Abort, retry, fail


     Remember how I wished I had two of the questions from the last O’Brien’s pub quiz I went to? Well co-host Dileep Rao graciously e-mailed them to me, and I’ve added them to that post. Thanks, Dileep!
     On to yesterday’s episode:

Hilary Gaughen
Julia Collins
Aimee Seligstein

     I like Aimee’s style of holding the buzzer. I wonder where she learned that. I like her shirt, too. By the way, doesn’t she look a little like Blossom?
     At the first break:
Julia 3800 (6 right)
Aimee 600 (2 right and one wrong)
Hilary 800 (3 right and one wrong)
     Why did Hilary have to ask her dad if she could bring her current pet home?
     Anybody else shocked this was a triple-stumper, in Pick a Number Between 5 & 477?: “It’s the atomic number of iridium; it also used to be a famous address on the Sunset Strip.”
      Aimee found the Daily Double in Product Design.
Julia 5400 (2 right)
Aimee 2000 (2 right)
Hilary 0 (One wrong)
     Aimee wagered it all on this clue: “You can scramble the colors on the boxy lamp named for this Hungarian sculptor & toy creator.” She and I got it right!
     When I saw that Donald Trump was a correct response to this clue in Elevation Destination, I had to see if he tweeted about it: “In 2013 a trio of parachutists leaped off the 92-story Chicago tower named for this colorful NYC developer.” He didn’t! Hilary got it right though. Julia had negged on it.
     At the end of the round:
Julia 9400 (7 right and one wrong)
Aimee 4200 (One right)
Hilary -200 (One right and one wrong)
     Aimee found the first Daily Double of the round in Tough European Capitals.
Julia 12200 (2 right)
Aimee 5800 (2 right)
Hilary 2200 (2 right)
     Aimee wagered 3000 on this easy clue: “It’s the closest mainland European capital to the United States.” She and I got it right! How I wish she’d wagered it all.
     I guessed right on this triple-stumper in War Stories: “‘Rise to Rebellion’ by Jeff Shaara.”
     Aimee found the last Daily Double, and it was the last clue of the round!
Julia 20600 (8 right)
Aimee 16800 (5 right)
Hilary 3000 (2 right)
     Tough decision. Aimee wagered 2000. Why in the world wouldn’t she wagered for the lead?? This was the clue: “Seen here, the symbol of this society is called The Sword of Hope.”

     That was a hard one, and she was wrong.
     The Final Jeopardy category was Computers. This was the clue: “The creator of this computer command called it ‘a 5-minute job;’ in 2013 Bill Gates called it ‘a mistake.'” Hilary was right! She added 2999. So was Aimee, and she only added 1200. What did Julia do? She was right, and added 9100! So we’ll see her again Monday.
     That was so fun I’m willing to do another one right now, and I don’t think I’ve ever thought that before. Mr. Trebek was right when he said “Great game,” and he isn’t always. Also, I like Aimee a lot even though she wagers so low, and I wish she was the one who’d won 5 times so far.
     I did not track my Coryat today.
     I know I’d said I don’t want any 5-time champs to not make the ToC, but I don’t mind if Rani Peffer falls off the list. I’m sorry to see Mark Japinga go, though.


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 $297,200 (11 wins)
5. Ben Ingram $176,534 (8 wins)
6. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 wins)
7. Jared Hall $181,001 (6 wins)
8. Sandie Baker $140,200 (6 wins)
9. Andrew Moore $137,803 (6 wins)
10. Jerry Slowik $121,800 (5 wins)
11. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (5 wins)
12. Julia Collins $102,810 (5 wins)
13. Rebecca Rider $101,600 (5 wins)
14. Sarah McNitt $89,398 (5 wins)
15. Rani Peffer $68,701 (5 wins)

16. Mark Japinga $112,600 (4 wins)
17. Mike Lewis $102,800 (4 wins)
18. Carlos Ross $89,774 (3 wins)
19. Adam Holquist $76,299 (3 wins)
20. Sara Garnett $75,403 (3 wins)
21. Salvo Candela $66,195 (3 wins)
22. Neal Pollack $60,798 (3 wins)
23. John Anneken $60,112 (3 wins)
24. Tim Anderson $56,001 (3 wins)
25. Stuart Anderson $51,601 (3 wins)
26. Bill Tolany $44,200 (3 wins)

One year ago: Fan of the show!
Two years ago: Hi Ho Silverman
Three years ago: Oh, brother
Four years ago: [untitled]

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