Jeopardy! recap for Mon., Dec. 25 – Natalie took over first place with a correct response to DD3, then champ Donna finished very strongly to lead going away into FJ with $21,400 vs. $12,400 for Natalie and $6,000 for Charlie.
DD1 – ONE-WORD BOOK TITLES – Astrophysicists build a machine to talk back to aliens from Vega that have reached out to earthlings (Donna won $3,000 on a true DD.)
DD2 – TITANIC – The single highest grossing day for “Titanic” was this holiday, a Saturday 58 days after the film’s December opening (Charlie won $3,000)
DD3 – MY HEART WILL GO ON – If your heart goes to someone else, it must fit neatly into this 2-word structure formed by 24 bones (Natalie won $5,000)
FJ – AUTHORS – A prefatory poem he wrote to one of his novels tells of “The dream-child moving through a land of wonders wild and new”
Natalie and Charlie were correct on FJ and Natalie made a very interesting wager of $0 from second place. This had the benefit of protecting her from a possible double-up by Charlie, but would require both a miss by Donna and a huge overbet for Natalie to win.
Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened as Donna lost $10,000 to finish with $11,400, winding up short of Natalie’s $12,400 winning total. Note that in her win on Friday, Donna also bet nearly half of her score on FJ, but unlike here, the second-place still would have needed a correct response and a non-zero bet to win if Donna had missed.
Triple Stumper of the day: In the “Jack” category, no one knew the nickname of the assassin in a Frederick Forsyth novel is “Jackal.”
This day in Trebekistan: Alex opened the show with the same mistake he ended the previous one with, stating that Donna had the biggest one-day winning total of the season. Then after the second commercial break he sheepishly admitted forgetting about Austin Rogers, giving himself the very rare self-directed “boo hiss”.
DD1 – What is “Contact”?
DD2 – What is Valentine’s Day?
DD3 – Who is the rib cage?
FJ – Who was Carroll?