Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 12, 2016

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Monday, December 12, 2016:

Final Jeopardy! category: SCIENTISTS

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: In a 1694 Royal Society lecture, he suggested an astronomical cause for the Biblical flood in Genesis

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Bridget McNulty, an analytical chemist from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Amy Young, a public health graduate student from Corvallis, Oregon
Tim Aten, an editor from Vermilion, Ohio (6-day total: $101,899)

Tim is still #8 on our ToC Tracker, but he’ll move passed the 6-time champs and into #5 on the list with a win today.

In case you haven’t heard: Upcoming contestant Cindy Stowell passed away on December 5; she had competed on the show with stage IV cancer. Remember to watch on December 13. Her friends and family will also appreciate donations on her behalf to the Cancer Research Institute.

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Who is Edmund Halley?


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Halley’s 1694 lecture “About The Cause of the Universal Deluge” advanced the theory of periodic catastrophism and specifically suggested (two years before William Whiston’s theory), that the Great Flood was caused by a comet. Because (obviously) such claims were seen as controversial in 1694, he did ask for the suppression of the publication of these lectures.

At The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science, you can read more about this facet of Halley’s career.

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5 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 12, 2016"

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

    Scores going into Final:
    Amy $9,200
    Bridget $8,800
    Tim $7,800

    Final results:
    Tim $7,800 – $2,200 = $5,600 (Who is Newton?) (7-day total: $107,499)
    Bridget $8,800 – $4,400 = $4,400 (Who is Galileo?)
    Amy $9,200 – $5,500 = $3,700 (Who is Newton?)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Tim $3,000
    Bridget $1,600
    Amy $800

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) ISLAND NATIONS $600 (23rd pick)
    Amy 600 -800 (Bridget 1600 Tim 1200)

    2) TOUGH CHILDREN’S LIT $1200 (8th pick)
    Amy 3200 -3000 (Bridget 6400 Tim 3000)
    3) LANDMARKS $1200 (20th pick)
    Amy 4200 +3000 (Bridget 6400 Tim 5800)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: THE POPES $1000
    DJ! round: INVASIONS $2000

    Game Stats:
    Tim $7,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 20.00% in first on buzzer
    Bridget $8,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 12.73% in first on buzzer
    Amy $11,200 Coryat, 26 correct, 9 incorrect, 52.73% in first on buzzer

    Tim Aten, stats to date:
    127 correct
    11 incorrect
    6/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
    4/7 in Final Jeopardy
    29.02% in first on buzzer (112/386)
    Average Coryat: $12,257

    Tim Aten, to win:
    8 games: 37.11%
    9: 13.77%
    10: 5.11%
    11: 1.90%
    12: 0.70%
    Avg. streak: 7.590 games.

  2. I thought Newton was a good guess; I would’ve also picked him. Galileo? He died in 1642.

    Thankfully, Tim wagered little enough to keep himself in. I’m excited to see him again tomorrow.

  3. This week’s Hometown Howdies should be up today.

  4. Man, I was hoping we would see the last clue in either the first or DJ! round. (Admin edit: I’m cheering for Cindy tomorrow.)

    (The above comment was edited by an Admin to comply with the Site Comment Policy.)

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