Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Astronomy) for Thursday, September 24, 2020 (Season 37, Game 9):
Discovered in 1967, the 1st of these stars was dubbed LGM-1—the perceived signal was jokingly thought to be from little green men
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|Sameer Gandhi, a writer from Pasadena, California
|Sara Tayyar, a clinical social worker from Pasadena, California
|Robert Kaine, a copy editor from Hacienda Heights, California (1-day total: $18,401)
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Correct response: What is a pulsar?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
First detected in December 1967 by Jocelyn Bell (now Jocelyn Bell Burnell) at Cambridge University, pulsars are a very dense ball of material that are created when a star runs out of fuel and collapses on itself. This pulsar was flickering repeatedly every 1.3 seconds and did not match the already-discovered quasar. Because they could not rule out that the signal was coming from an intelligent alien species, the pulsar was named LGM-1. It wasn’t until Bell discovered a second pulsar elsewhere in the universe that the discovery was announced, as Cambridge’s researchers were afraid that possible alien life would create unnecessary publicity and chaos.
In another case of men taking credit for a woman’s scientific work, only Bell’s advisors, Antony Hewish and Martin Ryle, received the 1974 Nobel Prize for the discovery.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Robert $10,200 – $1,801 = $8,399 (What is a supernova?)
Sameer $11,200 + $11,000 = $22,200 (What is a pulsar?) (1-day total: $22,200)
Sara $12,000 – $10,401 = $1,599 (What is a red dwarf?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) 3-WORD PHRASES $1000 (clue #17)
Robert 3400 +3400 (Sara 2600 Sameer 1000)
2) FAREWELL ADDRESSES $2000 (clue #20)
Robert 14800 -3200 (Sara 11200 Sameer 6400)
3) BODIES OF WATER $800 (clue #24)
Robert 14800 -5000 (Sara 11200 Sameer 8000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 45
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 21 (2.33 per episode average), 1 Daily Double
Sameer $11,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Robert $16,000 Coryat, 22 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Sara $12,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,200
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200
Robert Kaine, career statistics:
46 correct, 7 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
36.04% in first on buzzer (40/111)
2/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$7,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,900
Sara Tayyar, career statistics:
15 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,000
Sameer Gandhi, career statistics:
14 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200
Sameer Gandhi, to win:
2 games: 37.047%
Avg. streak: 1.588 games.
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