Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 19, 2016

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that I’ve changed the title of my post slightly! This’ll be a permanent change going forward!

Today’s contestants:

Lindsey Ziegler, a project co-ordinator from Crystal, MN
Hilary Hinzmann, an editor & writer from New York, NY
Andrew Pau, an assistant professor from Amherst, OH (2-day total: $65,202)

Andrew’s performance may remind many of Ken Jennings! I don’t have a count yet, but I think I need to start tracking correct responses for Andrew!

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Andrew $40,000
Hilary $6,800
Lindsey $5,600

Final Jeopardy! category: 18TH CENTURY BRITISH SCIENTISTS

Final Jeopardy! clue: In 1705 he wrote, “And if it should then return, we shall have no reason to doubt but the rest must return too”

[spoiler title=’Click/Tap Here for Correct Response’]Who is Edmond Halley? (Andrew and Lindsey answered Newton)[/spoiler]

Lindsey 5600 – 1201 = 4399
Hilary 6800 + 6700 = 13500
Andrew 40000 – 0 = 40000 (3-day total: $105,202)

Of course, the 1705 work in question: A Synopsis of the Astronomy of Comets.

…This, moreover, confirms me in my Opinion of its being the fame; that in the year 1456. in the Summer time, a comet was seen passing retrograde between the Earth and the Sun, much after the same Manner : which, tho’ no Body made observations upon it, yet from its Period, and the Manner of its Transit, I cannot think different from those I have just now mention’d. Hence I dare venture to foretell, That it will return again in the Year 1758. And, if it should then return, we shall have no Reason to doubt but the rest must return too: Therefore Astronomers have a large Field to exercise themselves in for my Ages, before they will be able to know the Number of these many and great Bodies revolving about the common Center of the Sun; and reduce their Motions to certain Rules. I thought, indeed, that the Comet which appear’d in the Year 1532. might be the same with that observ’d by Hevelius in the Year 1661. But Apian’s Observations, which are the only ones we have concerning the first of these Comets, are too rude and unskilful, for any thing of Certainty to be drawn from them, in so nice a Matter. I design to treat all of these Things in a larger Volume, and contribute my utmost for the Promotion of this Part of Astronomy, if it shall please God to continue my Life and Health.

(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)

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4 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 19, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | April 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm |

    Statistics notes:

    I have not been able to find other occurrences of a player running four categories outside of Ken Jennings on the following dates:

    June 10, 2004
    October 6, 2004
    September 14, 2004
    September 17, 2004

    Andrew had 39 correct, 3 incorrect (including Final Jeopardy).

  2. how did the judges miss that Andrew said Ulan Batar instead of Ulan Bator, unless there’s something I don’t know about that pronunciation.

    • Andy Saunders | April 19, 2016 at 7:37 pm |

      I’ve heard both pronounciations (and spellings, for that matter) used extensively; I saw no issue with it.

    • Both are acceptable. For the record, “Ulaanbaatar” (not “Ulan Batar” – there’s no such thing) is the primary name for “Ulan Bator.”

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