Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 22, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Poets) for Friday, September 22, 2017:

In an 1855 poem he wrote, “I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Ivan Plis, a magazine editor from Washington, DC
Ivan Plis on Jeopardy!
Lauren Cusitello, a criminal & immigration defense lawyer from San Diego, California
Lauren Cusitello on Jeopardy!
Betsy Knudson, an attorney from Salt Lake City, Utah (3-day total: $61,402)
Betsy Knudson on Jeopardy!

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Who is Walt Whitman?

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This is from the very lengthy Whitman poem “Song of Myself”, part of his 1855 collection Leaves of Grass.

An excerpt:

A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he.
I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven.
Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord,
A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropt,
Bearing the owner’s name someway in the corners, that we may see and remark, and say Whose?

You can find the complete poem at the Whitman archive.


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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 22, 2017"


  1. Scores going into Final:
    Ivan $18,200
    Lauren $14,400
    Betsy $0


    Final results:
    Betsy $0
    Lauren $14,400 + $4,000 = $18,400
    Ivan $18,200 + $5,000 = $23,200 (1-day total: $23,200)


    Ivan Plis, winner of the September 22, 2017 game of Jeopardy!


    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Ivan $6,800
    Betsy $4,800
    Lauren $3,200


    Opening break taken after: 15 clues


    Daily Double locations:
    1) KIDDY LIT $600 (10th pick)
    Lauren 2600 -1400 (Ivan 1000 Betsy 600)
    2) BELLY UP TO THE ZANZIBAR $1600 (27th pick)
    Ivan 15200 +3000 (Lauren 12400 Betsy 3200)
    3) A JOINT EFFORT $2000 (30th pick)
    Betsy 4800 -4800 (Ivan 18200 Lauren 14400)
    Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -134


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


    Game Stats:
    Ivan $16,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 0 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
    Lauren $15,800 Coryat, 23 correct, 1 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer
    Betsy $4,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,200


    Betsy Knudson, stats to date:
    65 correct
    5 incorrect
    4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,800)
    3/3 in Final Jeopardy
    24.66% in first on buzzer (55/223)
    Average Coryat: $12,400


    Ivan Plis, stats to date:
    19 correct
    0 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
    Average Coryat: $16,800


    Ivan Plis, to win:
    2 games: 57.06%
    3: 32.55%
    4: 18.57%
    5: 10.60%
    6: 6.05%
    Avg. streak: 2.329 games.


  2. again another person who don’t cover from the lead.
    at this point 2nd just needs to shove from here out if the leader not going to cover.

  3. What is it with the rather “unusual” bets lately???

  4. Ah well, I am almost certain that Andy will have an explanation . I am ABSOLUTELY certain that Lauren will kick herself though.

    This is going to be my last comment, it’s a waste of time to follow players who are in the lead and can’t get a formula like: second place x two , plus $1.00 = my bet as leader. I wonder how long Ivan is going to last with that strategy.

    • freddie leonard | September 22, 2017 at 5:18 pm | Reply

      He won’t last long if he continues with that type of betting. It’s still puzzling to me how Betsy got away with it for 3 days. I guess they are very intelligent people who aren’t very good at math.

  5. In the Northwest, at least in my part of it, we call a Bloody Caesar (never heard of it) a Clamdigger. Had to give myself a Triple Stumper…

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