Friday, July 25, 2008

7/25/2008 Results- Season finales galore

Jeopardy!: Mark Wales has already helped the show end the season on a very good note by winning at least five games. Will he go out as the season's last six-time champion? Not if Emily Thorsley (an administrative assistant from Seattle) and Matt Heimer (a magazine editor from Brooklyn) can help it. Opening categories:

FRENCH ARTISTS
COLOR MY WORLD
DINOSAURS
"The New York Times"- 2008 NEWS
BREED 'EM
& W "EEP"

After "EEP" gets cleared out, everyone has $1,000 to start. When both challengers are tied for the lead at $1,400 a little later, Heimer finds the Daily Double under the $800 Dinosaurs clue. The champ is $200 behind both of them. His wager is EVERYTHING:

The name of the Laplatasaurus honors a river on the border of Uruguay and this country.

"What is Argentina?"...DOUBLE to $2,800! At the first break, he now has four grand. Wales has $1,400 and the lady at the end has $1,000. A little later, Wales takes the lead after getting the first four clues in Color My World to go to $4,400 and tries to sweep the category with this clue:

He earned the nickname "Galloping Ghost" after scoring five touchdowns in a 1924 college football game.

Matt: "Who is Red Grange?"- RIGHT ($5,000)

When the round ends...

Mark: $5,000
Matt: $6,200
Emily: $2,600

...the magazine editor still has a slight lead.

LACH TRASH FOR ROUND 1: $2,800

DJ! Categories:

BRITISH PHYSICISTS
I WON AN OSCAR, EMMY, TONY & GRAMMY
CZAR POWER
"CH" ECK THE NAME
FILL IN THE BOOK TITLE (initials are given)
GREEK ALPHABET SOUP

As soon as he re-takes an $800 lead from the champ following the $2,000 Oscar, Emmy, Tony & Grammy clue, Heimer finds the Daily Double under the $1,600 Czar Power Clue with $9,800. Thorsley meanwhile has $3,400. His wager is $2,000. To stay in the lead and go to five figures:

At 43 years, the reign of this founder of the Russian Navy was the longest of any czar.

"Who is Peter...the Great?"...is RIGHT to go to $11,800! The $2,000 clue there:

The 1604 invasion against this czar by the false dmitri and his Polish troops marked the start of the "Time of Troubles".

Mark: "Who was Ivan the Terrible?"- NO ($7,000)
Emily: "Who was Boris Godunov?"- RIGHT ($5,400)

Left now are British Physicists, "Ch"eck the Name, Fill in the Book Title and Greek Alphabet Soup. $400 Fill in the Book Title clue:

"A.Y.T.G.? I.M., M." by Judy Blume

Mark: "What is Are You There God?, It's Me, Margaret?"- RIGHT ($7,400); $800 BOOK CLUE

"J.A.T.G.P." by Roald Dahl

Emily: "What is James and the Giant Peach?"- YOU BET ($6,200); MIDDLE BOOK CLUE

"A.I.L.D." by William Faulkner

Matt: "What is As I Lay Dying?"- CORRECT ($13,000); $1,600, SAME CATEGORY

"E." by Jane Austen

Emily: "What is Emma?"- RIGHT ($7,800); LAST BOOK CLUE

"T.K.R." by Khaled Hosseini

Emily: "What is The Kite Runner?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($9,800); $400 "CH" CLUE

Politican and author of "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples".

Emily: "Who was Churchill?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($10,200); $800 "CH" CLUE

A lake on the New York-Vermont border is named for this explorer who visited the region in 1609.

Emily: "What is Champlain?"- RIGHT ONCE AGAIN ($11,000); MIDDLE CLUE, SAME CATEGORY

Diplomat and Premier of China from 1949 to 1976 (one spelling).

Emily: "Who is Quo-Tai-Chi?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($12,200); $1,600, SAME SUBJECT

Lucy Walter was this English king's mistress during his exile in the 1600s in Holland.

