Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Inventors) for Friday, February 15, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 115):
He spent his life improving a plant-based substance he described as a “vegetable leather” or “elastic metal”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Mark Smith, an environmental scientist from Salem, Ohio
|Amanda Holm, a project manager from Livonia, Michigan
|Eric R. Backes, an attorney & government relations professional from Round Rock, Texas (4-day total: $105,602)
At the end of today’s game, we’ll be exactly 50% of the way through Season 35!
With his win yesterday, Eric moves up on the ToC Tracker and is now at spot #9! If he wins today, he becomes the first person since Austin Rogers to win all 5 games on a taping day.
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Correct response: Who is Charles Goodyear?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
Prior to Charles Goodyear, rubber had a big problem: It would melt in the summer heat and freeze completely hard in winter. The original rubber was a brief fad in the early 1830s, before being discarded, melted, in summer’s warmth. After years of experimentation, though, and with his health failing, he perfected the process of what later became known as vulcanizing the rubber, using sulfur and pressurized steam. The vulcanized rubber makes it stronger, more flexible, and more resistant to the environment.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Mark $6,200 – $200 = $6,000 (Who was G.W. Carver?)
Amanda $17,200 – $4,000 = $13,200 (1-day total: $13,200) (Who was Dupont?)
Eric $20,300 – $14,101 = $6,199 (Who is Carver?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) BODY PARTS IN LATIN $600 (20th pick)
Eric 7000 +2500 (Amanda 1600 Mark -800)
2) WHAT “A” CITY $1600 (7th pick)
Mark 1800 +2000 (Eric 12700 Amanda 4200)
3) FRANZ KAFKA $1600 (25th pick)
Amanda 11000 +3000 (Eric 18700 Mark 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 163
J! round: YOU HAD TO BE THERE $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,000
Amanda $15,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
Eric $18,400 Coryat, 27 correct, 3 incorrect, 50.00% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Mark $5,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 4 incorrect, 23.21% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $40,000
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,600
Eric R. Backes, final stats:
135 correct, 15 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts
47.35% in first on buzzer (134/283)
4/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,560
Amanda Holm, stats to date:
15 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts
25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800
Amanda Holm, to win:
2 games: 55.85%
Avg. streak: 2.265 games.
Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 125 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.5708 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5836).
An average of 6.4449 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.9514).
An early cutoff took place 3.759% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).
Amanda Holm qualified 10.188% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 86.576% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 69.928% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 46.012% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 21.043% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 5.134% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 0.702% of the time.
- As best as I can tell, Eric is the 7th straight 4-time champion to lose in going for win #5.
- Also, as best as I can tell, Eric is the 9th person since Austin Rogers’ run to win on Monday through Thursday, and then lose on Friday.
- Today was one of those games where the strategy leaves you scratching your head a bit. But the winner is the one with the most amount of money at the end, and that’s all that matters.
- Effective in first on buzzer stats: Amanda 25.45% (14/55), Eric 50.91% (28/55), Mark 13/55 (23.64%)
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