Jeopardy! recap for Thur., Feb. 14 – Let’s meet today’s contestants:
– Mitch, an attorney from California, prepared by buzzing in using his infant;
– Alex, a public relations specialist from Washington D.C., was a prenatal Jeopardy! fan; and
– Eric, an attorney, lives in the Texas hill country. Eric is a three-day champ with winnings of $91,201.
Eric simply wasn’t on the top of his game here, missing both DDs in DJ, so had to settle for second going into FJ with $11,100 vs. $14,400 for Mitch and $2,600 for Alex.
DD1 ($800) – QUOTES OF NOTE – Napoleon was heard to say that this, which he was part of, is merely “a fable agreed upon” (Mitch lost $2,200 on a true DD.)
DD2 ($1,200) – KIND-OF-PERSON MAGAZINE – A coin collector is also likely to be a collector of this magazine dating back to 1888 (Eric lost $2,800)
DD3 ($2,000) – 13-LETTER WORDS – Grandstanding verbally & dogmatically, almost as if you were the Pope (Eric lost $1,700)
FJ – COLORFUL GEOGRAPHY – Named for a soldier killed in 1846 at the start of a war, it was in the news again as a port of entry to the U.S. in 2018
FJ worked out well for Texas resident Eric, who was the only player to be correct, but thanks to his smart wager of $3,301, he would have won even if he missed. His victory was worth $14,401 and Eric is now a four-day champ with earnings of $105,602.
Triple Stumper of the day: No one guessed the word that follows “National Geographic” in a magazine with a “Where to go” issue is “Traveler”.
Clue selection strategy: With one DD remaining in DJ, time running out and one category left with higher-value clues, three different times Eric and Mitch inexplicably chose top-row clues.
Missing the layup: For a clue about a rebooted game show hosted by Michael Strahan, after Eric was ruled incorrect with “$25,000 Pyramid”, his opponents didn’t jump in with “$100,000 Pyramid”. Side note: this wasn’t the only Sony property given a plug in this episode, as Shark Tank also got a mention.
Judging the writers: There’s an odd obsession with related brand mascots Elmer and Elsie, as Elmer made another appearance here, following separate clues about him and Elsie just last month.
This day in Trebekistan: Alex misquoted Scarlett O’Hara, who said “Tomorrow is another day”, not “Today is another day”.
DD1 – What is history?
DD2 – What is “Numismatist”? (Eric mispronounced it as “numistasis”.)
DD3 – What is pontification?
FJ – What is Brownsville?