Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 19, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Potent & Nonpotent Potables) for Monday, September 19, 2017:

Reverse the 2 words in the name of this Canadian whisky brand & you get the name of a cola

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Farhad Mahmoudi, a client services director from Encinitas, California
Farhad Mahmoudi on Jeopardy!
Betsy Knudson, an attorney from Salt Lake City, Utah
Betsy Knudson on Jeopardy!
Angela Ward, a family assessment writer from Longview, Texas (1-day total: $11,800)
Angela Ward on Jeopardy!


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What is Crown Royal?


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Introduced by Seagram in 1939 to commemorate that year’s royal visit to Canada, Crown Royal whisky today is produced solely in Gimli, Manitoba, while the original Seagram site in Waterloo currently plays host to the Waterloo offices of e-commerce giant Shopify (in addition to other development). Another fun fact about Crown Royal: many kitchen-table Scrabble enthusiasts use Crown Royal’s famous purple holding bags to hold their tiles (as the bags shipped with the game are woefully inadequate for the task).

A bottle of Crown Royal in its famous purple bag. Crown Royal was the correct response to Final Jeopardy on September 19, 2017.

Meanwhile, Royal Crown is a famous soda brand which at one point rivaled Coke and Pepsi for supremacy. Their fortunes hinged upon Diet Rite no-calorie cola, but the company suffered a huge setback due to its sweetener cyclamate being banned by the FDA in the late 60s. The brand now belongs to Dr Pepper Snapple in the United States / Cott Beverages outside of it.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 19, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Betsy $21,200
    Farhad $15,400
    Angela $8,400

    Final results:
    Angela $8,400 + $6,600 = $15,000 (What is Crown Royal? Roy)
    Farhad $15,400 + $5,801 = $21,201
    Betsy $21,200 + $8,000 = $29,200 (1-day total: $29,200) (What is Royal Crown (Crown Royal))

    (Judging note: Alex clearly said that the judges would accept either “Crown Royal” or “Royal Crown”.)

    Betsy Kundson, winner of the September 19, 2017 game of Jeopardy!

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Betsy $8,600
    Farhad $3,600
    Angela $1,200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) BRAND NAME MEANINGS $800 (4th pick)
    Angela 600 -1000 (Farhad 600 Betsy 0)
    2) TRANSYLVANIA $1600 (5th pick)
    Betsy 11000 +3000 (Farhad 4000 Angela 1200)
    3) ORCHESTRA $1600 (28th pick, $2,000 left on board)
    Farhad 10400 +5000 (Betsy 21200 Angela 8400)
    Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -24

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: None!
    DJ! Round: None!
    Total $ Left On Board: $0

    Game Stats:
    Betsy $19,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 0 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
    Farhad $12,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
    Angela $9,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $10,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,200

    Angela Ward, final stats
    33 correct
    6 incorrect
    1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $500)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    28.32% in first on buzzer (32/113)
    Average Coryat: $11,300

    Betsy Knudson, stats to date:
    23 correct
    0 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
    Average Coryat: $19,800

    Betsy Knudson, to win:
    2 games: 67.27%
    3: 45.25%
    4: 30.44%
    5: 20.48%
    6: 13.78%
    Avg. streak: 3.055 games.

    • Betsy’s answer was not

      What is Royal Crown (Crown Royal)

      It was

      What is Royal Crown?
      (Crown Royal)

      The answer ended with the question mark. The answer was clearly wrong

      The statement was long and complex, but it was clear that they were looking for the name of the whiskey and not the name of the cola.

      • The answer was not “clearly wrong”, especially considering the judges’ ruling disagrees with your statement.

        You may not agree with the ruling, but it certainly was not “clearly wrong” by any stretch of the imagination.

        • It was not an “either or” question. Clear logic shows that the answer was wrong. Alex and the judges are not infallible.

          • The judges have shown over the past 34 years that they do not accept “clearly wrong” answers.

            It is obvious that the judges felt that there was enough information on Betsy’s screen to grant her credit for a correct response.

            Whether one agrees with that ruling can be a matter of debate, but by no circumstances was Betsy’s response “clearly wrong”. Stating so is incredibly disrespectful to Betsy (as it casts aspersions on the outcome of the game and thus her title as champion) and future calls to this end will be ruled in violation of this site’s Comment Policy.

          • You would be better served making your own argument rather than arguing that the judges don’t make mistakes. There have been times that they have corrected themselves and righted a wrong. Betsy was an exceptional contestant.

          • It is your opinion that she missed Final Jeopardy.

            That opinion is not universally held.

            It is clear (at least to me) that the opinion of the judges was that because “Crown Royal” was on her screen, that she had enough information to be credited with a correct response.

            I can’t personally talk to the writers or the judges to get their exact opinion because that would torpedo my contestant eligibility. So I have to make assumptions based on how they rule and “figure it out”.

            But do know that an accusation of “she was wrong” implies that her win in this episode is in doubt, and that is 100% unequivocally not a position that I will allow anyone to take on this website. Go back to my interview with Buzzy Cohen where he talks about the most disappointing part of his run, and you’ll see why I take that stance now.

      • You’re right that “What is Crown Royal” was the only correct response if a strict reading of the clue was to be followed. I wondered if “What is Royal Crown” would be accepted as the contestants were writing. Alex cleared it up by saying both would be accepted before any responses were revealed.

  2. freddie leonard | September 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm |

    Despite Betsy’s phenomenal performance, she was very lucky to get the victory due to Farhad not betting everything in Final and the judges accepting her response of Royal Crown. I remember RC Cola and CR Whisky not CR Cola and RC Whiskey.

    • Alex said either response would be accepted….
      NOW we have the female contestants in the majority for this season Andy and another lady wins the game…!!!!

    • And yes, Freddie, you are right. Why Betsy did not bet 9.601 and most of all why Farhad did not go all in were both mistakes. In this case it worked out for Betsy. Had Farhad been more agressive…. And btw, the 8 K by Betsy make no sense in either direction or combination, Idk what she was trying to “guard” or trump?? Having said that I believe we will have a new champ tomorrow, just as Angela’s reign lasted only one day.

      I would love to see a champion who not only gets FJ right but also wagers logically. Today’s FJ betting was rather strange by all 3 players.

      • freddie leonard | September 19, 2017 at 7:31 pm |

        Andy has given Betsy a higher percentage of repeating as champion than any other champion so far this season. However, it remains to be seen whether she will lose on tomorrow’s show.

      • It was not a “mistake” for Farhad to not make the suicide all-in wager. It’s rational to assume that first place will make the standard cover wager. However, given that assumption, he overwagered since his only chance of winning under those circumstances would be if Betsy missed FJ. Since he had over 2/3 of Betsy’s score pre-FJ, he should have wagered between $1,401 and $3,800 to win if the clue was a triple-stumper. If Betsy wagers to cover, Farhad betting everything gives him no chance to win. Farhad had no way of knowing that Betsy would slightly underwager.

  3. Who knows? She might be the new female Ken Jennings.

  4. Loved the Shout out to Jeff Lynne tonight!

  5. Every single reply I have received on this post in the last two days has implied that Betsy should not have won the episode and thus has not been approved.

    Once again, implying that the wrong person won a game of Jeopardy! is incredibly disrespectful towards a Jeopardy! champion and is an extreme violation of this Site’s Comment Policy.

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