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  1. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Even Alex admitted that today's FJ was easy if you know it but hard otherwise. It was an instaget for me, although I was never a huge fan of the show. I figured it was a bad sign when the first clue was a TS (Kool-aid, duh) but it was a good game overall. Maybe I'm old and broken, but "rotator cuff" seemed obvious. And I love horseradish with roast beef. Yum.
  2. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    No, but I never got any further than "that painter guy." I would have needed a lot more obvious clue than just Scottish and Samoa. Although also in the "who else could it have been" category is Aristophanes. Whenever they ask about Greek comedies, it's him. Nobody else is really as famous, and The Birds is one of his best known plays. The other one is Lysistrata, which is the one where the women go on a sex strike to get the men to make peace. I also got Jared Padelecki, although I stopped watching Supernatural years ago, at least partly because I could never remember which one was Sam and which one was Dean. Every once in a while I try again and nope, still can't tell 'em apart. And the episodes are depressingly similar, too.
  3. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Very nice Jackie Fuchs article in Slate - https://slate.com/culture/2018/12/jackie-fuchs-jeopardy-runaways-jackie-fox.html?via=homepage_taps_top
  4. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    My math was bad, but I still got Devil's Tower. After all, how many blockbuster movies feature national monuments other than Close Encounters? DH guessed North by Northwest, but he missed the date part of the clue and besides, we learned earlier this week that Mount Rushmore was completed in the 30's. I also got Prester John and Finland.
  5. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    I wonder if they'll have her back because of it. I watched it after learning about her medical problem and watched for it. I think it must have happened during the first half of the show. She did seem pretty out of it for most of the game, though. I assume she must have told the producers that she felt well enough to continue but she clearly wasn't on top of her game. At the end, Alex shook hands with all the players as he normally does, but he really held her hand and they seemed to be having a longish conversation. She waved her hand as if to say she was fine, didn't mind or something along those lines. I missed FJ too. Boo hiss.
  6. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Also, the other Greek-named option, Ecclesiastes, is the Greek version of name of the author (commonly rendered in English as the Preacher). And even if you didn't know that, it sounds like ecclesiastic, which should remind you of the church. Church, ecclesiastical, Ecclesiastes.
  7. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Yesterday, I got lunge (I fenced in college, too), ronin, Scotchgard, rafting, law students and Shaft (shut yo' mouth). The 9/11 Star Spangled Banner FJ surprised me with my emotional reaction. It actually caught in my throat. Today, I loved the guy who was a Porta-Potty cleaner, but I like Adrianna, too. She's a good champ. My gets were intimidate, elucidate, Frank Sinatra, Antietam, 150, 4, and Evangeline. I agree that "Reiner" needed a BMS. FJ was an enbarrasing miss. That's the kind of thing I feel like I should know. I thought of James (Jesus's brother) or Stephen, although I know the Feast of Stephen is after Christmas, and finally settled on Peter. Oops.
  8. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    We've been away for Thanksgiving so I did a big catch up today. From last Wednesday, I got micro-loans, dead reckoning, and Lake Ponchartrain, but totally blanked on prematurely dead 19th century presidents. I went for Garfield, which was obviously wrong. Thursday, I got Captain Kidd and the FJ of E.T. I briefly considered Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, but Alex was right the "not a dry eye in the theater" element could only have been E.T. Friday gets were Charleston and seal, and for FJ, I knew one had to be Montreal, but the only other one I could think of was Mexico City. Ok, on to today. I wasn't sad to see J be one and done. I'm glad he won on Friday, becasuse of hsi story of how how hard he tried to get on the show, but that was enough. The new champ seems fine, but I won't be surprised to see him also be one and done. I got angels, TE Lawrence, Ruth, Song of Solomon and Revelation. I was really sad that they didn't finish the category. I'm usually pretty good on Bible categories. My Masters of Divinty ought to be good for something, LOL. I totally whiffed on FJ. I went with James Fenimore Cooper, who I knew had to be too early, but once I thought of him, nobody else came to mind.
