Monday, December 10, 2012

Near collapse

The Final Jeopardy category was 1920s Literature. The clue: The collapse of this title structure causes the death of Esteban, Uncle Pio, Don Jaime, Pepita & a marquesa.

All I could think of was "The Bridge on the River Kwai" - and then "San Luis Obispo". Argghh!!! But fortunately the right answer (San Luis Rey) came just in the nick of time.

One contestant got it right. One guy wrote nothing. I'd have rather written that than either of my two stupid first thoughts. Or what the third one wrote ...

The House of the 7 Gables? Collapsed on a bunch of Hispanics? In 1920s literature??

Argh.

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At 9:55 AM, December 11, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

I had several unfair advantages on this one: Thornton Wilder and I are alumni of the same high school, I read the book for a book report at said school -- and just a few days ago I read a glowing review of a Wilder biography in the Washington Post! It's just a matter of remembering the correct preposition following the word "bridge."

 
At 10:55 AM, December 11, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

My biggest beef with last night's "Jeopardy!" was the clue referring to "Tailgunner Joe." Dammit, that sleazeball McCarthy was NEVER a tailgunner, and his claims that he was were simply lies (cf. political candidates et al. who falsely claim to be Medal of Honor winners, or to have served as Navy Seals, etc.). "Jeopardy!" was simply perpetuating McCarthy's lie, and should've known better. Why are their fact-checkers falling down on the job nowadays???

 

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