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I thought the board wasn't any harder than a normal game. There must have been some opening night jitters, as they all had some bad missteps.

For some reason, I knew Carrie's last name, but couldn't pull up her first, but I'm crediting myself with it anyway.

Loved a baseball category in the TOC!!!! an easy 5/5 for me. Impressed Jay knew Honus Wagner.

I have no idea what the Hanseatic League is, though it sounded Eastern Europeanish. The first four letter city that came to mind in that part of the world was Kiev. Then Baltic clicked in and I switched to Riga.

I'm not big on DD hunting, either, but its part of the game.

Embarresing admission of the day.....I said Viagra for the Prince William clue. :oops:

I'd have made the same bet in tom's spot. Maybe not exactly $3, but no more than $100 just to outsmart second place's +$1 bet. No need to go crazy betting $7,601 in a quarterfinal.

I might have bet nothing in Jay's spot. risking dropping to $7,599 is a big gamble.

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Bamaman wrote: I have no idea what the Hanseatic League is, though it sounded Eastern Europeanish. The first four letter city that came to mind in that part of the world was Kiev. Then Baltic clicked in and I switched to Riga.
I suspect crosswording is where some of us learned Riga is on the Baltic and is in Latvia.

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A category on airport codes and no YYZ? This Rush fan is disappointed. Glad to see Tyrion in Little People in Literature.

The FJ led me to consider German cities at first, thought of Kiel, but got to Riga.

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TBH, when I hear Baltic, I immediately think of Latvia-Lithuania-Estonia, then everything else, even though I know perfectly well how many other countries border it. So that helped with the immediate leap to Riga.

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StevenH wrote:I felt the fellas' pain in having to think about those gods and goddeses for a few seconds.
Would you mind describing the category to me? I've got a small inside scoop about a gods and goddesses category, but I can't remember if there was more than one in this ToC, and I don't want to overeagerly spoil another category's format.

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seaborgium wrote:
StevenH wrote:I felt the fellas' pain in having to think about those gods and goddeses for a few seconds.
Would you mind describing the category to me? I've got a small inside scoop about a gods and goddesses category, but I can't remember if there was more than one in this ToC, and I don't want to overeagerly spoil another category's format.
IIRC, they had to name the Roman equivalent of the given Greek god(dess)

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xxaaaxx wrote:
seaborgium wrote:
StevenH wrote:I felt the fellas' pain in having to think about those gods and goddeses for a few seconds.
Would you mind describing the category to me? I've got a small inside scoop about a gods and goddesses category, but I can't remember if there was more than one in this ToC, and I don't want to overeagerly spoil another category's format.
IIRC, they had to name the Roman equivalent of the given Greek god(dess)
This is correct.

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xxaaaxx wrote:
seaborgium wrote:
StevenH wrote:I felt the fellas' pain in having to think about those gods and goddeses for a few seconds.
Would you mind describing the category to me? I've got a small inside scoop about a gods and goddesses category, but I can't remember if there was more than one in this ToC, and I don't want to overeagerly spoil another category's format.
IIRC, they had to name the Roman equivalent of the given Greek god(dess)
All righty then.

They stopped tape (I can't recall why) just as the $1,200 clue was selected, and the clue was briefly revealed. They ended up replacing it, but the lost clue was Hephaestus.

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Bamaman wrote:Embarresing admission of the day.....I said Viagra for the Prince William clue. :oops:
As did I.

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I got confused on the Carrie Bradshaw clue...I thought it was asking for the author of the books that inspired the show, and couldn't remember her last name even though I had Carrie in my mind (turns out her name is Candace Bushnell, as I remembered afterwards). I guess I should have tried pulling the trigger anyhow. (Same goes for SYD and Ohm's Law, which I was going to go for, but didn't.)

The J! board was BRUTAL for me today, but DJ! wasn't too bad at all. Surprised to see Radical Republicans as a DD (especially the way the clue was written), along with whatever the second DD in DJ! was (I can't quite remember), and It was a bummer to see Charles run into serious trouble, but a treat to see both Jay and Tom do very well. I'd be shocked if that $16,401 doesn't hold up for a wildcard.

FJ was pretty much an instaget. Baltic + 4 letters...yeah.

