Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 30, 2016

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Friday, December 30, 2016:

Final Jeopardy! category: OSCAR-WINNING FILM SUBJECTS

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: The only Nobel Prize winner to be the title subject of a Best Picture Oscar winner is this man

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Ryan VanderYacht, a substitute teacher & stay-at-home dad from Lake Forest, California
Kate Gran, an attorney from East Northport, New York
Mukund Marathe, a music teacher & singer from Montclair, New Jersey (1-day total: $21,400)

2016 has easily been the most successful year in the history of The Jeopardy! Fan. I’d like to thank everyone who stops by every day for recaps and information. Have a very Happy New Year!


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Who is John Nash?


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.

The 1994 prizewinner in Economic Sciences, John Nash won his prize for his work on game theory. The “Nash equilibrium” concept from economics and game theory is well-known to those who have studied game theory, even as it relates to Jeopardy!

His struggles with mental illness and his recovery led to Sylvia Nasar’s biography, A Beautiful Mind, which was adapted into the early-’00s Best Picture Oscar winner, with Russell Crowe portraying Nash.

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27 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 30, 2016"

  1. I think that 2016 has been a great year, despite up and down days or moments, but the major ups were seeing the runs of Andrew Pau, Buzzy Cohen, Hunter Appler, Pranjal Vachaspati,Seth Wilson, Tim Aten, Cindy Stowell & even the Tournament winners: Sam Deutsch, Jason Sterlacci & Sharath Narayan. Can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.

    • I think 2016 is not a very good year for me since I lost my commenting privilege from (a different website) for posting rude comments back in March and somehow realized and posted better comments on the website. I’ll try to post very nice comments in 2017.

  2. Happy New Year to you too, Andy!

  3. Scores going into Final:
    Mukund $14,800
    Ryan $9,600
    Kate $8,800

    Final results:
    Kate $8,800 – $8,000 = $800 (Who is Roosevelt?)
    Ryan $9,600 – $9,000 = $600 (Who is Stephen Hawking?)
    Mukund $14,800 – $4,401 = $10,399 (Who is Oppenheimer?) (2-day total: $31,799)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Kate $4,000
    Mukund $3,800
    Ryan $2,800

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) DOVE $1000 (29th pick)
    Kate 5000 -1000 (Mukund 3800 Ryan 2800)

    2) GEORGIA IN SONG $1200 (3rd pick)
    Kate 4800 -2000 (Mukund 3800 Ryan 3200)
    3) DOCTORED BOOKS $2000 (10th pick)
    Mukund 7800 +1000 (Ryan 6800 Kate 2800)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: THE LEADERS & BEST $1000

    Game Stats:
    Mukund $15,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer
    Kate $11,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.22% in first on buzzer
    Ryan $9,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 37.04% in first on buzzer

    Mukund Marathe, current stats:
    38 correct
    4 incorrect
    1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    34.23% in first on buzzer (38/111)
    Average Coryat: $16,100

    Mukund Marathe, to win:
    3 games: 55.85%
    4: 31.19%
    5: 17.42%
    6: 9.73%
    7: 5.43%
    Avg. streak: 3.265 games.

  4. “The only Nobel Prize winner to be the title subject of a Best Picture Oscar winner is this man”
    Where is “John Nash” in the title of “A Beautiful Mind”?????

    • It was his mind referred to in the title (hence the usage of “title subject”, because it wasn’t titled Nash or John Nash)

    • I had the same reaction. I thought it was John Nash and then read the question again, and seeing the term “title subject” I reconsidered. I think the question is flawed. A person’s mind is not the same as the person.

      • I personally believe that mind does equal person, and thus, the question is acceptable.

        • Additionally, the well-sourced Wikipedia “Title role” article, specifically the following sentence:

          A title character may only be indirectly described in the title, as in An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, where the ‘ideal husband’ (the title role) is the apparently perfect Sir Robert Chiltern.

          provides the perfect justification for Jeopardy!’s usage of the term “title subject” in tonight’s case.

