Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 21, 2016

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Wednesday, December 21, 2016:

Final Jeopardy! category: LITTLE COUNTRIES

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: It’s the closest nation to the mainland U.S. where cars customarily drive on the left

(correct response beneath the contestants)

During her run so far, Cindy Stowell has won $103,803. She had pledged to donate all of her winnings to cancer research. Unfortunately, Cindy passed away on December 5; she had competed on the show with stage IV cancer. Her friends and family will also appreciate donations on her behalf to the Cancer Research Institute. Many fans are watching the show and electing to donate $1 for each correct response they give while playing at home, an idea come up with by Chelsea Cohen, one of last Thursday’s challengers!

Also, another thing I’ve seen since Cindy’s run started, as I’ve seen a few people disappointed that Jeopardy! did not move up her airing so that Cindy herself might be able to watch: After her audition, Cindy’s taping was fast-tracked so that it would happen as soon as was possible. Because the show has returning champions, the show is obviously obligated to air episodes in the order that they were taped. This week of shows was literally the earliest that Cindy’s airdates could be. Finally, do rest assured that further proving how amazing the show’s production staff is: They ensured that an advance copy of Cindy’s episodes were sent to her. Cindy was able to see her episodes before her passing.

Today’s contestants:

Jennifer Johnson, a personal assistant from Chicago, Illinois Sam Scovill, a G.I.S. technician from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Cindy Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas (6-day total: $103,803)


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What is the Bahamas?


Today’s Jeopardy! results will go up on this page late afternoon, with full stats early evening. They will be seen in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Left-hand driving dates back to where before cars existed, as most swordsmen were right-handed (and their swords on their left side). It thus made sense to keep your dominant arm close to a potential opponent (and their sword avoiding an accidental clash).

However, things started to change around the time of Napoleon. Horse-drawn teamster wagons were easier to control from sitting on the left rear horse, which was thus easier to control when keeping right. Napoleon instituted a keep-right rule, but those who opposed the Corsican kept left as a form of resistance. Even though continental Europe all made the switch, Britain never did.

Of the 55 countries still with left-hand traffic, most of them (like the Bahamas) are former British colonies in the Caribbean and South America, southern Africa (as far north as Kenya), south and southeast Asia, and Oceania. A notable exception to that is Japan, which instituted a drive-on-the left rule in the 1870s because it was the British who built the original Japanese railway network. Because the British were left-running, so went Japan.

On the Bahamas, the westernmost district of Bimini’s nearest point to the United States is about 50 miles due east of Miami.

Having spent vacation time in the Bahamas, it can be an oft-harrowing experience as a passenger, as a large number of the cars are nominally right-hand drive vehicles imported from the United States now being driven on the left side of the road.

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9 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 21, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | December 21, 2016 at 12:02 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Sam $11,600
    Cindy $10,400
    Jennifer $9,600

    Final results:
    Jennifer $9,600 + $2,002 = $11,602
    Cindy $10,400 + $8,801 = $19,201
    Sam $11,600 + $10,401 = $22,001 (1-day total: $22,001)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Sam $4,400
    Cindy $4,000
    Jennifer $1,200

    At the end of the program, Alex made the following statement: “For the past 6 Jeopardy programs you folks have been getting to know the talented champion Cindy Stowell. Appearing on our show was the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition for that lady. What you did not know is that when we taped these programs with her a few weeks ago she was suffering from Stage 4 cancer. And sadly on December 5 Cindy Stowell passed away. So from all of us here at Jeopardy our sincere condolences to her family and her friends.”

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) WHERE $800 (17th pick)
    Cindy 400 +1000 (Sam 3600 Jennifer 0)

    2) ____ THE ____ $800 (7th pick)
    Sam 4800 +1000 (Jennifer 4800 Sam 4400)
    3) 3-WORD BOOK SUMMARY $800 (12th pick)
    Sam 6200 +1000 (Jennifer 8000 Cindy 4400)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: WORKING WOMEN $800 & 1000, ON YOUR SLEEVE $800 & $1000
    DJ! round: THE DEL-TONES $400

    Game Stats:
    Sam $11,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.69% in first on buzzer
    Cindy $10,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.54% in first on buzzer
    Jennifer $9,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.15% in first on buzzer

    Cindy Stowell, final stats:
    120 correct
    13 incorrect
    4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,400)
    6/7 in Final Jeopardy
    29.84% in first on buzzer (111/372)
    Average Coryat: $11,229

    Sam Scovill, current stats:
    19 correct
    3 incorrect
    2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    32.69% in first on buzzer (17/52)
    Average Coryat: $11,200

    Sam Scovill, to win:
    2 games: 36.98%
    3: 13.68%
    4: 5.06%
    5: 1.87%
    6: 0.69%
    Avg. streak: 1.587 games.

  2. Scott William | December 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm |

    It is now 2:34 Eastern Time, and Jeopardy broadcasts in my local market 4.5 hours from now at 7PM Eastern Time on ABC.

    How long will it be until you post a synopsis of tonight’s result? In particular, whether Cindy Stowell won? I have a possible conflict with seasonal community activities, and I am not sure I will be able to make time to watch tonight’s episode.

  3. Cindy, I know you can’t hear me, but great run. 6 wins, $105,803. I’m sure that the Cancer Research Institute will be very happy with that much money.

  4. The U.S. Virgin Islands (acquired from Denmark after WW1, not Britain, in time to make my grandparents U.S. citizens before they started making babies!) are also left-running, for the record.

    • Andy Saunders | December 22, 2016 at 9:27 am |

      Interesting! Thanks for pointing that out, Fred!

      • Yes, that was surprising to me too, when I got there. I didn’t figure it out until I got to my rental car. Luckily, there was a sign inside the car as a reminder. The car was right-hand drive, but the roads are left! I probably wouldn’t have rented a car there if I had known, but since I was already in the car, I decided I should give it a go!

  5. Eunice Stanczyk | December 22, 2016 at 10:48 am |

    wow rest in peace Cindy..God smile upon you..

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