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Game Recap for Show #6550, 2013-02-22

2013 Tournament of Champions semifinal game 3.

CONTESTANTS
Paul Nelson, a Senate staff aide originally from Iowa City, Iowa
Keith Whitener, a research chemist originally from Charlotte, North Carolina
Jason Keller, a tutor from Highland Park, New Jersey

OPENING REMARKS
Alex: Thank you, Johnny. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Well, who's it going to be--Paul, Keith, or Jason? Which of these three will join Colby with a "C" and Kristin with a "K" in our two-day finals match next week? Let's start finding out. Good luck, players. Here are the categories for the first round today...

JEOPARDY! ROUND CATEGORIES
AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (3/5, including 1 missed Daily Double)
COATS OF ARMS (5/5)
LITERARY WHOSE WHAT? (3/5) (Alex: Not "who's who")
GREEN VEGGIES (5/5)
GADGETS (3/5)
YOU'RE "PERFECT" (5/5)

THE RIGHTS & THE WRONGS
Jason: 11 R (including 1 rebound), 1 W
Keith: 8 R (including 2 rebounds), 1 W (including 1 DD)
Paul: 5 R, 2 W

Clues revealed: 30
Triple Stumpers: 5
Jeopardy! Round Potential Lach Trash: $4,400



JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
Keith found the Daily Double on the 11th clue. Jason was in the hole with -$200, Keith had $2,600, and Paul was at $1,600. Keith made it a True Daily Double, wagering $2,600.

AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS $600: In 2006 Mike Meyers wore a kilt to honor this recipient
(Keith: Who is Billy Connolly?)

SCORES AT THE FIRST BREAK
Paul: $2,400
Keith: $1,000
Jason: $800

CONTESTANT INTERVIEWS



Alex: Welcome back. When you're a contestant on Jeopardy! you're trying to look good not only for our viewers, but also for members of your family, as Paul Nelson discovered when he, in one of his earlier appearances, missed a clue about...

Paul: About, well, Canada but specifically the Georgia Strait. The category was Georgia, and I answered something that was not right and realized afterwards not only does my grandmother live across the Georgia Strait, I've crossed it at least four times in my life. So, Granny, I'm sorry.

[Laughter]

Alex: Well, you took a long time to apologize.

[Laughter]




Alex: Keith Whitener from Charlotte, North Carolina. Gonna use his money, considerable amount of money--you had $147,000 in your initial appearances, and you're gonna buy a house.

Keith: Yeah.

Alex: Where?

Keith: That's a good question, actually. We're living in the D.C. area now, so there's not a lot of good, cheap--

Alex: You're not gonna buy a house for $147,000 in Washington, D.C. So, how about some place in Virginia?

Keith: Well, it depends on how I do on the rest of the tournament.

Alex: Oh. Oh, yes. I completely forgot. My bad. My bad. Sorry about that.

[Laughter]




Alex: Jason Keller is a tutor from New Jersey. The lead singer of a rock group became a fan of yours.

Jason: Yes, yes. The Magnetic Fields, an indie group, their lead singer, Stephin Merritt, actually watched all my shows in a bar, and through some mutual acquaintances, we happened to meet up, and we had lunch and hung out in lower Manhattan for a day.

Alex: Well, wait a minute, now. If he watched all of your shows in a bar--you were on for nine days. Did he spend nine days in a bar?

Jason: Well, actually, I don't know if he watched all of the shows in a bar, but he watched all of my shows and was a big fan.

Alex: We won't put you on the spot with regard to him.

TRIPLE STUMPERS IN THE JEOPARDY! ROUND
AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS $800: This 2-time best actor Oscar winner of the '90s is the youngest honoree ever

GADGETS $1000: Despite its name, you don't throw this "box", you use it to watch TV anywhere on your laptop, phone or tablet

GADGETS $800: The solar bikini uses strips of this "light current" film to charge up your iPod while you tan; looks good on me, too

LITERARY WHOSE WHAT? $800: 1979: "Smiley's" these

LITERARY WHOSE WHAT? $1000: 2001: "The Bone-Setter's" this

SCORES AT THE END OF THE JEOPARDY! ROUND
Jason: $4,800
Keith: $2,200
Paul: $800

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DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND CATEGORIES
SCIENTISTS (5/5, including 1 correct Daily Double)
DRUMMER FOR THE BAND (5/5) (Alex: Next, we'll give you [*], you identify the band.)
MONOLITHS (5/5, including 1 correct Daily Double)
GOOD CAUSES (4/5)
EARN YOUR LETTER (5/5)
ANCIENT ANGKOR (5/5)

THE RIGHTS & THE WRONGS
Keith: 19 R (including 1 rebound and 1 DD), 0 W
Jason: 8 R (including 1 DD), 1 W
Paul: 2 R, 0 W

Clues revealed: 30
Triple Stumpers: 1
Double Jeopardy! Round Potential Lach Trash: $1,600



FIRST DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
Jason snagged the next Daily Double on the 4th clue. Jason had $7,200, Keith had $3,400, and Paul was at $800. Jason wagered $4,000.

