Jeopardy! recap for Mon. Sept. 24 – Introducing today’s contestants:
– Nancy, a retired high school teacher from Texas, has a kindergarten valentine from her husband;
– William, a psychologist from New York, pulled the old “watch Jeopardy! before everyone else to look smart” trick; and
– Rob, a writer/actor from California, finally won the “Book of Mormon” ticket lottery. Rob is a one-day champ with winnings of $22,100.
Sluggish contest in which no one broke the $10K barrier, but the low scores meant everyone stayed alive into FJ with William at $8,400, Nancy with $7,600 and Rob at $6,200.
DD1 (video) – GALAPAGOS: PLANTS AND ANIMALS – “Darwin’s finches writ large” is how Carl Safina describes this soaring bird; the wave type here in the Galapagos is the only truly tropical type, and it has evolved distinct markings that help provide its name (Nancy lost $1,200)
DD2 – GOVERNMENT & POLITICS – The govt. reached a milestone in 2018, awarding its 10 millionth of these protections; more than 100,000 have gone to IBM (William won $4,200 on a true DD.)
DD3 – I’M A HUGE FAN – Die-hard fans of this 1975 movie are naturally “finaddicts” (Nancy won $2,000, ignoring Alex’s comment that she had a chance to take the lead away from William.)
FJ – BRITISH ROYALTY – In September 2017 Prince Charles became the longest-serving Prince of Wales, passing the man who became this king
For the third straight game, everyone missed FJ. Rob was in an obvious situation to play for the possible Triple Stumper, but instead he chose to bet nearly everything. So Nancy, who wagered $4,000, picked up the win with $3,600.
That’s before our time: No one recognized old-timey comic characters Sad Sack or shoe name inspiration Buster Brown.
Movie miscues: The players didn’t know the 1971 film starring Sean Connery and Jill St. John is “Diamonds Are Forever”, or the comedy duo from 1933’s “Sons of the Desert” is Laurel and Hardy.
DD1 – What is albatross?
DD2 – What are patents?
DD3 – What is “Jaws”?
FJ – Who was Edward VII?