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Thursday, February 5, 2015 Game Recap & Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by Archivists » Thu Feb 05, 2015 11:30 am

Game Recap for Show #6999, 2015-02-05

2015 Teachers Tournament quarterfinal game 4.

CONTESTANTS
Chris Grinvalds, a high school history teacher and coach from Bennington, Nebraska
Jennifer Giles, a third grade teacher from Longmont, Colorado
Mary Bayer, a middle and high school drama teacher from Hoffman Estates, Illinois

OPENING REMARKS
Alex: Thank you, Johnny Gilbert. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Well, waiting in the wings right now--Colin, Eric, and Lydia. They're the winners of the three quarterfinal games so far this week, and 30 minutes from now, they'll be joined by either Chris, Jennifer, or Mary. Let's start finding out which one of you wins the game. This is the Jeopardy! Round, and these are the categories...

JEOPARDY! ROUND CATEGORIES
1-LETTER STOCK SYMBOLS (4/5)
OLYMPIC SPORTS BY GOLD MEDALIST (5/5)
WHAT DO I HEAR? (4/5, including 1 missed Daily Double)
OTHER BIBLE BOOKS (5/5)
COLORFUL RHYME TIME (4/5)
THE MATH & NOTHING BUT THE MATH (3/5)

THE RIGHTS & THE WRONGS
Jennifer: 12 R, 2 W
Chris: 8 R, 2 W
Mary: 5 R (including 1 rebound), 3 W (including 1 DD)

Clues revealed: 30
Triple Stumpers: 4
Jeopardy! Round Potential Lach Trash: $1,800



JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
Mary found the Daily Double on the 10th clue. Mary had $1,400, Jennifer had $2,800, and Chris had a deficit with -$200. Mary made it a True Daily Double, wagering $1,400.

WHAT DO I HEAR? $1000: Vivaldi wrote for it, but it's also popular in American bluegrass music
(Mary: What is the autoharp?)

SCORES AT THE FIRST BREAK
Jennifer: $3,800
Chris: $600
Mary: $400

CONTESTANT INTERVIEWS



Chris Grinvald's students at Bennington High School: Good luck on Jeopardy! Mr. Grinvald. Go, Badgers! [Cheering]

[Applause]

Alex: Chris, your students seem to be in a really good mood. Now is it true that you once convinced them that you were allergic to stupidity?

Chris: Well, it wasn't that class. It was a seventh grade class that I had that had a pretty bad reputation for... acting poorly in school.

Alex: Yeah.

Chris: So I walked into class one day, and I... [chokes up] I kinda doubled over like... [breathing heavily] "You boys... you can't do that, 'cause I can't... [inhales sharply] I'm allergic to stupidity."

Alex: So... you started hyperventilating?

Chris: Oh, I went to one knee, and I was... "Boys, whatever you do in this class, you can't--you can't act stupid, 'cause I can't take it." So ever since then, we never had a problem with that group.

Alex: It worked. Way to go.




Alex: Jennifer Giles from Longmont, Colorado.

Jennifer: Mm-hmm.

Alex: You have a B.A. in French.

Jennifer: Yes.

Alex: And yet you taught English, but that was in France.

Jennifer: Yes.

Alex: So obviously your B.A. in French helped a great deal.

Jennifer: Yes, it did, but it was more of... I just got really excited about the whole teaching thing from that experience.

Alex: Why?

Jennifer: Because it was--I was teaching English, but it wasn't that aspect. It was working with the students that I really enjoyed.

Alex: Ah, so that makes it special.

Jennifer: Absolutely.

Alex: Okay.




Alex: Mary Bayer is from Illinois. Firm believer--she teaches drama.

Mary: Yes.

Alex: Firm believer in...

Mary: The curse of the Scottish play.

Alex: Yeah.

Mary: You cannot say the name of it in a theater unless you're doing the show. I've had very bad things happen--laryngitis, costumes go missing, props break. One opening day, we had a water main break, and the--to the whole building. We had to cancel our opening night performance, so we don't mess with it.

Alex: All because somebody mentioned Mac--[Gasps]

Mary: Don't do it.

[Laughter]

TRIPLE STUMPERS IN THE JEOPARDY! ROUND
COLORFUL RHYME TIME $200: A very dark tire-changing aid

1-LETTER STOCK SYMBOLS $600: V:
To their credit, this corporation is global
(Chris: What is Verizon?)
(Mary: What is Viacom?)
(Jennifer: What is Virgin?)
(Alex: No! "What is [*]?" You probably have one in your purse. Jennifer, back to you.)

THE MATH & NOTHING BUT THE MATH $400: x + y = 8 & x = 3y, so y = this
(Jennifer: What is 27?)

