From Arthur To Chuck

Andy here with the first recap of the Tournament of the Decades – 80s!

The 15 people who will be playing this week:
India Cooper
Chuck Forrest
Jim Scott
Leslie Frates
Leszek Pawlowicz
Andrew Westney
Richard Cordray
Tom Nosek
Leslie Shannon
Phoebe Juel
Mark Lowenthal
Frank Spangenberg
Tom Cubbage
Bob Verini
Jerome Vered

Today’s contestants:

A fun fact:

J! round categories:
PRE-80s HISTORY
NAME THE BIBLE BOOK
ON THE “M”ENU
BORN IN THE USA
PERSONAL SPACE INVADERS
VALLEY GIRL SPEAK

Some early controversy on the ON THE “M”ENU $800: This 2-word term means chemistry & physics have come to the kitchen; liquid nitrogen & lasers might be involved. Jim said “molecular”, then “molecular cuisine”. Chuck said “molecular cooking”.

I was expecting absolutely anything after watching Arthur for most of last week; after all, Chuck started the strategy that Arthur is now using! He did have the best buzzer luck over the first few clues, though, and got the Daily Double under BIBLE BOOK $600. He also got $1600 back for “molecular cooking”, leading to scores of:

Chuck $3,400
Jim $400
India -$400

Chuck bet $1,500. His clue: “But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest”. Chuck’s correct response put him at $4,900 and us at our first break!

One of Jim’s episodes of Jeopardy! was repeated over and over again in the film “Groundhog Day”.

Chuck is now spending his time in Italy working for the UN organization, the International Fund
for Agricultural Development.

India, at point point, had a bit role on “Law & Order” as a hotel clerk!

The second half of the round saw Chuck go on a buzzer roll. India and Jim tried in vain to keep pace!

Scores after 30:
Chuck $8,700 (13 right)
India $3,200 (7 right, 2 wrong)
Jim $1,600 (7 right, 2 wrong)

DJ! round categories:
WORLD LITERATURE
ALSO A TYPE OF FOOTWEAR
PHYSIOLOGY
BROADWAY MUSICALS
“S”ITIES
LATIN

One comment on PHYSIOLOGY:

(Congratulations! Because doing well on Jeopardy! clues is really what matters.)

This round belonged to India. She got 7 of the first 12 clues, prior to finding the first Daily Double, under LATIN $1200. Scores:
Chuck $11,900
India $8,000
Jim $3,200

India bet $4,000. Her clue: This phrase literally means “until seasickness” And we have ourselves a game, as India gave the correct response!

Just a few clues later, India switched over the PHYSIOLOGY $800, and found the final Daily Double! Scores:
India $14,000
Chuck $11,900
Jim $4,800

India bet $1,500. A little small for an $800 box if you ask me. Her clue: When you swallow, this flap of cartilage acts like a lid to the larynx. India went for “uvula” and fell to $12,500.

A huge $3,200 swing in WORLD LITERATURE $1600: In 1956 he published “La Chute”, or “The Fall”; the next year he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Chuck said “Sartre” and India picked up a huge rebound!

A surprising Triple Stumper in BROADWAY MUSICALS $1200: This show with a street in its title had songs like “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today”

With Chuck down by just $1,800, the final clue was PHYSIOLOGY $2000 (Take a gamble and name this longest cranial nerve, which runs from the brain through the neck & thorax to the abdomen). Chuck didn’t hazard a guess, meaning that scores going into Final were:

India $18,500
Chuck $16,700
Jim $3,200

FJ! category: PRESIDENTS & FIRST LADIES

FJ! clue: The only foreign-born first lady was the wife of this man who served in the diplomatic corps from age 14

Jim 3200 + 3000 = 6200
Chuck 16700 + 16700 = 33400
India 18500 – 16500 = 2000

And Chuck Forrest is the first player in the final tournament! I’ll be back tomorrow with the next game!

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