Let’s meet today’s contestants:
– Steven, a software engineer from California, is a big Formula One fan;
– Kirsten, a librarian from Massachusetts, sang in a choir in the presence of an elephant; and
– Sam, a teacher from Minnesota, went to a really, really cold football game. Sam is a one-day champ with winnings of $38,001.
Sam once again made great use of the Daily Doubles, doubling up to $11,600 on DD2 and winning $6,000 on DD3, leading into FJ with $20,800 vs. $16,800 for Steven and $3,000 for Kirsten.
DD1, $1,000 – THE WALL – A book about Frank Calvert & Heinrich Schliemann is called “Finding the Walls of” this city (Steven lost $1,200 from his score of $2,600.)
DD2 (video), $1,200 – PHYSICS – In transverse waves, each particle moves perpendicular to the wave’s direction. In this 12-letter type reminiscent of lines on a map, each particle more parallel to the wave (Sam won $5,800 on a true DD to extend his lead.)
DD3, $1,600 – A WAR BY ANY OTHER NAME – The Ramadan War of 1973 is also called this, after a holiday of a different religion (Sam won $6,000 from his total of $14,000 vs. $14,400 for Steven.)
FJ – WOMEN ON TV – This character featured in a 1992 Time Magazine cover story on “Hollywood & Politics” returned to television in 2018
Only Kirsten was correct on FJ, which partially explains why this character’s revival show was quickly cancelled.
Steven, who was within two-thirds of Sam’s score, made a huge wagering mistake by betting everything, costing him the game. Instead, Sam took the win, dropping $12,801 to finish at $7,999 for a two-day total of $46,000.
Missing the layup: For a clue about a Chekhov play, after Kirsten was incorrect with “The Cherry Trees”, her opponents didn’t jump in with “The Cherry Orchard”.
This day in Trebekistan: Kirsten earned the coveted “boo hiss” from Alex for finishing the first round in the red.
DD1 – What is Troy?
DD2 – What is longitudinal?
DD3 – What is the Yom Kippur War?
FJ – Who is Murphy Brown?