Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 20, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Americana) for game #2 of the finals of the 2018 Teen Tournament on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 52):

It’s the official fruit of the District of Columbia

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(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Maya Wright, a senior from Peachtree City, Georgia (Yesterday’s total: $7,800)
Maya Wright on Jeopardy!
Claire Sattler, a senior from Bonita Springs, Florida (Yesterday’s total: $21,800)
Claire Sattler on Jeopardy!
Emma Arnold, a junior from Owings Mills, Maryland (Yesterday’s total: $19,000)
Emma Arnold on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is a cherry?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Washington, DC is a city known for its beautiful cherry blossoms, after Japan sent over 3,000 of them to the United States in 1912 as a gift of friendship. DC began a two-week cherry blossom festival in the 1990s and the cherry became the official district fruit in 2006.

And because I never will pass up an opportunity for this: I dislike Parson Weems. Another point of entry into this clue, although it is entirely incorrect, is the Parson Weems mythological story about the young George Washington, enthusiastic about a new hatchet, cutting down his father’s prized young cherry tree, and having virtuously owned up to it when questioned, all is forgiven.

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Scores going into Final:
Claire $16,400
Maya $10,400
Emma $6,800

Tonight’s results:
Emma $6,800 – $6,800 = $0 + $19,000 = $19,000 = $50,000 (What is…That was fun)
Maya $10,400 – $7,800 = $2,600 + $7,800 = $10,400 = $25,000 (What is an apple?)
Claire $16,400 – $0 = $16,400 + $21,800 = $38,200 = $100,000 (What is the apple? idk! (I [heart] U all! Thank you so much!)

Claire Sattler, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 20, 2018 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Claire $5,600
Maya $4,400
Emma $1,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE OLYMPICS $800 (15th pick)
Maya 2600 +1000 (Claire 2600 Emma 600)
2) HISTORIC TRIOS $1600 (8th pick)
Claire 6800 -2000 (Maya 8400 Emma 1200)
3) ASIAN GEOGRAPHY $2000 (18th pick)
Claire 7600 +2000 (Maya 8800 Emma 2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 35

Unplayed clues:
J! round: SCORPIOS $200 & OLYMPICS $200
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $400

Game Stats:
Claire $18,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.18% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Emma $6,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 18.18% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Maya $10,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $35,400
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400

Claire Sattler, stats to date:
81 correct, 12 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts
33.93% in first on buzzer (76/224)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,550

Emma Arnold, stats to date:
60 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts
24.11% in first on buzzer (54/224)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Maya Wright, stats to date:
85 correct, 7 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts
35.71% in first on buzzer (80/224)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,600)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,700

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 20, 2018"

  1. When I saw this as the NY Times Clue of the Day this morning, I thought it was too short to be a FJ clue – there must be a visual aspect to the Final and they substituted a Daily Double clue instead. But then I ran through the J6 clues and realized it was the FJ clue.

    I wonder if Emma has an advantage over the other two young ladies since she lives closer to DC – though there is a bit of a stretch to get from ornamental cherry blossoms to actual cherries.

    • My feeling is they will probably all get it, but I was thinking the same thing about the ornamental cherry trees. Few, if any, of the trees around the tidal basin produce edible fruit. Usually when a state names a state fruit, it’s something that is grown in abundance there. I doubt many cherries, edible by humans, are grown in the District.

  2. very strange…. i got it as i thought of george washington, but then i’m not sure if DC’s cherry connection relates to GW i.e. did japan make gift of cherry trees because of the history of GW?

    • Could be a GW thing, but the gift was over 100 years after he died. I’m guessing it’s because there are cherry blossoms all over Japan in the spring, and they wanted to give the US something synonymous with Japan.

      Congrats to Claire!

  3. We end the tournament with a triple stumper in Final Jeopardy but Claire won $100,000.

  4. Thought the webmaster might enjoy this story. I once was returning to Chicago, my home and birthplace, from a business trip in Toronto. I was a bit tired and cranky. The customs agent says to me:”Too bad about Abraham Lincoln cutting down that apple tree, huh?” I of course replied that it was Washington and a cherry tree. He waved me through. I mentioned it to a friend who was an immigrant, and she had no idea what I was talking about. Apparently knowing this proves one is American. Whether it’s true or not.

  5. Hmmm….I would have thought that DC’s official fruit should be the LEMON!!

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