Unlucky on “love”

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     I don’t know why I like this episode so much, considering how much I don’t like that you’ll find below. But I do.

Julia Collins
Brandon Barnes (I like the bowtie and the fistpump.)

Steve Buechner

      I’ll tell you what I didn’t like: the misleading name of the category The Legislative Branch. It was literally about branches! Sample clue: “In 1939 Oregon’s legislature chose the fir named for this man as the state tree.”
     I was torn between “luck” and “love” on this clue in Paul McCartney, and I wound up negging: “In a No. 1 song by Wings, ‘with’ this ‘we can help it out, we can make this whole damn thing work out.'” It was a triple-stumper! Do you suppose the contestants really don’t know this song?
     Julia found the Daily Double in European History.
Julia 3800 (8 right)
Steve 400 (One right)
Brandon 600 (2 right)
     Julia wagered 1200 on this clue: “The Battle of Balaklava & the Battle of Inkerman took place during this war.” She and I were right. She got one more right before the first break, going into it then with 5800.
     Did your eyes roll when Julia said she was just hoping to have fun, and to win one game? Does anyone ever believe anyone that says that? And she also hoped to say “Let’s make it a true Daily Double.”
     I was surprised this was a triple-stumper, in Wings: “An official state bird, the Rhode Island Red is one of these.”
     At the end of the round:
Julia 11600 (9 right and one wrong)
Steve 1600 (3 right)
Brandon -1400 (3 wrong)
     I also didn’t like how Steve got more and more dramatic about not being able to ring in first. He should’ve put that energy toward doing just that!
     I got this triple-stumper in Auth”er”s: “She was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.” Brandon and Julia forgot the category!
     Julia found the first Daily Double of the round, still in Auth-“er”s.
Julia 20000 (11 right and 3 wrong)
Steve 8000 (6 right and one wrong)
Btandon -1000 (One right and one wrong)
     Trebek said Julia was making few mistakes, but it looked to me like she was making more than her usual! I thought about taking a picture of my tally marks in her “right” column. It’s the longest one I’ve ever seen. She wagered 2000 on this clue: “Pubished posthumously in 2003, a novel by this Brooklyn guy was titled ‘Catch As Catch Can.” Julia got it. She got one more right before the next Daily Double, in Bodacious Cantatas. She wagered 2000 again of her 22400 on this easy clue: “Alessandro Scarlatti’s ‘O Di Betlemme Altera’ was written for this holiday.” She got it, of course.
     I practically screamed when I answered this correctly but took it back before the answer was revealed, in Bodacious Cantatas: “This German was only 1 opera into his career when he wrote a new year’s cantata to welcome 1835.” And it was a triple-stumper!
     At the end of Double Jeopardy:
Julia 30400 (4 right and one wrong)
Steve 10400 (2 right)
Brandon -1000
     I’m sorry to see Brandon go early. 🙁
     The Final Jeopardy category was The 1960s. This was the clue: “In his last speech, he mentioned local newsmakers of the day, including his friend Cesar Chavez & Don Drysdale.” This was a snap, no? Steve was wrong! He lost all but a dollar. Julia was right and added 400.
     My Coryat today was 29800 (32400 without negs).

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 $314,900 (15 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)

One year ago: Burning the midday oil
Two years ago: Triple Stumper, Daily Double, Rinse, Repeat
Three years ago: French

Four years ago: Your burning Jeopardy! questions answered