Jeopardy! recap for Mon., Dec. 31 – Introducing today’s contestants:
– Jan, a database administrator from Maryland, SCUBA dived in the Bahamas;
– Kevin, a management consultant from Massachusetts, stood in the rain overnight to see Hamlet; and
– James, a filmmaker from New York, accidentally did a Japanese commercial. James is a one-day champ with winnings of $27,400.
Kevin went from third to first on DD3 and edged away from there, but everyone was alive going into FJ with Kevin at $12,800, James with $10,000 and Jan at $9,400.
DD1 ($1,000) – A FISTFUL OF HEROES – The name of this army guy was born when this author showed proficiency at getting things from high shelves (James lost $1,200 on a true DD.)
DD2 ($2,000) – AMERICAN AUTHORS – He wrote 1899’s “Father Goose”; he came up with a “Wonderful” adventure the following year (Kevin lost $3,000)
DD3 ($1,600) – ABOUT A HORSE – Leah Hofmann was one of the many actor/puppeteers who brought Joey to life in this Broadway production (Kevin won $2,600)
FJ – 21ST CENTURY OSCARS – Before she was 25, she became the youngest performer to receive a second Best Actress nomination
Only Kevin was correct on FJ, adding $7,201 to win with $20,001.
Pop culture problems: No one guessed the back-from-the-dead “Justice League” hero who raced The Flash is Superman, or that the line “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into” was spoken by Oliver Hardy.
Judging the writers: A clue suggested that a good name for a psychedelic band would be Ultrasound, while a simple internet search would have revealed that there already is a British band with prog rock roots by that name.
DD1 – Who is Jack Reacher?
DD2 – Who was Baum?
DD3 – What is “War Horse”?
FJ – Who is Jennifer Lawrence?