Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century People) for Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (Season 38, Game 63):
Gen. MacArthur said this man’s death by “violence is one of those bitter anachronisms that seems to refute all logic”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders, an assistant professor of U.S. and African-American history at the University of Colorado-Boulder
|Lisa Dresner, an associate professor of writing studies at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
|Sam Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Things have started to heat up a bit in the 2021 Professors Tournament; Gary Hollis and Marti Canipe have already qualified for the semifinals, while Katie Reed and Hester Blum are holding down the first two wild card spots. At least one more semifinalist will be named today!
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Correct response: Who is Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi?
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Upset at how Gandhi had gone on a hunger strike and called for India to stop religious violence against Pakistan (as well as paying some monies owing to Pakistan), a Hindu nationalist assassinated Gandhi on January 30, 1948. Gandhi had become world-renowned for leading nonviolent protest in India against the British rule, and had led to India and Pakistan gaining independence in 1947. Gandhi, however, had also preferred religious pluralism (many religions coexisting), instead of the Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan that Britain granted.
However, I think that where the writers decided to cut the quote off makes for a clunkily worded clue today, even though the clue is technically correct as written—the words quoted were actually said by MacArthur. Considering that character space is always a consideration, though, I’d like to posit that the clue should have been worded, “Gen. MacArthur said this man’s assassination was ‘one of those bitter anachronisms that seems to refute all logic'”, a wording that comes in 3 characters shorter than the show’s chosen wording.
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Ashleigh $3,200 – $3,200 = $0 (Who is John F. Kennedy?)
Lisa $6,400 – $6,400 = $0 (Who is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr?)
Sam $22,400 – $0 = $22,400 (Who is J.F. Kennedy?) (Semi-Finalist)
Wild card standings:
Monday: Gary Hollis, $20,000
Tuesday: Marti Canipe, $13,400
Wednesday: Sam Buttrey, $22,400
1. Katie Reed, $12,000 ($14,000), 99.448% to advance
2. Hester Blum, $12,000 ($8,600), 93.559% to advance
3. John Harkless, $4,000, 7.028% to advance
4. Gautam Hans, $1, 0.021% to advance
5.Lisa Dresner, $0 ($6,400)
6. Ashley Lawrence-Sanders, $0 ($3,200)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) DEALING WITH THE ENVIRONMENT $1000 (clue #22)
Ashleigh 1400 +1000 (Sam 5400 Lisa 1400)
2) LITERARY PROFESSORS $1600 (clue #2)
Lisa 1400 +1400 (Sam 8000 Ashleigh 4000)
3) NAMES & PLACES OF 2021 $800 (clue #30, $0 left on board)
Ashleigh 5200 -2000 (Sam 22400 Lisa 6400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 103
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.13 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Sam $22,400 Coryat, 29 correct, 0 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ashleigh $5,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Lisa $6,600 Coryat, 6 correct, 1 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,200
Lach Trash: $16,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,400
Sam Buttrey, career statistics:
29 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,400
Lisa Dresner, career statistics:
6 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,600
Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,200
Ashleigh had a class discussion about what historical figures would survive a zombie apocalypse.
Lisa also heads the LGBTQ+ studies program at Hofstra.
Sam had a father who was also a professor.
- I’m sure my myriad friends who work (or have worked) at Shopify will be very disappointed that COMPANY COLORS $800 fell for a Triple Stumper. It’s certainly been a bad few weeks for Ottawa-related clues on the show (Shopify was founded in Ottawa and its head offices were located there before the company went virtual at the start of the pandemic).
- I wish that Mayim would remember to remind contestants that they can wager up to the highest value of a clue on the board on Daily Doubles; this is not the first time she’s done this, and it has a negative effect on gameplay.
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