THE MATH & NOTHING BUT THE MATH $600: It's a line segment that connects the 2 endpoints of an arc
(Mary: What is a parabola?)

SCORES AT THE END OF THE JEOPARDY! ROUND
Jennifer: $6,000
Chris: $4,000
Mary: $200

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Post by Archivists » Thu Feb 05, 2015 11:30 am

DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND CATEGORIES
20th CENTURY EUROPE (4/5)
CROSSWORD CLUES "K" (5/5)
SAINTS GO MARCHING IN (4/5, including 1 correct Daily Double)
U.S. BODIES OF WATER (3/5, including 1 correct Daily Double)
ENTERTAINING RELATIVES (5/5)
SHAKING UP SHAKESPEARE (4/5) (Alex: Anagrams.)

THE RIGHTS & THE WRONGS
Jennifer: 10 R (including 1 DD), 0 W
Mary: 8 R (including 1 rebound), 1 W
Chris: 7 R (including 1 DD), 2 W

Clues revealed: 30
Triple Stumpers: 5
Double Jeopardy! Round Potential Lach Trash: $7,600



FIRST DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
Chris snagged the next Daily Double on the 23rd clue. Mary had $11,000, Jennifer had $12,000, and Chris was at $6,800. Chris wagered $3,200.

U.S. BODIES OF WATER $800: This beautiful lake in the Cascade Mountains is nearly 2,000 feet deep

SECOND DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
It was Jennifer who snatched up the last Daily Double of the game on the 29th clue. Mary had $9,000, Jennifer had $14,400, and Chris was at $8,400. Jennifer wagered $2,000.

SAINTS GO MARCHING IN $1600: Born at Lourdes in 1844, she was canonized in 1933

TRIPLE STUMPERS IN THE DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND
SHAKING UP SHAKESPEARE $1200: It's a funny one:
"FORESTRY CHEER DOOM"

20th CENTURY EUROPE $2000: He was the president of Germany who appointed Hitler chancellor
(Alex: Former field marshal [*].)

U.S. BODIES OF WATER $1600: This large man-made lake on the Utah-Arizona border was named for a noted explorer & geologist
(Chris: What is Lake Mead?)

U.S. BODIES OF WATER $2000: Nashville's history goes back to Fort Nashborough, built on the banks of this river in 1780
(Mary: What is the Ohio River?)

SAINTS GO MARCHING IN $800: Regarding Jesus, this saint celebrated on June 24 lived up to the activity from his name

SCORES ENTERING FINAL JEOPARDY!
Jennifer: $18,400 (lock game)
Mary: $9,000
Chris: $8,400

PREFINAL REMARKS
Alex: As you can tell by the scores put up by these three players, they didn't miss many clues in this game so far today, and that leaves me with a little bit of extra time to talk to you about money. Players who are eliminated this week in the quarterfinals will each receive $5,000. If they are eliminated in the semifinal games next week, they receive $10,000, and all of that leads up to next Thursday and Friday, where third place is guaranteed $25,000, unless the player, he or she, earns more than that. Second place guarantee is $50,000, and the guarantee for the winner is $100,000. These three players are still in it.

FINAL JEOPARDY! CATEGORY
LISTS

VENUSIAN MONOLOGUES/MARTIAN CHRONICLES
Lock for first place; three-quarters for second place.
Jennifer: Wager between $0 (venusian) and $399 (martian), and enjoy your victory.
Mary: Wager $7,801 to cover Chris.
Chris: Risk between $601 and $7,200, covering Mary's $0 bet.

FINAL JEOPARDY! CLUE
Efforts to save historic treasures threatened by the creation of the Aswan High Dam led UNESCO to create this list

FINAL SCORES
Chris: $8,400 - $8,400 = $0 (What is the endangered famous landmarks?) (3rd place)
Mary: $9,000 - $0 = $9,000 (What are the wonders of the world) (2nd place)
Jennifer: $18,400 + $400 = $18,800 (What is the World Heritage sites?) (Automatic semifinalist)
(Alex: [To Chris] And if it makes you feel any better, the endangered species list, which you were going for, is wrong also.)

Total Potential Lach Trash: $9,400

GAME DYNAMICS
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CORYAT SCORES
Jennifer: $18,000, 22 R (including 1 DD), 2 W
Mary: $10,400, 13 R, 4 W (including 1 DD)
Chris: $6,000, 15 R (including 1 DD), 4 W
Combined Coryat: $34,400

BATTING AVERAGES
Jennifer: 23/59 = .390
Chris: 15/59 = .254
Mary: 13/59 = .220
Team: 51/63 = .810

MISCELLANEOUS INTERESTING CLUES
WHAT DO I HEAR? $200: Worldwide there are more than 40 different species of this often coastal denizen
(Mary: What is a gull?)
(Alex: Be more specific.)

