Final Jeopardy: Science & Math Vocabulary

The Final Jeopardy question (11/18/2016) in the category “Science & Math Vocabulary” was:

These 2 words are just 1 letter different; one is a whirlpool & the other a geometry term for a meeting point.

It’s Friday and it’s the last Semi-Final game of the 2016 Teen Tournament. Today’s contestants are: Apurva Kanneganti, a senior (Wild Card 11/9/16); Antonio Karides, a junior (Wild Card 11/14/16), and Michael Borecki, a junior (Semi-Finalist 11/15/16).

Round 1 Categories: In Between – Southern History – Business – Contemporary Authors – Characters in TV Shows – “Peanut”, “Butter”, “Jelly”, “Time”

Michael found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Southern History” under the $800 clue on the very first pick of the round. With everyone at zero, he bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

A bluish color or the dye that was also a major product of 18th century South Carolina.
Jeopardy Daily Double in Southern History (11-18-16)
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Michael finished in the lead with $7,400. Apurva was second with $5,000 and Antonio was last with $1,400.

Round 2 Categories: Composers & Their Music – I Get Around – “C” The World – Let’s Go to Sunday School – Physics – The Rhymes of Life & Love

Michael found the first Daily Double in “Physics” under the $1,600 clue on the 6th pick. He was in the lead with $9,400 at this point, $3,200 more than Apurva in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Ground effects on race cars are to keep the tires on the track, fighting this 4-letter force that tries to raise them. show

4 clues later, Michael found the last Daily Double in “‘C’ the World” under the $1,200 clue. In the lead with $14,200, he now had $6,400 more than Apurva in second place. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

It’s a small New Hampshire town as well as an ancient name for Palestine. show

Michael finished in the lead with a runaway $25,400 and Apurva was next with $8,600. Antonio finished at negative $4,200 so he was out of the game at this point.

Only ONE of two contestants left got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT ARE VORTEX & VERTEX?

Well, there’s the right response and the definitions are in the clue so there’s not a lot to add, is there? It did remind us of the “Upwords” game. Apparently, you can play that with an app now.

We also found a cute youtube with 3 smart kids showing 2 adults how to win a vortex race.

Apurva got it right. She doubled her score to $17,200.

Michael wrote down “What is gg guys?” He explained that “gg” stood for “good game” to Alex. Of course, he didn’t bet anything since the last finalist spot was already his. We will be seeing Michael, Alec and Sharath engage in a 2-day battle for the $100,000 grand prize beginning next Monday.

Final Jeopardy (11/21/2016) Michael Borecki, Antonio Karides, Apurva Kanneganti

CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS ($800) She was inspired to write “The Princess Diaries” when her mom began dating her teacher, just like Mia’s mom in the book

COMPOSERS & THEIR MUSIC ($2000) The Chopin piece nicknamed the “Heroic” is one of these dances whose name refers to Chopin’s homeland

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Shakespearean Geography”

Of the 5 cities mentioned in Shakespeare’s play titles, it’s the only one not found in Europe. show

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9 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    Sorry that the clues were mean to Antonio. He was one of my favorites to win it all.

  2. jacob ska says:

    VJ, thanks. Michael is very fast on the buzzer. Did you notice how he liked to skip around the board? The finals will be exciting this coming week imo with 3 good players.

    • VJ says:

      Yes, I noticed that. If I am recalling correctly, Alec wasn’t doing that in his game– he would start at the top. It was Connor who would open a category from the 2nd or 3rd clue in that one.

  3. TaiwanBill says:

    All fine young people that America can be proud of. But how many were still wearing braces?

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    I guess Antonio lost focus today.

    • VJ says:

      Yeah, I was hoping he would get back on the plus side. Bet he knew FJ. When they showed the Mach 5, I was hoping he could get that one. Michael was so quick on the buzzer though. Alec was very quick on the buzzer, too.

      Looks like the finals are gonna be wild.

  5. VJ says:

    Congrats to you, Jacob, on the winner prediction. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever heard Trebek say something that amounted to, well, we don’t really even need to play Final Jeopardy! but we’ll do it anyway for the viewers. LOL.

    I’ve got 10 more clues from this game up now LINK

    @Dalton, thanks for the heads up on the score mistake I made

    • Cece says:

      Yeah, that was an unusual comment for Alex to make, but it sounded about right. :) Those two didn’t have a chance with Michael tonight, but at least Apurva held her own.

      I would have liked to see Emily in the finals, but it wasn’t meant to be.