Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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)

We may have lost Alex over the weekend, but the show must go on. Alex wouldn’t want it any other way. Please, let’s remember him over the next seven weeks of banked episodes, and then afford him the same respect to his successors that we afforded him when he replaced Art Fleming in 1984.

Today’s contestants:

Doug Grimshaw, a high school economics teacher from Burbank, California
Doug Grimshaw on Jeopardy!
Daniella Regencia, an attorney originally from Westfield, New Jersey
Daniella Regencia on Jeopardy!
Greg Marrero, a school administrator from Huntington Beach, California (1-day total: $21,200)
Greg Marrero on Jeopardy!

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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:
Greg $17,600
Doug $15,100
Daniella $4,200

Tonight’s results:
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)

Greg Marrero, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 11, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Doug $6,100
Greg $5,000
Daniella $2,200


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

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: SET THE TABLE $1000
Total Left On Board: $1,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 110 (2.56 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
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%
4: 29.571%
5: 16.080%
6: 8.744%
7: 4.755%
Avg. streak: 3.192 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • 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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31 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, November 11, 2020"

  1. I said “mammography” and it turns out there’s this:

    “In 1965, Charles Gross, from Strasbourg, France, developed the first unit dedicated to mammography.”


  2. I hear of screening, and I think of colonoscopy…looked it up, and they started development in 1966…is that close enough to 55 years ago? Agreed, a very problematic question!

    • Before the modern colonoscopy was the rigid sigmoidoscopy…OUCH!
      As for the wording of the question…I imagine “first piece of equipment” would throw many people in the wrong direction, seeing how ultrasound/sonogram technologies have their roots in the military circa WWII.

    • I guess the mid-60s was a booming time for medical equipment invention!

      The only reason I didn’t guess colonoscopy is I thought it was a wee bit too uncomfortable to be highlighted in a FJ clue. But apart from that, it was almost a coin flip.

      Ultrasound occurred to me too, but mammography seemed to fit a little better with the “routine screening” part for reasons I can’t even put into words.

      Bottom line: when it comes down to logic like that, not a good clue.

  3. Correction…I meant WWI

  4. Interesting final wagers. I’m curious about Greg’s wager – he obviously wagered to get to $20,000 if correct, but Doug was not that far behind him. Doug evidently wagered an amount where if he were correct, he would go above $20,000 – and in this case, would have beat Greg.
    I went back and checked Doug’s “career” statistics: 16 correct, and only 1 incorrect. That was the Final Jeopardy wager.

    • It doesn’t seem to matter how many correct responses Doug got during the game. He would only ring in if he was confident in the answer. With Final Jeopardy, you don’t have a choice.

  5. Interesting bets by Greg and Doug to say the least in FJ!….

    • Doug’s bet seemed reasonable. He wins if he gets it right and Greg doesn’t because he kept his bet small enough to still block out third place.

      As for Greg, he wasn’t comfortable with the category and made sure that he would win provided Doug missed the final question whether he was correct or not. But I’ve always said that if I was in the lead going into final jeopardy, there was no way I’d wager so little as to possibly get the fj question correct and lose the game.

      • That’s what I would do as well….well. different strokes for different folks.But in the end it worked out for Greg anyway since he was the only one right. But risky. I guess ” all well that ends well”!? Congrats either way but I still try to figure out Doug’s reasoning. Just not comfy with the category probably?

      • Greg would have finished 100 frustrating dollars behind if Doug had the correct answer. I just don’t understand that bet.

  6. After spending some time in the rabbit hole, it seems pretty clear that the first machines for ultrasounds were invented, created, and used before 1965, even if it’s just a matter of a few years. With regard to your cited source, being “practical” is not the same as its availability or existence.

    Was it a tough clue? Yes. Could it have been written better? Sure. But your commentary is jumping the shark quite a bit.

    Ultrasound is an incorrect response.

  7. Donna Kirchmeier | November 11, 2020 at 5:53 pm |

    Easy FJ, especially with all the breast cancer awareness out there. October was breast cancer awareness month.

  8. “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.”—Even if Greg had never heard the word before, he still pronounced it incorrectly. He said “Ka-Kah-Kus”. The last sound is not “Kus”…It’s “Sus”.

    • Kent:

      I disagree that his last syllable was “Kus”. To my ear—and closed captioning’s—it was “Sus”.

    • I just played it again on the DVR recording, and to me, Greg’s response clearly sounds like “Kus”. Not “Sus”. Closed Captioning can’t be trusted. For live TV, it’s often way off. For recorded TV, they can take their time typing it. The person typing it knows which word is being used. They wouldn’t type in a “Kus” sound just because Greg said it that way. The judges ruled he changed the pronunciation “substantially”. It’s not because he put the emphasis on the wrong syllable (as Alex corrected him during the question). It’s because the last syllable was said incorrectly.

    • I agree with Kent. Greg put the “au” sound (of caucasus) in the second syllable instead of the first, basically switching the “au” and “a” sounds of the first and second syllables. And I also heard a third “k” (or hard c) sound in the third syllable, “kus”, rather than “sus”. He basically said kakaukus.

      • For what it’s worth, the judges do have better recording equipment than any of us at home on either side of this discussion, so if they felt Greg did say “kus” then they were probably correct to overturn. (Whether I still think they did, I’ll have to go back to my DVR to check.)

  9. Why did they take away $4000 from Greg when the question was only worth $2000???

    • Because he would have lost $2,000 if he were originally ruled incorrect. Therefore, to go from +2000 to -2000, you lose 4,000.

    • I had that original reaction as well, but Andy is right. He would have lost the $2,000 for getting it wrong. So the math is right. It just doesn’t ‘feel’ right.

  10. On the Caucasus reversal, they took away $4000, not $2000. Why???

  11. Why does Doug look so familiar? I swear I have seen him on this or perhaps another game show in the past. Anybody else get that feeling?

    • Ha, figured it out! He looks quite a lot like the train expert with a head injury on The Big Bang Theory episode “The Locomotive Manipulation.”

      Was driving me nuts!

  12. @Andy re pronunciation

    You are right. It also depends in what language you pronounce it. In German it is e.g. KOW-KA-SUS. Not to mention all the regional/local variations to boot. One could argue that the show is American and therefore it has to be pronounced as in America?

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