Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 20, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Postal Abbreviations) for Wednesday, September 20, 2017:

In 1969 the “B” in this state’s abbreviation was changed to an “E” to avoid confusion with a Canadian province

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Julie Roth, a community college English professor from Odessa, Texas
Julie Roth on Jeopardy!
Justin Torello, a pharmaceutical research associate from Monroe, New York
Justin Torello on Jeopardy!
Betsy Knudson, an attorney from Salt Lake City, Utah (1-day total: $29,200)
Betsy Knudson on Jeopardy!

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What is Nebraska?

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Nebraska’s original postal abbreviation was NB. However, in order to remove confusion with the Canadian province of New Brunswick, the postal abbreviation was changed to NE in 1969. Other changes to postal abbreviations include the change in Quebec’s from PQ to QC in 1991, as Quebec has taken great strides in Canada to not refer to itself as a province (the P stood for Province in the original postal abbreviation), and Newfoundland and Labrador changing from NF to NL (the L standing for Labrador) in 2002. Additionally, prior to 2002, Canada Post officially recognized LB as a postal abbreviation for mainland Labrador, and could be used optionally.


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

  1. Scores going into Final:
    Julie $9,400
    Justin $7,700
    Betsy $7,000


    Final results:
    Betsy $7,000 + $2,401 = $9,401 (2-day total: $38,601)
    Justin $7,700 – $1,000 = $6,700 (What is)
    Julie $9,400 – $6,000 = $3,400 (What is ?)


    Betsy Knudson, winner of the September 20, 2017 Jeopardy! episode.


    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Julie $4,600
    Betsy $3,000
    Justin $600


    Opening break taken after: 15 clues


    Daily Double locations:
    1) BUSH I & II CABINET MEMBERS $600 (28th pick)
    Justin 1600 -1000 (Julie 3800 Betsy 3000)
    2) LET’S HEAR IT FOR WEDNESDAY $1600 (7th pick)
    Justin 3000 +1500 (Julie 5400 Betsy 3400)
    3) MARINE BIOLOGY $1600 (25th pick)
    Betsy 5400 +1600 (Julie 7000 Justin 6500)
    Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 17


    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: BUSH I & II CABINET MEMBERS $1000
    DJ! Round: RAP MUSIC GRAMMYS $2000
    Total $ Left On Board: $3,000


    Game Stats:
    Betsy $7,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.82% in first on buzzer
    Justin $8,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer
    Julie $9,400 Coryat, 16 correct 2 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $19,400 (on 15 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400


    Betsy Knudson, stats to date:
    36 correct
    1 incorrect
    2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,600)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    27.68% in first on buzzer (31/112)
    Average Coryat: $13,400


    Betsy Knudson, to win:
    3 games: 43.81%
    4: 19.20%
    5: 8.41%
    6: 3.68%
    7: 1.61%
    Avg. streak: 2.780 games.


  2. Did Julie try to play for a tie?? She would have missed it by 1 buck.Was she still writing when time ran out? (have not seen the game yet).I am surprised that Justin and especially Julie did not even venture a guess. Better a wrong one than none at all, And there are not that many options anyway, with Canada having just 10 provinces of which 6 contain a “B”. You never know, you might get lucky…..

    • The clue called for a response of one of our fifty states, not a province, but you’re right a guess would have been wise.. 1 in 50 chance is better than zero.

  3. Thursday, hopefully, Betsy will do what she did on Tuesday.

    • Tuesday she bet 1,601 less than she should have. If Farhad would have bet everything, Betsy would have lost! She only won because Farhad didn’t bet everything. So, are you rooting for Betsy or not? If she wants to win tomorrow she must avoid any mistakes like on Tuesday, when Lady Luck was with her.

  4. Today’s FJ is an example of the type that I don’t care for. Alex’s remarks before the three responses were revealed illustrate what I mean: “Is this something you either know or you don’t know, and it’s tough to figure out? We’re gonna find out now.” Perhaps Betsy knew that Nebraska’s postal abbreviation had been changed from NB to NE, but I doubt it. It happened in 1969, long before she was born. Most likely she started in the right part of the country trying to find a state with a “b” in its name. I started with Alabama and worked north, but the time ran out long before I reached Nebraska. The same fate obviously befell the other two contestants.
    Usually this type of clue appears in the “State Capitals” category. “This is the only state capital with one syllable in its pronunciation”, or something similar. (For the record, there isn’t one). I know it’s fair in the sense that it’s the same clue for all three. But after a hard- fought game, with the contestants displaying very impressive knowledge of many topics, I always find it a shame for the game to be determined by “Find the state in 30 seconds”. I suppose an argument could be made you’re determining the winner by who has the quickest mind, but I still don’t like it. Congratulations to Betsy though, she definitely earned the win.

    • Or you could go through the Canadian provinces and try to find one that matches a US state.

      • True, but you better start in the east to get to New Brunswick…30 seconds goes by pretty fast. My point exactly. The game shouldn’t come down to a race, with each starting point a lucky choice. Props still to Betsy…she got there!

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