Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 4, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Plays) for Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 18):

The latitude & longitude given by the narrator of this 1938 play would set it in Massachusetts, not New Hampshire

(correct response beneath the contestants)


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Today’s contestants:

Jay Hancock, a journalist from Ellicott City, Maryland
Jay Hancock on Jeopardy!
Marguerite Moran, a library director from Webster, Minnesota
Marguerite Moran on Jeopardy!
Austin Rogers, a bartender from New York, New York (6-day total: $257,700)
Austin Rogers on Jeopardy!

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What is “Our Town”?

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In the play, Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”, the Stage Manager states:

The name of the town is Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire–just across the Massachusetts state line: latitude 42 degrees 40 minutes; longitude 70 degrees 37 minutes.

Unfortunately, those co-ordinates place Grover’s Corners about a thousand feet off the coast of Rockport, Massachusetts. It is believed that Wilder modeled the play after Peterborough, New Hampshire: latitude 42 degrees 51 minutes, longitude 71 degrees 58 minutes.


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Scores going into Final:
Austin $27,600
Jay $10,000
Marguerite $7,000


Final results:
Marguerite $7,000 – $6,999 – $1 (What is)
Jay $10,000 + $4,500 = $14,500
Austin $27,600 – $7,000 = $20,600 (What is a taco?) (7-day total: $278,300)


Austin Rogers, winner of the October 4, 2017 episode of Jeopardy!


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Austin $6,200
Jay $5,200
Marguerite $3,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AUTHORS BORN && DIED $600 (8th pick)
Jay 400 +1000 (Austin 3200 Marguerite -400)
2) 3 STRAIGHT VOWELS $800 (2nd pick)
Austin 6600 +5000 (Jay 5200 Marguerite 3000)
3) DENTAL PROBLEMS $1600 (26th pick)
Austin 21200 +6000 (Jay 9200 Marguerite 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 204


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


Game Stats:
Austin $19,000 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer
Jay $9,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
Marguerite $7,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $35,600
Lach Trash: $11,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800


Austin Rogers, stats to date:
183 correct
20 incorrect
14/15 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $85,100)
6/7 in Final Jeopardy
42.42% in first on buzzer (165/389)
Average Coryat: $18,800


Austin Rogers, to win:
8 games: 87.18%
9: 76.00%
10: 66.26%
11: 57.77%
12: 50.36%
Avg. streak: 13.801 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 4, 2017"

  1. Austin missed a Final? Austin won the least in his appearances so far? What happened?

    • Perhaps after his two big back-to-back appearances, the wheels spun out? But yeah…that’s a rarity.

      • Maybe like with Seth Wilson, his lunch will get the wheels turning again, and his daily winnings will hopefully increase anew.

  2. LOL

    Of FJ! answers seen, the taco is definitely the funniest, next to Toronto from Mark Runsvold. XD

  3. Smart bet in FJ by Austin though. He guarded against Jay, the first time he guarded against the # 2. But then, 4 games were runaways, where he did risk more than prudent. But he got away with it yesterday.

  4. Who won today?

  5. freddie leonard | October 4, 2017 at 4:52 pm | Reply

    When Austin eventually loses, I would like to see the sendoff he’s going to give himself.

  6. Sheryl Speerstra | October 4, 2017 at 8:18 pm | Reply

    Andy, There was a clue about sherbet/sherbert. If you have time, could you please tell me exactly what the clue was and if the last three letters had to be the same (as what?). Thanks very much!

    Sheryl Speerstra

    • Hi Sheryl: I’ll look up the exact wording during a baseball commercial, but it had to match the last 3 letters of “sorbet”.

      (My personal opinion: I believe that it is possible to spell it “sherbet” but pronounce it “sure-bert”, and thus, I think the judges erred in this case.)

      • The clue read as follows: “The main difference between these two desserts that end in the same three letters is that one contains dairy and the other does not”, alongside a photograph of the two desserts.

        • Sheryl Speerstra | October 5, 2017 at 12:02 am | Reply

          Thanks very much, Andy. Especially to take time while watching baseball. I didn’t know. But I really appreciate you clearing this up for me. You’re a great and VERY intelligent man with an awesome side of nice!

  7. I agree with you Andy about the pronunciation of sherbet, thought they’d change the decision after the commercial break. Go Dbacks.

  8. The Sherbet/Sorbet clue bugged me enough (mostly because I also call sherbet, sherbert) that I have looked in to it. https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/sherbet-vs-sherbert Just like we pronounce Sorbet as “sor-bay”, the parallel to me is the same as Sherbet being pronounce “sher-bert”. At the end of the day it didn’t make a difference for Austin anyways……

  9. I find him to be just amazingly smart, love that just got out of bed hair do!!!!

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