Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – April 6, 2016

Today’s contestants:

Paul Belin, a business development manager from Columbia, MD
Sabrina Fritz, an engineering student from St. Charles, MO
Jeff Crosby, a youth ministry consultant from Rochester, NY (1-day total: $8,400)

If you didn’t notice, Jeff is seated. The post-game interviews are at the lecterns as well. Jeff mentioned on JBoard that this is due to degenerative back pain.

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Jeff $14,000
Sabrina $10,900
Paul $10,400

Final Jeopardy! category: ASTRONOMY

Final Jeopardy! clue: Its name means “fear”, & this moon orbits closest to a planet’s surface of any moon in the solar system

Click/Tap Here for Correct Response

What is Phobos?



Paul 10400 + 2000 = 12400
Sabrina 10900 + 10899 = 21799
Jeff 14000 + 7801 = 21801 (2-day total: $30,201)

Watch out, you’re about to learn something! From NASA:

The long, shallow grooves lining the surface of Phobos are likely early signs of the structural failure that will ultimately destroy this moon of Mars.

Orbiting a mere 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) above the surface of Mars, Phobos is closer to its planet than any other moon in the solar system. Mars’ gravity is drawing in Phobos, the larger of its two moons, by about 6.6 feet (2 meters) every hundred years. Scientists expect the moon to be pulled apart in 30 to 50 million years.

“We think that Phobos has already started to fail, and the first sign of this failure is the production of these grooves,” said Terry Hurford of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The findings by Hurford and his colleagues are being presented Nov. 10, 2015, at the annual Meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society at National Harbor, Maryland.

(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)

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7 Comments on "Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – April 6, 2016"

  1. Anita Joshi | April 6, 2016 at 7:41 pm |

    I enjoy watching Jeopardy. I somehow don’t approve of this situation. When the contestant’s answer is announced wrong the first time, and then announced that the judges have given it right. Fine, the points are given to the contestant; but he loses his turn which could have changed the outcome of the game. I feel this is somehow unfair. The judges should come up with some solutions so that this doesn’t happen in the future.

  2. Vicki Gene Bauer | April 6, 2016 at 8:04 pm |

    What happened in today show? (Apr 6, 2016) I didn’t expect to see Udit come back in the “champion” seat yet he was there most of the first half of the show. Did this fluke happen only in the Atlanta area? It was very weird to come back after the break and see a total rearrangement of the contestants minus Udit.

    • Andy Saunders | April 6, 2016 at 8:06 pm |

      Hi, Vicki.

      Yes, it was just Atlanta that saw this happen. Channel 11 screwed up and started by showing yesterday’s episode. They fixed it at the first break.

  3. Michelle R. | April 6, 2016 at 9:29 pm |

    Shame on channel 11 Alive, you killed my episode, as I deleted it since it started off as yesterday’s episode….:(

  4. I feel the answer given as The Sears Towers was incorrect. It’s been the Willis Towers since 2009. Sears lost its naming rights since 2003

    • Andy Saunders | April 7, 2016 at 7:43 am |

      You’re right in that its current name is the Willis Tower but “Sears Tower” is its original name and isn’t incorrect. Also, do you realize that the contestant who gave the response is an NU student local to the area? I have zero issue with how it played out.

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