Book ’em

     I had today’s title picked out as the contestants were being introduced: a children’s book author and a library assistant…?
     So yesterday Julia Collins won her 9th episode. Trebek reminded us today that the Battle of the Decades finals start airing Monday. Remember I was there in person and will give behind-the-scenes scoop.

Elissa Burr
Julia Collins
LaWanda London

     How is it that this first clue of the game in Like, Totally was a triple-stumper?: “An amply-proportioned woman is said to be this ‘-figured.'” And later this one, in Cohen-cidentally?: “Heard here, he’ll be turning 80 in 2014.” You don’t even need the audio, do you?
     I think Elissa should’ve been asked to be more specific (instead of negged) on this one in Spider-Man: “The very first Spider-Man comic book story featured the line ‘With great power there must also come’ this.” Do you think Mr. Trebek didn’t realize there was one clue left in the category when he said the movie came out today?
     At the first break:
Julia 2200 (5 right)
LaWanda 600 (One right)
Elissa 1400 (5 right and 2 wrong)
     Why wasn’t Elissa allowed to say the name of the book she wrote?
     I guessed right on this triple-stumper in Writ in Water: “A wind called a gregale that plagues this sea caused waves that drowned 600 in Valletta in 1555.”
     Julia found the Daily Double of the round in Eye on Health. Mr. Trebek said then that there was less than a minute to go.
Julia 5600 (6 right)
LaWanda 200 (One right and one wrong)
Elissa 2400 (2 right)
     Julia wagered 1600 on this clue: “To improve eye health, try fish like wild salmon that are high in these fatty acids.” She and I got it right. I also got this triple-stumper that came next in the same category, even though I had my head down blogging: “A National Eye Institute study showed that antioxidants & zinc can reduce the risk of AMD, age-related this.”
     At the end of the round:
Julia 8200 (One right)
LaWanda 200
Elissa 3400 (One right)
     LaWanda found the next Daily Double in English Literature.
Julia 10200 (2 right)
LaWanda 1400 (2 right)
Elissa 2200 (One right and one wrong)
     LaWanda wagered 1000 on this clue: “In Maugham’s ‘The Moon and Sixpence,’ Charles leaves his wife & eventually goes to this Pacific island to paint.” Hey, no ampersand! LaWanda was right.
     Elissa found a Daily Double too, in The 4 Rs.
Julia 13400 (5 right and one wrong)
LaWanda 6400 (3 right and one wrong)
Elissa 4600 (3 right)
     She wagered 3000 on this clue: “The Seti Institute searches for this type of intelligence.” She got it right!
     At the end of the round:
Julia 18600 (4 right)
LaWanda 7600 (2 right and one wrong)
Elissa 5200 (2 wrong)
     I pre-called LaWanda’s mispronunciation of “gangnam” to be ruled incorrect after all. Mr. Trebek had said before the commercial break that it was not a runaway, but now it is.
     The Final Jeopardy category was Business History. This is the clue: “In 1945 this product added a plaid design to its ‘snail’ dispenser.” Elissa was right and added 5000. So was LaWanda, and she added 3000. Julia was right and added 3300.
     I did not track my Coryat today since this post would already be published a little later than I like.
     It occurs to me I didn’t update the ToC list yesterday.

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. Arthur Chu $297,200 (11 wins)
5. Julia Collins $220,610 (10 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)

One year ago: There’s no ketchup in baseball
Two year ago: Jeopardy! Champions Panel
Three years ago: Here come the men in black
Four years ago: [untitled] and Thank you, Blogger!