Sunday, February 11, 2018

TAR 30, Recap Leg 6, 1/31/18

Welcome to Leg 6! Last time, on Slider Puzzles Can Be Hazardous to Racing, 8 teams raced from Saint-Tropez to Les Baux. There was a lot of medieval device building, and fake bull fighting. In the end, Lucas and Brittany managed to pull off a first place finish and Lucas finally popped the question after nine years of dating. Team Chomp, who couldn’t open a slider puzzle, were eliminated. Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

Arrival at the pit stop last episode:
1st – Lucas and Brittany, Team Baywatch, #TeamOceanRescue
2nd – Kristi and Jen, The Freestyle Skiers, #TeamExtreme
3rd – Eric and Daniel, The Wondertwins, #TheFirefighters
4th – Henry and Evan, Beauty and the Geek Take 2, #TeamYale
5th – Alex and Conor, The Race Car Drivers, #TeamIndyCar
6th – Cody and Jessica, Team Reality Show YDC, #TeamBigBrother
7th – Trevor and Chris, Team Classical Rainbow, #TeamWellStrung

Hotel Benvengudo, Les Baux-de-Provence, France

4:34 PM Lucas/Brittany (1st)
Clue: Fly to Prague, Czech Republic! Book your flight using the Travelocity Mobile App. Once there, make your way to the Rudolfinum. CAUTION: DOUBLE U-TURN AHEAD!

(Toyouke: “I don't mind the U-Turn but I hope it's after the Detour where it properly belongs.”)

4:43 PM Kristi/Jen (2nd)
4:52 PM Eric/Daniel (3rd) – (Toyouke: “I don't feel like the twins are a threat? They haven't been doing well.”)
4:58 PM Henry/Evan (4th)
5:00 PM Alex/Conor (5th)
5:09 PM Cody/Jessica (6th)
5:34 PM Trevor/Chris (7th)

So teams book their flights to Prague from Marseille, the nearest International Airport. Teams get flights in the following order:

Flight 1, arrives 10:00 AM
1) Lucas/Brittany
2) Henry/Evan
3) Eric/Daniel
4) Kristi/Jen

Flight 2, arrives 11:00 AM
1) Alex/Conor
2) Cody/Jessica
3) Trevor/Chris

So, teams make their way to the airport, get on their flights, and arrive in Prague in the following order:

1- Kristi/Jen
2- Henry/Evan
3- Lucas/Brittany
4- Eric/Daniel
5- Cody/Jessica
6- Alex/Conor
7- Trevor/Chris

Teams land at Prague Vaclav Havel International Airport and make their way to the Rudolfinum. They arrive in the following order:

1- Kristi/Jen
2- Lucas/Brittany
3- Eric/Daniel
4- Henry/Evan
5- Alex/Conor
6- Cody/Jessica
7- Trevor/Chris

When they arrive, teams find the U-Turn. (Toyouke: “Shouldn't the U-Turn be AFTER the Detour?”)

This is a Double U-Turn. Teams may choose to U-turn any team they wish (well, the team has to be behind them), but they may only use the U-Turn once during the race. If a team is U-turned, they must go back to the Detour choices and complete the Detour that they did not complete. This U-Turn is doubled, meaning two teams may U-Turn two other teams. Phil, during his explanation, does not say how many U-Turns there will be on this race.

1- Kristi/Jen choose not to use the U-Turn
2- Lucas/Brittany choose not to use the U-Turn
3- Eric/Daniel choose not to use the U-Turn
4- Henry/Evan choose not to use the U-Turn
5- Alex/Conor choose not to use the U-Turn
6- Cody/Jessica choose to U-Turn Trevor/Chris
7- Trevor/Chris are U-Turned and cannot U-Turn – (Toyouke: “Sigh. I mean, I would U-Turn two buff guys who I managed to get in front of but still.”)

So Trevor and Chris have been U-Turned and now must complete both Detour options.

Teams open their clues after the U-Turn, and we get the Detour Clue.


This OR That

*This: Teams must travel to Staropramen Brewery. Once there, they must unstack and restack a pyramid of empty beer kegs. During the unstacking process, they will find a full keg. They must tap the keg and pour a perfect mug of beer, which is approved by the brewmaster. Then teams must travel to the Fidelio Party Boat on the Vltava River and deliver an untapped keg to get their next clue.
*That: Teams travel to Charles University and listen to a lecture over the argument of whether the earth is flat or round. After the lecture, they must take an eight question oral quiz over the material and get a perfect score in order to receive their clue from the proctor.

