Bet More, Because YOLO…

Andy here with the first recap of the week!

This week’s contestants:
Manuel Bermudez – Modesto, CA (KXTV)
Simone Chavoor – Oakland, CA (KGO)
Julia Collins – Kenilworth, IL (WLS)
Maggie Davis – Indianapolis, IN (WTHR)
Dylan Gaillard – Omaha, NE (WOWT)
Wendy Hardenberg – New Haven, CT (WTNH)
Jeanne Kaiser – Springfield, MA (WWLP)
FeiFei Jiang – Olathe, KS (KSHB)
Steve Martinez – Fairfax, VA (WJLA)
Sami Siegelbaum – Chicago, IL (WLS)
Matt Weldy – Grand Prairie, TX (KTXA)

Today’s players:

J! round categories:

Julia went straight into WHAT’S COOKING and went 4/5; another 3/5 in RHYME TIME and 2/5 in EMPIRE meant she had a huge lead after 15 clues! Scores at the first break:

Julia $5,600
Simone -$200
Steve -$200

Interesting, Steve’s daughter was on Jeopardy, in 2012! His daughter’s was a Kids Week show that coincided with the Board’s Summer Hiatus Challenge that year, so we gave the show a very brief writeup.

Simone has taken up boxing; apparently, it’s a good stress relief! She might need that after playing Julia!

Coming out of the break, the Daily Double was under BIG STUFF $1,000. Julia got to play it; the scores were:

Julia $6,800
Steve $1,400
Simone $800

Julia bet $2,400. Her clue: The world’s largest building by volume is this company’s 472 million-cubic-foot factory on Everett, Wash.. Her correct response put her at $9,200!

A disappointing Triple Stumper (SPORTS RECORDS $800): To match his major league pitching wins, you’d have to win 25 games a year for 20 years…& you’d still be 11 short

At the end of SPORTS RECORDS, played last, the scores were:

Julia $9,600
Steve $3,200
Simone $800

DJ! round categories:

ALL GONE $1600 was the fourth clue played. It was the Daily Double; Julia had correctly responded to the first three in the category, meaning that scores were:

Julia $12,000
Steve $3,200
Simone $800

Julia bet $3,000. Her clue: The wolf named for these islands wasn’t around for the 1982 war; it was hunted to extinction a century before. Another correct response put her at $15,000!

THE ATLANTIC $800 had the other Daily Double. This one was Simone’s! Scores:

Julia $25,400
Steve $6,800
Simone $4,000

I know what I’d do here. Simone did not take that route. She bet $2,200.

Here’s why I would have made it a True Daily Double:
1) It’s an $800 clue. Those are generally easier Daily Doubles.
2) Simone is well behind. She needs to get to half of Julia to have any hope.
3) The number of “Battle of Decades” players who speak happily of being able to say “Let’s make it a True Daily Double”, make me think that more people should take that opportunity. YOLO, as it were!

Her clue: In 1933 she wrote about what she’d look at if she had sight for 3 days: Rembrandts, Fifth Avenue, the face of her dog Helga…. Her correct response put her at $6,200.

Needless to say, Julia broke $30,000 before the final category, Maui, was even played. Going into Final, the scores were:

Julia $31,400
Steve $9,200
Simone $6,600


FJ! clue: In 1984, in the first of the films featuring this character, he only has 21 lines, for a total of 133 words

Simone 6600 – 5500 = 1100
Steve 9200 + 5800 = 15000
Julia 31400 – 8600 = 22800

I’ll be back.


With another recap.

See you then!

ToC update:
1. John Pearson (November 2013 Teacher’s Champion)
2. Jim Coury (May 2013 College Champion)
3. Terry O’Shea (February 2014 College Champion)
4. Julia Collins $337,700 (16 wins)
5. Arthur Chu $297,200 (11 wins)
6. Ben Ingram $176,534 (8 wins)
7. Drew Horwood $138,100 (8 wins)
8. Jared Hall $181,001 (6 wins)
9. Sandie Baker $140,200 (6 wins)
10. Andrew Moore $137,803 (6 wins)
11. Jerry Slowik $121,800 (5 wins)
12. Joshua Brakhage $103,205 (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)