Jeopardy! recap for Wed., Apr. 10 – Let’s meet today’s contestants:
– Laura, a journalist from California, practices “immersive journalism”;
– Jeff, a retail manager from Alberta, might have saved lives with scary stories; and
– James, a professional sports gambler from Nevada, makes the most money betting on the NFL. James is a four-day champ with winnings of $244,365.
James dropped to $0 with an early miss on DD1, but established his usual big lead with a double-up on DD2. Laura had a chance to stay alive on DD3 but missed, so James had another runaway into FJ at $33,200 vs. $5,800 for Laura. Jeff headed directly back to Canada at -$600.
DD1, $2,000 – HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES – Constitution Day is September 17; this related set is celebrated every December 15 (James pushed his entire $3,000 and missed.)
DD2, $1,600 – THE CIVIL WAR – On March 9, 1862, ironclad warships met in battle for the first time as these 2 vessels clashed, with no clear victor (James shoved all-in for $9,200 and was correct.)
DD3, $1,600 – MOLLUSKS – In the Caribbean the spiral shell of the queen, or pink, species of this gastropod is used for making “trumpets” (Laura lost $7,000 from her score of $12,000 vs. $28,400 for James. It should go without saying that she should have bet everything, which if correct would have gotten her within two-thirds of James going into FJ.)
FJ – EUROPEAN HISTORY – In 2000 the Russian Orthodox Church canonized 7 members of this family, 82 years after their deaths
Both players were correct on FJ, with James adding $21,122 (representing Nov. 22, Pete’s birthday) to win with $54,322 for a five-day total of $298,687.
Triple Stumper of the day: In the “M.G.” category, no one could identify the climbing vine called the morning glory.
Judging the writers: For a missed clue about the First Battle of Bull Run, James responded with Manassas and was ruled incorrect, even though the battle is also referred to by that name. Alex came on after the break to try to clear up confusion about the writing, which wanted the creek (Bull Run) that was the site of the battle.
Strategy corner: I’m curious to know why James chose again in the Civil War category after DD2 was found there with DD3 still remaining on the board. I assume it was to build up more money before picking DD3 and he was willing to risk an opponent finding it first (which is what happened).
This day in Trebekistan: Alex opened the show by commenting that over the first four games, James is winning cash at about twice the rate of Ken Jennings over that period. Later, Trebek brought back his beloved Strother Martin impression.
DD1 – What is the Bill of Rights?
DD2 – What are the Monitor and Merrimack?
DD3 – What is conch?
FJ – What is Romanov?