Deeper Into Jeopardy! XIX: To the Exoplanets! – $1200

Jeopardy! category: TO THE EXOPLANETS! (21-05-2014)

$1200 clue: The first Earth-size exoplanets were found by the NASA satellite launched in 2009 & named for this 17th c. German astronomer

Correct response

The gist: It’s a bit anthropomorphic to say that the telescope found the exoplanets – surely credit should go to the scientists who used its data.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XIX: To the Exoplanets! – $800

Jeopardy! category: TO THE EXOPLANETS! (21-05-2014)

$800 clue: In 2013 Caltech scientists announced there are more than 100 billion planets in this alone–about one per star

Correct response

The gist: As Dr. David Bowman says in Arthur C. Clarke’s novel 2001: A Space Odyssey (but not in Kubrick’s movie): “Oh my god – it’s full of stars!”  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XIX: To the Exoplanets! – $400

Some good news and some bad news this week. The bad news first: I will be cutting back my posting schedule for Deeper into Jeopardy! starting this week, from a clue every weekday to a clue every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Basically, this is because I’m quite busy with my full-time job and various other things, and while I still love writing this series, I have a lot less time to devote to it and to my other projects than I did when I started it. I much prefer to post a little less in order to take a more relaxed approach to the series and be able to put more effort into each, than to try to maintain the hectic schedule as it is now and possibly let the quality suffer.

But now, the good news! Because I’ll be writing six posts every two weeks instead of five posts every week, I will be adding a (quasi-)random Final Jeopardy! clue to my posting routine, on the Friday of every other week. I’m very excited for this – Final Jeopardy! clues tend to be more detailed and offer a more obtuse (and hopefully, therefore, more interesting) path to the correct answer. Discussing FJ!s should bring a new angle to this series, and maybe reveal some more insight into the ways the writers construct their clues.

So, all that means that the writing schedule for Deeper into Jeopardy! will run on two-week cycles – the first three clues of the category in question will get looked at Mon-Wed-Fri of the first week, the last two on Mon-Wed of the second week, and an FJ! on the second Friday of each cycle.

I thank my readers sincerely for their understanding, and certainly hope you will keep coming round here. Without further delay, let’s start the first category of a bright new dawn for this blog, with a category I just couldn’t resist: TO THE EXOPLANETS!. By the way, last Friday saw Julia Collins win her fifteenth game, making her the third person in Jeopardy! history to win that many, and putting her three ahead of the season’s earlier bête noire Arthur Chu.


Jeopardy! category: TO THE EXOPLANETS! (21-05-2014)

$400 clue: NASA has found an Earthlike planet within a “habitable zone”–the area in a star system where this could exist in liquid form

Correct response

The clue: Recent news – this exciting bit of science news just came out last month.  Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XVIII: Gardening – $200

Alex hit the nail on the head this Monday when he said that this tournament’s seen some of the toughest material ever on the show – appropriate for this tournament, of course, and I’m sure viewers have learned a lot from watching these past couple months. This week we’ll take a category from the showdown between legends Chuck Forrest, Russ Schumacher, and Ken Jennings, on a fine activity for the (Canadian) long weekend during which I’m writing this: Gardening.

Jeopardy! category: GARDENING (05-12-2014)

$200 clue: Members of the agave, lily & cactus families are this type of plant whose fleshy leaves are able to store water

Correct response

The gist: In everyday usage, the word usually means “sweet” or “tasty.” Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XVII: A Brief History of Time – $2000

Jeopardy! category: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME (05-05-2014)

$2000 clue: Clocks flown around the earth in 1971 diverged from stationary ones, confirming the relativity concept “time” this

Correct response

The gist: It’s the classic twin paradox: a set of twins; one gets in a spaceship and travels near the speed of light; when she returns on his birthday, finds a cake for herself with thirty candles and one for her twin brother with 31. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XVII: A Brief History of Time – $1600

Jeopardy! category: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME (05-05-2014)

$1600 clue: Following Einstein, in 1908 Hermann Minkowski proposed the idea of 4-dimensional this hyphenated term

Correct response

The gist: Yes, Minkowski followed Einstein with his theories, but Einstein also followed him – Minkowski had been Einstein’s professor at the ETH Zürich, an institute of technology in Switzerland Continue reading