Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Ancient History) for Monday, July 6, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 41):
According to Herodotus, a messenger was sent 150 miles from Athens to Sparta, just before this 490 B.C. battle
This episode originally aired on November 4, 2019.
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(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Gilbert Collins, a university administrator from Princeton, New Jersey
|Anneke Garcia, an instructional design consultant from Salt Lake City, Utah
|Kyle Jones, a music teacher from Aurora, Colorado
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Correct response: What is the Battle of Marathon?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
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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Scores going into Final:
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!)
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:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) I APPOINTED THAT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE $600 (9th pick)
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
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
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
- 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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