Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Italian Inventors) for Wednesday, July 15, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 48):
In a 1644 letter he wrote, “We live submerged at the bottom of an ocean of air”, which is what his invention measures
This episode originally aired on November 13, 2019.
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(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Lindsey Shultz, a physician & healthcare analyst from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
|Gilbert Collins, a university administrator from Princeton, New Jersey
|Francois Barcomb, an 11th grade physics teacher from New Paltz, New York
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Correct response: Who is Evangelista Torricelli?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
One of Galileo’s students (who later spent time as Galileo’s secretary), Evangelista Torricelli is best known today as the inventor of the barometer. The quote “We live submerged at the bottom of an ocean of air” came from Torricelli’s describing of a mercury barometer to measure air pressure; an inverted glass tube is placed in a bath of mercury, air is prevented from coming in the top, and the amount mercury pushed into the tube is measured.
Due to mercury’s poisonous qualities, most barometers today are of the “aneroid” type, which contains a small airtight container (where air pressure affects the container’s sides).
I suspect that this is going to be a difficult clue for many viewers; the only time contestants were asked to go from “invented the barometer” to “Torricelli” (instead of Torricelli to barometer) was in the Battle of the Decades, in a $2,000 clue.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Gilbert $12,600 – $0 = $12,600 (Who is Bernoulli?)
Lindsey $17,400 – $4,601 = $12,799 (Who is Avogadro?)
Francois $22,000 + $12,801 = $34,801 (Finalist)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) U.N. INTERNATIONAL YEARS $600 (13th pick)
Lindsey 2000 +2000 (Francois 3000 Gilbert 2600)
2) FAMOUS AMERICANS $1200 (4th pick)
Lindsey 9600 -3000 (Gilbert 5400 Francois 5200)
3) TROPIC OF CAPRICORN $2000 (16th pick)
Francois 9600 +8000 (Lindsey 15400 Gilbert 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 152
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (1.83 per episode average), 1 Daily Double
Francois $16,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Lindsey $19,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Gilbert $12,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $47,600
Lach Trash: $4,000 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,400
Francois Barcomb, stats to date:
140 correct, 11 incorrect
9/10 on rebound attempts (on 28 rebound opportunities)
36.58% in first on buzzer (124/339)
6/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,500)
5/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,333
Lindsey Shultz, stats to date:
157 correct, 13 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
38.07% in first on buzzer (150/394)
8/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,000)
3/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,629
Gilbert Collins, stats to date:
138 correct, 22 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 33 rebound opportunities)
31.45% in first on buzzer (139/442)
7/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,800)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,950
- Obviously it worked out for Lindsey to make the choice not to cover Gilbert in this situation (thinking Gilbert would bet small).
- Because of Francois’ score of $34,801, Francois will have the champion’s podium for both halves of the final.
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