Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 17, 2017

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Friday, March 17, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: 20TH CENTURY BOOKS

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: William Goldman asked his daughters what he should write about; they said these 2 things, which he combined

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Holly Stewart, a tax attorney from Atlanta, Georgia
Rebecca Wald, a psychologst from Baltimore, Maryland
Grant McSheffrey, a software developer from Ottawa, Ontario (3-day total: $69,201)

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What are princesses and brides?

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As per a late-1970s biography of William Goldman he asked he two daughters what he should write about. One said princesses, the other brides. Thus came The Princess Bride.

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14 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 17, 2017"

  1. Andy Saunders | March 17, 2017 at 1:04 pm | Reply

    Scores going into Final:
    Rebecca $20,200
    Holly $15,400
    Grant $7,200

    Final results:
    Grant $7,200 – $2,401 = $4,799 (What are lord & flies?)
    Holly $15,400 – $9,600 = $5,799 (What are rabbits & mice?)
    Rebecca $20,200 + $11,000 = $31,200 (1-day total: $31,200)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Rebecca $6,600
    Grant $4,000
    Holly $1,800

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) ‘TIS IRISH LITERATURE $400 (20th pick)
    Grant 2000 +2000 (Rebecca 5200 Holly 2200)

    2) UNIVERSAL PICTURES $1200 (9th pick)
    Holly 7400 +4000 (Rebecca 11000 Grant 5600)
    3) COLUMBIA $800 (14th pick)
    Holly 12200 +2000 (Rebecca 11400 Grant 5200)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: “I” TUNES $400, $600 & $800
    DJ! round: None!
    $ Left on Board: $1,800

    Game Stats:
    Rebecca $20,200 Coryat, 22 correct, 1 incorrect, 37.04% in first on buzzer
    Holly $11,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer
    Grant $5,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.07% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $9,200
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses: $5,800

    Grant McSheffrey, final stats:
    69 correct
    7 incorrect
    4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
    3/4 in Final Jeopardy
    29.03% in first on buzzer (63/217)
    Average Coryat: $13,100

    Rebecca Wald, stats to date:
    23 correct
    1 incorrect
    0/0 on Daily Doubles
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    37.04% in first on buzzer (20/54)
    Average Coryat: $20,200

    Rebecca Wald, to win:
    2 games: 68.49%
    3: 46.91%
    4: 32.12%
    5: 22.00%
    6: 15.07%
    Avg. streak: 3.173 games.

    With a projected 85 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 3.2071 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3993).
    An average of 4.9022 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7173).
    An early cutoff took place 17.270% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).
    Rebecca Wald qualified 27.333% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 57.081% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 17.701% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 4.074% of the time.
    Fred Vaughn qualified 1.161% of the time.

    Miscellany:

    • This is the 15th consecutive game in which we did not see all 61 clues. The modern record is 19 consecutive.
    • Andy Saunders | March 17, 2017 at 1:06 pm | Reply

      Looks like Dal Higbee got his wish, though, of having a leader get Final Jeopardy! correct on a Friday. Has not happened (in regular play) since December 16, 2016.

  2. Do you have any idea what happened to the J Archive?

  3. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate your site. Can’t begin to tell you how often I
    miss Final Jeopardy’s winner due to someone at the door or the phone
    rings or having to use the bathroom.

    It is immensely frustrating to miss Final Jeopardy. Thanks so very much for offering this page.

  4. Glad I found this page. The Final Jeopardy question was not shown on my tv. We had about 10 minutes of commercials and no question or answers and then the next program started.

  5. Rebecca is a very strong player and knows a lot along with being fast on the buzzer.

  6. I don’t think Rebecca’s answer was correct, in that she didn’t give the two items but gave the book title instead!

    • Andy Saunders | March 17, 2017 at 11:08 pm | Reply

      Rebecca’s response was correct, in the respect that it was ruled correct by the judges.

      I also completely believe that the judges were correct in their decision.

      Assuming the judges are looking for the words “princess” and “bride”, a response of “What is The Princess Bride?” contains those words, and by the show’s leading article rule, in that leading articles can be added or dropped with impunity unless it creates ambiguity, a response of “What is Princess Bride” fits the minimum confines of a correct response. It may be clunky grammatically, but a response need not be grammatically correct to be ruled correct on Jeopardy.

      • Harris Stutman | March 18, 2017 at 6:05 pm | Reply

        Indeed, Andy isn’t always right (but typically is 😉).
        The classic explanation is that Merv Griffin did originally want contestants penalized for grammatically mis-phrased answers, but that in testing it was clear that this slowed the game down way too much. And if there’s anything we all hate more than poor grammar, it’s a slowly played game!

  7. Maurine Gutowski | March 18, 2017 at 11:28 am | Reply

    I also am happy your website exists, so I know what happens if I cannot watch (or I’m a real smarty ahead of time when hubby and I watch together). This week on Thursday and Friday CBS ran 8 March Madness games all afternoon and evening, but I was able to read what happened. However, to my surprise from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday CBS ran all four missed Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy programs in full right after the Late Late Show (which was delayed).

  8. I too just found this site when the final jeopardy question and answer did not play in my area. I tape the show and was shocked to find 7 minutes of commercials and no final jeopardy. I am glad to know that this site exists. Thanks

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