Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 8, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World War II Heroes) for Thursday, June 8, 2017:

Credited with saving thousands of lives before his disappearance, in 2016 he was officially declared dead by Sweden

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Sarah Waldsmith, a claims adjudicator from Westerville, Ohio
Sarah Waldsmith on Jeopardy!
Scott Bergeron, a business development manager from Norwalk, Connecticut
Scott Bergeron on Jeopardy!
Bala Kumar, a lawyer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1-day total: $33,000)
Bala Kumar on Jeopardy!

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Who is Raoul Wallenberg?


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Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in Hungary during World War II, was well known for issuing protective passports to Jews in Hungary, identifying them as Swedish subjects awaiting repatriation, and also housing many of them in Budapest buildings declared by the Swedish legation in Budapest to be Swedish territory, thus preventing the deportation of many Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz. Wallenberg was arrested by the Soviets in 1945 on allegations of espionage and disappeared. While he was said to have died in Russian custody in 1947, he was not formally declared dead by the Swedish Tax Agency until October 2016.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 8, 2017"

  1. john blahuta | June 8, 2017 at 11:18 am | Reply

    One right.
    Possible wrong answer: Dag Hammerskjoeld, though sweden was neutral during wwII and he had nothing to do with the war, died ’61 in a plane crash, supposedly shot dow in what is today Zambia.

  2. john blahuta | June 8, 2017 at 11:53 am | Reply

    Schindler – though German – will be another likely wrong answer

    • john blahuta | June 8, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Reply

      well, there is Schindler…. and yes, I have to agree with Christopher and Freddie: there is a lot to be said about getting in at least far enough to cover the leader. S/he might get it wrong.

      As a PS: I have a weird feeling about Bala, call it a premonition: he got Edward I yesterday and though he was wrong today I have a feeling he will win at least 4 and get to the ToC. We shall see.

  3. Scores going into Final:
    Bala $12,000
    Sarah $7,000
    Scott $2,800

    Final results:
    Scott $2,800 – $2,500 = $300 (Who is Turing?)
    Sarah $7,000 + $1,000 = $8,000
    Bala $12,000 – $2,001 = $9,999 (Who is Schindler?) (2-day total: $42,999)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Scott $2,800
    Bala $2,600
    Sarah $1,400

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) TIM FLIES $600 (18th pick)
    Scott 800 -1000 (Bala 2600 Sarah 2200)

    2) PREQUELS & SEQUELS $1200 (3rd pick)
    Bala 3800 +2200 (Scott 2800 Sarah 1400)
    3) CITY PARKS $1600 (27th pick, $6,000 left on board)
    Bala 11600 -1600 (Sarah 7000 Scott 2800)

    Unplayed clues:
    Total $ Left On Board: $3,200

    Game Stats:
    Bala $12,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 5 incorrect, 38.89% in first on buzzer
    Sarah $7,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 18.52% in first on buzzer
    Scott $3,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 7 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $15,000 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,400

    Bala Kumar, stats to date:
    41 correct
    9 incorrect
    2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    36.94% in first on buzzer (41/111)
    Average Coryat: $14,600

    Bala Kumar, to win:
    3 games: 48.76%
    4: 23.77%
    5: 11.59%
    6: 5.65%
    7: 2.76%
    Avg. streak: 2.952 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $68,425

    With a projected 56 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 2.0589 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.1105).
    An average of 3.239 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3437).

    An early cutoff took place 9.673% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Bala Kumar qualified 15.340% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 52.003% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 15.465% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 2.204% of the time.

  4. I expected more today.

  5. I expected more from the players today.

  6. Christopher Denault | June 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Reply

    Another odd bet – this one by Sarah. She had to figure that Bala should bet $2001 (as he correctly did) to cover her should she double up, so her $1000 bet does absolutely nothing to help her chances of winning. It looks like she bet small to guarantee second for sure, so if you’re betting not to win, that’s what is going to happen.

    Add in the fact that she was the only one to get FJ right – she just blew the game with that bet.

    • freddie leonard | June 8, 2017 at 5:03 pm | Reply

      Still scratching my head about Sarah’s bet. I’m sure she’s kicked herself more than once since taping.

  7. We need our main man Keith Williams!

  8. Kids were talking (IKR??) so I may have missed it, but did they go back and give credit for the answer under Wood Words? I think they should have accepted it as well as Tinder, for online dating sites.

    • They didn’t, because doesn’t use the slogan as mentioned in the clue (if they used the same slogan as Tinder, someone’s legal department would be pretty angry.)

  9. Mary Tanguay Webb | June 8, 2017 at 10:55 pm | Reply

    What was the answer that was a TV sitcom some time ago. Sounds silly, but I would love to know. Important. thanks,

  10. Father knows best?

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