Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 16, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Classical Music) for Friday, June 16, 2017:

Scholars think this 1810 piano piece was dedicated to Elisabeth Rockel or Therese Malfatti, a student of the composer

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Today’s contestants:

Peter Guekguezian, a PhD student in linguistics from Fresno, California
Peter Guekguezian on Jeopardy!
Melanie Glassco, a curriculum development program manager from Atlanta, Georgia
Melanie Glassco on Jeopardy!
Debb Johnson, a retired teacher from Columbia, Maryland (1-day total: $12,700)
Debb Johnson on Jeopardy!

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What is Für Elise?


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Beethoven’s famous work of classical music, “Für Elise”, was actually not published until more than 40 years after his death. The identity of the Elise for whom the piece was dedicated is still debated with most people suggesting Therese Malfatti, Elisabeth Rockel, or even Juliane Katharine Elisabet Barensfeld.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 16, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Peter $17,600
    Debb $9,200
    Melanie $7,800

    Final results:
    Melanie $7,800 – $7,700 = $100 (What is Claire de Lune?)
    Debb $9,200 – $5,000 = $4,200 (What is Moonlight Sonata?)
    Peter $17,600 + $801 = $18,401 (1-day total: $18,401)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Peter $6,800
    Melanie $4,600
    Debb $3,000

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) VEEP $800 (4th pick)
    Peter -400 +1000 (Melanie 0 Debb -800)

    2) A LONG TIME AGO IN AMERICA $2000 (8th pick)
    Melanie 7000 -4000 (Peter 10800 Debb 1400)
    3) LAST “-IEL” $1200 (18th pick)
    Debb 4200 +3000 (Peter 11200 Melanie 4600)

    Unplayed clues: None!

    Game Stats:
    Peter $17,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 4 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer
    Debb $7,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 6 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer
    Melanie $11,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,800

    Debb Johnson, final stats:
    32 correct
    10 incorrect
    2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
    0/2 in Final Jeopardy
    28.07% in first on buzzer (32/114)
    Average Coryat: $12,400

    Peter Guekguezian, stats to date:
    23 correct
    4 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
    Average Coryat: $17,400

    Peter Guekguezian, to win:
    2 games: 59.21%
    3: 35.06%
    4: 20.76%
    5: 12.29%
    6: 7.28%
    Avg. streak: 2.451 games.

    With a projected 50 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 1.8077 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0393).
    An average of 2.82 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.2551).

    An early cutoff took place 5.394% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Peter Guekguezian qualified 16.540% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 62.663% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 22.420% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 3.528% of the time.

  2. Dal Higbee | June 16, 2017 at 12:55 pm |

    Another tough Final.

    • Frank Smith | June 16, 2017 at 4:33 pm |

      I thought it was an easy one. I just thought of the year, and remembered that Beethoven was almost completely deaf by then. From that knowledge, and the name Elisabeth in the clue, I narrowed it down to “Fur Elise.”

  3. john blahuta | June 16, 2017 at 2:14 pm |

    I would say a tough WEEK, although this was with the “France/Italy” clue the easiest.
    But 3/15 for the week. But the leader won today, so a deserved win and a correct bet. Btw for the non classical music fans on this site, “Claire du Lune” is NOT by Beethoven but Claude Debussy who lived almost a century later than Beethoven.
    Have a great weekend everybody, hopefully next week we will have more than 20 %. (The pay days were not shabby though due to some cautious wagering…..)

  4. Maurine Gutowski | June 16, 2017 at 7:54 pm |

    I guessed right. I had heard on my classical music station that the problem was that he scribbled the name. It was one of his many bagatelles (trifling pieces) that became his most famous. I used to be able to play it by heart, as many people do.

  5. Dal Higbee | June 16, 2017 at 10:35 pm |

    What happened to this weeks Hometown Howdies?

  6. Another head scratching wager in Final Jeopardy. It was obvious that Peter only had to wager $801, which he did. Debb needed to wager at least enough to reach $16,799. She didn’t even wager enough to cover Melanie had she doubled (which she almost did…minus $100). I don’t understand it when contestants eliminate any chance of winning. I wonder if Alex asks them about it during the end of show chat…especially since he’s always kind enough to point out when “the game is not a runaway”.

    • freddie leonard | June 17, 2017 at 11:58 pm |

      Didn’t really make a difference in the outcome considering Peter got FJ right and Debb missed FJ. Had it been the otherway around, she would have lost in the worst way possible.

      • Of course it didn’t make a difference in the outcome…that wasnt my point. The outcome was already determined before the final because of the wager. I’m still baffled why anyone would surrender before the final. They’re all there to win, right?

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