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In the Sydney clue, did they ask for the largest city or the largest airport? I can't recall and the archive's not updated yet.

Pretty straightforward FJ as long as you didn't get led astray by Oslo. I felt pretty sure it was Riga and stayed with that. Would be interesting to see at the end of the week how many people guessed Oslo.

Congrats to Tom, and I hope that score is enough to get Jay into the semis.

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Good game!
Tom seemed far more relaxed than the other two, and seemed to roll on his left coast cool to the lead. Of course, the number of negs that Jay and Charles started with would lead to more nervousness. Jay seemed to use this to his advantage - the eager daily double hunting kept them away from the others. I think the 16401 has a good chance of being enough to go through, though Jay did not look relieved after Tom's wager was revealed.

On the final I wrote down Oslo immediately, and went to other four letter word cities kinda nearby: Lund and Bonn came to mind. I never made it to Latvia/Lithuania/Estonia... I should have gotten it from "Paris on the Baltic".

I've been excited enough about the ToC to keep my Coryat scores, which I rarely do. 22k, which is significantly lower than an average regular game.

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Suze wrote:In the Sydney clue, did they ask for the largest city or the largest airport?
I think they wanted the airport code (SYD)

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Congrats to Tom and in all likelihood Jay! During the read, Kiel came up from my Diplomacy days, but I quickly landed in Riga and never looked back. Thank goodness it wasn't Vilnuis Vilnius!

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Suze wrote:In the Sydney clue, did they ask for the largest city or the largest airport? I can't recall and the archive's not updated yet.
I think it was looking for the airport in the largest city.

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Um yes, I know they wanted the airport code, Xx. I was asking how the question was phrased. I thought they mentioned the largest city but wasn't sure- trying to think of why they would all clam on that one. I guess they just couldn't be sure that the code was that simple. Airport codes can be pretty bizarre at first glance, sometimes. I love learning the history behind the codes.

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Congrats to Tom and a fine effort by Jay and Charles -- the latter of whom just jumped a little too quick at the end of the game.
jpahk wrote:...with corina and the other sequesterees.
I misread this and thought you'd come up with a very apt title for Corina ... The Sequestress! :twisted:
MFalk wrote:-- Loved Tom's Kevin Marshall wager as much as I loved the original. (Sorry Aaron!)
That was my first thought as well. I'd guess Aaron's OK with the reminder, since he got into the semifinals too (vintage 2006, to let some folks into the code we're talking. :) )
MFalk wrote: -- Loved the fact that Charles finished with $285. At least he can get a sump pump!
Hey, a $5,000 prize after taxes might even get a discounted Gucci bag!

Lest we forget ... there was a ToC a few years ago in which two semifinalists qualified after ending FJ! with $0. I doubt that will happen this year, though; it seems that the writers tend to calibrate the FJ! clues in the first round of tournaments so that all five are about the same level of difficulty, so as not to disadvantage the contestants in any particular QF game in the tussle for wild cards.
Poo-tee-weet? So it goes.

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Suze wrote:I love learning the history behind the codes.
Ditto! I think one of the most interesting is for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). John Moisant was an aviator and barnstormer who, in 1910, was thrown from his airplane and killed on the spot where the airport now is (earlier that year, Moisant was the first pilot to fly with a passenger across the English Channel). Prior to the airport being built, it was farm land and was called Moisant Stock Yards.

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i didn't know the kevin marshall game you all were referring to, but i looked it up and, by a remarkable numerical coincidence, kevin's pre-FJ total was exactly the same as tom's tonight, $16,400.

poor charles. he had a number of good gets, but he just took too many negs. i think jay and tom were a little nervous too—tom seemed very composed but left the door open in single jeopardy with "lilliputia" and "charlie and the chocolate factory". but overall both played very well.

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Today's was another weird Final J for me. I blurted out Riga but wasn't sure why. Oslo never occurred to me, which is funny since I'm of Norwegian descent. But maybe that's what saved me... the family was from near Oslo and I know that the city was actually Christiania until after my family came to the U.S. (1860s), so that wouldn't have been during the time of the Hanseatic League.

But I can tell that my practicing sports clues has helped alot... I might not be able to beat the average guy but I probably know more than the average female now.

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