Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy: April 25, 2016

Welcome back to a new week of recaps at The Jeopardy! Fan!

With six wins, Andrew’s right on top of our ToC Tracker; who else is there?

Today’s contestants:

Buzzy Cohen, a music executive from Los Angeles, CA
Jeanne Roper, a garden designer from Blacksburg, VA
Andrew Pau, an assistant professor from Amherst, OH (6-day total: $170,202)

My calculations have Andrew with a 74% chance to win this game, at least at its start! Buzzy, though, out for blood today! A $4,000 True Daily Double in the Jeopardy! round, followed by $3,000 and $4,000 in Double Jeopardy, showed us that he is a force!

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Buzzy $28,000
Andrew $16,800
Jeanne $14,000

Final Jeopardy! category: METAPHORICAL PHRASES

Final Jeopardy! clue: In the late 1800s Clark Stanley was a notorious seller of this 2-word product, which he advertised as a curative linament

Click/Tap Here for Correct Response

What is snake oil?



Jeanne 14000 + 13995 = 27995
Andrew 16800 + 11201 = 28001
Buzzy 28000 + 5601 = 33601 (1-day champion: $33,601)

As I’ve been doing, I’ll put Andrew’s final statistics into a comment later this evening.

From NPR’s “Code Switch”, “A History of Snake Oil Salesman”, a fascinating article:

Among the items the Chinese railroad workers brought with them to the States were various medicines — including snake oil. Made from the oil of the Chinese water snake, which is rich in the omega-3 acids that help reduce inflammation, snake oil in its original form really was effective, especially when used to treat arthritis and bursitis. The workers would rub the oil, used for centuries in China, on their joints after a long hard day at work. The story goes that the Chinese workers began sharing the oil with some American counterparts, who marveled at the effects.

So how did a legitimate medicine become a symbol of fraud? The origins of snake oil as a derogatory phrase trace back to the latter half of the 19th century, which saw a dramatic rise in the popularity of “patent medicines.” Often sold on the back pages of newspapers, these tonics promised to cure a wide variety of ailments including chronic pain, headaches, “female complaints” and kidney trouble. In time, all of these false “cures” began to be referred to as snake oil.

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1 Comment on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy: April 25, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | April 26, 2016 at 9:47 am |

    Andrew Pau’s statistics:
    20 correct (including Final)
    0 incorrect
    $16,800 Coryat score (wins 62.25% of regular-play games since Oct. 2004)

    Career total:
    165 correct
    11 incorrect
    6 wins
    $172,202 (including $2,000 second-place consolation prize)

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