I was between Motel 6 and Super 8 for FJ. I got to the right answer thanks to Lucille Ball. I watch a lot of TV from decades ago and, if an amount of money comes up, I like to run it through an inflation calculator and see what it would be today. After many passes through "I Love Lucy," I thought I would try her second series "The Lucy Show" recently. It was on the air in the mid-60s and I recalled that values quoted then tend to be about 8X in today's money. 51 was close enough to 6X8 for me. $6 in 1962, incidentally, was worth $8.50 in 1973, when Super 8 set their room rate at $8.88.
Tough loss for Donesh, but he would've been very pleased had his gamble paid off. I have been playing a board game online with friends about the seven wonders of the world, so it was fresh in my mind. I thought "Rosanna Arquette" was suspect for essentially the same reason I thought "Dr. No" last week was questionable, when they asked for the surname of the antagonist physician in the "it has two letters" category, but whatever. I think the way Lisa grimaced and flailed about it made it seem even wronger than it otherwise might have. I did feel for her, as she seemed very tense throughout. I can live with those responses getting credit. "Khan" going through for "Ghengis Khan" was less thrilling. It's not as though Khan was his last name. I do think they need to pull up their socks in the judging booth a bit. They'll be permissive about any number of things like this and then, bang, we'll have another Barry / Berry. (Yes, I know they're not exactly the same situation, but it feels lacking consistency to me.)
RE Ken, he continues to do fine. I wonder why they don't try to make his earpiece a bit less obtrusive? I guess they know we know the host has one in, but I never noticed Alex's as much. As someone often deeply averse to any change no matter ho superficial, I am not sure when I'll get over the new "CBS Media Ventures" card with new little musical flourish at the end, but I'll be sure and let you all know. I'm sure everyone is on the edge of their seats.
Finally, a bit of unfinished business. Checking the J! Archive today, I notice the category yesterday was Movie Settings. It would've been nice to remember that while considering the clue, and then maybe I would've joined the vast majority in getting it! And Smith & Wollensky, the steakhouse? I have never heard of it in my life, and I've been around. To be fair, it was in the $2K box, and one of the players did know it. But it seemed pretty obscure to me. I looked at their menu and I'm sure I would enjoy a meal there but I don't see myself going out of my way for one. I have my vices I'll blow money on, but fine dining has never really been on the list. I was genuinely excited by the deal I saw in a Popeye's commercial recently, so I guess that tells you what my palate is used to. 😉