Here are today’s contestants:
– Rodrigo, financial analyst from Ontario, adopted a sleepy retired greyhound;
– Laura, a retired marketing director from Colorado, whose mom told her to pick up the pace of reading of J! clues; and
– Jason, a math teacher from New Mexico, played Trivial Pursuit by himself as a child. Jason is an 11-day champ with winnings of $332,243.
Once again Jason had $10,000 at the first break, scored on all three DDs and had an easy runaway at $34,400 vs. $8,800 for Laura and $200 for Rodrigo.
DD1, $800 – ART & ARTISTS – Pastel colors & asymmetry are features of this style of Antoine Watteau, a reaction against Baroque art (Jason won $2,600 on a true DD.)
DD2, $1,600 – WHICH PRESIDENT? – 7 of the first 10 presidents were born south of the White House; Martin Van Buren and these 2 men were from the north (Jason won $7,000 from his score of $21,400.)
DD3, $1,600 – THIS CATEGORY HAS PLATEAUED – The Saharan al-Hamra plateau is mostly located in Tripolitania in this country (Jason won $3,000 from his total of $22,200.)
FJ – EUROPEAN AUTHORS – When he didn’t win the inaugural Nobel Prize, 42 of his peers apologized to him, calling him “the most revered patriarch of today’s literature” (Note: on the graphic shown during the thinking music, Nobel was misspelled as “Noble”.)
Only Laura was correct on FJ. Jason dropped $10,000 to win with $24,400 for a 12-day total of $356,643.
Triple Stumper of the day: No one knew the sticky roll that’s a fabric mesh between polyethylene and adhesive layers is duct tape.
This day in Trebekistan: Alex did an impression of Rodney Dangerfield and for some reason seemed a bit puzzled by the concept of watching Jeopardy! during dinner.
Shameless shilling: The action was stopped cold late in the game so Alex could read a plug for the upcoming Batman day.
DD1 – What is Rococo?
DD2 – Who were John Adams and John Quincy Adams?
DD3 – What is Libya?
FJ – Who was Tolstoy?