Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 6, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Countries of the World) for Friday, October 6, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 20):

They begin with the same 3 letters: the most densely populated country in Europe & the least densely populated in Asia

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Diana McInnis, an editor from Playa Vista, California
Diana McInnis on Jeopardy!
Rebekah Smith, a library associate from Washington, DC
Rebekah Smith on Jeopardy!
Austin Rogers, a bartender from New York, New York (8-day total: $306,900)
Austin Rogers on Jeopardy!


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What are Monaco and Mongolia?


Most densely-populated European countries:

  1. Monaco (48,145 per square mile)
  2. Vatican City (4,709 per square mile)
  3. Malta (3,504 per square mile)
  4. San Marino (1,412 per square mile)
  5. Netherlands (1,070 per square mile)

Least densely-populated Asian countries:

  1. Mongolia (4.9 per square mile)
  2. Kazakhstan (16 per square mile)
  3. Russia (23 per square mile)
  4. Turkmenistan (31 per square mile)
  5. Oman (36 per square mile)

In terms of getting to the correct response on this clue, I think that a player needs to get to either Monaco or Mongolia really quickly (also, I think that the clue is easier if you can get Monaco first, personally, because “an Asian MON- country” is probably easier to think of because of its size, as opposed to getting Mongolia and trying to think of small European MON- countries) and then dredge up the other half. I also think this was slightly easier than the Landlocked Country Names Final back on July 11.

That said: If you’re in the contestant pool, or even about to tape, I would heartily recommend studying countries of the world, especially noting countries with similar names.

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Scores going into Final:
Austin $15,500
Diana $12,600
Rebekah $6,600

Final results:
Rebekah $6,600 – $600 = $6,000 (What are Turkey and Turkmenistan?)
Diana $12,600 – $3,000 = $9,600 (What ?)
Austin $15,500 + $10,000 = $25,500 (9-day total: $332,400)

Austin Rogers, winner of the October 6, 2017 Jeopardy! game.

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Diana $6,600
Austin $600
Rebekah $400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) AUSSIE SLANG $800 (26th pick)
Austin 4800 -4000 (Diana 5600 Rebekah 400)
2) 19TH CENTURY WOMEN AUTHORS $800 (7th pick)
Rebekah 2000 +1000 (Diana 6600 Austin 1800)
Austin 8200 +4500 (Diana 8600 Rebekah 3000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 22

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

Game Stats:
Austin $16,600 Coryat
Diana $12,600 Coryat
Rebekah $6,400 Coryat
Combined Coryat Score: $35,600
Lach Trash: $13,800 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): 4,600

Austin Rogers, stats to date:
233 correct
29 incorrect
16/19 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $88,600)
8/9 in Final Jeopardy
42.91% in first on buzzer (215/501)
Average Coryat: $18,556

Austin Rogers, to win:
10 games: 82.44%
11: 67.97%
12: 56.04%
13: 46.20%
14: 38.09%
Avg. streak: 13.696 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 6, 2017"

  1. Kelly Lasiter | October 6, 2017 at 11:08 am |

    Amusingly, I got this one pretty quickly while reading it. I guess my brain just…does that? Woohoo, I think I found my superpower!

  2. john blahuta | October 6, 2017 at 11:54 am |

    And again, the only one getting FJ and coming down from extreme wagering sometimes to a more conservative level. Ken Jennings watch out!

    I wish everybody a great ,long weekend and Aloha!

  3. Oh man…I can’t imagine my brain working this long to get FJ! right. I tried linking some of the European countries and tried to link it with any Asian countries that start with the same first three letters. I’d have a feeling it could take at least more than 30 seconds worth of thinking to get this right if you can’t figure out which countries would have the same three letters for both continents.

  4. I have a self-imposed 30-second time limit for my “final answer,” and the best I could come up with were Belgium and Belarus, knowing it was an incorrect response. It took at least another minute to work my way to Monaco which led to Mongolia. Fiendish question, and another impressive showing for Austin.

    • Frank Smith | October 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm |

      I see where Diana was going; It was an interesting guess. Turkey is too big to not be densely populated.

      • Turkey is partly in Europe and partly in Asia so it can be eliminated right off the bat (leaving aside that the most-densely populated was going to be a tiny country that doesn’t have vast tracts of wilderness. Turkey is way, way down the list.)

  5. Maurine Gutowski | October 6, 2017 at 7:21 pm |

    I guessed it right away; my only concern was whether Monaco is technically a country. But it paired with Mongolia beautifully. Austin has been looking a little frazzled. Or maybe it’s his normal look. Last night NFL football knocked off Jeopardy. (I like baseball better than football….)

    • john blahuta | October 6, 2017 at 7:48 pm |

      Fortunately (normal air time for J is 4:30 pm) we hardly get ever preempted in Hawaii. They just moved J to noon since the Pats played at the regular J time. Gotta have some advantages when you live in the middle of nowhere…..the extra 3 hours compared to PDT (2 during PST ) often pay off.

    • I thought of them also right away, but my uncertainty was just the opposite…I knew Monaco was a country, but wasn’t sure of Mongolia! I think I was confusing it with Manchuria, which I think is a region of China?

  6. Austin is God!

  7. Enos Williams | October 7, 2017 at 12:18 am |

    My method of thinking was, “Hmm… least densely-populated country in Asia… probably the one that’s mostly desert and… the other one is Monaco.”

  8. 5-day total this week: $209,300.

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