Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 20, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Actresses) for Thursday, April 20, 2017:

Forbes says Jennifer Lawrence was the highest-paid actress in 2016; this alliterative woman was second

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Joanne Huether, an I.T. manager from Farmingdale, New York
Nilanka Seneviratne, an international development nonprofit professional from Washington, D.C.
Emmett Robinson, an attorney from Greenwich, Ohio (1-day total: $17,601)

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Who is Melissa McCarthy?


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Here’s Forbes’ top-10 list:

  1. Jennifer Lawrence ($46 million)
  2. Melissa McCarthy ($33 million)
  3. Scarlett Johansson ($25 million)
  4. Jennifer Aniston ($21 million)
  5. Fan Bingbing ($17 million)
  6. Charlize Theron ($16.5 million)
  7. Amy Adams ($13.5 million)
  8. Julia Roberts ($12 million)
  9. Mila Kunis ($11 million)
  10. Deepika Padukone ($10 million)

Her starring role in the Ghostbusters remake was one of the main reasons for McCarthy being the second-highest earning actress in 2016.

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 20, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Emmett $17,500
    Nilanka $14,400
    Joanne $3,800

    Final results:
    Joanne $3,800 – $2,500 = $1,300 (Who is ?)
    Nilanka $14,400 – $6,799 = $7,601 (Who is Amy Adams?) (1-day total: $7,601)
    Emmett $17,500 – $11,301 = $6,199 (Who is [undecipherable scribbling])

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Emmett $8,600
    Joanne $3,000
    Nilanka $2,800

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) BOOKS OF THE BIBLE $600 (9th pick)
    Emmett 2200 +2200 (Nilanka 1000 Joanne 400)

    2) RECENT BOOKS $800 (2nd pick)
    Joanne 3400 +2000 (Emmett 8600 Nilanka 2800)
    3) CHINESE HISTORY $1600 (14th pick)
    Emmett 11000 +2500 (Nilanka 8000 Joanne 4200)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: None!
    DJ! round: ON “LINE” $1600
    $ Left on Board: $1600

    Game Stats:
    Nilanka $14,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer
    Emmett $15,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 4 incorrect, 35.71% in first on buzzer
    Joanne $2,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $8,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,600

    Emmett Robinson, final stats:
    35 correct
    11 incorrect
    3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,900)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    33.03% in first on buzzer (36/109)
    Average Coryat: $11,800

    Nilanka Seneviratne, stats to date:
    18 correct
    5 incorrect
    0/0 on Daily Doubles
    0/1 in Final Jeopardy
    30.36% in first on buzzer (17/56)
    Average Coryat: $14,400

    Nilanka Seneviratne, to win:
    2 games: 48.17%
    3: 23.20%
    4: 11.18%
    5: 5.38%
    6: 2.59%
    Avg. streak: 1.929 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $30,755

    ToC projection update:
    With a projected 81 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 2.9908 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3383).
    An average of 4.6246 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6275).

    An early cutoff took place 12.794% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Nilanka Seneviratne qualified 9.312% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 63.816% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 22.538% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 4.848% of the time.
    Fred Vaughn qualified 0.856% 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.)


    • Judging note: Eagle-eyed viewers may note that while on the DIFFER BY A LETTER $1000 clue, Joanne’s lights appeared to have extinguished. However, those lights are not the official timing (as they start counting down after Joanne signals). Those lights had already lost significant time by the time Alex actually called on Joanne to respond, and the judges were correct to accept her response on that clue.
  2. Frank Smith | April 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm |

    Nilanka has quite a small payday tonight, but Amy Adams wasn’t a bad guess, as she was in the top 10. Having guessed Susan Sarandon, I would’ve been much more off.

  3. Dal Higbee | April 20, 2017 at 4:39 pm |

    Is Season 33 one of the highest number of FJ! leader misses?

  4. john blahuta | April 20, 2017 at 5:59 pm |

    And again a new champ after one day and again the champ missed FJ…

    Have a nice weekend everybody!!

  5. Don Spencer | April 21, 2017 at 1:23 pm |

    I guessed Amy Adams, mostly because I received the “Arrival” DVD just yesterday from Netflix. “What a coincidence,” I thought, thinking Amy was the correct response.

    I was surprised that Melissa McCarthy made that much, mostly because I didn’t remember “Ghostbusters.” Then again, in looking up the highest-grossing movies of 2016, Amy was in #8 “Superman vs. Batman” and #31 “Arrival.” “Ghostbusters” was only the #21 grossing movie. Melissa also starred in the #61 grossing “The Boss.” But I guess that Melissa gets a bigger deal when she signs to make a picture, plus the “Mike and Molly” money she got for the final 13-episode season was probably a pretty penny, too.

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