Show #6936 - Monday, November 10, 2014

2014 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 1.

Contestants

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John Pearson, a fifth grade math teacher from Richardson, Texas

Rebecca Rider, an office supply sales assistant from Queens, New York

Ben Ingram, an IT consultant originally from Florence, South Carolina

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Jeopardy! Round

TWITTER FEEDS
A LITTLE ALLITERATION
FASHIONABLE COMMON BONDS
I MARRIED...
"A" MONSTER
FROM OUTER SPACE
    $200 27
A parody feed for this London landmark reads "Bong" at 1 o'clock & "Bong bong" at 2 o'clock
    $200 19
The steady-state theory lost favor to this theory on the evolution of the universe
    $200 18
Bike,
balloon,
Bermuda
    $200 9
Publisher George Putnam, who arranged my book "Last Flight"
    $200 4
In "Tintin in Tibet" the hero's search for his friend Chang is made harder by the presence of this beast
    $200 16
A crab & a scorpion are part of this familiar circle of constellations
    $400 30
In 2011, after a 7-year breakup, this doll couple announced on Twitter that they were back together
    $400 20
The name of this baking utensil has come to mean "lacking individuality"
    $400 22
Cowboy,
combat,
waders
    $400 24
Heloise in secret after we had a son called Astrolabe (nice name)
    $400 5
In Homeric poems Hermes is called the slayer of this giant with 100 eyes
    $400 17
It's the smallest of the 8 planets in the solar system
    $600 11
Elaine's boyfriend won't stop posting BuzzFeed quiz results & Jerry overuses emojis on the "Modern" this feed
    $600 14
The cornflower also has this alliterative masculine name
    $600 10
Cap,
Kimono,
3/4
    $600 25
Maria Sklodowska, my radiant partner in the lab, too
    $600 6
The '80s show "Little Muppet Monsters" featured this feral drummer for Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem
    $600 1
Scientifically Alpha Canis Majoris, it is a mere 8.6 light years away & the brightest star in the night sky
    $800 12
"Just seen a group of elderly fish. Old school" is a tweet from the feed called this -damentalism
    DD: $1,800 15
"Put the ship of state on its feet" & "Play your cards to the hilt" are 2 of these expressions
    $800 23
Knee high,
crew,
peds
    $800 26
The future Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, a love match that produced 16 kids
    $800 7
The title character in Anne Rice's "Queen of the Damned", she's a really old vampire
    $800 2
(Jimmy of the Clue Crew shows an animation of an expanding Sun obliterating planets on the monitor.) Today our Sun is a main sequence yellow dwarf, but in about 5 billion years when it uses up all its core hydrogen, it will become one of these massive objects, expanding past the orbits of some of the inner planets--maybe even Earth
    $1000 13
This San Francisco weather condition has its own Twitter feed; it's named Karl, & it notes, "Not all those in" it "are lost"
    $1000 21
This class of proteins in blood plasma is injected to treat measles
    $1000 29
Peg-top,
pencil,
flared
    $1000 28
Mumtaz Mahal, my favorite wife, & built the Taj Mahal to honor her
    $1000 8
Pete Seeger's picture book about this giant was inspired by a South African folktale
    $1000 3
Collective 2-word name for the 4 natural satellites orbiting Jupiter that were discovered in 1610

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

Ben Rebecca John
$0 $1,600 $1,200

Scores at the end of the Jeopardy! Round:

Ben Rebecca John
$2,400 $3,800 $2,000

Double Jeopardy! Round

UNDER THE SEA OR OCEAN
THEY TURNED MY BOOK INTO A MOVIE
WHAT KIND OF ANIMAL ARE YOU?
GETTING "ANCE"-Y
TOP 40 INSTRUMENTALS
(Alex: And finally, featuring clues read by prominent Times writers...)
THE NEW YORK TIMES: POLITICS
    $400 14
Under this sea:
The Nile Fan
    $400 15
"A Clockwork Orange"
    $400 20
It's another name for the shuttlecock in badminton
    $400 17
A horse does it by springing forward on its hind legs
    $400 21
The opening theme to this movie about a Jew & a Christian racing at the Olympics was a No. 1 hit
    $400 25
(I'm Ross Douthat.) I started as a Times op-ed columnist in 2009 with a provocative argument that the 2008 race would have been a clearer choice if this man from Wyoming had been the GOP nominee for president
    $800 12
Ocean:
Reykjanes Ridge
    $800 11
"All the President's Men"
    $800 19
Douglas Engelbart's 1970 patent for this device calls it a "position indicator control"
    $800 16
In 1969 Robert Redford founded this Utah ski resort at the base of Mount Timpanogos
    $800 22
This smooth sax man first flew into the Top 40 in 1987 with "Songbird"
    $800 27
David Brooks said a scandal like Bridgegate makes this governor "look unpleasant, but not unelectable"
    $1200 2
Sea:
The Aleutian Basin
    $1200 1
"The Fault in Our Stars"
    $1200 8
It's the type of shoe seen here
    $1200 5
Karl Marx wrote, "All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy" one of these "to exorcise" communism
    $1200 23
"Axel F", by one-hit wonder Harold Faltermeyer, was featured in this 1984 film
    $1200 28
(I'm Frank Bruni.) When I was New York Times Rome Bureau Chief in 2003 this man was the definition of "good copy"--like the week he went on trial while complaining that saving Italy was keeping him away from his house in Bermuda
    $1600 3
Ocean:
Ninety East Ridge
    DD: $2,000 9
"Apocalypse Now"
    DD: $100 13
Grete Waitz served as one of these pacesetters in her first New York City Marathon: she won the race & set a world record
    $1600 6
This word that precedes "of the evidence" means "superiority in weight"
    $1600 24
No copping out--in 1985 Jan Hammer hammered home the No. 1 theme to this TV series
    $1600 29
The Times' tragic Nov. 23, 1963 headline: "Kennedy Is Killed by Sniper"; a sub-headline: this gov. "Shot, Mrs. Kennedy Safe"
    $2000 4
Sea:
The West Mariana Basin
    $2000 10
"Exodus", in 1960
    $2000 18
You get closure with this type of clasp, seen here
    $2000 7
To look at someone this way means with a sideways, distrusting glance
    $2000 26
He tooted his own horn, a flugelhorn, on his Top 10 hit "Feels So Good"
    $2000 30
(I'm Linda Greenhouse.) In 1969 my first Times article was about the municipal election that saw this Republican, soon to turn Democrat, re-elected mayor

Scores at the end of the Double Jeopardy! Round:

Ben Rebecca John
$16,100 $6,600 $8,400

Final Jeopardy! Round

STATE HOLIDAYS
This is the only state that honors a former U.S. Secretary of State with his own legal holiday

Final scores:

Ben Rebecca John
$16,801 $11,600 $0
Automatic semifinalist 2nd place: $5,000 if eliminated 3rd place: $5,000 if eliminated

Game dynamics:

Game dynamics graph

Coryat scores:

Ben Rebecca John
$19,400 $6,600 $10,400
20 R
(including 1 DD),
2 W
(including 1 DD)
10 R,
2 W
19 R,
4 W
(including 1 DD)

Combined Coryat: $36,400

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