Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category History of Medicine) for Wednesday, November 11, 2020 (Season 37, Game 43):
2020 marks the 55th birthday of the first piece of equipment dedicated to this process, now used for regular screenings
(correct response beneath the contestants)
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|Doug Grimshaw, a high school economics teacher from Burbank, California
|Daniella Regencia, an attorney originally from Westfield, New Jersey
|Greg Marrero, a school administrator from Huntington Beach, California (1-day total: $21,200)
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Correct response: What is a mammogram? (Note: What is ultrasound/sonography is also correct. This clue was not uniquely pinned. Please see below.)
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The first mammogram unit was invented by Charles Gross of France in 1965 and is used for regular breast cancer screening.
However: The first patents for the first practical commercial ultrasound machine were also filed for an “Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus” on June 7, 1965 by Walter Erich Krause, Richard Ernst Soldner, and Otto Heinz Kresse of Siemens AG. Today, ultrasound technology is used extensively for medical diagnostics (I myself have had many ultrasounds taken for diagnosis of my own gall bladder and pancreatic issues). Most laypeople are most familiar with sonography’s regular use during pregnancy to observe the development of the fetus.
It has become clear to The Jeopardy! Fan that the changed working conditions that the Jeopardy! writers have been working under due to COVID-19 have significantly hamstrung the show’s usually-rigid fact-checking process. This is another example of a clue that normally and very likely would have been excised in the past, but has somehow seen the light of day in 2020, and is completely unacceptable. If the conflicting citations can reasonably point to the same thing, Jeopardy! needs to use uniquely pinning language—and “regular screenings” certainly isn’t uniquely pinning. If it absolutely had to use this clue, the show needed to uniquely pin this by giving the name of an inventor (Krause et al/Siemens or Charles Gross). This isn’t an online quiz where the writers need to Google-proof their clues. Alex Trebek in his lifetime was seen as an arbiter of truth and facts, and the show’s writers are quickly frittering that perception away by writing vague clues such as this.
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Scores going into Final:
Daniella $4,200 – $4,198 = $2 (What is a colonoscopy?)
Doug $15,100 – $5,000 = $10,100 (What is a CT scan?)
Greg $17,600 + $2,400 = $20,000 (What is a mamogram?) (2-day total: $41,200)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) GEOLOGY $600 (clue #22)
Doug 3800 +1500 (Greg 4200 Daniella 2000)
2) AUTHORS’ HOMES $1200 (clue #13)
Greg 9400 +3000 (Daniella 2600 Doug 7700)
3) UNUSUAL ADJECTIVES $1600 (clue #21)
Doug 8900 +3000 (Greg 14400 Daniella 3400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 105
J! Round: SET THE TABLE $1000
DJ! Round: UNUSUAL ADJECTIVES $400 TRANSPORTATION $400
Total Left On Board: $1,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 110 (2.56 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles
Greg $15,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer (19/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Doug $12,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 25.93% in first on buzzer (14/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Daniella $4,200 Coryat, 9 correct, 1 incorrect, 18.52% in first on buzzer (10/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,800
Lach Trash: $15,400 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000
Greg Marrero, career statistics:
35 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
29.36% in first on buzzer (32/109)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,500
Daniella Regencia, career statistics:
9 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
18.52% in first on buzzer (10/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,200
Doug Grimshaw, career statistics:
16 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
25.93% in first on buzzer (14/54)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800
Greg Marrero, to win:
3 games: 54.379%
Avg. streak: 3.192 games.
- The writers are fortunate that this overly vague Final Jeopardy! did not affect the outcome, as Doug did not give one of the correct responses.
- On the other hand, I personally felt that the judges’ ruling that Greg changed the pronunciation of “Caucasus” too much (on GEOGRAPHIC GATEWAYS $2000) sets a dangerous precedent that could unfairly penalize contestants in the future who learn by simply reading.
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