Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 10, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Human Body) for Monday, July 10, 2017:

Often considered appealing, these features are a genetic defect of the zygomaticus muscles of the face

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Rich Blashka, an attorney from New York, New York
Rich Blashka on Jeopardy!
Alyssa Mondelli, a forensic scientist from Saint Paul, Minnesota
Alyssa Mondelli on Jeopardy!
Susan Corica, a journalist from Waterbury, Connecticut (1-day total: $15,995)
Susan Corica on Jeopardy!

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What are dimples?


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Cheek dimples are often caused when your zygomaticus major muscle is shorter than normal. The indentations are caused by it pulling on your skin and it forming the indentations in your face. Chin dimples also exist.

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 10, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Rich $10,300
    Alyssa $7,200
    Susan $2,400

    Final results:
    Susan $2,400 + $2,400 = $4,800
    Alyssa $7,200 + $4,000 = $11,200
    Rich $10,300 + $4,200 = $14,500 (1-day total: $14,500)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Rich $2,200
    Alyssa -$400
    Susan -$3,200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    Rich 4200 -2000 (Alyssa -400 Susan -3200)

    2) CENTRAL AMERICA $2000 (16th pick)
    Rich 9800 +3000 (Alyssa 3200 Susan 400)
    3) WELSH WRITERS $1200 (28th pick, $3,600 left on board)
    Rich 12800 -2500 (Alyssa 7200 Susan 800)
    Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -37

    Unplayed clues:
    DJ! round: None!
    Total $ Left on Board: $2,200

    Game Stats:
    Rich $13,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 6 incorrect, 44.23% in first on buzzer
    Alyssa $7,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.92% in first on buzzer
    Susan $2,400 Coryat, 7 correct, 5 incorrect, 19.23% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $12,800 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $15,600

    Susan Corica, final stats:
    24 correct
    10 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    25.47% in first on buzzer (27/106)
    Average Coryat: $4,300

    Rich Blashka, stats to date:
    23 correct
    6 incorrect
    1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,500)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    44.23% in first on buzzer (23/52)
    Average Coryat: $13,800

    Rich Blashka, to win:
    2 games: 46.00%
    3: 21.16%
    4: 9.73%
    5: 4.48%
    6: 2.06%
    Avg. streak: 1.852 games.

    With a projected 34 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 1.1386 5+-time champions (standard deviation 0.83849).
    An average of 1.8259 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0088).

    An early cutoff took place 5.415% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Rich Blashka qualified 8.072% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 57.054% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 12.910% of the time.

  2. I’ve known this FJ! for years. My sister-in-law was teased as a child that she doesn’t have dimples. LOL

  3. freddie leonard | July 10, 2017 at 1:35 pm |

    I wonder if anybody with dimples will have them removed in order to strengthen their zygomaticus muscles lol.

  4. It seems that in this season, there’s been a trend of attorneys that become champions. Asim Modi, Zoey Orol, John Avila, Emmett Robinson, David Rigsby (SSA Attorney), Liz Fischer, Jon Groubert, Joe Nguyen, Bala Kumar (Not sure if it counts because he’s a lawyer), 5-time champ Jon Eisenman, now Rich Blashka? I’m not sure if it’s a common occupation that seems to bring the brightest people.

    • Dal Higbee | July 10, 2017 at 4:38 pm |

      6 time champion Hunter Appler was an attorney. We will see Jon Eisenman and him in the Tournament of Champions.

      • Dal Higbee | July 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm |

        Also, we had only two attorneys in the last Tournament of Champions: 5x champs Dan Feitel and Scott Lord.

      • I was referencing to this season only. Not on a past season. Hunter Appler was part of last season.

    • As an attorney, I can say no we are not all bright. lol Unless, I’m the exception that proves the rule

  5. john blahuta | July 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm |

    This was a gimme, whether you know the name of that muscle or not. So no surprise that for a change we started with a 3/3 for the week.

  6. Todd Giese | July 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm |

    I seem to remember in the pre-show prep for contestants that the producers said the two most common (or was it most successful?) occupations were teachers and lawyers. They’d probably have a Lawyer Tournament if it were a more liked profession.

  7. Holy Triple Stumpers, Zygomaticus!

  8. What was the theme with the “Makes Sense” category? Just that the answer was not tricky?

    Show about amnesia -> Samantha Who?
    Mike Tyson’s cartoon advisor -> The Marquess of Queensberry (who invented the rules for boxing)
    New Girl -> Character named “Coach” is the school coach

    • I was also a little puzzled about the category during the first couple of clues until a trend developed. I guess the thrust is that if someone doesn’t know the answer, once they hear it their response could be, “Oh. That makes sense.”

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