Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by 9021amyers » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:48 pm

None of the contestants knew who invented the steam engine, robbing us (or sparing us, perhaps) of Trebek’s best Abbott & Costello impression upon the response of “Who is Watt?”

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Post by TenPoundHammer » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:50 pm

Ran 3 Letter Words, Crayola Colors, and Brothers & Sisters. In fact, I was 15/15 at the first break.

However, I was 0/5 on the Books category. "Cambridge" seemed like a very tough start.

Kidnapped = Robert Louis Stevenson rings no bells whatsoever.

So of course I come off the rails in DJ! and get almost nothing right.

How many more times am I going to blank on Rosa Parks and/or Montgomery? That almost egregiously refuses to stick in my head.

No guess on FJ! Literally every word of this clue was utterly meaningless to me. How my mom managed to figure it out, never mind any one else, I will never know.

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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by opusthepenguin » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:56 pm

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Another day, another instaget FJ that the contestants whiffed on. I'm sure plenty of famous 19th c. Euros struggled with mental illness, but given that clue and that timeframe? I couldn't have written van Gogh any faster. I'm shocked none of them even WAGged him.
You can't WAG a name that doesn't occur to you. If I'd thought of Van Gogh you can bet that would've been my guess.

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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by DBear » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:22 pm

the categories they ran away from, Will Rogers and Boycotts, provided so much trash today... also Watt, Pearly Gates (c'mon, take a swing!), Lhasa (nobody pick up the rebound?)
FJ took a few seconds, but should not have been a TS.

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Post by TenPoundHammer » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:31 pm

How did anyone know to go to Gogh?
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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by opusthepenguin » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:39 pm

I enjoyed yelling "WATT?????" at the screen and knowing it was already in the form of a question.

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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by Ironhorse » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:42 pm

At least the clue writers didn't treat us to a rehash of the Wat Tyler question phrasing.
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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by Bamaman » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:43 pm

TenPoundHammer wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:31 pm
How did anyone know to go to Gogh?
The category was 19th Century Europeans. That told me it probably wasn't going to be someone from Britain. Then it gave a year of 1889 and indicated he was mentally ill and that he had a brother.

I knew he lived in the late 1800s and had a brother he was close to. And that he was crazy.
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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by 9021amyers » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:47 pm

TenPoundHammer wrote:
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How did anyone know to go to Gogh?
Vincent Van Gogh was prolific in his correspondence to his brother Theo, and Theo was the type of person who saved every piece of mail that was ever sent to him. The letters are famous enough to have their own Wikipedia article.

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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by Peter the accountant » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:51 pm

TenPoundHammer wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:31 pm
How did anyone know to go to Gogh?
It's not hard to figure out that they're looking for someone who knew he was losing his mind and was alive in the late 1880s. That's pretty blatant in the clue.

But you have to know a bit about Vincent Van Gogh to know that he fits the description. That part becomes a YKIOYD. Today's players - and you and I - fit in the "don't know" side. Apparently there are others who do know (or at least claim to know so that can look on us who don't with confusion or disdain).

I have a vague recollection that I might have heard Van Gogh went crazy at the end of his life. But there's no way I'm pulling that up in 30 seconds today. Will that tidbit of info stick this time? Who knows. Ask me again in a year or two.
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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by TenPoundHammer » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:55 pm

Bamaman wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:43 pm
The category was 19th Century Europeans. That told me it probably wasn't going to be someone from Britain.
Why? Last I checked, Britain is still part of Europe.
Bamaman wrote:
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I knew he lived in the late 1800s and had a brother he was close to. And that he was crazy.
I knew that he sliced his ear off, but not the context. Nor did I know that he had a brother.
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It's not hard to figure out that they're looking for someone who knew he was losing his mind
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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by davey » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:46 pm

I guess the ear-slicing thing could have been a shaving accident... :roll:

Vincent Van Gogh's relationship with his brother Theo is almost as famous as (2-day-old spoiler)
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Sherlock Holmes's with Mycroft!... ;)
Of all the triple stumpers on this show, the inability to go from "collegey Boston-area city" to Cambridge may have been the most confounding...
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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by Bamaman » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:52 pm

Yes, Britain is part of Europe. But while I'm sure you could dig up a contrary example in the archive, when they say "European", they are generally referring to the mainland continent.
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Post by mxc_takeshi » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:56 pm

37 right.

Will Rogers (3), 3-Letter Words (4), Bands (4), Train (4), Place (4), Crayola (4)
3-Named Authors (3), Boycott (4), Terms (3), Producers (3), Heavens (1), Tibet (0)

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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by chmmr » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:00 pm

Van Gogh knew he was going crazy, as evidenced by the pictures he painted of Dr Rey and Dr Gachet, and wrote his brother a lot, and died about that time. It might be a lot but I feel like van Gogh is probably the top 100 people they ask about so it's worth knowing more about his life

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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by This Is Kirk! » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:22 pm

TenPoundHammer wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:55 pm
Peter the accountant wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:51 pm
It's not hard to figure out that they're looking for someone who knew he was losing his mind
[citation needed]
Read the dang quote, for Pete's sake.

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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by cheezguyty » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:49 pm

chmmr wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:00 pm
It might be a lot but I feel like van Gogh is probably the top 100 people they ask about so it's worth knowing more about his life
This will be the twelfth time recorded in the Archive that they have asked for Vincent van Gogh in Final Jeopardy. Only one person who was not a U.S. president has been a correct response to FJ more often than that:
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Benjamin Franklin (fourteen times plus twice as a possible answer).

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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by twelvefootboy » Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:27 am

Rachel's run is a little too reminiscent of the Kansas City Chief's first 5 victories of the season. She's beaten good players and some good players have beaten themselves. I hope the analogy ends here and she continues to be steady when steady is called for.

The missus got FJ before I could run through options so I don't know if I'd have gotten there. It was a WECIB but an understandable TS if you don't ever get in the right head space. I didn't especially know he was loonie and aware, but, hey, he cut off his damn ear. I'd wager a can of smoked herring that more people know about the ear mutilation than can name one of his paintings. Starry night is my only sure thing, thanks to the song.

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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by dinghammer » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:35 am

I got stuck trying to think of writers from that time. Maybe if I'd tried thinking of artists, Van Gogh might have occurred to me.

Then right after this episode, I watched last night's The Amazing Race...

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Re: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by Bamaman » Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:33 am

cheezguyty wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:49 pm
chmmr wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:00 pm
It might be a lot but I feel like van Gogh is probably the top 100 people they ask about so it's worth knowing more about his life
This will be the twelfth time recorded in the Archive that they have asked for Vincent van Gogh in Final Jeopardy. Only one person who was not a U.S. president has been a correct response to FJ more often than that:
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Benjamin Franklin (fourteen times plus twice as a possible answer).
Who is the #1 FJ person if you include presidents? How do you define “possible” answers in your spoilered comments.

Also, who is most popular female FJ response?
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