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Game Recap for Show #6379, 2012-05-17

2012 Power Players Week game 4.
From DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

CONTESTANTS
Lewis Black, a stand-up comedian from Lewis Black's Root of All Evil
Clarence Page, a journalist from The Chicago Tribune
Chuck Todd, a journalist and chief White House correspondent from NBC News and Meet the Press

OPENING REMARKS
Alex: Thank you, Johnny Gilbert. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very much. And welcome to beautiful DAR Constitution Hall for another of our Power Players matches. In this half-hour, under the watchful but stern gaze of President Abraham Lincoln, some very worthwhile charities will be benefiting by at least $70,000 in donations thanks to the efforts of Lewis, Clarence, and Chuck. Gentlemen, good luck. Let's go to work. Here comes the Jeopardy! round. And here come the categories. First off...

JEOPARDY! ROUND CATEGORIES
THE DAILY RUNDOWN (3/5, including 1 missed Daily Double)
ART & ARTISTS (3/3)
SUPER PACKS (1/2)
PAGE TURNERS (3/4)
THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD (3/3)
FADE TO "BLACK" (4/4)

THE RIGHTS & THE WRONGS
Chuck: 7 R, 1 W (including 1 DD)
Clarence: 7 R (including 1 rebound), 1 W
Lewis: 3 R, 1 W

Clues revealed: 21
Triple Stumpers: 3
Jeopardy! Round Potential Lach Trash: $1,200



JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
Chuck found the Daily Double on the 6th clue. Chuck had $800, Clarence was scoreless, and Lewis had nothing in the bank. Chuck wagered $1,000.

THE DAILY RUNDOWN $800: Thursday, Nov. 26, 1863 was proclaimed as "a day of" this "and praise"
(Chuck: What is remembrance?)

SCORES AT THE FIRST BREAK
Chuck: $1,800
Clarence: $800
Lewis: -$800

CONTESTANT INTERVIEWS



Alex: Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen. As everyone knows, this is an election year, and, Lewis Black, I feel you've gotta be licking your lips in anticipation, because you have so many opportunities to poke fun at both Democrats and Republicans.

Lewis: Yeah, they've made it easy.

Alex: Uh-huh. Is it easier to make fun of the Democrats, or the Republicans?

Lewis: The Democrats are like a-a turtle that's on its back, and is struggling, and so it's not funny. Um, and the Republicans have managed to actually find a series of candidates who, uh, really make sense as fictional characters.

[Laughter]

Alex: Tell us about your charity.

Lewis: I'm playing for the 52nd Street Project, which is a mentoring program for, uh, kids in New York City, and, uh, it's been there for about 30, 35 years. And, um, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Alex: Okay. Good. Good for you.

[Applause]




Alex: Clarence Page, a member of Chicago's Journalism Hall of Fame. The election's coming up. How do you see things from your point of view?

[Apparent edit]

Clarence: For a pundit, Alex, this is the--a campaign that just keeps on giving. It's just a constant gift.

Alex: Would you like to become a stand-up comic like Lewis?

Clarence: Sometimes I feel like I am. Except he gets laughs even when he's not trying to be funny.

Alex: Uh-huh.

Clarence: It's wonderful.

Alex: All right. Tell us about your charity, please, Clarence.

Clarence: I'm happy to. Uh, the American Institute for Stuttering, Alex. It's really a--it's a, uh, nonprofit, family-oriented therapy center in New York. They're doing terrific work with kids, and, uh, really other stutterers of all ages. And, uh, I'm a recovering stutterer myself, so I can appreciate this. I-I've been able to work with, uh, Emily Blunt, Harvey Keitel, other recovering stutterers. And it's really, uh, important to me to help to prepare the next generation of Alex Trebeks, if you will.

Alex: Well, if you hadn't told us you were a recovering stutterer, we never would have known. Congratulations.

Clarence: Thank you. Appreciate that.

[Applause]




Alex: Chuck Todd.

Chuck: Yes, sir.

Alex: You love election campaigns.

Chuck: I do.

Alex: This is when you seem to shine.

Chuck: Yeah, I do.

Alex: Why?

Chuck: Well, you're saying I don't shine the other three years.

Alex: No, no.

Chuck: No, I appreciate that.

Alex: You shine because...

Chuck: No, I just, uh, I'm--I'm a numbers and geographic addict. Uh, all--all from my late dad. He just drilled it into me forever, so the same mind that uses baseball and college football knowledge, uses the politics. I love it.

Alex: So you deal with all the statistics and...

Chuck: The numbers, that's what they tell me, you know?

Alex: Yeah?

Chuck: Luckily, it only adds up to 270. That's the good news there.

Alex: All right. Good. Now tell us about your charity, please.

