Final Jeopardy: Numeric Groups
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (4/25/2017) in the category “Numeric Groups” was:
This numeric group was the subject of an April 20, 1959 Time Magazine article titled “Rendezvous with Destiny”.
New champ Alan Lin won $24,000 yesterday in a runaway game. Today he is up against these two players: Meike Olin, from Wilmington, NC; and Dan Atherton, from Quincy, MA.
Round 1 Categories: Similarly Named Schools – TV Roles Then & Now – Speaking of Tongues – Dog Breed Names – The California Gold Rush – We’ve Got Contractions
Meike found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Dog Breed Names” under the $800 clue on the 9th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $1,800, $800 ahead of Dan in second place. She thought it might be a stupid move but, she always wanted to say it so she made it a true Daily Double. It turned out to be a smart move when she was RIGHT.
This breed’s name tells us that it’s the bearded dog from the Tibetan capital. show
Meike finished in the lead with $5,400. Alan and Dan were tied in second place with $4,200 each.
Round 2 Categories: Poets & Poetry – The Office – Comedy Films of the 1970s – Eat This Verb – “D” in Geography – She’s Got Contractions
Meike found the first Daily Double in “‘D’ in Geography” under the $1,600 clue on the 10th pick. She was in second place with $7,400 at this point, $800 behind Dans lead. She bet $2,000 this time around and she was RIGHT.
At its narrowest point, this Turkish strait between the Sea of Marmara & the Aegean Sea is only a mile wide. show
Alan found the last Daily Double in “Poets & Poetry” under the $800 clue, with but 3 clues left after it. In third place with $6,600, he had $12,000 less than Dan’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.
In “Inferno” Dante called him “my master…. from whom alone I took the style whose beauty has done me honor” show
Dan finished in the lead with $18,600. Meike was next with $17,000 and Alan was in third place with $16,000.
NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
After a 2-month selection process, on 4/9/1959, NASA publicly introduced the astronauts who became known as the Mercury 7. You’ll have to subscribe to Time Magazine if you want to read the “Rendezvous with Destiny” article from the 4/20/1959 issue. They do have a snippet online that begins: “From a nation of 175 million, they stepped forward last week: seven men cut of the same stone as Columbus, Magellan, Daniel Boone, Orville and Wilbur Wright. But there was a difference. Rarely were history’s explorers and discoverers so clearly marked in advance as men of destiny….”
Sporcle Challenge: Match 29 space explorers (’50s & ’60s) with their descriptions
Alan wrote down Seven Samurai. He lost his $4,000 bet and finished with $12,000.
Meike had the Apollo 11 crew. She lost $15,001, leaving her with $1,999.
Dan wrote down Apollo 1. He lost his $15,401 bet and ended up with $3,199. So Alan remained champ with a 2-day total of $36,000. “But, boy, did they make you work for this one,” Alex remarked.
A triple stumper from each round
DOG BREED NAMES ($1000) This “royal dog of Egypt” was named for an ancient city in Arabia
POETS & POETRY ($2000) Yeats: “I will arise and go now, and go to” this place
2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Movies and TV”
The first hit feature film based on a “Saturday Night Live” sketch was “The Blues Brothers”, this was the second. show