Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Aviators) for Tuesday, December 1, 2020 (Season 37, Game 57):
Roland Garros, for whom the French Open stadium is named, gained fame with the 460-mile 1st solo flight across this body of water
(correct response beneath the contestants)
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|Denise Pool, a stay-at-home mother & volunteer from Yorba Linda, California
|T.J. Tallie, an assistant professor of African history from San Diego, California
|Ryan Hemmel, a legal technology professional from Los Angeles, California (4-day total: $104,526)
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Correct response: What is the Mediterranean Sea?
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On September 23, 1913, Roland Garros made a flight in a Morane-Saulnier monoplane from Fréjus, France, landing nearly eight hours later in Bizerte, Tunisia. It was the first flight across the Mediterranean Sea. Garros died in 1918 after becoming a World War I fighter pilot; his plane was shot down by German forces.
It would not surprise me if a significant number of both home viewers and players reflexively guess the English Channel on this one without too much regard for the distance flown in the clue; flying over the English Channel from France to England would have been a much shorter attempt than flying over the Mediterranean.
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Scores going into Final:
Denise $7,600 + $7,000 = $14,600 (What is the Mediterranean Sea?)
Ryan $8,800 – $7,401 = $1,399 (What is the English Channel?)
T.J. $16,200 + $2,000 = $18,200 (What is the Mediterranean?) (1-day total: $18,200)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) SPORTS IDIOMS $600 (clue #3)
Ryan 200 +1000 (T.J. 0 Denise 0)
2) OOOH…FIREWORKS! $1200 (clue #14)
T.J. 7800 +2000 (Ryan 9400 Denise 5200)
3) SKIPPER $2000 (clue #29)
Ryan 13800 -5000 (T.J. 14200 Denise 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 89
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 115 (2.02 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles
T.J. $15,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Denise $7,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ryan $13,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,400
Lach Trash: $11,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000
Ryan Hemmel, career statistics:
101 correct, 7 incorrect
6/8 on rebound attempts (on 23 rebound opportunities)
31.23% in first on buzzer (89/285)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,400)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,440
T.J. Tallie, career statistics:
17 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,400
Denise Pool, career statistics:
13 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600
T.J. Tallie, to win:
2 games: 52.408%
Avg. streak: 2.101 games.
- The promo that aired before the game strongly hinted that T.J. was going to win this game.
- I was not a fan of the bets that Denise and T.J. made in Final Jeopardy!; As T.J. could very easily have bet $1,401, Denise needed to bet at least $7,200. T.J. then let Denise off the hook for her own mistake by betting too much himself. The fact that trailing players often underbet from this position is a very good reason why leaders should not bet any more than they have to in Final Jeopardy!, even in crush positions.
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