Happy Tuesday! Today is Day 2 of the Tournament of Champions, hosted by Buzzy Cohen! Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless will be the recipient of $250,000, matching the Tournament of Champions grand prize. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Animals) for Tuesday, May 18, 2021 (Season 37, Game 167):
German settlers in Texas called this animal “panzerschwein”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Steve Moulds, a playwright from Louisville, Kentucky
|Nibir Sarma, a junior at the University of Minnesota from Eden Prairie, Minnesota
|Karen Farrell, a political consultant from Chesapeake, Virginia
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Jason, Ryan, and Sarah all came to play yesterday, and it showed, with a very well-played game. I hope that Steve, Nibir, and Karen can match that. The prediction model has made Nibir a slight favorite to win this game after Nibir showed that he can take over a match (like he did his College tournament final). Steve is in the tournament replacing Brayden Smith, who unfortunately passed away in February; I think that Steve will show that he is more than deserving of the spot. I do think that Final Jeopardy! will decide who qualifies for the semifinals out of this game, though.
Meanwhile, it’s not often that I am angry enough to want to be profane on this site, and I will remain calm enough to type this: the actions of Jeopardy! “fans” yesterday when it came to reactions to Ryan on the Internet were reprehensible, and a number of you need to chill out quite a bit. The Tournament of Champions is a higher-stakes, more intense version of the regular games and the visceral reactions seen by some of these so-called Jeopardy! fans at contestants for matching that intensity is completely inappropriate and uncalled for. If I may make a suggestion that may serve a number of people well: you do not need to post every single last thought that comes into your head on the Internet for all to see. There are some things much better left said where only one or two people at maximum can hear them, and some of your thoughts on Jeopardy! contestants would definitely fall into that category.
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Correct response: What is the (nine-banded) armadillo?
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“Panzerschwein” literally transates to “armored pig”, referring to the famed nine-banded armadillo currently found mainly in the Southeastern United States and in Central and South America. The mammals, which were named the state mammal of Texas in the mid-1990s, first entered Texas from Mexico in the 19th century.
One thing I found interesting, from Claire McNear’s tournament preview: Cohen also learned perhaps a bit more about his own speech patterns than he would have liked. “There was one thing where I say ‘animals,’” Cohen, who grew up in the Northeast and now lives in Los Angeles, says of a clue. “Sarah was like, ‘You say animals with an accent.’ I asked her how she says it. ‘Animals.’ So then I go into the writers’ room and I’m like, ‘Apparently I say “animals” weird.’ And Michele [Loud, the show’s co–head writer] just looks at me dead in the eye and says, ‘You say the word “and” weird as well.’” I’m guessing that this Final Jeopardy! was the cause for that exchange.
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Steve $2,400 + $2,400 = $4,800 (What is an armadillo?)
Nibir $13,200 – $1,001 = $12,199 (What is a coyote?)
Karen $14,200 + $2,000 = $16,200 (What is an armadillo?) (Semi-Finalist)
Wild card standings:
Monday: Ryan Bilger, $32,405
Tuesday: Karen Farrell, $16,200
1. Jason Zuffranieri, $18,800 (99.950% to advance)
2. Nibir Sarma, $12,199 (75.809% to advance)
3. Steve Moulds, $4,800 (1.812% to advance)
4. Sarah Jett Rayburn, $0 (0.020% to advance)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) IN THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME $800 (clue #13)
Steve 400 -1000 (Karen 3400 Nibir 4200)
2) “A” MATERIAL $1600 (clue #7)
Nibir 7400 +2000 (Karen 9400 Steve 1200)
3) THE DAILY QUINTUPLE $1600 (clue #13, $15200 left on board)
Nibir 8600 +1000 (Karen 10600 Steve -800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -61
Karen $14,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Nibir $13,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Steve $3,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 5 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,000
Lach Trash: $14,600 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400
Karen Farrell, career statistics:
227 correct, 25 incorrect
15/19 on rebound attempts (on 49 rebound opportunities)
39.11% in first on buzzer (210/537)
8/13 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,900)
8/10 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,000
Nibir Sarma, career statistics:
113 correct, 20 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
40.93% in first on buzzer (115/281)
7/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $24,895)
2/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,760
Steve Moulds, career statistics:
99 correct, 14 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
32.98% in first on buzzer (94/285)
4/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,600)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400
- Evidence of how strong yesterday’s game was: there were only 5 Triple Stumpers in the entire game yesterday; there were 5 in just the Jeopardy! round today.
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