Jeopardy! recap for Mon., Apr. 16

Jeopardy! recap for Mon., Apr. 16 – Here is the first group of semi-finalists for this year’s College Championship:

– Jordan, a senior at Columbia, whose ambition has shifted from playwright to civil rights attorney;
– William, a freshman at Tufts, who is interested in game theory and wants to create software that can beat him; and
– Rebecca, a sophomore at Swarthmore, who sews costumes for stage plays.

Rebecca took the lead from William on DD3 late in DJ, but gave it right back on a critical $4,000 swing on the very next clue. The top spot was still up for grabs on the last clue, but after a painful stand-and-stare on “She’s Gotta Have It” director Spike Lee, William stayed in first place into FJ with $22,400 vs. $21,800 for Rebecca and $2,200 for Jordan.

DD1 – YES, MAMMAL – The name of this mammal is Afrikaans for “earth pig” (William won $2,800 on a true DD.)

DD2 – THE DEANS LIST – Dean Moriarty is a memorable character in the Beat Generation novel (Jordan won $1,200)

DD3 – FIRST IN YOUR CLASS – This Standard Oil company president was considered America’s first billionaire (Rebecca won $8,000 – at the time she had $14,200 vs. $19,200 for William. While one could make a case for this size wager to keep her in the game if she missed, against a powerhouse player such as William, I’d have preferred an all-in bet to secure a safe lead going into FJ.)

FJ – GREEK MYTHOLOGY – In one version Thetis killed 6 of her children in her attempts to make them immortal; this warrior was her seventh

Everyone was correct on FJ, with William improving by $21,201 to advance with $43,601. Note that Rebecca bet everything, while the percentage play would have been to wager less in order to lock out Jordan.

That’s before our time: In the “Deans” category, no one was able to identify a photo of Democratic politician Howard Dean.

Pavlov: “The Waste Land” = T. S. Eliot.

Up next: Eric, Hannah and Thatcher face off.

Correct Qs:

DD1 – What is aardvark?
DD2 – What is “On the Road”?
DD3 – Who was John D. Rockefeller?
FJ – Who is Achilles?