Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 4, 2016


Happy Cinco de Cuatro! (Here’s some money. Go see a Star War.)

Today’s contestants:

Ian Miller, a high school history, government and economics teacher from Woodland Hills, CA
Hannah Krug, a high school math & physics teacher from Laurel, MD
Jill Gilbert, middle school English teacher from Des Moines, IA

Big groans on my end at the “O” 2 “B” and JUNG categories in Double Jeopardy. Clearly, they should have gone with “TONIGHT” and “WE ARE” before JUNG. That would have been more fun.

In case you missed it: I interviewed 6-time champion Andrew Pau for #JeopardyLivePanel earlier today!

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Jill $14,800
Ian $6,400
Hannah $6,200

Final Jeopardy! category: THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Final Jeopardy! clue: Its surface features include ones named for Margaret Mead, Josephine Baker & Cleopatra

Click/Tap Here for Correct Response

What is Venus? (Ian was going for Pluto, Hannah Mars, and Jill Ganymede).



Hannah 6200 – 6199 = 1
Ian 6400 – 6400 = 0
Jill 14800 – 0 = 14800

Semifinalists & Wild Card Standings:
Monday: Chris Tempro
Tuesday: Jason Sterlacci
Wednesday: Jill Gilbert

1. Lauren Gilmore $11,000 ($9,200)
2. Nicole Throckmorton $5,000 ($10,000)
3. Dianne Lee $100 ($2,600)
4. Hannah Krug $1 ($6,200)

5. Ian Miller $0 ($6,400)
5. Greg Greenzweig $0 ($6,400)

Professor Steven Dutch at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has a number of photographs of the surface of Venus, including one of Mead, which happens to be the planet’s largest crater.

From his site:

The only pictures ever returned from the surface of Venus were sent back by the Soviet Venera spacecraft. A number of early missions failed to survive the atmospheric pressure of Venus and were crushed before reaching the surface. Venera 9, 10, 13 and 14 survived to transmit pictures. Venera 11 and 12 landed but failed to transmit pictures.

(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)

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9 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 4, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | May 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm |

    Tonight’s stats:
    Jill: 15,000 Coryat, 20 right, 1 wrong, 31.58% in first on buzzer
    Hannah: 7,800C 17R 6W, 38.60% IFOB
    Ian: 5,200C 10R 3W 17.54% IFOB
    13 Triple Stumpers

  2. pj Lonneman | May 4, 2016 at 9:32 pm |

    Do you all think the final clue was worded vaguely? Instead of “Its surface features include ones…” it should have read “Its surface feature include craters”, amirite?! Worded as is, “what are craters” would’ve been acceptable as well.

    • Andy Saunders | May 5, 2016 at 9:39 am |

      Thanks for stopping by!

      “Ones”, to me, refers clearly to “surface features”.

      “What are craters” would not be acceptable at all and I find the thought absurd.

  3. Ben Almoite | May 5, 2016 at 9:50 am |

    I agree that that FJ! clue was worded vaguely. “Its surface features include ones…”. Ones what?! Too vague in my opinion. I think the use of the word “craters” would have been appropriate and would not have helped the contestants any further.

  4. pj Lonneman | May 5, 2016 at 5:32 pm |

    Thank you Ben. Yes, the use of the word “craters” instead of “ones” would’ve clarified the clue without giving it away. Surface features could refer to craters, lakes, rivers, mountains, estuaries, canyons, seas, or many other types of features, all of which are also part of “the solar system”. Adam I found your response unnecessarily vituperative, especially given your apparent sincerity in welcoming me to the discussion.

  5. pj Lonneman | May 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm |

    No prob Adam.

  6. pj Lonneman | May 5, 2016 at 7:31 pm |

    Sorry I meant Andy

  7. Ann Darcy | May 5, 2016 at 7:34 pm |

    I thought the clue was very ambivalent about what it was looking for with both “its” and “ones” being unknowns. I thought Alex should have addressed it tonight and given the contestants a second chance

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