Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – July 28, 2016

Today is the penultimate day of Season 32! In case you missed Alex’s announcement last Monday, next week will begin the encore presentation of the 2015 Tournament of Champions!

Today’s contestants:

Katrina Ice, a claims examiner from Louisville, KY
Todd Gonzalez, a paint sales assistant manager from Rochester, NY
Barbra Resnick, a social worker from Altamonte Springs, FL (1-day total: $8,399)

Final Jeopardy! category: NAMES IN THE NEWS

Final Jeopardy! clue: This 52-year-old went through a temporary growth spurt, growing 2 inches in less than a year, as revealed by a 2016 physical

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Who is Scott Kelly?



(As I have done for the past month, you’ll find final results and full stats in the comment section.)

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The 2-inch growth spurt is due to Kelly’s time as commander of Expedition 26 of the International Space Station.

Astronauts do get taller in microgravity. One unique advantage to studying microgravity’s effect on Scott’s body is that he has an identical twin brother, Mark, a former NASA astronaut as well, who spent the last 12 months on Earth.

Astronauts get taller in space because on earth, the spinal disks are slightly compressed due to gravity. Because this compression does not exist in space, it lengthens the spine (leading to a taller astronaut).

Other effects include brittler bones, due to their not having to actually walk around the spacecraft (they haven’t done as much load bearing) and atrophied muscles (again, because they aren’t doing as much work).

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3 Comments on "Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – July 28, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | July 28, 2016 at 2:47 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Todd $18,400
    Barbra $9,200
    Katrina $1,300

    Final results:
    Katrina $1,300 – $301 = $999 (What is ?)
    Barbra $9,200 + $9,200 = $18,400 (2-day total: $26,799)
    Todd $18,400 – $1 = $18,399 (What is the Statue of Liberty?)

    For context: Ties are now broken by a tiebreaker question, and have been since November 2014.

    Also for context: I think Todd made the right decision. Why You Should Bet For The Win

    Daily Double locations:
    1) SOUNDS LIKE A STAR WARS CHARACTER $600 (15th pick)
    Todd 2000 +1000 (Barbra 1600 Katrina 0)

    2) DEPRESSING QUOTES $2000 (9th pick)
    Katrina 5000 -2500 (Barbra 6800 Todd 3200)
    Todd 16000 +2000 (Barbra 8800 Katrina 1700)

    Unplayed clues:
    DJ! round: CLASSICAL COMPOSITIONS BY CENTURY $800, $1600, & $2000

    Game Stats:
    Barbra 9,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 0 incorrect, 21.57% in first on buzzer
    Todd 17,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 37.25% in first on buzzer
    Katrina 3,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 7 incorrect, 31.37% in first on buzzer

    Barbra Resnick’s stats:
    30 correct
    3 incorrect
    0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -4,000)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    24.07% in first on buzzer (26/108)
    Average Coryat: $12,000

    Barbra Resnick, to win:
    3 games: 41.44%
    4: 17.17%
    5: 7.12%
    6: 2.95%
    7: 1.22%
    Avg. streak: 2.708 games. #Jeopardy

  2. Hello! Am I wrong, or wasn’t there an error in the “Sounds like a Star Wars character” category. The accepted answer was “Palatine” for the Roman hill where Romulus and Remus were found (correct), but the Star Wars character is Emperor Palpatine–not a rhyme. Didn’t the other answers match exactly? I tweeted about this–but no response from @Jeopardy. Let me know what you think!

    • Andy Saunders | July 29, 2016 at 7:44 pm |

      Regardless of whether or not the other four fit exactly, it would be very difficult to make the case that “Palpatine” does not sound like “Palatine” and thus fits the category title.

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