Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 18, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Women Authors) for Thursday, May 18, 2017:

A 1936 New York Times review called the debut novel by this author “in all probability, the biggest book of the year: 1,037 pages”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Mary Parker, a high school French & English teacher from Rogers, Arkansas
Mary Parker on Jeopardy
Nan Cohen, a high school English teacher from Van Nuys, California
Nan Cohen on Jeopardy
David Clemmons, an 11th grade U.S. history teacher from Fort Worth, Texas
David Clemmons on Jeopardy

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The review was referring to Margaret Mitchell’s famous debut novel Gone with the Wind and was the best-selling American fiction book of both 1936 and 1937. It was the only novel of Mitchell’s published during her lifetime.

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

  1. Frank Smith | May 18, 2017 at 12:54 pm |

    An English teacher, Nan should get this easily. I predict Nan winning this first game, and finishing second overall, behind David.

    • Mark Barrett | May 18, 2017 at 3:56 pm |

      Mary teaches English as well. Does the fact that she also teaches French negate the English somehow? 🙂 I’ll tell you right now that the clue does not go 3/3. I’ve seen the game so I know I am right.

      • You know, we’ve talked about this on Live Panel a few times, but “knowing too much” can sometimes be a problem. If you’re a literature expert, you might get overwhelmed by having to sift through too much subject knowledge in order to get to the right answer (whereas it might appear to be blindingly obvious to a generalist who might have jumped to the correct response right away.)

        As it stands: Any criticism of contestants to this point will be ruled against the Site Comment Policy.

        • … and there’s also always the possibility of misreading or misunderstanding the clue, and coming up with the wrong answer despite knowing the right answer. Strange things happen on the stage. Minds go blank at odd times, or go down the wrong path for various reasons.

  2. Scores going into Final:
    Nan $20,500
    Mary $11,600
    David $7,600

    Final results:
    David $7,600 + $2,400 = $10,000
    Mary $11,600 – $8,000 = $3,600 (Who is Edith Wharton?)
    Nan $20,500 – $11,500 = $9,000 (Who is Willa Cather?)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Nan $6,800
    David $3,800
    Mary $2,800

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) WRITTEN IN 18-SOMETHING $1000 (5th pick)
    Nan 1400 +1400 (Mary 400 David 200)

    2) DOUBLE VOWEL IN THE MIDDLE $1600 (9th pick)
    Nan 11600 +6500 (Mary 6400 David 3800)
    3) A ROUND OF GULF $1600 (21st pick)
    David 8200 -5000 (Nan 20500 Mary 7200)

    Unplayed clues: None!

    Game Stats:
    David $12,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer
    Nan $15,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer
    Mary $11,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,800

    David Clemmons, stats to date:
    53 correct
    8 incorrect
    2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
    3/3 in Final Jeopardy
    29.59% in first on buzzer (50/169)
    Average Coryat: $12,467

    Nan Cohen, stats to date:
    57 correct
    7 incorrect
    4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,500)
    2/3 in Final Jeopardy
    32.16% in first on buzzer (55/171)
    Average Coryat: $14,533

    Mary Parker, stats to date:
    61 correct
    9 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
    2/3 in Final Jeopardy
    34.91% in first on buzzer (59/169)
    Average Coryat: $15,266

  3. freddie leonard | May 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm |

    That’s a fine prediction, Frank!

  4. I know this is an odd question and probably the wrong place to post it, but can anyone else remember a contestant, probably in the 1980’s, female, who won a game and did NOT appear the following day. She seemed very odd and obnoxious and irritated Alex.

    • There were many contestants who won a game and didn’t appear the following day, as champions were retired after 5 victories until July 2003.

    • Are you talking about “Barbara Lowe” who appeared ineligibly (was on too many other game shows too recently) and thus was not invited to the ToC despite winning five games? (Her name is in quotes because it’s an alias she used to hide the fact that she was the same person who appeared on those other shows.)

    • Sorry I was not clearer and I was trying to be somewhat diplomatic, but this woman won one game and was never seen again. She was fairly young. She was extremely obnoxious and inappropriate. Gloated every time she got an answer correct.

  5. john blahuta | May 18, 2017 at 7:33 pm |

    Gutsy move by Nan, unfortunately for her it did not work out, otherwise she would have a gone into tomorrow’s game with a nice cushion 32 K. When you have that you can -somewhat- relax, just hit the buzzer when you are 100% sure and avoid”deductions” by trying to answer things you are not to sure of, in other word, ring in less often, but then it’s on the plus side.That’s how I would play it if I had an approximately comfy lead overall. As it stands, it’s anyone’s game. Players in a tournament have come back from way more than just 6.400! Well, we shall see tomorrow. A couple of categories that you know a lot about, a DD in one of that columns and BINGO!!!
    One observation I made over the years again and again: if one player gets on a roll on day 2 of a tournament, the other 2 seem to freeze somehow, which makes the player on the roll even more confident which in turn seems to intimidate the other 2 etc etc ad nauseam.I am curious about the FJ category tomorrow, as well as the difficulty level within that category. Friday is usually a day where the clues are very easy compared to the rest of the week. But this is a tournament, so I am REALLY curious about their pick as FJ category!

  6. john blahuta | May 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm |

    sorry for all the typos, wrong syntax and missing “o”s when it should be “too”, not “to”. It has been a long day already, though it’s only a little past 13:30……

  7. Dal Higbee | May 18, 2017 at 7:44 pm |

    Well, I do not know who is going to win tomorrow!

  8. What I’m hoping for is that tomorrow, including watching the Teachers Tournament Finale, will be a good day for me, compared to me watching the College Championship Finale almost 3 months ago.

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