Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 18, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historic Connections) for Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 28):

A 1796 medical experiment with an English farm girl ultimately led to this breakthrough announced in Geneva May 8, 1980

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Chelsea Feltman, an opera singer & actor from Brooklyn, New York
Chelsea Feltman on Jeopardy!
Joanna Kimmitt, a librarian from Long Beach, California
Joanna Kimmitt on Jeopardy!
Manny Abell, a Naval officer from Lacey, Washington(3-day total: $42,799)
Manny Abell on Jeopardy!


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What is the eradication of smallpox?


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Vaccines work. Smallpox (Variola major) had ravaged the planet for thousands of years. But then, in 1798, Edward Jenner showed that introducing cowpox to the human immune system (a much weaker pox) could dramatically curtail smallpox. But it still took almost two centuries due to resistence to vaccines. The Supreme Court, in 1905, ruled on a challenge to a Cambridge, MA law in 1902 requiring that all residents be vaccinated against smallpox, with John Marshall Harlan writing It was the duty of the constituted authorities primarily to keep in view the welfare, comfort and safety of the many, and not permit the interests of the many to be subordinated to the wishes or convenience of the few.” So, aided by immunization laws worldwide, the last reported naturally occuring case occurred in 1977.

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Scores going into Final:
Manny $19,000
Joanna $9,600
Chelsea $9,200

Tonight’s results:
Chelsea $9,200 – $401 = $8,799 (What is the chickenpox vaccine?)
Joanna $9,600 + $399 = $9,999 (1-day total: $9,999)
Manny $19,000 – $17,000 = $2,000 (What is in-vitro?)

Joanna Kimmitt, tonight's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 18, 2017 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Manny $6,000
Joanna $4,800
Chelsea $3800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BOOK-POURRI $600 (13th pick)
Chelsea 2200 -800 (Joanna 3000 Manny 1400)
2) STATUES $1600 (12th pick)
Chelsea 5400 -3000 (Joanna 9600 Manny 8000)
3) X ABBREVIATIONS $1600 (20th pick)
Manny 11600 +5000 (Joanna 8800 Chelsea 6000)

Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -49

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

Game Stats:
Joanna $9,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer
Chelsea $13,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
Manny $15,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $38,200
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on *9* Triple Stumpers)*
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000

Manny Abell, final stats:
77 correct
14 incorrect
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,200)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
32.44% in first on buzzer (73/225)
Average Coryat: $12,250

Joanna Kimmitt, stats to date:
19 correct
3 incorrect
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
Average Coryat: $9,600

Joanna Kimmitt, to win:
2 games: 35.36%
3: 12.50%
4: 4.42%
5: 1.56%
6: 0.55%
Avg. streak: 1.547 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 18, 2017"

  1. oh boy the wager vikings on jboard are going to have a melt down tonight.

  2. The situation certainly is ripe for it, isn’t it? All three wagers make no sense to me. Chelsea’s wager seems to assume Joanna will wager nothing, which makes no sense, since she still has a shot at Manny….Joanna’s wager seems to assume Chelsea will wager nothing, thereby leaving Joanna a dollar ahead of Chelsea. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, you have Manny, who needs to only wager $201, betting 17K. Huh?

  3. Seeing those wagers, they all didn’t make any sense. DAMMIT! Friday the 13th already passed and this felt like a bad omen already. Here’s where things went wrong:
    Chelsea had $9,200 and less than half of what Manny had, Joanna had a little more than half of what Manny had with $9,600, and Manny had $19,000.
    Chelsea clearly had no shot to win with her $9,200, even if she doubled, Joanna’s poor wager nearly cost her big time, and Manny’s wager totally was unsportsmanlike of him to do that.
    All Manny needed to do was bet $201 to win, and instead, he cost his 4th win to a librarian that made a poor wager. In any situation, Joanna’s wager would never work if the leader has too big of a cushion to bet small and win.
    It’s pretty clear that Manny didn’t get enough rest and his nerves caught up to him. That’s why that big bet was there.

  4. freddie leonard | October 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm |

    The only thing I can figure about Manny’s wager is he was trying to make up for yesterday’s $1 win. A near runaway and betting nearly everything WOW!! I know of a certain someone who did this on a recent episode and won $69k.

    • You can get away with it when you go 12 for 13 on FJ’s and have Austin’s knowledge base. Not recommended for most leaders in a crush scenario.

      • Austin also got away with it because in his $69K game he only had one other FJ opponent. So it was easy enough to figure she’d bet everything to try to catch him as she was already guaranteed the second place $2K. And since her getting it right and him missing means he’d lose no matter what he bet, he might as well have bet nearly everything, save for a token amount ($1K) so he’d still win if they were both wrong and she in fact bet it all (though really he probably should have bet all but $2200 in that scenario just in case she bet enough of her $18600 to cover him by $1).

        But that’s hardly analogous to Manny here, given Manny had another contestant to worry about and the idea of those two just jockeying for 2nd and 3rd place has to be a consideration.

  5. I’d be curious if Joanna was confused and thought that Manny had her doubled up. If that were the case, her wager would have made perfect sense.

  6. All I could think of is Dolly (possible farm girl’s name) the Sheep (English, Scottish?) and cloning, haha!

  7. Manny pulled a “Cliff Clavin” in final jeopardy. By the way, he had to wager only $200 not $201. In the event of a tie both contestants return the following show.

    • David:

      You are incorrect on both counts.

      • Manny did not pull a “Cliff Clavin”; by definition, that can only occur in runaway or “lock” games. This game was not a runaway, as Joanna had more than half of Manny’s score.
      • Effective November 2014, in a story broken on this website, and later confirmed by the show, contestants do not both return the following show in case of a tie, a tie-breaker clue will occur. This has yet to actually occur in regular play, it is the new rule.
      • Thanks for the info Andy. Was the new rule announced on air, or is it posted somewhere?

        • The “confirmed by the show” page linked to above provides a link to where it was posted by the show on the show’s website. Additionally, Alex announced it on-air at the start of the March 22, 2016 episode.

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