Introducing today’s contestants:
– Kirby, a data analyst from Ohio, Is related to Kaiser Wilhelm and intends to reclaim her crown;
– Patrick. a software engineer from Pennsylvania, knows pi to 500 digits; and
– Jennifer, a wine-tasting consultant from Michigan, wants to go back to St. Petersberg. Jennifer is a eight-day champ with winnings of $228,800.
Outstanding contest in which Kirby went from last to first by getting both DDs in DJ and held the lead into FJ with $19,000 vs. $17,200 for Jennifer and $14,600 for Patrick.
DD1, $1,000 – SPARK JOY – One a Buddhist, one a South African Anglican, these 2 religious leaders co-wrote “The Book of Joy” (Patrick won $1,000 on a true DD.)
DD2, $2,000 – ANCIENT HISTORY – Gaius Julius Vindex rebelled against this emperor after seeing him “playing pregnant women and slaves” on stage (Kirby added $4,000 to her score of $5,200 vs. $11,200 for Patrick.)
DD3, $1,600 – WORLDLY ADJECTIVES – Superstitious theater folks use this term to refer to Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” (Kirby won $3,000 from her total of $11,600 to take the lead.)
FJ – TV THEME MUSIC – A short piece for 2 guitars called “Strange No. 3” was the first part of the theme music for this drama series that debuted in 1959
Kirby and Jennifer were correct, with Kirby adding $15,401 to win with $34,401.
Pedantry corner: The theme referred to by the FJ clue (and imitated by Alex) was not the one used when the show debuted in 1959, when it had a completely different theme composed by Bernard Herrmann.
This day in Trebekistan: Alex is dealing with his “annual cold of the West”, thinks gold front teeth are a good idea, and dutifully read a plug for Viking Cruises.
DD1 – Who are the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu?
DD2 – Who was Nero?
DD3 – What is The Scottish Play?
FJ – What is “The Twilight Zone”?