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     Care to find out if Sandie Baker wins a second time?

Sandie Baker
Jessica Guard
Bruce Leaman

     I’m not sure if I got it from the studio audience, but I knew this triple-stumper today in The 5 Families: “Every year from 1947 to 2011, a member of this family served in Congress; in 2013 the family began a new streak.” Sandie found the Daily Double of the round in the same category.
Sandie 2600 (3 right)
Bruce 600 (2 right)
Jessica 2000 (5 right)
     Sandie wagered 1000 on this clue: “Original surname of the first & third prime ministers of India.” She got it wrong.
     At the first break:
Sandie 1600
Bruce 1000 (One right and one wrong)
Jessica 2600 (2 right)
     Mr. Trebek drew a big laugh from the audience after he asked Jeopardy! staff how long the Christmas break would be. He said that leaves time for one or two surgeries!
     Jessica talked about the World Cup in Brazil. I was just reading in the paper that it’s in 10 weeks, and that Pele doesn’t think the local airports are ready.
     I loved Bruce’s anecdote: witnessing his mother’s wedding vows. And the fact that she had just a week to decide whether they wanted him to do it! Awww. The studio audience reaction was positive too.
     At the end of the round:
Sandie 3600 (3 right)
Bruce 2600 (4 right and one wrong)
Jessica 5600 (5 right)
     The Clue Crew was present for the taping this day. As their clues rolled I had to wonder what they think when they watch themselves!
     You know how Mr. Trebek said that during the break he learned there were people from Canada in the audience. He had said during the break, “Anyone from Canada?”
     Someone in the audience asked Trebek whether he’d ever given the correct response before someone could ring in. Do you remember the “Baby Jessica” thing from 80s week of The Battle of the Decades? Remember that episode was taped the day before, but before I could get to the studio. Mr. Trebek told the crowd all about it. That night, someone in the pub told me too! Well later in this episode, it happened that Mr. Trebek gave a correct response early. He pointed to the person in the audience who’d asked, and said that was why it happened!
     Sandie came out of the commercial break with guns blazing, sweeping In the Dictionary. It was Bruce who found the next Daily Double though, at the end of International Authors.
Sandie 10000 (6 right)
Bruce 6200 (3 right)
Jessica 5600
     Bruce wagered 3000 on this clue: “Born Helen Lyndon Goff in Australia, she wrote 1934’s ‘Mary Poppins’ & several sequels.” Bruce didn’t know.
     When Bruce found the next Daily Double in Supreme Court Justices, on TV Trebek said, “Answer there….” In the studio, he said “Let’s go back to Justice O’Connor….” He said that he didn’t know it was a Daily Double because there was a Post-It note covering up that information. He said to the Jeopardy! staff, “He’ll clean that up, right?” Well, “he” did!
Sandie 14000 (5 right)
Bruce 8000 (3 right and one wrong)
Jessica 11200 (6 right)
     This time Bruce wagered 100 on this clue read by – surprise! – Justice O’Connor!: “In an old tradition, before entering the courtroom every justice shakes hands with every other justice. I learned to be careful with the crushing grip of this one-time Heisman trophy runner-up.” Bruce got it! The last clue of the round was a triple-stumper.
     The Final Jeopardy category was Foreign Leaders. This is the clue: “In 1964 he was convicted of sabotage & conspiracy & served over 20 years in prison.” Now remember this was taped on December 18th, and this guy died on December 5th. But Trebek had to say this guy was in the news a few months ago! Bruce got it right and added 8000. Jessica did too and added 5001. You know how Sandie wrote the word “Mandel” under her correct response? Well before it was revealed, the tape was stopped and you’d have thought by all the activity that there was a fire on the stage. Mr. Trebek himself was in the huddle of seven or eight people! A producer literally got on a red phone, appearing to consult with someone. Later a kid asked Johnny who was on the other end of the line. Without missing a beat, he said “That’s Domino’s Pizza.” Then he said it was a “control room”. Of course Sandie was eventually ruled correct. She added 8500, and we’ll see her tomorrow!
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