Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 30, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Civil War Era) for Tuesday, May 30, 2017:

The USA’s largest state school in 1861, by 1862 its enrollment had dropped by 90%

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Rand Wise, a math teacher from Decatur, Georgia
Rand Wise on Jeopardy!
Kerry Benn, a legal news editor from Springfield, New Jersey
Kerry Benn on Jeopardy!
Jon Groubert, a former attorney from Denver, Colorado (3-day total: $76,191)
Jon Groubert on Jeopardy!

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The University of Virginia was the 2nd largest university in the United States prior to the Civil War. Its pre-war enrollment of 600 dropped 90% by 1862. It was thankfully spared in 1865 by Sheridan’s troops when they reached Charlottesville.

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 30, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Jon $18,000
    Kerry $13,000
    Rand $11,000

    Final results:
    Rand $11,000 + $900 = $11,900
    Kerry $13,000 + $1,000 = $14,000 (1-day total: $14,000)
    Jon $18,000 – $8,001 = $9,999 (What is Annapolis?)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Rand $4,600
    Kerry $3,600
    Jon $3,000

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) BEHIND THE BIBLICAL NAME $600 (28th pick)
    Kerry 5600 -2000 (Rand 3600 Jon 2200)

    2) OCCUPATIONS IN THE NEWS $800 (18th pick)
    Jon 8200 +3000 (Rand 8600 Kerry 8400)
    3) SEOUL MAN & WOMAN $1600 (29th pick, $2,000 left on board)
    Kerry 10000 +3000 (Jon 18000 Rand 11000)

    Unplayed clues: None!

    Game Stats:
    Kerry $13,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
    Rand $11,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer
    Jon $15,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $11,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,400

    Jon Groubert, final stats:
    89 correct
    10 incorrect
    5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,195)
    2/4 in Final Jeopardy
    37.84% in first on buzzer (84/222)
    Average Coryat: $17,950

    Kerry Benn, stats to date:
    19 correct
    3 incorrect
    1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
    Average Coryat: $13,600

    Kerry Benn, to win:
    2 games: 45.24%
    3: 20.47%
    4: 9.26%
    5: 4.19%
    6: 1.90%
    Avg. streak: 1.826 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $34,468.

    With a projected 63 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 2.28 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.1644).
    An average of 3.5494 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4098).

    An early cutoff took place 14.405% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Kerry Benn qualified 7.842% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 43.368% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 11.886% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 1.689% of the time.

  2. john blahuta | May 30, 2017 at 1:23 pm |

    Jon and Rand *being from Georgia ) should get this. We might even have a rare 3/3.Certainly one of the easier FJ clues.

  3. john blahuta | May 30, 2017 at 4:34 pm |

    well, so much for guessing jon would get it. I’ll hock my 8 ball……

  4. john blahuta | May 30, 2017 at 4:41 pm |

    kind of unusual wagers by Rand and Kerry? Jon was the only one wagering as the situation required. I sometimes really would like to know what a contestant thinks when s/he places an unusual bet. I guess there are all kind of strategies, each one with pros and cons…?

    • Both wagers were only “unusual” in the sense that very few contestants actually wager properly like that.

      Rand needs to go small to protect against exactly what Jon did. And Kerry, seeing that, decided to go small herself.

      The Final Jeopardy wagering was impeccable today, for a rare treat, and to say that Rand or Kelly wagered poorly does a massive disservice to future contestants.

      • john blahuta | May 30, 2017 at 7:37 pm |

        well, as I said: there are so many choices of which way to go in wagering for FJ, also depending on how comfortable a contestant might be with the category, anticipating what the leader might do etc. etc.
        With unusual I meant that you don’t see that kind of bets as they were today that often. As it turned out a small bet won the game.I did NOT mean to criticize them, just that you don’t see this strategy that often.

        • john blahuta | May 30, 2017 at 7:41 pm |

          Plus, I did NOT say or implicate “poorly”, Andy. Please do not put words in my mouth I never said or meant to say, ok? I hope you don’t take this as a critique on you. Just that I NEVER said “poorly” or meant it. Are we ok?

          • You also said “Jon was the only one who wagered as the situation required.”

            To me, that means that you didn’t think the other two did so, and thus, by my definition, made a poor bet.

  5. Looks like we’re getting back into the pattern where the leader misses final Jeopardy

  6. If you think about it rand actually wagered well because what happened was Kerry also wagered well she wagered to keep rand locked out if he goes small. Keith Williams we need you back buddy! Come back!

    • Frank Smith | May 30, 2017 at 9:15 pm |

      I don’t know where Keith went. He hasn’t done much since Andrew Pau was champion I think.

  7. Dal Higbee | May 30, 2017 at 9:21 pm |

    Wagering doesn’t matter in Final.

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