Final Jeopardy: Modern Day Suffixes
The Final Jeopardy question (2/28/2014), in the category “Modern Day Suffixes” was:
Dating from 1973, this 4-letter suffix indicates a person or thing that has become associated with public scandal.
8-day champ, Arthur Chu sailed to the No. 3 spot with $238,200 in total winnings yesterday, right behind Ken Jennings and Dave Madden. Today he takes on these two players: Dawn Volmert, from Troy, MO; and Semret Lemma, from Arlington, VA.
Arthur found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “State by Counties” under the $1,000 clue. He was in second place with $1,800, $600 less than Semret’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.
Nez Pierce, Lincoln, Gem. show
Arthur finished in the lead with $7,200. Dawn was second with $3,000 and Semret was last with $2,200.
Semret found the first Daily Double in “Photography” under the $800 clue. He was in second place with $10,200, $600 less than Arthur’s lead. He bet $1,200 and guessed “snapshot,” which is one word, so that was WRONG.
In 1929, this 2-word phrase was coined for Erich Salomon’s spontaneous photo technique, later used by Allen Funt. show
Arthur found the last Daily Double in “Rip Van Winkle” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $11,600, he had $2,200 more than Semret in second place. He bet $8,000 and he was RIGHT.
The strange men playing 9-pins were said to be this British captain & his crew who would visit the area every 20 years. show
Arthur finished in the lead with $22,400. Semret was next with $11,400 and Dawn was in third place with $7,400.
ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
OED describes the fallout from the Watergate scandal on language as “One of the most significant episodes in modern US politics” that “reshaped the language of scandal and controversy…” The OED says its first recorded example of the extended use of the suffix is from August 1972 in National Lampoon when a scandal in Russia was referred to as “Volgagate.” (OED: The “gate” suffix)
Dawn bet $4,001. She finished with $11,401.
Semret bet $10,600, finishing with $22,000.
Arthur bet $400 so he won with $22,800, while Semret no doubt kicked himself. Arthur’s 9-day total is $261,000.
First time this week that Arthur didn’t have a runaway. Another ridiculously easy FJ and still no sports category? Folks are beginning to wonder what’s up with that.
Dave Madden’s total winnings were $430,400, so Arthur still has a ways to go to reach No. 2. Next week we are returning to the Battle of the Decades, so we won’t see Arthur again until March 10th.
2 years ago: Only one player got this FJ: Scientists
In 1711 Newton led the Royal Society in London and his greatest rival led the Academy of Sciences in this capital city. show