Jeopardy! recap for Tue., Dec. 17

Introducing today’s contestants:

– Dagmar, a systems specialist from Maryland, taught Darth Vader to dance;
– Rodolfo, an IT project manager from New York, has rapped on five continents; and
– Kirby, a data analyst from Ohio, wrote her Masters thesis on tattoos as art. Kirby is a one-day champ with winnings of $34,401.

Dagmar took first place on DD2 and maintained the advantage into FJ with $16,600 vs. $13,800 for Rodolfo and $4,400 for champ Kirby.

DD1, $800 – CHILDREN’S BOOKS – In 1943 the L.A. Times said this “tale of a little boy from a very little asteroid” was “so big with meaning” (Rodolfo won $3,000 from his leading total of $5,000.)

DD2, $800 – FINAL RESTING PLACES – The tombs of Machiavelli & Michelangelo can be found in this city’s Basilica of Santa Croce (Dagmar gained the lead by adding $6,000 to her score of $10,400 vs. $14,600 for Rodolfo.)

DD3, $1,600 – TONY AWARD WINNERS – In 2017 this actress won a Tony for “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”, but in 2018 she did not win a race for N.Y. governor (Dagmar dropped $3,000 from her total of $19,600 vs. $13,800 for Rodolfo.)

FJ – MILESTONES IN U.S. HISTORY – Congress declared September 6, 2008 Louisa Swain Day because Louisa did this in Wyoming on that date in 1870

Rodolfo and Kirby were correct on FJ. Rodolfo added $4,999 to win with $18,799.

Clue selection strategy: Future contestants, after DD2 has been picked and there’s only one other category remaining with high-value clues, go directly to those clues. It doesn’t matter how you feel about the category.

TV troubles: A clip with Shemar Moore didn’t lead the players to CBS reboot S.W.A.T., and no one guessed the reality competition that went live coast-to-coast for voting purposes is “American Idol”.

Correct Qs:
DD1 – What is “The Little Prince”?
DD2 – What is Florence?
DD3 – Who is Cynthia Nixon?
FJ – What is vote?