Happy 4th Anniversary!

Andy here with the recap as Arthur goes for win #7!

But first, our first and only Tweet of the Night:

Yes, February 27th (the day this posts) is the four year anniversary of this website! Wow, we’ve come a long way! Congratulations to Jeanie on lasting four years and let’s hope for plenty more!

On with the game!

Today’s contestants!

Today was a rare time I’ve been happy for Alex to make a Ken Jennings comparison to the champion off the top of the show. Normally it’s the kiss of death!

J! round categories:

All 3 players were complicit in selecting clues off the bottom two rows of the board to start. Of course, there were plenty of Triple Stumpers off the top! At the first break (15 clues), the scores sat at:

Arthur $5,000
Lindsey $2,600
Stephen $1,400

Stephen wrote and published a novel at the age of 13: It was called, “Dink Jones: Pentagon Lab Rat Explorer.” It wasn’t quite the bestseller that Gordon Korman’s “This Can’t Be Happening At MacDonald Hall” was — written at the age of 12!

Lindsey just recently ran her first marathon; apparently the marathon had a “trivia mile” around mile 19!

Arthur was part of an improv group in Washington; no elected officials, though! “Because they have no sense of humour”, Alex said.

Back to the game, UP $600 had the Daily Double and it was Stephen who found it! Scores:

Arthur $5,600
Lindsey $3,200
Stephen $1,800

Stephen went for the True Daily Double. His clue: In their military careers, Princes William and Harry were both primarily trained as pilots of these. His correct response put him at $3,600!

By the end of the round, the scores sat at:
Arthur $7,000
Stephen $5,000
Lindsay $3,600

DJ! round categories:

I will say, I do give our two challenges credit today for joining Arthur in the Daily Double hunt. So many times, contestants get locked in to taking categories their way and are unable to adapt to what’s going on around them! To Arthur’s credit, though, LITERARY DOCTORS $2000 was his first selection of the round and it contained the first betting clue! Scores:

Arthur $8,200
Stephen $5,000
Lindsey $3,600

Arthur calmly states “True Daily Double, Alex.” Surprisingly, Alex doesn’t express any emotion towards this attitude. Arthur’s clue: Shipwrecked in the South Seas, Edward Prendick stumbles on the island of this doctor who’s creating human-animal hybrids. Arthur immediately gives the correct response and moves to $16,400!

(Wow. I thought that this category would be about doctors who were also famous writers. That is one reason to take the $400 clues — to get a feel for the category!)

An amusing Triple Stumper for me, under POP CULTURE $1200: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin & Andrew Dice Clay were all in this 2013 Woody Allen movie. I wrote a question about this film being Woody Allen’s 16th screenplay Oscar nomination which ran in my pub quiz last night!

Arthur’s score broke $20,000 and $25,000 before the second Daily Double was found! It was under POLITICAL CONVENTION KEYNOTERS $1200. Scores:

Arthur $27,200
Lindsey $10,000
Stephen $5,800

Arthur bet $7,000. His clue: Republicans, 1944: This Californian future Chief Justice. Arthur went for Rehnquist (a bit of a head-scratcher, both location- and time-wise) as his score dropped to $20,200.

Arthur’s buzzer mojo then took over, as he knocked off a number of $400 and $800 clues on the way into the clubhouse to ensure he still had a runaway! It must be nice to be so confident in your buzzer skills that you can afford to bet more on Daily Doubles!

Scores going into Final:
Arthur $22,600
Lindsey $10,800
Stephen $7,800

FJ! category: SINGERS

FJ! clue: The only solo artist to have 5 Billboard No. 1 albums before the age of 19

Stephen 7800 – 5000 = 2800
Lindsay 10800 – 6000 = 4800
Arthur 22600 – 600 = 22000

Jeanie will have tomorrow’s recap as Arthur goes for Win #8 tomorrow!

ToC update:

1. John Pearson (November 2013 Teacher’s Champion)
2. Jim Coury (May 2013 College Champion)
3. Terry O’Shea (February 2014 College Champion)
4. Ben Ingram $176,534 (8 wins)
5. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 wins)
6. Arthur Chu $180,000 (7 wins)
7. Jared Hall $181,001 (6 wins)
8. Andrew Moore $137,803 (6 wins)
9. Jerry Slowik $121,800 (5 wins)
10. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
11. Rebecca Rider $101,600 (5 wins)
12. Sarah McNitt $89,398 (5 wins)
13. Rani Peffer $68,701 (5 wins)
14. Mark Japinga $112,600 (4 wins)
15. Mike Lewis $102,800 (4 wins)

16. Carlos Ross $89,774 (3 wins)
17. Adam Holquist $76,299 (3 wins)
18. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)
19. Salvo Candela $66,195 (3 wins)
20. Neal Pollack $60,798 (3 wins)
21. John Anneken $60,112 (3 wins)
22. Tim Anderson $56,001 (3 wins)
23. Stuart Anderson $51,601 (3 wins)
24. Bill Tolany $44,200 (3 wins)