Here are today’s contestants:
- Lacey, a casting assistant from New York, lived quietly in a museum;
- Mark, an electrical engineering student from California, went snorkeling in Iceland; and
- Paul, an attorney from Georgia, gets people out of homelessness. Paul entered the game as a four-day champ with winnings of $83,501.
Mark was in complete command most of the way, but he missed DD3 and Paul was able to close the gap, entering FJ with $13,000 vs. $16,600 for Mark and $1,000 for Lacey.
DD1, $600 – POET-POURRI – Katharine Lee Bates’ book containing this patriotic song used similar language about Mont Blanc: “O beautiful beyond all dream” (Mark won $2,400 on a true DD.)
DD2, $800 – THE END OF THE EMPEROR – Claudius’ death in 54 A.D. was due to this type of foul play, very common in the TV miniseries “I, Claudius” (Mark won $3,200 from his score of $7,800 vs. $3,000 for Paul.)
DD3 – $1,600 – BRR! IT’S COLD OUT THERE – In 1954 an historic contiguous USA low temp of -70 was recorded near Rogers Pass in this fourth-largest state (Mark lost $2,000 from his total of $17,000 vs. $9,800 for Paul.)
FJ – 19th CENTURY PLAYS – From the title of a British-set comedy, it completes the final line “I’ve now realized for the first time in my life the vital…”
Paul and Lacey were correct on FJ. Paul decided to take a gamble by risking $10,000, which forced him to be correct to win, and it paid off with a $23,000 victory for a five-day total of $106,801.
Clue selection strategy: With only one untouched category left in DJ and DD3 still remaining, the players chose the upper-row clues rather than shopping for the DD in the lower part of the category about geography (a more likely subject for a DD than The Comics).
Triple Stumper of the day: No one guessed the Joyce Kilmer poem famously included in a 1913 issue of Poetry Magazine was “Trees”.
Football follies: This time there were only two misses in the football category, as the players didn’t recognize the referee signals for fourth down and too many men on the field.
DD1 – What is “America the Beautiful”?
DD2 – What is poisoning?
DD3 – What is Montana?
FJ – What is “…importance of being Earnest”? (Pedantry corner: The clue wanted the completion of the line, not the title itself, so technically, “The Importance of Being Earnest” would be incorrect, although it was accepted.)