Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 14, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Friday, April 14, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: A 2010 study of this country is subtitled “Inside the Land of Milk and Money”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jim Hope, a writer & producer from Tustin, California
Elspeth Green, a graduate student from Princeton, New Jersey
Deborah Beams, a certified public accountant from Dallas, Texas (1-day total: $22,000)

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What is Switzerland?


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The 2010 book by Diccon Bewes, titled Swiss Watching, delves into the country.

Something else to think of: It’s an interesting juxtaposition between today’s Final Jeopardy and that of yesterday’s! Something tells me that a writer managed to get crosses on the brain and managed to turn it into a pair of Final Jeopardy! clues.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 14, 2017"

  1. Laurie MacDougall | April 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Reply

    Welp, I misread that – couldn’t figure out why Switzerland was the land of milk and *honey*!

  2. Scores going into Final:
    Jim $12,400
    Elspeth $11,800
    Deborah $4,400

    Final results:
    Deborah $4,400 – $3,100 = $1,300 (What is Israel?) (2-day total: $23,300)
    Elspeth $11,800 – $11,201 = $599 (What is UAL?†)
    Jim $12,400 – $11,201 = $1,199 (What is Israel?)

    † Elspeth was attempting to write UAE but was unable to complete her response in time (not that it would have been correct anyway).

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Elspeth $7,000
    Jim $6,800
    Deborah $600

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) MOUNTAINS $800 (22nd pick)
    Jim 5800 +1000 (Elspeth 3600 Deborah 0)

    2) HISTORY $800 (14th pick)
    Deborah 1800 +1800 (Elspeth 10200 Jim 5600)
    3) LITERARY CHICAGO $1600 (27th pick, $6,000 left on board, minute-to-go signal given)
    Deborah 6400 -2000 (Jim 12400 Elspeth 11800)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: None!
    DJ! round: FENCING $2000, LITERARY CHICAGO $2000, HIDDEN GENIUS $2000
    $ Left on Board: $6,000

    Game Stats:
    Deborah $5,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 5 incorrect, 22.22% in first on buzzer
    Jim $12,200 Coryat, 22 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.89% in first on buzzer
    Elspeth $11,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $8,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,600

    Deborah Beams, stats to date:
    29 correct
    9 incorrect
    2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,800)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    28.70% in first on buzzer (31/108)
    Average Coryat: $7,600

    Deborah Beams, to win:
    3 games: 21.45%
    4: 4.60%
    5: 0.99%
    6: 0.21%
    7: 0.05%
    Avg. streak: 2.273 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $31,357

    ToC projection update:
    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 3.1226 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3692).
    An average of 4.8422 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6727).

    An early cutoff took place 15.351% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Deborah Beams qualified 3.181% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 59.800% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 19.741% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 4.132% of the time.
    Fred Vaughn qualified 0.739% of the time.

    (Note: Due to the possibility of a WGA strike, I feel that it is more accurate for ToC projections to add 20 games to the end of the previous projected qualifying period.)


    • This is the second winning score this season under $2,000. On November 28, Justin Bender won with $1,199.
    • A player who finds 2 or more Daily Doubles has won 52.47% of the time since October 4, 2004. However, this is the first time since March 30 where a player has found 2 or more Daily Doubles and won the game. (The last eight players to find 2 or more Daily Doubles lost.)
    • Per our prediction model, a score of $4,400 going into Final Jeopardy wins 2.864% of the time.
  3. john blahuta | April 14, 2017 at 3:55 pm | Reply

    Well, the same country involved in FJ 2 days in a row…. clue writers are getting lazy? Should be an easy one though, but somebody – as I said before- may always find a way to screw up even the easiest clues.
    Regardless: to everybody a HAPPY EASTER and a peaceful and relaxing weekend! Take care everybody! Best greetings and Hau’oli La Pakoa from Lahaina, Maui!!

    • well, John, you already have one person (a 3-day champ, I might add!) in the thread who did not get it, and I whiffed on it pretty hard too. So it might be a bit of a stretch to call it “an easy one”, in my opinion.

      • john blahuta | April 14, 2017 at 6:11 pm | Reply

        Maybe it’s because I am from Austria originally, bordering on Switzerland and have been there quite often. Milk >cheese and when you think as Austrian of a country well known for cheese and ESPECIALLY money then Switzerland comes to mind immediately.I guess that might be one of the reasons why it was easy for me and I automatically transferred that to the contestants. I am sorry to say that in general J contestants are not exactly doing too well in geography, especially when it concerns Europe or any other continent except North America. The same goes for “foreign” history imo and it’s really sad.
        Anyway, HAPPY EASTER again and hopefully we will enter a better stretch next week..and btw, Israel (have been there as well) is really anything but a country of milk and money (except for economic and military help especially by the U.S., not even milk and honey if the contestants misread the clue like Laurie, it IS easy to misread this clue, especially when your mind jumps to the bible.)And I guess that was the case, otherwise why would 2 players come up with Israel and the third one being in at least the general vicinity. Maybe if they would have included “chocolate” it would have triggered Switzerland?? :):)

  4. john blahuta | April 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm | Reply

    So, speaking of chocolate, maybe you’ll all get a lot of chocolate Easter Bunnies on Sunday !!!!???? Just watch your cholesterol level :):):)

  5. 2010 was not that long ago.

  6. Enos Williams | April 14, 2017 at 11:17 pm | Reply

    Totally irrelevant to anything, but Diccon Bewes is my favorite Steely Dan song.

    • If we see a Diccon Bewes/Deacon Blues “not to be confused with” clue next season, I’m going to blame you, Enos. And whichever writer is choosing to stalk TJF. But mostly you.

  7. Christopher Denault | April 17, 2017 at 9:04 am | Reply

    I am totally perplexed by Elspeth’s FJ wager. She should have bet no more than $3000 to guarantee finishing ahead of Deborah no matter what the two of them did on FJ, and would get the win if Jim bets enough to cover and misses FJ, which was exactly what he did.

    • Chris:

      I have seen some of the greatest players (and greatest strategists, like Michael Rooney) fumble the ball in Final Jeopardy. Sometimes the pressure gets to you.

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