Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Phrases of the 1950s) for Friday, October 30, 2020 (Season 37, Game 35):
A 1954 book review said of this colorful 2-word term, also applied to the post-WWI era, “the underlying hysteria lives on”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
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|Jon Posen, a speechwriter originally from New York, New York
|Chris Shim, a medical student & Marine officer from Elk Grove, California
|Carmela Chan, a biotech researcher from San Diego, California (1-day total: $24,801)
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Correct response: What is “red scare”?
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The book review in question was a February 1, 1954 pre-publication book review by Kirkus Reviews of the Robert K. Murray book Red Scare: A Study in National Hysteria, 1919–1920. The Murray book was about the anti-Communist hysteria following World War I, an era still relevant in today’s America because the era saw the revival of the Ku Klux Klan. The term “Red Scare” became important again in the 1950s when it was used to describe the efforts of Joseph McCarthy to find communists in the American government.
Mainstream history sources don’t cover this as much, but alongside the anti-communist “Red Scare” was a “Lavender Scare” which was much more harmful towards the LGBTQ community than the “Red Scare” was to communists, as the laws put into place during the early 1950s normalized the harassment of LGBTQ people who had been working for the federal government; thousands of LGBTQ people saw themselves fired.
The review asked, “Do we ever learn from history?” I think that the show is absolutely trying to remind us of history with many of these clues, especially as the word “socialism” is used so often as a pejorative term in right-wing electoral attack ads. I absolutely believe that America could see another “Red Scare”, or even the “Hollywood blacklisting” that I alluded to in my write-up to last Wednesday’s game. I would very much venture that the timing of this clue, with Election Day next Tuesday, to be no coincidence.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Jon $4,000 + $3,999 = $7,999 (What is the Red Scare?)
Chris $4,600 + $4,599 = $9,199 (What is “Red Scare”)
Carmela $14,200 – $1,800 = $12,400 (What is yellow journalism?) (2-day total: $37,201)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORIC BELLS $400 (clue #21)
Chris 4000 -1200 (Carmela 600 Jon 2800)
2) DIFFER BY A LETTER $1600 (clue #15)
Carmela 8800 +5000 (Chris 7800 Jon 10400)
3) IF YOU LIVED HERE $1600 (clue #20)
Jon 11600 -4000 (Carmela 13800 Chris 8200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -8
J! Round: HAPPY HALLOWEEN! $200 $400
DJ! Round: FICTION $1200 FAMOUS MARGARETS $400 $800 $1200 BE HOME NOW $2000
Total Left On Board: $6,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (2.51 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles
Carmela $10,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 30.00% in first on buzzer (15/50), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Chris $5,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 6 incorrect, 32.00% in first on buzzer (16/50), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jon $8,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 5 incorrect, 30.00% in first on buzzer (15/50), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $24,600
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $15,000
Carmela Chan, career statistics:
35 correct, 6 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
31.07% in first on buzzer (32/103)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,100
Chris Shim, career statistics:
15 correct, 6 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
32.00% in first on buzzer (16/50)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,800
Jon Posen, career statistics:
14 correct, 5 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
30.00% in first on buzzer (15/50)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000
Carmela Chan, to win:
3 games: 58.218%
Avg. streak: 3.393 games.
- If you wonder what Alex and the show does when a contestant actually forgets phrasing, look at what Alex did tonight on BE HOME NOW $1600. Alex hasn’t lost his touch, he knows what he’s doing. It’s unfortunate for Chris, because his failure to phrase ultimately did cost him victory today.
- Because the category was “Movie Sequels”, the judges were operating on the assumption that the “2” at the end of the respective sequels was implied. Thus, Carmela was given credit by the judges on the $400 and $800 clues for her two responses there. You as a home viewer may not agree with that, but the judges have often not required that part in the past. (Now, let’s see how many people actually read this before commenting.)
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