Final Jeopardy: Shakespeare Characters
The Final Jeopardy question (10/1/2015) in the category “Shakespeare Characters” was:
8-letter name shared by a tragic heroine and Uranus’ innermost known moon.
4x champ Matt Jackson has now won $106,000, with 2 runaways to his credit. Both of these new players are hoping to take Matt down today: Ezgi Ustundag, from Durham, NC; and Greg Vinton, from North Platte, NE. Let’s see if one of them can do it.
Round 1: Greg found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Financial Literacy” under the $800 clue. He was in the lead with $3,000, $1,200 more than Matt in second place. He said he was going to have to “do it all to beat Matt,” and he was RIGHT.
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Greg finished in the lead with $8,800. Matt was second with $5,000 and Ezgi was last with $2,000.
Round 2: Matt found the first Daily Double in “Historic Americans” under the $1,600 clue. He was now in the lead with $13,400, $2,200 more than Greg in second place. He bet $6.000 and he was RIGHT.
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Matt found the last Daily Double in “Theories of Everything” under the $2,000 clue. In the lead with $22,200, he was close to another runaway. The scores of Greg ($11,200) and Ezgi ($2,400) had not changed since the last DD. He bet $6,000 again and he was RIGHT.
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Matt finished in the lead with $33,000 but it wasn’t a runaway because Greg didn’t give up. He was second with $17,200. Ezgi was in third place with $2,000.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
“Thousands of years ago, when the Romans and Greeks were naming the planets that were visible to them, they decided to name them after their gods…. The names of moons orbiting planets are also influenced by mythology. This is all except for one planet. The moons orbiting Uranus are named after characters in plays, mostly after characters in plays written by William Shakespeare.” Bob the Alien explains how that came about on his “Tour of the Solar System” website.
Ezgi chose Ophelia, Hamlet’s tragic 7-letter heroine. She kept her whole $2,000 with a zero bet.
Greg also picked a 7-letter name: Titania, from a comedy. He lost $15,801, leaving him with $1,399.
Matt got it right. His $1,401 bet made him today’s winner with $34,401. His 5-day total is $140,401.
In the beginning of the program, Alex Trebek mentioned that Matt is now on the new TOC Tracker on Jeopardy.com. Well, today’s win put him at the head of the 5x winner entries. He’s only got to win 2 or 3 more games to get to the top. Even if he only makes it to 7 games, his winnings could very well exceed 7x champ, Greg Seroka’s $180,401.
2 years ago:: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Children’s Book Series”
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