Final Jeopardy: Tech Terms

The Final Jeopardy question (12/26/2013), in the category “Tech Terms” was:

In a July 1990 post Yisrael Radai called this 7-letter term “a word I just coined for Trojans, viruses, worms etc.”

New champ Anthony Niblett won $19,601 on Christmas Day. Can he duplicate that accomplishment on Boxing Day? Only if he can defeat these two players: Genevieve LeClerc, from Lake Forest Park, WA; and Jerry Slowik, from Arlington Heights, IL.

Jerry found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Mark Twain” under the $600 clue. He was in the lead with $3,000, $2,400 ahead of Anthony in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Twain satirized the customs and institutions of the feudal world in this 1889 novel. show

Jerry finished in the lead with $10,000. Anthony was next with $400 and Genevieve was in the hole at -$1,000.

Anthony found the first Daily Double in “Russian Revolution” under the $1,200 clue. He was in second place with $1,200, $9,200 less than Jerry in second place. He bet the $2,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

Leader of the Red Army during the Civil War, he met his demise in Mexico 2 decades later. show

Jerry found the last Daily Double in “Opera Moms” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $13,600 now, Jerry had $8,400 more than Anthony in second place. He bet $2,400 and guessed “The Matchmaker.” That was WRONG.

Hata & Ludmila are 2 moms who deal with the marriage broker Kecal in this Smetana opera. show

Jerry finished in the lead with a runaway $20,400. Anthony was next with $8,800. At negative $200, Genevieve was out of the game at this point.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS MALWARE?

In an article outlining the origin of various tech terms, PC World credits Yisrael Radai for coining this portmanteau of “malicious” and “software,” but gives Chris Klaus credit for “being the first to widely use the word malware in presentations.” (Tech Talk: Where’d It Come from Anyway?)

Anthony wrote down “Nope, sorry.” He didn’t bet a penny so he remained at $8,800.

Jerry got it right. He bet $2,799 so he won the match with $23,199. You could certainly say he clobbered the Boxing Day competition.

We thought FJ was easy, they would both get it and were wondering if that would count as the first FJ solved by all contestants since 12/11. Looks like it’s going to take a very easy clue to make that happen.

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