Emily: "Who is Charles II?"- RIGHT ONCE AGAIN ($13,800); FINAL "CH" CLUE, FOR A POSSIBLE SWEEP

In 1948, he testified to Congress that Alger Hiss had illegally passed him official documents.

Matt: "Who was Whitaker Chambers?"- CORRECT ($15,000); $400 BRITISH PHYSICISTS CLUE

His Universal Law of Gravitation explained many things, including the action of tides and the motion of comets.

Matt: "Who was Newton?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($15,400); $800, SAME CATEGORY

Robert Boyle invented a vaccum pump and discovered that this doesn't travel in a vaccum.

Emily: "What is sound?"- RIGHT ($14,600); $1,200, SAME TOPIC

Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, he was born on January 8, 1942, 300 years to the day after Galileo's death.

Emily: "Who was Hawking?"- RIGHT FOR THE LEAD BACK ($15,800); $1,600, SAME CATEGORY

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLYYYYY DOUBLE #2! Her wager is $2,000.

In 1932, James Chadwick discovered this subatomic particle that appears in all atoms except Hydrogen.

"What is the neutron?"...you bet it is to keep the lead and move to $17,800! Final clue in that category:

Known for the Second Law of Thermodynamics, this Lord helped with the laying of the Transatlantic Cable.

Emily: "Who is Kelvin?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($19,800)

GREEK ALPHABET SOUP BEGINS WITH THIS $400 CLUE:

High blood pressure and Glaucoma can be treated with Metoprolol, one of this "blocker" class of drugs.

Matt: "What are beta blockers?"- YES ($15,800)

$800 CLUE TOLD BY CHERYL FROM THUNDERBIRDS SITE IN LAS VEGAS:

Several times in each show, all six Thunderbirds flying 18 inches apart team up in this formation named for a Greek letter.

Matt: "What is Alpha?"- NO ($15,000)
Mark: "What is Delta?"- RIGHT ($8,200)

$1,200:

Charlton Heston played a survivor of an apocalyptic war in this 1971 thriller.

Matt: "What is Omega Man?"- RIGHT ($16,200)

$1,600:

This triple star system is the brightest celestial object in a certain horsey constellation.

Matt: "What is Orion's Belt?"- WRONG ($14,600)

TRIPLE STUMPER #1: Alpha Centauri

FINAL CLUE OF THE ROUND:

Found in blood serum, they countain the antibodies of the immune system.

TRIPLE STUMPER #2: Gamma Globulins

LACH TRASH FOR DJ!: $3,600

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Mark: $8,200
Matt: $14,600
Emily: $19,800

CORYAT SCORES:

Mark: $8,200
Matt: $13,600
Emily: $19,400

Mark is going to have to wager conservatively and hope the challengers both mess up in FJ! to have any hope of winning his sixth game.

LAST FJ! CATEGORY OF THE SEASON: Adjectives.

Meaning "painful", it literally refers to the type of pain inflicted on Jesus and on the followers of Spartacus.

The champ wrote down "What is dolorous?"...nope. I hope he wagered conservatively as I said not too long ago...








...$2,201, so he's down to $5,999. Heimer wrote down "What is excruiating?"...









"What is excruciating?"

...IT'S OVER FOR MR. WALES. But he still leaves with $142,801, which I believe is 8th all-time on the regular season winnings list for this season. We hope to see him in Vegas next year. Back to Mr. Heimer, his wager was $8,000, taking him to $22,600. The lady wrote down...








...the same thing, and with a wager of ten grand, she takes $29,800 into next season! Well, we didn't get a six-time champion to close the season, but at least we got a decent win out of it, and the champ would've never won regardless of how he fared in the final.

All in all, this 24th season of "Jeopardy!" was world's better than last season. We had two players that won at least six games (Dan Pawson and Larissa Kelly), saw the largest female winner of all time crowned during the Tournament of Champions (Celeste DiNucci), and during most of the episodes in the past several weeks or so, we had lots of wins that were of at least $20K. That's all that happened despite the fact that we had **3** RETURNING CHAMPION SHUTOUTS this season. Just amazing. Who knows how the 25th Anniversary Season is going to turn out. I hope to see you then!

