Final Jeopardy: American Authors

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  1. CB says:

    I’m new to this blog although I’ve been reading it intermittently for some time. I just have to say that this guy bugs me, the way he looks at the other contestants when they respond. He can more quickly determine if their answer is wrong and ring in before the other person. No?

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      Thanks for joining in on the conversation, CB.

      I have also noticed this head-turning of Pranjal’s… there is certainly madness in the way he plays, but there is also a method to that madness, and that method has earned Pranjal $137k, so…

    • VJ says:

      That why I think he does that. Arthur Chu got a lot of flack for looking at the other players when they buzzed in ahead of him. Some thought it was an intimidation tactic, but he said that was the reason — to get any possible rebounds. I think Pranjal is doing whatever he can to maximize his winnings

  2. Lou says:

    A very close finish for pranjal indeed since he got all 3 DDs. I wonder if he is getting closer to Andrew Pau and Hunter Appler’s total as they were six time champions. Also dio you think Pranjal’s total could surpass Greg Seroka?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou – Andrew’s 6-day total was $170,202, Hunter’s $145,603 so that ship has sailed. Greg Seroka’s 7-day total was $180,401. To beat that, Pranjal would have to have a better game tomorrow than Philip Tiu had on 3/15/16 when he won $49,900

      @everyone, the EAP Society has the Southern Literary Messenger obit that contains the “regarded rather with curiosity than with admiration” line and it’s followed by the recycled “grieved” sentence from the Ludwig obit.

      Their article index has more items printed after Poe’s death.

  3. jacob ska says:

    Could someone fact check me please? I came up with 7 wrong responses for Pranjal in this game. The ladies put pressure on him big time. They didn’t give him a chance to respond in the “Actors…” category at all. They responded to all of the clues in that category. I think Monikka & Karen had only 2 wrong responses each.

    This was a good fast-paced game. Pranjal had me laughing when he raised his hand on the Harry Potter #7 book to protest to no avail when it came to the judges. One has to admire his competitiveness.

    • jacob ska says:

      That is for the game with respect to Monikka & Karen total errors each.

    • VJ says:

      I came up with 8 wrong responses for him, Jacob: lovers cup, Connecticut Yankee, Pacific Ocean, Dancing with the Stars, Harry Potter 7, Punic War, devilology, apology

      Karen got the rebound on that CUP clue. Monikka got every other clue in that category.

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      There were some funny and exciting moments in this game, indeed. And Pranjal’s wrong answers should have caught up to him, but those daily doubles…

      • VJ says:

        It was very funny when Monikka kept going with ephedrine (after Alex said right to sinus decongestant) on that Wally Schirra Actifed commercial.

        • rhonda says:

          Yes, thank goodness she didn’t give out any wrong info on that one.

        • Monikka says:

          What’s really funny is I did something similar during my wedding because I kinda forgot what specific question the minister asked and I said “Yes, I do, I will, okay”.

        • VJ says:

          LOL, Monikka, thanks for stopping by and sharing that. That was one of my fav moments of the match, as well as your chat story, the drinking line and the smile on your face when you got Cosmopolitan :) Go, Katy! (from Houston)

          Congrats on the lone correct FJ. Pranjal was definitely a force but you did your best!

        • jacob ska says:

          Monikka, you were a great contestant.

        • Mathwiz100 says:

          Many people never even get the chance to be on Jeopardy, so that in itself is a major accomplishment… thanks for stopping by, Monikka.

      • rhonda says:

        Monikka!!! We were all rooting for you!! You are so smart and so very funny!!

  4. Mathwiz100 says:

    Even with a $7,800 lead, this was Pranjal’s closest match yet… and boy, was he lucky that the *Former Educator* failed to nail that FJ. In any case, He moves on, now one game away from being the #2 ranked player of the season. To quote myself from a week ago, “Pranjal is… indestructible.”

    About the Wrong Answers: Well, as VJ points out, Mark Twain was way too young to have died in 1849. Thoreau, while he is American and died only 13 years after Poe did, and while I guess he was a curious fellow… Thoreau was a poet, not an author.(Or at least, he’s better known for being a poet.) I think that VJ and I can both agree that while the clue may not have been the easiest, it should have done better than 1/3.

    As for the DDs… seriously, the fact that Pranjal found all three DDs and answered all three correctly… there’s not even a word for that. But once again, it came down to Pranjal finding the DDs. For the record, Pranjal has found 12 DDs in 6 days, and has been 10/12 on said DDs, coming out with a net total of $28,010 from them.

    @Eric (though anyone can answer): Is it me, or did Karen wager a bit too much?

    • VJ says:

      @Mathwiz, yeah, didn’t expect 1/3 on this but I did suspect that the author thing would throw somebody.

      I think Poe is better known as a poet than an author, I can’t name one poem that Thoreau is famous for, but I can name a bunch besides the Raven that are well known Poe poems. Thoreau is famous for Walden and On Civil Disobedience.

      Thanks for mentioning his date of death (I should have put it in the recap). Here is a link to some of Thoreau’s death notices.. None of them refer to him as a poet, but one does say he was eccentric. LOL.

      The ladies were great opponents today, not giving up when Pranjal went into action. Monikka’s “like to drink” line was very funny, and Trebek got a big kick out it when he overheard her say “don’t let it be the Daily Double,” just before Pranjal picked the first DD.

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      Edit: Actually, Karen’s wager was enough. If Karen had earned at least $200 more, Monikka would have returned (assuming that all three players follow logical FJ wagering).

  5. Myron M. says:

    Poor Monikka. That look on her face. Maybe one more right or one fewer wrong. Well played to Pranjal.

    • Mathwiz100 says:

      “One more right or one fewer wrong” is actually 100% correct, Myron.

    • rhonda says:

      I felt badly for Monikka, she played really well and was the only one to come up with the correct answer for FJ. She was funny, too. Both ladies gave Pranjal a run for his money, so to speak.

      • VJ says:

        I agree, Rhonda. Loved her chat story about her daughter’s innovation with the puppy.

        @everyone, Here’s the link to 8 extra clues from today’s match

  6. jacob ska says:

    Whoa! That was a close finish for Pranjal considering he found all 3 DDs & got them correct. If Monikka had just a little more money going into fj this would have been curtains for him. However, you prevailed Pranjal & congrats.