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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Game Recap & Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by Archivists » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:30 am

Game Recap for Show #6478, 2012-11-14

2012-B Teachers Tournament semifinal game 1.

CONTESTANTS
John Hines, a high school social studies teacher from Tacoma, Washington
Whitney Collins, a third grade teacher from New York, New York
Michael Farabaugh, a high school chemistry teacher from Charlottesville, Virginia

OPENING REMARKS
Thank you, Johnny Gilbert. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. And welcome, everyone. It's the middle of the week, but it's also the first of our three semifinal games. These are sudden-victory games. Only the winner gets to come back to play on Monday and Tuesday of next week for $100,000. So, Michael, Whitney, and John, I hope you're up to the task. Good luck. Here we go into the Jeopardy! Round. And here, we reveal the categories, starting off with...

JEOPARDY! ROUND CATEGORIES
AMERICAN MOVIE IDOL (5/5)
5 SHADES OF GR(E/A)Y (5/5)
MY PHONE CAN DO THAT (5/5)
ANAGRAMMED U.S. CITIES (5/5)
THE MAYA (3/5, including 1 correct Daily Double)
"TW", EH? (4/5)

THE RIGHTS & THE WRONGS
John: 10 R (including 1 DD), 0 W
Michael: 9 R, 1 W
Whitney: 8 R, 1 W

Clues revealed: 30
Triple Stumpers: 3
Jeopardy! Round Potential Lach Trash: $1,800



JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
John found the Daily Double on the 16th clue. Michael had $2,600, Whitney had $1,200, and John was at $2,800. John wagered $1,200.

THE MAYA $800: Mayan ruins have revealed workplaces for crafting with this shiny rock formed by the rapid cooling of lava

SCORES AT THE FIRST BREAK
John: $4,000
Michael: $2,600
Whitney: $1,200

CONTESTANT INTERVIEWS



Alex: The first of our semifinalists introduced today, John Hines, is a high school social studies teacher at Todd Beamer High School. Now, I'm a big football fan, as I'm sure you are, also, and I'm amazed at how big and how fast these players have gotten over the years. You, at one time, I hear, were a 300-pounder, right?

John: Yeah, I was a starting offensive lineman at my university, in college, and when I retired from football after I graduated from college, I decided I wanted to lose some weight. I took up running, and after so long, I ended up qualifying for the Boston Marathon and ran it in 2011.

Alex: Well, good for you. Was it hard losing all that weight? Because now you look as if you weigh about 185.

John: Yeah, it took time. Over time--I just kept running and changed my diet a little bit.

Alex: Okay. Good for you.




Alex: Whitney Collins is a third-grade teacher at the Browning School in New York. And there's a bit of information in your background that puzzles me.

Whitney: Yes.

Alex: You were married by your husband's maternal grandfather...

Whitney: Yes.

Alex: ...Who was a Catholic priest.

Whitney: I know. It's hard to do the math, right? [Laughs] Yeah. My husband's grandfather, he was widowed. He had six children and was widowed and returned to the priesthood.

Alex: Wait a minute, he returned?

Whitney: Well, he went to the priesthood.

Alex: Thank you.

Whitney: Sorry. And then, so, he was able to marry us, so it was really special.

Alex: Yeah, it would be.

Whitney: It was very cool.

Alex: Okay.




Alex: Michael Farabaugh from Charlottesville, Virginia, a beautiful community. This is a man who loves bad science puns. Give me an example.

Michael: Well, let's see, Alex. What would you say if the chemistry teacher dropped a beaker of nitroglycerine? "I'm sorry, it was an 'oxidant.'"

[Laughter]

Alex: Okay.

Whitney: Wow.

TRIPLE STUMPERS IN THE JEOPARDY! ROUND
"TW", EH? $600: www.hope140.org tells you how you can use this site to promote good causes

THE MAYA $200: Balche, a ceremonial drink of the Maya, was a type of mead made with this sweetener & spiced with bark
(Michael: What is sugar?)
(Whitney: What is cocoa?)

