The Winchell factor

     I’ve been away and had to miss Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but I’m happy Vaughn Winchell is probably going to the ToC. I should’ve gotten him a Hanukkah present! 😉 Here he is with his opponents today:

Elliot Yates
Mike Blaha

     I loved the category name & The Horse You Rode In On. The contestants went to the category last. I remember loving it the first time I heard it, maybe in college! My best friend at the time said it. No one I’ve asked knows where it comes from though, but a reader usually does…. Enlighten me?
     At the first break:
Vaughn 3800 (10 right)
Mike 0
Elliot 2800 (4 right and one wrong)
     Elliot had maybe the strangest and longest story I’ve heard on the show. I didn’t understand the point to be honest! I have to wonder what Trebek’s card said.
     Vaughn found the Daily Double of the round in In My Cabinet.
Vaughn 4600 (One right)
Mike 600 (One right)
Elliot 2800
     Vaughn wagered 1800 on this clue: “George Romney, John Connally, John Mitchell.” Vaughn and I got it right.
     At the end of the round:
Vaughn 7200 (2 right)
Mike 3200 (4 right)
Elliot 5000 (4 right and one wrong)
     Elliot had gotten the first 3 clues right, all in Crossword Clues “D”, when he found the Daily Double there. He had 7400 and wagered 3000 on this clue: “The usually wealthy widow of a king (7).” Elliot was right, and he wound up sweeping the category!
     I’m stunned this was a triple-stumper in Penn. Pals: “This country singer from Wyomissing sang the National Anthem at a 76ers game at 11 & had her 1st single ‘Tim McGraw’ at 16.” With guesses of “Shania Twain” and “Trisha Yearwood” respectively, Elliot and Mike are living in the 90s! Maybe they didn’t consider her a country singer. Vaughn later found the other Daily Double of the round there.
Vaughn 8000 (2 right)
Mike 2800 (One wrong)
Elliot 11600 (One right and 2 wrong)
     Vaughn wagered 3400 on this clue: “This general from Uniontown won the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize for his plan helping European recovery.” Vaughn knew it right away.
     And I knew this triple-stumper in Parenthetical Song Titles: “Rihanna: ‘(in the World)’.” Elliot negged on this one too, leaving only 600 between him and Vaughn! At the end of the round:
Vaughn 18200 (5 right)
Mike 2400 (2 right and 2 wrong)
Elliot 16000 (5 right and 2 wrong)
     The Final Jeopardy category is 20th Century America. Here is the clue: “In 1923 Fanny Brice made news by having this procedure, later rejected by a woman portraying her.” Mike was right and added 2399. Elliot was right and added 2201. Vaughn? He was wrong and lost 13801. 🙁
     I didn’t track my Coryat today. A note about the ToC list: We’ve taken off two names because a source says someone at Jeopardy! told him those two qualified for the previous ToC. So here’s the updated list.

Vaughn Winchell $103,103 (5 wins)
Catherine Hardee $95,201 (4 wins)
Alexander Persaud $61,000 (3 wins)
Ryan Alley $56,800 (3 wins)
Bill Cossen $50,602 (3 wins)
Shane Curtis $42,001 (3 wins)

One year ago: Hello fodder
Two years ago: Hey, Paula
Three years ago: Mistake of the Ozarks
Four years ago: Promises, promises