Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 8, 2019

Today is Quarterfinal #3 for the 2019 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Words from the Comics) for Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 173):

Used to describe secrecy during WWII, this 2-word term had its psychological meaning popularized by Charles Schulz

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Vicki Leibeck-Owsley, a high school English teacher from Columbia, Kentucky
Vicki Leibeck-Owsley on Jeopardy!
Alexandra Bicks, a high school ESL teacher from Cambridge, Massachusetts
Alexandra Bicks on Jeopardy!
Francois Barcomb, an 11th grade physics teacher from New Paltz, New York
Francois Barcomb on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is a security blanket?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

A term popularized by Linus in Charles Schulz’s comic Peanuts, the term “security blanket” was originally used in the 1920s to refer to a blanket placed over a child and fastened down. (If you’re reading this at a place other than The Jeopardy! Fan, the website operator has stolen this content from that site.) It was used by the U.S. military in World War 2 to refer to measures used to keep military information secret.

Merriam-Webster’s “Words at Play” has more about the term.

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Scores going into Final:
Francois $20,600
Alexandra $7,400
Vicki $4,800

Tonight’s results:
Vicki $4,800 – $3,800 = $1,000 (What is brain wash?)
Alexandra $7,400 – $2,201 = $5,199 (What is secret agent?)
Francois $20,600 – $0 = $20,600 (Semi-Finalist) (What is warm puppy?)

Francis Barcomb, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 8, 2019 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Joe Rengstorf, $20,401 ($16,000, $9,800)
Tuesday: Trevor Crowell, $15,500 ($15,600, $7,000)
Wednesday: Francois Barcomb, $20,600 ($20,600, $7,400)
1) Julia Rosinski Bailey, $15,200 ($10,200, $1,400), 99.933% to advance
2) Matthew Bunch, $9,600 ($12,400, $6,400), 81.144% to advance
3) Alexandra Bicks, $5,199 ($7,400, $3,400), 12.614% to advance
4) Mariah Minges Klusman, $4,795 ($2,400, $2,400), 1.173% to advance
5) Tara Baxter, $2,000 ($1,000, $3,000)
6) Vicki Leibeck-Owsley, $1,000 ($4,800, $3,200)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Francois $7,400
Alexandra $3,400
Vicki $3,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) RECENT BESTSELLERS $600 (11th pick)
Alexandra 400 +1000 (Francois 1000 Vicki 1000)
2) THEM’S THE RULES $800 (7th pick)
Francois 10600 -3000 (Vicki 4400 Alexandra 3400)
3) “C” WHO SALUTES $1600 (23rd pick)
Francois 17600 -3000 (Alexandra 5400 Vicki 4800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 55

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0

Game Stats:
Francois $26,600 Coryat, 29 correct, 4 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Alexandra $7,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer
Vicki $4,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $38,400
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

Francois Barcomb, stats to date:
29 correct, 5 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$6,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,600

Alexandra Bicks, stats to date:
11 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,000

Vicki Leibeck-Owsley, stats to date:
10 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,800

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Yes, the writers can sometimes get too cute, as they did on THE ELEMENTS $1000. The way the rules are generally applied are that a cute “turn of phrase” (or “tease-out metric”) can not be solely used to invalidate an otherwise correct response (though the category title can be).
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Francois 56.86% (29/51), Alexandra 21.57% (11/51), Vicki 21.57% (11/51).
  • Contestants absolutely do not know scores of the prior quarterfinal matches in this tournament. Even though it looks like Alexandra bet to try to pass Matthew’s wild card score, she was betting to cover Vicki’s doubled score ($4,800 doubled is also $9,600.).

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 8, 2019"

  1. Good grief. Hopefully the contestants will figure this out, but I doubt many people are familiar with the term “security blanket” being associated with military secrecy.

    • Michael J | May 8, 2019 at 1:29 pm |

      You were right, I thought that was a hard question, and I’m pretty familiar with WWII history.

  2. Is Jeopardy on in Australia?

  3. Francois had a sweet guess: “warm puppy”…

    More info on the “The Elements for $1000”, please. What was the clue?

    • Vader47000 | May 9, 2019 at 12:53 am |

      “This element precedes carbonate in a compound used to treat gastric ulcers & is definitely some of your…”

      They wanted ‘bismuth’ (as in none of your business)

      Vicki said ‘calcium’ and was ruled wrong but later ruled correct

  4. Would have been interesting if a history teacher would have gotten it?

  5. After nearly 40 days, we got a triple stumper in Final Jeopardy.

  6. You know, from start to finish, it did seem that Francois could have lost after losing $6,000 off the two DDs he picked up, but played solid and didn’t let up. But warm puppy? O.o
    I’m really going to find that as questionable, but Vicki’s seemed to make the most sense, being it as a “psychological” term.
    I’m actually kind of surprised that only a few of the winners only have got to the $20,000 mark. The last time a teacher made it over the $25,000 mark was Patrick Dillon in 2013 with $26,702. Nowadays, these Teachers Tournaments are moreover about strategy, especially with the DD and FJ! betting. It’ll be interesting how this Teachers Tournament pans out.

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