Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 20, 2018

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)

Today’s contestants:

Amanda Levreault, a production manager from Chicopee, Massachusetts
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Bucky McMahon, an adventure travel writer from Tallahassee, Florida
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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:
Kyle $20,200
Amanda $8,800
Bucky $4,600

Tonight’s results:
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?)

Kyle Jones, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 20, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kyle $10,000
Amanda $2,800
Bucky -$600


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

Unplayed clues:
J! round: SPACE PROBES $800 & $1000
Total $ Left On Board: $3,800

Game Stats:
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%
9: 34.11%
10: 19.92%
11: 11.63%
12: 6.79%
Avg. streak: 8.404 games.


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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 20, 2018"

  1. I suspect some people may find the term ‘Folklore’ to be rather disrespectful as the final jeopardy category considering what the final jeopardy question was… If the question was ‘Who is Jesus’ – would this be described as folklore too?

    • I was thinking the same thing–although I was thinking maybe this particular story about the Buddha was not a primary part of the religion, which (to my limited knowledge of Buddhism) is somewhat “un-dogmatic” in its practices and beliefs (and the clue does qualify that this happened “in legend.”) The other not unimportant point is however, that the category was maybe a little misleading as far as determining the correct response…my mind was going in the direction of truly mythical figures like the the “Pied Piper of Hamelin” and thereabouts…

  2. That’s the second triple stumper on a Thursday for Final Jeopardy.

  3. I’m glad someone is keeping track…

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