Here are today’s contestants for day two of the Tournament of Champions semifinals:
– James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Nevada, whose daughter won’t let him go incognito;
– Steven Grade, a sports industry consultant from Georgia, is going to New Zealand to celebrate “Lord of the Rings”; and
– Rachel Lindgren, an astronomy interpreter from Oregon, was front page news in Carson City.
James expanded his runaway lead on DD3 and was never threatened, heading into FJ with $30,466 vs. $11,400 for Steven and $7,200 for Rachel.
DD1, $1,000 – WORLD CAPITAL AIRPORTS – Carthage International Airport (On the first clue of the game, James won $1,000.)
DD2, $1,600 – LATIN VOCABULARY – Someone deeply respected due to their serious nature has a lot of this 8-letter Latin term (On the opening clue of DJ, Rachel won $3,200 on a true DD.)
DD3, $1,200 – VISIONARIES – In 312, before the battle of Milvian Bridge, this man had a dramatic vision of a cross of light & went on the win the battle (James added $9,066 to his leading score of $14,200 vs. $6,400 for Rachel.)
FJ – U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS – In 2018 Forbes said this “belt’s demographic delight is” this other “belt’s demographic dilemma”
In the FJ category U.S. Demographics, everyone was incorrect. James wagered $310 to advance with $30,156.
Movie miscues: As we did yesterday, we had another depressing movie stand-and-stare as no one knew the film with Peter O’Toole that features a Sid Caesar-like TV star, “My Favorite Year”. Also, the players couldn’t come up with the title from the theme sung by Tom Jones, “Thunderball”.
Coming up tomorrow: The last finalist will be determined between Francois Barcomb, Gilbert Collins and Lindsey Shultz.
DD1 – What is Tunis?
DD2 – What is gravitas?
DD3 – Who was Constantine?
FJ – What are sun and rust?