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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Game Recap & Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by Archivists » Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:30 am

Game Recap for Show #6957, 2014-12-09

CONTESTANTS
Peter McGillicuddy, a human resources director from Holliston, Massachusetts
MaryBeth Chmielewski, a purchasing clerk from Westland, Michigan
Ann Conger, a healthcare analyst from New Orleans, Louisiana (whose 2-day cash winnings total $21,799)

OPENING REMARKS
Alex: Thank you, Johnny. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Appreciate it. Uh, yesterday we had a Final Jeopardy! that was kinda tough, and it prevented our champion, Ann, from winning a lot of money. But she still has a very impressive $21,799 for two victories so far. What's going to happen today, with MaryBeth and Peter? We're going to start finding out right now, won't we? Good luck! Here we go.

JEOPARDY! ROUND CATEGORIES
A EUROPEAN HOLIDAY (3/5) (Alex: Ah. Nice.)
KIDDY LIT TITLE WORDS (5/5)
A CATEGORICAL DENIAL (5/5)
ON THE MENU (5/5)
SEE HOW THEY RAN (5/5, including 1 correct Daily Double)
WHAT'S KILLING YOU? (3/5) (Alex: We want you to name the lethal weapon.)

THE RIGHTS & THE WRONGS
Peter: 12 R (including 1 DD), 0 W
Ann: 11 R, 2 W
MaryBeth: 3 R (including 1 rebound), 0 W

Clues revealed: 30
Triple Stumpers: 4
Jeopardy! Round Potential Lach Trash: $3,600



SCORES AT THE FIRST BREAK
Peter: $1,600
Ann: $1,200
MaryBeth: $1,000

CONTESTANT INTERVIEWS



Alex: Apparently Peter McGillicuddy had a Spinal Tap moment, while playing in a band in high school. What exactly happened?

Peter: Peter: It was actually when I was in college. I was in a band with some friends from our hometown, and we were invited to play at a church benefit with a bunch of other bands. And I decided it would be fun to rent a fog machine, but I didn't tell anybody about it. So, the fog started coming, and it set off all the fire alarms. We had to clear the building, and it was quite embarrassing.

Alex: Were you always a troublemaker in your youth?

Peter: Not so much, but uh, this time was an exception, I guess.

Alex: Things happen. Things happen. Okay.




Alex: MaryBeth Chmielewski from Westland, Michigan. When you were fourteen, I believe, you told your dad that you had a dream. And that was to be a contestant on Jeopardy!. And what did he say to you?

MaryBeth: Right. Uh, he looked at me, he thought about it for a second, and he said, "Eh, I think you'd do better on Wheel of Fortune.

[Laughter]

Alex: Have you tried out for Wheel?

MaryBeth: I have not.

Alex: Good. We'll see how well you do here and then you can go over there and apply in a year or two.




Alex: Ann Conger is our champion, ladies and gentlemen. Promised to buy her boyfriend a very expensive item if she wound up winning a lot of money on our show. And that expensive item was--

Ann: An Aldabra tortoise. It's a giant tortoise.

Alex: How big are we talking here?

Ann: Full-grown, about 600 pounds--

Alex: Whoa.

Ann: It is huge.

Alex: Where do you buy these things and how much do they cost?

Ann: They are not cheap. Um, various tortoise breeders sell them--there's a lot in southern California, over--at least a thousand, probably 1500, for the tortoise, so--

Alex: But what do you do with something like that?

Ann: You just hang out with it. We have chickens, and chickens, um, need a friend too.

Alex: Chickens you can talk to. Tortoise, forget about it.

[Laughter]
Ann: They're slow, but they're fun.

JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
Peter found the Daily Double on the 28th clue. Ann had $5,600, MaryBeth had $1,000, and Peter was at $4,200. Peter wagered $1,200.

SEE HOW THEY RAN $800: This history-making candidate is seen here in 1984, identifying with regular working folks

TRIPLE STUMPERS IN THE JEOPARDY! ROUND
A EUROPEAN HOLIDAY $800: Celebrated by dressing in costume & playing pranks, this holiday is named for Saint Walburga

A EUROPEAN HOLIDAY $1000: Jan Hus, born in what's now this country, is honored there on July 6, the day he was burned at the stake in 1415
(Ann: What are the Netherlands?)

