Jeopardy! recap for Fri., Feb. 8 – Today’s contestants are:
– Rebecca, a government contractor from Kansas, named cars after James Taylor and Frank Sinatra;
– Josh (?), a production coordinator from California, is uniquely qualified to write the book on Nicolas Cage; and
– Bif, a mathematician from Oregon, promised he would “get there” after a slow start. Bif is a two-day champ with winnings of $60,801.
Bif lived up to his pledge to make a rally, going from last to first to end the first round. But due in part to a small bet on DD3, he wasn’t able to hold the lead, as Josh passed him late to show the way into FJ with $12,600 vs. $10,600 for Bif and $5,800 for Rebecca.
DD1 ($600) – NEW JERSEY HALL OF FAME – Alphabetically, this early American pamphleteer immediately preceded Joe Piscopo as 2013 honorees (Josh lost $2,000)
DD2 ($2,000) – ISLANDS – Larger than Maryland & lying near the equator, the world’s largest island in fresh water is in this river (Josh won $1,600)
DD3 ($1,600, video) – ORGANIZATIONS – Read by Christiane Amanpour: “In 2005 I was proud to join the board of the CPJ, the “Committee to Protect” these people” (Bif won $1,600)
FJ – SHAKESPEARE COMEDIES – At the end of this play: “Why are our bodies soft & weak …But that our …hearts should well agree with our external parts?”
Only Rebecca was correct on FJ but for some reason wagered only $1,200, not enough to give herself the best chance to win. Bif took advantage of that mistake by betting just $2,001, which let him hang on with $8,599 for a three-day total of $69,400.
Triple Stumper of the day: No one guess the Cornell astronomer who in 1983 introduced the concept of nuclear winter was Carl Sagan.
This day in Trebekistan: Alex was in a feisty mood to end the week, riding Bif for only having $200 at the first break and exclaiming after Rebecca’s FJ response was revealed, “Let me repeat myself, this was not a tough Final!”
DD1 – Who was Thomas Paine?
DD2 – What is the Amazon?
DD3 – Who are journalists?
FJ – What is “The Taming of the Shrew”? (Note that Rebecca only wrote “th” for the second “the”, but this was overlooked.)