Jeopardy! recap for Mon., Jul. 16 – Let’s meet today’s contestants:
– Rebecca, a massage therapist from Minnesota, has taken up archery;
– Niraj, an IT project manager from California, watches sports on 2 TVs; and
– Michelle, an elementary school music teacher from Ontario, coaches a junior trivia team. Michelle is a two-day champ with winnings of $36,600.
Michelle rallied from last to first by running the easy “Celebrity Possessives” category, then Rebecca got the lead back on DD2, with the players ending up in a tie going into FJ with $14,200, while Noraj trailed at $3,600.
DD1 – DOUBLE-LETTER STATE CAPITALS – Named for a President, it was laid out by Daniel M. Boone, son of the famous frontiersman (Niraj lost $3,200)
DD2 – GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER – Among his teachers Carver counted James Wilson & Henry C. Wallace, who went on to be Secretaries of this Department (Rebecca won $3,000)
DD3 – GERMAN WRITERS – E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale entitled this device “and the Mouse King” evolved into a popular ballet (Niraj lost $3,200)
FJ – EXPLORERS – In 1513 the son of a local chief told this man, when you cross the mountains, “You shall see another sea”
Only Niraj was correct on FJ and nearly doubled up, which would normally put him in a great spot with the two leaders being tied and expected to bet it all to defend against each other.
Rebecca did indeed lose everything, but anyone who watched Michelle’s last two games could guess she’d make a modest wager again. She only dropped $4,107 to win with $10,093 for a three-day total of $46,693.
Triple Stumpers of the day: In the “4, 4” category, no one knew Marine Corps basic training is called “boot camp”. Also, a clue’s reference to a “leonine ruler” didn’t lead them to Richard the Lionheart.
DD1 – What is Jefferson City?
DD2 – What is Agriculture?
DD3 – What is “Nutcracker”?
FJ – Who was Balboa?