Here are the contestants for day one of the Professors Tournament:
- Gary, a chemistry professor at Roanoke College, challenges students to figure out who died;
- Gautam, an associate clinical professor of law at Vanderbilt Law, answers questions with questions; and
- Hester, an English professor at Penn State University, is a Melville scholar.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” TURNS 75
Scores going into DJ: Hester $1,400, Gautam $2,200, Gary $7,900.
DD1 – $1,000 – POPE-POURRI – John XXIII convened the second of these meetings, which decreed mass could be celebrated in local languages (Gary added $1,500 to his leading score of $5,000.)
WE GET LETTERS
AFRICAN AMERICAN AUTHORS
THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR CANADA
Gary scored on one DD in each round and was clearly in command throughout, leading into FJ at $21,000 vs. $8,600 for Hester and $5,400 for Gautam.
DD2 – $1,600 – LANGUAGES – It’s the group of 500 or more African languages that include Xhosa & Swahili (Hester added $2,000 from her total of $5,000 vs. $12,700 for Gary.)
DD3 – $1,200 – WE GET LETTERS – Thandie Newton played Condoleezza Rice in this film (Gary won $700 from his score of $18,700 vs. $7,000 for Hester.)
AESTHETIC MOVEMENTS – This turn-of-the-century movement was alternately known around the world as Nieuwe Kunst & Modernista
Only Hester was “phonetically correct” on FJ. Gary dropped $1,000 to advance with $20,000, while Hester added $3,400 to start the wild card race with $12,000. Gautam bet nearly everything, falling to $1.
Odds and Ends
Triple Stumper of the day: Fans of Jeopardy! champ Jackie Fuchs could probably tell you the subject of a 2010 Kristen Stewart-Dakota Fanning film about these “rocker girls” was the Runaways.
Pavlov alert: When a clue mentions author Walter Mosley, the character sought by the clue will almost surely be Easy Rawlins.
Correct Qs: DD1 – What is Vatican Council? DD2 – What is Bantu? DD3 – What is “W.”? FJ – What is Art Nouveau? (Hester wrote “Art Neuveau”, which was accepted.)