SCIENTISTS $1600: His "The Galvanic Circuit Investigated Mathematically" received so much "resistance", he resigned his post at Cologne

SECOND DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
It was Keith who snatched up the last Daily Double of the game on the 14th clue. Jason had $12,000, Keith had $14,600, and Paul was at $800. Keith wagered $10,000.

MONOLITHS $1600: 19th Century Down Under explorer Ernest Giles called it "the remarkable pebble"

TRIPLE STUMPERS IN THE DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND
GOOD CAUSES $1600: ACS for short, it's "the official sponsor of birthdays"

SCORES ENTERING FINAL JEOPARDY!
Keith: $34,200 (lock game)
Jason: $13,200
Paul: $4,000

FINAL JEOPARDY! CATEGORY
ITALY

VENUSIAN MONOLOGUES/MARTIAN CHRONICLES
Lock for first place; lock for second place.
Keith: Wager between $0 (venusian) and $7,799 (martian), and enjoy your victory.
Jason: Wager between $0 (venusian) and $5,199 (martian), and enjoy 2nd place.
Paul: You've no hope of catching up... unless Jason does something stupid. So risk $3,999.

FINAL JEOPARDY! CLUE
The Italian word for "shadow" is used as a local variation on the name of this region midway between Rome & Florence

FINAL SCORES
Paul: $4,000 - $2,000 = $2,000 (What is the Apia ?) (3rd place: $10,000)
Jason: $13,200 + $0 = $13,200 (What is Umbria?) (2nd place: $10,000)
Keith: $34,200 - $0 = $34,200 (What is I love you, Rachel) (Finalist)
(Alex: Italian word for "shadow"--"umbra.")

Total Potential Lach Trash: $6,000

GAME DYNAMICS
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CORYAT SCORES
Keith: $28,400, 27 R (including 1 DD), 1 W (including 1 DD)
Jason: $10,800, 19 R (including 1 DD), 2 W
Paul: $4,000, 7 R, 2 W
Combined Coryat: $43,200

BATTING AVERAGES
Keith: 27/60 = .450
Jason: 20/59 = .339
Paul: 7/58 = .121
Team: 54/63 = .857

MISCELLANEOUS INTERESTING CLUES
YOU'RE "PERFECT" $800: This word refers to the tense used in phrases like "she had departed"
(Jason: What is past perfect?)

COATS OF ARMS $1000: Among the items featured on this Scottish city's coat of arms is a salmon caught in the River Clyde
(Paul: What is Edinburgh?)
...
(Alex: If it's not Edinburgh, it's got to be [*])

COATS OF ARMS $800: On Chile's coat of arms, that's a guemul, a rare Andean deer, facing this bird
(Paul: What's a buzzard?)

EARN YOUR LETTER $400: At football games, fans hold it up with a picture of a fence
(Alex: [*] for "defense." Yes.)

MONOLITHS $2000: There's a naturally-occurring face on Zuma Rock called "The Gateway To Abuja" in this country
(Alex: [*] is the country.)

ANCIENT ANGKOR $2000: (Jimmy of the Clue Crew delivers the clue from Benteay Srei Temple in Cambodia.) Banteay Srei, called the jewel of Khmer art, is not a royal temple but was built by a member of this highest of the four varnas, or castes

ANCIENT ANGKOR $400: (Jimmy of the Clue Crew delivers the clue from Angkor Wat in Cambodia.) Approaching Angkor Wat from the west, we can clearly see its magnificent towers that represent the peaks of Mount Meru, the divine home of this Hindu preserver god to whom it was originally dedicated

EARN YOUR LETTER $1600: English versions of John's Gospel begin with this letter
(Alex: [*]--"In the beginning."

ANCIENT ANGKOR $1600: (Kelly of the Clue Crew delivers the clue from Cambodia.) In this Hindu creation myth, gods & demons alike pull back & forth on a sacred snake, turning the sea of this life-giving liquid--a symbol of immortality
(Jason: What is soma?)

