Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 26, 2016


Today’s contestants:

Karen Lazar, a retired educator from Oceanside, NY
Monikka Mann, an innovation project manager from Katy, TX
Pranjal Vachaspati, a PhD student from Shaker Heights, OH (5-day total: $121,688)

Final Jeopardy! category: AMERICAN AUTHORS

Final Jeopardy! clue: On his 1849 death, it was said he was “regarded rather with curiosity than admiration” & “few will be grieved”

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Who is Edgar Allan Poe?



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From the Edgar Allan Poe Society, the offending obituary appeared in the Richmond Semi-Weekly Examiner:

EDGAR ALLAN POE died in Baltimore on Sunday last. His was one of the very few original minds that this country has produced. In the history of literature, he will hold a certain position and a high place. By the public of the day he is regarded rather with curiosity than with admiration. Many will be startled, but few will be grieved by the news. He had very few friends, and he was the friend of very few — if any. But his character and adventures were too remarkable, and his literary merits too indubitable, to pass from the stage with the simple announcement already given.

I don’t think this obit-writer liked Edgar very much! That said, he definitely appears to be held in significantly higher regard now!

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18 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 26, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | July 26, 2016 at 2:03 pm | Reply

    Scores going into Final:
    Pranjal $22,400
    Karen $14,600
    Monikka $7,600

    Final Results:
    Monikka $7,600 + $7,500 = $15,100
    Karen $14,600 – $12,600 = $2,000 (Who is Mark Twain?)
    Pranjal $22,400 – $7,000 = $15,400 (Who is Thoreau?) (6-day total: $137,088)

    Daily Double locations:
    1) HYBRID WORDS $800 (17th pick)
    Pranjal 2800 +2800 (Monikka 4800 Karen 1200)

    2) THE AMAZING SPACE-MAN $1200 (8th pick)
    Pranjal 8800 +3800 (Karen 5400 Monikka 4800)
    3) GOD SAVE THE ENGLISH KING $2000 (10th pick)
    Pranjal 14200 +6600 (Karen 5400 Monikka 4800)

    Unplayed clues:

    Game Stats:
    Pranjal 13,200 Coryat, 22 correct, 8 incorrect, 50.00% in first on buzzer
    Monikka 7,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
    Karen 14,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 23.08% in first on buzzer

    Pranjal Vachaspati’s stats:

    147 correct
    30 incorrect
    10/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: 28,010)
    4/6 in Final Jeopardy
    46.13% in first on buzzer (149/323)
    Average Coryat: $18,467

    Pranjal Vachaspati, to win:
    7 games: 68.83%
    8: 47.37%
    9: 32.61%
    10: 22.44%
    11: 15.45%
    Avg. streak: 8.208 games.

    • Andy Saunders | July 26, 2016 at 10:48 pm | Reply

      A favour to ask: if you’re going to quote these stats elsewhere on the Internet, a link back to here would be appreciated. Thank you!

  2. Pranjal scares the living daylights out of me. As if yesterday’s game wasn’t a big scare of $10,000 on FJ!, this one really narrowed down by $300 of a lead. I really question about Karen’s choice of wager to bet a lot when she almost had more than 50% of Monikka’s total.

    • Andy Saunders | July 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Reply

      Karen’s wager was defensible, at least to me. It’s the Keith Williams school of “have to be right to win so might as well bet most everything”.

      • $12,600? She could have at least bet enough to cover Pranjal, at least by a dollar. That would seem to be more of a proper choice where she is only less than $8,000 behind him. Where I’ve seen second place a lot lately, the assumed choice would most likely bet enough to cover 1st by a dollar. I could understand the $12,600 if Pranjal was really far away, like somewhere within $27,000, if that was his total.

        • Andy Saunders | July 26, 2016 at 7:16 pm | Reply

          I like to think that there isn’t one specific good number. Karen’s number does its job just fine, at least to me.

  3. Loved Monikka, and her “story”- would have liked to see her win… Prandjal is old news (lol)

    • Andy Saunders | July 26, 2016 at 7:36 pm | Reply

      Old news? LOL C’mon, man! (Lord knows how you’d have dealt with Ken Jennings’ run!)

      • I need some new people, Andy… Especially if/when they’re beating Cleveland people! (I’m in Colummbus)

        I’ll bet you root for the Kenyans in the marathon, too! :o)

        • Andy Saunders | July 27, 2016 at 12:07 am | Reply

          I like when people go on really long runs on Jeopardy because interest in the show increases. And the more people watch, the longer it runs! 🙂

          (Other than that, I don’t tend to cheer too loudly, unless it’s either my Blue Jays or I have $$$ riding on the outcome.)

  4. Did they give him $ on his guess of Harry Potter Book 7?

  5. Jonathan Graham | July 26, 2016 at 8:21 pm | Reply

    I really liked Pranjal’s final wager in this game, and am glad that he is doing the Buckeye State proud.

    I was also wondering if the statistical model you use to project how many games the champion will likely win will lend itself well to multiple logistical regression or some other model for figuring out ToC odds.

  6. Question: What was the cranberry juice cocktail mentioned on today’s show??

  7. Thank you! My DVR did not record the end of the show due to the DNC convention. I will turn to you more often when this happens!!

  8. Chris Kokiko | July 28, 2016 at 11:59 am | Reply

    Is there a data base somewhere that lists ALL of the questions and answers on a date by date basis?

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