Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Oz in Jeopardy!

The 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions kicked off in a big way on the November 6, 2017 episode with three previous multiple winners facing off. And sure enough, Oz showed up, too. In the Double Jeopardy! round, the $800 clue in the category Writers Who Self-Published was this:

Buzzy, a nine-time champion, rang in first and correctly responded, "Who is Baum?" (mispronouncing the middle vowel sound as "ow"—Alex corrected it when he confirmed it was "L. Frank Baum", sounding like "bomb"). This was the only Oz clue in the entire tournament, so it's fitting that Buzzy not only won the game, he went on to win the entire tournament!

And in case you're wondering, the book in question is The Art of Decorating Dry Goods Windows and Interiors, a collection of much of Baum's work in the professional journal he edited, The Show Window. This is a book that's on my bucket list of Oz items to get, but somehow I doubt I'll ever actually be able to afford one unless someone puts out a reprint edition.

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