Jeopardy! recap for Wed., May 9

Jeopardy! recap for Wed., May 9 – Introducing the contestants for game three of the Teachers Tournament:

– Judy, 8th grade English from Fortescue, NJ, whose student was baseball’s Mike Trout;
– Scott, high school history and psychology from Portland, OR, who taught English in Mexico; and
– Mary Alice, 6th-12th choir from Dowagiac, MI, who is also an opera singer.

It was mostly a battle between Scott and Mary Alice, but after trailing badly most of the way, Judy got on a roll late, with a good chance to qualify if she could double up on FJ. The scores going into Final were Scott with $14,900, Mary Alice at $12,000 and Judy with $7,600.

DD1 – IN THE STATE MUSEUM – Andrew Jackson’s leather wallet (Mary Alice lost $1,000)

DD2 – LITERATURE IN SPANISH – Mario Vargas Llosa based “The Time of the Hero” on his harsh treatment in military school in this South American capital (Scott won $500)

DD3 – POLITICAL TERMS – Sen Al Beveridge coined this term in 1912 for political support at the local level “grown from the soil” of people’s needs (Judy won $2,000)

FJ – OPERA – A 12-minute piece of music from this opera depicts alpine dawn, a storm & the calm, & ends in a section called a galop

Even though the FJ category seemed to favor opera singer Mary Alice, only Judy was correct and made the proper all-in bet to advance with $15,200. Scott wisely made a small $500 wager to finish at $14,400 and in the wild card lead. Mary Alice went big as expected, losing $10,000 and was eliminated from the tournament with $2,000.

Wagering strategy corner: Scott had been doing very well in the Literature in Spanish category when he found DD2 with $7,200 to wager. Strangely, he only bet $500 despite his proven success, while an all-in bet would have virtually assured Scott of advancing, with plenty of time to recover if he missed.

That’s before our time: No one knew the Disney live-action movie named after a Bratislavian sheepdog is “The Shaggy Dog”.

Correct Qs:

DD1 – What is Tennessee?
DD2 – What is Lima?
DD3 – What is grassroots?
FJ – What is “William Tell”?