Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 14, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Books & Authors) for Wednesday, June 14, 2017:

His first novel, from 1920, incorporated some of his pieces from the Nassau, a Princeton literary magazine

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Phil Ricciardi, a management consultant from North Wales, Pennsylvania
Phil Ricciardi on Jeopardy!
Becca Arm, a library worker from Herndon, Virginia
Becca Arm on Jeopardy!
Tucker Dunn, an E.S.L. teacher from Tucson, Arizona (3-day total: $39,999)
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Who is F. Scott Fitzgerald?


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This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s debut novel, incorporated many of his Nassau Lit works, including “The Spire and the Gargoyle”, “The Debutante”, “Babes in the Woods”, “Princeton—The Last Day,” and “On a Play Twice Seen.” Its immmense success in 1920 allowed Fitzgerald to resume his engagement with Zelda Sayre.

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31 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 14, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Becca $22,200
    Phil $16,900
    Tucker $5,200

    Final results:
    Tucker $5,200 – $311 = $4,889 (Who is Arnold Toynbee?)
    Phil $16,900 + $16,500 = $33,400 (1-day total: $33,400)
    Becca $$22,200 + $5,300 = $27,500

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Becca $9,000
    Phil $6,200
    Tucker $3,200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) THE ARMED FORCES $1000 (29th pick)
    Becca 7000 +2000 (Phil 6200 Tucker 3000)

    2) BIBLICAL PAIRS $800 (7th pick)
    Phil 9800 -2500 (Becca 8600 Tucker 4800)
    3) SCIENCE $1200 (28th pick, $3600 left on board)
    Becca 18200 +2000 (Phil 16900 Tucker 5200)

    Unplayed clues: None!

    Game Stats:
    Phil $19,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
    Becca $20,400 Coryat, 24 correct, 1 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer
    Tucker $5,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,600

    Tucker Dunn, final stats:
    59 correct
    12 incorrect
    0/0 on Daily Doubles
    1/4 in Final Jeopardy
    27.35% in first on buzzer (61/223)
    Average Coryat: $9,550

    Phil Ricciardi, stats to date:
    21 correct
    2 incorrect
    0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,500)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
    Average Coryat: $19,400

    Phil Ricciardi, to win:
    2 games: 65.95%
    3: 43.49%
    4: 28.68%
    5: 18.91%
    6: 12.47%
    Avg. streak: 2.937 games.

    With a projected 52 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 1.9075 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0679).
    An average of 2.9486 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.2894).

    An early cutoff took place 6.873% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Phil Ricciardi qualified 24.334% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 59.444% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 19.156% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 3.204% of the time.


    • Clue of the Day contained a particularly egregious typographical error today, one that completely changes the correct response.
  2. Becca Arm looks like Lisa Schlitt.

  3. john blahuta | June 14, 2017 at 4:52 pm | Reply

    can somebody pleas explain Becca’s bet to me? Had she been wrong, and Phil had been wrong but wagered nothing we would have had a tie. So 5.299 from Becca I could still understand somehow. But 5.300 ???? If she was playing not to lose, figuring Phil would be wrong, then why wager anything.
    And btw, the clue was very awkwardly written. You could make a point for ” are they asking for the novel” as well as for “are they asking for the writer”……

    • john blahuta | June 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm | Reply

      Never mind my remark about the clue. I red it as “This”…. instead of “HIS”… bad.

      • You wouldn’t be the only one today to make that mistake, John.

        • With you there, Andy! The CotD definitely had “THIS” but it turned out to be “HIS” on the show. Knew the author was Fitzgerald, but had no clue as to what his first novel was. I’m taking credit for a right answer, since I knew it when the show aired, and I don’t care what the judges think.

  4. I don’t understand becca’s bet either – she seems too smart, calm and rational to wimp out on the big one.

    • Keep in mind that she just watched the Monday and Tuesday games, where 5 of 6 people didn’t know the answer (and maybe she didn’t either), and Liz lost from first place to another person who didn’t know the answer either. I’m guessing she was thinking Phil was going to bet next to nothing and hope she got it wrong (which makes it odd that she didn’t bet $1 less).

  5. Wow I feel like due to Keith Williams retiring we have had all these bad wagers. Keith come back man once you come back we will have good wagering strategies again

  6. Biblical pairs clue, answer was NOT Joseph and Mary. Luke 2:10 was to the shepherds.

  7. Am I the only one who is saying, “huh” about the Bible pairs? In Luke 2, when the angels announced ‘For behold I bring you tidings of great joy’ they were speaking to the SHEPHERDS, not to Mary and Joseph. I mean, ‘and this shall be a sign unto you, you will find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes’ etc would have been pretty stupid to say to the baby’s Mother and foster father. They kind of already knew, didn’t they? I think whoever came up with the clue didn’t do the best research job. . .

  8. The answer today regarding who the angel was talking to when he said…fear not for I bring you tidings and great news…was not Joseph and Mary but the shepards in the field!

  9. Why did Becca wager what she wagered? It doesn’t make sense? Did she not want to win?

  10. Anyone notice the error in the pairs category? The angel didn’t say “fear not. I bring tidings of joy” to Mary and Joseph. It was said to the shepherds.

  11. Ya…I thought it was strange Becca didn’t wager $5299….what was she thinking?

    • I myself thought it was strange that she didn’t bet $11,601. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      • Harris Stutman | June 14, 2017 at 11:45 pm | Reply

        Completely agree. Maybe it’s just the “chagrin factor” but you just can’t, can’t win thru DJ, AND get FJ right, and lose. I know it’s possible that you lose if the 2nd place contestant bets little and you both get it wrong but you can live with that – you just should’ve gotten FJ right! But to get it right and still lose, wow!

        • freddie leonard | June 18, 2017 at 6:21 pm | Reply

          If I was a contestant, I’d rather lose finishing in the red going into final than the way Becca did. Congratulations on your 3 wins from last season, Harris!

  12. Michael Salvino | June 14, 2017 at 8:18 pm | Reply

    In Biblical Pairs – I’m not sure the angel said “I bring you tidings of great joy” to Joseph and Mary. I believe it was announced to the shepherds.?

  13. Becca looked like Amy Farrah Fowler to me and my folks! Wish she had bet it all. That would’ve been an epic first day total.

  14. Can anyone list the books in category ‘Children’s Books’ I got one, Harold and the Purple.., but would love the names of the others

  15. Ken Matlusky | June 14, 2017 at 10:44 pm | Reply

    Becca looked like a 20-game champion going into Final Jeopardy.

    • freddie leonard | June 15, 2017 at 7:29 am | Reply

      For sure but ended up as a 1 game runner up.

      • If this were a tournament quarterfinal game, she would have definitely already gotten a wild card to the semis and could have won the Tournament of Champions.

  16. In the Final’s explanation, why is the punctuation placed outside the quotation marks in the first three cited “works” but inside them on the last two? Nailed a Final at last. I was starting to feel suicidal…

  17. Karen Kullman | June 15, 2017 at 1:21 am | Reply

    Same comment several others have already noted, in the Biblical pairs category. Don’t understand how the writers made such a glaring error in the question that had the response of Mary and joseph. I couldn’t even concentrate on the rest of the game, wondering how they got that so wrong!

  18. But Keith disappeared after December 2016 without any announcements and never came back.

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