Jeopardy! recap for Fri., Dec. 8 – Ben opened up a substantial lead with a strong performance in a category about stage names, with his opponents chasing him through most of DJ.
Champ Kyle had a tremendous opportunity to take first place going into FJ when he found DD3 on the last clue, trailing by $5,000 with $10,600 available to wager. But he made a horrible $2,000 bet, not enough to get the lead if correct, but enough to drop him into third if he missed. Kyle got it right, so going into FJ it was Ben with $15,600, Kyle at $12,600 and Laura with $9,600.
DD1 – STATELY BODIES OF WATER – The bay of Green Bay lies at its Northwestern corner (Ben won $1,000)
DD2 (video)- ASIAN CULTURE – Depicting stories of daily life and from folklore, water puppetry in this country began in the Red River Delta in the 11th century (Ben won $3,000)
DD3 – 14-LETTER WORDS – The Great Depression gave rise to this, the study of income & output on a national scale (Kyle won $2,000)
FJ – PRIMETIME TV ACTRESSES – On the beat since 1999, she plays the longest-running female character currently on TV in a primetime non-animated series
In the end, Kyle’s DD3 wagering error didn’t cost him, as he was incorrect on FJ while both opponents were correct. Ben added $9,601 to win with $25,201.
Questionable betting on FJ: Kyle wagered $3,001, enough to top a $0 wager by Ben, but just enough to put him behind a $0 bet by Laura, a much more likely possibility. Meanwhile, Laura gave up her chance at a possible Triple Stumper win by betting nearly everything, so her wager was only OK if she loves TV.
Musical miscues: No one could complete the title to the Judas Priest song “Between the Hammer & Anvil”, or knew that the1960s L.A. band whose name was inspired by an Aldous Huxley work is The Doors.
Correct Qs: DD1 – What is Lake Michigan? DD2 – What is Vietnam? DD3 – What is macroeconomics? FJ – Who is Mariska Hargitay?