As I discovered last night, there are a surprising number of people who take math errors rather personally. I guess that shouldn’t really come as a surprise to me, all things considered, but I still found parts of the reaction to be very disappointing.
|Bill Patschak, a trivia writer from Frederick, Maryland
||Katrina Mundinger, a musician from Minneapolis, MN
||Annie Moriondo, a bookseller from Somerville, MA (1-day total: $22,300)
Andy’s pregame thoughts:
On Facebook earlier this week, I set a line on the length of Bill’s run at 2.5 victories. There were a lot of people taking the “over”. With the number of overs, had I been making an actual book, it seems like 4.5 might have been a better line.
Meanwhile, I think there would be some people on JBoard who would take a second win from Annie tonight about as well as Boomie Aglietti’s loss to Beth Watkins from a few years back.
Meanwhile: Bill sent all $8,000 of his on a Daily Double in Double Jeopardy — and missed.
Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Final Jeopardy! category: LITERARY GEOGRAPHY
Final Jeopardy! clue: Shelley subtitled a poem named for this famous geographic feature “lines written in the vale of Chamouni”
What is Mont Blanc?
Bill 5200 – 5200 = 0 (the Rock of Gibraltar)
Annie 10200 – 10000 = 200 (Matterhorn)
Katrina 11400 – 4000 = 7400 (Shallot)
Wow, I haven’t flubbed this hard in Final Jeopardy in a long while. Mistake #1: I read “Shelley” as “Mary Shelley”, not “Percy Shelley”; that doesn’t help things much anyway. Mistake #2: Not recognizing “Chamouni” = “Chamonix”.
Meanwhile, looks like the “under” wins?
(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)
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