Andy here with a recap from the final semifinal!
Keep posted here at 7:00 PM Eastern on July 31 (6:00 PM Central, 5:00 PM Mountain, 4:00 PM Pacific), where I’ll post a link on the blog to our special Google Hangout event for Day 1 of the finals!
J! round categories:
WHAT DO YOU WANT ON YOUR PIZZA?
IN THE DICTIONARY
Sam and Alan got off to the best start over the first 15 clues in the round (COUNTRY NICKNAMES, MYTHOLOGY, POP CULTURE)! Scores at the first break:
At Santa Monica Pier, Kat had to run down a seagull who attempted to steal her bag!
Sam played Aldolpho in a seventh-grade production of “The Drowsy Chaperone”, “the Latin womanizer”; he said the part felt like him when auditioning. Cue uproarious laughter from the audience!
Alan went to the Galapagos; he went snorkelling with sea lions!
Back to the game, IN THE DICTIONARY $800 had a Daily Double. Sam got to play it, but it was a video. Ugh. Scores:
Sam went for the True Daily Double! His clue: The picture seen here might accompany the entry for this word found under the letter “p” Sadly, Sam went for “parade” and fell to $0.
Sam did well to rebuild some of his score by the end of the round, but he was in third place! Scores after 30:
DJ! round categories:
GIMME SOME MATH!
Kat did quite well in TV THROWBACK to bring her score pretty close to Alan’s! But Alan’s supreme skill in MATH gave him a big lead again!
THE LAW and CREATIVE WRITERS had one Daily Double each; they were the last two categories touched as well! Sam got to play the first Daily Double in the round, at the bottom of LAW! Scores:
Sam bet $5,000 again. Good guy. His clue: Marbury v Madison marked the first time that a federal law had been ruled this 16-letter term. His correct response doubled his score!
His mistake though — going to $400 in CREATIVE WRITERS! It meant that Kat got to play the final Daily Double, under CREATIVE WRITERS $1600! Scores:
Only the $2000 clue remained. If I’m Kat here I bet $6,700. She bet just $2,600. Her clue: He created Edmond Dantes but based him on falsely accused Francois Picaud. Kat had no answer and fell to $10,400.
Scores going into Final:
FJ! category: GREAT MOMENTS IN 19th CENTURY SCIENCE
FJ! clue: Matthias Schleiden found plants are made up of these; at dinner, he told Theodor Schwann who said, “Hey, so are animals”
Sam 10000 + 10000 = 20000
Kat 10400 + 10399 = 20799
Alan 19600 + 1201 = 20801
So, Alan’s our finalist! He’ll play two more games! Remember to check out our Hangout in a few hours!