Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 19, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Airlines) for Monday, June 19, 2017:

On June 17, 1929 this airline’s first passenger flight left Dallas, making stops at Shreveport, Monroe & Jackson

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Barbara Fox, a history instructor from Tucson, Arizona
Barbara Fox on Jeopardy!
Jeremy Fassler, a writer from Brooklyn, New York
Jeremy Fassler on Jeopardy!
Peter Guekguezian, a PhD student in linguistics from Fresno, California (1-day total: $18,401)
Peter Guekguezian on Jeopardy!

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What is Delta?

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Delta Airlines’ first flight was on a Travel Air S-6000-B, that could carry one pilot and up to five passengers. The 427-mile trip took five hours and was piloted by Johnny Howe. The passenger was Delta Air Service Operations Manager J.S. Fox. The return ticket from Jackson to Dallas was $90 ($47.25 one way) — quite a sum in 1929 dollars!

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26 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 19, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Jeremy $6,400
    Peter $3,600
    Barbara $1,800

    Final results:
    Barbara $1,800 – $1,800 = $0 (What is American Airlines?)
    Peter $3,600 + $3,598 = $7,198 (What is Southwest Delta?) (2-day total: $25,599)
    Jeremy $6,400 – $801 = $5,599 (What is TWA?)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Jeremy $6,000
    Peter $1,800
    Barbara -$200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) WHO THEY SERVED $1000 (21st pick)
    Peter 2400 -2400 (Jeremy 5200 Barbara -200)

    2) THE CENTURY OF THE FIGHT $1200 (9th pick)
    Peter 4200 -4200 (Jeremy 8400 Barbara 600)
    3) THE OLD PART OF TOWN $2000 (21st pick)
    Peter 7200 -4800 (Jeremy 6400 Barbara 2600)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS $200, $400 & $600, NAMES YOU SHOULD KNOW $400
    DJ! round: None!
    Total $ Left On Board: $1,600

    Game Stats:
    Peter $15,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 7 incorrect, 41.51% in first on buzzer
    Jeremy $6,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 5 incorrect, 24.53% in first on buzzer
    Barbara $1,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 6 incorrect, 22.64% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $13,800 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $15,400

    Peter Guekguezian, stats to date:
    45 correct
    11 incorrect
    1/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$10,400)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    40.00% in first on buzzer (44/110)
    Average Coryat: $16,200

    Peter Guekguezian, to win:
    3 games: 55.80%
    4: 31.14%
    5: 17.38%
    6: 9.70%
    7: 5.41%
    Avg. streak: 3.262 games.

    With a projected 49 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 1.8112 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0424).
    An average of 2.8593 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.2592).

    An early cutoff took place 5.464% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Peter Guekguezian qualified 19.012% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 62.090% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 21.924% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 3.364% of the time.

    Miscellany:

    • Buzzy Cohen on April 29, 2016 is the most recent player to go 0-for-3 on Daily Doubles and still win a game.
    • Thank you to Jay Johnson for providing me with a full chart of this game.
  2. john blahuta | June 19, 2017 at 1:21 pm | Reply

    I’m afraid at least one player will go with PanAm, although Dallas should be a good hint (PanAm started out in Key West).However, the category and the clue both do not indicate whether the airline still exists…..and none of the players was around in 1929 and the contestants are from NY,CA and AZ….sometimes I wonder a little bit about how “random” clues really are…??

    • Clues are random.

      (Though I’d venture that 99.9% of the viewers weren’t around in 1929, either!)

      • Mark Barrett | June 19, 2017 at 3:37 pm | Reply

        My grandfather, born in 1917, watches J! and I would take the over for there being 8,999 or so others age 88 or older who watch.
        John: The contestant J! staff is separate from the writing staff and the suits who oversee things are above board. Unless it’s a TOC or a long-running player it is not possible to specifically place material to advantage or to disadvantage a player or group of players.

  3. I flew Delta from Chicago to Albuquerque & went through Dallas so I knew the question right away.

  4. Today’s contestant changed his answer when hinted by the host… did anyone see that

    • Mark Barrett | June 19, 2017 at 5:18 pm | Reply

      Do you mean after time was up for the FJ! clue and Alex then mentioned the region for the cities in the clue? Once time is up the light pen is inactive, so it is impossible to change a response. Peter crossing out his incorrect response to the correct one happened properly within the 30 seconds and not after hearing the key word from Alex even though the host seemed to indicate Peter “just crossed it off” like it was after time was up.

  5. What was the name of the British actress who name began with AL?

    • Got it! Lily Allen! Wish I could get the photo of her they showed on J! Can’t find that photo online.

  6. Maurine Gutowski | June 19, 2017 at 8:27 pm | Reply

    I guessed it as soon as I heard “Shreveport” although I’ve never been in that part of the country or flown on Delta.

  7. Since I was originally thought that this would be an easy Final earlier today, but then I realized that it was not an easy Final.

  8. Christopher Denault | June 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm | Reply

    I really wish this was the kind of game I could have been in, where contestants are buzzing wrong left and right. In my one appearance, the three contestants combined to go 52-5 on the questions, compared to the 42-18 effort today.

    But that’s the luck of the draw.

    • “Luck of the draw” nails it. Andy’s stats have Barbara listed as “$1,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 6 incorrect, 22.64% in first on buzzer.” I’m sure she wishes she could have gotten a different game board — there are game boards where the stats could have been reversed.

      I always wonder what Ken Jennings’s life would be like now if he had gotten Nancy Zerg and that game board in his first game instead of his 75th. He would have been simply another contestant.

      Maybe this one was Barbara’s nemesis, and had these categories and clues not appeared she would have gone on to the ToC.

      Jeopardy contestants are all qualified to be on the show — but chance plays as big a part as knowledge or timing once the show starts.

  9. “Jackson” should’ve been the clincher, but I said American…

    • American makes sense. I took ’29 too far and said Pan Am for some silly reason. I almost facepalmed when Alex said “Mississippi delta”.

      • I was also startled when Alex said “Mississippi delta,” though for a different reason. I’m sure Shreveport residents were surprised to be told they’re on the delta, since Shreveport is in NW Louisiana, over 100 miles from the Mississippi at the closest, and almost 200 miles from the actual delta.

  10. Because 1929 was a long, long time ago, and the Greek alphabet dates back to early 8th century BC (though some scholars disagree), and the only Greek letter that corresponded to an airline is delta, it was the obvious choice. There you have it!

  11. Murphy's Law | June 20, 2017 at 5:13 pm | Reply

    Grumpy, what does the Greek alphabet have to do with it?

    • Why, because of its relationship to the deltoid, a rounded, triangular muscle located on the uppermost part of the arm and the top of the shoulder, of course. It’s named after the Greek letter delta, which is shaped like an equilateral triangle.

      • For the record, and just because I feel like being contrarian:

        Southwest Airlines’ original routes were between Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston — three cities which form a delta shape. 😉

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