Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 17, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Eras In U.S. History) for Wednesday, May 17, 2017:

On April 11, 1865 Abraham Lincoln spoke of “the mode, manner, and means of” this, which he would not live to see

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Holly Cannon, a high school chemistry teacher from Klein, Texas
Holly Cannon on Jeopardy
Michael Camp, a high school Spanish teacher from Chicago, Illinois
Michael Camp on Jeopardy
Mary Parker, a high school French & English teacher from Rogers, Arkansas
Mary Parker on Jeopardy

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The speech was Abraham Lincoln’s last public address, which occurred two days after Lee’s surrender ended the U.S. Civil War. In it, Lincoln said:

By these recent successes the re-inauguration of the national authority — reconstruction — which has had a large share of thought from the first, is pressed much more closely upon our attention. It is fraught with great difficulty. Unlike a case of a war between independent nations, there is no authorized organ for us to treat with. No one man has authority to give up the rebellion for any other man. We simply must begin with, and mould from, disorganized and discordant elements. Nor is it a small additional embarrassment that we, the loyal people, differ among ourselves as to the mode, manner, and means of reconstruction.

White supremacist John Wilkes Booth, in the audience for the speech, vowed that it would be Lincoln’s last, and proceeded to assassinate Lincoln less than a week later at Ford’s Theatre.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 17, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Mary $12,200
    Michael $6,600
    Holly $3,200

    Final results:
    Holly $3,200 + $3,200 = $6,400
    Michael $6,600 – $4,600 = $2,000 (What is unificiation?)
    Mary $12,200 + $1,500 = $13,700 (Finalist)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Mary $5,000
    Holly $3,000
    Michael $3,000

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) TOM HANKS MOVIE QUOTES $800 (29th pick)
    Michael 4000 -1000 (Mary 5000 Holly 3000)

    2) ORGANIZATIONS $1600 (23rd pick)
    Holly 4600 -2600 (Mary 8200 Michael 6600)
    3) Unplayed!

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: TOM HANKS MOVIE QUOTES $1000
    DJ! round: I NEED SOME TUDOR-ING $1600 & $2000
    $ left on board: $4,600

    Game Stats:
    Mary $12,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 27.27% in first on buzzer
    Holly $5,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 5 incorrect, 27.27% in first on buzzer
    Michael $7,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 5 incorrect, 36.36% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $11,600 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,200

    Mary Parker, stats to date:
    43 correct
    5 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    34.82% in first on buzzer (39/112)
    Average Coryat: $17,100

    Michael Camp, stats to date:
    34 correct
    8 incorrect
    1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $200)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    33.04% in first on buzzer (37/112)
    Average Coryat: $9,700

    Holly Cannon, stats to date:
    25 correct
    10 incorrect
    0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,600)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    27.68% in first on buzzer (31/112)
    Average Coryat: $5,900

  2. I’m really excited to watch the Finals, and in 2 more days, we’ll find out which 1 between David Clemmons, Nan Cohen or Mary Parker will win this Teachers Tournament.

  3. Why was Holly’s response of “the underworld” incorrect? Answer was Hades. Aren’t they the same.

    • The clue said Greek mythology; thus, given that, the judges expected a response of the Greek term of “Hades” and not the not-specific-enough “underworld”.

  4. Hey Andy say this were regular games and pretend this was Mary’s second game she just won. What would be her percentage change of winning a third game.

  5. Frank Smith | May 17, 2017 at 8:07 pm |

    It’s not often we see a Daily Double go unplayed. Had it been found, we may have had a different finalist.

    • Considering that Michael missed Final, it would have taken quite a wagering blunder on Mary’s part to have affected the outcome, especially considering a clue-value bet on a Daily Double would have given Mary a free shot at the runaway.

  6. Dal Higbee | May 17, 2017 at 9:11 pm |

    There seemed to me a bit of hard material for the players today.

  7. salomon apodaca | May 17, 2017 at 11:24 pm |

    middlemarch english lit. what was the clue and or context?

  8. Peggy Hastings | May 17, 2017 at 11:42 pm |

    How does the word “Niagra” have 3 A’s? This was accepted as Mary’s response.

  9. $4600 total left on the boards.

  10. What was the answer to the question about the girl band that couldn’t play their instruments when the band first formed? They had a hit in 1982. I didn’t hear the answer.

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