Roger Roger Craigs this

     I played the weekend rerun this morning. My Coryat was 21600 (23800 without negs). The episode originally aired on 1-11-13, and my score the first time was 18800 (22400 without negs).
     So we watched Colby Burnett win yesterday. Mr. Trebek said today at the beginning, “If today’s game is as entertaining and as exciting as yesterday’s match was – the one won by Colby – then you folks are in for a great half-hour.” Which one of these 3 has moved on?

Vijay Balse
Stephanie Jass

Roger Craig

      When Roger’s name was called, he looked as surprised as I was that he was chosen to play the Tuesday episode. He found the first Daily Double, in Inventors & Inventions.
Vijay 1000 (3 right)
Roger 1400 (3 right)
Stephanie 4800 (6 right)
     As is his M.O., Roger wagered it all on this clue: “Last name of American inventor Ray, whose noise-reduction system eliminated that background hiss on recordings.” Roger smiled and got it right.
     At the first break:
Vijay 1400 (One right)
Roger 2800
Stephanie 5000 (One right)
     Stephanie appears much calmer to me today than she did the day of taping. She didn’t look nervous – she was just wild, even when she was in the audience! Contestant coordinator Maggie even said something to her and Erin McLean, who was just as boisterous. Stephanie, for example, gestured dramatically to herself when an audience member asked Trebek who he wants to replace him. He said he hasn’t given it a moment’s thought, which couldn’t be true because I heard him say that to an audience member at a previous taping. What do you guys think: Would she make a good host of the show?
     Also during a commercial break, Stephanie said she’d kiss Trebek on the mouth if she wins the $1 million at stake in this tournament. Mr. Trebek said he doesn’t show favoritism…except today.
     At some point Stephanie said her mom was in the audience. I’d wondered if she’d come to the pub, but she didn’t.
     At the end of the round:
Vijay 2400 (2 right and one wrong)
Roger 5200 (6 right and one wrong)
Stephanie 8000 (5 right)
     The first Daily Double was only the second clue of the round, in Historic Objects! Poor Vijay had started with the 1200 clue but the Daily Double was the next one down. It was Roger’s to play.
Vijay 2400
Roger 6400 (One right)
Stephanie 8000
     Roger wagered – guess what – all his money. First he said, “You know how I like to roll, Alex.” Here is the clue: “Today thought of as a bejeweled statue, it was the Knights of Malta’s annual tribute to the Holy Roman Emperor.” He got it right but he looked less sure than last time.
     You couldn’t tell on TV, but poor Vijay wanted to ring on this one in Triple Rhyme Time. Mr. Trebek said the correct response before he’d been given a chance: “Vestments of Thumper, the new head of the monastery.” There was a long delay after Vijay looked at the judges table with palms upturned, like, “What the heck?!” I’d have been mad. But the game simply continued. Incidentally, I was surprised Roger went the wrong direction after Stephanie said two of the three correct words in the intended response.
     Stephanie found the next Daily Double in King James Bible Quotes.
Vijay 3600 (One right)
Roger 10400 (One wrong)
Stephanie 10400 (4 right and one wrong)
     This is the clue, on which Stephanie wagered 3000: “A major theme of Ecclesiastes is stated in the second verse of the book: ‘All is’ this.”
     I couldn’t believe my eyes from the audience, and I wanted to jump out of my chair. Even though it hadn’t published yet, I had already chosen the title to this blog post. I willed Stephanie to a correct response, but she didn’t come up with it.
     At the end of the round:
Vijay 8800 (7 right and one wrong)
Roger 17200 (9 right and 2 wrong)
Stephanie 7800 (2 right and 2 wrong)
     Can you imagine if Vijay had just less than half of Roger’s total, and the clue he wasn’t allowed to answer made a difference? What would they have done? I wonder if they told Vijay anything after that long pause. I kinda wish Mr. Trebek had apologized.
     The Final Jeopardy category was Famous Women. This was the clue: “This crusader, in 1906: ‘More than 60 years of hard struggle for a little liberty, & then to die without it seems so cruel.” This seemed easy to me. Stephanie was right and doubled her score. Vijay was right too and doubled his score. Roger was right too and added 401. “Roger Craig is moving on, folks,” Mr. Trebek said.
     So Mr. Trebek’s prediction came true – This was a very entertaining half-hour, and he even said so.
     Remember how I said yesterday that Colby Burnett “announced” he’d be back to the pub? Well you may remember Stephanie was on my team too. When Colby said this, she said, “Yes you will!” (implying, to me anyway, she would not be back).
     I was eager to check out Twitter after this game. I like this one:

     Here’s hoping Roger does it again and again and again.

One year ago: Let’s Play Two! (Plus, A Bizarro Fantasy League?)
Two years ago: Afterthoughts
Three years ago: La “vide” loca
Four years ago: No March Madness upset here

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