Today’s Final Jeopardy – August 8, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Writers) for Thursday, August 8, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 51, encore presentation):

In a twist of irony, he accidentally set fire to some 300 acres of woods at Fair Haven Pond near the Concord River in 1844

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Maya Wright, a senior from Peachtree City, Georgia
Maya Wright on Jeopardy!
Claire Sattler, a senior from Bonita Springs, Florida
Claire Sattler on Jeopardy!
Emma Arnold, a junior from Owings Mills, Maryland
Emma Arnold on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Henry David Thoreau?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Henry David Thoreau frequented the woods around Concord, MA, and after his campfire got out of control in April 1844, it started a forest fire that burned 300 acres of forest and almost reached the town of Concord itself.

In a similar vein to how many wildfires out in California start, “the earth was uncommonly dry” and his fire “caught the dry grass” and got out of control. The Concord Freeman at the time described the act as “thoughtlessness”.

Later, Thoreau lived in the woods near Concord’s Walden Pond—the inspiration for his book Walden.

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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Claire $18,600
Emma $15,600
Maya $12,800

Tonight’s results:
Maya $12,800 – $5,000 = $7,800 (Who is Emerson?)
Emma $15,600 + $3,400 = $19,000
Claire $18,600 + $3,200 = $21,800

Jeopardy's final scores from August 8, 2019.

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Maya $6,400
Emma $5,200
Claire $4,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ELEMENTAL $600 (4th pick)
Maya 400 +600 (Claire 400 Emma 0)
2) ART SUBJECTS $800 (3rd pick)
Claire 4400 +2000 (Maya 6400 Emma 5600)
3) FLAGS $1200 (24th pick)
Claire 12000 +3000 (Emma 13600 Maya 12800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 130

Unplayed clues:
DJ! Round: ODD FUTURE $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $3,000

Game Stats:
Claire $15,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Emma $15,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 32.73% in first on buzzer
Maya $12,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.36% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $44,000
Lach Trash: $1,600 (on 1 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

Claire Sattler, stats to date:
59 correct, 8 incorrect
5/6 on rebound attempts
32.54% in first on buzzer (55/169)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,000)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600

Emma Arnold, stats to date:
51 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
26.04% in first on buzzer (44/169)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600

Maya Wright, stats to date:
70 correct, 5 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts
39.05% in first on buzzer (66/169)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $600)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,200

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Because tomorrow’s scores can be doubled in Final Jeopardy tomorrow, Claire has an effective lead of $1,400 over Emma and $7,000 over Maya.

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