Final Jeopardy: Fun & Games
The Final Jeopardy question (6/23/2015), in the category “Fun & Games” was:
A standard chessboard has this many perimeter squares.
New champ Sacha Samotin won $19,600 in yesterday’s game when he defeated a 5x champ. Today he takes on these two players: Matt Pressman, from Somerville, MA; and Donna Normington, from Mesa, AZ
Round 1: Matt found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Literary Characters” under the $800 clue. He was in the lead with $8,800, a big lead of $6,600 over Donna in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.
This literary character’s father works for Ebenezer Scrooge. show
Matt finished in the lead with $13,600. Donna was second with $2,600 and Sacha was last with $1,000.
Round 2: Matt found the first Daily Double in “U.S. Areas and Territories” under the $1,200 clue on the third pick of the round. He was in the lead with $14,800, $12,200 more than Donna in second place. He bet $4,000 and thought it was Guam. That was WRONG.
In 1988, Congress authorized a Natl. Park in this territory south of the Equator to preserve its rain forest. show
Sacha found the last Daily Double in “Alphanumerics” under the $1,600 clue. In third place with $5,800, he had $11,000 less than Matt’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and thought it was H5N1. That was WRONG.
The first swine flu identified in 1930 was caused by this alphanumeric virus; in 2009 it was back. show
Matt finished with a runaway $18,800. Donna was next with $7,800. Sacha finished at zero so he was out of the game at this point. That wasn’t the only bad news: Donna got dinged for $4,000* after the break for saying stystolic instead of systolic. She was left with $3,800.
*$2K – 3-“Sy”llable Words: The higher number in 120/80 represents this type of blood pressure.
NEITHER of the contestants left in Final Jeopardy! got it right.
WHAT IS 28?
“8 to a side, less the 4 corners. 32 minus 4,” said Alex Trebek after the two answers were revealed. So there you have the quickest way to figure out the number of squares that make up in the perimeter of a chessboard. What else is there to add?
Donna wrote down 36 and then increased that to 48. She bet and lost everything.
Matt wrote down 36. He lost his $5,000 bet but still won the game with the remaining $13,800.
Matt is a graduate student in history. During the chat, Trebek said he thought they could talk about their significant others today, as if that was a novel idea. Matt related how he met his wife on a back-packing trip where they were the worst two hikers in the group.
2 years ago:: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Movies & The Bible”
In this crime drama, a 1994 Oscar nominee for best picture, a character misquotes Ezekiel 25:17 twice. show