Please welcome today’s contestants:
- Jon, a retired IT manager from California, has been to all 4 major tennis tournaments twice;
- Kimberly, a social advertising strategist from New York, whose relative founded Wilberforce University in Ohio; and
- MacKenzie, a program development director from Oklahoma, wants to get alpacas and source her own wool. MacKenzie entered the game as a four-day champ with winnings of $111,202.
Strange game in which Jon, who was far behind most of the way, actually had a chance to take the lead on DD3 but missed, eventually winding up in the red at -$200. Meanwhile, champ MacKenzie regained first place on the next-to-last clue, heading into FJ with $10,600 vs. $9,800 for Kimberly.
DD1, $600 – FAMILIAR PHRASES – “Passing” this “test” originated with using it to dissolve substances to see if they were really gold or not (Jon lost the window maximum of $1,000.)
DD2, $800 – PULITZER-WINNING JOURNALISM – The Boston Post won in 1921 for its exposure of the scheme of this Italian con man (Jon added the table limit of $2,000 to his score of $800 vs. $9,800 for MacKenzie.)
DD3 – $1,600 – SOUTH AMERICAN PLACES – Magdalena, Argentina & Las Piedras, Uruguay are on opposite sides of this waterway (Jon lost $5,000 from his total of $6,800 vs. $11,000 for MacKenzie.)
FJ – INTERNATIONAL AWARD TROPHIES – La Maison Chopard crafts this annual award’s crystal base & 118-gram, 18-carat frond
Only MacKenzie was correct on FJ, adding $9,001 to win with $19,601 for a five-day total of $130,803.
Triple Stumpers of the day: No one could provide the “Blues” that “there ain’t no cure for” in a 1958 Eddie Cochran hit, “Summertime”, or knew the gunman that Pat Garrett shot down in 1881 was Billy the Kid.
This day in Trebekistan: Alex had to admonish Jon about his phrasing so much in round one, he was starting to remind me of Sterling Archer.
DD1 – What is acid?
DD2 – Who was Ponzi?
DD3 – What is Río de la Plata?
FJ – What is the Palme d’Or? (For the second straight game, Alex got on MacKenzie’s case for a misspelling, as she wrote “Palm d’or”.)