Jeopardy Encore Presentation Recap – August 2, 2016


This game originally aired on November 10, 2015 as part of the 2015 Tournament of Champions.

Today’s contestants:

Kristin Sausville, a stay-at-home mom from Newark, DE
Brennan Bushee, a software developer from Malden, MA
Greg Seroka, a chef from Detroit, MI

A lot of talk has happened about Kristin’s small Daily Double wager of $200 in this game. A larger wager here would have helped her chances to advance significantly. However: the way the stats bear themselves out, Kristin made a very intelligent wager her in my opinion. As Bob Harris often speaks in Prisoner of Trebekistan, it’s just as important to know what you don’t know. Lifetime on Daily Doubles up to that point, Kristin was 3 for 9 — on “regular difficulty” Daily Doubles to boot. It was also a $2,000 clue in a category in which $1,200 and $1,600 were both stand-and-stare Triple Stumpers. In my opinion, Kristin would have been seriously foolhardy to bet more than $200. As we all saw, she knew that $2000 clue. I did, too, playing along at home. Sometimes the roulette ball doesn’t fall in the slot you want it to. Them’s the breaks. What I do know is that if I were Kristin, I would be incredibly proud about how I played this game today.

Final Jeopardy! category: INAUGURAL ADDRESSES

Final Jeopardy! clue: His first address spoke of “the present happy state”, “our peculiar felicity” & our “happy government”

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Who is James Monroe?



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Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Greg $13,000
Kristin $12,800
Brennan $12,000

Final results:
Brennan $12,000 + $6,000 = $18,000
Kristin $12,800 – $0 = $12,800 (Who was Wilson?)
Greg $13,000 – $1,500 = $11,500 (Who was FDR?)

Wild Card standings:
Monday: Catherine Hardee ($17,600)
Tuesday: Brennan Bushee ($18,000)

1. Vaughn Winchell $16,599 ($17,200; $8,000)
2. Dan Feitel $14,000 ($7,800; $3,400)
3. Kristin Sausville $12,800 ($12,800; $1,000)
4. Greg Seroka $11,500 ($13,000; $7,000)

Daily Double locations:
1) OKLAHOMA $600 (8th pick)
Brennan 2400 -2400 (Greg 1800 Kristin 0)

2) NICKNAMES FOR FEMINISTS $2000 (11th pick)
Kristin 3800 +200 (Greg 11000 Brennan 5600)
3) HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES $1600 (13th pick)
Kristin 5200 +2000 (Greg 11000 Brennan 5600)

Game Stats:
Brennan 14,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
Kristin 14,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
Greg 13,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer

Brennan Bushee’s career stats to date:
161 correct
14 incorrect
5/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: 3,400)
6/7 in Final Jeopardy
37.85% in first on buzzer (148/391)
Average Coryat: $17,428

Kristin Sausville’s career stats to date:
161 correct
26 incorrect
5/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -3,600)
4/7 in Final Jeopardy
41.93% in first on buzzer (161/384)
Average Coryat: $15,371

Greg Seroka’s career stats to date:
221 correct
26 incorrect
8/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: 27,900)
4/9 in Final Jeopardy
43.63% in first on buzzer (219/502)
Average Coryat: $17,378

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