I'm not sure if anyone bothers critiquing wagers of players who are only playing for 2nd/3rd, but did anyone else notice that Kathleen's FJ wager was $200 short of what it needed to be in order to lock out Aric? I assume that it was just a simple arithmetic error on her part. Aric's $599 bet was also strange, although any small to medium wager he made should have left him with the same result, so perhaps he just picked his favorite number.
While I didn't agree with those that thought yesterday's show was way too easy, I definitely thought today's show was a lot easier than normal. I got 25/30 in J and 17/30 in DJ, and there were quite a few of the 13 I missed in DJ that I felt like I should have been able to come up with. I wasn't as proud as I would normally be at the 25/30 in J, firstly because I blanked on few that I should have gotten (Brooks Brothers, India (for lions), and man overboard). I also felt that a few of the clues were just too darn easy. "What is the opposite of hypothermia?" With a super-extra emphasis on the "hypo" part, in case you didn't catch the significance. Also, "Name the lead character from It's a Wonderful Life, and we'll spot you the last name Bailey." That's a $2,000 clue?"
All that aside, truly a dominant performance by Mark today. I was hoping one of the other two players would pick up the last DD, preferably after they were up to $6,000 or $8,000, just to see if they would be willing to risk all their money to try to pull just within half of Mark's score. Not much to find fault with about Mark's game: 3 Daily Doubles found, 3 large bets, and 3 correct responses. Pretty tough to beat someone with all that going in their favor.
Thanks to Mark's big DD bets, and not many misses, the 3 players combined for $20,800 in the J! round ad $38,800 in DJ. In case math isn't your strong suit, that's a total of $5,600 more than the combined value of all the clues on the board. Very impressive indeed. Mark was so strong in the first 2/3 or so of the game, I think the other 2 players had to step up their games down the stretch, just to get their scores up to the $10,000 range.
Did anyone else think that Mark bears a striking resemblance to Ashton Kutcher? If you happen to read this Mark, I hope you don't consider that an insult. I firmly believe that Mr. Kutcher is a fine-looking young man, as well as a tremendous actor.
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