Jeopardy! recap for Fri., May 24

Jeopardy! recap for Fri., May 24 – introducing today’s contestants:

– Susan, a K-12 school administrator from Pennsylvania, collects nesting dolls;
– Sam, a criminal defense lawyer from Arizona, spent six weeks in a tent for basketball tickets; and
– James, a professional sports gambler from Nevada, wanted a job in baseball before his career as a Jeopardy! contestant. James is a 26-day champ with winnings of $1,991,135.

After yesterday’s nail-biter, James was back in total domination mode even with being held to only one DD, entering FJ with $39,400 vs. $1,800 for Susan. Sam tried to play James-style in DJ but it just didn’t work, as he missed both DDs in the round and was out of the running at -$2,000.

DD1, $400 – BIG UNIT OF MEASURE – This unit of explosive power is equivalent to detonating 2 billion pounds of TNT (James went all-in for $11,600.)

DD2, $2,000 – KING JAMES BIBLE – Isaiah prophesied peace, when “they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into” these (Sam lost $2,600 on a true DD.)

DD3, $1,600 – OPERA – The waiting list for the annual Wagner festival in this Bavarian city can be 10 years long (With a score of -$400, Sam lost the window maximum of $2,000.)

FJ – AROUND THE USA – Astronomy buffs visit Idaho for the USA’s first dark sky reserve; oddly, part of it is this resort area with a bright name

Only James was correct on FJ, adding $35,000 to win with $74,400 and cracking the $2 million barrier with a 27-day total of $2,065,535.

Triple Stumper of the day: In the category Adverbs, no one knew the motherly synonym that fits the category is maternally.

This day in Jamestown: A clue got the champ to reminiscing about the first bet he ever lost on the 49ers-Chargers Super Bowl in 1995, and James did a callback to “Dr. Dree”.

Correct Qs:
DD1 – What is megaton?
DD2 – What are pruning hooks?
DD3 – What is Bayreuth?
FJ – What is Sun Valley?