Here are the contestants for day two of the Professors Tournament:
- Katie, an associate professor of musicology at Cal State Fullerton, ran a class by cell phone light when the power went out;
- John, an associate professor of chemistry at Howard, does “chemistry without chemicals” and avoids going “boom”; and
- Marti, an elementary science education professor at Northern Arizona, spent time with students in an icy Greenland “Arctic oven”.
BEFORE HE WAS PRESIDENT
IN THE CIRRICULUM
Scores going into DJ: Marti $4,800. John $2,400, Katie $4,400
DD1 – $400 – NONFICTION – This bestselling memoir about a woman’s quest to find balance in her life was published in Spanish as “Come, Reza, Ama” (Marti added $1,000 to her score of $1,400.)
I’VE GOT A THEORY
NAME THE MUSICAL
THEY EARNED A PhD
RUSSIAN HISTORY & CULTURE
Very well-matched contest that saw Katie take sole possession of first place on the final clue of DJ, improving to $14,000 vs. $12,000 for John and $10,400 for Marti.
DD2 – $2,000 – I’VE GOT A THEORY – Sometimes called the theory of everything, it says all the objects in our universe are made of vibrating filaments of energy (John won $2,000 to break a tie for the lead with Marti at $5,600.)
DD3 – $1,600 – RUSSIAN HISTORY & CULTURE – In the early 1900s, members of the faction that opposed Lenin were called these, meaning “one of the minority” (Katie lost $1,600 to fall into a tie for first with John at $12,000.)
OLD GEOGRAPHIC NAMES – This term once used for western North Africa is still used today in the name of a primate from that region
Only Marti was correct on FJ, adding $3,000 to finish at $13,400, good enough to advance when Katie dropped by $2,000 to $12,000. John lost $8,000, ending at $4,000 and in a tough spot for a wild card position.
Odds and Ends
Presidential problems: The players missed three clues in the category about presidents, including ones about dueling Andrew Jackson, Santa Anna fighter Zachary Taylor and Buffalo mayor Grover Cleveland.
Judging the writers: They apparently thought a clue on a Starz drama about wrestling (“Heels”) was easier than one about the other highly publicized multi-state lottery than Mega Millions (Powerball).
Correct Qs: DD1 – What is “Eat, Pray, Love”? DD2 – What is string theory? DD3 – Who were Mensheviks? FJ – What is Barbary?