Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 2, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Artists) for Monday, October 2, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 16):

This artist from Iowa once said, “All the really good ideas I’d ever had came to me while I was milking a cow”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Bonnie Leih, an administrative assistant from Plumas Lake, California
Bonnie Leih on Jeopardy!
Veryl Gambino, a prosecutor from Berwyn, Illinois
Veryl Gambino on Jeopardy!
Austin Rogers, a bartender from New York, New York (4-day total: $123,100)
Austin Rogers on Jeopardy!


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Who is Grant Wood?


Grant Wood, most famous for “American Gothic”, came to this realization after spending a couple of years in Paris. He had remarked in 1936:

…I came back because I learned that French painting is very fine for the French people and not necessarily for us, and because I started out to analyze what it was I really knew. I found it. It’s Iowa, … I realized that all the really good ideas I’d ever had came to me while I was milking a cow. So I went back to Iowa.

"American Gothic", the most famous painting of Grant Wood, subject of Final Jeopardy! on October 2, 2017.

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Scores going into Final:
Austin $42,800
Veryl $9,400
Bonnie $2,400

Final results:
Bonnie $2,400 – $400 = $2,000 (Who was Whistler?)
Veryl $9,400 – $3,000 = $6,400 (Who is Winslow? Winslow?)
Austin $42,800 + $22,800 = $65,600 (5-day total: $188,700)

Austin Rogers, winner of the October 2, 2017 episode of Jeopardy!

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Veryl $6,600
Austin $5,000
Bonnie $2,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) TRAVEL & TOURISM $600 (19th pick)
Veryl 1800 +1800 (Austin 3800 Bonnie 800)
2) THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE $1200 (9th pick)
Austin 8200 +6500 (Veryl 7800 Bonnie 3200)
3) MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS $1600 (19th pick)
Austin 18700 +15700 (Veryl 11000 Bonnie 4000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 263

Unplayed clues:
J! round: IRREGULAR VERBS $1000
DJ! Round: HISPANIC AMERICANS $1600 & $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $4,600

Game Stats:
Austin $23,400 Coryat, 26 correct, 1 incorrect, 42.59% in first on buzzer
Veryl $8,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer
Bonnie $2,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 5 incorrect, 25.93% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $34,000
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,200

Austin Rogers, stats to date:
133 correct
17 incorrect
9/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $59,300)
5/5 in Final Jeopardy
45.45% in first on buzzer (125/275)
Average Coryat: $17,760

Austin Rogers, to win:
6 games: 84.61%
7: 71.59%
8: 60.57%
9: 51.25%
10: 43.37%
Avg. streak: 10.498 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


  • $65,600, in regular play, is the 3rd-highest single game score of all time, after Roger Craig’s $77,000 on September 14, 2010 and Ken Jennings’ $75,000 on July 23, 2004. Andy Richter scored $68,000 in a celebrity game on September 17, 2009 and Skyler Hornback scored $66,600 in a Kids Week game on July 31, 2013. Including pre-doubled dollar values, Jerome Vered scored $34,000 ($68,000 if doubled) on May 21, 1992.
  • Through a player’s first five games, adjusting for doubled dollar values, Austin’s total of $188,700 is the 4th-highest of all time, behind Frank Spangenberg ($102,597 pre-doubled), Roger Craig ($195,801), and Jerome Vered ($96,801 pre-doubled).

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    19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 2, 2017"

    1. Frank Smith | October 2, 2017 at 11:00 am |

      This was an easy Final to start the week. I’ll predict that at least two of them get it right, with Austin winning a runaway game.

    2. john blahuta | October 2, 2017 at 5:35 pm |

      is this guy for real? 4 runaway games in 5 matches, a runaway with more than 33K, then he is the only one to get it,bet a bundle and has an average of over 37 K…..
      maybe another ken on the horizon????

    3. Anita Watson | October 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm |

      Austin needs to be an actor or comedian. He has a great personality.

    4. Anita Watson | October 2, 2017 at 6:02 pm |

      And he is a great competitor..Wow ..he is still at go Austin!!

    5. Wow…Austin never ceases to give up the ship. Considering that Veryl led at the end 1st round didn’t mean anything as Austin dominated in DJ! while Veryl and Bonnie lost their buzzing speed. This situation happened with Matt Jackson’s 8th game. John Kozempel tied with Matt Jackson at $8,000 at the end of the first round, and it was all Matt Jackson throughout. Even a bigger story was Austin’s end winning total. $65,600 to start the week. The highest we’ve seen this season. I’d probably wonder if he had got that DD in the first round instead of Veryl, do you think he could have possibly broke Roger Craig’s $77,000? This guy could be the one who can take the whole thing, the ToC…

    6. If you’re in New York City, the show is scheduled to air just after 2 AM.
      If you’re in Philadelphia, the show is scheduled to air just after 1 AM.

    7. Austin is a real treat….to think he’s from our town! Pound Ridge is proud of him!
      I am heart sick about Las Vegas, but David Muir chose to continue his news cast thru Jeopardy tonight..
      What a HUGE disappointment….they could have continued coverage at 8….
      I may sound childish, I guess, but I love Jeopardy…am really enjoying Austin..
      And there are 23 hours to fill with carnage and ad after ad.

    8. Crazy Jerry | October 2, 2017 at 8:05 pm |

      Despite their success and apparent brilliance, I find the antics and hamming for the camera of Austin Rogers and Matt Jackson to be unnecessary and annoying. I can’t wait until someone dethrones him so I can go back to enjoying the show.

    9. Jake Potter | October 2, 2017 at 9:13 pm |

      Austin looks and act like zach galifianakas if you ask me. His antics annoyed me at first but I think he has earned himself some fun after showing such dominance.

    10. What a total boss!!!

    11. Tracy Wilson | October 2, 2017 at 11:42 pm |

      Austin is awesome.👍My father in law & I have watched a lot of Jeopardy & Austin is hands down my favorite contestant. Who bets & wins one daily double for $16,000 where that’s a high amount to win the entire game with. He makes me laugh a lot. I would love to go have a cocktail 🍸 with him, he’d be entertaining for sure. I’ll bet he’s a fantastic bartender. We’re sure we’LL see him next week and the week after that GO AUSTIN!!! We love watching you. Our question to you is “how do you know so much”??? 🤔 Thanks for making Jeopardy gteat!! ✌

      • Bonnie: “What is librarians?” Alex: “No.”
        Veryl: “What is libraries?” Alex: “No.”
        Austin: “What is library?” Alex: “Yes.”
        Austin “Ha,ha!!”
        Nice guy.

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