Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 4, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Novels) for Thursday, May 4, 2017:

In a Spanish translation of this novel, Chapter 1 begins, “Era el mejor de los tiempos, era el peor de los tiempos”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Laura Spoelstra, a library media center technician from San Jose, California
Erin Wilson, a professor from Baltimore, Maryland
Ragavan Ramsubramani, a financial analyst from New York, New York (1-day total: $20,401)

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Of course, the line translates back to English as “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” in the opening line of Charles Dickens’ famous novel.

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 4, 2017"

  1. Galapagos Great Escape secret word: WILDLIFE

    Scores going into Final:
    Ragavan $14,400
    Erin $10,600
    Laura $9,400

    Final results:
    Laura $9,400 – $5,001 = $4,399 (What is Don Quixote?)
    Erin $10,600 + $10,600 = $21,200
    Ragavan $14,400 + $6,801 = $21,201 (2-day total: $41,602)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Ragavan $5,600
    Laura $4,600
    Erin $3,800

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) U.N. ABBREVS. $800 (12th pick)
    Ragavan 2400 +2400 (Erin 1800 Laura 1200)

    2) U.S. HISTORY $800 (8th pick)
    Ragavan 8000 +4000 (Erin 6200 Laura 6200)
    3) STARTS WITH AN NBA TEAM NAME $1200 (19th pick)
    Laura 8600 -2000 (Ragavan 11200 Erin 7800)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: U.N. ABBREVS. $200 & $400
    DJ! round: None!
    $ Left on Board: $600

    Game Stats:
    Ragavan $9,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 5 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer
    Erin $10,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer
    Laura $11,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.09% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $13,800 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000

    Ragavan Ramsubramani, stats to date:
    42 correct
    7 incorrect
    3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,900)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    35.71% in first on buzzer (40/112)
    Average Coryat: $14,800

    Ragavan Ramsubramani, to win:
    3 games: 49.69%
    4: 24.69%
    5: 12.27%
    6: 6.10%
    7: 3.03%
    Avg. streak: 2.988 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings: $67,919

    ToC projection update:
    With a projected 71 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 2.6563 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.2587).
    An average of 4.1384 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5295).

    An early cutoff took place 24.257% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Ragavan Ramsubramani qualified 15.402% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 31.202% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 7.069% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 1.048% of the time.

    (Note: Due to the contingency plans made by the show in case of the since-averted WGA strike, I feel it most accurate to place the cutoff date four weeks into Season 34.)

  2. john blahuta | May 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm |

    Hi Andy! Early today, how come??
    This was so easy. I mean “tiempo”, and repeated you really don’t have to know Spanish. So I am surprised it was not a 3/3. That line is soooo famous and well known in any language. Glad I did not predict a 3/3 since the results were already there.Ragavan will – I think- win a few more games. Same as Alan.

    • Sometimes, John, you can get caught up the lights and the pressure and not realize that the original work didn’t have to be in Spanish.

      • john blahuta | May 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm |

        Agreed, but this book is so omnipresent, a must read in school in almost every country, and as I said to Maurin that Laura is from San Jose. The only explanation I have is that she maybe never read the book or even heard about it for some reason. That first line is so often quoted in other contexts that it’s almost impossible to miss. Nerves? Yes, maybe…
        And the very first words of the clue were “In a Spanish translation…”
        That was pretty much as clear as it gets but you are right, you can’t look into peoples’ brains, know what makes them tick or freeze.
        Btw, how come you got this so early today?? Normally I have to wait 1 to 2 hours longer?? But you helped me to prevent a wrong 3/3 prediction!!!


  3. john blahuta | May 4, 2017 at 2:11 pm |

    @ Grumpy

    I lefty you a message on the 3rd. Please read and if you are not past the date line you should see it at the same time as I do. If you are in the Philippines of course, different matter. And please call me by my first name. Here in Hawaii everybody is on a first name basis with everybody else.


    • I see the same thing you do, John. I choose to wait until after I watch the current day at seven Pacific or the next day before opening this page, though.

      Happy potatoes from the dismal state of Idaho

  4. john blahuta | May 4, 2017 at 2:17 pm |

    @ Maurine

    Good morning, I left you a short message on yesterday’s board. Thanks for your support!



  5. Maurine Gutowski | May 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm |

    Another perfect bet. I know Spanish but I think the wrong answer choice was triggered by the fact that the clue WAS in Spanish. I am grateful for this website because Thursday nights I have choir practice and my old VCR no longer works.

    • john blahuta | May 4, 2017 at 4:13 pm |

      Maybe, but if you know just a little French,Italian,Spanish,Latin even in English the first 2 letters of “time” are the same. And the repetition is a dead giveaway. And that’s in part EXACTLY what I was talking about yesterday in my long post……The lady was from San Jose, Ca. Believe me, you hear a LOT of Spanish there, in the supermarket, everywhere….But, as I said so often, there is almost always a BUT. That’s why I usually stay away from 3/3 and 0/3 predictions. Somebody can by some mistake miss the easiest clue and on the other hand somebody who had NO IDEA about the right answer in a really tough category just heard or read it by accident a day before the game….

      Well, have a great day and
      Aloha from Lahaina, Maui.


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