Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literary Terms) for Thursday, October 1, 2020 (Season 37, Game 14):
In medieval times it was a long tale of a hero like Gisli or Njall; today it means any story of epic length
(correct response beneath the contestants)
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|Phillip Howard, a Naval officer from Santa Clarita, California
|Preston Wilson, a sommelier originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
|Mason Maggio, a songwriter from Los Angeles, California (2-day total: $42,600)
Preston is the first contestant since 2016 to be introduced as “originally from”; the rule that was put into place at the start of Season 33 has been relaxed in order to avoid the situation where every contestant is being introduced as from California.
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Correct response: What is a saga?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
The literary term “sagas” originally referred to Viking stories, usually about migrating to Iceland and feuds between families there. (Here at The Jeopardy! Fan, this isn’t really a topic that I have personal experience with.) In Gisli’s case, his saga tells his story of how he was outlawed after avenging the death of a brother-in-law, while Njall’s saga outlines the Icelandic blood feuds and how minor slights of honor could lead to massive bloodshed.
The term was later co-opted to be used as a flowery term to refer to any prose story in general.
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Scores going into Final:
Preston $5,000 – $4,993 = $7 (What is an ?)
Phillip $13,000 + $10,000 = $23,000 (What is a saga?) (1-day total: $23,000)
Mason $14,600 – $12,000 = $2,600 (What is an opus??)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) YANKEE STADIUM $1000 (clue #30)
Mason 5800 -1000 (Preston 2200 Phillip 2000)
2) INVENTORS & INVENTIONS $1600 (clue #14)
Phillip 4000 +3000 (Mason 9200 Preston 5800)
3) HISTORIC WOMEN $1200 (clue #26)
Mason 11600 +3000 (Preston 5000 Phillip 13000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 84
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: HISTORIC WOMEN $400 $800 $1600 $2000
Total Left On Board: $4,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 34 (2.43 per episode average), 1 Daily Double
Phillip $11,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.64% in first on buzzer (12/53), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Mason $13,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.96% in first on buzzer (18/53), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Preston $5,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 20.75% in first on buzzer (11/53), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,400
Lach Trash: $14,000 (on 15 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800
Mason Maggio, career statistics:
63 correct, 4 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
33.13% in first on buzzer (55/166)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,000)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,600
Preston Wilson, career statistics:
9 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
20.75% in first on buzzer (11/53)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,000
Phillip Howard, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
22.64% in first on buzzer (12/53)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600
Phillip Howard, to win:
2 games: 42.233%
Avg. streak: 1.731 games.
- I thought that Mason bet too much on the first Daily Double; it was definitely the situation for a $5 wager for him. It was obvious that he knew very little about the category (judging by the Triple Stumpers on $400, $600, and $800 in that category), therefore the smart play for him there would have been to bet the $5 minimum in order to minimize his losses.
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