Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 31, 2016

Today’s contestants:

Laurie Corrin, a community volunteer from Kirkland, WA
Tim Mercure, a graduate student in mathematics from Washington, DC
Erin Delaney, an English professor from North Hills, CA (2-day total: $53,999)

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Tim $13,500
Laurie $10,200
Erin $8,400

Final Jeopardy! category: WORLD FAUNA

Final Jeopardy! clue: Platypuses are to what this Pacific island what alligators are to Florida

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What is Tasmania? (Incorrect responses, if any, as well as game stats, can be found in the comments section.)



Erin 8400 – 8400 = 0
Laurie 10200 – 6601 = 3599
Tim 13500 + 6901 = 20401

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From Britannica:

The platypus is found in terrain ranging from the high country of Tasmania and the Australian Alps to lowland areas close to the sea. Although it has on occasion been seen swimming in salt water, the platypus must feed in fresh water, where its electrical navigation system is operative. The platypus is present in all eastern Australian states in both eastward- and westward-flowing river systems, but it is absent from far northern Queensland and, unlike its relatives, the echidnas, does not appear to have colonized the island of New Guinea.

The living platypus family (Ornithorhynchidae) includes the Paleogene and Neogene platypuses (genera Monotrematum and Obdurodon as well as Ornithorhychus). The discovery of M. sudamericanum in 62 million-year-old Patagonian sediments confirmed that platypuses were once distributed through the southern continents that were once linked geographically (Gondwanaland). Species of Monotrematum and Obdurodon, which retained functional teeth, were generally larger and more robust than the living platypus.

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9 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 31, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | May 31, 2016 at 5:00 pm |

    Incorrect responses to Final Jeopardy:

    Erin: New Zealand
    Laurie: Papua New Guinea

    Tim: 11,400 Coryat, 24 right, 6 wrong, 43.86% in first on buzzer
    Laurie: 10,200 Coryat, 15 right, 3 wrong, 26.32% in first on buzzer
    Erin: 8,400 Coryat, 13 right, 3 wrong, 24.56% in first on buzzer

    Erin Delaney, through 3 games:
    54 correct (including Final)
    8 incorrect (including Final)
    2/2 on Daily Doubles
    2/3 on Final Jeopardy
    In First On Buzzer: 29.41% (50/170)
    Average Coryat: $12,533

    Tim Mercure, to win:
    2 games: 43.21%
    3: 18.67%
    4: 8.07%
    5: 3.49%
    6: 1.51%
    Avg. streak: 1.761 games.

  2. I don’t understand the analogy–what is the animal-state relationship the question was talking about?

    • Andy Saunders | May 31, 2016 at 5:33 pm |

      Alligators are native to Florida.
      Platypi are native to Tasmania.

      • Wow…now there’s an interesting fact that I will definitely keep in thought about this. Who knew that the Platypus is native to Tasmania?

      • The plural of platypus is platypuses, not platypi. Platypodes is also correct.

  3. confused on Final Jeopardy! the phrase “pacific island” threw me. Tasmania is bordered on the west by the Indian Ocean and on the east by the Pacific. Therefore, NOT a Pacific Island. Furthermore, some say bordered on the south by the Southern Ocean. i.e. Which ocean is Cape Horn found? Neither ‘entirely’ in the Atlantic or the Pacific…both!

    • Andy Saunders | May 31, 2016 at 8:15 pm |

      It borders the Pacific. I’d say it’s OK.

      Though I was more confused the same way Tim was than how you were.

  4. Liz Butterfield | May 31, 2016 at 11:00 pm |

    Australia is correct too because its an island like Tasmania and has platypus also. Part of it is pacific ocean and infian ocean too.

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