“Kim Kardashian”?! Oh no she didn’t.

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     I had said last week I would post more about watching Jeopardy! with Colby Burnett, next time I blogged. This of course is next time, but sadly, the game doesn’t appear on the archive yet! There isn’t even a link. So stay tuned.
     Now, is it really time to think about the summer hiatus again? It’s been in the back of my mind what we’ll do this time. I found out today though, the Battle of the Decades will be airing. All. Five. Weeks. I couldn’t be happier. I’d like to do maybe one Q & A a week with a Battle contestant. What do you think? And do you have anyone (even other than Battle contestants) you’d like me to talk to?
     My Coryat for the weekend, which I had the pleasure of watching with my dad!, was 24200 (28600 without negs). The episode originally aired 4-26-13, and the first time I played, my Coryat was 23400 (25800 without negs).
     So it’s the Teen Tournament. Here are the contestants:
Erin Christopher
Selena Groh
Jeff Xie
Nikki Airi
Eileen Bunch
William Golden
Kevin Huang
Alan Koolik
Ananya Nrusimha
Sam Lerner
Sydney Mokel
Joe Taglic
     And today:

Josiah Takang
Kat Deabill

Cooper Lair

     To make the Teen Tournament interesting for me, I had planned to see if my average Coryat is higher than in the last Teen Tournament. (Was it really last February??) I’ll still do it but I won’t start tonight – I missed the first 15 clues because I didn’t turn the VCR off. (I’m at my mom and dad’s.) That’s required for the timer to work. Luckily I was home and could make things right as soon as I noticed. So my average Coryat last time, rounded to the nearest thousand, is 31000. I averaged my Coryats without negs, and that was 35000.
     I like Don Quixote as much as Cooper does! I only read it in the past year or so, having no idea what it was about or that it was so good.
     Kat looks like “Clare” from Beverly Hills, 90210. She found the Daily Double of the round in Women & Children. It was the first clue we’d see in the category.
Kat 1000 (One right)
Cooper 6800 (3 right)
Josiah 2200 (One wrong)
     She wagered everything on this clue: “In 1769 this 13-year-old composer was appointed an honorary konzertmeister at the Salzburg court.” She and I got it right. I’ve been to Salzburg!
     This next clue jumped out at me, because I’d seen this name after finally picking up Tom Nissley’s A Reader’s Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year
for the first time today. Still in Women & Children: “After hearing a fantastic story on a boat in 1862, young Alice Liddell asked this author to put it on paper for her.” This next clue, still in the same category, was a triple-stumper that I got: “Potter Stewart’s replacement on the Supreme Court, she once served as Arizona’s state senate majority leader.”
     This clue in Slang-tastic gave me happy memories: “‘Explosive’ way to jump into a picture right before it’s taken.” But I’ve definitely never heard of this, in the same category: “One term for talking trash about someone is ‘throwing’ this, like a big elm tree might do.” Or this: “Sea life term for making romantic overtures online using false ID; you’ve been…”
     At the end of the round:
Kat 5200 (5 right)
Cooper 6800 (2 right and one wrong)
Josiah 2800 (2 right)
     Cooper found a Daily Double in Double Jeopardy rather quickly. The category was American History.
Kat 5200
Cooper 8400 (One right and one wrong)
Josiah 2400 (One wrong)
     Cooper wagered 2000 on this clue: “In 1916 German saboteurs blew up a New Jersey munitions depot, sending shrapnel into this nearby landmark’s gown.” He and I got it right, but it was easy.
     Kat alarmed me when she responded “Kim Kardashian” to this one in Fashion Stars: “Some called it a ‘Scandal’ when she wore a Prada crop top & bared her pregnant midriff at the 2014 SAG Awards.”
     Josiah got the next Daily Double in Reading List. This would be the first clue in this category we’ve seen, too.
Kat 17200 (11 right and one wrong)
Cooper 11600 (2 right)
Josiah 800 (3 right and 3 wrong)
     Josiah wagered 2000 on this clue: “This Dickens character is mentioned in the first line of ‘The Catcher in the Rye.'” This was so hard, in my opinion. Josiah guessed but was wrong. 🙁 Then he negged on this triple-stumper, which I got right: “Bigger Thomas kills a woman in a moment of panic in this novel by Richard Wright.” 🙁
     At the end of the round:
Kat 20400 (4 right and one wrong). This was after she was negged for saying “triassic era instead of “period.”
Cooper 12800 (One right)
Josiah -2800 (One right and 2 wrong)
     I’m sorry to see Josiah go.
     The Final Jeopardy category is Religious History. This is the clue: “This term comes from a 1529 event in which a group of Lutherans formally disagreed with a decision by a Catholic council.” I thought this was really hard. Cooper got it right and added 7700. That’s a lot when there are wildcards available, yeah? Kat was wrong, and lost 6000! Ouch. So Cooper advances, and Kat might get a wildcard.

One year ago: Picture page
Two years ago: Q and A with Kimberley Stephenson
Three years ago: Bale out
Four years ago: Not feelin’ the brotherly love today

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