Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 9, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Constellations) for Friday, June 9, 2017:

The brightest star in Scorpius is named this, meaning “rival” of the god equivalent to Mars

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Johanna Andrews, a retired software engingeer from Sunnyvale, California
Johanna Andrews on Jeopardy!
Tucker Dunn, an E.S.L. teacher from Tucson, Arizona
Tucker Dunn on Jeopardy!
Bala Kumar, a lawyer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2-day total: $42,999)
Bala Kumar on Jeopardy!

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What is Antares?


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Red-hued Antares received its name because its own red colour in the night sky rivalled that of Mars (“the red planet”). It is the 15th-brightest star in the night sky and the brightest star in Scorpius.

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2 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 9, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Tucker $12,200
    Bala $11,800
    Johanna $9,400

    Final results:
    Johanna $9,400 – $2,500 = $6,900 (What is [undecipherable])
    Bala $11,800 – $412 = $11,388 (What is Vulcan)
    Tucker $12,200 + $11,401 = $23,601 (What is Ares Antares) (1-day total: $23,601)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Johanna $5,000
    Bala $4,600
    Tucker $1,800

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) U.S. MOUNTAINS $800 (29th pick)
    Johanna 3600 +1400 (Bala 4600 Tucker 1800)

    2) MY BIG FAT ANCIENT GREEK LIBRARY $1600 (6th pick)
    Bala 7000 +2500 (Johanna 5000 Tucker 2200)
    3) AMPHIBIANS $2000 (27th pick, $4,800 left on board, minute-to-go signal given)
    Bala 13900 -2100 (Tucker 10600 Johanna 10600)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! Round: U.S. MOUNTAINS $1000
    DJ! Round: HART-FELT LYRICS $2000
    Total $ Left On Board: $3,000

    Game Stats:
    Tucker $12,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.09% in first on buzzer
    Bala $13,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.73% in first on buzzer
    Johanna $8,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,000

    Bala Kumar, final stats:
    59 correct
    13 incorrect
    3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,900)
    1/3 in Final Jeopardy
    35.54% in first on buzzer (59/166)
    Average Coryat: $14,067

    Tucker Dunn, stats to date:
    18 correct
    2 incorrect
    0/0 on Daily Doubles
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    29.09% in first on buzzer (16/55)
    Average Coryat: $12,200

    Tucker Dunn, to win:
    2 games: 40.17%
    3: 16.13%
    4: 6.48%
    5: 2.60%
    6: 1.05%
    Avg. streak: 1.671 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $40,430

    With a projected 55 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 1.9516 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0805).
    An average of 3.061 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3038).

    An early cutoff took place 7.701% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Tucker Dunn qualified 6.007% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 56.335% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 18.200% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 2.686% of the time.

  2. john blahuta | June 9, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Reply

    Relatively simple if you know who the Greek god of war is and if you know enough Greek to know what “against” in Greek is, anti + ares.

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