Jeopardy! recap for Thur., Jan. 17 – Let’s meet today’s contestants:
– Caroline, a research associate from California, grew up in a vegetarian household but didn’t “buy into it” as a child;
– Frank, a professor from Florida, worked at the family miniature golf course; and
– John, a microbiologist from Ohio, is a “Golden Girls encyclopedia” (but they did 180 episodes, not 144). John is a one-day champ with winnings of $12,000.
John made impressive wagers on the first two DDs to build a solid lead. Then Frank had a chance to get within half of John’s score on DD3 but didn’t bet enough to do so, resulting in a runaway for John with $25,200 vs. $11,800 for Frank and $7,400 for Caroline.
DD1 ($800) – THE ’80s – In December 1989 he took what would be a short-lived refuge in the Vatican embassy in Panama City (John won $4,000 on a true DD.)
DD2 ($1,600) – CHEMISTRY – The Theory of Relativity led to a reconsideration of the law of conservation of this 4-letter thing (John won $6,000)
DD3 ($2,000, video) – BEARD MAN – This bearded guy was born in Colonus around 496 B.C., and wrote more than 120 plays, including “Ajax” and “Antigone” (Frank won $4,000 – at the time he had $6,200 vs. $24,000 for John with nearly all of the high-value clues gone, so it was a very obvious all-in situation.)
FJ – CONTEMPORARY ART – After it was auctioned in 2018, a work by this artist was renamed “Love is in the Bin”
John and Caroline were correct on FJ, and this time John chose not to be at all aggressive, betting $0 to win with $25,200 for a two-day total of $37,200.
That’s before our time: No one knew the star of 1962’s “Birdman of Alcatraz” was Burt Lancaster, or that James Clavell’s saga of feudal Japan is “Shōgun”.
This day in Trebekistan: Surprisingly, Alex did not correct Frank’s mispronunciation of “Halley’s Comet”.
DD1 – Who was Noriega?
DD2 – What is mass?
DD3 – Who was Sophocles?
FJ – Who is Banksy?