Jeopardy! recap for Tue., Jul. 10 – Introducing today’s contestants:
– Doug, a business and technology consultant from New York, gave himself a surprise party;
– Becky, an operations engineer from Colorado, has finally seen an ocean; and
– Wes, a stand-up comedian and storyteller from Massachusetts, who hosts a show that features other storytellers. Wes is a one-day champ with winnings of $14,400.
Becky ran a literature category in DJ to extend her lead, but Wes got the last clue of the round, which was important as it brought him to within two-thirds of Becky’s score. Going into FJ it was Becky with $18,400, Wes at $13,200 and Doug with $3,800.
DD1 – THE FBI’S 10 MOST WANTED LIST – The list was already full, but this man was specially added in April 1968 after a high-profile Memphis murder (Becky won $1,000)
DD2 – LITERARY TYPES – In Sauk Centre, Minnesota, a street (not Main Street) is named for this author born there in 1885 (Becky won $2,000)
DD3 – ENDANGERED ANIMALS – Found only in Vietnam and Laos, the Saola has parallel horns, yet it’s also called “the Asian” this mythical creature (Doug won $2,000)
FJ – AGRICULTURE – Turkey is the world’s largest producer of these fruits; its town of Cerasus was famous for them
For the second straight game, Wes made a small wager to put the pressure on the leader to be correct, which worked out when everyone missed FJ once again. Wes dropped only $805 to win with $12,395 for a two-day total of $26,795.
Wagering strategy: Assuming that Becky had observed how Wes had wagered from second place on the previous game’s FJ in a similar two-thirds situation, the percentage play for her would have been to make a small bet from the lead. This would automatically give her the win if Wes made a small bet again, which was probably more likely than Becky getting FJ right (unless she really loved the category).
Triple Stumper of the day: Perhaps the players hadn’t yet figured out the theme of the “Nat Geo” category when they couldn’t come up with “One life to give” Revolutionary War figure Nathan Hale.
DD1 – Who was James Earl Ray?
DD2 – Who was Sinclair Lewis?
DD3 – What is a unicorn?
FJ – What are cherries?