Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Notorious) for Thursday, July 18, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 224):
The death penalty has been carried out only once under Israeli law—in 1962, for this man
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Nathan Kaplan, a math professor from Los Angeles, California
|Amy King, a teacher from Seattle, Washington
|Roey Hadar, a journalist from Arlington, Virginia (1-day total: $23,600)
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Correct response: Who is Adolf Eichmann?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
High-ranking Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 31, 1962, for his role in the Holocaust during World War II. During the Holocaust, Eichmann was essentially “chief executioner”, organizing the assembly of many of Europe’s Jews at concentration camps (what Nazis referred to as the “Final Solution”), where millions were executed. After World War II, Eichmann attempted to escape, but was captured and brought to trial in Israel, where he was given the death penalty.
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Scores going into Final:
Amy $7,200 + $2,700 = $9,900
Nathan $9,800 + $9,800 = $19,600
Roey $19,600 + $0 = $19,600
Tiebreaker round category: SCIENCE
Tiebreaker round clue: This noble gas is the second-lightest element
Tiebreaker round correct response: What is helium?
Nathan responded correctly to win the game; he is now a 1-day champion with a total of $19,600.
This is only the second tiebreaker clue in a regular-play game; the first was on March 1, 2018. The rules changed as of the November 24, 2014 game (the game immediately following the 25th Tournament of Champions).
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) A TOUR OF EUROPE $600 (9th pick)
Roey 3400 +3400 (Amy 400 Nathan 0)
2) THE 3-NAMED EDGARS $800 (18th pick)
Nathan 6000 +6000 (Roey 16000 Amy 5200)
3) MEDICAL TERMS $1600 (20th pick)
Nathan 12000 -5000 (Roey 16000 Amy 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 158
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: THE 3-NAMED EDGARS $1200 & $1600
Total $ Left On Board: $2,800
Nathan $9,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 16.36% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Roey $16,800 Coryat, 27 correct, 4 incorrect, 54.55% in first on buzzer
Amy $7,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 23.64% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $33,600
Lach Trash: $5,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,800
Roey Hadar, final stats:
58 correct, 8 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
51.33% in first on buzzer (58/113)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,400)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,300
Nathan Kaplan, stats to date:
14 correct, 2 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
17.86% in first on buzzer (10/56)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600
Nathan Kaplan, to win:
2 games: 32.976%
Avg. streak: 1.492 games.
- Depending on the metrics used (% in first on buzzer, correct responses give, performance on lower-valued clues), Roey was between 67 to 75% to win a tiebreaker over Nathan. Obviously, it didn’t work out for him in this specific case, but having that much of an advantage does skew the standard strategy slightly. I’ll be looking at it closer over the coming days.
- There were complaints after the tiebreaker in the Teen Tournament over clue difficulty. An easy tiebreaker clue here is the entire point of the operation. Because tiebreakers are so rare, the show needs to shut taping down for 10-15 minutes in order to prepare a tiebreaker clue (It takes a non-trivial amount of time in order to find a clue, Chyron it, type-set it onto a card for Alex to read, and bring it to set for him.) Having to do this multiple times would severely hamstring the show’s tape day, and may even lead to overtime costs for the crew from a production standpoint. Moreover, the likelihood of an easier tiebreaker clue may dissuade certain players from trying to play tiebreaker in the first place, avoiding the entire operation.
- The rules changed regarding tiebreakers in 2014 for a couple of reasons. Firstly: today’s world is significantly more connected than the world of the 1960s or 1980s when the rule was originally devised. Message boards did not exist in the 1980s and it became much more difficult to keep even the possibility of collusion at bay by the 2010s. Thus, in order to completely remove any possibilities of impropriety, the rules were changed. Moreover, in early season 31, ties were becoming so prevalent that there were contestants who had been Called and were unable to play through no fault of their own (because the preponderance of ties meant that there were too many contestants being held in the Green Room), and it was a severe inconvenience for both contestants and show. It has absolutely nothing to do with prize budgets. In fact, the show generally seems to like giving away larger prizes because generally, larger prizes means higher ratings.
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