Catch 21: Wrapping up the first week of the series are:

Eric Westin (orginally from West Bloomfield, MI)- Owns and operates a gourmet cookie company
Lori Ann Hursinger (originally from Chicago)- U.S. Navy veteran spouse and a reading tutor
Matt Gainsley (L.A.)- High school teacher

Opening cards:

ERIC: 5 OF SPADES
LORI ANN: 6 OF CLUBS
MATT: 6 OF SPADES

1. Whitney Thompson made "America's Next Top Model" history by being the first winner to be what?

A: Plus-sized
B: Under 5'8"
C: Bald

ERIC: Under 5'8"- NO
LORI ANN: Plus-sized- RIGHT (100)

CARD: 3 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO ERIC (8)

2. According to the USDA, they come in various sizes from Jumbo to Pee-Wee. What are they?

A: Eggs
B: Hot Dogs
C: ???

MATT: Eggs- CORRECT (100)

CARD: ACE OF CLUBS; KEEPS IT (7 or 17)

3. According to a 2007 CareerBuilder.com survey, what do bosses say is the biggest mistake job applicants make during an interview?

A: Talking too much
B: Dressing inappropriately
C: Telling a bad joke

MATT: Talking too much- INCORRECT
LORI ANN: Dressing inappropriately- CORRECT (200)

CARD: 8 OF CLUBS; PASSES TO MATT (15)

4. Which of these is traditionally found in the Swaa-style salad?

A: Fish
B: Chicken
C: Steak

MATT: Chicken- WRONG AGAIN
LORI ANN: Fish- RIGHT AGAIN (300)

CARD: QUEEN OF HEARTS, BUSTING MATT (25)

5. "Swifter, Higher, Stronger" is the motto for what?

A: Marines
B: Olympics
C: Sharon Stone

ERIC: Olympics- RIGHT (100)

CARD: 9 OF CLUBS; KEEPS IT AND FREEZES AT 17

LORI ANN:
CARD #6: JACK OF HEARTS
FINAL CARD: 2 OF HEARTS- WIN AT 18 (800)

ROUND 2:

ERIC: 4 OF HEARTS
LORI ANN: 9 OF SPADES
MATT: 5 OF HEARTS

1. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, what was the top cosmetic surgery for women in 2007?

A: Breast augmentation
B: Liposuction
C: Nose job

LORI ANN: Breast augumentation- RIGHT (900)

CARD: 8 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO MATT (13)

2. What politician is reportedly a distant coustin of both Dick Cheney and George W. Bush?

A: John McCain
B: Arnold Scwharzenegger
C: Barrack Obama

ERIC: Barrack Obama- CORRECT (200)

CARD: KING OF HEARTS, BUSTING MATT AND ELIMINATING HIM FROM THE GAME

3. According to a Cosmo poll, 70% of guys say they like it when a girl gets what?

A: A little jealous
B: Experimental in the bedroom
C: Urge to pay for dinner

LORI ANN: Experimental in the bedroom- INCORRECT
ERIC: A little jealous- CORRECT (300)

CARD: 9 OF DIAMONDS; TAKES IT (13)

4. Who nervously tried to interview Jane Fonda as she sat on his lap and kissed him?

A: Stephen Colbert
B: Brian Williams
C: Wolf Blitzer

LORI ANN: Wolf Blitzer- WRONG AGAIN
ERIC: Stephen Colbert- YOU BET (400)

CARD: JACK OF SPADES, PASSED TO LORI ANN (19)

5. Which of the following is NOT an actual baby product?

A: Boudreaux Butt Paste
B: Tushies
C: Bottoms-Up Baby Enema

LORI ANN: Tushies- THREE WRONG ANSWERS IN A ROW
ERIC: Boudreaux Butt Paste- NO

6. Who's the first person to ever use the word "period" to describe a woman's time of the month on American television?

A: Courteney Cox
B: Bea Arthur
C: Katie Couric

ERIC: Bea Arthur- NOW, HE'S WRONG AGAIN
LORI ANN: Courtneney Cox- RIGHT (1,000)

If this next card is a 2, 9, 10 or a face card, she wins her second round in a row. But, she knows something I don't know- she could freeze before seeing the card, and she decides to freeze at 19.

