Jeopardy! recap for Fri., Feb. 15 – Today’s contestants are:
– Mark, an environmental scientist from Ohio, met his wife in a coal mine;
– Amanda, a project manager from Michigan, is a bead weaver, not a bedwetter; and
– Eric, an attorney, got a polling job despite referring to the “Electrical College”. Eric is a four-day champ with winnings of $105,602.
Eric was strong throughout, while Amanda made a nice late rally to keep it competitive. Going into FJ it was Eric with $20,300, Amanda at $17,200 and Mark with $6,200.
DD1 ($600) – BODY PARTS IN LATIN – Gingiva (Eric won $2,500)
DD2 ($1,600) – WHAT “A” CITY – Today a capital and once part of the Byzantine Empire, it fell to Persians, Romans & Turks (Mark won $2,000)
DD3 ($1,600) – FRANZ KAFKA – “In the Empty Courtroom” is a chapter in this novel in which Joseph K. is inexplicably arrested (Amanda won $3,000 – at the time she had $11,000 vs. $18,700 for Eric. Against a four-time champ in a category that seemed to be comfortable, this was the right spot to go all-in )
FJ – 19TH CENTURY INVENTORS – He spent his life improving a plant-based substance he described as a “vegetable leather” or “elastic metal”
No one picked up on the substance the key phrases in the clue were pointing to, and as a result everyone missed FJ. Amanda wisely made a modest $4,000 wager from a close second place, shutting out Mark and taking the win when Eric missed with the standard cover bet. Amanda’s victory was worth $13,200.
Triple Stumper of the day: In “Homophonic Pairs”, the players didn’t get “mailed perfume” as being “sent scent”.
Odds and ends:
– I don’t know why the writers would be surprised that a lot of high schoolers text while driving.
– Given his success in the “Word Puzzles” category, maybe Eric’s next game show venture should be on the UK’s “Catch Phrase”.
– Congratulations, Gritty, you have officially arrived!
DD1 – What are gums?
DD2 – What is Ankara?
DD3 – What is “The Trial”?
FJ – Who was Goodyear?