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I knew platypus immediately from paradoxus, then became confused by the ornith- part, completely forgetting the duckbill thing... Ended up writing dodo, overlooking the category...
NH for MA...
"Father of the Nuclear Navy" is about all I know of Hyman Rickover...
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Finally get to take this poll and it turns out to be a perfect week. Nice. I checked the "Negged with Nimitz" box (worst campaign button ever) even though I likely would have clammed. But from the couch, that was the name I called out and I was surprised when Travis got zonked for the same reply. Unlike others, I didn't have enough knowledge to then switch my guess to Rickover. It was Nimitz or Nothing. (Ok, that's a better slogan, but it still needs work.)
The DMZ was pure WECIB. 150 miles long, 2.5 wide. Somewhere in Asia. It didn't seem quite right because I thought the clue implied that the area was created as an animal sanctuary or similar. But the lack of alternative had me sticking with DMZ and feeling more confident about it as the music neared the end. When Alex said, "And all of these species have moved in there because of the absence of man," I pretty much knew I had it.
Mammal + New South Wales + Ornithorhyncus paradoxus (which is Greek/Latin for "has a bird-lookin' part but ain't no bird") led me to platypus almost immediately. I spent the rest of the music deciding whether to prepend "duck-billed". I decided against it just in case that was TMI, but worried about getting dinged for not being specific enough. Mrs Penguin added the qualifier. So we were both relived by the results. Travis was ruled correct for "platypus" on its own and Alex added the "duck-billed".
"Led a rebel army" had to be Robert E. Lee. The description doesn't fit anyone else in that category and time frame.
Left "poet" off of "laureate" and was confident the response would be correct either way.
It's been 38 years since I read Jane Eyre, but I remember it well enough to make Charlotte Brontë a gimme. Plenty of sympathy, though, for anyone who went with Austen. It does sound like her, though I'm not sure she ever lowered her focus to the governess class. The boardie who guessed Dickens may have been going more in the right direction on that basis. Sympathy as well for the contestant that negged with Emily, Charlotte's sister and author of Wuthering Heights. That didn't cost her the game but it did cost $1000. It's worth getting those two sorted in your head before going on the show.
In the fourth podium poll for 2/4/2020 I discussed Mrs Penguin's response of "What is the Lakes district?" and argued for accepting it, especially in a game that let a contestant slide with "Hundred Acre Woods".
Surprised that only 58% knew that Caligula means "little boot". I think I learned that from I, CLAVDIVS and it stuck. That book and the sequel are worth reading, both in general and for Jeopardy! purposes. I never saw the BBC series that aired on Masterpiece Theatre in 1976, but I imagine it would be effective for the same purpose.