Jeopardy! recap for Mon., Oct. 1 – Introducing today’s contestants:
– Doug, a classical singer from Massachusetts, was in a robot opera;
– Carl, a chef educator from Indiana, gives double credit for a recipe from a single grandma; and
– Andrew, an environmental lawyer from Washington, D.C., competed in space law moot court. Andrew is a one-day champ with winnings of $19,601.
Carl bet enough to take the lead on DD3, but not enough to hold it, as Doug came back on late to show the way into FJ with $18,000 vs. $15,400 for Carl and $4,600 for Andrew,
DD1 – GENERAL HOSPITAL – It’s all coming back to me now, I’m a twin, but dizygotic or monozygotic, also known as this type (Doug bet $2,000 and was initially ruled incorrect, but that amount was returned to him due to imprecise phrasing of the clue.)
DD2 – STARS & CONSTELLATIONS – Appearing on the flags of New Zealand & Samoa, it’s the smallest of the constellations (Doug won $2,000)
DD3 – AUTOBIOGRAPHIES – “Shoe Dog” is by this footwear company founder & CEO (Carl won $3,000)
FJ – WORLD LITERATURE – – In a recent poll of 125 authors, this long 1870s novel about a woman ranked as the greatest work of fiction of all time
Surprisingly, all three players missed FJ. Even more surprisingly, Doug only bet $2,000 from the lead, an underutilized small-wager strategy in games where the top two players are far ahead of third place.
This makes sense when the leader isn’t comfortable with the category and allows that player to win if second place misses or also makes a very small bet. Carl only lost $2,601, so Doug’s wager size was critical in securing the victory worth $16,000.
Triple Stumper of the day: No one knew the president with the middle name of Howard was Taft.
DD1 – What is identical?
DD2 – What is the Southern Cross?
DD3 – Who is Knight?
FJ – What is “Anna Karenina”?