Jeopardy! recap for Thur., May 17 – The first game of the two-day Teachers Tournament final matched up these previous winners:
– Steve, 9th and 10th grade math from Midvale, UT, who became a teacher because he hated doing everything else;
– Larry, 2nd grade from Kansas City, MO, who knows a little about a lot of subjects (perfect for Jeopardy!); and
– Claire, high school Latin from Lexington, KY, who teaches Latin because it touches on a wide range of interests.
Everyone got a chance at a DD but only Larry was correct, which helped him secure a comfortable lead going into FJ at $18,400 vs. $9,400 for Claire and $5,600 for Steve.
DD1 – BOOKS OF THE BIBLE – “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Steve lost $600)
DD2 – 21ST CENTURY BESTSELLERS – A nonfiction bestseller about death rituals around the world shares its title with this James Jones novel (Claire lost $2,000)
DD3 – LET’S GET SCIENC”E”- In physics, it’s the ability of a deformed body to return to its original size and shape (Larry won $4,200
FJ – SCHOOL SUPPLY WORDS – Adding “p” to a word for a chronic back condition gets you this synonym for graphite or pencil lead
Even though Alex got FJ “rather quickly” (due to having had back issues), all the players missed it, with Claire taking the biggest hit of $8,000 down to $1,400, Steve dropping $3,000 to $2,600, and Larry losing $6,601 to $11,799.
The bottom line: In the next game, with as sharp as Larry has been, his opponents have to hope to hit DDs with some money to bet and be ready to gamble for a chance to catch him for the $100,000 top prize.
Triple Stumper of the day: No one knew the green machine abbreviated LEV is “low emission vehicle”.
That’s after our time: The players didn’t get the performer with two trilogies in the top ten rap series of all time, Jay-Z, or the hip-hopper who rivals The Beatles in top 10 hits in one decade, Drake.
This day in Trebekistan: Alex must have still been thinking about Monday’s FJ clue, as he went all Scarlett O’Hara on us by closing the show with, “After all, tomorrow is another day”.
DD1 – What is Job?
DD2 – What is “From Here to Eternity”?
DD3 – What is elasticity?
FJ – What is plumbago? (This whole thing about adding a “p” put me in the mind of the pasta specialty of Hank Hill’s wife, “SpaPeggy and meatballs”.)