I’m under the gun so I’m blogging on the run

      I meant to mention this like, last week. I agreed to share this piece of animation created in honor of Arthur Chu. Sorry I can’t embed it, apparently! What do you think?
     Today we find out who all makes the semifinals of the college tournament.

Alex Sventeckis
Maria Khrakovsky
Erika Sloan

     Yesterday‘s names were not this tricky!
     This triple-stumper in was the only one I didn’t get in the category: “Someone who types ‘BIO’ is likely headed to this room.” So what does it stand for? I’d seen this abbreviation but didn’t know what it meant til I saw this TOM: “‘IRL is short for this phrase, what you’re ‘in’ when not gaming.”
     At the first break:
Maria 4200 (7 right)
Erika 800 (One right)
Alex 2800 (5 right)
     Maria found the Daily Double of the round in The Stage. It was the second-to-last clue on the board.
Maria 6400 (4 right and 2 wrong)
Erika 1200 (One right)
Alex 4600 (5 right)
     Maria wagered 2000 on this clue: “‘Cabaret’ is set in this European city.” I knew this but Maria didn’t. That last clue of the round was a triple-stumper.
     Sorry to slam through the rest of this but an event I went to tonight went longer than expected, and I have somewhere I must be in less than an hour and wasn’t expecting it!
     Alex got the first clue of the round right at 400, and the next clue was a Daily Double, in Languages. He wagered 1200 on this clue: “This language with a unique syllabary is now spoken more than 10,000 native Americans in North Carolina & Oklahoma.” I said the right answer, then changed my mind. 🙁 Alex got it wrong too. The last 3 of the category I should’ve gotten but didn’t. Later, I sure got schooled in Getting Schooled on TV. They were all blank stares.
     I got this triple-stumper in The “Ex” Factor (I like this word): “Meaning ‘higher,’ this Latin word is New York’s state motto.”
     Erika got the next Daily Double, in Where Were You & When?
Maria 10000
Erika 5200
Alex 4200
     She wagered just 1000 on this clue: “This German military man, Sept. 17, 1916: high above Cambrai, France.” We both got it right.
     I got this triple-stumper at the last second in The Topic is Microscopic: “The end of a conflict, or a measure of the detail a microscope can observe.” I also got this one, read by Jimmy, in the same category. Now’s not the time for a video clue!!: “Sharing its name with a body part that helps you breathe, this part of the microscope changes the amount of light used to view a specimen.”
     At the end of the round:
Maria 12800
Erika 11400
Alex 3800
     The Final Jeopardy category was Getting a “D” in College. What the crap? Here’s the clue: “The U.S.A.’s oldest endowed chair is a Harvard chair of this subject, given in 1721 when that was largely what Harvard taught.” Alex got it right and added 3000. Erika got it right and added 3600. Maria got it wrong and lost 9000.
     My Coryat today was 20000 (25000 without negs).
     So here are your semifinalists, as promised:
Whitney Thompson (Monday winner)
Ben Juster (Tuesday winner)
Terry O’Shea (Wednesday winner)
Eric Turner (Thursday winner)
Erika Sloan (Friday winner)
Kevin Shen $15,400
Julia Clark $13,599
Laurie Beckoff $13,400
Tucker Pope $11,370

One year ago: Tricky Nelson
Two years ago: Nobody messes with the ‘do
Three years ago: It’s finally happening…