Andy here with another recap from the Battle of the Decades! No pictures, though.
Today’s contestants: Leslie Shannon, Tom Nosek, and Richard Cordray!
J! round categories:
WE LOVE PLANET EARTH
IN THE CITY’S NEWSPAPER
SAINTS PRESERVE US
2 FIRST NAMES
LIKE HENRY JAMES?
Lots of Xs on my scorecard in tracking the first part of this game; there were 5 negs combined amongst the three players. Scores after the first break:
Leslie Shannon says she owes her entire career to Jeopardy!; a Wall Street Journal reporter ran a feature on her and it led to 15 job interviews!
Tom has a theory, “run and find out”, from Rikki-Tikki-Tavi in the Jungle Book.
Richard, when running for office, used a bumper sticker that Alex recalled as a favourite… “The answer is Richard Cordray”
Richard seemed to enjoy taking the Forrest Bounce in the hunt for that Daily Double. It was Leslie who found it, though, under HENRY JAMES $400. Scores:
Leslie bet $2,000. Her clue: I like the symbolism in this novel, such as the shattering of the title object. Leslie’s instant correct response put her at $5,200!
By the end of the round, the scores sat at:
DJ! round categories:
19th CENTURY OPERA
BACK IN THE USSR
STARTS & ENDS WITH THE SAME VOWEL
CINEMA OF MY YOUTH
I’M HEADING TO…
There were more negs to go around in this round, and it kept one player from being able to pull away from the pack! By the end of OPERA, Tom had the lead, in fact!
The Daily Double hunting also stopped in this round!
There also seemed to be many jump cuts in the tape for Alex to explain various rulings in this episode.
Leslie found the first Daily Double under I’M HEADING TO… $1600. Scores:
Leslie bet $3,000. Her clue: I’m heading to the banks of this African river that flows between Zimbabwe & Zambia on its way to the Indian Ocean. Leslie went for Limpopo and fell to $4,400.
CINEMA OF MY YOUTH $2000 had the final Daily Double and this one was Tom’s! Scores:
Tom bet $400. His clue: Leopoldine Konstantin tells Claude Rains, “We are protected by the enormity of your stupidity” in this Hitchcock film. Tom had no answer and fell to $6,000.
Leslie negged twice with “Baby Jessica” in ’80S BABIES, leading to the following tweet:
Overall, this was a very difficult game! I lost track of all of the negs! Richard got the final $2,000 clue to give him a fighting chance in Final. Scores going into Final:
And back to the Interwebs:
FJ! category: THE PERIODIC TABLE
FJ! clue: Of the element symbols that don’t match the element’s English name, this element’s symbol is alphabetically first
Richard 2600 + 2600 = 5200
Leslie 3600 – 3600 = 0
Tom 6000 + 1201 = 7201
Tom Nosek is the next player into the tournament; 3 more players tomorrow!