Merry Christmas! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Organizations) for Wednesday, December 25, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 78):
Founded by students at W&M in 1776, its members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 41 Supreme Court Justices & more than 140 Nobel laureates
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Kristin Butz, a singer from Hoboken, New Jersey
|Alex Hookway, an actuary from Columbus, Ohio
|Robin Miner-Swartz, an editor & consultant from Lansing, Michigan (2-day total: $27,400)
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Correct response: What is Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ)?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
Phi Beta Kappa is the USA’s oldest academic and most prestigious honor society. With 286 chapters throughout the United States, the top 10% of its member schools’ Arts and Sciences graduates are invited to join.
It was founded at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1776 as a society similar to other secret societies (some of which still exist at some American universities). It expanded with chapters at Yale, Harvard, and Dartmouth prior to the Revolutionary War temporary shuttering of William & Mary. It became an “open” society in the 1830s after the Harvard chapter, during a period of anti-Masonic sentiment, publicly disclused the society’s secrets. Today, ΦΒΚ is seen as the one of the originators of the modern fraternity and sorority system in the United States, though the rise of other “social” fraternities saw ΦΒΚ transform into the honor society it is today in order to differentiate itself.
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Scores going into Final:
Kristin $5,000 – $5,000 = $0 (What is Rhode)
Robin $14,400 + $4,401 = $18,801
Alex $21,200 + $7,601 = $28,801 (1-day total: $28,801)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORY $1000 (25th pick)
Alex 4800 +2000 (Robin 5000 Kristin 600)
2) FACE THE AUTHOR $1600 (16th pick)
Alex 9600 +6000 (Robin 14800 Kristin 600)
3) GOING OUT OF BUSINESS $2000 (20th pick)
Alex 16800 +2000 (Robin 15200 Kristin 600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 116
J! round: 9-LETTER WORDS $200, $400, $600
DJ! round: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA $400; GOING OUT OF BUSINESS $400
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 124 (1.59 per episode average), 1 Daily Double
Alex $15,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 34.62% in first on buzzer, 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Robin $14,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 6 incorrect, 48.08% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Kristin $5,000 Coryat, 5 correct, 0 incorrect, 9.62% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,200
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800
Robin Miner-Swartz, final stats:
59 correct, 13 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
41.10% in first on buzzer (67/163)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,467
Alex Hookway, stats to date:
22 correct, 3 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
34.62% in first on buzzer (18/52)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800
Alex Hookway, to win:
2 games: 66.655%
Avg. streak: 2.999 games.
- The clue above, when displayed by the show, contains a semi-colon after 1776; I deliberately changed that to a comma for grammatical correctness.
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