Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 8, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category A Year of Firsts) for Monday, May 8, 2017:

Year in which the Dept. of Energy was created, the Indy 500 had its first female driver & the 1st Pres. was sworn in under a nickname

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Today’s contestants:

Graham Toben, a middle school English teacher from Portola Valley, California
George Deane, a high school humanities teacher from Colchester, Vermont
Gail Ansheles, a kindergarten teacher from Santa Fe, New Mexico

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What is 1977?


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The Department of Energy was formed during the Carter administration on August 4, 1977. A few months prior to that, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to drive in the Indianapolis 500, and James Earl Carter was sworn in on January 20 of that year using his nickname Jimmy.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 8, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Gail $13,800
    George $9,100
    Graham $8,400

    Final results:
    Graham $8,400 – $0 = $8,400 (What is 2008?)
    George $9,100 – $7,000 = $2,100 (What is 1950?)
    Gail $13,800 + $2,000 = $15,800 (Automatic semifinalist)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    George $4,100
    Gail $3,800
    Grahan $800

    Wild Card scores (and qualification chances):
    Monday: Gail Ansheles, $15,800 ($13,800, $3,800)
    1) Graham Toben $8,400 ($8,400, $800), 53.791% chance of advancing
    2) George Deane $2,100 ($9,100, $4,100), 0.571% chance of advancing

    (Click here for wild card prediction methodology.)

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) 20th CENTURY AMERICA $1000 (6th pick)
    George 1000 +500 (Gail -200 Graham -600)

    2) RELIGION $1200 (18th pick)
    George 5700 +3000 (Gail 8200 Graham 5200)
    3) THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE $2000 (30th pick)
    George 11100 -2000 (Gail 13800 Graham 8400)

    Game Stats:
    Gail $13,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
    Graham $8,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
    George $9,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $15,600 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

    Gail Ansheles, stats to date:
    17 correct
    1 incorrect
    0/0 on Daily Doubles
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
    Average Coryat: $13,800

    Graham Toben, stats to date:
    15 correct
    5 incorrect
    0/0 on Daily Doubles
    0/1 in Final Jeopardy
    29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
    Average Coryat: $9,800

    George Deane, stats to date:
    15 correct
    4 incorrect
    2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
    0/1 in Final Jeopardy
    21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
    Average Coryat: $9,800

  2. john blahuta | May 8, 2017 at 5:02 pm | Reply

    Amazing that 2 apparently thought of elected instead of sworn in,swearing in of a president is always in an ODD year under normal circumstances. The last president to be sworn in during an even year was Ford.(August ’74 after Nixon resigned).It is surprising to me that TEACHERS don’t seem to know the basics of our political landscape. Even I as a “foreigner” know that a president is ELECTED during an even year and sworn in the following year (an odd numbered one). So if teachers don’t know that, then how are STUDENTS supposed to know?? I guess by watching the news and election campaigns and maybe the swearing in ceremony?? Never mind the “nickname”, just being sworn in should have eliminated any even numbered year. Just an observation…

  3. Mike De Girolamo | May 8, 2017 at 7:45 pm | Reply

    I’m surprised as well that two of the teachers were unaware of the even year election, odd year swearing-in rule! Even if Graham was unaware of the “rule of thumb”, the 2008 election was both recent and very historic, could he have actually thought Barack was a nickname?

    • My guess is that one person was trying to fit the Department of Energy clue and another thought of Danica Patrick.

      • john blahuta | May 8, 2017 at 9:42 pm | Reply

        That’s when you try to juggle to many things at once. Stay with the ONE you know… (even/odd e.g.)!!

        • You missed my point completely here.

          Again: if you focus too much on one clue (say, the Dept. of Energy, or think Danica Patrick instead of Janet Guthrie), and then realize too late “oh, no, presidential inauguration year”, you may have an even numbered year here. I bet you $1,000 that if you asked all 15 teachers in this tournament if the inauguration happened in an even or an odd year in of itself, they would say odd.

          So, you really need to lay off with the constant attacks of the contestants’ intelligence, John. It detracts considerably from the tone of discussion that I wish to have here on TJ!F.

          • Kevin S. | May 9, 2017 at 1:58 pm |

            I focused too much on the president to the exclusion of the rest of the clue. I typed in 1976 on the Clue of the Day page, and hit Enter just as I realized it was asking for the inauguration year instead of the election year. I would have had time to fix it in the allotted time since Carter was an instant realization, but I’m still counting it as a wrong answer.

            Strange things happen on stage. I discovered that Jeopardy gives one the opportunity to look like a fool in front of 7-10 million people. An opportunity I took advantage of at least twice.

  4. Dal Higbee | May 8, 2017 at 9:46 pm | Reply

    I hope Graham gets one of the wildcard spots because he is one of my favorite contestants of this year’s Teachers Tournament.

  5. There are those who walk among us endowed with the gift of all human knowledge. Call it Providence, call it alien intervention, call it a secret ingredient in pineapple—humbly bow your head and avert your eyes as they swagger by…

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