Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Observances) for Monday, October 7, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 21):
Washington made the very first Presidential proclamation in response to a request for “a day of public” this
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Jessica Garsed, a librarian from Augusta, Maine
|Ben Hamman, a program coordinator from Missoula, Montana
|Kara Skinner, a test accommodation center coordinator from San Diego, California (1-day total: $17,800)
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Correct response: What is Thanksgiving?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
Thanksgiving services generally predate Europeans settling in North America; additionally, during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress often appointed thanksgiving days, as Washington saw them as important to recognize military victories and alliances.
Thus, shortly after the Constitution was ratified and Washington was elected President in 1789, Washington issued his first proclamation on October 3, which set a day of national thanksgiving for Thursday, November 26, 1789 (the last Thursday of November).
The tradition was not picked up again until Abraham Lincoln’s more famous Thanksgiving proclamation of 1863; however, the October 3, 1863 proclamation date for a Thursday, November 26, 1863 Thanksgiving was no coincidence.
An attempt by FDR in the 1940s to move Thanksgiving one week earlier was ill-received, to say the least, and the American “fourth Thursday of November” tradition holds today.
Of course, Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October; this year, Thanksgiving is October 14 in Canada.
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Scores going into Final:
Kara $5,200 + $5,200 = $10,400
Ben $8,200 – $7,001 = $1,199 (What is service?)
Jessica $15,200 – $2,600 = $12,600 (1-day total: $12,600) (What is mourning?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) PLACES OF BUSINESS $800 (22nd pick)
Ben 800 -1000 (Jessica 4200 Kara 200)
2) THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION $1200 (3rd pick)
Ben 600 +2000 (Jessica 5200 Kara 2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game:
J! round: I LEARNED IT FROM MENTAL FLOSS $400 & $600; RANKS & TITLES $200
DJ! round: ESSAYS $400 & $800; THE NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY $400
Total $ Left On Board: $2,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 66 (3.14 per episode average), 1 Daily Double
Jessica $15,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 30.77% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Kara $5,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 5 incorrect, 34.62% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ben $8,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 5 incorrect, 23.08% in first on buzzer, 2/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,800
Lach Trash: $13,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,200
Kara Skinner, final stats:
38 correct, 7 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
35.19% in first on buzzer (38/108)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800
Jessica Garsed, stats to date:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
30.77% in first on buzzer (16/52)
0/0 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,200
Jessica Garsed, to win:
2 games: 48.995%
Avg. streak: 1.961 games.
- This is the first game with an unplayed Daily Double since March 28, 2018 (Season 34). In Season 35, the show had instituted an official policy to not allow a round to finish with a Daily Double unplayed. It appears as though this policy has now been rescinded for Season 36.
- In the “Erratum” file, the VIDEO GAME-POURRI $800 clue was incorrect. It looks like Jeopardy! fell for the Tetris block “Orange Ricky” joke from February 2019.
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