Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 18, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Famous Names) for Tuesday, July 18, 2017:

In a 1905 diary entry, Nicholas II wrote of this man, “we have made the acquaintance of a man of God”

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Today’s contestants:

Martin Chetlen, a professor from Los Angeles, California
Martin Chetlen on Jeopardy!
Darcy Shapiro, an evolutionary anthropologist from Princeton, New Jersey
Darcy Shapiro on Jeopardy!
Deborah Elliott, an educator from Cleveland, Ohio (1-day total: $36,800)
Deborah Elliott on Jeopardy!

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Who is (Grigori) Rasputin?

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Through his befriending of the Tsar, Rasputin gained considerable influence in late Imperial Russia. His influenced increased as he acted as a healer for the Tsar’s son (and only heir) Alexei. As his power increased, he gained the ire of more conservative noblemen who had him assassinated by the end of 1916. In popular culture today, he is best known as being the subject of the Boney M disco hit “Rasputin”.

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 18, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Deborah $14,800
    Darcy $10,400
    Martin $3,200

    Final results:
    Martin $3,200 + $2,000 = $5,200
    Darcy $10,400 + $8,801 = $19,201
    Deborah $14,800 + $5,000 = $19,800 (2-day total: $56,600)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Deborah $7,200
    Darcy $6,000
    Martin $1,600

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) MAGAZINE SLOGANS $600 (18th pick)
    Deborah 3800 +1000 (Darcy 2000 Martin 0)

    2) THE NAME OF THE WIND $1200 (17th pick)
    Darcy 10000 -2000 (Deborah 11600 Martin 4000)
    3) CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRS $2000 (30th pick)
    Deborah 12800 +2000 (Darcy 10400 Martin 3200)
    Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 22

    Unplayed clues: None!

    Game Stats:
    Deborah $14,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer
    Darcy $12,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
    Martin $3,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 4 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $13,800 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,200

    Deborah Elliott, stats to date:
    40 correct
    4 incorrect
    4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,000)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    32.46% in first on buzzer (37/114)
    Average Coryat: $16,400

    Deborah Elliott, to win:
    3 games: 55.73%
    4: 31.06%
    5: 17.31%
    6: 9.64%
    7: 5.37%
    Avg. streak: 3.259 games.

    With a projected 28 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 0.98902 5+-time champions (standard deviation 0.7863).
    An average of 1.6104 4+-time champions (standard deviation 0.94707).

    An early cutoff took place 2.962% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Deborah Elliott qualified 21.910% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 66.065% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 15.733% of the time.

  2. Dal Higbee | July 18, 2017 at 6:04 pm |

    Bad wagers by both ladies.

    • john blahuta | July 18, 2017 at 6:21 pm |

      Absolutely. Deborah was lucky that Darcy did not wager everything. Otherwise Darcy would be the new champ. Since Deborah missed by a round number (and 1 buck) it was maybe nerves on her part. Darcy’s wager is something I still try to figure out. Deborah did not clean up as she did yesterday but still a very nice 2 day total. So, either way: congrats! You know, after awhile people don’t remember anymore HOW you won, just that you DID win.

  3. john blahuta | July 18, 2017 at 7:41 pm |

    Is it just me or did FJ become quite easier lately? Not toolong ago we had at least 3 out of 5 per week that were rather tough going and an uncharacteristicalky high 3 Xs in FJ caused by the usual reasons such as nerves, wrong calculating etc in addition to a rather high requirement of special knowledge in categories that were already unusually difficult to begin with. And champions changed like the linen in a 5 star hotel: most frequently. The last two weeks the pendulum started going the other way, maybe even too much so?

  4. Who on earth would pronounce “adieu” “ah-doo”? The clue didn’t fit the category, but mercifully Deborah pronounced it correctly anyway. I’m surprised Alex would allow a clue like that, especially since he’s always such a stickler for correct pronunciation.

    • john blahuta | July 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm |

      Plus, he is Canadian. But then Canadians have often a different French pronunciation than the French…The Everly brothers had that word pronounced that way in “Barbara Allen”….

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