Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – March 9, 2016

As I discovered last night, there are a surprising number of people who take math errors rather personally. I guess that shouldn’t really come as a surprise to me, all things considered, but I still found parts of the reaction to be very disappointing.

Today’s contestants:

Bill Patschak, a trivia writer from Frederick, Maryland
Katrina Mundinger, a musician from Minneapolis, MN
Annie Moriondo, a bookseller from Somerville, MA (1-day total: $22,300)


Andy’s pregame thoughts:

On Facebook earlier this week, I set a line on the length of Bill’s run at 2.5 victories. There were a lot of people taking the “over”. With the number of overs, had I been making an actual book, it seems like 4.5 might have been a better line.

Meanwhile, I think there would be some people on JBoard who would take a second win from Annie tonight about as well as Boomie Aglietti’s loss to Beth Watkins from a few years back.

Meanwhile: Bill sent all $8,000 of his on a Daily Double in Double Jeopardy — and missed.

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Katrina $11,400
Annie $10,200
Bill $5,200

Final Jeopardy! category: LITERARY GEOGRAPHY

Final Jeopardy! clue: Shelley subtitled a poem named for this famous geographic feature “lines written in the vale of Chamouni”

Click/Tap Here for Correct Response

What is Mont Blanc?


Bill 5200 – 5200 = 0 (the Rock of Gibraltar)
Annie 10200 – 10000 = 200 (Matterhorn)
Katrina 11400 – 4000 = 7400 (Shallot)

Wow, I haven’t flubbed this hard in Final Jeopardy in a long while. Mistake #1: I read “Shelley” as “Mary Shelley”, not “Percy Shelley”; that doesn’t help things much anyway. Mistake #2: Not recognizing “Chamouni” = “Chamonix”.

Meanwhile, looks like the “under” wins?

(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)

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2 Comments on "Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – March 9, 2016"

  1. Charles Kennedy | March 9, 2016 at 9:28 pm |

    GCD is Greatest Common Divisor not Denominator

    • Andy Saunders | March 10, 2016 at 12:36 pm |

      As the name of this website certainly implies, I have no connection to the show. I can’t speak to the judges’ electing to accept that response and have no way of forwarding any objections.

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