  5. Here’s Kate’s YouTube video as referred to in her interview:

  6. “I’d like to thank everyone who stops by every day for recaps and information.”

    I’m honored that on a couple of occasions, you asked me to help in the compilation of the great data you provide here.

    In addition to the moments mentioned by other commenters, 2016 also gave us only the fourth ever triple-zero regular-play game, Philip Tiu’s incredibly gutsy Daily Double, and if my memory serves, four (formerly) lock-tie games – and we still await our first tiebreaker in a regular game.

    Thank you again for all you do here, Andy – and happy New Year to you and yours!

  7. Jean Van doren | December 30, 2016 at 8:07 pm | Reply

    Why can’t Gandhi be considered a title subject?

  8. Thank you for extending the experience I had in the studio WAY LONGER THAN PLANNED, Andy!! Best to you and everyone for 2017.

  9. Just wanted to second (or third) the previous motion to thank Andy for his work in maintaining this website, and all the associated conversations. Happy New Year, Mr. Saunders (and all of your/our Jeopardy! friends).

  10. Jonathan Graham | December 31, 2016 at 1:09 am | Reply

    Thank you for keeping up this site and doing the live panels, and keep up the good work. I was surprised that Gandhi didn’t win one as well. Will Jeanie be back anytime soon?

  11. Great site, and one I visit often. Wish I had found it before my (March) appearance taped a few weeks ago; it would have been very helpful.

    Glad I didn’t have to answer today’s question. I thought about “A Beautiful Mind,” but couldn’t remember Nash’s name and wasn’t sure he had won a Nobel Prize.

    My “living answer” before time expired, the one I would have written down, was “Emile Zola.” His movie bio won Best Picture, and I associated him with the Nobel. However, I researched him after the show and found he was nominated for the Nobel twice, but never won, making him an incorrect answer.

    Andy, thanks for a GREAT site — I’m sure it requires tremendous work and a huge commitment of time and dedication. It’s much appreciated.

  12. How was the correct answer not “Gandhi” ?

  13. A general question. There have been many contests where one contestant bets just enough on Final Jeopardy to beat another contestant by one dollar ($1.00). Are the contestants allowed the use of a calculator to determine the amount to bet, or must they do the calculations in their heads?

    • Contestants are given a Sharpie and index cards upon which to do whatever math they so choose.

      They are not permitted a calculator, though.

  14. A follow-up question. Just prior to Final Jeopardy, does each contestant know the score of his/her two opponents? In each words, can each contestant see what TV viewers see?

    • Andy Saunders | January 1, 2017 at 2:55 pm | Reply


    • They can actually see all scores throughout the game. There is a display to the left of the game board not shown on camera. During Daily Double wagering, you can often see contestants looking up and to their left studying the current scores. Most don’t pay much attention to the scores during game play, though some will glance at the scores near the end of the round to help determine what amounts to choose for the next clue.

  15. There was a mistake with a “Dove” question/answer. In regards to the first answer given- “one quarter cleansing cream”… that is actually correct. Although the brand is now marketed as contIning 1/4 moisturizing cream, Dove commercials up through the 70’s referred to 1/4 cleansing cream.

    • Andy Saunders | January 8, 2017 at 9:17 pm | Reply

      There was decidedly no mistake.

      1) The clue in question (“According to the ads, the Dove beauty bar’s “gentle cleansing formula contains 1/4” this kind of cream) implies present advertising. Thus, “moisturizing” would be obviously correct.

      2) The word “cleansing” was given in the clue. The category is not STUPID ANSWERS; thus, a response of “cleansing” would be met with a “be more specific” at best, if not outright negged, because the word appeared in the clue (One of the general rules is that outside of STUPID ANSWERS, if a word is given in the clue, it may not be a correct response on its own.)

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