Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 14, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Contemporary American Authors) for Friday, July 14, 2017:

This Pulitzer winner changed his first name to that of an Irish king, avoiding associations with a famous ventriloquist’s dummy

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Vicky Smith, a children’s book review editor from South Portland, Maine
Vicky Smith on Jeopardy!
Larissa Dizon, an academic advisor from San Diego, California
Larissa Dizon on Jeopardy!
Gavin Borchert, a writer & editor from Seattle, Washington (2-day total: $29,400)
Gavin Borchert on Jeopardy!

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[spoiler title=’Click/Tap Here for Final Jeopardy! Correct Response/Question’]Who is Cormac McCarthy?[/spoiler]

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The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for 2006’s The Road, Cormac McCarthy was born Charles McCarthy. He got the name Cormac from Cormac mac CuilennĂ¡in, king of Munster in Ireland from 902 to 908. Why the name change? According to No Place for Home: Spatial Constraint and Character Flight in the Novels of Cormac McCarthy by Jay Ellis, the explanation came from friend Leslie Garrett in an interview to Knoxville journalist Don Williams: “what serious writer would want to be called Charlie McCarthy in the era of Edgar Bergen’s ventriloquist act?” (Edgar Bergen’s dummy was Charlie McCarthy.)

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 14, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Gavin $15,800
    Vicky $9,800
    Larissa $3,000

    Final results:
    Larissa $3,000 – $3,000 = $0 (Who is Fitzgerald?)
    Vicky $9,800 + $9,800 = $19,600
    Gavin $15,800 + $5,000 = $20,800 (3-day total: $50,200)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Gavin $3,600
    Vicky $3,000
    Larissa $1,200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) KID LIT $800 (5th pick)
    Vicky 1200 -1200 (Larissa 200 Gavin -200)

    2) YOU CAN SET YOUR WATCH BY IT $1200 (18th pick)
    Gavin 9200 +3000 (Vicky 9000 Larissa 4800)
    3) THE BIBLE $1600 (22nd pick)
    Larissa 6000 -3000 (Gavin 13000 Vicky 9400)
    Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -117

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: NATION STATE $600, $800 & $1000
    DJ! round: KANSAS HISTORY $1600 & $2000
    Total $ Left On Board: $6,000

    Game Stats:
    Gavin $14,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 40.39% in first on buzzer
    Vicky $11,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.85% in first on buzzer
    Larissa $6,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.15% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $9,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000

    Gavin Borchert, stats to date:
    63 correct
    10 incorrect
    2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
    2/3 in Final Jeopardy
    38.55% in first on buzzer (64/166)
    Average Coryat: $15,400

    Gavin Borchert, to win:
    4 games: 52.54%
    5: 27.60%
    6: 14.50%
    7: 7.62%
    8: 4.00%
    Avg. streak: 4.107 games.

    With a projected 30 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 1.1552 5+-time champions (standard deviation 0.84234).
    An average of 1.9524 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0112).

    An early cutoff took place 5.711% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Gavin Borchert qualified 28.229% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 54.636% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 10.710% of the time.

    • Dal Higbee | July 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm |

      Since I was hoping for a ladies game here, he took down the two ladies tonight.

  2. john blahuta | July 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm |

    Not the usual easy Friday clue. 1 right max.

  3. Getting Contemporary American Authors in FJ! is kind of a rough joke for Larissa, considering she’s dealing with a children’s book editor and a writer/editor, two contestants that I think this FJ! should at least benefit. But…we’ll see where this’ll go.

  4. john blahuta | July 14, 2017 at 6:59 pm |

    And as usual Gavin exceeded his FJ wager. 5.000 instead of the “must bet” of 3,801.

    Well, have a great weekend everybody, and for those of you with Fench ancestors or are French/Americans: Happy Bastille day!

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