ANCIENT ANGKOR $1200: (Jimmy of the Clue Crew delivers the clue from Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia.) Ta Prohm has a pediment of what's known as the Great Departure, when Buddha, still known by this name, begins the quest that will change him & history

ANCIENT ANGKOR $800: (Jimmy of the Clue Crew delivers the clue from Angkor Wat in Cambodia.) This enormous structure leads us into the inner enclosure; gates at either side are nicknamed for these creatures--the processional animals they were probably designed to accommodate

DRUMMER FOR THE BAND $400: Charlie Watts
(Alex: Yes, and I don't know why you didn't go to that clue a long time ago. You fooled me.)
[audience applause for running category]

CORRECT RESPONSES
Sean Connery
Tom Hanks
Slingbox
a photovoltaic strip
People
Daughter
(George) Ohm
Ayers Rock
the American Cancer Society
Umbria
pluperfect
Glasgow
a condor
a "D"
Nigeria
the Brahmans
Vishnu
I
milk
Siddhartha Gautama
elephants
the Rolling Stones

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0/5 in Literary Whose What. NHO any of those books.

I got the $200s in AFI and Coats of Arms, which was one more clue than I thought I'd get in either.

3/5 in Veggies. I always thought okra was the big green in soul food, not collard greens, and I've NHO chard.

Pluperfect was my only miss in "Perfect".

I actually lost $400 in DJ!, thanks to 3 right near the top of the board… then misreading Letter for $2000. (I said OK instead of just K.)

Pasteur was right on the tip of my tongue, but it kept morphing itself into "Lister" and I couldn't morph it back.

I saw no possible way to figure out the Epsilon clue (Letter for $1200) that damn quickly. ("Alpha, beta… no. Let's hop around. Gamma, zeta, omega, iota, mu, pi, chi, kappa… what the hell, don't they all end with vowels?!")

I at least recognized some of those drummer names, but couldn't put a single one to a band.

Italy has defined regions?
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I thought it was sort of a weak first round with some surprising triple stumpers, but Keith was certainly impressive in DJ, even aside from the big DD bet.

FJ an instaget for me as soon as I saw "shadow".

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A good game to watch. Props to Keith for the big DD wager that helped him get a lock.

Picked up some Lach Trash on Smiley's People and Bone-setter's Daughter.

No chance on FJ.

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What wonderful betting by Keith. It does for me what Viagra does for others. And rebounding very nice from a sluggish start by all to really run away with the game.

For some reason I just knew Travis Barker was going to be the $2000 in Drummers.

Missed FJ. Umbria makes totally sense but I spent the time trying to fit words like "chiaroscuro" into the name of an Italian region when I should have just approached it by straight geography.

The finale should be interesting. I couldn't tell you who the favorite should be.

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Finally, good players having confidence in their abilities to take proper advantage of DD's. Sweet.

Regardless, Ketih was by far the best player in this game. He deserved to win.

Although there was no reason for Jason and Paul not to bet everything on FJ.

DD's in Jeopardy are like blanks in Scrabble, In Scrabble you either bingo or score 60+ points with a blank every time. Gotta go for the big score in Jeopardy with the DD's unless of course you detest the category. Which should be rare if you're properly prepared.

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Ran Scientists, literary whose what, monoliths and instaget final jeopardy after seeing 'shadow.' Great game by Keith and well deserved win. Kristin is going to have 2 very tough games against colby and Keith; I'm pulling for keith to win.
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Looks like Keith took some advice from Omar Little: "You come at the king you best not miss."

That was damn impressive.

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I wonder if Keith wanted to say "Sook it, TRE-bek!" after missing that first TDD?

(later)
Wow.... guess he didn't let it affect him. Hope either Jason or Paul got the license of that truck that just plowed right through them! That was da***d impressive, as astonishing a semi-final performance I've seen.

Got FJ on a semi-guess, but that still leaves me only 2/5 on the week.

Should be a good final. I think I'm rooting for Kristin, but after Keith's showing today, it's gonna be a tough climb.

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Austin Powers wrote:
Missed FJ. Umbria makes totally sense but I spent the time trying to fit words like "chiaroscuro" into the name of an Italian region when I should have just approached it by straight geography.
That was pretty much my thought process on FJ.

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Keith's play was almost Roger Craig-like. I greatly enjoyed watching him.

On FJ! I tried my Spanish to Italian method, but couldn't make the sombra -> Umbria leap. Just too weak in the category to think of any regions, even given some direction.

I have no idea who to root for. I really like all three finalists and their play in the tournament.

