Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 5, 2017

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Thursday, January 5, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: MEN OF SCIENCE

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: Him vs. him: “The Life-Long Feud that Electrified the World” is a book about these 2 men

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Kelsey Morgan, an actuary from Charlottesville, Virginia
Joe Bartolomeo, a professor & associate dean from Florence, Massachusetts
Amanda Berofsky, a quality assurance analyst from Waterford, Michigan (2-day total: $15,998)


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Who are (Nicola) Tesla and (Thomas) Edison?


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The 2016 book by Nigel Cawthorne discusses the great feud between the two famous scientists. In terms of electrical invention, Thomas Edison gets the credit and the glory for the light bulb, though it is mostly Tesla’s alternating current generators that provide the world with most of its power today.

Edison’s side of the War on Currents was direct current, and the media and propoganda war was hard-fought as to which form of electricity would be used. When Edison lost control his companies in a merger with General Electric, his anti-AC stance was drowned out, and AC became the predominant power current.

Today Edison’s direct current is used mostly in batteries.

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7 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 5, 2017"

  1. Andy Saunders | January 5, 2017 at 12:27 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Amanda $21,000
    Joe $14,200
    Kelsey $6,800

    Final results:
    Kelsey $6,800 + $6,800 = $13,600
    Joe $14,200 – $200 = $14,000 (Who are Edison & Lumiere?) (1-day total: $14,000)
    Amanda $21,000 – $7,401 = $13,599 (Who are Tesla & ?)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Joe $6,600
    Amanda $5,400
    Kelsey $2,000

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) NATO $800 (29th clue)
    Joe 4800 +800 (Amanda 5400 Kelsey 2000)

    2) FILE UNDER “L” $800 (14th clue)
    Amanda 10200 +2000 (Joe 11000 Kelsey 5600)
    3) CANADIAN LAKES $1200 (25th clue)
    Joe 12600 -1200 (Amanda 19000 Kelsey 6800)

    Unplayed clues:
    DJ! round: AT THE BALLET $1600 & $2000

    Game Stats:
    Joe $15,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 27.27% in first on buzzer
    Kelsey $6,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 16.36% in first on buzzer
    Amanda $19,800 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 47.27% in first on buzzer

    Amanda Berofsky, final stats:
    61 correct
    10 incorrect
    2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$200)
    0/3 in Final Jeopardy
    37.42% in first on buzzer (61/163)
    Average Coryat: $15,133

    Joe Bartolomeo, current stats:
    18 correct
    2 incorrect
    1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$400)
    0/1 in Final Jeopardy
    27.27% in first on buzzer (15/55)
    Average Coryat: $15,400

    Joe Bartolomeo, to win:
    2 games: 52.22%
    3: 27.26%
    4: 14.24%
    5: 7.43%
    6: 3.88%
    Avg. streak: 2.093 games.

  2. Why did Amanda bet $7400 on the final question when she knew she only put down one of the answers. And so put her winnings just below Joe’s like she was suppose leave the show?

    • Andy Saunders | January 5, 2017 at 7:39 pm |

      Contestants make their wagers after seeing the category but before seeing the clue. That $7,401 was locked in and unchangeable at the point that she only had one answer down.

  3. Sandi Cohon | January 5, 2017 at 8:02 pm |

    Alex said there were three scientists in final jeopardy. They only had to pick two. Who was the third? He never said.

    • Andy Saunders | January 5, 2017 at 8:08 pm |

      No, he did not. I suspect that he was thinking George Westinghouse might be the third, but he never did say. Whomever it was, it wouldn’t have been correct, as the clue specifically referred to Tesla and Edison being name-checked in the book I wrote of above.

  4. Edison would certainly be the first name you think of with regard to electricity.

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