Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 16, 2016

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Friday, December 16, 2016:


Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: The 2 Central American nations that border only one ocean

(correct response beneath the contestants)

During her run so far, Cindy Stowell has won $39,600. 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 yesterday’s contestants!

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:

Michael Rollins, a corporate controller from Frisco, Texas
Erin Williams, an attorney from St. Louis, Missouri
Cindy Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas (3-day total: $39,600)


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What are El Salvador and Belize?


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.

El Salvador lacks a coastline on the Atlantic/Caribbean side of Central America, while Belize lacks a coastline on the Pacific side of the landmass.

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7 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 16, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | December 16, 2016 at 12:01 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Cindy $15,400
    Michael $11,200
    Erin $5,400

    Final results:
    Erin $5,400 + $5,400 = $10,800
    Michael $11,200 + $8,800 = $20,000
    Cindy $15,400 + $7,001 = $22,401 (4-day total: $62,001)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Cindy $5,400
    Michael $4,400
    Erin $3,400

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) DECEMBER HOLIDAYS $600 (19th clue)
    Erin 3200 -1200 (Cindy 3600 Michael 1400)

    2) WOMEN WHO WRITE $1200 (12th clue)
    Erin 5800 -3000 (Cindy 9800 Michael 7600)
    3) NUMERIC WORDS & PHRASES $1200 (23rd clue)
    Erin 6800 -3000 (Cindy 10600 Michael 10000)

    Unplayed clues:

    Game Stats:
    Cindy $15,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 0 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
    Michael $11,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
    Erin $12,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer

    Cindy Stowell, stats to date:
    70 correct
    8 incorrect
    2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,200)
    3/4 in Final Jeopardy
    29.77% in first on buzzer (64/215)
    Average Coryat: $11,400

    Cindy Stowell, to win:
    5 games: 34.10%
    6: 11.63%
    7: 3.97%
    8: 1.35%
    9: 0.46%
    Avg. streak: 4.517 games.

  2. Laurie MacDougall | December 16, 2016 at 7:13 pm |

    Cindy’s partner Jason was not kidding when he called her a badass. I am in awe at what she is doing, and the grace and courage with which she is doing it.

  3. Cindy’s total today was $22,401, not $22,001.

    • Andy Saunders | December 16, 2016 at 11:12 pm |

      Thanks for the heads-up. It was right on my chart; I just literally typoed it. Oops, and thank you!

  4. Jeff Henderson | December 17, 2016 at 12:24 am |

    Hey Andy,
    Thanks for all the work you do. Out of curiosity, how do you calculate first in on buzzer?

    • Andy Saunders | December 17, 2016 at 12:35 am |

      The numerator increases when a player is the first to signal on a clue. Daily Doubles and rebounds are not counted here.

      The denominator increases on every played clue that is not a Daily Double. Stand-and-stare Triple Stumpers count against everybody (as the stat was originally conceived by me in 2004 to display Ken Jennings’ dominance in both knowledge and buzzer timing).

      An average contestant is in first 30% of the time.

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