Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 28, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 21st Century Thought) for Friday, July 28, 2017:

The title subject of a 2007 bestseller, it was discovered in Australia where today it’s a state emblem

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Dan Viafore, an audio engineer from Los Angeles, California
Dan Viafore on Jeopardy!
Mary Duffy, a games editor from Louisville, Colorado
Mary Duffy on Jeopardy!
Shadi Peterman, a high school history teacher from St. Louis, Missouri (1-day total: $6,800)
Shadi Peterman on Jeopardy!

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What is the black swan?


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The Black Swan is a 2007 book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and focuses on the possible extreme impact of highly improbable outlier events. Examples focused on in the book include the September 11 attacks, the rise of Google, and World War I. It spent 36 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

In Australia, the black swan is the state bird of Western Australia as it is common in the wetlands of both southwestern and eastern Australia, where it was discovered. They were then introduced as ornamental birds into New Zealand and Europe where they have often escaped into the wild.

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 28, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Mary $21,000
    Shadi $16,200
    Dan $8,400

    Final results:
    Dan $8,400 – $1,201 = $7,199 (What is Poisonwood?)
    Shadi $16,200 – $5,000 = $11,200 (What is The Tipping Point?) (2-day total: $18,000)
    Mary $21,000 – $11,401 = $9,599 (What is Australopithicus?)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Mary $9,000
    Shadi $2,800
    Dan $1,200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) TOYS & GAMES $800 (21st pick)
    Mary 2400 +2400 (Shadi 2800 Dan 1200)

    2) FROM OUTER SPACE $800 (21st pick)
    Shadi 11600 +3000 (Mary 13000 Dan 3200)
    3) PLAN $1600 (24th pick)
    Mary 14600 +4000 (Shadi 14600 Dan 4400)
    Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 153

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: None!
    DJ! Round: FROM OUTER SPACE $2000
    Total $ Left On Board: $2,000

    Game Stats:
    Shadi $14,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer
    Mary $17,000 Coryat, 22 correct, 3 incorrect, 37.50% in first on buzzer
    Dan $8,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

    Shadi Peterman, stats to date:
    28 correct
    5 incorrect
    2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
    0/2 in Final Jeopardy
    23.01% in first on buzzer (26/113)
    Average Coryat: $11,900

    Shadi Peterman, to win:
    3 games: 37.25%
    4: 13.88%
    5: 5.17%
    6: 1.93%
    7: 0.72%
    Avg. streak: 2.594 games.

  2. john blahuta | July 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm |

    Well, we ended the season with a 2/15 or 13 1/3 percent. Given the category and clue and was not surprised about the the triple miss today. Usually J has easier clues on Fridays… Ah well, Have a great weekend and a fantastic rest of the summer everybody!!!

  3. freddie leonard | July 28, 2017 at 5:28 pm |

    I wonder what they will be airing during the summer recess. Would like to see them rerun the Cindy Stowell episodes as a tribute.

    • Alex said on the show today that we’ll be seeing the Teen, College and Teachers Tournaments.

      • And from the show’s website, they’ll air in that order starting on Monday. (As an aside, I love that Andy uses a more refined term to describe the hiatus programming than the show itself does.)

        An interesting quirk – will we hear the original audio spoken on the stage this time around? For example, during the third semifinal, it was noted that “on Monday” seemed to be recorded over “tomorrow” when Alex was stating when the final would air. Have previous tournaments (for example, those aired during the 2013 hiatus) corrected for shifts in the days of the week they re-aired, vice originally aired?

  4. Felt Bad for Mary that she got stuck with that Brutal FJ cause she see seem to be TOC Quality.

  5. Dal, glass half empty? By my count, there are far more days left in summer now.

    Andy, would like to make a contribution. I have had a handful of problems giving my credit card number out. One involved the FBI, where a guy had used my credit card to have pizza delivered! They caught him…. Any other was to contribute…

  6. Lee Hubbard | July 28, 2017 at 9:37 pm |

    Have any idea if the show will be getting a new set and a new theme for the 34th season?

    • Haven’t heard anything yet! Though if they do, it might wait until mid-season. They taped the first four weeks of Season 34 already (back in late April) as a contingency plan against a possible WGA strike.

  7. hey andy have the already filmed the tournament of champions yet?

  8. Does anyone know what the shooting schedule looks like for September/October? No tickets available yet on site, and I’m planning a trip to LA – want to be sure they are shooting when I’m there.

    • The only people who know at this point are the production staff — tape dates and tickets get posted to the site about a month prior to taping.

  9. Summer winding down and a new J! season six weeks away. Maybe an appropriate time to thank Andy for all the time, energy, and effort he puts in to keep the board going (and do the live chats). It’s a tremendous amount of work and I’m hopeful we provide him enough appreciative feedback — it’s a fun site and even if I don’t post often I visit almost daily. Thanks, Andy!

  10. Does this page go idle during the off-season? Thanks for adding the Triple Stumper stat to the mix. With knowledge of my averages for that (wild fluctuations) and the Finals (consistent on a weekly basis), I think I’ve got a good feel for how I’d do if I were ever a contestant. Keep up the good work, Andy, and enjoy your vacation (?) 🙂

    • Last summer I re-posted Encore Presentation recaps. There will be some features go up over the summer as well, little things I’ve been working on.

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