Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 21, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Comic Books) for Thursday, September 21, 2017:

Told to create a character called this, Len Wein learned the real animal is short, hairy & will attack an enemy 10 times its size

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Diane Esemplare, an engineer from Riverdale, New Jersey
Diane Esemplare on Jeopardy!
Thom Page, an OB/GYN doctor from Auburn, Maine
Thom Page on Jeopardy!
Betsy Knudson, an attorney from Salt Lake City, Utah (2-day total: $38,601)
Betsy Knudson on Jeopardy!


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Tragically, Len will not get to see this Final Jeopardy! clue; he passed away on September 10; he was 69 years old. His obituary appeared in the New York Times.. His most famous creations include both Wolverine and Swamp Thing.

Tributes came pouring in from far and wide. Hugh Jackman, in a tweet, said “from his heart, mind & hands came the greatest character in comics”.

Outside of the world of comic books, Len Wein holds special significance to a number of my friends and a number of members of the Jeopardy! family. He was the husband of Christine Valada, who won four games back in October of 2009 and also reached the Tournament of Champions. Also into trivia himself, he was a member of LearnedLeague for almost four years and even played as best as he could through the health problems that would end up taking his life.

On his introduction in 1974, Wolverine was introduced as a small-statured superhuman agent of the Canadian government. He eventually became popular as a member of the X-Men, and ended up getting his own comic series in 1988.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 21, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Betsy $17,800
    Diane $12,800
    Thom $6,400

    Final results:
    Thom $6,400 – $5,000 = $1,400 (What is The Badger?)
    Diane $12,800 – $12,000 = $800 (What is weasel?)
    Betsy $17,800 + $5,001 = $22,801 (What is a wolverine?) (3-day total: $61,402)

    Betsy Knudson, winner of the September 21, 2017 episode of Jeopardy!

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Betsy $5,600
    Diane $5,600
    Thom $2,400

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) SPEAKING GERMAN $1000 (21st pick)
    Betsy 5000 +1000 (Diane 3000 Thom 1000)
    2) DRAMATIC TV DRAMA! $1200 (16th pick)
    Betsy 9200 +1000 (Diane 9000 Thom 5200)
    3) Unplayed!
    Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 31

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: None!
    DJ! Round: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KELVIN $1600 & $2000, SEE “SPAN” $400
    Total $ Left On Board: $4,000

    Game Stats:
    Betsy $18,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer
    Thom $6,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
    Diane $12,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.48% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $6,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

    Betsy Knudson, stats to date:
    57 correct
    3 incorrect
    4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,600)
    3/3 in Final Jeopardy
    27.68% in first on buzzer (46/166)
    Average Coryat: $14,933

    Betsy Knudson, to win:
    4 games: 50.18%
    5: 25.18%
    6: 12.63%
    7: 6.34%
    8: 3.18%
    Avg. streak: 4.007 games.

  2. So, it looks like Dal was right, Tuesday Betsy did show up today.

    • Had Betsy been wrong, she would have ended up with 12.799…
      Had Diane been right, Betsy’s bet would have been short. Please explain to me, Andy, the logic behind Betsy’s bet??? Please?

  3. I’m left wondering if I would have gotten this clue if I’d watched it on its taping day, and not right after Wein’s passing, which was how I knew it immediately today. I strongly suspect I would have struggled with it.

  4. looked like the lunch break helped Betsy get back into the groove she had in her 1st game.

  5. Excuse my ignorance, never heard of this guy but when I googled his name, I kept rereading the date of his death. Kinda sad.

  6. What was the final questions and answers to we need to talk about kelvin

  7. In addition to the trivia associations you mentioned, Len was responsible for the annual Pro/Fan Trivia Match at San Diego Comic-Con, where he captained the Purple Pros, a team of comics writers, against a team of fans which I captained. It started all the way back in 1995, the year after the team I was on won a regular trivia match at SDCC for the third straight year. The organizer then banned us for at least a year to give others a chance, and Len, who played on a fannish team that year, proposed there also be a match of pro writers against us. It turned out the running gag over the years was Len almost never getting a question on his own work correct, whether due to missing it, not buzzing in fastest, no one getting it, etc. His reaction was an always fun “Wait a minute! I wrote that!”, and when he finally did get one such right, the room gave him a standing ovation.

  8. No more Triple Stumper stat?

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