Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 6, 2017

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Monday, February 6, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: MYTHOLOGICAL NAMES

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: With depths of up to 30,000′, ocean trenches make up a zone named for this brother of Poseidon & his domain

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Matt Kellison, an economist from Ottawa, Ontario
Jill Rausch, a captioner from Phoenix, Arizona
Lisa Schlitt, a microbiologist from Berwyn, Pennsylvania (6-day total: $139,100)

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Who is Hades?


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The hadal zone, obviously named after Hades of Greek myth, is the deepest marine habitat on Earth, located between 4 and 7 miles below sea level.

You can find out more about hadal ecosystems at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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13 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 6, 2017"

  1. Andy Saunders | February 6, 2017 at 1:37 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Jill $13,200
    Lisa $13,000
    Matt $9,800

    Final results:
    Matt $9,800 – $9,800 = $0 (Who is Marianas?)
    Lisa $13,000 – $13,000 = $0 (Who is Pelagus?)
    Jill $13,200 – $399 = $12,801 (Who is Tantalus?) (1-day total: $12,801)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Jill $6,000
    Matt $4,600
    Lisa $3,800

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) A FICTIONAL DEATH $1000 (5th pick)
    Jill 1400 +1000 (Matt 400 Lisa -600)

    2) BROADWAY SHOWS IN LATIN $1200 (18th pick)
    Lisa 9800 +1200 (Jill 10400 Matt 9800)
    3) CLASSICAL MUSIC $1200 (26th pick, $4,800 left on board, minute-to-go signal given)
    Lisa 13400 -400 (Jill 10400 Matt 9800)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: FOREIGN EXCHANGE $800 & $1000
    DJ! round: CLASSICAL MUSIC $400
    $ Left on Board: $2,200

    Game Stats:
    Jill $13,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 0 incorrect, 18.52% in first on buzzer
    Lisa $13,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer
    Matt $9,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $12,400
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses: $3,000

    Lisa Schlitt, final stats:
    151 correct
    19 incorrect
    7/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,700)
    5/7 in Final Jeopardy
    38.40% in first on buzzer (149/388)
    Average Coryat: $14,657

    Jill Rausch, stats to date:
    13 correct
    1 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
    0/1 in Final Jeopardy
    18.52% in first on buzzer (10/54)
    Average Coryat: $13,200

    Jill Rausch, to win:
    2 games: 44.17%
    3: 19.51%
    4: 8.62%
    5: 3.81%
    6: 1.68%
    Avg. streak: 1.791 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $31,505


    • Thank you to Jay Johnson for providing me with a full chart of this game.
  2. What happened to the quarterfinal matchups?

  3. Sorry Andy Saunders, I mean the quarterfinal matchups of the College Championship. They should’ve been up on jeopardy.com already. I hope they have them up later this week instead of waiting until next Monday.

  4. Tonight’s (6 Feb) question was poorly phrased and misleading. Hades was the mythical god of the underworld, the abode of the dead, which had no connection to ocean trenches – unknown in ancient Greece – in mythology. To call the great submarine trenches the Hadal Zone is nothing more than modern science’s hijacking of ancient myth, which theft is rendered no less illegitimate by citing Poseidon.
    Jeopardy should apologize to the contestants.

    • Andy Saunders | February 6, 2017 at 10:02 pm |

      Your comment could not be more incorrect.

      “With depths of up to 30,000′, ocean trenches make up a zone named for this brother of Poseidon & his domain”.

      To me, the zone, the “hadal zone”, fits the first part of the clue, its depths are up to 30,000 feet. It is named after Hades, Poseidon’s brother, which is a mythological name. Any sort of perceived connection is irrelevant, though you must admit: 30,000 feet below sea level is pretty far under the world (get it?)

      There is zip, zero, zilch, wrong with this clue. A request that the show should apologize for it is, quite frankly, laughable, especially from a random commenter who certainly has not left any sort of academic credentials behind claims that border on anti-scientific.

  5. I guessed Pluto, an accepted alternative name for Hades. I’ve found multiple entries to support his. Here’s one:

    Pluto, in Greek religion and mythology, god of the underworld, son of Kronos and Rhea; also called Hades.

    Would I have been judged right?

    • Andy Saunders | February 7, 2017 at 2:14 pm |

      I could see the judges going either way. I’m not sure. The fact it’s called the hadal zone may work against you, and while Pluto is an alternate Greek name for the god Hades, it is not necessarily used to refer to his domain (like Hades is).

      It’s one of those where I could see either ruling happening and could also find a basis to agree with either ruling.

      • Thanks for the input, Andy. I thought about the “domain” part of the clue, too. I would argue that the writers are asking for “this brother” and suggesting “his domain,” the underworld—and not referring specifically to a “zone”— to narrow down the contestants’ choices and discourage them from randomly choosing a Greek god, which is what looks like happened (Marianas? Pelagus? Tantalus?).
        Anyway, I have to give myself the Triple Stumper Final, haha. Well done, Grumpy!

        • Andy Saunders | February 7, 2017 at 9:13 pm |

          “Tantalus” was the only “random god”.

          “Marianas” = “Marianas Trench”
          “Pelagus” = an alternate name for “hadal” is apparently “hadopelagic”. Which, frankly, is about as close as you can get to being right without actually being right.

          • Pelagus is a made-up word. Pelagic is derived from the Greek word pelagos, meaning “open sea.” Mariana is a feminine given name of Latin origin; the masculine equivalent is Marianus, which is derived from Marius—both have nothing to do with mythology. Trust me, Andy, I’ve spent hours researching this and am the final authority on this matter. There’s nothing left to be said. I win.

          • Andy Saunders | February 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm |

            “…nothing left to be said. I win.”

            That’s so grumpy.

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