Jeopardy! recap for Mon., Apr. 15 – Here are today’s contestants:
– Megan, a cinema manager from Ontario, took advantage of Iceland’s economy to make repeated visits;
– Kevin, a cell biologist from Michigan, will work maintaining peony gardens for food; and
– James, a professional sports gambler from Nevada, whose wife is planning a “year of wow” with his earnings. James is a seven-day champ with winnings of $415,035.
James fell to $0 late in round one with a shocking miss on DD1, but it was a minor speed bump as he scored on both DDs in DJ and recorded another runaway at $35.415 vs. $12,400 for Kevin and $4,800 for Megan.
DD1, $600 – THE FIRST WINNER – In 1903 Maurice Garin was its first winner in 94 hours, 33 minutes, 14 seconds (James lost $8,400 on an all-in bet.)
DD2, $1,200 – ITALIAN STRESSING – This physicist had a Jewish wife, Laura; when Fascist Italy adopted policies of Nazi Germany, it was time to leave (James shoved for $7,200 and was correct.)
DD3, $1,600 – ONE-ACT PLAYS – Conversations devolve into babbling in Ionesco’s “The Bald Soprano” a prime example of the theatre of this (James won $8,615 from his score of $15,600.)
FJ – STAMPS – Living people are rarely seen on a stamp, but in July 1945 the USPS issued one depicting this military event
James and Kevin were correct on FJ, while Megan knew it but couldn’t finish writing it in time. James added $10,029 to win with $45,444 for an eight-day total of $460,479.
Triple Stumpers of the day: No one figured out that the kind of evergreen tree sought by a clue was pine, or the 6-letter term for the “needle” that plays vinyl records is stylus.
This day in Trebekistan: Alex stated that he believed this was the first time “Stamps” had been an FJ category, but the topic had been used for FJ at least seven times before, although not since 2004.
DD1 – What is Tour de France?
DD2 – Who was Fermi?
DD3 – What is the absurd?
FJ – What is the flag raising on Iwo Jima?