I had to peek on the archive to see what today's FJ! was, so I'm not 100% sure that I got it in 30 seconds...but I got it. I was running through Greek roots and couldn't find one. Then I thought of "substance", and my chemistry background got me to the correct response. And, in a sense, both "isotope" and "allotrope" are both different forms of the same substance. Take carbon. You can have two different isotopes - C-12 and C-13 - that differ by a neutron. Or two allotropes - graphite and diamond - that differ primarily in the spacial relation among all the carbon atoms (but can have some different isotopes within them too.) So, both would be reasonable answers...until you get to the Greek root, which pins it.mas3cf wrote: ↑Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:26 pm"Different forms of the same element" would be allotropes. That's why the clue threw me off for a second. I wouldn't call an isomer a "different form" - it's just a different mass.TriviaBug wrote: ↑Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:55 pmI bet many tears were shed in front of tv sets through the country. I have a lump in my throat. You are forever with us, Alex.
This is an FJ which is easy to overthink as the name of the lady and even the Greek roots are a distraction...I reworded it in my head as "what is the term for different forms of the same element?"
I'm curious about this - does ANY Australian state appear more often than New South Wales? Or am I just primed to notice it whenever I hear it, like Sue Grafton?
A nice tribute to Alex at the end. I wonder what, if any, tricks they used to get it in there without messing up the game. Anyone stopwatch the episode to see if it's of the normal length? Maybe some of the ads that J! themselves place in there got bumped for one episode, but I noticed GEICO was still there.
It's going to be weird Monday. But J! will hopefully live on - Alex has pretty much said that that's what he wanted. And while it won't be the same, there will still be answers and questions. We'll still moan about wagers. And, hopefully, we'll all get a little bit smarter for all of it.