Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Wednesday, November 9, 2016:
Final Jeopardy! category: AMERICANA
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: It was constructed in the Paris foundry of Gaget, Gauthier & Co. from 1875 to 1884
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Apurva Kanneganti, a senior from Germantown, Tennessee
||Porter Bowman, a junior from Darien, Connecticut
||Lily Allingham, a sophomore from Wilmington, Delaware
What is the Statue of Liberty?
One question I’ve been seeing a lot of on the Internet recently: Why did the Teen Tournament start on a Wednesday?
The simple answer: The calendar. Election Day is November 8; Thanksgiving is November 24. Both days see Jeopardy! pre-empted in a number of markets. Because November is an important television ratings month (known as “sweeps”), Jeopardy! often schedules tournaments during sweeps. However, in order to make sure that a high-profile event doesn’t face wholesale preemptions, Jeopardy! needs to fit the tournament in between Election Day and Thanksgiving. Thankfully, the calendar and the tournament format allows for 10 episodes to squeeze in very nicely between November 9 and November 22 (the finals taking place on November 21 and 22).
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