Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Transportation) for Friday, January 4, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 85):
Carretera Transistmica, aka the Boyd-Roosevelt Highway, runs parallel to this waterway
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Chelsea Hill, an administrative assistant from Brooklyn, New York
|Robert Perez, a proposal manager from Fairfield, Iowa
|Jonathan Dinerstein, a composer from Los Angeles, California (3-day total: $62,902)
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Correct response: What is the Panama Canal?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
The highway runs between Panama City and Colón, Panama, largely replaced now by the Colón Expressway. “Carretera Transistmica” is Spanish for “Transisthmian Highway”.
According to the State Department website (archived in 2013), night driving on the road is particularly hazardous.
In its name, the Boyd is definitely Augusto Samuel Boyd, who was President of Panama at its opening c. 1940; the Roosevelt could refer to either Teddy (who was instrumental in the construction of the Panama Canal), or Franklin (President of the U.S. at the time of its opening). I have been unable to find a definitive source as to which Roosevelt it is named after. I’m reasonably sure if one exists, though, one of my readers will put it in the comments section prior to the end of the day!
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Scores going into Final:
Chelsea $10,800 – $0 = $10,800 (What is the Adriatic Sea)
Robert $15,100 – $7,100 = $8,100 (What is the Mystic River)
Jonathan $15,200 + $15,199 = $30,399 (4-day total: $93,301)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) GEOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING $800 (26th pick)
Jonathan 5800 +3000 (Robert 4200 Chelsea 1800)
2) CAUTIONARY MALE $2000 (20th pick)
Chelsea 6600 +3000 (Jonathan 12800 Robert 9000)
3) BOOK OF THE YEAR $800 (24th pick, $3,200 left on board)
Robert 12600 +2500 (Jonathan 14000 Chelsea 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 103
J! round: 2019 HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES $1000, GEOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING $600, GOTTA RUN $200
DJ! Round: THE NORMAN INVASION $400, BOOK OF THE YEAR $400
Total $ Left On Board: $2,600
Jonathan $13,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 42.31% in first on buzzer
Chelsea $9,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
Robert $13,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $36,200
Lach Trash: $8,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200
Jonathan Dinerstein, stats to date:
91 correct, 11 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts
41.94% in first on buzzer (91/217)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,500)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,800
Jonathan Dinerstein, to win:
5 games: 62.49%
Avg. streak: 5.666 games.
Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 155 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.887 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7845).
An average of 8.6912 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.1377).
An early cutoff took place 35.341% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 78.239% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 35.481% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 8.727% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 1.445% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 0.161% of the time.
Kyle Becker qualified 0.000% of the time.
- You’d think Alex would know more about wagering strategy after 35 seasons of hosting. His stating Jonathan’s strategy in the opening of “Bet to beat ’em by a buck if they double” and acting as though it was novel seems silly.
- Robert needed to bet $5,000 on that last Daily Double. You can’t be afraid to make that bet, especially as players are 22-for-25 this season in the second row in Double Jeopardy! on Daily Doubles. Moreover, it was a category where he’d picked up two harder clues. Obviously, it was a moot point based on how Final turned out, but my point stands.
- Chelsea’s situation was much more precarious when she found hers. I can hardly fault her for only betting $3,000, especially as it was a $2,000 clue (58% this season), in a category with a cryptic title. She also deserves props for getting that clue correct.
- I was hoping to see a clue about tinkers in 19th CENTURY OCCUPATIONS and was disappointed!
- One of these days I’m going to do a character count of clues in J! Archive by season to get to the bottom of why so many boards are being unfinished these days.
- With a Teachers Tournament on the calendar for May, this win by Jonathan eliminates Kyle Becker from ToC contention.
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