Spoiler Talk: CotD (Fri)

Here is the NY Times Clue of the Day for Friday’s game. You can talk about the clue that may be today’s Final Jeopardy BEFORE the game airs. But if you don’t want to read comments about the answer to the clue, READ NO FURTHER.

If you do want to talk about it, then click on the link below to see the clue, and fire away!

Clue of the Day

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An Old Category: These clues are from a “Notable Names” category that was in the last round of the match played on 3/20/2000.

$200: Years after his death, the social teachings of this man reached into the heart of America: (died in 1948)
$400: He finally “faded away” at age 84 in 1964:
$600: This “uncertain” man was director of Berlin’s Max Planck Physics Institute from 1942 to 1945
$800: This useful Englishman was known as the Father of Utilitarianism, & that works for me
$1000: An acting competition is named for this woman who played Granny on “The Beverly Hillbillies” show

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16 Responses

  1. JLane says:

    Hey VJ – I have a question for you… Earlier today I was reading some of the repartee from last night and you wrote that you were glad that Austin Rogers didn’t surpass Matt Jackson’s earnings total… Dare I ask, “Why”? I found Matt to be a little too haughty and a bit overbearing at times (and even somewhat disrespectful to Mr. Trebek on an occasion or two) compared to Austin who was, indeed, quirky but oh so amiable and fun. I’m just curious to know if you favored one over the other…

    • VJ says:

      @Jlane, idk really. During his run, Matt was driving me kinda batty with his rapid fire style. But he was super smart. I felt sort of bad for him in his ToC when Alex Jacob kicked his butt. So maybe that’s why I hoped his record would continue to stand.

      btw, Alex Jacob, also super smart, was also driving me a little batty with the way he would prolong responding to his DDs. I thought he knew the answer the whole time and was standing there counting the seconds in his head before answering. LOL. I used to play slot in Atlantic City and I would count the spins and it reminded me of that.

      I’m not saying Austin isn’t smart, but idk about super smart. He pulled that Roger Craig move (ring in and try to get the answer) that I don’t like enough to make me grit my teeth. LOL..

      • JLane says:

        Completely understood and well stated, ma’am! Another one that drove me nuts was Arthur Chu. Again, SUPER intelligent but seemed to lack decent manners much of the time.
        SOOOO… you’re a gambler, ay?! Awesome! Me, too unfortunately. I host a weekly team trivia contest on Monday nights at a local restaurant and I make the players “wager” their points depending on how comfortable they are with the category at hand. (Point values are 1 thru 5 in RD#1 & 1 thru 10 in RD# 2). My closest friends find that to be hilarious, saying “Only YOU could turn a harmless game of trivia into a gambling event”! LOL

        • VJ says:

          That’s great, Jlane. I love it!! I would turn a trivia event into gambling, too. I love to make bets, even just for fun. My daughter just brought a toy shelf thing down here that she took upstairs because the kids were climbing up on it and said they won’t do it anymore. The first words out of my mouth were “wanna bet?” ;)

          One thing I did admire about Chu and Austin was maximizing their winnings. Like Chu said, it’s real money. I’d like to believe that I would have guts like that but I’ve had a few chances and chickened out. heh heh

  2. rhonda says:

    VJ, on the $400 clue you wrote “Douglas Arthur” by mistake. And there is an extra answer for the $200 clue, just thought you might want to know.

    • VJ says:

      Thanks, Rhonda, I do want to know… (where’s the mac — LOL!!). I was really tired and trying to finish that so I could watch a little more of the last week’s noir, “They Won’t Believe Me” with Robert Young and Susan Hayward. It’s only gonna be on TCM on Demand through tomorrow. I didn’t last till the end so I better get on it tonight.

      • rhonda says:

        You’re welcome, VJ. Thanks for reminded me about last week’s film noir, I completely forgot. I did watch Possessed last week and didn’t care for it very much at all. Very disappointed with that selection.

        • VJ says:

          @Rhonda, I lumped this one with Robert Young as similar to “Possessed” in the “unreliable narrator” sense. Joan was crazy as a bedbug. LOL!

        • rhonda says:

          Oh, dear, thanks for the warning, VJ.
          That Joan, whoa lol!

  3. VJ says:

    I thought you guys might like that quote. :) I picked it over Kaiser Wilhelm’s “Give me a woman who likes beer and I will conquer the world.” @Jlane, loved your pun.

    I’ll go 2/3 on today’s FJ.

  4. Jacob Ska says:

    I’ll drink to today’s quote.

    @Jlane you agree with the quote of today? I’ll drink to that. lol

    The CotD imo is a geography clue. I’m assuming it’s the M——-(6 letter word) River since it runs through Laos. Can’t come up with anything else.

    • JLane says:

      @Jacob – I, too, LOVE today’s quote (great choice for a Friday, VJ!), and brother, trust when I say… I’ll drink to darn near anything!!!
      Re: the CotD, my knowledge of countries located in SE Asia is pretty “Laos-y” (get it?!), so for the third time this week, I would have laid a huge goose egg in the FJ round… But hey, being the optimist that I am (I ALWAYS look at the beer glass as being half full), next week I plan on going 5 for 5 on the Clues of the Day! And, yup… I’ll drink to that, too!!! Have a fantastic weekend everyone… :-)

      • Jacob Ska says:

        @Jlane, I’ll drink also to almost anything like you. Give me an occasion to celebrate and I’m your guy. After all life is just a bowl of cherries. Live it up whenever you can. Enjoy your weekend. :)

    • rhonda says:

      That’s all I could think of, too, Jacob. It’s reassuring to know that you came up with it as well, since geography is not my thing.

      • Jacob Ska says:

        @Rhonda, I’m not great on geography either. However, I’ve seen enough documentaries on Vietnam to have, like you, figure this one out. Have you watched Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam? Awesome.

        • rhonda says:

          I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, Jacob, but I hope to catch up with at some point very soon. Thanks for your recommendation!

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