on FJ, i think alex was referring to the alamo... which had already come up in the first round. so that seems weird. but now i can't remember if i decided that he was referring to the alamo, or if he mentioned during the post-game chat that he was referring to the alamo. either way, i was definitely relieved to see a gimme FJ since i had frittered away a lock win on the mary lamb DD. i could have regained it, i guess, by going bigger on the other DD, but hats? not really a great category for me.
i had to sort of condense an answer on the crossword thing. the newsday saturday stumper is often the toughest puzzle of the week, tougher than the NYT saturday. but the rest of the week, the NYT is much tougher than the newsday (and also more interesting and fun). the washington post puzzler, the subscription-only fireball crossword, and matt gaffney's weekly crossword contest are also once-a-week puzzles that are both tough as nails and top-quality.
chris is a terrific guy and an awesome jeopardy player. mostly i was grateful that i got my share (i guess more than my share) of the buzzer races. and i didn't realize this at the time, but the categories were also friendly to me. if i had played him on friday's boards i don't think i could have kept pace.
well, my excuse was that i got my wires crossed—roth wrote goodbye, columbus, which i've read. but i don't think i would have pulled out hilton anyway. i haven't read it and i think of the movie before the book. usually whenever i see a reference to mr. chips it's to clue DONAT in a crossword puzzle.MarkBarrett wrote:Hilton as the writer for Mr. Chips doesn't get a response? Some Hilton works are still on school reading lists, yes? Or am I feeling old again?