  9. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    A big win for Tracey Flick. Actually, Claire was very impressive and deserved her win. They were all good, charming and level-headed, and I have every confidence that they will all go on to stellar careers. And they all have a fun experience to write about for their college admission essays and put on their resumes. I got gnu, Christmas, United States, arrow, poison, dude ranch, and cherry. Who knew Washington D.C. even had an official fruit? But I got to cherry fairly quickly. I got it from the cherry blossoms - George Washington chopping down the cherry tree didn't even occur to me. Probably because pretty much everybody recognizes that it's totally made up and isn't even in kid's books any more as far as I know. Obviously the contetsants had never heard of it.
  10. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Poor Maggie. That was a heart-breaker. Although I didn't get FJ either. It's been too long since I was in high school English class. I don't think Lord of the Flies is a book anyone reads unless it's assigned. The first thing I thought of was Robert Graves' Good-bye to All That although I knew it was too early. I also thought of The Winds of War - it was at least the right time period, but American, the same as Maggie's decent guess of Catch-22. They missed a couple of what seemed like Toddler Jeopardy clues, but I guess they were "easy if you know it." It seems like all the kids have somewhat surprising gaps in their knowledge. A bunch of stuff that was common knowledge back in the day seems to have disappeared in this generation. I got red (carmine), Wuthering Heights, Red Dead Redemption (I have 13-year-old son - the only one I missed in the video game category was Deus Ex, which he doesn't play. Apparently it's a somewhat older game and none of his friends play it.). Also got Pan, fainting goats, shy and Tesla. Tesla was a surprising miss - my son and his friends seem to be obsessed with the cars and by extension, Elon Musk. He's always talking to me about what an interesting person Elon Musk is and how we should get a Tesla. Sure kid, when I win the lottery (or a lot of money on Jeopardy).
  11. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Man, that was a tough watch. Poor Dan just couldn't catch a break. And so many TS's. I got vandalism, lemur, IHop, alien, hemlock, anthrax and nose. There might have been more but I stopped writing them down. FJ was pretty easy. I think the end girl was bidding enough to win if she missed it and Audrey bet 0. It's always tough to figure out what to bet when your options aren't just winning, but coming in second with enough money to get a wild card slot.
  12. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Me, too. Although the only TS I wrote down was police academy. I thought the clue for that one was badly worded, and that it couldn't possibly be as easy as police academy. But then they also described a stop sign, so there's that. That one really was Toddler Jeopardy. Seriously, 3-year olds know what stop signs look like. If they hadn't reversed "Pippa" Longstocking, I might have had to write them a strongly worded email of complaint.
  13. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    I agree, her voice is natural. It was a bit jarring at first, but easily gotten past. I'm sure she's had to deal with a lot - being small and having a squeaky voice can't have been easy, especially as she's gotten older. Fortunately, she's pretty smart. I wouldn't mind seeing her back in the finals, if her total holds up. Bernadette on BBT isn't a perfect comparison, though. Yes, Melissa Rauch is short (under 5' tall) but her normal speaking voice is a considerably lower register. If you've only ever seen her as Bernadette, hearing her speak in interviews is startling.
  14. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    By convention, cyborgs are part human (or alien) and part machine. They almost always have human brains, where androids are fully machine, including the brain, although they appear human. On Star Trek, the Borg were cyborgs, and Data was an android. On Doctor Who, the Cybermen are cyborgs. Technically speaking, the Daleks are also, as they have a living component inside the machine shell. The "hosts" on Westworld are androids. I'm sure that was more than you wanted to know. LOL I got technical knockout and prime (Anish's missed DD) as well as FJ. I don't know anything about Dear Evan Hansen, beyond the fact that it exists and is current and popular. I pre-guessed Hamilton or the Book of Mormon.
  15. Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Mary Ann does have some annoying habits, but what contestant doesn't these days? I was touched by her story abut being the first member of her family to attend college. (Or even being in the first generation with greater than a high school education.) I teach at a local community college and many of our students are in that position. It can be very hard to navigate the shoals of higher education when no one in your family has even heard of a FAFSA application. I tutor an immigrant student from Thailand who speaks a language I've never even heard of (it's called Karen and only has around 300,000 speakers) and yet there she is working hard every day, trying to succeed and get her degree. Anyway, like Lonnie, I went with L-1 for FJ, realizing too late that L stands for lumbar, which is the lower spine. I got a couple of TS's - Lebanon and Boys in the Band, but I was also distracted by election stuff. At least they didn't pre-empt Jeopardy altgether.