Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 18, 2017

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Wednesday, January 18, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: U.S. HISTORY

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: On Dec. 7, 1787 30 delegates at Battell’s Tavern gathered & made history in what’s now this state capital

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Sherri Cohen, a nonprofit writer & editor from Brooklyn, New York
Aaron Ellis, a high school physics teacher from Whitestown, Indiana
John Avila, an attorney from Arlington, Virginia (2-day total: $38,201)


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What is Dover, Delaware?


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Those 30 delegates, 10 from each of Delaware’s 3 counties, made history in that they unanimously made Delaware the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.

There is still a tavern located at the site in Dover today: the Golden Fleece.

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8 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 18, 2017"

  1. Andy Saunders | January 18, 2017 at 12:36 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    John $14,800
    Aaron $13,600
    Sherri $700

    Final results:
    Sherri $700 – $501 = $199 (What is Massachusetts?)
    Aaron $13,600 – $12,000 = $1,600 (What is Albany New York?)
    John $14,800 – $12,401 = $2,399 (What is Annapolis?) (3-day total: $40,600)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    John $4,400
    Aaron $2,600
    Sherri $1,900

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HISTORY $1000 (25th pick)
    Sherri 4400 -2500 (John 2600 Aaron 2600)

    2) SPORTS NICKNAMES $1200 (4th pick)
    Aaron 3400 +3000 (John 5600 Sherri 1900)
    3) CERAMICS $1600 (29th pick, $2,000 left on board)
    Aaron 15600 -2000 (John 14800 Sherri 700)

    Unplayed clues:
    $ Left on Board: $0

    Game Stats:
    John $14,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer
    Aaron $13,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 4 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
    Sherri $3,200 Coryat, 8 correct, 5 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $11,200

    John Avila, stats to date:
    64 correct
    8 incorrect
    2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,700)
    1/3 in Final Jeopardy
    35.11% in first on buzzer (59/168)
    Average Coryat: $16,867

    John Avila, to win:
    4 games: 59.36%
    5: 35.23%
    6: 20.91%
    7: 12.41%
    8: 7.37%
    Avg. streak: 4.460 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $83,061


    • This is the 17th consecutive game in which the leader going into Final Jeopardy has not gotten Final Jeopardy! correct, breaking a record set back in 2002.
    • Had Aaron won this game, his average future winnings (including possible ToC) would have been $20,498 (not including anything won in this game).
    • Thanks to Jay Johnson for providing me with a full chart of this game.
  2. Frank Smith | January 18, 2017 at 5:35 pm |

    I think Sherri and Aaron misunderstood the clue; It asked for the CAPITAL, not the State.

    • Andy Saunders | January 18, 2017 at 7:01 pm |

      For the record: New York City was the capital of New York State at that time. Albany did not become capital until 1797.

  3. Mark Stephens | January 18, 2017 at 8:44 pm |

    I grew up in Dover and never heard it called Battell’s tavern. It was always called the Golden Fleece. Also the modern Golden Fleece is not in the same location. It is a private home but there is a historic sites marker.

    • Andy Saunders | January 18, 2017 at 9:42 pm |

      My apologies. When researching it this morning, their website certainly implied it was the same place.

  4. That was incredibly hard. Almost no mention of Battell’s Tavern on the web.

    • Andy Saunders | January 18, 2017 at 11:13 pm |

      It was owned by a Battell. Hence, Battell’s Tavern.

      And seriously. Dec. 7, 1787? Hard? Pshaw. I’m Canadian and even I know that was when the Constitution was first ratified.

  5. Our art gallery, Parke Green Galleries, is located on the site. The Golden Fleece Tavern you reference uses the name but they’re on Loockerman Street. Our Galleries
    And gift store, The Delaware Store, are on the historic site at corner of The Green and State Street. Just wanted to clarify as our site is also a Pokémon site. Thanks. Just trying to help keep the facts straight as we love Jeopardy. I just wish there was no such thing as sports categories. 🙂

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