Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 27, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Western Hemisphere) for Friday, October 27, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 35):

The Mopan river flows about 20 miles from the capital of this country

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Anand Kandaswamy, an economist from Washington, DC
Anand Kandaswamy on Jeopardy!
Ashley Phillips, a homemaker & home-schooling mom from Lantana, Texas
Ashley Phillips on Jeopardy!
Erica Irving, a web developer from Washington, DC (1-day total: $18,801)
Erica Irving on Jeopardy!


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What is Belize?


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The name of the capital city of Belize, Belmopan, is a union of the words “Belize” and “Mopan”; the Mopan river flows near the planned capital city. It was founded because Belize City was nearly 75% destroyed in 1961 due to Hurricane Hattie, and Belize officials wanted a better location for a capital city. Even though Belize has been independent since 1981 and Belmopan the official capital since 1970, embassies have been slow to move; The US embassy in Belmopan only opened in 2006, and four embassies and 29 consulates (including Canada’s) are still in Belize City.

The Mopan begins in neighboring Guatemala before reaching the Belize River at its confluence with the Macal River..

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Scores going into Final:
Erica $16,300
Anand $11,300
Ashley $3,200

Tonight’s results:
Ashley $3,200 – $3,199 = $1 (What is Panama?)
Anand $11,300 – $1,299 = $10,001 (1-day total: $10,001) (What is Brazil?)
Erica $16,300 – $6,301 = $9,999 (What is Panama?)

Anand Kandaswamy, tonight's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 27, 2017 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Erica $7,800
Anand $4,200
Ashley $400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) MODERN LINGO $800 (30th pick)
Erica 6800 +1000 (Anand 4200 Ashley 400)
2) COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES $2000 (10th pick)
Anand 7000 -2500 (Erica 9000 Ashley 2800)
3) BOTANY $1200 (23rd pick)
Erica 12200 +2500 (Anand 8500 Ashley 3200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -1

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

Game Stats:
Anand $13,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 4 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer
Erica $14,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
Ashley $3,200 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $31,800
Lach Trash: $16,800 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

Erica Irving, final stats:
32 correct
3 incorrect
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,500)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
22.81% in first on buzzer (26/114)
Average Coryat: $14,000

Anand Kandaswamy, stats to date:
22 correct
5 incorrect
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57)
Average Coryat: $13,800

Anand Kandaswamy, to win:
2 games: 40.02%
3: 16.02%
4: 6.41%
5: 2.57%
6: 1.03%
Avg. streak: 1.667 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 27, 2017"

  1. john blahuta | October 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm |

    knew that only because I lived in the Caribbean for 3 years….

  2. Unexpected Triple Stumper here.

    • If the last 5 letters of Belize’s capital don’t jump out at you, it’s very easy to think that the Panama Canal might have possibly bypassed a river.

      • I’d hesitate to characterize any FJ clue as “easy”, wouldn’t (haven’t) you?! 🙂

        • I didn’t say the clue was easy; I said it was very easy to go down the Panama path (as two of our contestants did). I personally did not struggle with this, but world capitals are a strong suit for me.

          • You’re right, you didn’t. Didn’t notice the two incorrect Panama responses. That’ll teach me to try to be humorous before watching the actual show! Mea culpa. 🤐

          • Enos Williams | October 28, 2017 at 12:26 am |

            I went down the same path. I normally don’t feel like an idiot when I miss a Final, but today was an exception.

  3. Christopher Denault | October 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm |

    I would have gotten this FJ a year ago, back when I crammed on world capitals for my one appearance, but today it stumped me. Sometimes, timing’s everything.

  4. I enjoyed figuring out the Red Stick Festival clue (Baton Rouge), but I think that clue would have been better suited as a Final Jeopardy question.

  5. Not to boast, but I nailed every answer in the Botany category. Not sure that I’ve ever done that before. But my graduate degree is in plant biology.


  6. What was the name of the category in the first round that listed 3 movies in each clue? I didn’t catch that.

  7. What was the name of the category in the first round that listed 3 movies in each clue? I didn’t catch the name of that.

  8. I saw a clue that read: “The Fly”, “Kung Fu Panda”, “Snakes on a Plane”..what was that category? Those three movies have absolutely nothing in common!

  9. So the streak for leaders getting Final right, on Fridays, is over…

  10. freddie leonard | October 28, 2017 at 5:14 pm |

    Anand would be the last champion that could qualify for this ToC if he wins 5 games, loses next Friday and wins more money than Jon Eisenmann.

  11. How will austin do in the toc? I can see him not making it to the final round.

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