Hip to know “square”

     First, big props to Shawn Choe. He noticed something that’s bothered me since the site was redesigned: The blog archive only goes back 500 posts. I tried to fix it and couldn’t, but Shawn took initiative and solved it. Take a look. Thank you so much, Shawn. I’m tempted to give him the laundry list of other blog things that have been driving me crazy! 😉
     Yesterday the ever-intriguing John Campbell won his second episode. I hope he wins huge today.

Sarah Horvitz
Alexander Persaud
(Dubuque’s actually quite pretty.)

     I wonder where Alexander lives now!
     I expected Trebek to say “We’re finding it way too early” when John found the first Daily Double after one clue, in The Team, The Team, The Team. (What a weird category name.) John had 200 and wagered 1000 on this clue: “The athletic teams of this New England school founded in 1861 are called the Engineers.” He and I knew this!
     I know this one in Clothing & Fashion from Trebek hassling Brad Rutter about it when I watched the ToC tapings recently: “GQ calls this hanky with a geometric name the most indispensable tool for defining a man’s style.” I didn’t know til Trebek told the studio audience (over and over) that Brad appeared in Vanity Fair recently. Trebek didn’t like that Brad was wearing jeans that day, with clothes that would’ve otherwise been in a suit. I thought Brad looked nice!
     At the first break:
John 2000 (5 right and 2 wrong)
Alexander 2400 (3 right)
Sarah 2800 (5 right)
     I bet this one in Clothing & Fashion stumped every home viewer, too: “For the man not quite at his college weight, Levi’s & Gap jeans both come in this 7-letter style.” Poor Sarah and Alexander negged on it. And I knew this triple-stumper in the same category from having gone to Oktoberfest, but I couldn’t dig it out in time: “The word for this dress worn by the buxom beer-serving Munich fraulein comes from the German for ‘little girl dress.'” I did get this triple-stumper in NSFW: “Don’t feed this ‘equal-opportunity mauler’ after smoking a funny cigarette, as a Montana park employee did.”
     At the end of the round:
John 4400 (4 right and one wrong)
Alexander 3400 (3 right and one wrong)
Sarah 4400 (3 right and 2 wrong)
     John found a Daily Double at O Captain! My Literature Captain!.
John 6000 (2 right)
Alexander 6200 (3 right)
Sarah 7200 (5 right and one wrong)
     He wagered 4000 on this clue: “He ‘went content to the crocodile’; instead of ‘bad form’, his last words should have been ‘Here’s seconds!'” John and I got it. Immediately, for the first time today, he resumed his very pokey selecting style!
     Sarah found the next Daily Double in 14 Letters or More.
John 11600 (One right)
Alexander 8200 (One right)
Sarah 8400 (One right)
     Sarah wagered 2400 on this clue: “In psychology this means to separate conflicting feelings as if into different boxes in order to cope.” She got it!
     I said what John did on this one worth 2000 in Broadway Musicals by Song: “Lola, Pat, George & ensemble: ‘Sex is in the Heel.'”
     Like has been happening a lot this week, there were clues left on the board when the round ended.
John 10000 (One right and one wrong)
Alexander 13000 (3 right)
Sarah 14400 (4 right and one wrong)
     The Final Jeopardy category was Coats of Arms. Yuck, again! This was the clue: “This country’s coat of arms features a palm tree & a 19th century American sailing ship.” This was a triple-stumper. For my part, I was doing other stuff during this clue and still haven’t considered it! John lost 4400, Alexander lost 7000 and Sarah lost a whopping 13000. I’ll spare you the math: Alexander wins.
     I think John had the ability to win many games, so I’m sorry this one ended this way. (Nothing against Alexander.)
     My Coryat today was 13800 (18800 without negs).

One year ago: Ryan #JeopardyVote The Sequel
Two years ago: “Fortune favors the bold” (and other TMQ musings)
Three years ago: Auk!
Four years ago: A princess and diva appear on Jeopardy!