Jeopardy! recap for Wed., Jul. 18 – Here are today’s contestants:
– Caitlion, a vegan cheesemaker from Louisiana, whose dairy allergy led her to her current profession;
– Kyle, a communications manager from Colorado, knows how to order five bagels in Icelandic; and
– Ryan, a student from Washington state, used an arrow and suction cups to get a prom date. Ryan is a five-day champ with winnings of $113,798 (which for some reason wasn’t mentioned at the close of yesterday’s show).
Ryan was poised to take the lead with a double-up on DD3, but Trebek cut him off as he was starting to change his initial incorrect response, sending Ryan to $0. But Ryan was able to bounce back into second place going into FJ with $6,800 vs. $10,600 for Kyle and $5,600 for Caitlion.
DD1 – FILM & HIT SONG SAME NAME – Nicolas Cage and Cheryl Crow (Caitlion lost $2,000)
DD2 – THE OED’S RECENT WORDS – The name of these Yellow & Black study guides is used to suggest “a superficial grounding but no real insight” (Caitlion lost $2,200 on a true DD.)
DD3 – SOCRATES, PLATO AND ARISTOTLE – Aristotle wrote that for this genre, the plot must “imitate actions arousing fear and pity” (Ryan lost $4,800 on a true DD.)
FJ – 20TH CENTURY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS – The last election in which both major party candidates were former state governors was in this year
Only Ryan was correct on FJ, adding $6,799 to win with $13,599 and a six-day total of $127,397.
Triple Stumpers of the day: in the “Dis” category, no one knew Animal House director John Landis or Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis.
This day in Trebekistan: On DD3, Alex had an opportunity to rule Ryan incorrect immediately, but instead hesitated, only jumping in after Ryan said “What is” for the second time. Alex easily could have chosen to let Ryan finish correcting himself (or asked him to be more specific), but didn’t.
This clue is a prime example of why this odd rule of allowing players to change responses if Alex hasn’t yet ruled against them is very problematic, as it can be enforced inconsistently.
DD1 – What is “Leaving Las Vegas”?
DD2 – What are CliffsNotes?
DD3 – What is tragedy? (Ryan initially said “drama”.)
FJ – What is 1980?