Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 19, 2016

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy for Wednesday, October 19, 2016:

Final Jeopardy! category: 1960s SCIENCE BOOKS

Final Jeopardy! clue: Keats’ line “The sedge is withered from the lake, and no birds sing” inspired the title of this ground-breaking book

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Debbi Hopkins, an administrative assistant from Charleston, South Carolina
Erin Rettler, a brand manager from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Shannon Dillmore, a genomics research manager from Raleigh, North Carolina (2-day total: $49,062)

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What is Silent Spring?


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That Keats line in the clue actually served as an epigraph to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. It was influencial enough that it led to a ban on DDT in agriculture and also led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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16 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 19, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | October 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm |

    Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
    Debbi $15,300
    Shannon $12,000
    Erin $6,600

    Final Results:
    Erin $6,600 – $5,401 = $1,199 (no response)
    Shannon $12,000 + $3,331 = $15,331
    Debbi $15,300 + $3,000 = $18,300 (1-day total: $18,300)

    Rules note: Jeopardy rules allow for addition or removal of leading articles of titles so long as ambiguity isn’t created with other works. This rule provides the explanation for the acceptance of Debbi’s response of “What is The Silent Spring?”

    Opening break taken after: 14 clues

    Scores after the opening round:
    Shannon $6,200
    Debbi $4,400
    Erin $3,000

    Daily Double locations:
    1) STATE BIRDS $600 (13th pick)
    Shannon 3400 +2000 (Erin 1600 Debbi 400)

    2) EUROPEAN CAPITALS $1200 (6th pick)
    Shannon 12200 -5000 (Debbi 4400 Erin 3000)
    3) AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARIES $1600 (22nd pick)
    Debbi 9600 +2500 (Shannon 12000 Erin 5000)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: ON THE COVER OF ROLLING STONE $200 & $400

    Game Stats:
    Debbi 14,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.85% in first on buzzer
    Shannon 15,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.54% in first on buzzer
    Erin 6,600 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.38% in first on buzzer

    Shannon Dillmore, final stats:
    59 correct
    7 incorrect
    5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,600)
    3/3 in Final Jeopardy
    33.54% in first on buzzer (54/161)
    Average Coryat: $12,467

    Debbi Hopkins, stats to date:
    16 correct
    1 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,500)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    28.85% in first on buzzer (15/52)
    Average Coryat: $14,400

    Debbi Hopkins, to win:
    2 games: 52.20%
    3: 27.24%
    4: 14.22%
    5: 7.42%
    6: 3.87%
    Avg. streak: 2.092 games.

  2. Dana Forest | October 19, 2016 at 7:15 pm |

    Shannon Dillmore was accurate. It is “Silent Spring,” not “The Silent Spring.”
    You wouldn’t consider “The War and Peace” a correct answer…
    Debbie got a pass on that one.

    • Andy Saunders | October 19, 2016 at 7:21 pm |

      Jeopardy rules allow for addition or removal of leading articles of titles so long as ambiguity isn’t created with other works.

      And while it looks unorthodox and I certainly wouldn’t try it, I would say “The War And Peace” should be accepted.

  3. Debbie was incorrect with “The Silent Spring”. The correct answer was Shannon’s with “Silent Spring”. I’m disappointed with Jeopardy producers for not catching it. Only one is correct!

    • Andy Saunders | October 19, 2016 at 7:41 pm |

      Per the show’s rules, “The Silent Spring” (or “A Silent Spring”) are acceptable responses.

  4. If Rachel Carson had wanted her book to be titled “The Silent Spring” she would have done so. I don’t care what the rules are, Debbie’s answer was incorrect. “The Hamlet,” “The To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Moby Dick,” “The 1984.” Come on. I don’t think so.

    • Andy Saunders | October 19, 2016 at 8:19 pm |

      The rules have been as they are for decades and are generally seen as fair. Contestants are also briefed on them before taping.

      I’ll take one of these situations any day over the judges being overly nitpicky in a different case.

    • Annelee Parsons | October 20, 2016 at 12:33 am |

      I totally agree with you!

  5. Donna Subotnik | October 19, 2016 at 9:51 pm |

    Alex missed Shannon not posing his answer as a question to Tarantino’s Favorite Actors for $1200. He said Samuel L. Jackson.

    • Andy Saunders | October 20, 2016 at 5:10 am |

      If you go back and listen closely, you’ll find that Shannon’s utterance of “what is” overlaps with Alex calling on him to answer. The phrasing was there.

  6. Annelee Parsons | October 20, 2016 at 12:31 am |

    I do not agree with allowing an incorrect title to depose the champion. This acceptance of an alternative to the actual title should be amended as it is not in line with other Jeopardy rules requiring specificity. Silent Spring is the answer; The Silent Spring is not.

    • Andy Saunders | October 20, 2016 at 5:12 am |

      It may seem clunky in this case but the rule generally works well and I disagree with you. It works most fair in the opposite fashion and saves the outrage that would happen if a contestant drops a leading “The”. It feels very unfair to ask contestants to know when “The” exists and when it does not, so the rule is constructed in this fashion.

      Because of this I must outright disagree with your assertion.

      • Andy Saunders | October 20, 2016 at 5:19 am |

        The best example I can think of is “The Catcher In The Rye”. “Catcher In The Rye” is accepted, and nobody bats an eye or complains. Start requiring that “the”, though, and there will be a riot.

        Thus, to be fair in any general case, leading articles may be added or dropped in such a fashion.

    • Andy Saunders | October 20, 2016 at 9:10 am |

      Also, this statement leads me to believe you might be unaware of the rules regarding song titles.

      In this game from 2005, “Baby, You Can Drive My Car” was accepted in Final Jeopardy. As any Beatles fan will happily tell you, the title is just “Drive My Car”.

      However, the rule is that if the response given contains the correct lyric which contains the full title, the response would be accepted. (Had the response been “Honey, You Can Drive My Car” it would have been incorrect, as would just “My Car”.)

  7. Nelson Lewis | November 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm |

    I totally agree that Shannon Dillmore should have been recognized as the winner on the 10/19/16 session of Jeopardy. The Email stating that “THE War and Peace” would likely not have been accepted, but if it had, it would be totally wrong. “The Silent Spring” is NOT the title of Rachel Carson’s book! Do what is right and recognize Mr. Dillmore publicly and explain the lame excuse for not doing so when it was deserved.

    • Andy Saunders | November 10, 2016 at 3:35 pm |


      1) You may think it is “wrong”, but the rules are very clear on this. Each contestant is even briefed as such. Contestants are permitted to add leading articles to titles, provided that ambiguity is not created with other works.

      Thus, here comes Ed Hochuli:

      2) This is a fan site unaffiliated with the show. I have no intention of requesting that the show “do what is right”.

      Debbi Hopkins is the unequivocal rightful winner of this episode.

      Comments are now being closed on this article.

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