Chuck: Uh, it's Samaritan's Inn. They're right here in Washington, D.C. Some of 'em are actually out in the audience, uh, some folks that work there. Uh, they're a homeless shelter uh, that helps out people that are at risk, and addicts basically get their life together, become self-sufficient. They're a terrific charity.

Alex: All right. Another good charity that will benefit today.

[Applause]

TRIPLE STUMPERS IN THE JEOPARDY! ROUND
THE DAILY RUNDOWN $400: In the '90s she took wing with the album "Tuesday Night Music Club" & the hit "All I Wanna Do"
(Clarence: Uh... [laughs] brain lock. Uh, what i--)

PAGE TURNERS $400: Ann Charles sets creepy novels in this morbid-sounding South Dakota city

SUPER PACKS $400: Frequent travelers appreciate the tri-fold feature of Tumi's Presidio model of this bag

SCORES AT THE END OF THE JEOPARDY! ROUND
Clarence: $3,000
Chuck: $2,400
Lewis: $400

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DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND CATEGORIES
STOP THE PRESSES! (5/5, including 1 correct Daily Double)
THE NEW YORK TIMES MOVIES (4/5)
POLITICAL NICKNAMES (5/5)
"DAR" (5/5)
CONSTITUTION (3/4, including 1 correct Daily Double)
HAUL (4/5)

THE RIGHTS & THE WRONGS
Chuck: 14 R (including 2 DDs), 1 W
Lewis: 6 R, 0 W
Clarence: 6 R, 1 W

Clues revealed: 29
Triple Stumpers: 3
Double Jeopardy! Round Potential Lach Trash: $3,600



FIRST DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
Chuck snagged the next Daily Double on the 8th clue. Chuck had $4,400, Clarence had $5,000, and Lewis was at $1,600. Chuck wagered $2,200.

STOP THE PRESSES! $1600: A phone-hacking scandal forced this British tabloid to close in 2011

SECOND DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND DAILY DOUBLE
It was Chuck who snatched up the last Daily Double of the game on the 27th clue. Chuck had $15,400, Clarence had $7,000, and Lewis was at $6,400. Chuck wagered $3,000.

CONSTITUTION $1200: He was emperor when Japan's "The emperor... shall not have powers related to government" was written

TRIPLE STUMPERS IN THE DOUBLE JEOPARDY! ROUND
THE NEW YORK TIMES MOVIES $2000: Manohla Dargis titled the review of this 2011 drama "Finding the Humanity in the F.B.I.'s Feared Enforcer"
(Clarence: Who is Dillinger?)

CONSTITUTION $400: Article 47 of this European nation's constitution says "The confederation shall respect the autonomy of the cantons"

HAUL $1200: In trucking, it's been defined as a run that covers more than 1,000 miles
(Chuck: What is a convoy?)

SCORES ENTERING FINAL JEOPARDY!
Chuck: $18,400 (lock game)
Clarence: $9,000
Lewis: $8,000

FINAL JEOPARDY! CATEGORY
SPORTING EVENTS

VENUSIAN MONOLOGUES/MARTIAN CHRONICLES
Lock for first place; three-quarters for second place.
Chuck: Wager between $0 (venusian) and $399 (martian), and enjoy your victory.
Clarence: Wager $7,001 to cover Lewis.
Lewis: Risk between $1,001 and $6,000, covering Clarence's $0 bet.

FINAL JEOPARDY! CLUE
First held in May 1875, it is the oldest continuously held major sporting event in the United States

FINAL SCORES
Lewis: $8,000 - $8,000 = $0 (What is the U.S. Open) (3rd place: $10,000 to the 52nd St. Project and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)
Clarence: $9,000 - $2,000 = $7,000 (What is baseball?) (2nd place: $10,000 to the American Institute for Stuttering)
Chuck: $18,400 - $300 = $18,100 (What is the U.S. Open) (Winner: $50,000 to Samaritan Inns)

Total Potential Lach Trash: $4,800

GAME DYNAMICS
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CORYAT SCORES
Chuck: $17,000, 21 R (including 2 DDs), 2 W (including 1 DD)
Clarence: $9,000, 13 R, 2 W
Lewis: $8,000, 9 R, 1 W
Combined Coryat: $34,000

BATTING AVERAGES
Chuck: 21/61 = .344
Clarence: 13/58 = .224
Lewis: 9/58 = .155
Team: 43/63 = .683

MISCELLANEOUS INTERESTING CLUES
FADE TO "BLACK" $800: The Siksika are part of this Native American Confederacy
(Lewis: Uh, who are the Black Crows?)

PAGE TURNERS $800: You presumed right if you think you're looking at this Chicago-born author of legal thrillers
(Alex: About a minute to go now.)

THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD $600: The 1998 album "Let Freedom Sing" is by The Singing Senators quartet, who specialized in this non-hair-raising vocal style
[The end-of-round signal sounds.]

