Jeopardy! recap for Thur., Nov. 8 – Day two of the Teen Tournament featured these contestants:
– Caleb, a sophomore from New Hampshire, had a travel-themed bar mitzvah;
– Isabella, a freshman from Illinois, seeks to become a marine biologist; and
– Rotimi, a freshman from Alabama, plays defense and midfield on his soccer team.
Caleb was in complete command at every stage and coasted to a runaway at $20,200. Both Isaballa ($8,000) and Rotimi ($7,600) would be in good shape with correct responses and healthy wagers on FJ.
DD1 (video) – WORLD GEOGRAPHY – On a map, New Zealand, Hawaii and Easter Island form the three corners of this roughly triangular region of Oceania that’s noted for its many islands (Caleb won $1,000)
DD2 – HEALTH & MEDICINE – Another name for this bacterial disease of lockjaw, one of its symptoms (Rotimi lost $1,400)
DD3 – AT MY SAFETY SCHOOL – A police training school is often called this; the LAPD one stresses firearm safety (Caleb lost $3,000 – at the time he had $13,600 vs. $4,800 for Isabella. From this position, it’s likely he could wrap up at least a wild card with the remaining clues without risking a loss on an unseen clue, so he should have considered a minimum $5 wager.)
FJ – HISTORIC LEADERS – One of his many horses was named Roitelet & was ridden on the way home from Russia in 1812
Only Caleb picked up on the major hint given in the clue to be correct on FJ, although it didn’t matter for him as he bet $0 to advance with $20,200. Rotimi wagered $7,599 and dropped to $1 while Isabella bet her entire $8,000, so barring a complete collapse by the remaining non-winners, they’re out of the running.
Triple Stumper of the day: In the “Women Authors” category, no one could associate “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” with Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
TV troubles: The teens have more important things to do than watch cable dramas “Fear the Walking Dead” and “American Gods”, as they couldn’t identify those shows from character names.
Judging the producers: In a clue less than a week ago, the show seemed to advocate using the gender-free term “first-year” instead of “freshman” for high school students, but used “freshman” during this episode anyway.
DD1 – What is Polynesia?
DD2 – What is tetanus?
DD3 – What is academy?
FJ – Who was Napoleon Bonaparte?