Game Recap & Final Jeopardy – June 11, 2004 (Ken Jennings Game #8)

Today’s contestants:

Ethan Culbreth, an orchid specialist from Hollywood, CA
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Al Arsenault, a computer security engineer from Ellicott City, MD
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Ken Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, UT (7-day total: $231,000)
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Back when contestants had a little bit more leeway in terms of their Hometown Howdies, Ethan picked the following for his:

Hey, Hollywood, California. This is Ethan Culbreth. I don’t have a shot in hell against this guy. So watch me get my butt kicked–tonight on Jeopardy!

J! round categories: ’60s POTPOURRI; COLLEGE BASKETBALL; FOR THE KID IN YOU; MEDICAL ABBREV.; CULINARY QUOTES; “TOUCH” ME

Al went 4/5 in COLLEGE BASKETBALL. However, among Ken’s 21 correct in this round included running CULINARY QUOTES and going 4/5 in ’60s POTPOURRI, FOR THE KID IN YOU, MEDICAL ABBREV., and 3/5 in “TOUCH” ME. Ethan, obviously having difficulty with the signaling device, went “oh my!” after the first time he got in — on clue 19.

After 30 clues, the scores were:
Ken $12,800
Al $5,000
Ethan $600

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DJ! round categories: AFRICAN-AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS; LEADING MEN; SEATTLE’S SISTER CITIES; PUMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE; ART “C”; FIX THE SIMILE

On this half of the show, Ken ran FIX THE SIMILE, went 4/5 in ART “C” and 3/5 in AFRICAN-AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS, LEADING MEN, and SEATTLE’S SISTER CITIES. Ken got all 3 Daily Doubles today, and the outcome never really felt in doubt.

Ethan was right. He ended up with 4 correct responses on the day.

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Ken $38,600
Al $11,800
Ethan $1,000

Final Jeopardy! category: UNITED NATIONS HISTORY

Final Jeopardy! clue: In 1960 this new national leader made the longest speech in United Nations history, 4 hours & 29 minutes

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Who is Fidel Castro?

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Ethan 1000 – 0 = 1000 (Who is U Thant?)
Al 11800 + 8200 = 20000
Ken 38600 – 3442 = 35158 (Who is Khruschev?) (8-day total: $266,158)

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Ken’s combined Coryat of $74,600 between this game and the previous one? It’s still a record.

Over the course of a single 5-episode tape day, Ken racked up 179 correct and $169,957.

Ken’s stats through 8 games:
277 correct (41 today)
14 incorrect (1 today, including final)
13/14 on Daily Doubles
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
55.26% in first on buzzer (252/456)
Average Coryat Score: $29,125
5 correct responses in a category: 10 times
4 correct responses in a category: 23 times
3 correct responses in a category: 26 times

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