Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 27, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Toys) for Thursday, April 27, 2017:

When it was first marketed in the late 1970s, this toy was given the Hungarian name “Buvos Kocka”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Troy Steinmetz, a fundraising manager from Santa Clara, California
Jennifer Fuquay, a stay-at-home mom from San Antonio, Texas
Alan Lin, a software engineer from Santa Barbara, California (3-day total: $64,800)

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What is the Rubik’s Cube?


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The ubiquitous 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube was invented in the mid-1970s by Ernő Rubik at Budapest’s Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts. “Bűvös kocka” is the translation of “Magic Cube”. Because Ideal Toy Co. wanted a recognisable name to trademark for its release, it was renamed the Rubik’s Cube (“Rubik-kocka” in Hungarian).

In a speed-cubing competition, Feliks Zemdegs of Australia solved a standard 3x3x3 cube in 4.73 seconds. Zemdegs’ record for the 4x4x4 cube is 21.24 seconds.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 27, 2017"

  1. Galapagos Great Escape secret word: CONSERVATION

    Scores going into Final:
    Alan $14,600
    Troy $8,600
    Jennifer $3,000

    Final results:
    Jennifer $3,000 – $3,000 = $0 (What is ?)
    Troy $8,600 + $6,001 = $14,601
    Alan $14,600 + $5,000 = $19,600 (4-day total: $84,400)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Alan $7,400
    Troy $6,000
    Jennifer $1,000

    Opening break taken after: 13 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) OLD JOBS $1000 (12th pick)
    Alan 1400 +1400 (Troy 3400 Jennifer 0)

    2) ALMOST THERE TO THE STATE CAPITAL $1600 (19th pick)
    Troy 11200 -5000 (Alan 15000 Jennifer 200)
    3) REGARDING HENRY $1600 (26th pick)
    Alan 15400 -2000 (Troy 7800 Jennifer 3000)

    Unplayed clues:
    DJ! round: REGARDING HENRY $400, 4-SYLLABLE WORDS $400
    $ Left on Board: $2,000

    Game Stats:
    Alan $16,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 39.62% in first on buzzer
    Troy $13,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 4 incorrect, 39.62% in first on buzzer
    Jennifer $3,000 Coryat, 5 correct, 2 incorrect, 9.43% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $11,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000

    Alan Lin, stats to date:
    87 correct
    9 incorrect
    6/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $20,200)
    2/4 in Final Jeopardy
    36.94% in first on buzzer (82/222)
    Average Coryat: $16,800

    Alan Lin, to win:
    5 games: 58.84%
    6: 34.62%
    7: 20.37%
    8: 11.98%
    9: 7.05%
    Avg. streak: 5.429 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $136,575.

    ToC projection update:
    With a projected 76 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 3.2493 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3512).
    An average of 5.1424 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5745).

    An early cutoff took place 17.291% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Alan Lin qualified 67.598% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 55.887% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 9.176% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 1.280% of the time.
    Fred Vaughn qualified 0.195% of the time.

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

  2. Christopher Denault | April 27, 2017 at 5:04 pm |

    Tough one for Troy with that last DD – hard to get two answers in that short time, let alone one. He gets that right, he’s ahead of Alan going into FJ and wins this.

    Congrats to Fred Vaughn for holding on to that final ToC berth for a really long time, but Alan’s win today will Fred off the list after the next Teachers’ Tourney next month.

  3. Hey Andy do you know the results of tomorrow game already and your not allowed to tell us or do you know right now as much as we know at home?

  4. Dal Higbee | April 27, 2017 at 8:24 pm |

    I hope Alan Lin wins again tomorrow.

    • Frank Smith | April 27, 2017 at 9:30 pm |

      Lisa Schlitt was our last superchampion, about 3 months ago. It’s about darn time we have another 5+ timer.

  5. Enos Williams | April 27, 2017 at 11:35 pm |

    My record for solving a Rubik’s Cube is somewhere around four hours.

    • I was stationed in the western Aleutians from May ’81 through June ’82. A very dreary place. I had tossed a Rubik’s Cube (package unopened) into my bag as I was getting ready to leave, thinking it might be a way to pass a few hours.

      I played with it about 5 hours a week for four or five months, noticing how different patterns of rotational movement affected the faces, and finally came up with a process that would solve the cube consistently in about three minutes.

      Unfortunately, it would also NEVER solve the cube in less than two. Sigh.

  6. Linda M Acosta | May 5, 2017 at 7:34 pm |

    I missed tonight’s 5/5/2017 Galapagos word, darn it!! I have all the others though!! Can you help me please?

    • It’s already in the comments.

      • Linda M Acosta | May 6, 2017 at 9:50 pm |

        Well Andy Saunders, the only Galapagos word that I see is from 4/27/17, which I already have. I needed 5/5/17 word, which I don’t see in the comments.

      • Linda M Acosta | May 6, 2017 at 9:56 pm |

        Duh! I found the word, but it looks like it’s too late anyway!! Thanks for your reply!

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