A Bowl game comes to Husker Nation

     Easy now – not that kind of bowl game. This morning I leisurely checked out the schedule for David Madden‘s National History Bowl, and I noticed he will be in Lincoln this Saturday for it. I’ve tweeted him asking if I can drop in. Wouldn’t that be exciting?! I’ll keep you posted!
      My Coryat for the weekend episode, which originally aired 1-3-13, was 26400 (29000 without negs). The first time I played, my score was 32000 (33800 without negs)! No excuse but I chalk it up to not ringing in on a few I “knew.”
     Finally, before today’s episode, is anyone else stoked about Learned League starting tomorrow?!
     These contestant pics are the first pics I’ve taken with my new phone’s camera. My provider offered an early upgrade, so I said yes. Incidentally they also gave me a deal on a “hotspot,” so in theory I could blog with my netbook from the couch. I tried it tonight, and it works, but at least at first it’s extremely slow. I don’t have time to wait to bring this to you, but I’ll try again this week.

Laurie Beckoff

Whitney Thompson
Tucker Pope
     If I hadn’t gone to the Sony boards and seen this post after blogging, I would’ve forgotten to mention here that Mr. Trebek had a cast on his arm at the beginning of today’s show. As I said there, when I saw the show being taped in either December or January Trebek had the cast on his arm, and someone in the audience asked about it. I hadn’t noticed it til then! He said he’d had surgery on it.
     I swept Student Health Center.
     Whitney got the Daily Double of the round in The Old Testament.
Laurie 1800 (3 right)
Tucker 1600 (3 right)
Whitney 2400 (5 right)
     She wagered just 600 on this clue: “This third book of the Old Testament is named for the tribe from which the priests of Israel were descended!” Remember I know the books of the Old Testament by heart? This one was a breeze, but Whitney missed it, giving the fifth book! The next clue was a triple-stumper (see below), and then came the first break. At the end of the round: 
Laurie 3200 (3 right)
Tucker 2800 (4 right and 2 wrong)
Whitney 4200 (4 right)
     Laurie found the first Daily Double of Double Jeopardy in International Cinema Showcase.
Laurie 4400 (2 right and one wrong)
Tucker 3600 (One right)
Whitney 4200
     Laurie wagered 1600 on this clue: “‘City of God’ is about 2 boys growing up in a violent favela in this South American country.” I almost said what Trebek says Laurie almost said (which would’ve been right). Anyway I was wrong and so was she. 
     Tucker found the next Daily Double in Kiwi Fauna. There was one category left, African-American History, after this clue.
Laurie 9200 (4 right)
Tucker 10400 (7 right)
Whitney 8600 (4 right and one wrong)
     He wagered 1200 on this clue: “Found in New Zealand’s waters, the blue bottle jellyfish is also known as this due to its resemblance to a battleship.” Tucker got it! Each contestant got one right in the last category (and 2 were triple-stumpers that I didn’t get either) before the end of the round.
Laurie 10400
Tucker 12000
Whitney 10600
     “What an exciting game; thank you so much,” said Mr. Trebek. The Final Jeopardy category was 19th Century Names. This was the clue: “In preparation for a work he published in 1828 that was over 20 years in the making, he learned 26 languages.” Laurie and Tucker got this one. Whitney started to write the correct response but she crossed it out and put something wrong. She lost 10207. Laurie added 9400 and Tucker added 9201, making him a finalist. I’ll spare you having to do the math: he’d have won even if Whitney kept her correct response. 
     I’ll put my triple-stumpers in a list:
  • In College Towns: “A shortened version of the name of trapper Etienne Provost is on a college in this western state.” I was happy to get this one after having negged on the previous two clues!
  • In The Old Testament: “Esther 4:3 reports that ‘there was great mourning among the Jews…and many lay in sackcloth and’ these.”
  • A puzzling one in Olympic Gold: “Men’s 100-meter dash, 1984, 1988; men’s long jump, 1984, 1988. 1992, 1996.”
    And Tucker negged on it!
  • In Thomas, Write?: “Climb up ‘The Magic Mountain,’ a novel by this German.”

     My Coryat today was 26000 (29200 without negs).

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