Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Phrases from Literature) for Monday, October 19, 2020 (Season 37, Game 26):
This 2-word phrase in “The Arabian Nights” may have come from an herb bearing seed pods that burst when ripe
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|Joe Aquino, an analyst from Chula Vista, California
|Nancy Bosecker, a software engineer originally from Peoria, Illinois
|Kristin Hucek, an attorney from San Francisco, California (2-day total: $8,000)
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Correct response: What is “open sesame”?
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The phrases “open sesame” and “shut sesame” were used to open and close the cave of vast riches in “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” from Arabian Nights. Sesame seeds come from larger pods, which open when the pod matures, revealing the edible seeds inside. This took a bit for me to research this morning here at The Jeopardy! Fan, but the phrase appears to come from the Arabic “iftah ya-simsim”; the word “simsim” most commonly means “sesame”, but there is a more obscure meaning to “simsim”: “gate”. Even so, it may have even been possible that this definition of “gate” was metaphorical due to the similarity between opening a gate and the opening of a sesame pod.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Joe $3,200 + $3,200 = $6,400 (What is “open sesame”?)
Nancy $8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000 (What is open sesame?)
Kristin $8,800 + $8,008 = $16,808 (What is open sesame?) (3-day total: $24,808)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) MILITARY RANK LANGUAGE $1000 (clue #14)
Joe 1600 +1000 (Kristin 1400 Nancy -200)
2) FIRST LADIES $1200 (clue #3)
Kristin 4400 +1200 (Nancy 2000 Joe 3600)
3) PRIMATES $2000 (clue #14)
Joe 3200 -3200 (Kristin 8400 Nancy 2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -10
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: TRIANGULAR $1600 $2000
Total Left On Board: $3,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 55 (2.12 per episode average), 1 Daily Double
Kristin $8,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.09% in first on buzzer (16/55), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Nancy $8,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.09% in first on buzzer (16/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Joe $6,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.82% in first on buzzer (12/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $23,200
Lach Trash: $17,400 (on 16 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,800
Kristin Hucek, career statistics:
50 correct, 11 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
33.54% in first on buzzer (55/164)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$800)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,067
Nancy Bosecker, career statistics:
15 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
29.09% in first on buzzer (16/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000
Joe Aquino, career statistics:
13 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
21.82% in first on buzzer (12/55)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,400
Kristin Hucek, to win:
4 games: 27.676%
Avg. streak: 3.383 games.
- Kristin’s 3-day total of $24,808 is the lowest since Kristin Morgan won $17,498 in her first three wins on January 9-11, 2013.
- Unfortunately, it appears as though the difference was when Nancy said “Murder” and not “Murders” in the title of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”. (Yes, it is “Murders”. I was just as surprised and I looked it up).
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