POLITICAL NICKNAMES $1600: A congressman:
"The Mustache of Justice"

"DAR" $2000: It's the Turkish strait seen here
(Man in audience: Nice!)
[Cheers and applause]
(Alex: Your brother's in the audience.)
(Lewis: Oh, yeah, my mother's here, and she is not happy.)

HAUL $1600: Also meaning a dopey person, it's from the Yiddish for "to haul", as in "for this I ____ed those books all the way here?"
(Alex: Minute to go now.)

HAUL $2000: "I presume" Chuma & Susi were the bearers who hauled this missionary around Africa, both alive & dead
[The end-of-round signal sounds.]

CORRECT RESPONSES
thanksgiving
Sheryl Crow
Deadwood
a garment bag
News of the World
Hirohito
J. Edgar
Switzerland
a long haul
the Kentucky Derby
the Blackfeet
Scott Turow
the barbershop quartet
Henry Waxman
the Dardanelles
schlep
Dr. Livingstone

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Will there be a DOnna Summer clue?

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What a game!!!! They find all three Daily Doubles and come within one clue of clearing the board in the second round.

Instaget DJ for me. I thought Chuck would get it when he mentioned being a sports fan. I wonder why neither specified golf or tennis for the U.S. Open.

I had never heard of Lewis Black before. Does he always look like he's sucking on a lemon?

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Bamaman wrote:I had never heard of Lewis Black before. Does he always look like he's sucking on a lemon?
Yeah, pretty much.

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Sporting Events
First held in May 1875, it is the oldest continuously held major sporting event in the United States.
Spoiler
What is the Kentucky Derby? Lewis and Chuck both said the U.S. Open; Clarence said baseball.

Chuck Todd: $18,400-$300=$18,100
Clarence Page: $9,000-$2,000=$7,000
Lewis Black: $8,000-$8,000=$0
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Lewis Black is an extremely acerbic comedian. It's kinda his thing.

Total buzzer dominance for Chuck. Can't believe NOBODY got the FJ.
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Great competitive game though. Congrats to Chuck.

I had a 50/50 final idea immediately, Kentucky Derby or the World Series. Thought about the fact that I've never heard of an 1875 World Series, so went with the former. That paid off.
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Near-instaget FJ. The date + 'continuously held' eliminates all four pro sports, there were no cars, and IIRC none of the US golf/tennis tournaments are that old (or held in May, assuming the dates were always the same). That leaves horse racing, so go for the obvious.

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DILLINGER?! :shock: :oops:

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I was thinking of the Masters myself. Nice game by Chuck. Clarence was pretty good and it was nice to see a board almost cleared. Cantons/Switzerland should be automatic.

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I tuned in just for FJ. My WAG was U.S. Open (tennis).

Wikipedia indicates the U.S. Open in tennis was established in 1881 and has apparently been played continuously every year since that time. The U.S. Open in golf was established in 1895, but it was canceled in 1917-18 (due to WWI) and in 1942-45 (due to WWII).

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I'm not sure if it's always been held then but the tennis Open is usually late August till early September. I've gone the last ten years. Great fun!

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Clues seemed a lot easier today, or maybe I was just more awake. I've been really tired the last couple days.

This pack of Power Playes was the most tolerable yet.

Anyone notice they never sounded the "beep beep beep" on the Sheryl Crow TS?

Vaguely considered Kentucky Derby, but didn't seem remotely sure so I backed off.
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I kept waiting for the camera to move away from a choice- deliberating Clarence to show a shot of a glowering Alex, who finally gets fed up and screams, "No clue for you!"
re FJ: knew it from "May 1875." Aristides, BTW. ;)
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The Masters started in 1934, but sat out WWII. The Belmont Stakes started in 1867, but sat out 1911 and 1912.

If Chuck doesn't make the joke about the non-Jew getting whatever clue it was, they might clear DJ board.

A black guy named Page is in the game and the first two clues he goes for are Page Turners and Back in Black.
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I can not recall ever seeing anyone work so very hard to avoid the high-value clues in the Jeopardy round as Clarence Page tonight. Over and above the usual annoyances of these kind of celebrity games, that just kind of put my "yell-at-the-tv-o-meter" way beyond eleven.
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At the start of this game, I said to my mom, "So I wonder which category in J! won't get revealed today?" Turns out the answer was "none".
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TenPoundHammer wrote:At the start of this game, I said to my mom, "So I wonder which category in J! won't get revealed today?" Turns out the answer was "none".
I'll go ahead and assume she considered saying zero, but then decided not to answer.

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Chuck does not have enough J! practice to notice key things like months in clues? The Thanksgiving DD got him as well as the FJ clue. He was pretty good at playing and sounding like he belonged there other than that.

Three days in a row with movie categories.

The combined Coryat was the high of the week with a respectable 34,000.

In real life the correct response to the FJ clue cost me $20 on the 5th. Tonight it added to my paper score. At least none of the power players guessed the Indy 500.

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