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September 12, 2019


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And Then There Were Four...

by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: 7:30p/6:30c; also check listings
Host: Alex Trebek with Jimmy McGuire, Kelly Miyahara & Sarah Whitcomb-Foss
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  Jason has won every game in season 36 so far in a runaway. He's picked up every Daily Double since the new year began. Clearly he's doing something right. Now it's on to ten against...

Jason Zuffranieri
Albuquerque, NM
math teacher

Jeff Harbin
Manchester, NH
academic librarian
Eric Harp
Washington, DC
civil engineer

JEOPARDY! ROUND: September, Everyday Football Terms, Blank That Guy, Cistern Cities, It's Hyphenated, Country Music (in celebration of the upcoming Ken Burns mini premiering this weekend on PBS, with clues presented by the man himself)

Jason kicks it off with $1000 Everyday Football Terms. And for the first time this season, the first half of the round ends with no Daily Double. Jason is ahead with $62300 to $3000. Eric is at -$200.

Jason finds the Daily Double under $800 Country Music. He wagers $6000 on this video of "I Fall to Pieces" and this clue from Ken: "Before her untimely death, she saw her career take off beginning with her first #1 hit that she had been reluctant to record." "Who is Patsy Cline?" GOT IT for $13,800! He ends up with $16,800 to $4200 for Jeff. Eric is $400 down, but he goes first in...

DOUBLE JEOPARDY!: Anatomical Etymology, The Non-Adverb "-ly" word, Canadian TV Shows, Been Around Awhile, Yoga Poses, Sun Salutations

... with $400 Sun Salutations, followed by Jeff finding the first Daily Double under $2000 Anatomical Etymology. He goes for it on this: Aristotle was the first to call the bones of the fingers these: they are arranged in rows like Greek soldiers. "What are phalanges?" FOR THE DOUBLER, $9200! Jason finds the other under $2000 Been Around Awhile. He wagers $4000 on this: Ernest Hollings, who died in 2019 at age 97, was a junior senator longer than anyone else--36 years from this state. "What is South Carolina?" RIGHT for $29,200. He ends up with $37,600, a far cry from the $12,800 and $2000 that Jeff and Eric have respectively.

FINAL JEOPARDY! in "American Museums": President Johnson signed a law that added 2 words to the name of this museum established in 1946, DC's most popular. Correct response: what is the National Air & Space Museum?

Jason's right to win $40,600, giving him over a quarter-mill, $273,843.

Big Brother
by Chico Alexander & Jason Block
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CBS: 9p/8c
Host: Julie Chen
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  THE STORY SO FAR! Thanks to deals made with Nicole and Cliff (and because nominating the person you're currently banging is très gauche), Tommy is on the outside looking in. Thanks to a Veto competition, Nicole is also guaranteed safety. Thanks to a deal made with Cliff to potentially upend the alliance, Cliff is safe, leaving Tommy and Holly as the ones in danger tonight.

Nicole and Cliff are struggling with what to do this week - take the smart route and boot Holly or take the loyal route and boot Tommy. Tommy, in a hail-Mary to Cliff, who believes that he's working with Michie on the side, vows that if they keep him, he'll throw the next HOH.

"This house is insane!" You're JUST figuring this out, Julie?

Cliff throws dime-store Punky Brewster under the bus to Michie, saying she's been talking to Tommy, which could just be some BS thrown about to curry favor to potential jury pools. Michie tells Holly that Nicole wants to evict her. Holly thinks that her game may be over. Michie also believes that it's too dangerous to keep Tommy around with Christie still in the Jury House, now that the secret is out that she & Tommy know each other from the outside. Meanwhile, Michie tells Cliff that to back out of this deal would be a slap in the face. He's gunning for Cliff and Holly regardless of the outcome of the vote. Because of course he is.

So what's a Michie to do? Lie about Tommy, telling Cliff and Nicole that they're next on his list if Holly goes. Now Nicole is pissed to the point of holding a house meeting hours before the eviction to find out what the hell is going on.

LIVE EVICTION #10: With HOH Michie and nominees Holly and Tommy not voting, the decision must be unanimous. Otherwise, Michie will cast the deciding vote.
- Cliff: TOMMY
- Nicole: TOMMY
EVICTED: Tommy Bracco

HOH COMPETITION #11: Crash and Turn. Stand on a pedestal suspended from a wire that moved in circles. In the pedestal's path was a foam truck which HouseGuests were slapped with. The HouseGuest who stood on the pedestal the longest won the Head of Household and is guaranteed a spot in the finale.

Find out how this ends next time.

America Says
by Chico Alexander
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GSN: 9p/8c
Host: John Michael Higgins
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Sassy Stewards
Alex, Julian, Lexi, Candice
BAseball Fanatics
Christian, Connor, Trista, Tom

- Sassy Stewards: My (C, C, F, R, R, SA, W) will not work without a battery. They get flashlight, car, radio, watch, camera, and remote. The Baseball Fanatics can't steal smoke alarm.
- Baseball Fanatics: I always see (B, C, F, K, OS, P, R) at my kid's soccer games. They score off of referees, balls, coaches, parents, kids, and friends. The Sassy Stews can't service up orange slices, so we end in a 600-all tie.

