Jeopardy! recap for Thur., Mar. 28 – Today’s contestants are:
– Kenji, a biomedical engineer from Michigan, at 11 years old finished fifth in the National Geographic Bee hosted by Alex;
– Sarah, a librarian from Michigan, played clarinet on skates; and
– Steven, a sports industry consultant from Georgia, was a long-time competitive swimmer. Steven is a one-day champ with winnings of $21,600.
Steven opened the game by running the Film Directors category and maintained first place throughout, but a correct response by Kenji on DD2 kept the game in reach. Going into FJ it was Steven with $27,000, Kenji at $17,800 and Sarah with $9,200.
DD1 $1,000 – NAME THAT NOVELIST! – “Tonight’s lecture…a slide show about Pagan symbolism hidden in the stones of Chartres Cathedral” (Sarah won $1,000)
DD2, $1.600 – DIET LAND – Traveling on foot, this reformer missed the Diet of Augsburg in 1518 but got a horse & wagon & made it to the one in Worms (Kenji won $5,000)
DD3, $1,200 – FOR THE BIRDS – Sailors have long been superstitious about killing this bird, as reflected in a 1798 poem (Steven won $4,000)
FJ – FAMOUS PHRASE ORIGINS – One theory says a phrase for euphoria comes from plate no. 9 in an 1896 meteorological “atlas” of these
Steven and Kenji were correct on FJ, with Steven adding $8,601 to win with $35,601 for a two-day total of $57,201. Note that Sarah bet $0, but the better play would have been to wager everything, which would have given her victory by $1 if she was right and her opponents missed.
Biographical blunders: The players were unfamiliar with Clifford Irving’s famously fake memoir of Howard Hughes, and couldn’t provide the “Miss” subject of a 110-year-old former slave’s “Autobiography”, Miss Jane Pittman.
This day in Trebekistan: “WHAT ARE FEATHERS??? BIRDS HAVE FEATHERS!!!”
DD1 – Who is Dan Brown?
DD2 – Who was Martin Luther?
DD3 – What is an albatross?
FJ – What are clouds?