Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 1, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category African Capitals) for Thursday, June 1, 2017:

This port city on the Congo River was founded in 1883 & is named for a European explorer

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Coby Klein, a Ph.D candidate in biology from Huntington, New York
Coby Klein on Jeopardy!
Christie Burke, a school librarian from Richfield, Minnesota
Christie Burke on Jeopardy!
Joe Nguyen, an attorney from New York, New York (1-day total: $12,200)
Joe Nguyen on Jeopardy!

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What is Brazzaville?


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Brazzaville, the capital city of the Republic of the Congo, is named for Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, he was instrumental in the French obtaining access to one bank of the Congo river (the Belgians had the other bank). The two capital cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville sit at a rapids along the Congo. Back in the colonial period, both the French and Belgians built separate railways from this rapids point to the ocean.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 1, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Joe $24,800
    Coby $18,900
    Christie $10,800

    Final results:
    Christie $10,800 – $4,200 = $6,600 (What is Monrovia?)
    Coby $18,900 – $18,000 = $900 (What is Georgetown?)
    Joe $24,800 + $13,001 = $37,801 (2-day total: $50,001)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Coby $9,700
    Christie $4,800
    Joe $4,200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) BIBLE STUDY $1000 (18th pick)
    Coby 3800 +1900 (Joe 4000 Christie 2000)

    2) U.S. PLACE NAMES $1200 (5th pick)
    Coby 11300 +4000 (Christie 7200 Joe 4200)
    3) GUYS MAKIN’ STUFF $1600 (20th pick)
    Joe 10600 +9400 (Coby 16900 Christie 8400)

    Unplayed clues: None!

    Game Stats:
    Joe $17,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
    Christie $10,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
    Coby $15,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 0 incorect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,800

    Joe Nguyen, stats to date:
    44 correct
    8 incorrect
    1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,400)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    40.71% in first on buzzer (46/113)
    Average Coryat: $15,700

    Joe Nguyen, to win:
    3 games: 53.64%
    4: 28.77%
    5: 15.43%
    6: 8.28%
    7: 4.44%
    Avg. streak: 3.157 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $80,578

    With a projected 61 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 2.2742 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.1626).
    An average of 3.5585 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4092).

    An early cutoff took place 14.280% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Joe Nguyen qualified 18.709% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 44.180% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 11.346% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 1.638% of the time.


    • $54,500 is the highest combined score going into Final Jeopardy! of the season.
    • $9,400 is the second-highest regular-play Daily Double wager of the season (Eric Vernon bet $9,600 on April 3.)
  2. john blahuta | June 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm |

    Only right answer and correct wager wins the game. I was not quite sure if Joe would make it since Lisette sort of handed him the win yesterday. But he did and apparently he saw the final scene of “Casablanca” where Brazzaville is mentioned…..Sort of impressive scores going into FJ. Congrats anyway!!!! I am curious if Joe will continue to win and make it to 4 and the ToC.

    • Frank Smith | June 1, 2017 at 8:06 pm |

      It’ll be interesting to see how his future goes, after this huge payday. If he keeps up the good work, he’ll be one of the top 4-day winners.

  3. Christopher Denault | June 1, 2017 at 3:19 pm |

    Impressive game from all three! Getting a total of 56 out of 60 questions right, with a meager total of just 4 wrong answers before FJ… that’s great stuff from this entire group. Mark this one down for your Season 33 highlights.

    • Frank Smith | June 1, 2017 at 8:08 pm |

      This might go in Jeopardy!’s top 10 moments of S33, those huge pre-FJ! totals. Every contestant was super dominant, and I really thought Coby would end up with the victory.

  4. Wow wow wow! What a game!

  5. What does “regular play” daily double mean?

  6. Quite an impressive game, indeed! The two capitals you mentioned popped into my mind immediately, but I tried to run through others (Harare, Luanda, and even Kigali) before settling on Brazzaville as the most likely candidate.

    I do want to point out an inconsistency that I think Alex handled appropriately, but that I note here because your help in fleshing it out a bit will be most helpful.

    Two clues from tonight’s game, in their entirety:
    Jeopardy! round, clue 2: “In a victory speech in October 2015, this PM of Canada said, ‘We beat fear with hope. We beat cynicism with hard work'”
    Double Jeopardy round, clue 26: “On Qatar Airways it’s 8,000 miles between Doha and the Houston Intercontinental Airport named for this ex-president”

    Both referenced father and son who served as head of government. The latter was quite appropriately BMSed, but the former was not. There are a couple of distinctions; both Presidents Bush are former and both are alive, while the current Prime Minister’s father passed many years ago. But “this PM of Canada” doesn’t unambiguously refer to the present holder of the office. I certainly hope it isn’t the case that the judges don’t expect contestants to distinguish between the two Trudeaus – that would be anti-Canadian bias, no? 🙂

  7. My apprehension was palpable as the Final category was revealed and I tried to brainstorm, realizing I knew next to nothing about African capitals. Oh, the humanity! Must not come up much…

  8. Chuck Mays | June 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm |

    On 1 June there was an answer that was “What is Esperanto” Is it possible for you to send me the answer? Some of the 1 million Esperanto learners on are interested and pleasantly surprised that Esperanto was included in Jeopardy Also, if Esperanto was included in Jeopardy in the past, we would be interested. Thanks. Dankon!

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