Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 2, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Mythology) for Tuesday, May 2, 2017:

This woman was created & given to Epimetheus as punishment for his brother’s actions

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Liz Fischer, an attorney from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chris Burke, a social studies teacher from Toms River, New Jersey
Alan Lin, a software engineer from Santa Barbara, California (6-day total: $123,600)

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Who is Pandora?


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According to Hesiod, as part of the punishment for Prometheus giving the gift of fire to humanity, an angry Zeus ordered Hephaestus to mold from earth Pandora, as a way to have her descendents torment humanity. Pandora is best known for Pandora’s box (likely more of a funerary jar) that released all of the evils of humanity when it opened, with only Hope left inside when she closed it.

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 2, 2017"

  1. Galapagos Great Escape secret word: KAYAK

    Scores going into Final:
    Liz $13,200
    Chris $12,400
    Alan $10,200

    Final results:
    Alan $10,200 + $8,500 = $18,700
    Chris $12,400 – $12,000 = $400 (Who is Hera?)
    Liz $13,200 + $12,401 = $25,601 (1-day total: $25,601)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Chris $8,000
    Liz $4,600
    Alan $4,000

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) AND SO IT GOES $400 (22nd pick)
    Chris 4200 +2000 (Liz 3400 Alan 3000)

    2) ART “C” $1600 (3rd pick)
    Liz 6600 +6600 (Chris 8000 Alan 4000)
    3) PRESIDENTIAL KIDS $1600 (6th pick)
    Alan 7200 -3000 (Liz 13200 Chris 8000)

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

    Game Stats:
    Liz $8,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
    Alan $13,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
    Chris $10,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $14,000 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,800

    Alan Lin, final stats:
    147 correct
    14 incorrect
    8/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $18,200)
    5/7 in Final Jeopardy
    35.11% in first on buzzer (138/393)
    Average Coryat: $15,914

    Liz Fischer, stats to date:
    18 correct
    3 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,600)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
    Average Coryat: $8,200

    Liz Fischer, to win:
    2 games: 26.06%
    3: 6.79%
    4: 1.77%
    5: 0.46%
    6: 0.12%
    Avg. streak: 1.352 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $34,832

    ToC projection update:
    With a projected 73 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 2.645 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.2608).
    An average of 4.1034 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.528).

    An early cutoff took place 24.134% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Tim Kutz qualified 31.599% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 7.455% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 1.135% of the time.

    (Note: Due to the possibility of the since-averted WGA strike, I feel it most accurate to place the cutoff date four weeks into Season 34.)

  2. Dalton Higbee | May 2, 2017 at 3:20 pm |

    Andy, did you see the 2017 Teachers Tournament matchups?

    Anyway, It still accidentally says Feb 13, 2017 at the top of the Tournaments and Upcoming Events page at the website.

  3. john blahuta | May 2, 2017 at 5:27 pm |

    I wonder what the additional 800 bucks meant? 11.601 would have sufficed. But nice payday and congrats to a new champ!!

    • Betting $1 more than the opponents score is certainly one way of guaranteeing that they can’t bet to pass you (though certainly not the most efficient way of betting for a victory.)

  4. john blahuta | May 2, 2017 at 5:41 pm |

    I found the FJ kind of easy. You don’t have to know much about Greek myth here. “Pandora’s box” is a very common quote in a number of languages when you want to indicate something bad.And the clue was very clear in that regard, so I am somewhat surprised that it wasn’t a 3/3. A bad thing/happening etc, in Greek myth is 99% connected with Pandora.

  5. PJ Wright | May 2, 2017 at 8:04 pm |

    It the Dallas area , we didn’t get the actual show. We got a teachers tournament. Didn’t see any of the real show. Didn’t get the word for the contest. Not fair. Any help on how to see the show would be very much appreciated.

    • From what I’ve heard they appeared to have switched the regular episode and Daytime rerun.

      The contest word is on the site here. I don’t have advice for watching the show.

  6. very great run for alan. see him back for the tournament of champions

  7. Don Spencer | May 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm |

    Just curious – how much time do contestants have to figure out their bets for Final Jeopardy? Also, do they get a pencil and paper to help them figure out their bets, or do they have to do all the calculations in their head?

    I ask because I think all three contestants could’ve made better bets:

    – As John pointed out, Liz bet $800 too much. If you’re going for the guaranteed win, there’s no need to bet more than necessary. Making the minimum bet to guarantee a win provides a little downside protection if the other contestants don’t make the right bets. (In this case, Alan did make an actual bet small enough to provide himself downside protection against the others if they both bet big, so his doing that meant Liz couldn’t have won with a wrong response.)

    – Chris bet too much. He should’ve bet $8,001 to guarantee that a correct response would’ve given him $1 more than Alan could get with a correct response, and would’ve forced Liz to get a correct response to beat him. This would’ve also provided him potential protection versus Liz if they both got it wrong, which his actual bet didn’t. And, as it turned out, Alan’s excessive bet meant that if all three contestants had given wrong responses, an $8,001 bet would’ve resulted in Chris winning, which his actual bet wouldn’t have.

    – Alan should’ve bet $3,001, IMHO. A correct answer puts him in the lead, and a wrong answer still leaves him enough to win if both of the other contestants bet big amounts (which they did) and got the answer wrong. Alan was out of luck if either of the other contestants got the correct response and bet enough to block Alan from winning, so IMHO he should’ve opted for the downside protection that a $3,001 bet provided. Alan’s actual bet did turn out to provide him a winning total if Liz had been wrong, though, so give Alan credit for not betting everything.

    • They do get a pencil and paper, and as much time as is required (though after a couple of minutes, you might get Alex making fun of you and disapproving glances from the producers).

      That being said: I disagree that Alan should have bet $3,001, I don’t think that was his best wager. If you’re going to bet $3,001 in Alan’s case, you might as well bet $3,801, as that protects against a $799 wager from Liz.

  8. Hey Andy why is Tim Kutz’s chances for qualifying for the TOC lower now that the WGA strike got averted? I would think the percentages would go since there is no strike.

    • Two reasons:

      1) My model is still predicting a cutoff 4 weeks into Season 34. Those shows are already in the can.
      2) The model liked Alan’s chances of winning a few more games, which would mean fewer opportunities for other 4- and 5-timers to pass Tim.

  9. I see. They already put September episodes in the can. I wonder what those contestants think that they have to wait such long time for their episodes to air and they would have to wait several months and try to keep quiet about their outcome on Jeopardy.

  10. I also wonder if Alan got tired because he didn’t do as strongly as last week.

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