Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 26, 2016

Today’s contestants:

Dan Rothfarb, a technical writer and editor from Annandale, VA
Riley Molin, a political science student from Bloomington, IN
Buzzy Cohen, a music executive from Los Angeles, CA (8-day total: $147,803)

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Buzzy $16,800
Dan $7,600
Riley $2,200

Final Jeopardy! category: ART HISTORY

Final Jeopardy! clue: Escalier is the original title of a work by this artist that scandalized NYC’s International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1913

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Who is Marcel Duchamp? (Check the comments section for any incorrect responses.)



Riley 2200 – 2199 = 1
Dan 7600 – 2400 = 5200
Buzzy 16800 – 0 = 16800 (9-day total: $164,603)

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Here’s the work, best known now as “Nude Descending A Staircase, No. 2”.


From an NPR retrospective about the 100th anniversary of the 1913 show, also known as the “Armory Show”:

The most talked-about painting in the 1913 Armory Show deconstructed a human figure in abstract brown panels in overlapping motion. Marcel Duchamp’s Cubist-inspired Nude Descending a Staircase was famously described by one critic as “an explosion in a shingle factory.”

In 1963, on the 50th anniversary of the Armory Show, Duchamp was interviewed by CBS reporter Charles Collingwood. The audio is now at the Smithsonian’s Archive of American Art.

When Collingwood asked Duchamp if he had realized that the piece would create “such a “furor,” the artist responded: “Not the slightest. In the first place, I was a very young painter, 26 years old. Never had been to America. Wasn’t here at the time.”

Duchamp said he was in France when he got word that his painting had sold for $324. After the commission, he received $240 — about $5,565, in today’s dollars. Not bad for an artist unknown in this country at the time.

On a more personal note, this painting came up during a crucial Reach For The Top match for my team many years ago. We did not have the foggiest idea about it.

I didn’t miss it this time.

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4 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 26, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | May 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm |

    Incorrect responses to Final:
    Riley: MC Escher
    Dan: Gustave Klimt
    Buzzy: Once more, Trebek…Once more.

    Game Stats:
    Buzzy: 16,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer
    Dan: 10,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 6 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer
    Riley: 2,200 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer
    11 Triple Stumpers

    Buzzy Cohen, through 9 games:
    189 correct
    34 incorrect
    12/17 on Daily Doubles
    5/9 in Final Jeopardy
    In First on Buzzer: 37.42%
    Average Coryat Score: $14,622

    Buzzy Cohen, to win:
    10 games: 49.15%
    11: 24.15%
    12: 11.87%
    13: 5.83%
    14: 2.87%
    Avg. streak: 9.966 games.

  2. Buzzy Cohen is The boss on jeopardy and I hope I don’t Jinx him lol

  3. Felt bad for Riley Molin at her disappointment. Don’t recall having seen any other contestant weep at the conclusion of a show.


    • Andy Saunders | May 28, 2016 at 7:52 am |

      You know Jasper, Jeopardy can get emotional sometimes. I say cry it out if you need. Heck, I might cry if I won a game!

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