Jeopardy! recap for Mon., Feb. 18 – Introducing today’s contestants:
– Doug, a high school athletic director from Kentucky, went to Africa before ever going west of the Mississippi;
– Rachel, a professor from New York, specializes in the ethics of health policy; and
– Amanda, a project manager from Michigan, was a war bride. Amanda is a one-day champ with winnings of $13,200.
In a very competitive contest, Doug had a chance to jump from third to first on DD3. But he chose to make a small wager and wound up in second going into FJ with $9,200 vs. $13,400 for Amanda and $8,400 for Rachel.
DD1 ($800) – THE BILL OF RIGHTS – Key phrases in this amendment: “Witness against himself” & “Twice put in jeopardy” (Rachel won $2,000)
DD2 ($1,200) – TEXTBOOKS – A classic of foreign policy, “Diplomacy” by this former Secretary of State includes the story of the reopening of China (Doug won $1,200 on a true DD.)
DD3 ($2,000) – ANTEBELLUM – The 1454 Battle of Stamford Bridge between Nevilles & Percys presaged this larger war of 1455 featuring other families (Doug won $1,600 – at the time he had $6,400 in third place vs. $11,400 for Amanda. Unless he absolutely hated the category, in this spot the play is to bet it all and hope for the best.)
FJ – BRITISH AUTHORS – Born in 1866, he has been called “the Shakespeare of science fiction”
Astonishingly, FJ was a Triple Stumper and Rachel made the perfect $0 wager, knowing that Amanda would bet at least $5,001 to defend against Doug. When Amanda wagered exactly that amount, Rachel took the $8,400 victory by a margin of $1.
Triple Stumpers of the day: The players were unable to “Think fast!” and come up with the Sixth Amendment adjective promising a “speedy” trial. Also, no one remembered the doomed ship sent to Havana in 1898, the Maine.
That’s before our time: Fans of the movie “Lost in America” would know the “Inn” of Frank Sinatra’s 1951 Las Vegas debut was the Desert Inn.
Judging the writers: They gave us a preview of today’s “Depression-era Dining” category with the recent clue about mock apple pie, which also came from a period of shortages causing crackers to be used instead of apples.
DD1 – What is the Fifth Amendment?
DD2 – Who is Kissinger?
DD3 – What are the Wars of the Roses?
FJ – Who was H. G. Wells?