Final Jeopardy: 21st Century Thought
Today’s Final Jeopardy question (7/28/2017) in the category “21st Century Thought” was:
The title subject of a 2007 bestseller, it was discovered in Australia where today it’s a state emblem.
New champ Shadi Peterman defeated a 5x champ yesterday and won $6,800. In the last game of Season 33, she is up against these two players: Dan Viafore, from Los Angeles, CA; and Mary Duffy, from Louisville, CO.
To all my visitors and comments: My sincere thanks for your visits and comments during Season 33. I truly appreciate all of you and your comments contribute so much to enjoying the show. If the next 6 weeks go by as swiftly as the last 6, the new Season will be here before we know it, and I look forward to “seeing” all of you in September!
Round 1 Categories: Hello, Sucker! – Stephen King’s Bad Folks – Countries of the World – Toys & Games – TV for Thee – In Vulnerable
Mary found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Toys & Games” under the $800 clue, with 9 clues left after it. She was in the lead with $2,400, $600 more than Shadi in second place. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.
Sales of this game first known as Pretzel got a big boost in 1966 when Eva Gabor & Johnny Carson played it on TV. show
Mary finished in the lead with $9,000. Shadi was second with $2,800 and Dan was last with $1,200.
Round 2 Categories: Words of Wisdom – Medical “E”S – Plan – 9 – From Outer Space – & Other Odd Films
Shadi found the first Daily Double in “Outer Space” under the $800 clue, with 9 clues left after it. (That must be effect of that “9” category) She was in second place with $11,600 at this point, $1,400 less than Mary’s lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.
The only U.S. Pres. to be present at a shuttle launch, he watched John Glenn’s return to space after 36 years. show
3 clues later, Mary found the last Daily Double in “Plan” under the $1,600 clue. She was tied with Shadi at this point. They both had $14,600, $10,200 more than Dan in second place. She bet $4,000 and she was RIGHT.
Comrade, the first of these was started in 1928 and lasted until 1932. show
Mary finished in the lead with $21,000. Shadi was next with $16,200 and Dan was in third place with $8,400.
NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
Nicholas Taleb’s book “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable” is the 2007 bestseller referred to in the clue. In its second edition, “with a new section: “On Robustness and Fragility” (Incerto),” it’s still a best-seller on Amazon.
According to wikipedia, “the black swan is the official bird emblem of Western Australia, although only formally adopted in 1973.” Panique.com tells us that the black swan is the largest water bird of Australia that is “found in estuaries and waterways of Australia…. It was once thought that all swans were only white. The western world was shocked when these birds were first discovered. To them the discovery of a black swan was more astounding than finding a unicorn in their back garden.”
Dan wrote down “Poisonwood.” He lost his $1,201 bet, finishing with $7,199.
Shadi had “The Tipping Point.” That cost her $5,000 and left her with $11,200.
Mary came up with “Australopithicus.” She lost $11,401, dropping down to $9,599. That means Shadi remains champ. Her 2-day total is $18,000. We won’t be seeing Shadi’s third game until Jeopardy! returns from hiatus in September.
A triple stumper from each round:
STEPHEN KING’S BAD FOLKS ($800) An encounter with an amoral politican makes a psychic contemplate murder in this work
FROM OUTER SPACE ($400) On TV in 1971 Alan Shepard called one of these “a little white pellet that’s familiar to millions of Americans”
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Celebrities in Song Lyrics”:
In a song, Weird Al says, “I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows” him. show