Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 4, 2019

It’s Day 1 of the Tournament of Champions! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Ancient History) for Monday, November 4, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 41):

According to Herodotus, a messenger was sent 150 miles from Athens to Sparta, just before this 490 B.C. battle

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Gilbert Collins, a university administrator from Princeton, New Jersey
Gilbert Collins on Jeopardy!
Anneke Garcia, an instructional design consultant from Salt Lake City, Utah
Anneke Garcia on Jeopardy!
Kyle Jones, a music teacher from Aurora, Colorado
Kyle Jones on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Battle of Marathon?

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The famous messenger was Pheidippides, who was sent from Athens to Sparta to ask for assistance in the battle against the Persian army. Unfortunately for Athens, Sparta was in the middle of a religious festival and was unable to provide aid. However, the Spartan assistance ended up not being required, as the Athenians won a resounding victory, turning the tide in the Greco-Persian Wars.

According to legend, Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens following the battle, announced victory, and died of exhaustion. However, Herodotus does not mention this in his own story of the battle; the 1879 Robert Browning poem Pheidippides became part of Victorian-era popular culture and has very likely perpetuated this legend. Herodotus wrote that the full Athenian army marched quickly back to Athens following the battle, fearing a naval raid, whereas Plutarch (quoting from Heraclides Ponticus) mentions Thersiplus of Erchius as the post-battle Marathon-to-Athens messenger.

Interestingly, the vast majority of hits in J! Archive of the year “490 B.C.” is a reference to the Battle of Marathon, to the point where I would say it is Pavlovian.

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

Scores going into Final:
Anneke $11,400
Gilbert $9,000
Kyle $8,400

Tonight’s results:
Kyle $8,400 + $8,400 = $16,800
Gilbert $9,000 + $7,801 = $16,801 (Semifinalist)
Anneke $11,400 – $6,601 = $4,799 (What is Justice for Barb!)

Gilbert Collins, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 4, 2019 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Gilbert Collins, $16,801 ($9,000, $7,400)
1. Kyle Jones, $16,800 ($8,400, $1,200), 98.889% to advance
2. Anneke Garcia, $4,799 ($11,400, $3,400), 2.109% to advance

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Gilbert $7,400
Anneke $3,400
Kyle $1,200

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Gilbert 1800 +1800 (Anneke 1000 Kyle 0)
2) OPERA & BALLET $1600 (2nd pick)
Kyle 1200 +2000 (Gilbert 7400 Anneke 3400)
3) ALLITERATION ON THE MAP $2000 (9th pick)
Kyle 6800 -4000 (Gilbert 7400 Anneke 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 141

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (2.15 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Gilbert $7,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Kyle $12,000 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Anneke $11,400 Coryat. 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,200
Lach Trash: $17,600 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,200

Gilbert Collins, stats to date:
121 correct, 19 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 30 rebound opportunities)
31.43% in first on buzzer (121/385)
7/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,800)
5/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,857

Kyle Jones, stats to date:
193 correct, 21 incorrect
11/11 on rebound attempts (on 39 rebound opportunities)
36.22% in first on buzzer (180/497)
11/15 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,400)
6/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,733

Anneke Garcia, stats to date:
122 correct, 18 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
37.09% in first on buzzer (125/337)
1/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
3/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,200

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Even had Anneke elected to stand pat at $11,400, that score would only be 48.158% to advance out of third place from this game. What an unlucky time to draw a blank in Final Jeopardy!, though.
  • I am OK with Alex asking Anneke to “be more specific” on TO THE STARS $2000 as in French the territory is named Guyane.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 4, 2019"

  1. This was a ToC FJ? Surely you jest.

    • I thought the same thing. Although I know the history of the race.

      • It was also kind of a trick question. The “marathon” became famous in modern times, because the runner reported the win. And the distance from Marathon to Athens is slightly over 26 miles or 46 km….another slightly ambiguous FJ.Yet the answer was clear. There was only one battle where a runner reported the win over the Persians. The battle of the Thermopylae was 10 years later and ended in the (in)famous slaughter of the Greek soldiers to the last man. ” Stranger, if you pass by, tell……etc”

        • actually, it’s a little less than 25 miles, Marathon to Athens. The Olympic Distance for a marathon wasn’t standardized until the 1908 games in London and outside the Olympics until some time after that.

  2. My first prediction came soooo close to coming true. I’m disappointed that Anneke couldn’t come through. I thought this answer was fairly easy for a ToC final. Good rebound by Kyle to at least make it to the semi-finals.

  3. I thought Marathon, however Shawn says the distance from Marathon to Athens is 42 kilometers or the slightly over 26 miles that marathoners run. Why does the FJ answer say it’s 150 miles then? If Anneke had nailed FJ we would likely have had 3 semi-finalists, but alas; impressively Gilbert aimed for 2nd in FJ, beating Kyle by 1, knowing that historically that amount qualifies for SF almost 99%, as Andy notes.

    BTW, does anyone besides Anneke know what her FJ “Justice for Barb!” refers to?

    • Because Herotodus wrote that a runner was sent to ask the Spartans for aid — Sparta is 150 miles from Athens.

      (Also, “Justice for Barb” is Stranger Things.)

  4. The “James effect” showed up strikingly in this game — going for the $1,000 clues first in the Jeopardy! round. Only things is, to capitalize on that strategy, you have to “have the knowledge.” So many triple stumpers!

    Can’t wait to see James — my over-under on triple stumpers in his game is 2.

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