Show #5609 - Thursday, January 15, 2009

Contestants

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Bill Menezes, a non-profit director from Denver, Colorado

Meagan Grote, a bookseller from Lakeland, Florida

Greg Jones, a college instructor from Chincoteague Island, Virginia (whose 1-day cash winnings total $23,201)

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Jeopardy! Round

BOOKS & AUTHORS
CAR TALK
A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
ELVIS COSTELLO
PUMP IT "UP"
NIAGARA FALLS
(Alex: The honeymoon's not over with one of North America's most scenic attractions.)
    $200 1
Disillusioned by the Spanish Civil War, this British author wrote against totalitarianism in "Animal Farm"
    $200 10
If you have a bouncy ride, you might need to replace this 2-word suspension part created in the early 1900s
    $200 6
It ain't no walk in the park; in 2004, England's Dept. of Health said 1,839 people--78% of them kids--fell out of these
    $200 16
Elvis Costello was born in this world capital on Aug. 25, 1954
    $200 17
Let's take a poll--this specific poll, actually; it's been around since 1935
    $200 24
(Alex reports from Niagara Falls.) In 1901, a 63-year-old schoolteacher named Annie Taylor became the first person to go over the falls in one of these; she made it, but I'm gonna pass
    $400 2
She dedicated both "Atlas Shrugged" & "The Fountainhead" to Frank O'Connor
    $400 11
Make sure your tires are properly inflated & do this repair so they're at the proper angle, which reduces drag
    $400 7
On April 26, 1986 an accident at this facility 80 miles north of Kiev made worldwide headlines
    $400 19
Burt Bacharach & Elvis played street musicians (with a grand piano) in this title guy's "The Spy Who Shagged Me"
    $400 18
The closing of the epiglottis over the vocal cords produces the sound of this
    $400 25
(Alex reports from Niagara Falls.) There's plenty of water going over the falls right now, but would you believe that in March 1848 for about 30 hours the Falls actually stopped flowing due to a massive upstream accumulation of this stuff
    $600 3
This Edith Frome New York City penned "Ethan Frome" in 1911
    $600 12
Dust & metal shavings can damage the engine; that's why you need to regularly replace this cleaning device
    $600 8
In 1970 Massachusetts became the first state to adopt this type of auto insurance
    $600 20
Elvis began playing "Less Than Zero" on this show in '77, then stopped & did "Radio Radio" instead; he wasn't on again until '89
    $600 21
Pants with a loop at the end of each leg, or a loop on a saddle to rest your foot
    $600 28
(Alex reports from Niagara Falls.) The tradition of honeymooning here at the falls began way back in 1801, when the daughter of this then-U.S. vice president came here with her new husband; three years later, dad fought a famous duel
    DD: $1,000 4
The first line of his 1951 novel mentions a "lousy childhood ... and all that David Copperfield kind of crap"
    $800 13
For your safety, check this regularly; one of the first ones on the market was called the Sireno
    $800 9
Shamu on you! A dead man was found on the back of one of these after he tried to take a '99 SeaWorld swim
    $800 26
Elvis was nominated for an Oscar & a Grammy for "The Scarlet Tide", a song from this 2003 Jude Law Civil War film
    $800 22
A group or series of 8 related items
    $800 29
(Alex reports from Niagara Falls.) Ferries with this dewy feminine name have been plying the waters below the falls since 1846; some of the most famous guests: Edward VIII, Teddy Roosevelt & Marilyn Monroe
    $1000 5
She wrote about her early life in' "The Mill On The Floss"
    $1000 14
Inspect the master cylinder, part of the hydraulics sending fluid through the lines for this drum or disc system
    $1000 15
Phineas Gage was working on this in 1848 when he survived a 3-foot rod going through his brain, seen here
    $1000 27
Shocking! Ricky Bobby sees Elvis & Mos Def at a rival racer's house in this film
    $1000 23
Lord Acton: "absolute power" does this "absolutely"
    $1000 30
(Alex reports from Niagara Falls.) The falls are divided into two sections--the straight-line American Falls over here, & over here on the Canadian side, this cataract, named for its distinctive shape

