Jeopardy! recap for Thur., Dec. 21

Jeopardy! recap for Thur., Dec. 21 – Very competitive game that saw Eileen lead most of the way with the help of correct responses to the first two DDs.

Johnny rallied late and had a chance to take first place on DD3 to end DJ, but could only come with the “Before” part of a “Before & After” clue. So going into FJ it was Eileen with $13,200, champ Kate at $11,000 and Johnny with $7,800.

DD1 – MONGOLIAN – Dedicated in 2008, the 130 foot statue seen here just East of the capital depicts this great leader, a national hero (Eileen won $1,200)

DD2 – MEDICAL HISTORY – In the 20th century hygiene in hospitals lowered this, the IMR, from about 100 to 7 per thousand births (Eileen won $3,200)

DD3 – LITERARY TITLE BEFORE & AFTER – E.B. White’s diminutive rodent visits Dickens’ friend William in Marshalsea prison (Johnny lost $3,000)

FJ – ADVERTISING CHARACTERS – This brand was looking for a Hemingway type when it hired Jonathan Goldsmith for its commercials

For the third time in five games the show had an advertising category, for which only Johnny had the correct response. His wager of $3,300 was nicely-sized given the reasonable assumption that Kate would once again bet everything, so Johnny would have won even if he was incorrect. Johnny’s victory was worth $11,100.

Triple Stumper of the day: No one knew the TV musical episode with performances by characters Tara and Spike was from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.

Contestant chit chat: A public service announcement – if you drink, always bring along a designated kayaker.

Correct Qs:

DD1 – Who was Genghis Kahn?
DD2 – What is infant mortality rate?
DD3 – Who is Stuart Little Dorrit?
FJ – What is Dos Equis?