Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 1, 2016

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)

Today’s 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!

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What is porcelain?


Results will go up on the main page late afternoon, with full stats early evening. They will be seen in the comments section at the bottom of the main page.

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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8 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 1, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | December 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm |

    Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
    Justin $9,600
    Asim $5,200
    Kylie -$1,400

    Final Results:
    Kylie -$1,400
    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:
    Justin $4,800
    Kylie $2,600
    Asim -$1,400

    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)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: THE AGE OF WHALING $1000
    DJ! round: WE’VE GOT CHEMISTRY $2000

    Game Stats:
    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:
    114 correct
    16 incorrect
    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:
    15 correct
    5 incorrect
    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%
    3: 4.36%
    4: 0.91%
    5: 0.19%
    6: 0.04%
    Avg. streak: 1.264 games.

  2. Asim’s 1-day total is $10,399, not $5,399.

  3. You’re welcome, Andy!

  4. Justin should’ve won this game. I hope today’s winner wins tomorrow!

  5. 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!”

  6. What happened to Kylie at the end?

    • Andy Saunders | December 2, 2016 at 7:20 pm |

      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.

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