Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 12, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Movie History) for Thursday, October 12, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 24):

A 1947 FBI study chided this holiday film’s “attempt to discredit bankers…a common trick used by communists”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Sean Chong, a medical student from Silver Spring, Maryland
Sean Chong on Jeopardy!
Scarlett Sims, a stay-at-home mom from Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Scarlett Sims on Jeopardy!
Austin Rogers, a bartender from New York, New York (12-day total: $411,000)
Austin Rogers on Jeopardy!


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What is “It’s A Wonderful Life”?


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The FBI memo, dated May 26, 1947, read:

With regards to the picture, It’s a Wonderful Life, stated in substance that the film represented rather obvious attempts to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a ‘scrooge-type’ so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists. In addition, this picture deliberately maligned the upper class, attempting to show wealthy people as mean and despicable characters.

In the short term, this hurt the credibility of the film. But in the 1970s and 1980s, it became known as a feel-good Christmas story, and a holiday staple.

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Scores going into Final:
Scarlett $21,200
Austin $16,600
Sean $2,800

Final results:
Sean $2,800 – $1,800 – $1,000 (What is Miracle on 51st St?)
Austin $16,600 + $16,550 = $33,150
Scarlett $21,200 + $12,001 = $33,201 (1-day total: $33,201)

Scarlett Sims, winner of the October 12, 2017 episode of Jeopardy!

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Scarlett $8,000
Austin $2,400
Sean $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE INUIT $1000 (15th pick)
Austin 1400 -1400 (Scarlett 3000 Sean 2000)
2) THAT CRAZY 14th CENTURY $1600 (10th pick)
Austin 3600 +3000 (Scarlett 15200 Sean 2400)
3) GEOGRA”P” $1600 (15th pick)
Austin 8200 +7200 (Scarlett 17200 Sean 1600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 71

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

Game Stats:
Scarlett $21,200 Coryat, 25 correct, 1 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer
Austin $11,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 5 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer
Sean $2,800 Coryat, 5 correct, 2 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $35,000
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,600

Austin Rogers, final stats:
334 correct
43 incorrect
22/27 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $109,500)
12/13 in Final Jeopardy
42.66% in first on buzzer (311/729)
Average Coryat: $18,185
Also check out further detailed game-by-game statistics!

Scarlett Sims, stats to date:
26 correct
1 incorrect
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57)
Average Coryat: $21,200

Scarlett Sims, to win:
2 games: 68.18%
3: 46.49%
4: 31.70%
5: 21.61%
6: 14.73%
Avg. streak: 3.143 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)

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35 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 12, 2017"

  1. great website!

  2. Ken Jennings’ streak is like DiMaggio’s…it will probably never be broken. Congratulations Ms. Sims!

    • It’s amazing how close they ended up though in average per-show winnings. Rogers: $34,250
      Jennings: $34,090.54.

      • After checking out the statistics section of this site, I don’t think I figured it out correctly! They’re pretty close though, I think? Anyone?

    • freddie leonard | October 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm |

      Judging from the game stats, There’s a great chance that Scarlett will go on a long winning streak of her own. I don’t think she’ll be caught up in the giant killer curse.

    • DiMaggio’s streak will be broken eventually.

      Jennings’ won’t be.

      • It’s been 76 years, but between the two, I would tend to agree. ⚾️

        • Ken’s win streak, as compared to Julia Collins, would be if DiMaggio’s hit streak was 166 games (as compared to Willie Keeler’s 45.)

          • Love it! Andy, does Ken’s final total reflect the 2k from the last appearance, which would make it 75 games? I think that’s where I went wrong in my above figuring. I used $411k for 12 games for Austin. They were on a pretty similar pace though, right?

          • The statistics I have in the game-by-game tables include consolation (and tournament) prize money won.

  3. I’m surprised that Austin lost. I thought he was going to break Dave Madden’s record.

    • freddie leonard | October 12, 2017 at 2:42 pm |

      Matt Jackson’s final earnings $413,612. Austin Rogers $413,000. Wow, what are the odds that they would be that close in winnings and play during the same time of year?

    • what record does Dave Madden hold?

      • Andy,

        Dave Madden had the 2nd most cash winnings on record in regular play (the most was Ken Jennings). He had $430,400, while Julia Collins had $428,100, but Julia won one more game (20 wins) and Dave, at 19 wins.

  4. In a way I’m not surprised Austin lost as his strategy can be seen as aggressive at times. We can’t deny the facts: winning over 400k in almost 2 weeks is something most of us wish we could do.

  5. Austin played with guts and abandon — something which has, unfortunately, been quite lacking of late. There was a previous game (not a runaway) where he was leading with $35,000 going into Final Jeopardy and only had to wager something less than $3,000 to cover his nearest competitor’s double. He wagered $34,000. That’s something I don’t remember seeing — ever — and I’ve been watching since the old Art Fleming days in 1964.

  6. Frank Smith | October 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm |

    Austin Rogers: Gone (for less than a month), but certainly not forgotten. It’s a shame he couldn’t take 2nd place from Julia Collins, but we’ll take what domination we can get.

    • Austin was very entertaining and I’m sure he was great for the ratings, but Julia is still one of my very favorite champs. Would have exciting to see Austin surpass her, but I’m not disappointed she retains her position.

  7. Austin was such a gracious loser. Congratulations Scarlett!

  8. Fred Vaughn | October 12, 2017 at 6:06 pm |

    Austin was as classy at it gets at the end! Scarlett took hold early, and is a worthy new champion.

  9. On Jimmy Fallon tonight, one of his guests is actor Austin Rogers, according to the menu on my tv.

  10. Austin’s demonstrative demeanor really grew on me as he extended his time on the show. As others have written, he was so gracious when he finally lost. I hope that he does well on the ToC.


  11. Will scarlet be in the TOC if she wins 5?

  12. It was inevitable that either missing the Daily Doubles or not uncovering them, or a combination of both, would be his undoing. It almost happened yesterday. That Dolly category didn’t help him either. Great run, Austin! Keep on biking 🙂

    Finals Tally: Austin, 12 of 13 (wow!); Grumpy, 6 of 13

  13. But I believe if we have another 5 time champ before the TOC we will 16 members in the TOC and that would not work obviously.

  14. I really hoped Austin would beat Jennings’ record…good run! I hope he will score highly on Tournament!

  15. Christopher Denault | October 13, 2017 at 9:15 am |

    Both of my kids nailed FJ… it’s the one movie their father makes them sit down and watch every Christmas, only to see him cry at the end – EVERY SINGLE TIME. 😉

  16. Enos Williams | October 13, 2017 at 3:48 pm |

    Has anyone mentioned how ToC chaos may be avoided since Austin Cohen goes by Buzzy?

  17. I missed yesterday’s session of Jeopardy. What happened? How did Austin lose? I see he gave the wrong answer, but how much did he earn and how much did he wedger? Will he take part in the tournament? I am very sad.

    Big Fan

    • The details of the October 12 game are in the post. He did not give the wrong answer. He lost because he was not leading going into Final Jeopardy and both him and the leader got Final Jeopardy correct. He won $2,000 for second place. He will return for the Tournament of Champions, which begins November 6.

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