Please welcome today’s contestants:
– Mohammad, a physician from Delaware, celebrates pre-Thanksgiving;
– Joanna, an attorney from Massachusetts, lived in Madrid three times; and
– Alex, a data scientist from Illinois, whose interview time was used up by score corrections. Alex is a two-day champ with winnings of $26,200.
In a strange game riddled with Triple Stumpers, Mohammad was able to outlast the competition, leading into FJ with $9,800 vs. $8,400 for Joanna and $5,600 for champ Alex.
DD1, $800 – I WON’T BE IN TODAY – In 1913, from this Jr. capitalist: working from home in my new mansion, at 102 feet the tallest house yet built in New York City (Mohammad lost the table limit of $1,000.)
DD2, $1,600 – LITERARY WORKS OF THE 1820s – Jane Webb Loudon wrote the 1st novel about one of these creatures, including the line, “‘Weak, feeble worm!’ exclaimed Cheops”(Alex lost $4,000 from her score of $6,800 vs. $9,800 for Mohammad.)
DD3, $1,200 – THE ELECTORAL COLLAGE – This electoral change didn’t come to Switzerland until 1971, 51 years after it came to the United States (On the very next clue from the previous DD, Alex won $2,800 on a true DD.)
FJ – HISTORIC LISTS – “Why does not the Pope…build the Basilica of St. Peter with his own money rather than with the money of poor believers?” is one of these
Alex was correct on FJ while Mohammad didn’t quite finish writing his response, which was not accepted. As a result, Alex took the win, adding $1,749 to finish at $7,344 for a three-day total of $33,549.
Triple Stumper of the day: Too many to choose from, but I’ll go with no one knowing the “killer dentist” of the Old West, Doc Holliday.
This day in Trebekistan: This is the first time I’ve heard a game show host open by complaining about the temperature in the studio.
DD1 – Who was Rockefeller?
DD2 – What is a mummy?
DD3 – What is women’s suffrage?
FJ – What is Luther’s Theses? (Mohammad wrote “Luther’s List of Compl”. Given that Trebek seemed to indicate that Mohammad’s response would have been accepted if completed, perhaps with his limited time, if he had written “Luther’s Complaints” he would have been given credit.)