Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Nonfiction) for Friday, January 7, 2022 (Season 38, Game 85):
“Norwegian Independence Day” & “A Vast Blue Sea” are mentioned in Chapter 1 of a 1948 book by this man
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Sean Sweeney, a speech-language pathologist from Dorchester, Massachusetts
|Patsy Lester, a social studies teacher from Patchogue, New York
|Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (27-day total: $977,400)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: A popular topic in the Jeopardy! media as of late has been “What’s up with all of the streaks?” I honestly just believe that this season has just been a “perfect storm” as a result of COVID; a number of people have used their extra pandemic time to study more trivia and study for Jeopardy!; moreover, a number of those same people are players who got originally Called in March 2020 but rescheduled to 2021; these players, knowing they were going to get onto the show, made the most of their extra time. But as Buzzy Cohen also said yesterday, it’s the “aggressive preparation era”, and I believe that era dates back to Season 27, Roger Craig, and Watson. Both Roger Craig and Watson were well-known for their aggressive preparation, and this has filtered down over the past few years, with more and more champions having taken that route. To wit, the average streak length between Season 22 and 26 fluctuated between 1.69 and 1.81 games; since then, the lowest season average has been Season 34’s 1.83, with many seasons over 2 games.
I’ll very likely expound on this data further; I’ve just had the worst timing over the past 36 hours, I’ve been passing a kidney stone and my own health is definitely not 100%. Today, I feel better than I did yesterday, though. I’d also like to thank so many of you for your support over the past few weeks. I really appreciate that.
Now, onto today’s game: Amy Schneider will very likely surpass the $1 million mark with a win today. Her scoring average has dropped slightly this week. One thing that I would like to point out, though: Jeopardy! games are taped well in advance; this week’s games were taped in early November. Thus, the stories regarding Amy’s recently having been robbed will not affect her gameplay.
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Correct response: Who is Thor Heyerdahl?
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Thor Heyerdahl, in 1947, became a household name in the late 1940s after rafting from the South American to the Polynesian islands, on his raft Kon-Tiki; the 1948 book detailed his experiences. Believing that such a voyage was possible with pre-Columbian technology, he set to prove it—and did, sailing on a balsa tree raft.
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Patsy $1,000 – $500 = $500 (Who is Winston Churchill?)
Sean $2,790 – $2,500 = $290 (Who is Hemingway?)
Amy $32,400 + $9,800 = $42,200 (Who is Heyerdahl?) (28-day total: $1,019,600)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) DOUBLE TIME $600 (clue #13)
Amy 4200 +2000 (Patsy 200 Sean 800)
2) POP CULTURE MONIKERS $1200 (clue #1)
Sean 1000 -2000 (Amy 14800 Patsy 1400)
3) HIS WIDOW LIVED ON $800 (clue #7, $28000 left on board)
Sean 600 +590 (Amy 19200 Patsy 1400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -23
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: WORDS THAT START WITH 2 VOWELS $400 $800
Total Left On Board: $1,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 13 (0.15 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Amy $31,000 Coryat, 37 correct, 0 incorrect, 60.00% in first on buzzer (33/55), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Patsy $1,000 Coryat, 7 correct, 5 incorrect, 21.82% in first on buzzer (12/55), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Sean $5,000 Coryat, 6 correct, 1 incorrect, 9.09% in first on buzzer (5/55), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,000
Lach Trash: $10,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,600
Amy Schneider, career statistics:
895 correct, 50 incorrect
43/48 on rebound attempts (on 98 rebound opportunities)
51.57% in first on buzzer (820/1590)
42/49 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $131,600)
23/28 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,871
Patsy Lester, career statistics:
7 correct, 6 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
21.82% in first on buzzer (12/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,000
Sean Sweeney, career statistics:
6 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
9.09% in first on buzzer (5/55)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,410)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,000
Amy Schneider, to win:
29 games: 92.838%
Avg. streak: 35.747 games.
Sean does karaoke in his car during the pandemic.
Patsy was part of a family that bought a boat that originally was owned by the Kennedys
Amy was misled by the pronunciation of the word “misled”.
- Today was the first regular-play game with any unrevealed clues since November 23.
- Both the $31,000 Coryat and $42,200 final score make it onto my top Coryats list and my top one-day totals list.
- Count me as someone who doesn’t like what the show’s done with the Chryon; I would much prefer “28-day $1,019,600” on the same caption, without flipping. I hope the show reverts this change.
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