Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 17, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Asian Geography) for Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 27):

It’s the only country that borders both the Caspian Sea & the Persian Gulf

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Fran Fried, a writer, editor & DJ from Prospect, Connecticut
Fran Fried on Jeopardy!
Carlos Nobleza Posas, an actor from Salt Lake City, Utah
Carlos Nobleza Posas on Jeopardy!
Manny Abell, a Naval officer from Lacey, Washington(2-day total: $42,798)
Manny Abell on Jeopardy!


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What is Iran?


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Iran is one of the top 20 countries in the world in area, and its territory stretches from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf. Other countries that border the Caspian Sea are Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan.

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Scores going into Final:
Fran $12,300
Carlos $12,300
Manny $1,000

Tonight’s results:
Manny $1,000 – $999 = $1 (What is Iraq?) (3-day total: $42,799)
Carlos $12,300 – $12,300 = $0 (What is Azerbaijan?)
Fran $12,300 – $12,300 = $0 (What is Tibet?)

Final scores of the October 17, 2017 game of Jeopardy!

Manny Abell, tonight's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 17, 2017 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Fran $2,800
Manny $2,200
Carlos $400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) A NOVEL IDEA $600 (22nd pick)
Carlos 4000 -4000 (Fran 4000 Manny 2000)
2) IT’S A BATTLE $1200 (4th pick)
Fran 4000 +1500 (Manny 2200 Carlos 800)
3) INVENTION & DISCOVERY $2000 (27th pick) [$1600 left on board]
Carlos 7600 +5100 (Fran 12700 Manny 600)

Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 5

Unplayed clues:
J! round: A NOVEL IDEA $200 & LET’S SAVE THE PLANET $1000
Total $ Left On Board: $1,600

Game Stats:
Manny $1,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 5 incorrect, 22.22% in first on buzzer
Fran $12,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 5 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
Carlos $13,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 6 incorrect, 31.48% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $26,200
Lach Trash: $14,000 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,600

Manny Abell, stats to date:
59 correct
12 incorrect
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,200)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
34.52% in first on buzzer (58/168)
Average Coryat: $11,133

Manny Abell, to win:
4 games: 41.00%
5: 16.81%
6: 6.89%
7: 2.82%
8: 1.16%
Avg. streak: 3.695 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


  • The only other win with a total of $1 was on January 19, 1993: Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Darryl Scott defeated Nancy Melucci and Kate Marciniak.
  • Fran gets 2nd place over Carlos due to her having more money after the Jeopardy! round.
  • With $1,000, Manny’s Coryat score is the lowest Coryat score of any player who went onto win the game (in my score database).

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35 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 17, 2017"

  1. That has to be the lowest coryat win ever.

      • john blahuta | October 17, 2017 at 10:06 pm |

        @ Andy

        Btw, Georgia and Armenia do NOT border on the Caspian Sea . Georgia borders the BLACK SEA in the west, Armenia is landlocked.
        And Turkey definitively does NOT border the Caspian Sea either.
        So your info above that the Caspian borders 8 countries is incorrect. It is border only by the 5 I mentioned in my reply to Dan.

  2. At least it wasn’t triple $0’s

  3. Frank Smith | October 17, 2017 at 1:20 pm |

    Someone, somewhere, sometime predicted a win this season of under $1,000. I honestly didn’t think it would happen.
    I would’ve liked a triple 0 (because such an occurrence is super rare), but I hope Manny redeems himself tomorrow with a big enough win to compensate for today’s.

  4. It’s hard to come up with a wronger answer than Fran’s: not a country, doesn’t border the Caspian Sea, doesn’t border the Persian Gulf. She literally would have been closer if she had guessed her own name (only a letter off).

    • I can come up with a wronger answer:

      A blank screen.

      That’s always wronger than writing something down.

    • john blahuta | October 17, 2017 at 9:39 pm |


      Azerbaijan IS a country, capital: Baku, and it DOES border on the Caspian Sea…..and the Caspian Sea is bordered by 5 countries: Iran,Russia,Turkmenistan, AZERBAIJAN and Kazakhstan.

      • I’m blaming Google for that one.

        • john blahuta | October 18, 2017 at 3:36 am |

          Most importantly it is corrected.And if you google the Caspian, it DOES give you the correct countries, and in the very first paragraph. I checked it out….

      • Okay, but Tibet, which Fran guessed, is not a country (unless she was trying to make a Free Tibet political statement, which I suppose is valid), it doesn’t border the Caspian Sea, and it doesn’t border the Persian Gulf.