WHAT'S KILLING YOU? $800: "Oculus"

WHAT'S KILLING YOU? $1000: "The Ring"

SCORES AT THE END OF THE JEOPARDY! ROUND
Peter: $6,600
Ann: $5,600
MaryBeth: $1,000

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Post by Archivists » Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:30 am

DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND CATEGORIES
FEMALE FIRST (3/5, including 1 correct Daily Double)
E.T.'s ON TV (3/5)
MEMORABLE METAPHORS (3/5)
U.S. CITIES (3/5, including 1 missed Daily Double)
PROOFREADING (2/5)
CATCH OUR TYPE "O"S (3/5)

THE RIGHTS & THE WRONGS
Peter: 10 R (including 1 DD), 0 W
Ann: 4 R, 1 W
MaryBeth: 3 R, 1 W (including 1 DD)

Clues revealed: 30
Triple Stumpers: 12
Double Jeopardy! Round Potential Lach Trash: $17,600



FIRST DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
MaryBeth snagged the next Daily Double on the 6th clue. Ann had $6,000, MaryBeth had $2,600, and Peter was at $7,800. MaryBeth made it a True Daily Double, wagering $2,600.

U.S. CITIES $2000: A Montana city is named for a peak called "Big" this
(MaryBeth: What is Sur?)
(Alex: Oh, no. What is [*]. Big [*].)

SECOND DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
It was Peter who snatched up the last Daily Double of the game on the 11th clue. Ann had $6,000, MaryBeth had $800, and Peter was at $9,400. Peter wagered $2,000.

FEMALE FIRST $2000: San Francisco's 38th mayor, she was the first woman in the post
(Alex: Now a U.S. senator.)

TRIPLE STUMPERS IN THE DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND
U.S. CITIES $1200: This city, part of a metro area with Dallas & Fort Worth, was named for the Virginia home of Robert E. Lee

FEMALE FIRST $400: The first woman feature on this news magazine's cover was Italian actress Eleonora Duse on July 30, 1923
(Alex: Famous for its covers, [*] magazine.)

FEMALE FIRST $1200: In 1955 the Boyd was on the wing as Louise Boyd became the first woman to fly over this point

PROOFREADING $1200: There's no "di" in this term for a short theorem used to prove a larger one-- but watch out for the horns anyway
(Alex: What is [*]. A di-[*].)

MEMORABLE METAPHORS $1200: This New York Times "On Language" columnist: "We're becoming a short-take society...our food for thought is junk food"

MEMORABLE METAPHORS $1600: In "Nocturne", this woman known for her table talk wrote, "Cover with ashes our love's cold crater"; always so cheery!
(Alex: And that would be the infamous [*].)

E.T.'s ON TV $1600: Its title character was planetary neighbor Uncle Martin, with the retractable antennae
(Alex: Ray Walston as [*].)

E.T.'s ON TV $2000: The fifth column fought the reptilian "visitors" on this drama
(Alex: Series of not too many years ago called [*].)

PROOFREADING $1600: In 1637 he wrote, "I have discovered a truly remarkable proof, but this margin is too small to contain it"
(Ann: Who is Isaac Newton?)

PROOFREADING $2000: Mathematicians were shocked to read his 1931 proof of the incompleteness of any given formal system

CATCH OUR TYPE "O"S $2000: This 5-letter Latin word for hatred is an English word, too

CATCH OUR TYPE "O"S $1600: Synonyms for this adjective are "supernatural" & "obscured from view"
(Alex: The word starting with the letter "o" is [*].)

SCORES ENTERING FINAL JEOPARDY!
Peter: $17,400 (lock game)
Ann: $6,800
MaryBeth: $1,200

FINAL JEOPARDY! CATEGORY
LITERARY INSPIRATIONS

VENUSIAN MONOLOGUES/MARTIAN CHRONICLES
Lock for first place; lock for second place.
Peter: Wager between $0 (venusian) and $3,799 (martian), and enjoy your victory.
Ann: Wager between $0 (venusian) and $4,399 (martian), and enjoy 2nd place.
MaryBeth: You've no hope of catching up... unless Ann does something stupid. So risk $1,199.

FINAL JEOPARDY! CLUE
The peat bogs of Dartmoor, England inspired the fictional home of the beastly title character in this 1902 tale

FINAL SCORES
MaryBeth: $1,200 + $1,199 = $2,399 (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (3rd place: $1,000)
Ann: $6,800 - $4,000 = $2,800 (Frankenstein) (2nd place: $2,000)
Peter: $17,400 - $2,000 = $15,400 (Dracula) (New champion: $15,400)
[Revealing MaryBeth's response] (Alex: Arthur Conan Doyle's [*]. Sherlock Holmes.)
[Revealing Ann's response] (Alex: What is [German accent] Frankenstein? No.)
[Revealing Peter's response] (Alex: He came up with [Dracula imitation] Dracula.)

