Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 19, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Wednesday, April 19, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: HISTORIC U.S. LAWS

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: By barring holding positions at competing firms, 1914’s Clayton Act plugged gaps in this law

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Diana Ascher, a finance system manager from Englewood, New Jersey
Emmett Robinson, an attorney from Greenwich, Ohio
Jamie Newland, a loan co-ordinator from Chicago, Illinois (2-day total: $29,899)

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What is the Sherman Act?


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The Sherman Antitrust act of 1890 was instituted to regulate monopolies in the United States. The part of the Clayton Act referenced in the clue made it such that a person could not be on the Board of Directors of competing firms, to the degree that if the two firms in question would be ruled a monopoly per US law if they were to merge, one could not be a Director of both companies.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 19, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Diana $13,200
    Emmett $9,800
    Jamie $8,800

    Final results:
    Jamie $8,800 – $8,000 = $800 (What is the Anti-Trust Law?)
    Emmett $9,800 + $7,801 = $17,601 (What is the Sherman Anti-Trust Act?) (1-day total: $17,601)
    Diana $13,200 – $6,401 = $6,799 (What is conflict of interest?)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Jamie $6,800
    Emmett $5,000
    Diana $3,200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) 1930s AMERICA $1000 (21st pick)
    Emmett 2200 +2200 (Jamie 4200 Diana 2800)

    2) 3-NAMED AUTHORS $1200 (9th pick)
    Diana 6400 +3000 (Emmett 7800 Jamie 6800)
    3) OF PENCIL MANIA $1200 (10th pick)
    Diana 9400 +3000 (Emmett 7800 Jamie 6800)

    Unplayed clues:
    DJ! round: FISH $400 & $800
    $ Left on Board: $1,600

    Game Stats:
    Emmett $8,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 6 incorrect, 30.19% in first on buzzer
    Diana $9,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.30% in first on buzzer
    Jamie $8,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.96% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $12,200 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,200

    Jamie Newland, final stats:
    64 correct
    12 incorrect
    2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
    0/3 in Final Jeopardy
    35.93% in first on buzzer (60/167)
    Average Coryat: $14,133

    Emmett Robinson, stats to date:
    15 correct
    6 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,200)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    30.19% in first on buzzer (16/53)
    Average Coryat: $8,600

    Emmett Robinson, to win:
    2 games: 28.31%
    3: 8.02%
    4: 2.27%
    5: 0.64%
    6: 0.18%
    Avg. streak: 1.395 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $27,834

    ToC projection update:
    With a projected 82 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 2.9934 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3375).
    An average of 4.6341 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6323).

    An early cutoff took place 12.721% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Tim Kutz qualified 63.667% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 22.390% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 4.781% of the time.
    Fred Vaughn qualified 0.858% 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.)


    • This is the sixth time this season in regular play that the Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy! have been found on consecutive clues (Sept. 15, 20, Oct. 14, 27, & Jan. 11 are the other 5.). On average, since October 2004, it has happened every 56.59 games.
  2. john blahuta | April 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm |

    At least the (only) right answer won the game, though it was again not the leader who got it right…..weird happenings going on at J!

    • Frank Smith | April 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm |

      Another 2-timer, another 1/3 FJ!, and a response (from Jamie) that totally should’ve been correct.

      • Frank:

        I disagree with you. I do not believe that “the Anti-Trust law” is at all specific enough. It was correctly ruled incorrect by the judges, in my opinion. There have been many anti-trust laws in the books, not just Sherman.

        • john blahuta | April 19, 2017 at 9:20 pm |

          I have to agree with you there, Andy, though the temptation to just answer “anti – trust” was high. The Sherman anti-trust made it certainly more difficult.

  3. Jamie McMillion | April 19, 2017 at 4:33 pm |

    The winner is from my home town and he is an attorney so I’m glad he would get that right lol!

  4. john blahuta | April 19, 2017 at 4:55 pm |

    Well, another new champion after just 2 wins. I wonder if we will get a 5 time champ before the summer break..?

    • The computer predicts that we’ll have 2 or 3 5-time champs before the end of the season.

      • john blahuta | April 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm |

        Don’t get me started with computers! Great when they work, but when they don’t….not…….And that is just for things where they SHOULD work. As far as predictions are concerned: who would have thought that Germany would beat Brazil IN Brazil at the world cup in 2014 7:1 in the semi finals? You would have gotten 1000:1 odds predicting THAT result,if not higher.My motto is ” Credo quod video”, We shall see how many five-timers we will have. Now that we talk about it we will probably have 4 in a row..:):):)

  5. Because of the 1914 date I would think that the question should have been answered as the Clayton Act which was added to the Sherman Anti-Trust Act which was enacted in 1890. The Clayton Act of 1914 specifically prevented board members of corporations from serving on competitive companies.

  6. Might need to bring back the old streaks of futility that Keith Williams used we haven’t had a 3 time champ in 23 days

  7. Why not Afghanistan – Zimbabwe? Why was Zambia the correct answer? Is it because “republic of Zimbabwe”?

    • The category was THE COMMONWEALTH. it was only dealing with countries that were part of the British Commonwealth,
      of which Antigua & Barbuda is first alphabetically and Zambia last alphabetically (Zimbabwe is not a Commonwealth member. They used to be, but they left during Mugabe’s reign.)

  8. Thank you for the quick response.

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