Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 12, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Leaders) for Wednesday, July 12, 2017:

A landmark 1957 N.Y. Times story called him “a powerful six-footer, olive-skinned…with a straggly beard”

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Today’s contestants:

Sara-Jane Whitaker, an office clerk from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sara-Jane Whitaker on Jeopardy!
Gavin Borchert, a writer & editor from Seattle, Washington
Gavin Borchert on Jeopardy!
Kelly Lasiter, an administrative assistant from Granite City, Illinois (1-day total: $22,800)
Kelly Lasiter on Jeopardy!

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Who is Fidel Castro?


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When the 1957 article was published, even the U.S. embassy in Havana was not even sure if Castro was still alive; Fulgencio Batista’s regime had claimed in December 1956 that Castro had died. But Castro’s resistence movement was revived by the 1957 series of articles by Herbert L. Matthews, and by 1959, Castro was in power.

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 12, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Gavin $14,600
    Kelly $8,600
    Sara-Jane $7,200

    Final results:
    Sara-Jane $7,200 + $7,200 = $14,400
    Kelly $8,600 + $5,800 = $14,400 (Who is Josef Stalin Fidel Castro?)
    Gavin $14,600 + $5,000 = $19,600 (1-day total: $19,600)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Sara-Jane $5,400
    Kelly $2,600
    Gavin $1,800

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) THOREAU-ING A 200th BIRTHDAY $800 (26th pick)
    Kelly 1800 +1800 (Sara-Jane 5400 Gavin 3400)

    2) KABOOM! $1600 (25th pick)
    Sara-Jane 8200 -1500 (Gavin 12600 Kelly 6600)
    3) THE PITTSBURGH ADDRESS $1200 (28th pick, $3,600 left on board)
    Sara-Jane 8700 -1500 (Gavin 14600 Kelly 6600)
    Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 64

    Unplayed clues: None!

    Game Stats:
    Gavin $14,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer
    Kelly $7,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 5 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer
    Sara-Jane $10,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $11,000 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,600

    Kelly Lasiter, final stats:
    29 correct
    6 incorrect
    2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,800)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    23.68% in first on buzzer (27/114)
    Average Coryat: $9,000

    Gavin Borchert, stats to date:
    19 correct
    4 incorrect
    0/0 on Daily Doubles
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
    Average Coryat: $14,600

    Gavin Borchert, to win:
    2 games: 48.97%
    3: 23.98%
    4: 11.74%
    5: 5.75%
    6: 2.82%
    Avg. streak: 1.960 games.

    With a projected 32 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 1.064 5+-time champions (standard deviation 0.81242).
    An average of 1.7097 4+-time champions (standard deviation 0.97845).

    An early cutoff took place 4.074% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Gavin Borchert qualified 9.538% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 61.096% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 14.752% of the time.

    • Dal Higbee | July 12, 2017 at 4:36 pm |

      That means if Gavin had got it wrong, we would FINALLY had our first tiebreaker.

      • john blahuta | July 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm |

        yeah, but it was imo pretty much a giveaway clue, so we have already two 3/3. And it’s just Wednesday….Yesterday we had the usual struggle when the FJ deals with outside US categories, especially Europe. But Fidel was close enough to us to miss.Plus, the re-opening relations between Cuba and the US keeps Cuba in the news. And after all Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother is in charge now and the transferring of power was also getting a lot of media exposure. And the name “Castro” stayed, even though it’s Raul now, so there was no “generation gap” since Cuba was in the news a lot lately.I wonder how Trump is going to approach the “revival” of relations between Cuba and us. So far he is rather quiet about it…

  2. Dal Higbee | July 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm |

    I hope Jill Staunton, from Springfield, IL, wins tomorrow so we have an all female game on Friday.

    • Frank Smith | July 12, 2017 at 9:36 pm |

      I hope she does very well so we have 2 Illinoisans in the ToC. When Susan Corica mentioned SIU and her pet Saluki, I was glad my area got more J! recognition.

  3. This is probably the closest we’ve ever been to finally having a tiebreaker

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