THE MAYA $1000: This main city of Mayan ceremonies is now part of a Guatemalan national park

SCORES AT THE END OF THE JEOPARDY! ROUND
Michael: $5,600
John: $5,400
Whitney: $5,200

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DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND CATEGORIES
FUN WITH SCIENCE (4/5, including 1 correct Daily Double)
TEACH ME A SONG (5/5)
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD (2/5, including 1 missed Daily Double)
THE MAP OF EUROPE (5/5)
VERB-AL NAMES (4/5)
BEFORE & AFTER (5/5)

THE RIGHTS & THE WRONGS
Michael: 13 R (including 1 DD), 3 W
Whitney: 7 R (including 2 rebounds), 1 W (including 1 DD)
John: 5 R (including 1 rebound), 0 W

Clues revealed: 30
Triple Stumpers: 4
Double Jeopardy! Round Potential Lach Trash: $6,000



FIRST DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
Michael snagged the next Daily Double on the 13th clue. Michael had $9,200, Whitney had $9,200, and John was at $6,200. Michael wagered $5,000.

FUN WITH SCIENCE $1600: If you've got a 1982 penny, it could be either mainly copper or mainly this material next to copper on the periodic table

SECOND DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
It was Whitney who snatched up the last Daily Double of the game on the 23rd clue. Michael had $15,000, Whitney had $11,600, and John was at $9,800. Whitney wagered $2,000.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD $2000: Scott got this title from "Ode to a Nightingale", where it precedes "and haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne"
(Whitney: What is A Moveable Feast?)

TRIPLE STUMPERS IN THE DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND
FUN WITH SCIENCE $2000: Looking for a new comet with your telescope? This Frenchman's 1781 nebula catalog will help you with the fuzzy bits

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD $400: Scott's epitaph, "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past", is from this novel

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD $1600: "A novel about flappers written for philosophers" was Fitzgerald's slogan for this "heavenly" book

VERB-AL NAMES $2000: To issue forth, as a body of troops from a besieged place

SCORES ENTERING FINAL JEOPARDY!
Michael: $18,200
John: $13,400
Whitney: $10,400

FINAL JEOPARDY! CATEGORY
U.S. PRESIDENTS

VENUSIAN MONOLOGUES/MARTIAN CHRONICLES
Two-thirds for first place. Stratton's Dilemma.
Michael: Wager $8,601 to cover John.
John: You ought to wager to cover Whitney, but since you cannot win on a Triple Stumper if you do so, you should choose between wagering $0 and maximizing your winnings by betting all $13,400. You are in Stratton's Dilemma, calling for a wager of more than $7,400 (to shut out Whitney) or less than $3,800 (risking the possibility of being passed from behind by Whitney). Go with the smaller bet if you believe a Triple Stumper is more likely than a singleton miss by Michael.
Whitney: Consider risking $800, thereby beating Michael on the Triple Stumper (should Michael wager to cover John's doubled score).

FINAL JEOPARDY! CLUE
The only 2 presidents never to present a State of the Union address are William Henry Harrison & this man

FINAL SCORES
Whitney: $10,400 - $10,399 = $1 (Who is Wili Ta) (2nd place: $10,000)
John: $13,400 - $13,400 = $0 (Who is Zachary Taylor) (3rd place: $10,000)
Michael: $18,200 - $8,601 = $9,599 (Who is George Washington?) (Finalist)

Total Potential Lach Trash: $7,800

GAME DYNAMICS
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CORYAT SCORES
Michael: $14,800, 22 R (including 1 DD), 4 W
John: $13,000, 15 R (including 1 DD), 0 W
Whitney: $12,400, 15 R, 2 W (including 1 DD)
Combined Coryat: $40,200

BATTING AVERAGES
Michael: 22/59 = .373
Whitney: 15/59 = .254
John: 15/59 = .254
Team: 52/63 = .825

MISCELLANEOUS INTERESTING CLUES
BEFORE & AFTER $2000: Type of union at the hip between bones with a round end fitting into a cup that advises the president on military matters
(Michael: What is a ball-and-socket committee?)

FUN WITH SCIENCE $800: A museum exhibit was called "Diving into" this, the collective DNA of a species
(Michael: What is the Genome?)

