|Guy Woythaler, a senior at Stanford University from Encino, CA
||Hannah Norem, a sophomore at Augustana University from Houston, TX
||Sarah Dubnik, a senior at the University of Pittsburgh from Jamison, PA
Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Final Jeopardy! category: 19TH CENTURY BOOKS
Final Jeopardy! clue: Instinct, “Hybridism” & “Geographical Distribution”
What is The Origin of Species
Hannah 7400 + 7000 = 14400
Sarah 16000 – 1199 = 14801 (The Origin of The Species)
Gus 20600 + 1622 = 22222
Things to remember:
1) You are allowed to leave off leading articles; 2) “On” was removed from the title of later editions of the work; 3) you aren’t allowed to add extra articles to a title.
Semifinals & Wild Card Tracker:
Monday winner: Emily Sun
Tuesday winner: Emily Bingham
Wednesday winner: Sam Deutsch
Thursday winner: Gus Woythaler
1. Sarah Dubnik $14,801 ($16,000)
2. Hannah Norem $14,400 ($7,400)
3. Kate Laubscher $14,400 ($7,200; $3,200 after J! round)
4. Michael Sieja $14,400 ($7,200; $2,600 after J! round)
5. Kevin Brown $14,000 ($12,600)
6. Amanda Rosner $13,200 ($6,600)
7. Adam Antoszewski $0 ($6,400)
8. Carissa Pekny $0 ($5,000)
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I mentioned this over on JBoard, but I’ll throw it up here too – Gus finished on exactly the same total as Keith Williams did in his first appearance. Coincidence or homage?
I don’t see anyone else discussing something Alex did tonight that in my opinion may have suggested an answer, or even if it didn’t help the player, gave the appearance of impropriety on Alex’s part.
In the Elements category, for the $800 answer “It was discovered out west: Cf.” (What is Californium?), Alex commented “It was discovered at Berkeley.”
Very next clue, same category, for $1200 (Daily Double), “It was discivered way out west: Bk.” The student correctly answered “What is Berkelium?” Alex says “yes, also discovered at Berkeley.”
I’m bothered by the fact that Alex mentoned Berkeley in his earlier comments, knowing that the very next answer in the series was Berkelium. He reviews the questions beforehand, he knew what he was doing. Very poor judgment in my opinion.
My thoughts: the producers and the show’s Standards & Practices lawyer on-set had ample opportunity to stop tape and replace the clue with #6, and reshuffle the Daily Double, and chose not to. Obviously to me they felt it was okay and I’m going to trust their judgement on this one.