Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Thursday, November 24, 2016:
Final Jeopardy! category: FOOD HISTORY
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: In 1525 Spanish New World official Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo wrote, “the flesh of these peacocks is very good”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Lexie Gagliardi, a digital fashion editor from New York, New York
||Jay Johnson, an attorney from Henderson, Tennessee
||Andrew Lee, an aspiring TV writer from West Hollywood, California (1-day total: $26,001)
What are turkeys?
Remember, if you’re going to be a contestant on Jeopardy!, always hope to get a general sense of your airdate. This clue is very much the reason why, as this episode was taped back in August. This clue plays much easier in everybody’s mind when it’s Thanksgiving Day.
That being said (editorial time here): As I always like to tell people, easier Final Jeopardy clues are very important to the general meta-game of Final Jeopardy strategy. If a clue was always going to be challenging, you would see contestants — especially leaders — stand pat significantly more often in Final. And that wouldn’t make for as good of a game in general.
I realize the idea of an “easy Final Jeopardy!” goes antithetical to the “Platonic Jeopardy! Ideal” that a number of viewers have, but it really is crucially important to the game as a whole.
Going back to more information about this Final Jeopardy! clue:
Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo used the term “peacocks” to refer to the turkeys in 1525 because he simply didn’t have another term to use to refer to them as!
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