Jeopardy! recap for Thur., May 23

Jeopardy! recap for Thur., May 23 – Today’s contestants are:

– Nate, a technology consultant from New York, whose wife is more interested in Dr. Phil than Jeopardy!;
– Laura, a public defender from Washington state, got a trial date moved from a judge who’s a fan of the show; and
– James, a professional sports gambler from Nevada, met Ken Jennings at a trivia contest. James is a 25-day champ with winnings of $1,939,027.

Thrilling battle in which Nate scored on the first two DDs and had more than double of James early in DJ. Then James quickly found DD3, doubled up and was able to carry first place into FJ with $31,200 vs. $25,800 for Nate and $1,200 for Laura. With a properly-sized bet by Nate, James would have to be correct on FJ to win, regardless of if Nate got it right.

DD1, $800 – NUMERIC PHRASES – Owing to the traditional location of a grave, this term means to get rid of something, especially at sea (Nate won $3,400 on a true DD to take the lead.)

DD2, $2,000 – SCIENCE – Frederic Clements & Victor Shelford coined this 5-letter term for a zone of life, such as desert and deciduous forest (Nate won $6,000 from his total of $13,400 vs. $6,600 for James. Against any other opponent this bet would be fine, but against a 25-time champ very early in DJ with DD3 still on the board, I’d like to have seen Nate try to maximize his score.)

DD3, $1,600 – MOUNTAINS – All of Romania’s mountains are part of this 900-mile-long range (James went all-in for $8,200 vs. $19,400 for Nate.)

FJ – JAZZ CLASSICS – In one account, this song began as directions written out for composer Billy Strayhorn to Duke Ellington’s home in Harlem

James and Nate were correct on FJ, with James adding $20,908 to win with $52,108 for a 26-day total of $1,991,135.

Triple Stumper of the day: In the category “Newspeak”, no one guessed that mandatory morning “physical jerks” are exercises.

This day in Trebekistan: Before introducing the FJ category, Alex told Laura, “Believe it or not, you’re still in this”. I’m guessing Laura chose “not” over “believe it”.

Also, before the last two FJ responses were revealed, I thought Trebek tipped the result when he said to Nate that he “gave our champion a good run today” and generally acted like nothing major was about to take place. Sometimes I wish Alex didn’t know the FJ results so he would be in as much suspense as the audience.

Correct Qs:
DD1 – What is deep six?
DD2 – What is biome?
DD3 – What are the Carpathian?
FJ – What is “Take the A Train”?