Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Thursday, December 1, 2016:
Final Jeopardy! category: THE DECORATIVE ARTS
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: In the early 1700s in Dresden, King Augustus locked up a chemist until he found how to make this product dubbed “white gold”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Asim Modi, an attorney from San Francisco, California
||Kylie Carrithers, an intensive English instructor from Terre Haute, Indiana
||Justin Bender, an technical engineer from Boulder, Colorado (4-day total: $62,401)
With his win yesterday, Justin finds himself in the #11 spot on our ToC Tracker. A win today moves him up to #8!
What is porcelain?
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This is an interesting story.
Amusingly, Meissen’s website says:
Research aimed at cracking the secret of how porcelain was made commenced at Meißen early in the 18th century. Those involved were Johann Friedrich Böttger, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, the Freiberg Mining Counsellor Gottfried Pabst von Ohain and further mining and smelting specialists. The research was commissioned by Augustus the Strong, Elector Prince of Saxony and King of Poland.
The work proved successful. The first white porcelain was produced in 1708 under the direction of Johann Friedrich Böttger. Europe’s first porcelain had been born.
That disagrees ever-so-slightly with the following paper by Queiroz & Agathopoulos from Portugal’s University of Aveiro:
Böttger was born in 1682 at Schleiz. After he started working as a pharmacist apprentice in Berlin, he devoted himself to alchemy. In 1701, he made his first demonstration in the prescence of trustworthy witnesses. He pretended to transmute two silver coins into gold. After his “success”, the Prussian king tried to lock him as a treasure, but he managed to escape to Saxony. However, his fame preceded him, and August the Strong kept him watched and confined in Albrectsburg Castle (Meissen), trying to exploit his “gold maker” skills. Later on, as no gold was forthcoming, August directed him to porcelain research.
Also, in case you weren’t aware, former NBC head Grant Tinker (who passed away this week) had quite a role in the early history of Jeopardy!
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Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Asim $5,200 + $5,199 = $10,399 (1-day total: $10,399)
Justin $9,600 – $801 = $8,799 (What is gunpowder?)
Judging note: Asim’s mis-spelling of “porcelein” was accepted as misspellings are only penalized if they change the pronunciation of the word. Note the following from the Jeopardy website: Written responses to the Final Jeopardy! clue do not have to be spelled correctly, but they must be phonetically correct and not add or subtract any extraneous sounds or syllables. “porcelain” and “porcelein” are phonetically the same.
Scores after the opening round:
Alex said “no harm, no foul” twice in this game! That means the NO HARM, NO FOUL shirt will be $2 off all day Friday and Saturday.
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) U.S. CITY NICKNAMES $1000 (13th pick)
Asim -400 +800 (Kylie 1200 Justin 800)
2) WAR! $1200 (3rd pick)
Asim -200 +1000 (Justin 4800 Kylie 2600)
3) JOEL $1200 (8th pick)
Justin 4000 -2000 (Kylie 1000 Asim -400)
J! round: THE AGE OF WHALING $1000
DJ! round: WE’VE GOT CHEMISTRY $2000
Asim $5,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 5 incorrect, 21.82% in first on buzzer
Justin $11,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 4 incorrect, 34.55% in first on buzzer
Kylie -$1,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 7 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer
Justin Bender, final stats:
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,700)
2/5 in Final Jeopardy
41.09% in first on buzzer (113/275)
Average Coryat: $15,200
Asim Modi, stats to date:
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
21.82% in first on buzzer (12/55)
Average Coryat: $5,600
Asim Modi, to win:
2 games: 20.89%
Avg. streak: 1.264 games.
Asim’s 1-day total is $10,399, not $5,399.
Thanks for the eagle eye, William.
You’re welcome, Andy!
Justin should’ve won this game. I hope today’s winner wins tomorrow!
What was the answer to the Age of Whaling question asking what the lookouts say when they spot a whale? My guess “There she blows!”
What happened to Kylie at the end?
She finished in the negative after Double Jeopardy and by rule is not allowed to play Final.
In terms of how she got there? Incorrect responses in Double Jeopardy.