Total Potential Lach Trash: $21,200

GAME DYNAMICS
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CORYAT SCORES
Peter: $17,000, 22 R (including 2 DDs), 0 W
Ann: $6,800, 15 R, 3 W
MaryBeth: $3,800, 6 R, 1 W (including 1 DD)
Combined Coryat: $27,600

BATTING AVERAGES
Peter: 22/60 = .367
Ann: 15/58 = .259
MaryBeth: 7/59 = .119
Team: 44/63 = .698

MISCELLANEOUS INTERESTING CLUES
A EUROPEAN HOLIDAY $400: (Sarah of the Clue Crew shows off a wreath with candles.) In Switzerland, the Christmas wreath is an old tradition; the four candles represent the four Sundays of this Christian season, which marks the start of the new church year & prepares for Jesus' coming

WHAT'S KILLING YOU? $600: "Transformers"
(Ann: What is a robot?)
(Alex: Be more specific.)
(Ann: A robot that turns into things that kill you?)
[Laughter]
(Ann: An Autobot. What is an Autobot?)

SEE HOW THEY RAN $400: He scared a toddler as part of his 1948 campaign against Truman, whom he didn't defeat

SEE HOW THEY RAN $600: He didn't get to be president, but he got a nice big fish during a 1972 campaign stop in New York

SEE HOW THEY RAN $1000: During his successful 1896 front porch campaign, he stayed home in Ohio, and let the crowds come to him

SEE HOW THEY RAN $200: In his younger days, this then-vice-presidential candidate walked a 1920 parade route with running mate James Cox

U.S. CITIES $1600: Take a hike & get in touch with your spiritual side at Cathedral Rock in this Arizona city

CATCH OUR TYPE "O"S $1200: As you see, humans are not the only primates with this type of digit that's handy for grasping

CORRECT RESPONSES
Geraldine Ferraro
Walpurgis Night
Czech Republic
mirror
video
Butte
Dianne Feinstein
Arlington
Time
North Pole
lemma
William Safire
Dorothy Parker
My Favorite Martian
V
Pierre de Fermat
Kurt Gödel
odium
occult
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Advent
Decepticon
(Thomas) Dewey
(George) McGovern
McKinley
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Sedona
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Re: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Game Recap & Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by jeff6286 » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:21 pm

Literary Inspirations
The peat bogs of Dartmoor, England inspired the fictional home of the beastly title character in this 1902 tale.

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What is The Hound of the Baskervilles? Ann said Frankenstein; Peter said Dracula.

Peter McGillicuddy: $17,400-$2,000=$15,400...now a 1-day champion with $15,400
Ann Conger: $6,800-$4,000=$2,800
Marybeth Chmielewski: $1,200+$1,199=$2,399
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Re: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Game Recap & Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by floridagator » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:04 pm

A pretty good game, but I think the new champion is weaker than he looked with that score. There were a lot of TSs in the game. I racked up a pretty good score just from TSs. A new contestant tomorrow with broader knowledge could make short work of him.

That U.S. cities category was just plain TOUGH. Starts out with Pittsburgh and then goes to Arlington (TX), Sedona (AZ) and Butte (MONTANA!) So now J! is requiring knowledge of cities with 30,000 people?

Too bad Ms. Chmielewski got a bad hand. It would have been fun to watch her win.
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Re: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Game Recap & Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by mdude04 » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:10 pm

Can someone explain how the robot/autobot answer was not correct? If she didn't get credit for that, she should have also been asked to say "Chucky doll" for the Child's Play clue, etc...

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Post by Bamaman » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:18 pm

I got Arlington from the connection to Robert E. Lee, thanks to our Arlington Cemetery discussion the other day. I got Butte figuring "Big Butte" was someone's idea of a joke.

I'm going all in on the run category. I mean, they are giving you the year. That's where you open your wallet and throw money on the podium. A slight negbait on the bottom clue. The first four were all losers, so someone not paying complete attention might hear 1896 and spit out William Jennings Bryan.

No chance for me on FJ.

