Let’s meet today’s contestants:
– Jon, a tutor from New York, has an equal partnership with his tubby tabby;
– Barbara, a retired air traffic controller from Florida, met Chuck Yeager; and
– Jason, a math teacher from New Mexico, likes escape rooms and even made one. Jason is a 13-day champ with winnings of $361,943.
Jason started slowly but then dominated DJ, scoring on both DDs in the round and running away with it at $33,800 vs. $8,600 for Barbara and $7,800 for Jon.
DD1, $1,000 – SCIENCE – During a total solar eclipse, you can glimpse this “colorful” layer of the Sun just above the photosphere (Jason said “Let’s give $1,000 back” and did exactly that when he missed.)
DD2, $1,200 – CLASSIC METAL BANDS – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by this Dee Snider band has some musical roots in “O Come All Ye Faithful” (Jason won $7,600 on a true DD.)
DD3, $2,000 – CAREER HIGHLIGHTS – Governor, Secretary of Energy; “Dancing with the Stars” contestant (Jason won $3,000 from his score of $23,200.)
FJ – THE 1940s – This nickname for a history-changing weapon of 1945 came from a character in “The Maltese Falcon”
Jason and Barbara were correct on FJ. Jason added $3,800 to win with $37,600 for a 14-day total of $399,543.
Triple Stumper of the day: No one guessed that when you tell your dog “siéntate!”, it means “sit!”.
This day in Trebekistan: At the end Alex asked about Jason, “Is he gonna go over $400,000 tomorrow?”. Since the worst one can do is win $1,000, I can say with some certainty that he will break $400K as long as he shows up.
DD1 – What is chromosphere?
DD2 – Who is Twisted Sister?
DD3 – What is Rick Perry?
FJ – What is Fat Man?