Daily Life: Portland's Courtney Shah's 'Jeopardy!' TOC run ends
THURSDAY, NOV. 3
'Jeopardy!' TOC — Portland's Courtney Shah, who won seven games in 2021 to qualify for the "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions, came up short of moving on in Thursday's quarterfinal broadcast.
John Focht of El Paso, Texas, took control of the game with a strong showing in Double Jeopardy — winning $11,000 on two Daily Doubles alone — and ran away with the game.
He won $32,000, despite not wagering anything in Final Jeopardy. The Final Jeopardy clue of Novel Locales: "This place from a 1933 novel lies in the valley of Blue Moon, below a peak called Karakal."
Focht got it wrong, answering "Xanadu"; the answer was "Shangri-La."
Shah and the third player, Rowan Ward, each also answered wrong. Shah ended with $1,000 on her score, Ward had $10,401.
'Ink Master' — The tattoo reality show "Ink Master" on Paramount+ concluded Wednesday, and Portland's Bob Jones came up short. DJ Tambe won the season (his third victory in the show). Gian Karle was the runner-up and Jones was third.
Angel Rose of Portland also competed on the show, placing fifth.
MONDAY, OCT. 31
'Ink Master' — It appears both Portland tattoo artists, Bob Jones and Angel Rose, are still alive going into the Wednesday, Nov. 2 finale of "Ink Master" on Paramount+.
Nobody was eliminated in last week's penultimate episode, although one online blog intimated that Jones was one of the favorites and Rose is on her way out. We'll see.
Other remaining contestants (first names only): DJ, Anthony, Jason, Gian.
The grand prize is $250,000 and the title of "Ink Master."
State fair — Attendance was way up at the Oregon State Fair, Aug. 26-Sept. 5.
More than 346,000 people attended the fair, a 63% increase from 2021 and up more than 10% from the pre-pandemic 2019 fair (another strong year).
Visitors opened their wallets too. Revenues topped $12.7 million, a 52% increase over the five-year average. Food and beverage receipts grew 50% year over year, and carnival revenue surpassed its 2021 gross by 15%.
"Oregonians were in a festive mood this summer, and our attendance and revenue numbers reflect that," said Kim Grewe-Powell, Oregon State Fair CEO. "This was our strongest showing in the 14 years I have worked here. The entertainment industry has been hit hard, and our vendors, performers, and attractions really needed this financial rebound."
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