When bad things happen to good people

     I don’t know why this didn’t publish last night at 9 p.m., but I’m mad. >:-( And I’m sorry. I only checked because I wondered why we didn’t have any comments yet!
     On a happy note, I do believe this is our 800th post!
     I notice the 90s flashback episodes are on Crackle. My goal is to play one (including the rest of the 80s episodes) every day til I’ve done them all. Since I got done blogging so far ahead of American Idol starting, I was able to do one tonight…or so I thought. I ran out of time because I got a message as Double Jeopardy was starting. From David Madden. It turns out he won’t be there Saturday, but I might still drop in if I can. If I do I’ll write up a post about it.
     The Crackle episode I chose was India Cooper (12-20-91). No joke – One of the correct responses was a triple-stumper I got right today, before watched this one. Wow! My Coryat was . Hopefully they’ll post more and more and I’ll never be done! I just wish the site kept track for me which ones I’ve watched.
     Shall we find out who joins Tucker Pope and Terry O’Shea in the finals of the College Tournament?

Julia Clark
Erika Sloan
Kevin Shen

     When I saw Dorm Room Checklist, I thought, “I got this.” And I did, sweeping it. But it was easy – you needn’t have lived in a dorm for four years like I did. I never had any of the items to which the clues referred!
     Kevin found the Daily Double of the round in State Lines. Mr. Trebek said “You’re off to a great start.”
Kevin 4400 (8 right)
Erika 1200 (3 right)
Julia 600 (One right)
     Kevin wagered just 1000 on this clue: “From the pen of screenwriter Noel Langley: ‘I’ve a feeling we’re ___ __ ______ _______.” Of course he got it right, as I’m sure 95% of us did. The next clue was a triple-stumper, and then we were at the first break. Mr. Trebek said, “Kevin, I hate to slow you down.”
     Kevin said in his interview he solves lots of crosswords. For fun, I checked to see if he’s attended the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. I couldn’t see that he has.
     I was lost on those The Movie Superhero Who… clues, going 0/5.
     At the end of the round:
Kevin 7000 (4 right)
Erika 4000 (5 right and one wrong)
Julia 3000 (4 right and one wrong)
     Erika found the first Daily Double of Double Jeopardy in French History.
Kevin 11000 (3 right)
Erika 5600 (2 right)
Julia 2600 (One right and one wrong)
     Erika wagered 1600 on this clue: “At Castillon in 1453, French troops defeated the English in the final great battle of this war.” She knew the answer! I think this triple-stumper at 2000 was the only one I knew in the category: “To grant religious freedom to Protestants, in 1598 King Henry IV issued the edict of this city.” Okay, it was a guess, but I felt good enough to ring in. This was the response that also appeared in the Cooper episode!
     Did anyone else say “victuals” on this clue in Civil War Slang?: “From the Latin for ‘life,’ vittles meant this.”
     I was just saying last night I didn’t recognize many of the songs on American Idol, and I wondered whether I was out of the loop. Apparently not, as I swept 21st Century Music.
     I got this triple-stumper in Civil War Slang: “A union soldier could be called this, now found before ‘trade commission.'” Really, guys?
     Erika found the second Daily Double of the round in Sorority Sisters. There was one clue left on the board after this one.
Kevin 13000 (2 right and one wrong)
Erika 10400 (5 right and 2 wrong)
Julia 10600 (8 right)
     A critical wager here. (I guess many of them are.) She chose 1200, on this clue: “This George W. Bush cabinet member was Alpha Chi Omega, a sorority with musical origins, at the University of Denver.” Erika got it right. Mr. Trebek said “Go again,” but there was only one clue left, as I mentioned. I ended the round with a bang, as I got this triple-stumper still in Sorority Sisters: “Chi O! & Roll Tide! This author won a Pulitzer for fiction in 1961.”
     So the scores going into the final, to be clear:
Kevin 13000
Erika 11600
Julia 10600
     Mr. Trebek said, “Impressive scores, once again.” The Final Jeopardy category was Shakespeare Characters. This was the clue: “He has the most speeches of any character, with 471 in 3 plays, of which 2 are histories & 1 is a comedy.” I wasn’t watching (or even paying attention to the clue), but Mr. Trebek said “this was a piece of cake, I feel” and everyone wrote their response quickly. They all got it right! How did they know this, or am I missing something?  Julia added 2402. Erika added 9700. Kevin added 10201, making him a finalist. The two-day event starts tomorrow!
     My Coryat today was 26400 (28200 without negs).

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