CARD: 8 OF HEARTS- ERIC WINS AT 21 (900)

Well, as it turns out, she would never have won even if she hadn't frozen prematurely.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:

ERIC: 10 OF SPADES
LORI ANN: KING OF DIAMONDS

1. For his fourth film adventure, Indiana Jones went in search of what crystal object?

ERIC: Skull- CORRECT

CARD: 9 OF HEARTS; PASSES TO LORI ANN (19)

2. What self-help book has spent over 70...?

A: "The Secret"
B: "The Wish"
C: "The Whisper"

LORI ANN: "The Secret"- RIGHT; FREEZES AT 19

ERIC:
CARD #2: 3 OF CLUBS (13)
CARD #2: QUEEN OF CLUBS- LORI ANN WINS!

Super Catch 21: Lori Ann gets her two change chips to start.

HAND #1: ACE OF HEARTS
HAND #2: 10 OF CLUBS
HAND #3: 10 OF SPADES

CARD #4: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS ($1,000)

CARD #5: 6 OF DIAMONDS; CHANGES IT

CARD #6: 7 OF SPADES; PLACES IT IN HAND #2 (17)

CARD #7: JACK OF SPADES; CHANGES IT

CARD #8: KING OF HEARTS; PLACED IN HAND #3 (20)

CARD #9: JACK OF HEARTS- LOSS

She's the first contestant to actually lose money in this round.

Duel: This is the second season finale and it also might very well be the last episode ever in this country. Dave McNeil, who just prevented a good champion from taking home the $500,000 at the end of the last episode, is back for his first Max Question:

Which of the following state names is NOT derived from a Native American word?

A: Wyoming
B: Colorado
C: Utah
D: Ohio

His guess is Utah...

A: Wyoming
B: Colorado
C: Utah
D: Ohio

...no, it's the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. He risks his entire $20,000 to play again. Tonight's contestant gallery starts with:

Stephen Guyer (Scotia, NY)- Small business owner
Amy Shywalter (Louisville, KY)- High school drama teacher
Randy Howell (Cochran, GA)- Stockbroker

He faces Amy. First question:

Which is NOT a real fish?

A: Parrotfish
B: Squirrelfish
C: Dogfish
D: Ferretfish

Double Max Out to start. Answer: Ferretfish. Second question:

Which of these famous directors was rejected from USC's film program?

A: Steven Spielberg
B: George Lucas
C: Ron Howard
D: John Carpenter

After locking in Howard and Carpenter, Amy uses her Pressure Button, forcing Dave to max out. The answer is...Spielberg, so Dave wins another $2,500! For another $2,500:

What was often found insde the mummified remains of Egyptian people?

A: Diamonds
B: Cats
C: Onions
D: Chocolate

He goes with cats...

A: Diamonds
B: Cats
C: Onions
D: Chocolate

...no meow of approval here. It was onions. With $22,500 now, he keeps playing. Replacing Amy in the gallery is Gryphon Ward from Montclair, NJ (who is a tutor), and that's who he will face.
First question:

What colors are on the flag of Switzerland?

A: Blue and yellow
B: Green, white and red
C: Red and white
D: White and blue

Both say everyting but B (those are the colors for Mexico). Answer: C, so we start with an 8-8 tie. Second question:

What's the nickname of the New England Patriots videotape scandal that rocked the NFL last year?

A: Tailgate
B: Bradygate
C: Spygate
D: Chowdahgate

Both easily get Spygate. Third question:

Which state currently has the most seats in the U.S. House of Representatives?

A: New York
B: Texas
C: California
D: Each state has equal numbers

The champ covers Texas and California and uses his Pressure Button. Gryphon takes a chance by only covering up California. If that's the answer, we keep playing; if it's Texas, Dave retains his championship. Otherwise, we go to a Shootout...


