Austin Powers wrote:J round was fine. Some weird moments: really, do we need to be told the DiCaprio film was "J - something" when we know our answer is one word and begins with an e? And very cruel to have the Eric the Red/Leif Ericson distinction, the show usually doesn't require knowledge so fine grained. And I was surprised to see "hawk" warranting a prompt on peregrine falcon.
I liked most of the categories. Rotten Tomatoes was a nice twist on the movie category. The money was a new way to ask about currency. Smart words was just there, I didn't think any of them were especially difficult or, more importantly, interesting. The eventual winner had a couple of strange negs - I suspect he buzzed in before he realized Yeager would'nt work.
I liked how the champ said shinkansen - appropriate and not too showy.
In DJ I thought the TSs on Chaucer and love conquers all were very mysterious. Ok and the middle guy saying priest for a guy who is in battle was weird too, he tried to kill himself on DDs. Didn't think the category was as hard as it played. Country music was a nice change of pace category. Arthur played a little easy; in their defense, Arthur Wellesley probably WAS the most obscure name there, since the other answers gave you the Arthur, including Arthur Sullivan for $1200, which is just a crazy clue at that level if you ask me.
Having not been to Columbia, I wasn't brave enough to pull the trigger on "core curriculum," which strikes me as a totally unextraodinary term. I liked the rest of that category, though, very nice clues. I also liked the Constitution signers category - Pinckney was straight know it or don't, but the two above could be intuited. I also liked the hue/hew homophone, and await people complaining about incite/insight.
FJ was very straight forward, I knew Abigail was a wife of David, two first ladies were named Abigail, and the abba + something getting to "father" in a Hebrew phrase all made sense. Not surprised it was a triple get since I could see someone settling on Abigail Adams quickly.
The champ was right, $20,000 is a lot of money, and is often enough to win many games of Jeopardy. Just not games when the guy next to you has $13,000 or so going into FJ. I can't complain, though, as this adds an element of tension to each show.
Peregrine Falcon is the most commonly known and popular kind of falcon and the questions asked for this type of falcon and I don't think a response of "Hawk Falcon" answers or qualifies as correct in any sense. And of the Erik the Red and Leif Ericson clue, the latter is the son,hence you have the "son" part in it so you have to get it right, just like you can't mix up Henry Vii and Henry Viii and think that they are the same. He had a 1/2 and 1/2 chance sort-of-speak but choose the wrong one or didn't think it through, good thing he had a good performance today though.