Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Americans) for Thursday, December 3, 2020 (Season 37, Game 59):
In 1858 these 2 men faced each other in Alton, Freeport, Galesburg & 4 other nearby towns
(correct response beneath the contestants)
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|Fred Nelson, a university professor originally from Manhattan, Kansas
|Morgan Steele, a theatre manager from Berkeley, California
|Leslie Minot, a grant writer from Las Vegas, Nevada (1-day total: $2,700)
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Correct response: Who are (Abraham) Lincoln & (Stephen) Douglas?
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In 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Steven Douglas, in their attempts to win the Illinois General Assembly for their respective parties (as the winning party would then appoint Lincoln or Douglas to the Senate) agreed to debate each other on the issue of slavery in seven of the nine Illinois congressional districts. (They had already spoken in Springfield and Chicago within a day of each other). The seven debates were widely reported on nationally and many traveled from out-of-state to attend a debate first-hand (it was reported that nearly 10,000 attended in Alton.) In spite of Douglas being elected to the Senate in 1858, the debates raised Lincoln’s profile to the point that he received the Republican nomination for President in 1860 (and was then elected President later that same year).
In addition to Alton (October 15), Freeport (August 27), and Galesburg (October 7), debates were held in the Illinois locations of Ottawa (August 21), Jonesboro (September 15), Charleston (September 18), and Quincy (October 13). From a question-writing perspective, it was a good idea to only clue “Alton, Freeport, Galesburg, and four others”—the four others are definitely locations better associated with places that are not Illinois.
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Scores going into Final:
Morgan $5,000 – $4,997 = $3 (Who are Doc Holliday & Wyatt Earp? :))
Leslie $14,800 – $14,700 = $100 (Who were Lee & Grant?)
Fred $15,000 + $5,001 = $20,001 (Who are Lincoln + Douglas) (1-day total: $20,001)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) NEW YORK CITIES’ NICKNAMES $800 (clue #15)
Fred 2800 -1000 (Leslie 2600 Morgan 400)
2) POETIC CHARACTERS $1200 (clue #8)
Leslie 4000 +2000 (Morgan 3800 Fred 9000)
3) HEALTH & MEDICINE $1600 (clue #25)
Leslie 14800 -2000 (Morgan 3800 Fred 13800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 1
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 115 (1.95 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles
Fred $16,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 6 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Leslie $16,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Morgan $5,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,000
Lach Trash: $8,800 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,200
Leslie Minot, career statistics:
27 correct, 6 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (24/114)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$500)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600
Morgan Steele, career statistics:
11 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,000
Fred Nelson, career statistics:
21 correct, 6 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,000
Fred Nelson, to win:
2 games: 48.252%
Avg. streak: 1.932 games.
- On the final clue of Double Jeopardy, I was disappointed by both Fred’s attempt at a guess, and then Leslie’s failure to guess once Fred gave an incorrect response. With how the scores were, the only way Fred could lose the lead going into Final was to be incorrect. Once Fred was incorrect, it essentially gave Leslie a free shot at the lead. Leslie would have risked absolutely nothing position-wise in making a guess at that point.
- My best explanation for Fred’s Final Jeopardy! wager, looking at it, was that he was trying to keep Morgan locked out but made a math error. I have no other explanation.
- As much as I was disappointed with gameplay in parts today, I do need to point out that variety is the spice of life, and that if everybody played the way I would play, the game would be much more predictable and boring. Part of the drama in Final Jeopardy! is that people don’t always bet the way that you expect that they would.
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