Please welcome today’s contestants:
- Devin, an academic coach, spent a day with the Stanley Cup;
- Fernanda, a business analyst, belongs to a community organization; and
- Carmela, a biotech researcher, didn’t want to correct the teacher who misspelled her name. Carmela is a three-day champ with winnings of $55,401.
Carmela missed her DD opportunity in DJ while Devin scored on his, so Devin had the advantage going into FJ with $17,900 vs. $12,700 for Carmela and $400 for Fernanda.
DD1, $800 – RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH – The opening words to “America The Beautiful” were inspired by the view from this peak in the Rockies (Carmela won $2,700 from her score of $5,400 vs. $5,600 for Devin.)
DD2, $1,200 – COMPOUND WORDS – An old term for a jailer, in real estate it’s a house that’s move-in ready (Carmella lost $4,000 from her total of $9,100 vs. $7,600 for Devin.)
DD3 – $1,200 – BOOKS’ SUBTITLES – Sort of Shakespearean fan fiction, Lisa Fiedler’s novel “Dating Hamlet” is subtitled this woman’s “Story” (Devin won $3,500 from his score of $16,000 vs. $9,500 for Carmela.)
FJ – AFRICA – After the removal of the dictator, in 2011 3 broad colored stripes & 2 white symbols were restored to this country’s flag
Devin and Carmela were correct, with Devin adding $7,505 to win with $25,405.
Wagering strategy: After getting a lecture from Alex about not betting “one penny” on yesterday’s FJ, Carmela’s wager of $11,899 on FJ today was so large that it gave her no chance to win if she missed. With a much smaller bet, Carmela could have won if Devin missed without having to be correct herself.
Old-timey pop culture problems: No one knew the Garry Trudeau comic strip that debuted in 1970, “Doonesbury”, or the Arthur C. Clarke book sequel subtitled “Odyssey Two”, “2010”.
This day in Trebekistan: After introducing the FJ category, Alex helpfully pointed out that it’s a “big continent”, just in case we weren’t sure about that.
Correct Qs: DD1 – What is Pikes Peak? DD2 – What is turnkey? DD3 – Who is Ophelia? FJ – What is Libya?