Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Folklore) for Thursday, September 20, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 9):
In legend, he called all the animals together but only 12 came, including a rat & a dragon
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Amanda Levreault, a production manager from Chicopee, Massachusetts
|Bucky McMahon, an adventure travel writer from Tallahassee, Florida
|Kyle Jones, a music teacher from Aurora, Colorado (6-day total: $127,203)
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Correct response: Who is Buddha?
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There are a couple of versions of Chinese folklore that lead to why the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac is as it is. The one referenced in the clue above says that Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed to say farewell, and only the 12 animals of the current Zodiac arrived to do so. As a reward, he named a year after each animal in the order they arrived (Rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig).
Another version is that the Jade Emperor held a competition amongst all of the animals, with only the 12 fittest animals surviving. Of course, that doesn’t strictly fit the “only 12 came” part of today’s Final Jeopardy.
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Scores going into Final:
Bucky $4,600 – $4,600 = $0 (Who is Merlin?)
Amanda $8,800 – $401 = $8,399 (Who is Confucius?)
Kyle $20,200 – $2,000 = $18,200 (7-day total: $145,403) (Who is Noah?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) TOYS & GAMES $1000 (14th pick)
Kyle 2400 +2400 (Amanda 2800 Bucky 600)
2) 8-LETTER WORDS $2000 (15th pick)
Kyle 14400 +4000 (Amanda 7600 Bucky 2200)
3) AUSTRALIAN HISTORY $1200 (19th pick)
Kyle 19200 -3000 (Amanda 8000 Bucky 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 112
J! round: SPACE PROBES $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: ISLANDS IN THE SEA $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $3,800
Kyle $19,800 Coryat, 24 correct, 1 incorrect, 37.04% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Amanda $8,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 5 incorrect, 37.04% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Bucky $4,600 Coryat, 8 correct, 4 incorrect, 18.52% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $33,200
Lach Trash: $7,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,600
Kyle Jones, stats to date:
155 correct, 14 incorrect
9/9 on rebound attempts
36.98% in first on buzzer (142/384)
9/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,400)
5/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,000
Kyle Jones, to win:
8 games: 58.40%
Avg. streak: 8.404 games.
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