Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 16, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Greek Mythology) for Monday, April 16, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 156):

In one version Thetis killed 6 of her children in her attempts to make them immortal; this warrior was her seventh

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jordan Goodson, a senior at Columbia University from McLean, Virginia
Jordan Goodson on Jeopardy!
William Scott, a freshman at Tufts University from Los Altos, California
William Scott on Jeopardy!
Rebecca Rosenthal, a sophomore at Swarthmore College from Ridgewood, New Jersey
Rebecca Rosenthal on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: Who is Achilles?

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There are differing stories as to what specifically caused Achilles’ near-invulnerability, with Achilles being dipped in the river Styx by Thetis being the most famous one, but the common thread is that Thetis had to hold baby Achilles by the heel. Thus, that heel was the only part of him unable to be protected.

In the myths surrounding the Trojan War, Achilles died as a result of a poisoned arrow striking him in that vulnerable heel.

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Scores going into Final:
William $22,400
Rebecca $21,800
Jordan $2,200

Tonight’s results:
Jordan $2,200 + $2,199 = $4,399
Rebecca $21,800 + $21,800 = $43,600
William $22,400 + $21,201 = $43,601 (Finalist)

William Scott, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 16, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
William $10,400
Rebecca $5,000
Jordan $3,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) YES, MAMMAL! $1000 (10th pick)
William 2800 +2800 (Rebecca 2000 Jordan 200)
2) THE DEANS LIST $800 (11th pick)
Jordan 1400 +1200 (William 14800 Rebecca 9800)
3) FIRST IN YOUR CLASS $1600 (25th pick) ($7600 remaining on the board)
Rebecca 14200 +8000 (William 19200 Jordan 1400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 216

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0

Game Stats:
William $20,600 Coryat, 26 correct, 1 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer
Rebecca $15,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer
Jordan $1,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $37,800
Lach Trash: $8,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

William Scott, stats to date:
53 correct, 4 incorrect
43.86% in first on buzzer (49/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,800)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,300

Rebecca Rosenthal, final stats:
47 correct, 6 incorrect
38.60% in first on buzzer (44/114)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $16,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,100

Jordan Goodson, final stats:
23 correct, 5 incorrect
19.30% in first on buzzer (22/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,200)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,000

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 16, 2018"

  1. Scott William | April 16, 2018 at 9:59 am |

    Remembering that the category is “Greek Mythology” is a key to getting this question right. I did not, since I am consistently weak in Greek & Roman mythology, and I didn’t recall the supposed details about Achilles’s dipping by the heel in a powerful substance. If I do make a serious run at being a contestant, I’d have to study these fictional stories, since Jeopardy asks about them quite a bit.

    Outside of a run at being a contestant, I don’t consider non-religious mythology a high priority portion of the total knowledge base available for study. Nobody believes it really happened, there’s (at least) two different versions (Greek & Roman), and the practical use of such knowledge is very small, as compared with other fields of study.

    • Vader47000 | April 17, 2018 at 4:43 am |

      It’s not like it’s that different from literature.

      • Richard Rolwing | April 17, 2018 at 6:47 am |

        In that they both have little practical use…? (The bulk of literature involves portraying things that most likely “could” have happened, or could happen…)

    • Richard Rolwing | April 17, 2018 at 6:41 am |

      Is there a clear distinction between “religious” and “non-religious” mythology, or are you using “religious mythology” to (gasp!) refer to the Great monotheistic religions of today…?

      • Scott William | April 17, 2018 at 10:59 am |

        Knowing the theological details of currently active religions can be an important factor in correctly anticipating the current and future behavior of that religion’s followers.

        Since no current groups of significant size believe in the Greek/Roman “gods”, the reason I mentioned above does not apply.

        Dead myths also inferior to post-Gutenberg “Literature”, because they often have several different and incompatible versions, giving the stories an unwelcome narrative fuzziness which single-authored more modern literature thankfully lacks.

        • Murphy's Law | April 18, 2018 at 5:27 pm |

          Since a lot of mythology is in present culture, such as the term “Achilles Heel” I would say some knowledge of it is relevant.

  2. Congratulations, William Scott on your win, and I’m looking forward to seeing you in the Finals!

  3. Wow, not everyday you see someone come in 2nd with over 40K!

  4. sue weiner | April 16, 2018 at 5:45 pm |

    FYI desert and dessert are NOT spelled the same. One dry land, the other is eaten after dinner.

    • The clue wasn’t about dessert. It was about the word desert (like deserting the Army).

      • Nancy Hoyes | April 16, 2018 at 8:42 pm |

        The clue was in the category “Heteronyms” which, as Alex indicated, are words that are spelled identically but have different meanings when pronounced differently. Because dessert and desert are not spelled the same, they should not have been part of the category. Very surprised that Jeopardy producers included it.

        • Nancy Hoyes | April 16, 2018 at 8:50 pm |

          My mistake! As Andy said, it was desert (as in to desert in the army) not dessert. Mea culpa!

  5. Ridiculously easy trivia…

    • Richard Rolwing | April 17, 2018 at 6:18 am |

      Across the board…?? (As it were…)–I thought the final was “easy,” as in an “easy” educated guess…(As long as you didn’t think that was the TOO easy choice…)

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