(Toyouke: “What. You are giving equal time to flat earth truthers!? This Detour choice is terrible and I know you made it blind because otherwise no one will pick this one. EVERYONE will do beer. Do a better job of challenge design and then you don't have to have a stupid blind Detour. I mean I have a science degree and I would never pick this stupid Copernicus Detour option.”)

1- Kristi/Jen choose This
2- Lucas/Brittany choose That – and after being bored out of their minds, Bald Snark to This, which they then take over an hour to find the Fidelio.
3- Henry/Evan choose This - and Henry has a flashback to the Frites Race.
4- Eric/Daniel choose That
5- Alex/Conor choose This
6- Cody/Jessica choose That - and go to the wrong lecture hall, so they quickly Bald Snark to This.
7- Trevor/Chris choose That – and get it in two tries. Because of the U-Turn, they quickly head to This and complete it as well.

Much beer stacking and lecture listening ensues. So, teams complete the detour in the following order:

1- Eric/Daniel
2- Kristi/Jen
3- Henry/Evan
4- Lucas/Brittany
5- Alex/Conor
6- Cody/Jessica
7- Trevor/Chris

Teams are now instructed to travel to Andelska Lazen Beer Spa to get their next clue. Teams arrive in the following order:

1- Kristi/Jen
2- Eric/Daniel
3- Henry/Evan
4- Lucas/Brittany
5- Alex/Conor
6- Cody/Jessica
7- Trevor/Chris

(Toyouke: “Why do they have to go to this spa if they're not going to bathe in beer?”) Teams are now instructed to travel to Stara Cisterna Opadnich Vod to get their next clue. Teams arrive in the following order:

1- Kristi/Jen
2- Eric/Daniel
3- Henry/Evan
4- Cody/Jessica
5- Alex/Conor
6- Lucas/Brittany
7- Trevor/Chris

When they rip open the clue, teams get the sixth roadblock.


Hello, hello, hello?

In this roadblock, a Switchback to TAR15, one team member must enter a room of ringing telephones and find the eight phones that are speaking a word on the other end. Roadblockers must then fill out a form and provide the eight word Kafka quote that is the rearrangement of the words (“The meaning of life is that it stops.”). Once correct, the roadblocker will get their next clue.

(Toyouke: “I feel this Switchback is here because someone wanted very badly for the NBA team to be here to redeem basketball players everywhere. And then they made it harder and then it backfired anyway.”)

The following teammates take the Roadblock:

1- Jen
2- Daniel
3- Evan
4- Jessica – who misshared information in order to get the answer first. Jessica: “I'm trying something but it's completely different". (Toyouke: “Suspicious. Hmm. OK first of all Brittany, if you think she deliberately stole your gnome to screw you (which I don't think she did), then why are you working with her again? Second...that was a dick move, but it's a RACE. And she was more helpful than the last time this Roadblock happened and the hint was "It starts with F". I don't like alliances and every time it happens you run this risk. For you to be so dependent on someone WHEN YOU THINK THEY SCREWED YOU ONCE BEFORE just seems so dumb to me.”)
5- Alex
6- Brittany
7- Trevor

After much Kafkaesque phone answering, teams complete the Roadblock in the following order:

1- Kristi/Jen
2- Eric/Daniel
3- Henry/Evan
4- Cody/Jessica
5- Alex/Conor
6- Lucas/Brittany
7- Trevor/Chris

Teams find now that they must make their way to Letenské Park, the PIT STOP of the sixth leg of this racearoundtheworld. The last team to arrive MAY be eliminated!

1- Kristi/Jen – who win a trip for 2 to Perth, Australia.
2- Eric/Daniel
3- Henry/Evan
4- Alex/Conor
5- Lucas/Brittany
6- Cody/Jessica
7- Trevor/Chris

And Trevor and Chris are eliminated. They would rather go out on a U-Turn than on their own mistake. To each his own, I guess.

1st – Kristi/Jen
2nd – Eric/Daniel
3rd – Henry/Evan
4th – Alex/Conor
5th – Lucas/Brittany
6th – Cody/Jessica

Next week: Zimbabwe! The Jessica-Brittany feud finally comes to a head. We have another Double U-Turn. And a partner swap? Until next time!

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