Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 9, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Books) for Friday, February 9, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 110):

An “ineffable quality”, this 3-word title represents “the ability to go up in a hurtling piece of machinery” day after day

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Alison Sahner, a stay-at-home mom from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alison Sahner on Jeopardy!
Carlos Garcia, an immigration attorney from Los Angeles, California
Carlos Garcia on Jeopardy!
Marty Cunningham, an accountant & voice artist from Arvada, Colorado (1-day total: $18,900)
Marty Cunningham on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Right Stuff?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (who later went on to write works such as Bonfire of the Vanities, not to be confused with Thomas Wolfe, who wrote earlier in the century) was based on countless interviews with American test pilots, astronauts, and their spouses. Inspired by Wolfe’s having been asked to cover the Apollo 17 mission for Rolling Stone, it focused on the test pilots of the 1940s and 1950s like Chuck Yeager and Scott Crossfield, and then the Mercury Seven astronauts (Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton.)

It was adapted into the 1983 film of the same name, starring Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, and Fred Ward.


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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Marty $26,600
Alison $6,800
Carlos $3,600


Tonight’s results:
Carlos $3,600 – $3,500 = $100 (What is Cold as Ice?)
Alison $6,800 – $1,000 = $5,800 (What is Brave New)
Marty $26,600 + $3,600 = $30,200 (2-day total: $49,100)



Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Alison $6,000
Carlos $4,400
Marty $3,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SHAKESPEARE, & I QUOTE $800 (29th pick)
Alison 4000 +2000 (Marty 3800 Carlos 3800)
2) ISLAND NATIONS $1600 (4th pick)
Marty 6200 +2000 (Alison 4800 Carlos 4000)
3) THE NATIONAL INVENTORS HALL OF FAMER $1200 (15th pick)
Marty 15400 +4000 (Alison 5200 Carlos 3600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 108
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0


Game Stats:
Marty $23,400 Coryat, 27 correct, 2 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer
Alison $5,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer
Carlos $3,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $32,600
Lach Trash: $13,200 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,200


Marty Cunningham, stats to date:
50 correct, 5 incorrect
36.61% in first on buzzer (41/112)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,300


Marty Cunningham, to win:
3 games: 76.37%
4: 58.33%
5: 44.55%
6: 34.02%
7: 25.98%
Avg. streak: 5.232 games.


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    7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 9, 2018"

    1. The clue writers weren’t kidding about “Punishment”!

    2. Marty is at a good age to know about ‘The Right Stuff’. I never knew the movie was based on a book. Wow!!! I really learned something today.

    3. Did Alex seriously mispronounce the answer on the last Double Jeopardy clue? The clue was, “The Calico Bass is AKA the Black this, & we’re not making a judgment.” When no one buzzed in, he said that it’s also known as the “Black Crappie”, but he pronounced it as if it rhymes with “snappy”. Where I live, crappies are one of the main pan fish people fish for—but NO ONE would ever pronounce it that way. The only way to pronounce “crappie” (when used in the name of a fish) is to make it rhyme with “sloppy”.

      Is this a regional dialect difference? Are there parts of the country where they’re actually pronounced to rhyme with snappy? Or did Alex simply misstate it?

      • Well, given how the clue itself is presumably written with the crappy/snappy pronunciation in mind (for the “making a judgment” part to make sense, as who would judge something to be “croppy”?), I’d say it’s either a regional thing or no one at Jeopardy pronounces it the same way you do.

        • Valid point—but I think the “making a judgment” would still apply, as the spelling is still “crappie”, regardless of pronunciation.

    4. Did anyone else notice the mistake near the end of Double Jeopardy? With four clues left, Carlos selects “Math” for $2000. Marty rang in with the wrong response and no one else tried. So it should be Carlos who makes the next selection, and the indicator light clearly shows it’s his turn. But when Alex says “three clues left” he doesn’t indicate whose turn it is, and Marty makes the selection.

      Of course with only three clues left it can’t change the outcome, but it’s the first time I’ve seen that happen.

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