It’s Day #4 of the Professors Tournament! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1950s Public Works) for Thursday, December 9, 2021 (Season 38, Game 64):
Dubbed “The Greatest Construction Show on Earth”, when completed it connected Minnesota to Montreal
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Julia Williams, an English professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terra Haute, Indiana
|Ed Hashima, a history professor at American River College in Sacramento, California
|Ramón Guerra, an associate professor of English, American Literature and Latino Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Today is Quarterfinal #4, and at the end of today we’ll know three more semifinalists: the four quarterfinal winners automatically qualify, and the top 2 wildcards will also have clinched their spot at the end of today’s game. Currently, those spots are held by Katie Reed and Hester Blum.
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Correct response: What is the Saint Lawrence Seaway?
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The St. Lawrence Seaway is a series of locks and channels that was built in the 1950s to permit ships to travel from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Duluth, Minnesota, on the western edge of Lake Superior. It includes the Welland Canal, which very famously bypasses Niagara Falls. At the time, it was the largest waterway and hydro dam project ever undertaken by two nations, leading it to be dubbed “The Greatest Construction Show on Earth”. (The Cecil B. DeMille film The Greatest Show on Earth had been released two years before construction began on the Seaway.)
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Ramón $1,400 – $1,400 = $0 (What is ?)
Julia $5,800 – $2,000 = $3,800 (What is interstate highway system?)
Ed $27,400 + $4,700 = $32,100 (What is the St. Lawrence Seaway?) (Semi-Finalist)
Wild card standings:
Monday: Gary Hollis, $20,000
Tuesday: Marti Canipe, $13,400
Wednesday: Sam Buttrey, $22,400
Thursday: Ed Hashima, $32,100
1. Katie Reed, $12,000 ($14,000), 100% to advance
2. Hester Blum, $12,000 ($8,600), 100% to advance
3. John Harkless, $4,000, 48.352% to advance
4. Julia Williams, $3,800, 7.368% to advance
5. Gautam Hans, $1
6. Lisa Dresner, $0 ($6,400)
7. Ashley Lawrence-Sanders, $0 ($3,200)
8. Ramón Guerra, $0 ($1,400)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) AROUND THE MEDITERRANEAN $800 (clue #24)
Ed 6000 -1200 (Ramón 3600 Julia 1400)
2) YIDDISH THEATER $800 (clue #7)
Ed 10600 +2400 (Ramón 1800 Julia 3800)
3) SCIENCE VOCABULARY $1200 (clue #28, $3600 left on board)
Ed 26200 +1200 (Ramón 1400 Julia 5800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 7
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
Ed $27,000 Coryat, 30 correct, 2 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Julia $5,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Ramón $1,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,200
Lach Trash: $13,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400
Ramón Guerra, career statistics:
10 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,400
Ed Hashima, career statistics:
31 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,000
Julia Williams, career statistics:
10 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,800
Julia is part of a department that offers no English degrees.
Ed was mentored by teachers and professors that all wore bow ties.
Ramón was given a recording of his great-grandfather to help with his dissertation.
- $32,100 is the highest-ever post-Final Jeopardy! score in a Teachers or Professors Tournament.
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