THE MAP OF EUROPE $400: In the 12th century, Afonso I reigned over this republic

THE MAP OF EUROPE $800: On an Italian map you'll find almost 16,000-foot Monte Bianco in these mountains
(Michael: What are the Apennines?)

THE MAP OF EUROPE $1200: This nation, though largely in Asia, has a small European section that's about the size of Massachusetts

THE MAP OF EUROPE $2000: About the same distance from two other capitals of former Soviet Socialist Republics, you'll find this capital city

CORRECT RESPONSES
obsidian
Twitter
honey
Tikal
zinc
Tender is the Night
Charles Messier
The Great Gatsby
This Side of Paradise
sally
James Garfield
a ball-and-socket Joint Chiefs of Staff
the Gene Pool
Portugal
the Alps
Turkey
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Post by dhkendall » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:03 pm

Just looking for a judge's confirmation: MY PHONE CAN DO THAT $1K: "Voice assisted dialing" for "voice activated dialing"?
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Post by jeff6286 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:08 pm

U.S. Presidents
The only 2 Presidents never to present a State of the Union address are William Henry Harrison and this man.
SpoilerShow
Who is James Garfield? Whitney had some indecipherable scrawl beginning with a "W" (maybe going for Taft?); John said Zachary Taylor; Michael said George Washington.

Michael Farabaugh: $18,200-$8,601=$9,599...Automatic Finalist
John Hines: $13,400-$13,400=$0
Whitney Collins: $10,400-$10,399=$1
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Post by TenPoundHammer » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:28 pm

Funny how in J!, I ran Phone, Anagrammed Cities, and TW, but went 0/5 in Movie. Kinda surprised they didn't know that mead is made with honey.

DJ! was a lot tougher. 0/5 in Fitzgerald, got only Zinc in Science, and kept missing obvious ones ("um… wait, what's an invoice again?"). Even so, I somehow managed to go 5/6 on the $1600 boxes.

I figured Washington, since there really wasn't much of a union to give the state of at the time.
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Post by econgator » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:31 pm

dhkendall wrote:Just looking for a judge's confirmation: MY PHONE CAN DO THAT $1K: "Voice assisted dialing" for "voice activated dialing"?
I would say no. Your voice isn't doing any assisting. I would likely accept Voice Activity Detection, though.

Thought about Taylor and Garfield for FJ and came down on the right side.

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Post by Austin Powers » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:35 pm

I thought the answer *had* to be Garfield, but the way Alex was setting it up made me think it was going to be someone weird, like Lincoln (he had no Union to talk about, eh?). So I was happy when Garfield was revealed to be correct.

I thought the bottom of the board was mostly decent difficulty (i.e. Tikal and that terrific but totally sensible Tender Is the Night question), but there were questions like "this is Turkey" and "name this Pink Floyd song" that were the sort of embarrassing low quality stuff that I've come to expect from the Teacher's Tourney.

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Post by BADuBois » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:56 pm

Enjoyed the Geography map category... one of my faves... and was happy to see U.S. Presidents as the FJ category...

... and instantly blanked on it. Guessed George Washington (which was shared by one of the players) and had not even the vaguest notion that it could have been Garfield.

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Post by bpmod » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:01 pm

Austin Powers wrote:...and "name this Pink Floyd song"
Actually, that would have been (albeit only slightly) more difficult. They asked for some lyrics. Not the title (Another Brick In The Wall, pt.2).

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...but the senator, while insisting he was not intoxicated, could not explain his nudity.

If I had 50 cents for every math question I got right, I'd have $6.30 by now.

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Post by marpocky » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:04 pm

Do you think I got the "A Zen Mob" clue??

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marpocky wrote:Do you think I got the "A Zen Mob" clue??
By the looks of your location, I'd say "highly likely".

Brian
...but the senator, while insisting he was not intoxicated, could not explain his nudity.

If I had 50 cents for every math question I got right, I'd have $6.30 by now.

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Post by Paucle » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:10 pm

15600/23200/(38800) on the boards today. My best round one followed by one of my worst DJs
Wow on the triple stumper FJ. Near-insta-get for me, just had to spelunk down into the grey matter for "that guy shot by Guiteau." Really wasn't coming to me! (Wonder if it would have, under the lights/ on stage?) Always remember, 1841 and 1881 are the only years in US History with three US Presidents.

