Jeopardy! recap for Mon., Jan. 7

Jeopardy! recap for Mon., Jan. 7 – Introducing today’s contestants:

– Zorn, a policy analyst from Ontario, hiked the Inca trail;
– Meredith, a marketing strategist from Pennsylvania, did a bike trip in Belgium, followed by beer tasting; and
– Jonathan, a composer from California, went to summer camp with Jake Gyllenhaal. Jonathan is a four-day champ with winnings of $93,301.

Zorn had an opportunity to put major pressure on leader Jonathan when he found DD3, but Zorn only bet enough to move up to a very close second place. Jonathan was then able to expand his advantage again going into FJ with $16,400 vs. $13,400 for Zorn and $8,200 for Meredith.

DD1 ($800) – 2 CAN PLAY THAT GAME – It’s time to start this ancient Asian game played with 361 pieces on a 19-by-19-line board (Meredith lost $2,000)

DD2 ($1,600) – WORDS FROM THE MALAY – A word from the Melee as well as the Malay, to “run” this way is to be wild & frenzied (Jonathan won $3,000)

DD3 ($800, video) – A BIRD – Lewis Carroll included himself in “Wonderland” as this bird, a childhood nickname he got for stuttering his real last name (Zorn won $3,000 – at the time he had $9,600 vs. $12,800 for Jonathan. Against a four-time champ, I would have preferred an all-in wager to virtually ensure the lead going into FJ.)

FJ – 18TH CENTURY NOTABLES – When he died in Samoa in 1894 his obituary said, “He loved Samoa better than any other place, except Scotland”

FJ was a Triple Stumper, with Zorn betting $6,000, taking the victory with $7,400.

With his bet, Zorn opened himself up to possibly falling behind Meredith if she had made a very small wager, a risk that could have been eliminated on the Triple Stumper by wagering $3,001, which would have covered a double up by Meredith. Fortunately for Zorn, Meredith wagered $2,198, which would have left her one dollar short if she was correct and Zorn had bet $3,001.

Judging the writers: Those “Rejected Superheroes” sounded more like Batman ’66 villains.

Correct Qs:
DD1 – What is Go?
DD2 – What is amok?
DD3 – What is a dodo?
FJ – Who was Robert Louis Stevenson?