Show #7197 - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Alex uses a cane during the closing credits chat.

Contestants

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Ted Johnson, a job seeker from Shoreview, Minnesota

Theresa Tejada, a project coordinator from Allen Park, Michigan

Liz Quesnelle, a retail store owner from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (whose 1-day cash winnings total $20,001)

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Jeopardy! Round

THE NEW YORK TIMES PULITZER WINNERS
(Alex: And there have been a lot of them.)
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
GEOGRPAPHIC FEATURES
SILENT KNIGHT
WE 3 "ING"S
OTHER CHRISTMAS SONGS
    $200 13
The chemical element that by definition all organic compounds contain
    $200 1
I heard about "The Farmer In" this small wooded valley
    $200 16
This Walter Scott hero, in disguise as the disinherited knight, says nada after Prince John commends him on winning a tourney
    $200 8
In 1942 this crooner had a No. 1 hit with "White Christmas"
    $400 20
(I'm David Barstow.) My Pulitzer-winning story about retired generals co-opted as analysts to sell the Iraq War was headlined this building's "Hidden Hand"
    $400 18
For the 238 isotope of uranium, this measure of radioactive decay is a mere 4.5 billion years
    $400 2
Change 1 letter in "cave" to get this sheltered bay
    $400 9
Remember your "ing"s & tell us what this fabled trio is doing--actually, not doing
    $400 6
This title line is followed by "underneath the mistletoe last night"
    $600 21
(Jimmy of the Clue Crew shows atomic diagrams of neon, argon & krypton on the monitor.) Because they have complete outer shells, the gases in this group are largely unreactive
    $600 3
A raised area of flat land; one covers much of Tibet
    $600 24
Not known for verbosity, Gregor Clegane is the hulking "Mountain Who Rides" in these books
    $600 11
The EPA's recommended 3 "R" activities are reducing followed by reusing & this
    $600 7
His "Christmas Album" of 1957 includes the now classic "Blue Christmas"
    $800 26
(I'm Hiroko Tabuchi.) As part of the Times staff, I won a Pulitzer Prize for our "iEconomy" series, which led to Apple improving working conditions for over 1 million people in this country
    DD: $1,000 15
The 2 most abundant elements in Earth's crust are oxygen & this one used in making electronic circuits
    $800 4
Places of shallow water, like the "muscle" one in "Sweet Home Alabama"
    $800 23
In a Middle English poem, this colorful guy tricks Gawain by staying quiet about his supernatural abilities
    $800 10
All beginning with "C", the 3 ways to win in rock, paper, scissors are crushing, covering, & this
    $800 12
It's the alternate title & first line of "The Christmas Song", definitively sung by Nat King Cole
    $1000 25
(I'm Carolyn Ryan.) In 2009 I was part of the team that won the Pulitzer for breaking news coverage of this New York governor & his stunning fall from grace
    $1000 19
On the periodic table, the bottom 2 rows are the lanthanides & this row below them
    $1000 5
This word describes maple & oak trees & the forests full of them
    $1000 22
In a Keats poem this French lady "Sans Merci" lulls a knight to a none-too-restful sleep
    $1000 17
It becomes between catching & releasing in a zoologist's process to track a wild animal
    $1000 14
In 2014 Bob Geldof re-recorded this 30-year-old song as a fundraiser to fight Ebola

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

Liz Theresa Ted
$4,800 $3,200 $2,000

Scores at the end of the Jeopardy! Round:

Liz Theresa Ted
$5,800 $5,800 $5,000

Double Jeopardy! Round

ARTS & CULTURE
8-LETTER WORDS
MARTIN VAN BUREN
GRAB BAG
(Alex: A little bit of everything.)
DOUBLE UP ON YOUR COUNTRIES
& THE OSCAR DOESN'T GO TO
    $400 24
Shoichi Yabuta was tops in composing in the 2015 music competition held annually in this Swiss city since 1939
    $400 25
Type of seat with the best view at the boxing match
    $400 8
Pianist Pinetop Perkins, 94, & guitarist Honeyboy Edwards, 92, took home this 2007 award for Best Blues Album
    $400 26
The nomination of Nina Rota's music for this 1972 film was retracted because some of it had been used in a 1958 Italian movie
    $800 10
This art movement got its name when a group of early 20th century French painters were dubbed "wild beasts"
    $800 12
Egg white & sugar pie material
    $800 9
Van Buren's great-great-great-grandfather came to America from this country's Gelderland province
    $800 17
Lorraine Collett wore a red bonnet when she posed for the picture used on packages of this raisin brand
    $800 15
They're the 2 countries where Urdu is mainly spoken
    $800 4
Boy meets operating system in this 2013 Best Picture nominee
    $1200 11
In 1974 he defected from the USSR & joined ABT, becoming that company's artistic director in the '80s
    $1200 13
A pay-to-drive highway
    $1200 3
In his 1837 inaugural address, Van Buren opposed the attempt of Congress to abolish this in D.C.
    $1200 18
Her album "25" sold 3.38 million copies in its first week, the most since direct sales started being tracked in 1991
    DD: $3,000 16
These 2 Mediterranean islands are independent countries
    $1200 5
Annette Bening was a 1999 Best Actress nominee for playing the wife of Best Actor winner Kevin Spacey in this film
    DD: $2,000 23
Because it has 6 units called iambs, the poetic line "Thou art unseen, but yet I hear thy shrill delight" is in iambic this
    $1600 14
Scary brain operation that won a neurologist a 1949 Nobel Prize
    $1600 2
In 1836 Van Buren won the presidency over this Whig but lost to him in the 1840 rematch
    $1600 19
John Paul Stevens defended this 1973 landmark ruling as "an integral part of... the basic equality of men and women"
    $1600 21
Of the 5 nations with compass directions in their names, 3 use "South"; these 2 do not
    $1600 6
James Dean was nominated for the role of Jett Rink in this big 1956 film
    $2000 27
This Bombay-born conductor was the first to lead 2 major North American orchestras at the same time
    $2000 1
Although Van Buren was the frontrunner in 1844, this dark horse won the Democratic party nomination
    $2000 20
One of the oldest known literary works, the "Epic of" this Mesopotamian hero dates to the 2nd millennium B.C.
    $2000 22
Many countries are made up of archipelagos, but these 2 U.N. members have "Islands" in their names
    $2000 7
This director also wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for "A Clockwork Orange"

Scores at the end of the Double Jeopardy! Round:

Liz Theresa Ted
$14,000 $17,800 $12,200

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Final Jeopardy! Round

THE ANCIENT WORLD
Dedicated to a female, it's among the few of the 7 Ancient Wonders whose ruins you can visit

Final scores:

Liz Theresa Ted
$0 $21,599 $0
2nd place: $2,000 New champion: $21,599 3rd place: $1,000

Game dynamics:

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Coryat scores:

Liz Theresa Ted
$12,000 $17,400 $12,200
15 R
(including 2 DDs),
1 W
19 R
(including 1 DD),
0 W
14 R,
1 W

Combined Coryat: $41,600

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