Jeopardy! recap for Fri., May 17 – The two-game 2019 Teachers Tournament final concluded with these players:
– Sara, middle school instrumental music from Maryland, won $4,800 in game one;
– Francois, 11th grade physics from New York, comes into game two well in front with $20,400; and
– Conor, high school world history from New York, is in second place entering this game with $5,600.
Francois, who was clearly the best player in the tournament, stayed in control and had it all wrapped up for the two days, entering FJ with $21,200. The battle was for second money between Sara ($14,800) and Conor ($13,400).
DD1, $1,000 – AND A BOOK – His 1913 novel “Sons and Lovers” was daring but not banned like a later work (Francois won $1,000 from his score of $6,000.)
DD2, $2,000 – V.I.P. – 3 North American bodies of water – a strait, a bay and a river – are named for this English captain last seen in 1611 (Sara won $3,000 from her total of $8,600.)
DD3, $2,000 – FIRE & ICE – The patron saint of Mediterranean sailors gave his name to this phenomenon seen on the masts of ships in stormy weather (Francois won $1,000 from his score of $13,000.)
FJ – PHOTO SHARING – Publishing its first photo in 1889, today it has more than 4 billion likes & 100 million followers on Instagram
Everyone was correct on FJ, with Francois betting $0 to win with a two-day total of $41,600, good the for title and $100,000. For some reason, Sara also wagered $0, allowing Conor to take second place, adding $13,000 for a two-day score of $32,000 vs. $19,600 for Sara. Conor took home $50,000 while Sara won $25,000.
Sara’s $0 bet makes even less sense when you consider that if she finished third, she would keep anything over the $25,000 minimum that she won, so she declined what was essentially a freeroll.
Triple Stumper of the day: For a top-row clue, no one guessed the celebrity Amy who has a “Smart Girls” channel on YouTube is Amy Poehler.
Strategy corner: With one full category remaining in the first round and the DD still in play, both Sara and Conor declined to shop for the DD by picking top-row clues.
What are the odds? dept.: One game after Conor told his story about being brought to tears for having to settle for Derek Jeter’s autograph, Jeter was the subject of the very first clue.
Coming up next: James returns to humble everyone in his path starting on Monday.
DD1 – Who was D. H. Lawrence?
DD2 – Who was Hudson?
DD3 – What is St. Elmo’s fire?
FJ – What is National Geographic?