Scores at the first commercial break (after clue 15):

Greg Meagan Bill
$400 $800 $3,200

Scores at the end of the Jeopardy! Round:

Greg Meagan Bill
$3,600 $4,600 $5,200

Double Jeopardy! Round

MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
DANCE!
I WAS HIS VEEP
FUN WITH ASTROLOGY
MISSING ELEMENTS
(Alex: You have to give us the name of the element that is missing from the formula we will give you.)
YOU GET AN "F"
    $400 1
The first major medieval philosopher was this Bishop of Hippo who fused Plato with Christian thought
    $400 22
Hefty "Sopranos" star Vincent Pastore quit this show in rehearsal, saying it was too physically demanding
    $400 3
Henry Wallace
(& others)
    $400 16
This sign ruled by Mars is a homophone for the Greek equivalent of the Roman god Mars
    $400 21
Ferrocene:
(C5H5)2____
    $400 8
A hockey game begins with one of these
    $800 2
Boethius helped move things along by translating Greek philosophy into this language
    $800 23
Paint-store clerk/ disco king Tony Manero was no Einstein in this '77 movie, but the chicks dug him
    $800 4
Nelson Rockefeller, who had a "Happy" wife
    $800 17
Sagittarians dream of emulating Zhang Juan Juan, who won Olympic gold in this sport in 2008
    $800 27
Baking soda:
____HCO3
    $800 9
A salmon part, or to skid from side to side in a car
    $1200 10
In the 13th century he penned the influential "Summa Theologica"
    $1200 24
This '80s dance popular in end-zone celebrations got its name from a song, not from the "kids"
    $1200 5
Millard Fillmore (not the duck of comics fame)
    $1200 18
Oh, yes! They're the 3 signs of the zodiac that end with the letter "O"
    $1200 28
Ammonia:
____H3
    $1200 13
This type of cable contains threads of glass that transmit signals in the form of pulses of light
    DD: $2,000 11
A major figure in logic & semantics, he's best known for falling in love with a student
    $1600 25
Family Matters:
to do his dance, "hitch up your pants, bend your knees, & stick out your pelvis--it's better than Elvis!"
    $1600 6
John Tyler--
but not for long
    $1600 19
Born under the sign of the goat? You may be this synonym for "flighty"; it starts with the same 6 letters
    $1600 29
Quartz:
____O2
    $1600 14
(Kelly of the Clue Crew reports from New York.) Central Park's Belvedere Castle was designed in 1865 as one of the fanciful Victorian-era structures called by this rather pejorative name
    $2000 12
This man of Ockham was "razor" sharp in stating that philosophy should be kept as simple as possible
    $2000 26
This '60s TV Batman started a national craze dancing the Batusi
    $2000 7
Chester Arthur--
but not for long
    DD: $2,000 20
The 2 signs made of of 2 separate but identical creatures
    $2000 30
Methanol:
____H3OH
    $2000 15
The basic designs of these include cross, saltire & border; the USA's is a canton style

Scores at the end of the Double Jeopardy! Round:

Greg Meagan Bill
$14,400 $17,400 $10,800

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Final Jeopardy! Round

WRITER/DIRECTORS
His headstone, using a line from one of his scripts, says, "I'm a writer but then nobody's perfect"

Final scores:

Greg Meagan Bill
$28,799 $28,900 $2
2nd place: $2,000 New champion: $28,900 3rd place: $1,000

Game dynamics:

Game dynamics graph

Coryat scores:

Greg Meagan Bill
$15,400 $17,000 $10,800
21 R,
4 W
(including 1 DD)
16 R
(including 2 DDs),
2 W
16 R,
1 W

Combined Coryat: $43,200

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