Andy back with a recap of the first semifinal of the Teacher’s Tournament!
We have Erin McLaughlin, Lydia Cuffman, and Adam Elkana-Hale as our first semifinalists!
If you listened to our Live Panel, you’d know that I predicted that Lydia would win this game. Let’s see how that prediction panned out!
J! round categories:
PARTS OF A PLANT
The math teacher Adam went straight into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I myself completely blanked on the first two clues — I think that other events in my life may have clouded my brain today. Geez!
I did go 5/5 in ROOTS though, and I quite enjoyed this $1000 clue in STEM (Fibonacci knew this number was next in the sequence 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8… how ’bout you?)
At the first break, the scores were:
One of Lydia’s students suggested a Queen as a Hallowe’en costume for her because “she is sophisticated and gives orders”.
Coming out of the break, LEAVES $400 had the Daily Double! Lydia got to play it, with scores at:
Lydia bet $2,000. Her clue: “Life is so beautiful”, says this fictional Italian American before dying in his garden. Lydia went for Casanova and fell to $1,800.
By the end of the break, the scores were:
DJ! round categories:
SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR
THE NEW $100 BILL
MOVIES WITH “HEART”
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
An evil clue from MOVIES WITH “HEART”: This documentary chronicled the problems that plagued the making of “Apocalypse Now”. Erin gave the name the movie was based on and took a $1600 neg!
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR $1600 had the first Daily Double; Adam played it with scores at:
Adam bet $1,200. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married Albert in 1923, 13 years before he got this new name – he gave the correct answer and was quite pleased to see that Alex gave him the correct answer! He moved to $12,400.
SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR $1600 had the other one; this one went to the bearded man on the left as well! Scores:
Adam took $3,000. His clue: This island nation with a directional name splits oil revenues with Australia, not its old master Indonesia. His correct response put him at $17,000!
Will Adam keep a lock with 8 clues to go? Lydia took a shot at the $2,000 clue but alas, it was not to be for her today — and my prediction goes out the window!
Scores going into Final:
FJ! category: 19th CENTURY WRITERS
FJ! clue: After his death, he was given full military honors in Greece before his body was returned home for burial at his baronial seat
Lydia 7000 + 0 = 7000
Erin 9200 + 9000 = 18200
Adam 19800 – 1300 = 18500
Contrast this final with the EPITAPHS one from a few weeks ago: His headstone in Rome reads in part: “This grave contains all that was mortal, of a young English poet”