- Sassy Stewards: After a stressful day of work, I like to (M, R, R, S, TAB, W, WT). They watch TV, relax, workout, take a bath, read, meditate, and sleep for the sweep!
- Baseball Fanatics: On our last vacation, we played a lot of (BG, C, C, G, M, T, V). They play cards, golf, and board games. The Sassy Stews get music, but not volleyball, tennis, or charades. Who plays TV? Anyway, they lead, 4200-1200.

- Sassy Stewards: You might have to shout to be heard over a (A, C, C, J, L, S, T). They get concert and crowd for 600, 4800 total. The Baseball Fanatics get lawnmower, train, and airplane for 900, 2100 total.
- Baseball Fanatics (must sweep): The most famous chef I can think of is (BF, EL, GR, JC, MS, RR, WP). They get Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart... and that's it. They miss Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Julia Child, giving the game to the Sassy Stewards, 4800-3700.

- Q1: You may want to get your hands insured if you work as a (M): Model
- Q2: I don't have the same (H, W) that I used to have in middle school: SKIP!
- Q3: My wife is pregnant, and all she wants to eat is (P, IC, C): Pickles, Ice Cream, Chocolate
- Q4: People tell me "good luck" before I go to a (JI, C, BD, A): Audition... and time on job interview, casino, and blind date.

Back to Q2, and they needed both haircut and waistline.

Common Knowledge
by Chico Alexander
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GSN: 5:30p/4:30c
Host: Joey Fatone
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The Buoyes
Phil, Tuesday, Ursula
Online Moms Club
Erika, Melissa, Melanie

ROUND 1: By the Numbers, Hack This, In the Kitchen, Recreation.

We start with the Buoyes in the Kitchen - Cooking Light says adding apple wedges to baked goods in an airtight container does what: a) keeps them sweet b) keeps them moist c) keeps them from molding? They say B... That's 80 points! The Online Moms Club goes with Recreation - Intended for girls in kindergarten & first grade, what is the youngest division of the Girl Scouts: a) Sunflowers b) Daisies c) Lilies? They say B... THEY'RE right for 80! Back to the Buoyes with By the Numbers: on an analog clock, at which time would the hour & minute hands line up the closest: a) 1:10 b) 5:25 c) 9:30? They say A... but it's B. We end in an 80-80 tie going into...

ROUND 2: Fashion, Hack This, Science, Staying Healthy

The score favors the Buoyes, 120-100 going into this question for the Online Moms Club in Fashion - According to Gillette, what type of bears pairs a full goatee with a detached moustache: a) Chevron b) Van Dyle c) Gunslinger? They say C... and get shot down. It's B. To the Buoyes have this in Science - The Big Bang was said to have happened about how long ago: a) 13.8 million years b) 13.8 billion years c) 13.8 trillion years? They say B... to take the lead, 280-100.

WRITE-IN ROUND: America, Music, Words & Grammar, In the Sky
- Online Moms Club: WORDS & GRAMMAR - Originating in Japan, what type of poem has 17 syllables arranged into three lines? They say haiku... RIGHT!
- The Buoyes: MUSIC: According to the song "Seasons of Love" from the musical "Rent", how many minutes are there in a year? They say 480,000. .. Over to the Online Moms Club, who says 3600... All together now... "Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes..."
- Online Moms Club: AMERICA to ice it away - Alphabetically, waht is the first US state? They say Alabama... to WIN, 700-280!

BONUS ROUND: Melanie gets two, but doesn't know what the most dangerous day of the week to drive your car is according to USA Today (Saturday). Melissa's one-and-done when she can't name what the C&H in C&H Sugar stands for (California & Hawaii). And Erika is out when she doesn't know that Phi Beta Kappa was established during... the Revolutionary War.

Funny You Should Ask
by Chico Alexander
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Syn: Check local listings
Host: Jon Kelley
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restaurant owner
fashion stylist
Jamie Kennedy
"Coming to the Stage"
Jodi Miller
Byron Allen
producer of this show
Jon Lovitz
Sherri Shepherd
"Best Ever Trivia Show"
Louie Anderson

ROUND 1: Alexa wins the toss to talk to Jon, Louie, and Jodi, leaving Kieran with Sherri, Byron, and Jamie. Both get two for $200.

ROUND 2: We swap the sides, and Alexa sweeps to take the lead, $800-$600.

ROUND 3: Kieran starts the round as he is behind. Not for long, because he has the lead by $100, $1200 to $1100 going into the final question for Alexa. This is to Jamie - True or false: the cockapoo is known for having relatively no odor. Jamie says true. Alexa agrees... and she wins, $1400-$1200!

