Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Novel Characters) for Wednesday, December 2, 2020 (Season 37, Game 58):
This character from an 1851 novel “was intent on an audacious, immitigable, and supernatural revenge”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
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|Michael Liu, a college student from San Marino, California
|Leslie Minot, a grant writer from Las Vegas, Nevada
|T.J. Tallie, an assistant professor of African history from San Diego, California (1-day total: $18,200)
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Correct response: Who is Captain Ahab?
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Captain Ahab, the captain of the Pequod in Herman Melville’s famous novel Moby Dick, sailed out on the voyage described in the novel because the whale had bitten off Ahab’s leg on a previous voyage; Ahab was now hell-bent on revenge.
The full quote, from Chapter 41 of the book: “Ahab had purposely sailed upon the present voyage with the one only and all-engrossing object of hunting the White Whale. Had any one of his old acquaintances on shore but half dreamed of what was lurking in him then, how soon would their aghast and righteous souls have wrenched the ship from such a fiendish man! They were bent on profitable cruises, the profit to be counted down in dollars from the mint. He was intent on an audacious, immitigable, and supernatural revenge.”
Unfortunately for Ahab, it was not a successful voyage for him; entangled in his harpoon line, Ahab fell overboard and drowned. Only Ishmael, the book’s narrator, survived the voyage, as the Pequod was destroyed by the whale.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Leslie $4,700 – $2,000 = $2,700 (Who is Mr. ||) [It appears at though Leslie was in the middle of writing an H for Mr. Hyde] (1-day total: $2,700)
Michael $12,600 – $10,000 = $2,600 (Who is Frankenstein)
T.J. $14,000 – $12,000 = $2,000 (What is the Count of Monte Cristo)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) NONPROFITS $800 (clue #24)
Leslie 1000 -500 (T.J. 1800 Michael 4000)
2) ALLITERATIVE TV SHOWS $800 (clue #16)
T.J. 8800 +2500 (Leslie 4700 Michael 9000)
3) TAKING YOUR MEASURE $1200 (clue #23)
T.J. 17700 -7300 (Leslie 4700 Michael 9000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -63
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 115 (1.98 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles
Leslie $5,200 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Michael $12,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
T.J. $19,600 Coryat, 25 correct, 6 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,400
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400
T.J. Tallie, career statistics:
42 correct, 9 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (46/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,500
Leslie Minot, career statistics:
9 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,200
Michael Liu, career statistics:
14 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,600
Leslie Minot, to win:
2 games: 22.396%
Avg. streak: 1.289 games.
- T.J.’s propensity to bet too much in Final Jeopardy! came back to haunt him today. This is why leaders should be no more than absolutely necessary in Final Jeopardy!
- My suggested bets today: T.J – $11,201; Michael – $3,199; Leslie – $1,900. As you can see, all three players bet too much.
- If you’re here to comment on T.J.’s response on the final Daily Double, I will allow properly cited and sourced comments, provided they refer specifically to the form “Jove” and not “Jovian” and do not cite Wikipedia whatsoever. The clue read, verbatim: “The unit abbreviated MJ is used to describe the heft of extrasolar planets & other astronomical bodies–M is for mass, J is for this”
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