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Post by jeff6286 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:11 pm

Was anyone else hoping for Michael to look down at his tie to see what was next to copper on the Periodic table? No, he wasn't wearing that tie this game, but it would have been funny.

That Map of Europe category was almost embarrassingly easy, at least until the $2,000 box. Portugal, Turkey, Baltic states, Alps? Is this tournament for teachers or their students? Kiev may have been just as easy for many, but I screwed it up. I first thought Belarus was the missing country, then remembered that Minsk is in Belarus, then a Seinfeld reference popped into my head about "Milan to Minsk" (from Rochelle, Rochelle), and by the time I got back around to the Ukraine (Ukraine is game to you!? Damn it, another Seinfeld reference! FOCUS!), the response had already been given.

I'm not quite sure what Whitney was trying to write down in FJ, but it seemed as if either her electronic pen was malfunctioning, or else she didn't know how to use it. Too bad for her that it didn't malfunction about 5 minutes sooner, when it was time to write down her wager. Had she left the wagering field blank, it would have been probably the best wager of the tournament, and sent her on to the Finals. (No, you probably can't really leave your wager blank, but a $0 wager would have been a great bet from her position is what I am trying to get at.)

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Post by bpmod » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:14 pm

OK, so I hope Michael is paying some of his winnings to Whitney, who, it seems, had had enough of Jeopardy! and was perfectly happy with $10,000.

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...but the senator, while insisting he was not intoxicated, could not explain his nudity.

If I had 50 cents for every math question I got right, I'd have $6.30 by now.

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Post by marpocky » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:24 pm

TenPoundHammer wrote:I figured Washington, since there really wasn't much of a union to give the state of at the time.
He would've been my default guess if I couldn't come up with anything better, but fortunately I remembered in time that Garfield also served less than a year.

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Post by Frank Hardy » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:26 pm

I tried to send a message back in time to Whitney that her optimal wager was zero, but I was unsuccessful. :cry:

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Post by marpocky » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:29 pm

jeff6286 wrote:Was anyone else hoping for Michael to look down at his tie to see what was next to copper on the Periodic table?
No, because I really wanted the chemistry teacher to already know that.

One uncomfortable thing about this tournament has been highlighting gaps in the knowledge of these teachers. In particular, I feel like American history has suffered.

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Post by jeff6286 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:29 pm

Frank Hardy wrote:I tried to send a message back in time to Whitney that her optimal wager was zero, but I was unsuccessful. :cry:
I've made similar efforts many times, but it never seems to work. I guess it just wasn't her density to win this one.

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Post by jeff6286 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:33 pm

marpocky wrote:
jeff6286 wrote:Was anyone else hoping for Michael to look down at his tie to see what was next to copper on the Periodic table?
No, because I really wanted the chemistry teacher to already know that.
Actually, I was hoping he would do it in order to be funny, as a bit of a nod to the sharp-eyed viewer that remembered that he was wearing a Periodic Table tie in his previous appearance. It was definitely a fortunate break for him that the DD in the science category happened to be under the $1600 box, rather than the $2000 clue, which was a triple stumper. Had he made a hefty wager on that clue and drawn a blank, the game may have turned out very differently.

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Post by Bamaman » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:35 pm

jeff6286 wrote: Michael Farabaugh: $18,200-$8,601=$9,599...Automatic Finalist
John Hines: $13,400-$13,400=$0
Whitney Collins: $10,400-$10,399=$1
Whitney received a ift from Diana to make the semifinals and threw it away on her wager. Michael and John's MSBIW total (their score if they make the MSB and are wrong) is lower than her pre-FJ score. So if she bets no more than $800, she makes the finals on a TS.

Not sure if I'd have gotten FJ if not for the William Henry Harrison hint, which told me it was the other guy who did not long into his term. But it kept me perfect for the tourney.

The Raiders played in LA when the movie was made, so would Los Angeles Raiders of the Lost Ark been acceptable?

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