I was a little late watching J! tonight, so if anyone with one of the earlier posts on page 1 wants to copy these into your post, feel free.
Linda Percy: $14,200+$6,201=$20,401
Andrew Bach: $10,200+$10,200=$20,400
Graig Zethner: $6,400-$1,800=$4,600The New Testament
This miracle that happens in all 4 gospels, including Mark 6 and Luke 9, has elements that symbolically represent Jesus.
What is the miracle of the fishes and the loaves? (the feeding of the 5,000) Graig said turning water into wine (among numerous other things he had crossed out)
I didn't agree with either Andrew's or Graig's wagers in FJ. Ultimately, it didn't matter, since Linda got it right, but neither one maximized their chances of winning. Graig could only win with a correct response and a miss by Linda, so he should have just bet it all. Andrew could have bet $2,200 and won on a triple stumper, with $8,000 to Linda's $7,999, as her $6,201 wager was fairly obvious. The only problem with Andrew betting $2,200 was that Graig could have beaten him $12,800 to $12,400 if both got it right and Linda missed. Graig betting small left this window open for Andrew, but he instead took the all-too-often seen tactic of the 2nd place player betting it all and forgoing their chance to win on a double or triple stumper. An argument could be made in favor Andrew's bet, since his wager of $2,601 to cover Graig would have left him behind Linda on a triple stumper, so he may have figured "I might as well bet it all because if I miss I can't win anyway." I can find no such logic to support Graig's bet.
For FJ, I immediately thought the answer was the Raising of Lazarus, as I figured that the symbolism with Jesus was obvious, as Lazarus had been dead and laying in a tomb for (maybe) 3 days, just as Jesus would be later. I now know that this story only appears in the Gospel of John, and Lazarus had actually been dead for 4 days when Jesus arrived, so I was wrong on all counts. Lifelong Catholic here, by the way, and I even had 12 years of Catholic schooling, so I probably should have come up with this one. My current rate of churchgoing is somewhat inconsistent, and I have never been really good at remembering which stories are in all of the gospels, and which only appear in one or two.
Tomorrow's game will definitely be must-see TV for those following the Tournament of Champions race. Using Nick Condon's figures, a win by Linda with at least $20,100 would make her a virtual lock for the TOC. $18,404 will more than likely put her in, while at least $15,201 will put her around 50/50. Reaching any of these figures will knock out Paul Wampler and put Sara Heard on the chopping block.
On the off-chance that Linda would win exactly $15,200 tomorrow, tying her with Sara Heard at $85,601, and then lose on Thursday, does anyone know if there is a J! TOC precedent for breaking a tie? If one more player were to surpass their winnings, they would then be tied for the 15th and final position.