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That was a most enjoyable game and a very impressive performance by Keith. I really liked the way he took control of the game with the $10K DD wager and then just kept on building from there. You could almost hear the wind being sucked out of Jason's and Paul's sails as they watched the game slip out of grasp. I haven't run the numbers yet, but I think Keith's lock was safe even while there were still several clues on the board.

His FJ response was also a nice way to score some brownie points with his wife, and I enjoyed Alex's witty retort, "I hope Rachel is your wife's name!" Congratulations on the win, Keith. I'm really looking forward to the finals!!

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TenPoundHammer wrote:I saw no possible way to figure out the Epsilon clue (Letter for $1200) that damn quickly. ("Alpha, beta… no. Let's hop around. Gamma, zeta, omega, iota, mu, pi, chi, kappa… what the hell, don't they all end with vowels?!")
It turns out, not hopping around would have helped, as epsilon is the 5th letter. (Also, not sure why you're calling it "the epsilon clue" since omicron and upsilon also exist. Admittedly epsilon is probably the most used of the three, by far.)
TenPoundHammer wrote:Italy has defined regions?
Quite famously, yes. Even if you didn't know this, why would it seem like such a shocking fact that a very old country has defined regions?
lisa0012 wrote:On FJ! I tried my Spanish to Italian method, but couldn't make the sombra -> Umbria leap.
It was Latin (umbra) -> Italian for me, ergo instaget.
lisa0012 wrote:I have no idea who to root for. I really like all three finalists and their play in the tournament.
Agreed. It's going to be an extremely pleasant final to watch, because I'll be very happy with any outcome.

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Great job and good gutsy move on the DD.

My thought process on FJ.......

Uh, well, there is.....uh......hmmm.........duh........

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marpocky wrote:
TenPoundHammer wrote:I saw no possible way to figure out the Epsilon clue (Letter for $1200) that damn quickly. ("Alpha, beta… no. Let's hop around. Gamma, zeta, omega, iota, mu, pi, chi, kappa… what the hell, don't they all end with vowels?!")
It turns out, not hopping around would have helped, as epsilon is the 5th letter. (Also, not sure why you're calling it "the epsilon clue" since omicron and upsilon also exist. Admittedly epsilon is probably the most used of the three, by far.)
For some reason my brain always stops at delta, and I forget what comes next.
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TenPoundHammer wrote:Italy has defined regions?
Quite famously, yes. Even if you didn't know this, why would it seem like such a shocking fact that a very old country has defined regions?
Any that I'd have heard of?

ETA: Yep, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany are the only ones I've heard of. But I didn't realize they were specifically defined regions, any more specifically than "Up North" is to a Detroit native.
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TenPoundHammer wrote:
marpocky wrote:
TenPoundHammer wrote:Italy has defined regions?
Quite famously, yes. Even if you didn't know this, why would it seem like such a shocking fact that a very old country has defined regions?
Any that I'd have heard of?

ETA: Yep, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany are the only ones I've heard of. But I didn't realize they were specifically defined regions, any more specifically than "Up North" is to a Detroit native.
They're the closest thing Italy has to provinces/states. (Although Italy actually *has* provinces, they're more like what we in the US would call a county.) The modern state of Italy was formed by the union of those formerly independent regions.

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Regardless of whether or not you knew the answer to Keith's DD miss from the first round, you'll enjoy watching this:

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Another fantastic game! Congrats to Keith on the win, and to Jason and Paul on their strong showings in the tournament!

The writers came through once again. I really liked this board, even though I struggled with the contestants in the J! round. I knew that "Gadgets" would be a rough category for me.

I made a lucky guess on the "Sean Connery" DD. I was thinking that would be an embarrassing miss, but I didn't know any other old time Scottish actors. I also picked up the Lach trash on Tom Hanks.

I loved that there was a clue on Travis Barker. I am proud to say that I still love Blink 182!

And I am SO jealous that Jason Keller got to meet Stephin Merritt as the result of his appearance on the show! That's just more inspiration for me to get on there and win some games.

Jason looked like he overcame his buzzer woes in his QF game, but he just couldn't keep it going in the semifinals. But I am super happy for Keith!

I had no idea on FJ. For some reason I locked in on the word "nimbus" and just couldn't get off of it. I have to wonder if Keith knew the FJ clue.

I, too, have no idea who to pick to win in the finals. I will just sit back and enjoy it!

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Now THAT is how you do it, friends. Keith is the BOSS!- best of luck to him in the finals! You can go on and on about wagering strategy, blah, blah, but it comes down to guts, balls, cajones, love of the game-whatever! Just do it! It is, after all, only a game...

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