Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 21, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Color Etymology) for Friday, September 21, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 10):

This word for a gem & a shade of blue derives from the name of a Eurasian country from which gems came to W. Europe

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Dino Alexander, a medical lab scientist from Fayetteville, North Carolina
Dino Alexander on Jeopardy!
Rob Salerno, a writer/actor from Los Angeles, California
Rob Salerno on Jeopardy!
Kyle Jones, a music teacher from Aurora, Colorado (7-day total: $145,403)
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Correct response: What is turquoise?

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Back the better part of a decade ago, I was at an exhibit at Royal Ontario Museum about gems and gemstones and the exhibit said that “turquoise” comes from the French for the country known as Turkey. Of course, at the time, I said “I’d better remember that, that’s going to be a Final Jeopardy! someday.”

I was right. It became a Final Jeopardy! some day.

The mineral known as turquoise (from which the blue-green color of the same name gets its name) originated in Persia and was brought to Western Europe from Turkey. From that, it got the name turquoise.

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Scores going into Final:
Rob $24,300
Kyle $10,600
Dino $7,600

Tonight’s results:
Dino $7,600 – $3,001 = $4,599 (What is Topaz?)
Kyle $10,600 – $5,000 = $5,600 (What is Azure?)
Rob $24,300 – $2,200 = $22,100 (1-day total: $22,100) (What is sapphire? Pruss)

Rob Salerno, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 21, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kyle $4,200
Rob $3,400
Dino $3,200


Opening break taken after: 14 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) TERMS IN HISTORY $1000 (7th pick)
Kyle 1000 +1000 (Rob 0 Dino -200)
Rob 7000 +3000 (Kyle 3400 Dino 2800)
3) IT’S A BIBLICAL THING $1600 (15th pick)
Rob 13200 +3500 (Kyle 5000 Dino 4400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 169

Unplayed clues:
J! round: TENDER INSIDE $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,000

Game Stats:
Rob $21,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 0 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Kyle $10,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.71% in first on buzzer
Dino $7,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $39,600
Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,600

Kyle Jones, final stats:
173 correct, 18 incorrect
9/9 on rebound attempts
36.82% in first on buzzer (162/440)
10/13 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,400)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,200

Rob Salerno, stats to date:
21 correct, 1 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,400

Rob Salerno, to win:
2 games: 74.22%
3: 55.09%
4: 40.89%
5: 30.35%
6: 22.53%
Avg. streak: 3.879 games.


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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 21, 2018"

  1. We end the week with another triple stumper in final jeopardy.

  2. Well, Kyle gave it a good run. I was probably hoping we’d see a Season 35 superchamp for sure. I never heard of Turquoise as an “Eurasian” country. But when you describe the details as to how it ties to FJ, finally I get the idea. Trust me, I fell into the same trap that Rob intended for, which was Sapphire. When the clue said “blue”, that was the first thing I was thinking of. Dino’s response of Topaz just was awkward because that’s not a blue gem. Not sure if that was meant to be a slight humor mishap, but I don’t get it.

    • It’s not as common as other colors, but “blue topaz” is one of Texas’s state minerals.

    • We did see a Season 35 superchamp, as Kyle won seven games, which is greater than five. (If you’re thinking of players who won ten games or more, the term Andy coined for them is “ultrachamp.”)

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