Today’s Final Jeopardy – August 9, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Americana) for Friday, August 9, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 52, encore presentation):

It’s the official fruit of the District of Columbia

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Maya Wright, a senior from Peachtree City, Georgia (Yesterday’s total: $7,800)
Maya Wright on Jeopardy!
Claire Sattler, a senior from Bonita Springs, Florida (Yesterday’s total: $21,800)
Claire Sattler on Jeopardy!
Emma Arnold, a junior from Owings Mills, Maryland (Yesterday’s total: $19,000)
Emma Arnold on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is a cherry?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Washington, DC is a city known for its beautiful cherry blossoms, after Japan sent over 3,000 of them to the United States in 1912 as a gift of friendship. DC began a two-week cherry blossom festival in the 1990s and the cherry became the official district fruit in 2006.

And because I never will pass up an opportunity for this: I dislike Parson Weems. Another point of entry into this clue, although it is entirely incorrect, is the Parson Weems mythological story about the young George Washington, enthusiastic about a new hatchet, cutting down his father’s prized young cherry tree, and having virtuously owned up to it when questioned, all is forgiven.

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Scores going into Final:
Claire $16,400
Maya $10,400
Emma $6,800

Tonight’s results:
Emma $6,800 – $6,800 = $0 + $19,000 = $19,000 = $50,000 (What is…That was fun)
Maya $10,400 – $7,800 = $2,600 + $7,800 = $10,400 = $25,000 (What is an apple?)
Claire $16,400 – $0 = $16,400 + $21,800 = $38,200 = $100,000 (What is the apple? idk! (I [heart] U all! Thank you so much!)

Claire Sattler, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 9, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Claire $5,600
Maya $4,400
Emma $1,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE OLYMPICS $800 (15th pick)
Maya 2600 +1000 (Claire 2600 Emma 600)
2) HISTORIC TRIOS $1600 (8th pick)
Claire 6800 -2000 (Maya 8400 Emma 1200)
3) ASIAN GEOGRAPHY $2000 (18th pick)
Claire 7600 +2000 (Maya 8800 Emma 2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 35

Unplayed clues:
J! round: SCORPIOS $200 & OLYMPICS $200
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $400

Game Stats:
Claire $18,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.18% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Emma $6,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 18.18% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Maya $10,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $35,400
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400

Claire Sattler, stats to date:
81 correct, 12 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts
33.93% in first on buzzer (76/224)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,550

Emma Arnold, stats to date:
60 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts
24.11% in first on buzzer (54/224)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Maya Wright, stats to date:
85 correct, 7 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts
35.71% in first on buzzer (80/224)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,600)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,700

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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – August 9, 2019"

  1. Thanks, Andy. Small thing – Japan gave WDC 3000 cherry trees, not 3000 cherry blossoms. Thanks as always!

  2. Wow. Not one of the teen finalists could answer this? Just Wow.

    • Maybe the mythology about George Washington chopping down his father’s cherry tree isn’t being taught now (thank goodness). Although I too hate it, I must admit that’s what steered me in the right direction…

  3. Maurine Gutowski | August 9, 2019 at 12:52 pm |

    The Japanese cherry blossom song Sakura is very pretty, uses a different musical scale (all the black notes on our piano keyboard). There’s also a famous apple blossom song, Ringo no hana, which I still can sing from memory (ringo=apple, no=possessive particle, hana=blossom). Interesting that the wrong-guessers chose the apple.

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