- Q1: A University of Michigan study found that people are more likely to forgive their significant other if their partner is... humble, arrogant, or rich? She says "humble"... RIGHT!
- Q2: According to the Economist, which of the following used to be white: spinach, carrots, broccoli, or the NBA? She goes with carrots... and we're going to the final...
- Q3: In 1949, the first aircraft to make a nonstop flight around the Earth was called... Lucky Lady II, Lucky Lady III, Lucky Lady IV, Lucky Lady V, Lucky Lady VI, or... (Jodi: "Lucky We Made It!")? She says Lucky Lady IV... not so lucky, it was Lucky Lady II.  But she is a lucky lady with $1400!

Wheel of Fortune
Jason Block
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Syn/YesTV: 7p/6C
Hosts: Pat Sajak & Vanna White
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Total for Week 1- $216,281
Total for the Season: $216,281
Bonus Win Percentage: 2/4
Bonus Round Losses Cash: $74,000
Bonus Round Losses Cars:
Toss Up Sweeps/Group Misses:
Mystery Round Prizes hit/won/lost:
Car Wins: 2
$100,000 Losses/Wins:
$1,000,000 Losses/Wins:
$1,000,000 Wedge Hit/Offered/Used/Lost: 2/4/1/1
Wild Cards Hit/Offered/Used/Lost: 1/4/1/0
Express Wedge Hit/Used/Crashes:
Bonus Prize Wedges hit/won/lost: 3/1/2
$2,500 Space Hit -
$3,500 Space Hit - 4
$5,000 Space Hit -
Bankrupt Space Hit - 7
Lose A Turn Hit - 4
Vowels Missed:
A - E- 3  I - O- U

Missed solves -
Repeated a letter/vowel -
Perfect Rounds: 1
House Minimums - 1
Gift Tags hit/won/lost:
Free Play Hit: 4
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 0/4
Best Week:
Bankrupt Losses: $24,450
Left on the Table: $56,500
Red Podium Win - 1
Yellow Podium Win - 2
Blue Podium Win - 1

A :
M : 2
E :
I :
C: 1
E :
& :
I :
N: 1
* -
** -
*** -

BONUS CATEGORIES SELECTED:(offered/picked/win/lose)
EVENT(s) -
LIVING THING(s) - 1/0/0/0
PHRASE -2/0/0/0
FOOD & DRINK -1/1/0/0
THING(s) -4/1/1/0
ON THE MAP -1/1/1/0
PLACE(s) -1/1/0/1

Premiere Week continues with Day 4 of Teacher's Week!

The $1,000 Tossup is WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Lauren Johnson from Jersey City, NJ solves SHARPENING MY PENCIL. She is a married HS Math and Computer Science Teacher. Vicki Green from Detroit, MI is a 22 yr veteran HS English Teacher. She is born and bred from Detroit. Jason Johnson is an elementary school PE Teacher in Gerard, PA. He is an Army Vet and is married with 2 sons.

The $2,000 Tossup is CHARACTER. Lauren has $3,000 with FLAT STANLEY. We add this to the wheel - a World Strides Trip to France worth $9,100. She starts SAME LETTER and picks up the MDW with 2 T's but loses it and $900 on Bankrupt. Vicki hits the Same Letter C on the $500 spot(4x) and we add the $1,000 Same Letter Bonus. She hits 2 Free Play S's worth $1,000 and solves COMPUTER CHIPS & CALCULATORS for $5,650. We move on to....

The Aspercreme Ultimate Mystery round which is started by Vicki as well. It's PHRASE. She hits Lose a Turn. After one spin and 4 $550 R's, Jason solves DON'T FORGET TO PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR HOMEWORK for that $2,200 and everyone has some money! We move on to...

The Prize Puzzle/Express Wedge round which is started by Jason as well. It's EVENT. He hits Lose a Turn. Lauren solves A REMARKABLE CRUISE for $2,650 and a cruise of the Panama Canal on Princess Cruises (from Dream Vacations) worth $7,017! She has $12,667 in cash and prizes!

The third tossup round is our new wrinkle in Season 37. It's called the TRIPLE TOSSUP. We have three tossup puzzles and each will be in the same category. All three players are eligible. Each puzzle is worth $2,000. The person who gets the third puzzle will start the next round. The category is THING. Vicki has $2,000 with ENCYCLOPEDIA. Lauren has $2,000 with a one letter solve of DICTIONARY, then starts the next round with a 2 letter solve of WORLD ALMANAC. Vicki has $7,650. Lauren has $16,667 and starts FOOD & DRINK. She misses. Vicki leads us into a $1,600 a letter FINAL SPIN and solves DEEP-FRIED DILL PICKLES for $7,150 and leaves with $14,800 in cash! Jason leaves with $2,200. Lauren hangs on with $16,667 in cash and prizes including her cruise of the Panama Canal!

The pre bonus round total is $33,667! Lauren picks THING over PERSON and WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?

Lauren lands on the M in AMERICA'S Wedge. With the RSTLNE and her choices of C M P A we have:

A / T R _ C _ _
M _ _ E

Lauren didn't need A TRICKY MOVE to win herself a 2020 Ford Edge SUV worth $42,330! That's the 2nd SUV won this week by our players! Lauren leaves with $58,997 in cash and prizes including her cruise and her car!