Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,
Ellen
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Mostly Merv

I watched a slew of "Merv Griffin's Crosswords" episodes.

Yay, they now not only introduce the spoilers but give them occupations.

Cringeworthy clues:

TV's drama with Susan Dey, "L. ___" (ALAW)
These people are sometimes grand (PARENTS)
Sharp ridge (ARRIS) (this is in RH2, but most people would guess ARETE)

Good wrong guess:

Like a lot (ACRED) (after ADORE was eliminated; they wanted GO FOR)

Bad wrong guesses:

"Catchy" anagram of "parts" _ _ A _ _ (people guessed STRAP, STRAP, and blank)

Whew:

Ellyn Ritterskamp (former WWTBAM and "Jeopardy!" contestant, Ritterskoop on those shows' boards) was stuck at the podium of doom and purposely misspelled answers to become a spoiler and take the good podium and win. She didn't complete the final puzzle, though.

Final puzzle was missing RO_/_OPSE (C). Contestant didn't know either one, but was able to guess right after 2 passes and 1 wrong answer.

Final puzzle was missing R_HR/DOUBLED_TY (U). The contestant was doing well up to then, tried different letters in R_HR, and finally realized what was going on when the longer clue was read.

Bad final:

I didn't have much faith in a particular contestant up to that point, and she did not disappoint, inexplicably spending time saying "Please" before each clue and passing on things like "They're new to a field or activity" TYRO_ (even if you don't know this word, what letter could that possibly be?).

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I watched two "Cash Cab: After Dark" episodes. One twosome elected not to do the final challenge and at $1850, would have set a record had they won. Some of the contestants seem drunk, which maybe is the point.

Rerun of "The Daily Show": It's much better when these are current, but there was a funny spoof on "Laguna Beach." Sienna Miller was promoting "Factory Girl" and Jude Law was never mentioned.

Speaking of "Laguna Beach," I watched an episode, where everyone graduates. One girl gets a Bible and another a car. Fast forward to "The Hills" where we see Spencer's sister and some drama in clubs. I fail to see the appeal of Justin/Bobby.
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