Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 24, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Dog Breeds) for Wednesday, May 24, 2017:

This popular small dog breed is named for the man who was the Vicar of Swimbridge for almost 50 years, beginning in 1832

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Matthew Cooper, a retail site specialist from Villanova, Pennsylvania
Matthew Cooper on Jeopardy
Mackenzie Vogt, a systems analyst from Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Mackenzie Vogt on Jeopardy
Tanya Obreiter, a cell biologist from Frederick, Maryland (2-day total: $63,210)
Tanya Obreiter on Jeopardy

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What is a Jack Russell terrier?


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The fox-working terrier known today as the Jack Russell Terrier was first bred by the Reverend John “Jack” Russell, after purchasing a small white and tan female terrier while in his last year at Oxford.
A Jack Russell Terrier, from the Dog Breeds Final Jeopardy on May 24, 2017
Ironically, that first terrier bred by Russell was named Trump, and was considered to be ideal for chasing foxes away. It was especially prized by hunters due to its mostly white colour being different enough from other animals so as not to cause confusion during a hunt between one’s own dog and possible targets.

Of course, the famed Wishbone from the American television series of the late 90s was also a Jack Russell terrier.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 24, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Mackenzie $15,600
    Matthew $9,200
    Tanya $6,400

    Final results:
    Tanya $6,400 – $3,000 = $3,400 (What is a yorkie?)
    Matthew $9,200 + $3,000 = $12,200
    Mackenzie $15,600 – $3,000 = $12,600 (What is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?) (1-day total: $12,600)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Mackenzie $4,800
    Tanya $2,000
    Matthew $1,400

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) HEARST STORY $800 (4th pick)
    Tanya 600 -1000 (Matthew -200 Mackenzie -400)

    2) HEART SURGERY WITH DR. OZ $1600 (4th pick)
    Matthew 2600 +2200 (Mackenzie 4800 Tanya 2400)
    3) 20th CENTURY NOVELS $1200 (12th pick)
    Tanya 5200 -2000 (Mackenzie 7600 Matthew 6400)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: None!
    DJ! round: NUMBER THAT AMENDMENT $1600 & $2000
    $ Left On Board: $3,600

    Game Stats:
    Mackenzie $15,600 Coryat, 25 correct, 3 incorrect, 50.91% in first on buzzer
    Matthew $8,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 20.00% in first on buzzer
    Tanya $9,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 14.55% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $10,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

    Tanya Obreiter, final stats:
    47 correct
    3 incorrect
    2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $200)
    2/3 in Final Jeopardy
    23.64% in first on buzzer (39/165)
    Average Coryat: $14,400

    Mackenzie Vogt, stats to date:
    25 correct
    4 incorrect
    0/0 on Daily Doubles
    0/1 in Final Jeopardy
    50.91% in first on buzzer (28/55)
    Average Coryat: $15,600

    Mackenzie Vogt, to win:
    2 games: 52.69%
    3: 27.76%
    4: 14.63%
    5: 7.71%
    6: 4.06%
    Avg. streak: 2.114 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $40,251

    With a projected 67 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 2.4535 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.2083).
    An average of 3.8057 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4648).

    An early cutoff took place 18.720% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Mackenzie Vogt qualified 11.720% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 37.411% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 9.564% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 1.459% of the time.


    • Thanks to Jay Johnson for providing me with a full chart of this game.
    • This is the first recorded game (as in, there are no others in J! Archive at the moment) where all 3 players bet the same amount in Final Jeopardy.
  2. john blahuta | May 24, 2017 at 5:13 pm |

    My heart is bleeding. That’s why I always say “If you can, cover the leader by $1”. S/he may stay put or get it wrong. Mackenzie wagered 199 more than he had to anyway, but to lose the game by $400 that hurts, especially when you are the only one right. I know that wagering in FJ has many varieties and each one has its proponent but by common standards Mackenzie would wager $2.801, so had Matthew wagered 3.600 he would have ended up with 12.800, $1 more than Mackenzie had he wagered conservatively. I know wagering in FJ is a science and you do what you believe in, but what an unexpected and unusual outcome !! Have not seen THAT happen that often.

  3. What should of happened was instead of all 3 players wagering $3,000 they should of all JUST WAGER $4,000

  4. Maurine Gutowski | May 24, 2017 at 8:11 pm |

    Ironic — just $500 more bet and Matthew would have had his reward. I admit I didn’t know the answer (sometimes I do when no one gets it).

    • john blahuta | May 24, 2017 at 8:45 pm |

      $ 401 would have done it….Matthew must have thought that Mackenzie is going to bet the farm when he needed to bet only $2.801 if wagering the conservative way. Still try do figure out that low bet.

  5. Dal Higbee | May 24, 2017 at 8:13 pm |

    On June 19, 2007, when one player failed to make it to Final, both players left standing bet nothing.

  6. Tsuyoi Kuma | May 24, 2017 at 11:07 pm |

    Am I the only won who clearly heard Mackenzie say, “preforations” instead of “perforations” for his $600 question (answer) in the Postal Museum category in round one? There’s no telling how the game might have gone after that, but the judges usually catch these things and that he ultimately won by less than the money he won on that answer has me giving side eye. I tried to find common usage examples of “preforations”, but all I can find are modern usages by people on pinterest etc. that don’t necessarily know have the best spelling and the judges have always called out the common mispronunciations of words as incorrect, so has something changed?

    • No. You were not the only one. In fact, Tsuyoi, the judges heard it too. And they took his money away for that response coming out of the next commercial break.

      • Tsuyoi Kuma | May 24, 2017 at 11:33 pm |

        You’re right, I’m seeing it now with an online replay. Ha, I was paying enough attention to catch the error, but not the correction! I originally watched a live broadcast, I wonder if my local station might have edited the correction out for commercials (or my ears don’t prick up until I hear the categories being announced in a new round)

  7. Don Spencer | May 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm |

    So this was one of those games with interesting betting options for Mackenzie.

    If he bets the $2,801 to guarantee a win over Matthew with a correct response, he puts himself in danger of losing to Tanya by $1 if he misses Final Jeopardy and Tanya bets everything and gets a correct response. So he could have bet exactly $2,800 to guarantee no worse than a tie with Matthew with a correct response, and (ignoring Matthew for a moment) guarantee no worse than a tie with Tanya if he gets it wrong and she gets it right and doubles her money.

    So a $2,800 bet for Mackenzie might have resulted in a tie with either of the other contestants, forcing the tiebreaker question. But betting that extra $1 to guarantee a win with a correct response might’ve lost the game for him by $1 with an incorrect response.

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