It’s not easy being green

     So far, the guest list for our next Hangout, this Saturday at 5 p.m. Central, includes Jared Hall, Sandie Baker and Arthur Chu. So far in the tournamentBen Ingram and Arthur have advanced to week two. (By the way, I’ve added my studio-audience notes to Andy’s post yesterday, in a comment.) You might want to know which of the 3 champs below join them, but I want to know if which if any will join us for the Hangout!

Jim Coury
Julia Collins
Joshua Brakhage

     At the first break:
Julia 2800 (6 right)
Joshua 1200 (4 right and one wrong)
Jim -1600 (One right and 3 wrong)
     Jim found the Daily Double in the round. It was the second-to-last clue!
Julia 6600 (5 right)
Joshua 3400 (4 right)
Jim 800 (4 right)
     Jim wagered 1000 on this clue in The Ends of the Road: “Construction of BR-010 began in the late 1950s to connect Belem with this new capital.” Jim was right! Joshua got the next clue worth 600 right to end the round.
     Joshua apparently was told he looked like a Hobbit, Brendan Fraser or the Campbell’s soup kid, which is funny because that day I noted that he looked like Randy Houser. Maybe Joshua knows who that is, since he went to _____in’ Country Songs when he could!
     Jim didn’t take as long to find the first Daily Double in Double Jeopardy. It was the third clue. He’d gotten the first two right in the same category, Anatomical Etymology, and he had 3000. He wagered everything on this clue: “Used as a synonym for thorn, this structure’s name comes from a Latin word for ‘thorn.'” Jim was wrong :-(, but as Trebek pointed out it’s still very early.
     I must’ve gotten this one right from the audience in Movie “Land”, because I made a note of this clue: “Debra Winger was Oscar-nominated for her part in this 1993 film in which Anthony Hopkins played C.S. Lewis.” I sure didn’t remember it when my mom mentioned the movie the other day though, after my dad picked up a C.S. Lewis book at a Madison Wisconsin thrift store. Look what I did while in town:

     Sorry it’s blurry. I apparently had something on the lens. My dad took the picture. He and my mom said they’re going to watch Friday’s episode when Mark plays, and I’m holding them to it. Mark can’t come to our Hangout, by the way, because he’s going to the Nebraska/Wisconsin game. Brrrrrr!!
     Back to the game. Did you notice an awkward pause after Jim said “Good Earth colors” on this one in Before & After?: “Novel about Wang Lung’s love of warm, rich, brownish hues.” I believe that Jim was counted wrong at first and that this was a triple-stumper. Trebek later told the crowd that the word “colors” was originally in the clue, and he had it changed to “hues”! I personally wouldn’t have accepted “Good Earth colors.” Joshua made me laugh when he laughed as their voices were sped up to sound like chipmunks as the Jeopardy! staff tried to start recording again at the right place to make it seamless.
     Julia found the next Daily Double in Cause of Debt.
Julia 10600 (6 right and one wrong)
Joshua 11600 (6 right)
Jim 2800 (3 right and one wrong)
     There were 7 clues on the board after this. Julia wagered 4000 on this clue: “The national council on the problem type of this activity says it affects 6 to 9 million Americans.” She got it! And the camera showed the green-clad fans. I didn’t know that happened. These are fans of Julia’s. I hope Andy brings this up in the next Hangout because we had a, um, discussion about them when I told him about it that morning! Trebek asked the people wearing them about it earlier that day. When he did, only they clapped! 😀 I wasn’t wearing a green t-shirt of course but I still didn’t see me in the audience. 🙁 I know for sure I appear on either Thursday or Friday’s episode next week, even if it’s just my long white arm waving from the back row as some Jeopardy! celebs are recorded. I can’t wait to see that. 🙂
     At the end of the round:
Julia 16200 (3 right and one wrong)
Joshua 11600
Jim 2800
     The Final Jeopardy category was The U.S. Constitution. This was the clue: “The 3 Latin phrases found in the constitution are ‘pro tempore,’ ‘ex post facto,’ & this legal 2-word phrase.” I thought this was hard. Jim was right! He doubled his score. Phew. Joshua was right. He added 4606. Julia was wrong and lost 7100. Look at the smile on Joshua’s face! I remember seeing it from the audience. So will Julia’s 9100 and Jim’s 5600 be enough to advance?

Wild Card standings:
Rebecca Rider $11,600
Julia Collins $9,100
Rani Peffer $7,599
Jim Coury $5,600

Andrew Moore $1
John Pearson $0

One year ago: The All-Important Fourth Game
Two years ago: Lucas: The good seed
Three years ago: Tweeting Tom
Four years ago: Play it again, Sam