Jeopardy! recap for Tue., Apr. 16 – Please welcome today’s contestants:
– Katie, a ergonomist from Kentucky, celebrated the news of getting on the show with her ride-share driver;
– Adam, a public defender from Minnesota, found a way to say “urine” on Jeopardy!; and
– James, a professional sports gambler from Nevada, hated school but likes to read. James is an eight-day champ with winnings of $460,479.
James had an amazing $16,000 at the first commercial break, scoring on all three DDs in a crushing performance and entering FJ with $66,181 vs. $11,200 for Adam, while Katie ended DJ with $0.
DD1, $800 – A YEAR ENDING IN 9 – A year before the Pilgrims even landed, a Thanksgiving of sorts was held by newly arrived settlers to Virginia (James went all-in for $5,800.)
DD2, $1,600 – LITERARY ALLUSIONS – Meaning extremely large, this adjective comes from the name of Rabelais’ giant of a 16th century character (James won $11,381 from his total of $27,000.)
DD3, $1,600 – SOUNDS LIKE PIG LATIN – The Book of Daniel gives us this 3-word phrase for a hero’s unexpected flaw (James won $17,000 from his score of $46,381.)
FJ – INTERNATIONAL NEWS – In 2014 this 10,000-square-mile region moves its clocks forward 2 hours to Moscow Standard Time
Only James was correct on FJ, as Adam was on the right track but crossed it off. James added $40,000 (while wishing a happy birthday to no one) to win with $106,181 for a nine-day total of $566,660. James now holds the top three one-day totals.
Judging the writers: They had a clue about Radio Shack which thankfully made no mention of “this 2-word small room called up the tube that the steamer… was torpedoed”
This day in Trebekistan: Usually when a player has a big lead after round one, Alex offers some words of encouragement to the trailing contestants going into the break. This time, all he had to offer was “okay”.
One more thing: We all know players get applause for running a category, but would James get applause for consecutively running the bottom row, a much more difficult accomplishment?
DD1 – What is 1619?
DD2 – What is gargantuan?
DD3 – What is feet of clay?
FJ – What is Crimea?