        Carlos guessed Azerbaijan, and you’re right, he at least managed to hit two out of three, as did Manny with Iraq (which borders the Persian Gulf, but not the Caspian Sea).

        I just found it amusing, given that Fran’s name is one eraser mark away from being the correct answer, that she went with Tibet.

  5. freddie leonard | October 17, 2017 at 4:45 pm |

    If someone had to win with a $1 today, I wish it was one of the challengers. It would’ve been hilarious on tomorrow night’s show to hear Johnny Gilbert announce the returning champions’ one day cash winnings total $1

    • Frank Smith | October 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm |

      I liked when Johnny announced $200. Someone around Scott Lord’s reign won that.

      • Shortly after Scott’s run – July 29, 2015, Colby Potter won with a $200 total. Prior to this game, that was the lowest winning total since the doubling of clue values, also achieved by 2009 ToC winner Dan Pawson in his seventh win on January 4, 2008.

  6. It is wild that when someone wins just one buck a day.

  7. Off Topic: In prior seasons, during the closing credits the three players would be shown speaking to Alex Trebek in the area in front of the contestants’ podium. The exception to this was when one of the players had a mobility issue.

    However, as of late, the three players have all stayed behind the contestants’ podium, where they are approached by Alex Trebek.

    Does anyone know a reason for this change?


    • Probably just a style choice. Maybe to prevent potential issues with disabled contestants. Having them stand in front seemed a bit awkward sometimes anyway.

      When the Trebek version started in the 1980s contestants would walk to the podium when introduced, rather than already be there, so it’s not as if changes to how the show begins and ends is anything new.

      It also seems to me they changed the podiums a bit so the privacy screens rise between the contestants and drop after Final Jeopardy. I don’t remember them being automated before (I assumed a stagehand put them in at the commercial break).

  8. Has there ever been a game when all three contestants finished with $0? What happens under that circumstance? Is no one invited back for the next game? Are all three invited back? Or is only the defending champion invited back?


  9. I feel bad for Fran; she played a great game and had the bad luck of running straight into a prisoner’s dilemma situation.

    • Fran played a GOOD game; Carlos had a slightly higher Coryat (and made better use of his DJ round DD than she did of hers), so it’s hard to argue that she outplayed him. Also, after Carlos negged on the cellphone question, Fran should have refrained from buzzing in and guessing on the rebound; by getting it wrong, on what turned out to be the last clue of the game, she fell BACK into the Prisoner’s Dilemma situation. And there would have been no functional difference in her having an $800 vs. $400 lead after DJ. (Of course, if Fran had a $400 lead going into FJ, we don’t know whether Carlos would have bet small, thereby winning the game on the TS, or made the suicide wager.)

  10. Long time listener, first time caller. Second place gets $2000, third $1000, so did first place win the least tonight? Is there a minimum take for first?

  11. Matt, the winner gets what they get. The real prize in this case is coming back to play another game!

  12. Enos Williams | October 18, 2017 at 12:09 am |

    Are $1 wins in celebrity games not part of the official statistics?

  13. One other thing that entered into the situation at the end is that when Carlos selected the clue that had the Daily Double, I think he had $3,600. Before he made his Daily Double bet, Alex informed him that his previous response that was originally ruled incorrect had been determined to be acceptable, so they credited him with $4,000, giving him a total of $7,600. That enabled him to bet $5,100 and move into a tie with Fran when he answered the Daily Double correctly.

    If the judges had been slower with their ruling and Carlos hadn’t been credited with the $4,000 before the bet, he could’ve only gotten up to $7,200 with a true Daily Double. Adding the $4,000 after that would’ve only gotten him up to $11,200, so without a tie between Carlos and Fran going into Final Jeopardy, things wouldn’t have worked out so well for Manny. Timing is everything…

    • Re: “If the judges had been slower with their ruling” –

      That’s an incredibly rare occurrence — when it happened last Thursday with Austin, I thought it noteworthy enough to bring up on Live Panel on Monday, because I seem to recall it happening fewer than five times in the entire history of the show.

      In fact, if there’s any doubt as to a response, the judges will routinely stop tape at the Daily Double — even more so in Double Jeopardy — to ensure that the scores and all previous responses are correct, so that a situation as described by you could not occur. So, I think I can safely say that your hypothetical would just be that, a very rare, if not impossible, hypothetical.

      • Oh, okay. Didn’t realize that that’s the way things work. Thanks for explaining the way things happen during taping.

  14. john blahuta | October 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm |

    @ Andy
    yes, 8 flags on the very top and then the correct 5 countries printed in bold in the first paragraph. proof that you can’t always trust google!!!!!

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