Introducing today’s contestants:
– Priscilla, a mom from New York, bench pressed 185 lbs. to “beat the boys”;
– Shanu, a graduate student from Connecticut, shaved his head in his pretend sleep; and
– Veronica, a librarian from Oregon and today’s winner, speaks better Italian with her hands than her words. Veronica entered the game as a three-day champ with winnings of $68,001.
Veronica was home free after Shanu missed both DDs in DJ, but Shanu pulled himself out of the hole late, entering FJ with $2,300 vs. $13,000 for Veronica. Priscilla finished out of the running at -$5,400.
DD1, $400 – WEATHER – In a 2-week period in 2018, the East Coast was walloped by 3 of these storms named for the direction from which they came (Shanu lost the table limit of $1,000.)
DD2, $1,600 – STATES’ COMMON SURNAMES – Martinez is number 1 in this state where Susana Martinez was Governor from 2011 to 2019 (Shanu dropped $4,000 from his total of $5,000 vs. $9,400 for Veronica.)
DD3, $2,000 – ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA – Organized in the 1830s, this group of lawmen merged with the Texas state Highway Patrol in 1935 (Shanu lost $1,500 from his score of -$1,000 vs. $7,400 for Veronica.)
FJ – WESTERN HEMISPHERE GEOGRAPHY – It’s the easternmost capital city in Central America
Only Veronica was correct on FJ, adding $8,000 to win with $21,000 for a four-day total of $89,001.
Musical miscues: The inclusion of The Who and schizophrenia in a clue in “Rock Operas” didn’t lead the players to “Quadrophenia”, and no one knew the films “Nowhere Boy” and “Backbeat” featured actors playing John Lennon.
No harm no foul: Everyone took an incorrect guess on a common seven-letter surname shared by two U.S. Presidents (Johnson), and strangely, two of those responses didn’t have seven letters.
This day in Trebekistan: Alex wouldn’t go as far as to say today’s audience was “bright”, but he did give them credit for being “fairly intelligent-looking”.
DD1 – What is nor’easter?
DD2 – What is New Mexico?
DD3 – Who are the Texas Rangers?
FJ – What is Panama City?