Happy Tuesday! It’s Day 2 of Season 38! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Scientific Etymology) for Tuesday, September 14, 2021 (Season 38, Game 2):
2 of the 3 men for whom armalcolite, a dark gray mineral discovered in 1969, is named
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Elizabeth Hunter, a community theatre artistic director from Somerville, Massachusetts
|Daniel Lee, a tutor from Ridgewood, New York
|Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (19-day total: $642,601)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: No, Daniel Lee is not the same Daniel Lee that played last season. There was a pretty bad mistake made yesterday by the web team. Considering that this sort of action perpetuates negative stereotypes against Asian-Americans, this was not a mistake that the show needed to be making these days. On to Matt Amodio, he put up a very dominant performance yesterday, but only at times. His “in first on buzzer” percentage was well below his average from last season, so he might be vulnerable here, especially if the Daily Doubles don’t fall entirely his way.
Also, I might be in the minority here, but I don’t hate the new set. The blue-and-black background actually gives me the same curtain vibes that I get when I see clips of the Art Fleming version that resurface from time to time; that version made use of curtains on-set. It almost seems as though they went for the “throwback to Fleming a tiny bit” look. I think it works well.
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Correct response: Who are (2 of) (Neil) Armstrong, (Buzz) Aldrin, and (Michael) Collins?
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While it was later found in locations on Earth, Armalcolite was first discovered in the Sea of Tranquility in July 1969 on the Apollo 11 mission, manned by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Armalcolite was later named after the three of them.
Speaking from a writing perspective, this is the sort of clue that generated a forehead slap when I realized what the correct answer was. This is the sort of clue that I really liked and I hope that we see more of these in the post-Mike Richards Jeopardy! world.
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Elizabeth $6,000 + $5,000 = $11,000 (Who are Armstrong & Collins?)
Daniel $16,400 – $4,401 = $11,999 (Who are ? + ?)
Matt $35,200 + $1,000 = $36,200 (Who are Armstrong & Aldrin?) (20-day total: $678,801)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) THE WILD WEST $400 (clue #15)
Matt 7600 +7600 (Daniel 1800 Elizabeth 800)
2) THE OLD TESTAMENT $800 (clue #2)
Elizabeth 1600 +2000 (Matt 17600 Daniel 3200)
3) 17th CENTURY NAMES $2000 (clue #4, $31600 left on board)
Daniel 4400 +4400 (Matt 17600 Elizabeth 3600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 300
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 0 (0.00 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles
Matt $28,000 Coryat, 29 correct, 1 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer (28/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Daniel $14,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Elizabeth $4,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $46,800
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,800
Matt Amodio, career statistics:
637 correct, 66 incorrect
33/37 on rebound attempts (on 74 rebound opportunities)
53.37% in first on buzzer (601/1126)
39/44 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $145,000)
14/20 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,560
Daniel Lee, career statistics:
17 correct, 3 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000
Elizabeth Hunter, career statistics:
11 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,800
Matt Amodio, to win:
21 games: 91.905%
Avg. streak: 31.353 games.
- I wonder how many sports fans will be caught out by the fact that the NFL moved to 10 minutes for its regular season overtime periods in 2017.
- Today’s is the 7th regular-play game since 2004 with a Daily Double efficiency of 300.
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