Papa goes the category

     Did you catch our Hangout last night on the final Battle of the Decades week? Our next one is Monday evening, the 22nd.
     Yesterday, Elizabeth Williams became the first champ of the new season.

Tessa Fleming

Bill Cossen

     Bill may or may not be joining us for next week’s Hangout. (He’s unsure if he’ll be available yet.)
     My eyes felt like they were about to pop out when I saw the Ghostbusters category. My friend recently talked to me about the movie and he wants me to see it. Should I? I wonder how he’d have done in this category. Okay, I’m gonna type every clue (minus the pictures) for his sake:

  • “Dan Aykroyd called Slimer, the ghost of this friend of his who was supposed to be in the first film, but died in 1982.”
  • “When Sigourney Weaver says it’s time to do this to her baby son, Bill Murray starts with ‘You’re short.'” This was a triple-stumper.
  • “When asked to choose the form of the traveler, Ray chooses the Stay-Puft Man, who’s made of this foodstuff.”
  • “This man who passed away in 2014 directed ‘Groundhog Day’ after acting in & writing ‘Ghostbusters.'” 
  • “Dan Aykroyd wanted it to be black, but because of all the night scenes, the 1959 Cadillac, known as this -1, was painted white instead, and the rest is history!” This was a triple-stumper too.
      Elizabeth must’ve seen the movie – she started there! In fact all 3 contestants kept going back.
     At the first break:
Elizabeth 1600 (4 right)
Bill 1600 (3 right)
Tessa 1000 (3 right)
     Tessa’s dad was on the show in 1988. 

     I knew Bill would be negged on this clue in She’s Had Some Work Done: “Grandma can now shower with ease since the bathroom became compliant with this act, the ADA.” He left an “s” out. Trebek gave him the bad news when Bill found the Daily Double in Plastic Surgery.
Elizabeth 2200
Bill 2800
Tessa 800
     I’d totally have wagered it all, but Bill wagered 1000 on this brainless clue: “This alliterative procedure is also called abdominoplasty.” Bill got it.
     Somehow this was a triple-stumper, in Anagrammed Bodies of Water: “A gulf: spin ear.” This was the last clue of the round.
Elizabeth 3200 (2 right)
Bill 5800 (3 right)
Tessa 800
      Kelly and maybe Bill would’ve gotten this clue right in Learned League, yeah? Nobody onstage knew the correct response to this one in Word Origins!: “This profession is from the Greek for ‘star sailor.'” Elizabeth soon found the Daily Double in the same category.
Elizabeth 5600
Bill 10600
Tessa 2800
     Again, I’d have wagered it all. Elizabeth did just that on this clue: “It was coined by George Orwell & means the capacity to accept 2 contradictory ideas at the same time.” She missed it by just a little, and when Mr. Trebek said she was wrong she mouthed another incorrect response. Poor Elizabeth. Then she negged on the next clue, worth 1600!
     Oh boy, it’s this again in What Are You Reading?: “This Cormac McCarthy novel with the cattle gun-wielding Chigurh.” I knew this triple-stumper in the same category: “‘Dark Places’ by this author of ‘Gone Girl.'” That’s thanks to this blog.
     The last clue of the round was the other Daily Double in African History, but look at this:
Elizabeth 2400 (4 right and one wrong)
Bill 15000 (5 right)
Tessa 2800 (2 right and 2 wrong)
     It was Elizabeth’s to play. She wagered 1000 on this clue: “This capital of South Africa’s northern cape was founded after an 1871 diamond find; today it’s a name for baby girls.” Elizabeth didn’t know.
     The Final Jeopardy category was European Capitals. This is the clue: “At 200 miles, this capital of just over a million people is the continental capital closest to London.” Elizabeth got it right! She added 1200. Tessa got it right too, but didn’t wager. Bill got it wrong but didn’t lose anything either.
     I sure hope Bill can join us next week!
One year ago: This indecision’s bugging me
Two years ago: Week 7, Day 2 #SHC2012
Three years ago: [untitled]
Four years ago: Roger that