Let’s meet today’s contestants:
- Aaron, a law student from Michigan, has years of experience at hold ’em poker;
- Allison, a software quality assurance analyst from Kentucky, is an award-winning knitter; and
- MacKenzie, a program development director from Oklahoma, makes seasonal outfits for her Diana statue. MacKenzie entered the game as a eight-day champ with winnings of $204,808.
Allison fell to a close third after missing DD2, but dominated the last part of DJ to lead into FJ with $21,000 vs. $12,400 for Aaron and $11,400 for MacKenzie.
DD1, $800 – WALLS & BRIDGES – European visitors gave a 60′-high landmark this alliterative name after seeing mournful vigils of pious Jews (Aaron went all-in for $3,000 from the lead and was correct.)
DD2, $1,600 – WOMEN OF THE WORLD – Widow of an anti-Samoza newspaperman, Violeta Chamorro was this country’s president from 1990 to 1997 (Allison fell from first to third by losing $4,000 from her score of $10,000.)
DD3 – $1,200 – NATURE – Extending for about 1,250 miles & visible from space, this marine feature has been called the world’s largest ecosystem (Allison regained the lead by adding $3,000 to her total of $8,000 vs. $9,000 for MacKenzie.)
FJ – 18TH CENTURY AMERICA – The first census, in 1790, listed 24 urban places; this port was the most populous one in the South
Aaron and MacKenzie were correct on FJ, with Aaron doubling up to win with $24,800.
Triple Stumper of the day: The players couldn’t guess the “d” word that described Civil War soldiers who chose not to fight, “deserters”.
That’s before our time: No one could identify the star of 1940s Sherlock Holmes movies, Basil Rathbone.
DD1 – What is the Wailing Wall?
DD2 – What is Nicaragua?
DD3 – What is the Great Barrier Reef?
FJ – What is Charleston?