A: New York
B: Texas
C: California
D: Each state has equal numbers

...it's California, giving Gryphon the one-chip advantage. Fourth question:

In 2008, which city did Men's Fitness name as the fattest city?

A: Boston
B: Denver
C: Las Vegas
D: Los Angeles

Double Max Out, keeping Gryphon ahead 5-4. Answer: Vegas. Next question:

Which of these artists has NOT been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

A: Sex Pistols
B: Madonna
C: The Who
D: KISS

Dave locks in everything but KISS while Gryphon goes with everything but The Who. If the answer's Sex Pistols or Madonna, we keep playing. If it's The Who, Dave wins another duel. If it's KISS, we have a new champion...

A: Sex Pistols
B: Madonna
C: The Who
D: KISS

...it's KISS, so Dave loses everything and Gryphon wins his first $15K. His Max Question right now:

What did the 8-year-old Serovich twins invent to discourage bullies?

A: Wedgie-proof underwear
B: Swirlie-proof toilet
C: Purple-nurple-proof shirts
D: Wet willy-proof earmuffs

He goes with the earmuffs...

A: Wedgie-proof underwear
B: Swirlie-proof toilet
C: Purple-nurple-proof shirts
D: Wet willy-proof earmuffs

...but it's the undies. Now in the gallery is John Serby (a corporate event planner from Kenosha, WI). Gryphon will now face Steven. First question:

Who would most likely conduct their primary buisness in "The Octagon"?

A: Bruce Lee
B: Jackie Chan
C: Colin Powell
D: Randy Couture

Steven maxes out while Gryphon only covers Couture, after he nearly covered up Lee and Chan as well. Good, because that's right to give him a 10-7 lead. Second question:

What animal has five hearts but no lungs?

A: Boa constrictor
B: Earthworm
C: Tree frog
D: Sea turtle

The champ maxes out while Stephen only covers up boa constrictor and earthworm...earthworm is right to cut Gryphon's lead to 7-6. Third question:

Who is TV's "Agent 86"?

A: Maxwell Smart
B: Fox Mulder
C: Sydney Bristow
D: Jack Bauer

After Stephen maxes out, he uses his Pressure Button. Gryphon goes with Maxwell Smart at the last second...and that's right to increase his lead to 7-3! Fourth question:

Which of these is NOT a territory of the U.S.?

A: Guam
B: American Samoa
C: The Philippines
D: Puerto Rico

Stephen locks in American Samoa while Gryphon goes with the Philippines...

A: Guam
B: American Samoa
C: The Philippines
D: Puerto Rico

...Stephen just realized his mistake- the Philippines is right, meaning Gryphon now has $25K. To make it $35K:

Which of these men made the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine as a model in his youth?

A: JFK
B: Gerald Ford
C: Bill Clinton
D: Ronald Reagan

He says Reagan...

A: JFK
B: Gerald Ford
C: Bill Clinton
D: Ronald Reagan

...but it's Ford. He decides to leave with his $25K.

Randy and John play the last duel in a while. It comes down to this question for $20K. Randy leads 6-2 with all the Pressure Buttons gone. Here it is:

Which breed of dog is Disney's Pluto?

A: Labrador Retriever
B: Basset Hound
C: Cocker Spaniel
D: Bloodhound

Randy goes with Basset Hound and Bloodhound, while John says Labrador Retriever...

A: Labrador Retriever
B: Basset Hound
C: Cocker Spaniel
D: Bloodhound

...it's the Bloodhound, so Randy's the last champion of the season. This last question of the season will determine if he leaves with $20K or $40K:

At 405 years old, which claimed the title as the longest living animal in recorded history?

A: Tortoise
B: Clam
C: Komodo Dragon
D: Koi fish

He's pretty sure it's tortoise for $40K...

A: Tortoise
B: Clam
C: Komodo Dragon
D: Koi fish

...but it's not. It was tortoise, so he leaves with $20K.

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