Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Tech History) for Friday, July 29, 2022 (Season 38, Game 230):
For about 20 years after its invention, it had few practical uses; then suddenly it revolutionized grocery checkouts & home audio
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Luigi de Guzman, an attorney from Arlington, Virginia
|Darin Ciccotelli, an associate professor of rhetoric & composition from Long Beach, California
|Katrina Hill, a non-profit professional from Alexandria, Virginia (1-day total: $27,601)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Going into the final episode of Season 38, Katrina Hill enters as a 1-day champion. Darin Ciccotelli and Luigi de Guzman are your challengers. Who will get to return in September as champion?
Encore presentations of 30 of Season 38’s best episodes begin on Monday, starting with September 20, 2021—Matt Amodio’s 24th game.
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Correct response: What is the laser?
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The laser, invented in 1960 by Theodore H. Maiman, definitely caught the public’s eye shortly after its invention. However, it was seen to lack practical use for many years after its invention. However, in 1974, a laser scanner was determined to be the most efficient way of reading the newly-introduced Universal Product Code (barcode) being introduced into grocery stores. While it took manufacturers and grocers a number of years to fully introduce the system, its introduction was said to increase the profits of stores overall by about 40%. The second primary usage of the laser—the critical “home audio” part of this clue—are Compact Disc players. In a CD player, an infrared laser beam scans the underside of a recorded Compact Disc to play high-fidelity audio at home. This technology was later expanded to use shorter-wavelength lasers to read more data from DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Both the scanned barcode and CD didn’t become ubiquitous in North American life until the 1980s.
(And, no, I don’t believe “barcode” is correct here—there is undoubtedly zero convincing evidence anywhere of a barcode itself revolutionizing home audio. Remember that a correct response on Jeopardy! needs to satisfy all parts of the clue.)
(Categories: Islands & Peninsulas; Governors; Business Abbrev.; Movie Facts; Just Take The L; How Do You Sleep At Night?)
Luigi had the best time on the buzzer in the Jeopardy! round, but it was Katrina who held the lead. Darin’s confidence probably took a hit by a close-but-incorrect response that handed Luigi the first Daily Double.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Luigi 7 correct 1 incorrect
Darin 5 correct 1 incorrect
Katrina 2 correct 0 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Katrina 9 correct 0 incorrect
Luigi 12 correct 1 incorrect
Darin 7 correct 1 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: History; French Phrases; “C”haracter Study; Mashed-Up Sitcom Titles; Watercolors; Let’s Go Fishing)
Darin got to play both Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy; he split them for a net $1,000. Luigi was still having the best round, with only an incorrect response on clue #27 keeping him from having a runaway going into Final. All three players had a great game, with everyone over $10,000 going into Final! Luigi had $20,800, Katrina $11,800, and Darin $11,000.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Luigi 24 correct 2 incorrect
Katrina 15 correct 1 incorrect
Darin 16 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 83 (0 today).
Final Jeopardy! was a triple get; Luigi survived a math error to become Jeopardy! champion over the summer! He’ll be back in September to defend his title!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, July 29, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Darin $11,000 + $2,994 = $13,994 (What is laser technology?)
Katrina $11,800 + $9,001 = $20,801 (What is
bar codes? lasers?)
Luigi $20,800 + $2,601 = $23,401 (What is the laser?) (1-day total: $23,401)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) ISLANDS & PENINSULAS $1000 (clue #6)
Luigi 1800 +1800 (Katrina 0 Darin -800)
2) HISTORY $1200 (clue #9)
Darin 7200 -2000 (Katrina 6200 Luigi 9200)
3) “C”HARACTER STUDY $1200 (clue #11, $23600 left on board)
Darin 6000 +3000 (Katrina 6200 Luigi 9200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 122
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 83 (0.36 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Luigi $20,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 2 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Katrina $11,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Darin $11,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,000
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,600
Katrina Hill, career statistics:
36 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
28.95% in first on buzzer (33/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,000
Darin Ciccotelli, career statistics:
17 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200
Luigi de Guzman, career statistics:
25 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,000
Luigi de Guzman, to win:
2 games: 66.059%
Avg. streak: 2.946 games.
Luigi dreams in foreign languages.
Darin studied geography via a John Ashbery poem.
Katrina plays pub trivia, but has never won.
- Link to the box score: July 29, 2022 Box Score
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Luigi $20,800 Katrina $11,800 Darin $11,000)
Katrina: Standard cover bet over Darin is $10,201. (Actual bet: $9,001)
Darin: If Luigi covers Katrina and is incorrect, he falls to $17,999. Thus, you need to bet at least $7,001. Limit your bet to $9,399, just in case Katrina bets just to cover you. (Actual bet: $2,994)
Luigi: Standard cover bet over Katrina is $2,801. (Actual bet: $2,601)
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