs to take the online test:

     My Coryat today was a measly 12000 (19200 without negs).

1. John Pearson (November 2013 Teacher’s Champion)
2. Jim Coury (May 2013 College Champion)
3. Ben Ingram $176,534 (8 wins)
4. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 wins)
5. Jared Hall $181,001 (6 wins)
6. Andrew Moore $137,803 (6 wins)
7. Jerry Slowik $121,800 (5 wins)
8. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
9. Rebecca Rider $101,600 (5 wins)
10. Rani Peffer $68,701 (5 wins)
11. Mark Japinga $112,600 (4 wins)
12. Mike Lewis $102,800 (4 wins)
13. Carlos Ross $89,774 (3 wins)
14. Adam Holquist $76,299 (3 wins)
15. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)
16. Salvo Candela $66,195 (3 wins)
17. Neal Pollack $60,798 (3 wins)
18. John Anneken $60,112 (3 wins)
19. Tim Anderson $56,001 (3 wins)
20. Stuart Anderson $51,601 (3 wins)
21. Bill Tolany $44,200 (3 wins)

One year ago: Q & A with Alistair Bell!
Two years ago: Who’s the Boss?
Three years ago: Promises, promises

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