Jeopardy! recap for Thur., Dec. 14 – Champ Bryce extended his lead to a substantial margin on DD2 and it appeared a runaway was in the offing. Then Craig dominated the action late to be a solid second going into FJ with $16,800 vs. $22,200 for Bryce and $11,000 for Brennan.
DD1 – WORLD FACTS – This 4-letter African country has a short coastline along the Bight of Benin (Craig won $1,000)
DD2 – NEW EPONYMOUS ANIMALS – John Cleese is “absurdly fond” of these Madagascar animals, works to conserve them & got one named for him (Bryce won $4,600)
DD3 – EXILED! – While in exile in Paris, Thomas Hobbes completed this work named for a biblical sea monster (Craig won $5,000)
FJ – AMERICANA – In 2016 the Wingfoot Two, one of these, was christened near Akron
Craig and Brennan were correct on FJ, with Craig betting $5,201, just enough to cover double of Brennan’s score to win with $22,001. Note that by wagering $0, Brennan didn’t give himself a chance to win, since Craig’s standard bet would have left him $599 ahead of Brennan if Craig missed.
Triple Stumper of the day: The players flopped on three straight clues in the Steinbeck category, including one about twin brothers Aron and Caleb Trask being characters in “East of Eden”.
Judging the writers: The game opened with an audible groan from the audience, which gave thumbs down to a clue about cold hitchhikers showing pictures of their thumbs. But when grilled by Alex, Bryce said he thought “it was lovely”. I would have said, “What is this, Jeopardy! or Match Game?”
DD1 – What is Togo?
DD2 – What are lemurs?
DD3 – What is “Leviathan”?
FJ – What is a blimp?