Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 31, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Communication) for Wednesday, May 31, 2017:

Shigetaka Kurita designed the original set of 176 of these, which included the zodiac glyphs, hearts & a pair of googly eyes

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Joe Nguyen, an attorney from New York, New York
Joe Nguyen on Jeopardy!
Lisette Pringle, a jewelry store assistant manager from Little River, South Carolina
Lisette Pringle on Jeopardy!
Kerry Benn, a legal news editor from Springfield, New Jersey (1-day total: $14,000)
Kerry Benn on Jeopardy!

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Emoji (Yes, the plural is “emoji”, not “emojis”) were first created in the late 20th century by Shigetaka Kurita, working for Japanese mobile telco NTT DoCoMo. While there were originally just 176, emoji are now part of the Unicode specification and there are now over 1,000. Unicode 9.0 contains 1,088 emoji. What are your favorite emoji?

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 31, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Lisette $11,600
    Joe $9,200
    Kerry $6,000

    Final results:
    Kerry $6,000 + $5,800 = $11,800
    Joe $9,200 + $3,000 = $12,200 (1-day total: $12,200)
    Lisette $11,600 + $401 = $12,001

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Joe $3,000
    Kerry $2,000
    Lisette $1,600

    Judging note: On the 15th clue of Double Jeopardy, Lisette originally said “Louis & Vuitton”, and was asked by the judges to repeat her response prior to Alex ruling on it. She said “Louis Vuitton” and was ruled correct. This exchange is permitted by rule; contestants may alter their response prior to Alex or the judges making a ruling. See Rule 1 at this page at for more information.

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) PRESIDENTIAL BIOGRAPHIES $600 (22nd pick)
    Joe 3000 -3000 (Kerry 2000 Lisette 400)

    2) QUOTH THE POET $1200 (19th pick)
    Joe 7800 -2200 (Lisette 8400 Kerry 6800)
    3) GOING DOWN IN HISTORY $1600 (27th pick, $5,600 left on board, minute-to-go signal given)
    Kerry 8000 -2000 (Lisette 10000 Joe 8800)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: None!
    DJ! round: QUOTH THE POET $2000
    Total $ left on board: $2,000

    Game Stats:
    Joe $14,400 Coryat, 24 correct, 7 incorrect, 51.79% in first on buzzer
    Lisette $11,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 23.21% in first on buzzer
    Kerry $8,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.29% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $9,600 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400

    Kerry Benn, final stats:
    28 correct
    4 incorrect
    1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    23.89% in first on buzzer (27/113)
    Average Coryat: $10,800

    Joe Nguyen, stats to date:
    25 correct
    7 incorrect
    0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    51.79% in first on buzzer (29/56)
    Average Coryat: $14,400

    Joe Nguyen, to win:
    2 games: 48.19%
    3: 23.22%
    4: 11.19%
    5: 5.39%
    6: 2.60%
    Avg. streak: 1.930 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $35,168

    With a projected 62 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 2.248 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.1562).
    An average of 3.4966 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3985).

    An early cutoff took place 13.688% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Joe Nguyen qualified 9.270% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 44.614% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 12.429% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 1.807% of the time.


    • This is the first regular-play game since April 7 in which the contestants went 0-for-3 on the Daily Doubles.
  2. john blahuta | May 31, 2017 at 12:26 pm |

    Lisette obviously covered only against Kerry. What a pity, since there was a rare 3/3. I would have had NO IDEA about the right answer, so congrats to all 3 to get it right!

    • Frank Smith | May 31, 2017 at 4:36 pm |

      I thought it was “What is hieroglyphics” myself. That answer was ruled out when Alex said it was current communication.

  3. Another night where the wagering was a big topic. I got to say they all wagered pretty well Lisette was just wagering to cover Kerry’s double up wager

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