Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 18, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Tuesday, April 18, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: MILITARY INNOVATIONS

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: The U.S. Navy’s photonics mast has replaced this familiar device

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Ani Gupta, an economist from Berkeley, California
Kimberley Bond, a writer & stay-at-home mom from Cumming, Georgia
Jamie Newland, a loan coordinator from Chicago, Illinois (1-day total: $15,500)

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What is a periscope?


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The replacement of the periscope with a photonics mast, on the Navy’s Virgnia-class subs, allows for the control room to be placed in a more convenient area of the submarine (as, unlike a periscope, it need not be located directly above the user.)

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5 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 18, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Jamie $15,200
    Ani $8,000
    Kimberly $5,400

    Final results:
    Kimberly $5,400 + $5,399 = $10,799
    Ani $8,000 – $7,201 = $799 (What is radar?)
    Jamie $15,200 – $801 = $14,399 (What is antenna searchlight?) (2-day total: $29,899)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Ani $4,400
    Jamie $4,000
    Kimberly $2,200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) FROM THEIR INAUGURAL ADDRESSES $800 (29th pick)
    Ani 3400 +1000 (Jamie 3000 Kimberly 2200)

    2) “GRAND” SLAM $2000 (10th pick)
    Jamie 4400 -2000 (Ani 4400 Kimberly 2600)
    3) POWER HITTERS $800 (22nd pick)
    Jamie 8400 +2000 (Ani 6000 Kimberly 4600)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: None!
    DJ! round: None!
    $ Left on Board: $0

    Game Stats:
    Jamie $16,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 5 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer
    Kimberly $5,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
    Ani $7,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $12,600 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,200

    Jamie Newland, stats to date:
    46 correct
    8 incorrect
    2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
    0/2 in Final Jeopardy
    36.84% in first on buzzer (42/114)
    Average Coryat: $16,800

    Jamie Newland, to win:
    3 games: 58.42%
    4: 34.13%
    5: 19.94%
    6: 11.65%
    7: 6.81%
    Avg. streak: 3.405 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including ToC possibility): $66,434.

    ToC projection update:
    With a projected 83 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 3.1521 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3736).
    An average of 4.8788 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6807).

    An early cutoff took place 15.936% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Jamie Newland qualified 21.327% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 58.857% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 19.070% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 3.958% of the time.
    Fred Vaughn qualified 0.776% of the time.

    (Note: Due to the possibility of a WGA strike, I feel that it is more accurate for ToC projections to add 20 games to the end of the previous projected qualifying period.)

  2. It’s one of this logic things. Photonics > has to do something with “seeing”. probable wrong answers: 2 for RADAR, though it’s rather old. ONE correct response.If you have seen “Winds of war” (Mitchum, tv mini series ) you know when RADAR came up.

  3. Man! We had a LOT of leaders missing the Final this year.

  4. john blahuta | April 18, 2017 at 5:52 pm | Reply

    Back to back that a wrong answer won Jamie the game. Yesterday it was a runaway, today he was lucky that Ani had it wrong with the (predicted) RADAR….Would be a hoot if he would win 5 games w/o getting a FJ right???
    I can only repeat : Ken, where art thou ?????? The irony is that a lot of leaders got FJ wrong lately but won the game anyway. I wonder if 2017 is sort of a “jinx” year according to SOME calendar or horoscope?

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