These Happy Golden Years

     Yesterday Andy mentioned we celebrated the 4th anniversary of this blog. Look at the retweet I woke up to:

     Very cool coincidence. I’m pleased to add a four years ago link to the bottom of each post!
     I’d be remiss if I didn’t show you that Drew Scheeler appears on this week’s episode of The Experts Show.

     Look what Drew’s said:

     I’ve decided to post my Crackle Coryats within posts and not comments. I’ve found that when you put words in the search widget on the right side of the page, if those words appear in a comment they won’t be listed in your search results. Making it a pain to find which Crackle episodes I’ve already played. What a mess. From now on I’m playing ’em in order. Anyway my score on the Andy Westney episode (2-20-91) is 21800 (27400 without negs). On Leslie Shannon‘s (10-4-92), my score was 22600 (25000 without negs). My Coryat for this weekend’s rerun, originally airing 1-4-13, was 19800 (21800 without negs). The first time I played, my score was 15600 (20800 without negs).
     On to today’s show.

Claire Tuley
Arthur Chu

Chris Sanchez

     Arthur’s looking so comfortable now he’s leaning on the lectern as he plays. After only two clues he’d opened an 1800-sized gap when he got the first clue right and his opponents negged on the next clue, a triple-stumper. This next one was a triple-stumper too, in 5-Letter Words: “& in other news, change a letter in the name of a sea creature & you get this short filler item in a newspaper.” My first bachelor’s is in Communications, and I’d never heard of this.
     At the first break:
Arthur 4000 (6 right and one wrong)
Chris 1000 (3 right and one wrong)
Claire 1800 (3 right and one wrong)
     Arthur revealed today he’s only 29! He found the Daily Double of the round in 5-Letter Words.
Arthur 5400 (3 right)
Chris 1000
     Arthur wagered all 5400 on this clue: “A recess in a wall, or a situation suited to a person; we hope you’ve found yours.” Is it just me or is Arthur getting really easy Daily Doubles?
     Maybe because there were so many triple-stumpers, there were 3 clues left on the board at the end of the round.
Arthur 12000 (4 right)
Chris 1400 (One right)
Claire 2400 (One right)
     This was a triple-stumper, in State Birds!: “Both Montana and Nebraska have the Western type of this bird.”

     Look, I intentionally kept the bird decal in the picture above. 😉 That one is a woodpecker, though. If you are not from Nebraska, did you know this one?
     Arthur found the first Daily Double of the round, in U.S. Government.
Arthur 14800 (2 right)
Chris 4600 (2 right)
Claire 4000 (One right)
     Arthur wagered his usual 5000 on this clue: “Financial need for a federal Pell grant is determined by this department.” Arthur got it right.
     It had to really sting Chris when he negged on this one in CNN Religion, and Arthur picked it up…for 2000!: “Exciting archaelogical finds such as clay seals & the names of Biblical figures have been unearthed in this 3,000-year-old part of Jerusalem known as the city of this Biblical king.” And Arthur had just gotten 5 right. By the time he found the next Daily Double, still in CNN Religion, this is what we saw:
Arthur 31000 (8 right)
Chris 2600 (One wrong)
Claire 5200 (One right)
     Arthur wagered 10000 this time on this clue: “A 2013 CNN special on him, ‘A Man of Many Firsts,’ included his newsmaking line ‘Who am I to judge?” Easy Daily Double again, for the third time today alone. Incidentally I was hoping Christiane Amanpour would’ve read one of these clues!
     I do believe I swept 1980s Bookstore.
     How was this one a triple-stumper in State Birds?: “This state bird of Maryland is black & orange.” And Chris negged on it!
     Even though Mr. Trebek had given the less-than-a-minute warning with 5 clues left in the round, we saw them all. So at the end of the round:
Arthur 44200 (5 right) (No, that’s not a typo.)
Chris 1800 (One wrong)
Claire 6000 (One right)
     I don’t remember seeing a total this high, before the Final. Mr. Trebek said (eventually) the highest one-day total was 77000.
     The Final category was Landmarks. This was the clue: “From 1936 to 1987, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power helped operate this facility in another state.” I got it right, as did all 3 contestants. Chris added 1798, Claire added 2000, and Arthur? He added 14000.
     So Arthur’s opponents were competitive…with each other.
     Like yesterday, I didn’t feel like tracking my Coryat. Unlike yesterday, though, I’m glad I didn’t.

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. Arthur Chu $238,200 (8 wins)
5. Ben Ingram $176,534 (8 wins)
6. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 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)

One year ago: The Cheese stands alone
Two years ago: Another Oracle of Omaha?
Three years ago: How about a mulligan?
Four years ago!: Welcome to the Jeopardy! Fan…