Jeopardy! recap for Fri., Dec. 29 – This was a duel between Henry and champ Travis, who found all three DDs and was correct on two of them, making a net profit of $3,000. That helped Travis carry the lead into FJ with $18,400, with Henry within two-thirds at $14,800 and Gwynedd with $4,200.
DD1 – LIFE IN 1977 – The American Cancer Society organized the first “Great American” one of these (Travis won $2,000)
DD2 – BEGINS WITH A SILENT LETTER – A male servant: the word has been used to mean a rascal since around 1200 (Travis lost $2,000)
DD3 – NO MORE COVER-UP – Attempts to hide this 1986 accident lasted 2 days before Swedish monitoring stations detected radiation (Travis won $3,000)
FJ – BROADWAY – Following a show’s success in 2011, this group began advertising, “You’ve seen the play…now read the book”
Everyone was incorrect (although Gwynedd was only one word off), with Henry betting $0 and picking up the $14,800 win when Travis lost $11,201 in an attempt to cover double of Henry’s score.
A wagering strategy tip: Henry should have considered wagering $3,601 on FJ just in case Travis decided to bet $0 from the lead. That bet wouldn’t have put him in danger of being passed by Gwynedd if he missed or of losing to a standard wager and miss from Travis.
Triple Stumpers of the day: The players didn’t guess that the six-letter profession of George Woolf, killed in a fall at Santa Anita, is a jockey. They also didn’t know the Ford model that famously had fuel tank problems in the 70s was the Pinto.
This day in Trebekistan: When the FJ category was announced, Alex said, “Travis is not happy”. Alex should never, ever do this, because it could influence the wagering, as it might easily persuade Henry to make a smaller bet in the expectation that Travis would miss.
DD1 – What is “Smoke Out”?
DD2 – What is a knave?
DD3 – What is the Chernobyl disaster?
FJ – What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints/Mormons? (Gwynedd wrote down a plus sign rather than “of”.)