WHAT DO I HEAR? $400: Much of what became this pastime originated in France during the Middle Ages

WHAT DO I HEAR? $600: Your students won't remember when this device connected you to the Internet, but will you?

WHAT DO I HEAR? $800: You've been warned--the alert for one of these, from the Spanish for "thunder", is heard here
(Chris: What is a siren? What is a siren?)

1-LETTER STOCK SYMBOLS $200: S:
This 3rd-largest wireless telecom company in the United States
(Mary Bayer's students at Elgin Academy: Break a leg on Jeopardy!, Mrs. Bayer! Huzzah!)

OLYMPIC SPORTS BY GOLD MEDALIST $1000: 1968:
Jean-Claude Killy
[Applause for Chris' run of the category.]
...
(Alex: You've hit your category, but there are no more sports up there! We just have MATH & NOTHING BUT THE MATH. Do we start at the top?)
(Chris: $200, please.)
(Alex: All right.)

THE MATH & NOTHING BUT THE MATH $800: It's the slope of the line seen here; to calculate it, divide the change in y by the change in x

ENTERTAINING RELATIVES $2000: Paul Rudd was "Our Idiot ____"
(Chris: What is Cousin?)

CORRECT RESPONSES
the mandolin
a black jack
Visa
2
a chord
Crater Lake
Bernadette
"The Comedy of Errors"
von Hindenburg
Lake Powell
the Cumberland
John the Baptist
the World Heritage (Sites) list
a sea gull
tennis
a modem
a tornado
Sprint
downhill skiing
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Re: Thursday, February 5, 2015 Game Recap & Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by jeff6286 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:03 pm

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Efforts to save historic treasures threatened by the creation of the Aswan High Dam led UNESCO to create this list.


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What are World Heritage Sites? Chris said famous landmarks; Mary said wonders of the world.

Jennifer Giles: $18,400+$400=$18,800...Automatic Semifinalist
Mary Bayer: $9,000-$0=$9,000
Chris Grinvalds: $8,400-$8,400=$0
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Post by Golf » Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:15 pm

Alex comments the woman probably has a Visa card in her purse, then immediately afterwards the man shuts out the women in the sports category. Funny, although I'm sure the social media wackos will be up in arms. And by the way, the guessing on the Visa clue was idiotic.

In DJ, Chris has control with 9 clues left and both DD remaining. Naturally he chooses the only box that can't hold the DD.

Excellent wagers from 2nd and 3rd, and then the leader risked the lock. And people wonder why the Teacher's Tournament can be frustrating to watch for some.

This just in, there is no math category in DJ.
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Post by TenPoundHammer » Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:27 pm

4/5 in four J! Categories, missing Ryder, tennis, green sheen, and chord.

I got the algebra clue! Also Lach trashed Mandolin, which I play, and Visa, which I couldn't believe was a triple fail.

Shakespeare was tough IMO. The titles are just way too long to wade through and rearrange in time.

0/5 in Europe and Olympics. No recognition in either.

Unesco blah blah blah = world heritage sites. Insta-get.
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Post by Echo » Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:29 pm

Getting worried about our education system. These people are teachers and lots have been missing easy finals. Yikes.

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Post by xxaaaxx » Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:30 pm

Instaget FJ, had it the second I saw "UNESCO". Not sure why that was a single get.

I was worried when "black jack" was a stand-and-stare right off the bat, but it was actually a pretty decent game until the end.

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Post by legendneverdies » Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:31 pm

ALex mentioning the names of people who won QF games on-air during the QF before Friday's FJ? Interesting. We knew Mary's score would hold up for a WC spot, but the players didn't :)
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Post by Abraxas » Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:36 pm

The three contestants were pretty evenly matched until Jennifer pulled away late. I had 45 correct responses including four triple stumpers: black jack, 2, chord, and von Hindenburg. I also got the missed DD of mandolin. Instaget FJ.

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Post by bpmod » Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:09 pm

Why oh why would she risk her lock game?

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Post by Category 13 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:23 pm

bpmod wrote:Why oh why would she risk her lock game?

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Maybe she just loves the thrill of a tie-breaker.

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Post by dhkendall » Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:29 pm

bpmod wrote:Why oh why would she risk her lock game?

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Perhaps she figured even if she got knocked out of the lead she'd have a good shot at a wildcard? (Probably not, but it's as good a justification as any. Besides, it looks like none of the contestants so far this week have given any thought to wildcards.)

