The madness of King George

     Trebek said at the top of today’s show that the studio audience gasped on hearing that Julia Collins won her 13th yesterday. It makes a little sense because this audience would’ve been new, since the Thursday episode starts the afternoon taping session.

Ryan Real
Julia Collins
Alex Tran (I like her sweater.)

     I swept Simon Says. At the first break:
Julia 4800 (7 right)
Alex 200 (3 right and one wrong)
Ryan 2600 (5 right)
     Contestant Alex’s attitude toward people stopping to help her change a tire bothered me a lot. They care about her and make the sacrifice to stop and she can’t be nice? Even if they do know she knows how to do it. As for Julia, I don’t presume to know what she’s thinking but did you get the impression she’s not proud of her job? I’m with Trebek: what is “supply chain”? Then she seemed eager to say she had a master’s degree, but we didn’t get to hear what it was in. And we still don’t know what she does. And like Sirena yesterday, this time her interview was too long.
     Are these 2 really synonymous, in 2 Syllables, 1 Syllable?: “A list of students who have earned good grades, it’s also called the dean’s list.” I did get this right.
     Julia found the Daily Double late in the round, in The Part of Speech in the Book Title. (Weird category.)
Julia 6200 (2 right)
Alex 2600 (4 right)
Ryan 4000 (3 right)
     Julia wagered 1500 on this clue: “A 1937 short novel by Steinbeck: preposition.” She and I got it right.
     I got this triple-stumper in Touring Alabama: “The USS Alabama, which is moored in this bay, serves as a memorial to all Alabamans who’ve been in the military.”
     At the end of the round:
Julia 6700 (One wrong)
Alex 3200 (One right)
Ryan 3000 (One wrong)
     Why you guys puzzled when Alex said “George II” on this one in Famous Gemstones?: “The 3,107-carat Cullinan diamond, the largest gem diamond ever known, was presented to this British king in 1907.” I always associate George III with the American Revolution. But that’s about the extent of my British monarchs knowledge.
     Ryan found the first Daily Double of Double Jeopardy in American History.
Julia 15900 (9 right)
Alex 2000 (One wrong)
Ryan 2600 (One right and one wrong)
     Did you guys just want to weep when Ryan wagered only 1000 on this clue?: “In 1851 the New York Times was founded to represent the views of this party that didn’t last much longer.” He and I got it right.
     I got this triple-stumper in You, on a guess: “This soft, purplish organ with sinusoids may be removed if one has cancer of the lymphatic system.” Ryan had 8800 at the time, and would’ve had 10400 if he’d wagered it all on his Daily Double. I wonder if he’d not have rung in (and negged) if he’d had twice what Julia did. She had 18300 and there was one clue left on the board, the Daily Double. It was hers to play.
Julia 18300 (3 right)
Alex 4400 (4 right and one wrong)
Ryan 7200 (4 right and one wrong)
     Julia wagered 2000 on this clue in You: “This main artery of the thigh ends just above the knee.” She and I got it right.
     The Final Jeopardy category was Technology. This was the clue: “When Apple sued for iPad patent infringement, Samsung cited this 1968 movie as the originator of the design.” Interesting clue. Alex was right (yay, so was I!) and added 1200. “That’s nice,” Trebek said. Ryan got it right too and added 2500. Julia was right too and added 2390.
     My Coryat today was 31600 (34000 without negs). Today I should’ve rung in on “impresario.” I also would’ve swept “I-O”. I did get this triple-stumper in the category: “An official representative of the pope,” but unlike Trebek, I would’ve pronounced it with a long “u”!

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 $284,100 (14 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)

year ago: Hagel set
Two years ago: Pool party
Three years ago: [untitled]
Four years ago: Finally, the finale