Johnny Gilbert, Rap God

Andy here with both halves of the College Championship Final! In one post!

Our first Tweet of the Night comes early:

One of Arthur’s opponents on Monday will be doing a Q&A with Jeanie!

Our 3 finalists: Terry O’Shea, Tucker Pope, and Kevin Shen

Game 1 J! round categories:
COLD-BLOODED KILLERS
6-SYLLABLE WORDS
TEACHING “ASSISTANT”
FEMALE FANTASY CHARACTERS
IT TAKES 2
CELEBRITIES’ MIDDLE NAMES

A bunch of Triple Stumpers and negs kept the scores down over the first segment. Scores after 14 of the opener:

Tucker $1,400
Kevin $1,200
Terry $800

Interviews? Have you followed @CoolJepStories yet? Terry feels less intimidated than she thought it would be; Tucker feels the games go by very quickly, and Kevin expressed how much he likes the other contestants!

Getting back to the game, things picked up a bit! The Daily Double in this round went Terry’s way, at the bottom of FEMALE FANTASY CHARACTERS. Scores:

Terry $2,800
Tucker $1,200
Kevin $1,200

Terry bet $2,800. Her clue: King Arthur’s half-sister Morgaine is the main character in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “The Mists of” here. Her correct response put her at $5,600!

Over the rest of the round, Tucker did very well on CELEBRITIES’ MIDDLE NAMES, running the category and earning some adoration from the audience as well! At the end of 30, scores were:

Terry $5,600
Tucker $5,000
Kevin $2,200

Game 1 DJ! round categories:
PIER REVIEWS
JUST ONE VOWEL
AGES & AGES
HIP-HOPPERS
SOCIAL LIFE
CARNIVAL KNOWLEDGE

I was disappointed that there were no questions about dirndls in the “JUST ONE VOWEL” category!

The first Daily Double came out in AGES & AGES $1600. Tucker’s to play, the scores were:

Terry $10,800
Tucker $5,400
Kevin $3,400

Tucker bet $2,400. His clue: An 1870s novel about greed & corruption gave us the name of this “age”. Tucker shook his head, unable to come up with a response, and fell to $3,000.

SOCIAL LIFE $1600 — five clues later — had the second Daily Double. Tucker’s again, scores were:

Terry $11,200
Kevin $5,400
Tucker $4,200

Tucker bet $2,200 this time. The clue: If you’re the youngest, Mom & Dad’s gloom after you leave home has been medically identified as this syndrome. His correct response put him at $6,400.

Over the rest of the round, the PIER REVIEWS category had user reviews of piers used in Jeopardy! clues. Interesting concept! A few Triple Stumpers on the way to Final, but scores were pretty good!

Not a Triple Stumper but a fun fact: HIP-HOPPERS $1200: Colour was an issue when Drake grew up in Forest Hill, a neighbourhood in this North American city. The fun fact? Forest Hill is one of Toronto’s high end neighbourhoods!

Scores going into Final:
Terry $13,200
Kevin $10,600
Tucker $10,400

Game 1 FJ! category: AUTHORS

Game 1 FJ! clue: On his death in 1862 a Mass. paper said, “No man ever lived closer to nature, and reported her secrets more eloquently”

Tucker 10400 + 4400 = 14800
Kevin 10600 – 1835 = 8765
Terry 13200 + 6600 = 19800

Remember, these scores get added to Game 2!

Game 2 J! Round categories:
NO COOKING REQUIRED
GLOBAL STUDIES
“H”OMONYMS
MONEY TALKS
NOTABLE NAMES
JOHNNY GILBERT PERFORMS TODAY’S HITS

I’m just going to put the Youtube video here:

At the end of 13 clues — an early first break, the scores sat at:
Kevin $1,200
Tucker $1,200
Terry $-600

The second set of interviews felt very ad-libbed. Terry rubbed her hand near her microphone, causing some sound issues and Alex trying to explain what had happened! Oops!

The round’s Daily Double came in under “H”OMONYMS $600. Tucker’s to play, scores were:

Tucker $2,200
Terry $1,800
Kevin $1,400

Tucker bet $1,200. Clue: A big basket, or to impede. Tucker, like myself, forgot the category! He said “stall”. His score fell to $1,000.

The rest of the round, like yesterday, saw the scores increase nicely between the Daily Double and the end of the round! Scores after 30:

Terry $4,600
Kevin $3,400
Tucker $2,800

Game 2 DJ! round categories:
FICTIONAL COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
PUT IT THERE
WHAT’S YOUR MAJOR?
COUPLING ON TV
“ONY” BALONEY
FIGURING OUT THE UNIVERSE (from the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota)

The first Daily Double came in under PUT IT THERE $1600. Kevin’s to play, the scores were at:
Terry $5,000
Kevin $4,600
Tucker $3,600

Kevin bet $2,000. Clue: TARP Programs: this Cabinet department. Kevin went for the Department of Defense and fell to $2,600.

A key clue at the bottom of WHAT’S YOUR MAJOR: In music, a major one of these is defined as having a half step between the 3rd & 4th & between the 7th & 8th degrees. Terry’s response was originally negged but she got $4,000 back! Do you agree with the call?

Meanwhile, the final Daily Double came in at FIGURING OUT THE UNIVERSE $2000. Of course, it was a video clue! It was also Kevin’s to play! Scores:

Tucker $13,200
Terry $9,000
Kevin $7,000

Kevin, saying he may regret this, made it a True Daily double! Clue: Doing physics experiments deep in the earth protects the results from being contamined by these rays, from the Greek for universe. Kevin went for “gamma” and fell to $0.

Meanwhile, Terry picked up $4,000 — the first four clues in “ONY” to retake the tournament (though not the game) lead going into Final!

Scores going into Final!

Tucker $13,200 ($14,800 yesterday)
Terry $13,000 ($19,800 yesterday)
Kevin $0 ($8,765 yesterday).

This is probably as simple of a betting scenario as you’re ever going to see in a 2-day final. Kevin’s 2 day score is stable at $8,765, and neither Tucker nor Terry can fall below that.

The most Tucker can finish with is $41,200 (13200 + 13200 + 14800). Terry should therefore bet 41201 – 19800 – 13000 = $8,401.

If Terry gets Final incorrect, she finishes with 13000 – 8401 + 19800 = 24399. Tucker should therefore aim to finish with no fewer than $9,600 (24400 – 14800) today, meaning he should bet $3,600.

FJ! category: THE BRITISH EMPIRE

FJ! clue: 1713’s Treaty of Utrecht concluding the War of the Spanish Succession granted this small 2.3-square-mile are to Great Britain

Kevin 0 + 8765 = 8765
Terry 13000 + 5000 = 18000 + 19800 = 37800
Tucker 13200 – 13200 = 0 + 14800 = 14800

Our second Tweet of the Night comes from our runner-up:

Heartbreak. Them’s the breaks, though. I also don’t dislike Tucker’s wager that much — especially if he felt Terry wasn’t going to make a sufficient bet! I do think that Terry will be one-and-done in the Tournament of Champions, though! (If you want to use this as ammunition to prove me wrong, by all means, go ahead!)

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. Jared Hall $181,001 (6 wins)
7. Andrew Moore $137,803 (6 wins)
8. Jerry Slowik $121,800 (5 wins)
9. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
10. Rebecca Rider $101,600 (5 wins)
11. Sarah
McNitt
$89,398 (5 wins)
12. Rani Peffer $68,701 (5 wins)
13. Mark Japinga $112,600 (4 wins)
=14. Mike Lewis $102,800 (4 wins)
=14. Arthur Chu $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)

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