Got FJ, but it may have had to do with eh recent Travel ML I participated in, it may not have been on the top of mind had it not been (and indeed I spent the first part trying to think of that question from the ML to get the wording that was on the tip of my tongue), might have taken longer - or not gotten it at all - were it not for that ML! Thank you PaceK for the absolutely no benefit to me of getting an FJ - no money or J! glory or anything except just getting a trivia question at home for no reward.
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Post by doihavetoreally » Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:53 pm

xxaaaxx wrote:Instaget FJ, had it the second I saw "UNESCO". Not sure why that was a single get.
Agree - it is right along the lines of Monday FJ w.r.t. the ease of FJ.
Echo wrote:Getting worried about our education system. These people are teachers and lots have been missing easy finals. Yikes.
Good news for you Echo - out of about 3.7 million teachers in USA, only 15 are on the show. So, don't worry.
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Post by PeteMoss » Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:26 pm

doihavetoreally wrote:
xxaaaxx wrote:Instaget FJ, had it the second I saw "UNESCO". Not sure why that was a single get.
Agree - it is right along the lines of Monday FJ w.r.t. the ease of FJ.
Echo wrote:Getting worried about our education system. These people are teachers and lots have been missing easy finals. Yikes.
Good news for you Echo - out of about 3.7 million teachers in USA, only 15 are on the show. So, don't worry.
So the rest of the 3.7 million are worse?

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Post by cosmos » Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:39 pm

I thought Jennifer was brilliant! Betting $2000 on the DD, and getting the extra $2000 for the lock on the last clue. Then "offering the tie breaker" to an opponent who is most likely to wager $0 on FJ, and it's a sole get anyway, plus she was probably OK with the possibility of Mary winning the game with $18000 being almost sure thing for a wild card. Her opponents went from still having a chance to win to stunning loses very quickly.

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Post by Golf » Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:47 pm

cosmos wrote:I thought Jennifer was brilliant! Betting $2000 on the DD, and getting the extra $2000 for the lock on the last clue. Then "offering the tie breaker" to an opponent who is most likely to wager $0 on FJ
You would be wrong.

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Post by cosmos » Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:27 pm

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cosmos wrote:I thought Jennifer was brilliant! Betting $2000 on the DD, and getting the extra $2000 for the lock on the last clue. Then "offering the tie breaker" to an opponent who is most likely to wager $0 on FJ
You would be wrong.
I was wrong to imply that betting $0 was necessarily a predictable strategy for Mary, she could have bet it all, but then she'd have to bet it all against an opponent with a lock who wasn't likely to offer the tie breaker, and why would Mary risk finishing at $0 for that rather than betting somewhere between $0 and $9000? Is that closer? If not I give up. :)

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Post by mxc_takeshi » Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:33 pm

33 right.

Stock (4), Sports (2), Hear (2), Bible (3), Rhyme (3), Math (1)
Europe (4), K (2), Saints (1), Body (4), Relative (4), Shakespeare (3)

Lach Trash: "black jack', "Visa", "Von Hindenburg", "Cumberland River"

Instaget FJ.

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Post by MarkBarrett » Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:48 pm

3/5 for me on Math not getting "mean" or "chord" clues. Wish that slope clue only looking for 1 had been the DD I played in 2005.

What a weak-sounding tornado siren. In San Francisco at noon every Tuesday a siren sounds as a test for the outdoor warning system. This is how a siren should sound:



For extra fun be in an area with tourists and laugh at them scared out of their wits. It's easy entertainment for natives.

The FJ! category of Lists had me unable to think of anything beyond Schindler, so I had no instinct what to expect. The clue had me searching for the name that was blanking on me. First I got "Heritage" to come to me. I then added "National." National Heritage looked and sounded wrong and I wasted time having trouble looking for the fix. It was under five seconds to go that I changed to "World Heritage."

Time was up and "Sites" did not occur to me.

Judges: Was the word "Sites" necessary to be correct? I know in the FJ! round there will not be a BMS and I'll accept the neg if necessary.

It seemed so easy after seeing World Heritage Sites and of course they have been used on J! many times. Obviously, I am not in position to criticize Mary and Chris for their misses.

Jennifer seemed like she would have been in good shape if selected for regular play instead. It will be interesting to see how she wagers in the semis.

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Post by Bamaman » Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:55 pm

Golf wrote:
cosmos wrote:I thought Jennifer was brilliant! Betting $2000 on the DD, and getting the extra $2000 for the lock on the last clue. Then "offering the tie breaker" to an opponent who is most likely to wager $0 on FJ
You would be wrong.
I concur. Going into FJ she had a 100% chance of making the semifinals. Betting $400 lowered her chances below that threshold. Granted, a score of $18,000 is pretty safe for a wildcard (and Mary would have to double up and win the tiebreaker for that to matter), but a wager that drops your SF chances to even 99.9999% is foolish.


I got World Heritage, but said World Heritage list with the category name stuck in my mind. (I knew sites, not sure why I didn't put that down). So I vote in favor of Mark's response being accepted. :lol:

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