Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 22, 2016

Today’s contestants:

Samantha Hartke, a product manager from Sugar Land, TX
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Ross Merriam, a strategy card game player & writer from Roanoke, VA
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Pranjal Vachaspati, a PhD student from Shaker Heights, OH (3-day total: $67,188)
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Final Jeopardy! category: PAINTED LADIES

Final Jeopardy! clue: She’s been called the “Mona Lisa of the North” & the poster girl for the Dutch Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague

Click/Tap Here for Correct Response

What is “Girl with A Pearl Earring”?

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The painting is by Jan Vermeer. Here it is:

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Also, Happy Birthday to Alex Trebek! (He was born 76 years ago today in Sudbury, Ontario.)

Finally, Pranjal made it onto the ToC Tracker after yesterday’s performance. See the updated list!

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3 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 22, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | July 22, 2016 at 2:01 pm |

    Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
    Pranjal $21,700
    Samantha $10,600
    Ross $7,000

    Final Scores:
    Ross $7,000 – $7,000 = $0 (Who is Princess Charlotte?)
    Samantha $10,600 – $7,001 = $3,599 (Who is Queen Victoria?)
    Pranjal $21,700 + $300 = $22,000 (4-day total: $89,188)

    Daily Double locations:
    1) THINGS TO DO BEFORE $1000 (5th pick)
    Ross 400 -1000 (Samantha 800 Pranjal 600)

    2) FRENCH HISTORY $1200 (8th pick)
    Pranjal 9200 -1400 (Samantha 7800 Ross 2200)
    3) SHE’S A REAL SAINT $2000 (15th pick)
    Pranjal 10600 +3500 (Samantha 10200 Ross 4200)

    Unplayed clues:
    DJ! round: SHE’S A REAL SAINT $200; TECHNO-THRILLERS $200

    Game Stats:

    Pranjal 21,600 Coryat, 26 correct, 2 incorrect, 41.82% in first on buzzer
    Samantha 10,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 27.27% in first on buzzer
    Ross 8,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 4 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer

    Pranjal Vachaspati’s stats:

    97 correct
    18 incorrect
    6/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: 15,310)
    3/4 in Final Jeopardy
    45.41% in first on buzzer (99/218)
    Average Coryat: $18,250

    Pranjal Vachaspati, to win:
    5 games: 66.64%
    6: 44.41%
    7: 29.59%
    8: 19.72%
    9: 13.14%
    Avg. streak: 5.997 games.

  2. Pranjal actually wrote “Who is the girl with THE pearl earring?” (emphasis added) but was ruled correct. Is there any argument, based on translation from the Dutch, for “the” to be correct? Fortunately, it didn’t affect the outcome of this game, thanks to another dominating performance by Pranjal.

    • Andy Saunders | July 22, 2016 at 8:41 pm |

      In my research earlier I found both used. I used “A” because that’s what Wikipedia uses, but because it’s from Dutch, I’d say both could be used interchangeably.

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