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Post by dhkendall » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:22 pm

floridagator wrote: That U.S. cities category was just plain TOUGH. Starts out with Pittsburgh and then goes to Arlington (TX), Sedona (AZ) and Butte (MONTANA!) So now J! is requiring knowledge of cities with 30,000 people?
*shrug* It's 3 times bigger than Sedona - which I NHO BTW (ETA: Wait, I think it was mentioned in "Route 66", so I have *heard* of it, but that is the beginning and ending of my knowledge of it). Butte is one of the biggest cities on Montana (Sedona is not one of the biggest in its state) and knowledge of states' biggest cities is de rigeur* for J!, I'd argue that Sedona was the tough one.

*my phone "corrected" that to "de Roger". I was hesitant to change it.
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Post by TenPoundHammer » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:27 pm

Lach Trash: Time, My Favorite Martian, Butte, Odium

Loved the humorous BMS on the Transformers clue.

I thought the bottom two in European Holidays were very tough. Walpurgis Night seems like a really obscure pick, and using a very obviously Dutch name like "Jan" to pin a clue to the Czech Republic seemed dirty.

Eggplant parmesan and chicken lettuce wrap were my misses in On the Menu.

Somehow I knew "The Ring" involved a video that kills, but my brain glitched out and thought "Lord of the Rings".

Mixed-Up Files of Whatever was my only NHOI in that Kiddy Lit book. I freaking love Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, so I was happy to see it show up. Maybe someday I'll get that The Wainscott Weasel clue after all.

What led to Sedona on US Cities for $1600?

I interpreted "point" too literally on Female Firsts and thought it would be a peninsula.

I thought the bottom two in Proof were rather Sheldon Cooperesque.

3rd Rock was about extraterrestrials?!

Occult was my only miss in Type "O".

I had nothing on FJ!
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Post by xxaaaxx » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:29 pm

mdude04 wrote:Can someone explain how the robot/autobot answer was not correct? If she didn't get credit for that, she should have also been asked to say "Chucky doll" for the Child's Play clue, etc...
Not sure either (did they even specify that the things 'killed' in each case were humans? Autobots did kill a lot of Decepticons), but it gave her a chance to give us that "robots that turn into things that kill people" line, so I'm not too upset :lol:
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Post by Holocene Hero » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:35 pm

Jeopardy starts 7:30 here and man...not looking like a good game coming into this first commercial break

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Post by Abraxas » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:38 pm

Peter played a pretty good game, but there were lots of triple stumpers. I got 36 clues correct including Arlington, Butte (DD), Time, North Pole, William Safire, and My Favorite Martian, but not FJ. I guessed Frankenstein for FJ.

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Post by grindcore » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:41 pm

Sorry but did Tom Cruise just become a Jeopardy! champion?

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Post by Austin Powers » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:56 pm

Pretty blah group of players.

Would have got FJ anyway, but the "Sherlock" episode set at the Dartmoor biological lab pretty much made it Pavlovian.
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Post by corvo » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:57 pm

I didn't Tom Cruise at all.

And another hard FJ! I thought.

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Post by goforthetie » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:59 pm

grindcore wrote:Sorry but did Tom Cruise just become a Jeopardy! champion?
Nah. Peter's too tall.

A math category that didn't suck. Amazing!

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Post by Ryno » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:01 pm

I live in Arlington VA, so getting that one was required. Bit my tongue on Safire and My Favorite Martian.

Lach Trash: Arlington, Time, Dorothy Parker.

FJ got me too. Getting that one meant actually knowing a little something about the story.
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Post by Leander » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:03 pm

FJ an instaget for me. Frankenstein written in 1818, way too early.

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Post by goforthetie » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:04 pm

TenPoundHammer wrote: I thought the bottom two in European Holidays were very tough. Walpurgis Night seems like a really obscure pick, and using a very obviously Dutch name like "Jan" to pin a clue to the Czech Republic seemed dirty.

What led to Sedona on US Cities for $1600?
They weren't using the first name as a clue; Jan Hus is a very notable figure. And Sedona is famous precisely because of its red rock formations.

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Post by StevenH » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:16 pm

This was a pretty enjoyable board. "Butte" was an instant get for me, but I had no idea on "Sedona" and should have known "Arlington." And I agree with goforthetie that the Math category was very good.

FJ was an instant get, but only because I had to read that book in my 8th grade English class. I wouldn't have had a chance at it otherwise.

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Post by Johnblue » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:25 pm

While more people might live in Butte, a lot more people visit Sedona, especially new age types. I actually thought we had two good contestants today & I'm sorry to see Ann depart.

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