Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 20, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category State Capitals) for Thursday, July 20, 2017:

In 1932 a 4,700-pound piece of the object that gave this capital its “small” name was moved to City Hall

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Doug Groshart, a mechanical engineer & musician from San Luis Obispo, California
Doug Groshart on Jeopardy!
Justin Vossler, a high school history teacher from Homer, New York
Justin Vossler on Jeopardy!
Deborah Elliott, an educator from Cleveland, Ohio (3-day total: $76,400)
Deborah Elliott on Jeopardy!

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What is Little Rock, Arkansas?


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The “little rock” upon which Little Rock, the state capital of Arkansas, was named, was originally on a river bed. When most of it was demolished in the late 19th century to build a railroad bridge, part of the rock was saved. When it was thought that the “little rock” might become a tourist site, it was moved in 1932 to its City Hall, as the river bed and railroad junction was feared to be less safe.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 20, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Justin $13,600
    Deborah $13,400
    Doug $3,400

    Final results:
    Doug $3,400 + 0 = $3,400
    Deborah $13,400 + $12,000 = $25,400
    Justin $13,600 + $13,500 = $27,100 (1-day total: $27,100)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Deborah $6,200
    Justin $5,800
    Doug -$200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues:

    Daily Double locations:
    1) GETTING GEOGRAPHICA”L” $600 (3rd pick)
    Justin 400 +1000 (Deborah 200 Doug 0)

    2) STRAIGHT FROM THE KING JAMES BIBLE $1600 (19th pick)
    Justin 11400 +2000 (Deborah 11400 Doug 3000)
    3) STAMP COLLECTING $1600 (29th pick)
    Justin 14600 -1000 (Deborah 13400 Doug 3400)
    Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 111

    Unplayed clues: None!

    Game Stats:
    Justin $13,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
    Deborah $13,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer
    Doug $3,400 Coryat, 6 correct, 1 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $17,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

    Deborah Elliott, final stats:
    82 correct
    10 incorrect
    5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,000)
    4/4 in Final Jeopardy
    34.65% in first on buzzer (79/228)
    Average Coryat: $15,150

    Justin Vossler, stats to date:
    21 correct
    2 incorrect
    2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
    Average Coryat: $13,800

    Justin Vossler, to win:
    2 games: 46.02%
    3: 21.18%
    4: 9.74%
    5: 4.48%
    6: 2.06%
    Avg. streak: 1.852 games.

    With a projected 26 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 0.82234 5+-time champions (standard deviation 0.72542).
    An average of 1.3443 4+-time champions (standard deviation 0.87564).

    An early cutoff took place 1.250% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

    Justin Vossler qualified 8.607% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 75.046% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 22.677% of the time.

  2. john blahuta | July 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm |

    These FJ clues are getting ridiculous.

    • (I do not like the use of “Kids Week” as a pejorative.)

      • john blahuta | July 20, 2017 at 7:08 pm |

        Just meant it as comparison to regular games. Clues in “Kids Week” ARE after all easier, don’t you think? Just as they are easier than in a Teenage Tournament and in a ToC clues are (at least supposed to be) tougher than in a regular game. I never meant or USED the word pejorative, with all due respect!

        • The term “Kids Week” has been used pejoratively by others in the community as a way of demeaning the level of difficulty in those games, and by extension, demeaning those contestants. It is not a usage I like, and I will not allow it here.

          • john blahuta | July 20, 2017 at 8:14 pm |

            By others maybe but NOT by me.PLEASE don’t presume things I never said or wrote.To imply things I never said or wrote is just not fair. If you want to judge people without any foundation than that is something that I don’t like. If that infringes on your “right” to accuse me without any justification then just go ahead and execute your “final warning”. You said yourself “others” have used it that way. To conclude that I meant it that way is just not correct or fair. With all due respect. If somebody else meant it that way, then it is HIS opinion, not mine.

  3. Food for thought:

    This link here, from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, claims that the rock in question was 7,400 pounds, not 4,700.

    • freddie leonard | July 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm |

      This may create another FJ controversy tonight if the clue gave the wrong weight of the rock haha.

  4. Yes, I thought the FJ answer was easy. But I always have sympathy for a contestant who can’t figure out what answer is being asked for. (Do they want the painting, the artist, the year, the war, the book, it’s location, etc..

    • john blahuta | July 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm |

      Clue writers are too often not precise enough or try to phrase things so fancy that everybody gets confused. After all it’s their job and they have time enough. There is no time limit of 30 seconds.

    • To this point: absolutely agree. Take Tuesday, for example. The name “Rasputin” was familiar to me, but I knew nothing of him other than “Russian, late 19th/early 20th century.” “Holy man” was lost on me, and I interpreted it exactly backwards – as someone who appeared to the Romanovs to be religious, but who ultimately was not at all. That’s how I ended up with “Lenin” on my paper. (I went down a similar path on April 28, which was far more embarrassing to me, given my own world view.)

      As to the general topic of Final Jeopardy clue difficulty – it does nobody any good to analyze the subject by cherry-picking a small sample size. They may be running easy here in Week 45, but contrast that against Weeks 39 and 40, when the contestants went a combined 8/30.

      But let’s take a 3,048 meter view. Here are the hard numbers on FJ get rates in regular play, from the Archive. Doesn’t seem to be much of a change to me:
      Season 33*: 44.6% (n=570)
      Season 32: 50.4% (n=579)
      Season 31: 45.8% (n=589)
      Season 30: 43.0% (n=516)
      Season 29: 47.7% (n=549)
      Season 28: 50.0% (n=534)

      * Through Thursday 2017-07-20.

  5. john blahuta | July 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm |

    Have a nice life,Andy. I won’t communicate with somebody who directs unjustified accusations at me.

    • That’s certainly your prerogative, John.

      In my own defense:

      Any invocation of the term “Kids Week”, when used to refer to clue difficulty, is, in my opinion, a pejorative invocation, and is thus not welcome here in the comments section, whether it was intended by you that way or not.

  6. Aloha oe…

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