Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Word Histories) for Thursday, August 13, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 181):
In old philosophy this 12-letter word referred to a fifth substance, superior to earth, air, fire or water
This episode originally aired on May 13, 2002.
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(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Bob Verini, a film journalist and test prep teacher from Los Angeles, Califonia
|Eric Newhouse, a director of technical assistance from Vermillion, South Dakota
|Brad Rutter, a network administrator from Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Correct response: What is quintessence?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
According to ancient science, quintessence was believed to fill the universe above the terrestrial realm. Also known as aether, quintessence is best known today as the root word for the much more common word “quintessential”. The existence of aether or quintessence was disproved by the famed Michelson–Morley experiment in 1887, in which there was no significant difference in the speed of light through the presumed aether and its speed at right angles. That experiment later was believed by many to motivate Einstein’s research into relativity.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Eric $7,600 – $7,600 = $0 (What is phlogiston?)
Bob $10,400 – $3,600 = $6,800 (What is phlogiston?)
Brad $15,800 – $4,000 = $11,800 (What is adamantium?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) AUTHORS’ NATIVE LANDS $800 (clue #7)
Brad 1400 +1400 (Eric 400 Bob 0)
2) GRAMMAR SCHOOL $1200 (clue #18)
Brad 10400 +600 (Eric 6400 Bob 9800)
3) NEAR EAST ANCIENT HISTORY $1200 (clue #28)
Bob 9400 +1000 (Brad 16200 Eric 6800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 116
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Brad $15,800 Coryat, 26 correct, 4 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Bob $10,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Eric $7,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,000
Lach Trash: $8,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,200
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