Show #6871 - Monday, June 30, 2014


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Ben Zimmer, a linguist and language columnist from Jersey City, New Jersey

Melinda Dudley, a recent law school graduate from Hayden, Colorado

Jill Rowley, a flight attendant from Baltimore, Maryland (whose 1-day cash winnings total $12,201)

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Jeopardy! Round

    $200 1
Here comes this Hun king, who in the 440s made the Eastern Roman Empire pay 2,100 pounds of gold per year
    $200 6
A gear tooth; you may feel like one in a machine
    $200 12
Let's make a deal--name this host of "Let's Make a Deal"
    $200 11
The 1969 family law act made California the first U.S. state to legalize this "blameless" form of divorce
    $200 23
The 2 main styles of this liquor are Dutch & London dry
    $200 18
To slip from confinement
    $400 2
The 24-year rule of this Soviet leader led to the deaths of millions of peasants caught up in collectivization
    $400 7
It's slang for a $5 bill
    $400 13
Nathan Sawaya created a life-sized, Lego-ized version of this TV pundit, & that's "The Word"
    $400 17
In 1979 a court granted girlfriend Michelle Triola Marvin $104,000 & alimony was lengthened 1 letter to this
    $400 24
Varicella you don't want; valpolicella, one of this country's top red wines, you do
    $400 19
The second sign of the zodiac, said to be stubborn
    $600 3
Refusing to see Spain's Charles I as a new overlord led to Atahualpa becoming the last ruler of this Peruvian empire
    $600 8
A curve joining 2 points in geometry, or anything bow-shaped
    $600 14
Stay up "Late Late" with this funnyman seen here
    $600 28
In Illinois, it's grounds for divorce if, at the time of your marriage, your husband had one of these living
    $600 25
The brand called Mike's Hard makes cider & punch, but its logo shows this is its flagship drink
    DD: $2,500 20
A thermonuclear reaction
    $800 4
Macias Nguema was the son of one of these "doctors", & his prescription for Equatorial Guinea was brutal repression
    $800 9
It means to invest with a title, such as a knighthood
    $800 15
For the 11th season of her talk show, the double "L" in her first name was changed to the number 11
    $800 29
Connecticut will grant a divorce if one spouse has been absent & out of touch for this "itchy" length of time
    $800 26
A chelada is a mix of this alcoholic beverage & clamato--we know, but just try it
    $800 21
Term for a man who accompanies a lady to a formal, public event
    $1000 5
In 1998 rioting due to a bad economy ended the 32-year rule of this Indonesian president
    $1000 10
Scrabble players know it's a 3-letter word for meadow
    $1000 16
This star of "Community" hosts "The Soup"
    $1000 30
Grounds for divorce in Georgia include "moral" this, meaning depravity or vileness
    $1000 27
Excuse the spelling, but peppar & kurant are products from this Swedish vodka brand
    $1000 22
Something everyone is looking at; it's also the point where an earthquake starts

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

Jill Melinda Ben
$3,000 $2,400 $2,800

Scores at the end of the Jeopardy! Round:

Jill Melinda Ben
$4,800 $4,700 $5,400

Double Jeopardy! Round

    $400 14
"Charlotte's Little"
    $400 2
The San Diego zoo says this ursine carnivore can smell prey on ice 20 miles away
    $400 1
In 1983 Jump 'N the Saddle released its only hit record, "The Curly Shuffle", a tribute to this comedy team
    $400 19
This colony's name came from one of the Channel Islands
    $400 7
It can be a government department or a chest of drawers
    $400 26
Thomas McKean was the last to sign this document--sometime after January 18, 1777
    DD: $3,000 15
" 'A' is for Trespass"
    $800 10
Badger & Toad could hang with the star-nosed this seen here
    $800 3
He died of cardiac arrest in 1996 moments after singing his lone hit, "Tip Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me"
    $800 22
Rhode Island may be named for a place in this sea
    $800 8
When something hits one of these, it stops increasing after a period of growth
    $800 27
In 1995 the funnies got less funny with the ending of both "The Far Side" & this comic strip by Bill Watterson
    $1200 16
"In Cold Tiffany's"
    $1200 11
As if it's not freaky enough, a male duckbilled this has spurs behind each ankle that are connected to poison glands
    $1200 4
Bertie Higgins' only Top 40 hit, it was inspired by a 1948 Bogart-Bacall flick set on a Florida island
    DD: $4,000 23
Massachusetts means "at the big" one of these; colony Gov. John Winthrop said, "we shall be as a city upon" one of these
    $1200 9
At the start of winter, this state capital barely gets 6 1/2 hours of daylight
    $1200 28
(Sarah of the Clue Crew presents the clue from the California Science Center in Los Angeles.) The Space Shuttle Endeavour's final mission began May 16, 2011; among those watching the launch was this Arizona congresswoman, whose husband, Mark Kelly, was on board as commander
    $1600 17
"Mansfield Abbey"
    $1600 12
The mud puppy, a type of this amphibian, breathes through gills even though it has lungs
    $1600 5
Daniel Powter's one hit came in 2006 when he sang, "Cause you had" this (maybe tomorrow will be better)
    $1600 24
New York is named for the duke of York, who would become this king in 1685
    $1600 20
Named for a region of Burgundy, it's a red wine drunk when it's young; the "nouveau" type, when it's very young
    $1600 29
Lord John Russell, who left office in 1866, was the last prime minister of Great Britain who was one of these, foes of the tories
    $2000 18
"The Pickwick Shop"
    $2000 13
This bloodsucking eel-like fish arrived in Lake Erie around 1920; within 25 years all the Great Lakes were infested
    $2000 6
1983's "Too Shy" was the peak for this group with baby talk in its name
    $2000 25
Pennsylvania comes from the Latin for this area "of Penn", "Penn" referring to William Penn's dad
    $2000 21
It's the clothing & linens a bride assembles for her marriage
    $2000 30
This Hitler deputy was the last prisoner at both the Tower of London & Spandau

Scores at the end of the Double Jeopardy! Round:

Jill Melinda Ben
$18,800 $7,300 $15,800

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Final Jeopardy! Round

1970s FILMS
In 2013 Mario Cuomo said he finally saw this film, which he had boycotted for personal reasons, & called it "maybe... a masterpiece"

Final scores:

Jill Melinda Ben
$31,601 $10,300 $18,800
2-day champion: $43,802 3rd place: $1,000 2nd place: $2,000

Game dynamics:

Game dynamics graph

Coryat scores:

Jill Melinda Ben
$18,800 $7,600 $13,000
17 R,
1 W
21 R
(including 1 DD),
5 W
(including 1 DD)
19 R
(including 1 DD),
2 W

Combined Coryat: $39,400

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Game tape date: 2014-03-12
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