Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 17, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Monday, April 17, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: UNIVERSITIES

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: This university on John C. Calhoun’s former plantation is named for Calhoun’s son-in-law, who gave the land

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Kevin McGinty, an account representative from Randolph, Vermont
Jamie Newland, a loan co-ordinator from Chicago, Illinois
Deborah Beams, a certified public accountant from Dallas, Texas (2-day total: $23,300)

If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out our state-by-state map of where Season 33’s players have hailed from (best viewed on desktop or tablet).


Have you had the chance to check out our 2017 Tournament of Champions Tracker, now containing a graphic of the day-by-day changes in the qualification chances of the players on the bubble!

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What is Clemson University?


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Clemson University was founded after the 1888 death of John Calhoun’s son-in-law Thomas G. Clemson, after Clemson’s estate and fortune was left “for the betterment of education in South Carolina”.

Much like the Villanova clue in the Season 32 finale, I suspect that this Final Jeopardy! was inspired by Clemson’s victory in January’s NCAA football championship game! If you’re a Clemson fan, this shirt is still available if you’re a Jeopardy! fan and want to show off both fandoms at once!

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 17, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Jamie $17,000
    Kevin $7,400
    Deborah $5,800

    Final results:
    Deborah $5,800 + $2,500 = $8,300
    Kevin $7,400 + $7,400 = $14,800
    Jamie $17,000 – $1,500 = $15,500 (What is Vanderbilt?) (1-day total: $15,500)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Jamie $6,400
    Deborah $3,400
    Kevin -$200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    Deborah 5000 -1600 (Jamie 6400 Kevin -200)

    2) BORDER FRENZY $1600 (24th pick)
    Jamie 15600 +1000 (Kevin 7400 Deborah 6200)
    3) SPORTS TROPHIES $2000 (29th pick, $800 left on board)
    Deborah 7800 -2000 (Jamie 17000 Kevin 6600)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: None!
    DJ! round: None!
    $ Left on Board: $0

    Game Stats:
    Jamie $17,600 Coryat, 22 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
    Kevin $7,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 7 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer
    Deborah $9,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $8,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,600

    Deborah Beams, final stats:
    44 correct
    13 incorrect
    2/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,200)
    2/3 in Final Jeopardy
    27.27% in first on buzzer (45/165)
    Average Coryat: $8,200

    Jamie Newland, stats to date:
    22 correct
    2 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
    0/1 in Final Jeopardy
    33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
    Average Coryat: $17,600

    Jamie Newland, to win:
    2 games: 59.88%
    3: 35.86%
    4: 21.47%
    5: 12.86%
    6: 7.70%
    Avg. streak: 2.493 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including ToC possibility): $52,474.

    ToC projection update:
    With a projected 84 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 3.1397 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3751).
    An average of 4.8289 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6775).

    An early cutoff took place 15.796% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Jamie Newland qualified 17.247% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 59.189% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 19.639% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 4.112% of the time.
    Fred Vaughn qualified 0.868% 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.)


    • Thank you to Jay Johnson for providing me with a full chart of this game.
    • The last time the Jeopardy! round Daily Double was in Clue 30 in regular play: November 27, 2015.
  2. john blahuta | April 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm |

    And again we maxed out at two….since it was a runaway anyhow today, ironically the only wrong answer in FJ won the game. Go figure!

  3. Karen. L Miller | April 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm |

    Kevin answered indy 500, not what is indy 500. Judges and everyone missed that call.

    • He swallowed the “what is” a bit, but it was definitely there. The judges didn’t miss it.

      • Also, Karen:

        I don’t just read my own site. I go everywhere J!-related to see what people are saying. So, the fact that you decided that what I said wasn’t good enough, and decided to pursue the same line on another site, hurt me a bit.

        But the judges literally have the ability to go back and listen if they’re at all unsure as to what was said. They do this frequently, and they have visual feedback in terms of what is being spoken as well as audio.

        I’m sorry if you’re hoping that some site admin will agree with you, but I doubt that’s going to happen.

    • I didn’t hear the “what is” either!

  4. We basically had a repeat of last Mondays game when Greg had a runaway

  5. Darn — I always like rooting for “Kevins”

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