Consider that a win

     Don’t forget I have codes for free downloads of the Jeopardy! game app. Just leave a comment somewhere saying you want one.
     After the Wednesday episode at the Sony studio comes lunch. I had made my mind up not to leave so that I’d be ready when audience members were being admitted for the afternoon. This was much to the chagrin of Randy and Lillian, guests of Mark Dawson who I’d met that morning. But another person joined them – the lady I sat next to in the studio that morning. I’d asked her if she was coming back, and she said she didn’t have a ticket for the afternoon. Luckily, I’d reserved two online. So I offered her mine, and she seemed overjoyed. She was nice enough to bring lunch back to me from a nearby Indian place, though I didn’t eat it til that night.
     After lunch, I happened to sit next to Claudia Perry’s guests, and she waved at them. One said, “She looks great.” Bob’s girlfriend sat in front of me in the afternoon. Bob of course had already played but I don’t know where he was.

Claudia Perry
Dave Abbott

Mark Dawson

     Once again Mr. Trebek mentioned that all the winners this week have been female.
     My parents were over today, and we watched the show together. I got to tell them what I’m now telling you. I’d forgotten Nebraska was a category.
     I’d never heard of this book but I’m still intrigued by it, from On the Bookshelf: “‘The Devil’s Candy’ chronicled the disastrous film production of this Tom Wolfe bestseller.” Has anyone read it?
     At the first break:
Dave 3200 (6 right and one wrong)
Mark 3000 (6 right)
Claudia 1400 (3 right)
     How cool that Claudia spent her 50th birthday in Antarctica. But would you guess she’s 50? And I wonder how long ago that was – Mr. Trebek acted like she’d spent her Jeopardy! winnings on the trip.
     I was alarmed that a chunk was cut out of Dave’s interview. Mr. Trebek dissed Dave’s behavior (arm-in-arm on the floor with his dad and laughing about Dave’s original-run winnings “like a couple of kids”). I forget the words Mr. Trebek used.
     Mark found the Daily Double of the round in Internal Fluidity.
Dave 3800 (One right)
Mark 6200 (5 right)
Claudia 1800 (One right)
     Mark wagered 3000 on this clue: “Plasma is blood without cells; this is blood without cells & clotting factors.” I got this one right from the audience, but Mark got it wrong.
     One of the It Was the 90s clues had to be replaced – It was a video clue of Sarah and Jimmy doing the Macarena. When Mr. Trebek was surprised no one remembered it, the contestants pointed out that the lights never came on to signal that they could ring in.
     At the end of the round:
Dave 4600 (One right)
Mark 6800 (5 right)
Claudia 2600 (One right)
     My parents and I puzzled over the category title Welcome to the Jute Mill. At the studio, Mr. Trebek mentioned that it was staffer John Lauderdale’s dream category, but that didn’t give me any hints as to what it was.
     Mark found the first Daily Double of the round in Consider That a Divorce.
Dave 6600 (2 right)
Mark 10800 (4 right)
Claudia 7800 (6 right and one wrong)
     Mark wagered 800 on this clue: “Their storybook royal romance produced 2 daughters but ended in 1996.” I got this one right from the audience too, but Mark missed it. But guess what. He found the final Daily Double too, in Islands in the Stream.
Dave 9800 (3 right)
Mark 13600 (3 right)
Claudia 6200 (One wrong)
     This time Mark wagered 2000, on this clue: “Elephantine Island & Kitchener’s Island.” He got it wrong too. There were 8 clues left on the board. At the end of the round:
Dave 16200 (Four right and one wrong)
Mark 13600 (2 right)
Claudia 5800 (One right and 2 wrong)
     I notice Mark didn’t neg, but he did lose 5800 on Daily Doubles!
     The Final Jeopardy category was Pulitzer Prize-Winning Authors. This was the clue: “He’s the most recent winner of 2 Pulitzer prizes for fiction, winning in 1982 & 1991 for books in the same series.” I was lost on this one, but Claudia and Mark got it right. They added 5800 and 1999, respectively. So Dave was still leading, til it was revealed he got it wrong and wagered 11001. I’ll see Mark (and Randy and Lillian) again, then!
     At the end of that day (after Friday’s taping), Lillian helped me into the Sony party meant for contestants and their guests. Dave looked especially devastated about his loss there. My new “friend,” the lady who used my extra ticket, came too. She was so pleased, she hugged me afterward.

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Four years ago: Jeopar-daddy

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