Let’s meet today’s contestants:
- Saya, a barista and gardening assistant, is “obsessed” with orchids;
- Amanda, a middle school teacher, slept on a museum floor weekly for a year; and
- Matt, a Ph.D. student, didn’t know as much Spanish as he thought. Matt is a five-day champ with winnings of $147,800.
Matt took a massive lead in round one after doubling up to $12,800 and never looked back, scoring an easy runaway at $29,000 vs. $5,200 for Saya and $600 for Amanda.
DD1 – $800 – DO YOU REMEMBER? – It became a battle cry after it appeared in a cartoon caption in the Washington Post April 3, 1898 (Matt won $6,400 on a true DD.)
DD2 – $1,600 – CHILDREN IN THE BIBLE – Later to lend his name to a free bible donation society, this judge & hero had 70 sons (Matt won $2,000 from his score of $17,000 vs. $1,000 for Amanda.)
DD3 – $1,200 – GEOGRAPHIC AKAs – Monte Cervino is what the Italians call this mountain that they share with the Swiss (Matt lost $2,000 from his score of $21,800 vs. $3,000 for Amanda.)
FJ – SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS – “Let’s all sink with the king” is a line from the opening scene of this play
Matt and Amanda were correct, with Matt adding $18,000 to win with $47,000 for a six-day total of $194,800.
Movie miscues: The players couldn’t identify the final word in “Apocalypse Now” (“horror”) or 1933’s “King Kong” (“beast”).
Correct Qs: DD1 – What is “Remember the Maine”? DD2 – Who is Gideon? DD3 – What is the Matterhorn? FJ – What is “The Tempest”?