Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 9, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historical Areas) for Monday, October 9, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 21):

An ancient quote mentions this area & 3 population groups, the Belgae, Aquitani & Celts

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Rain Dunaway, a medical student from Louisville, Kentucky
Rain Dunaway on Jeopardy!
Rich Coble, an attorney from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Rich Coble on Jeopardy!
Austin Rogers, a bartender from New York, New York (9-day total: $332,400)
Austin Rogers on Jeopardy!


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What is Gaul?


The quote comes from the opening line of Book 1, Chapter 1, of Julius Caesar’s The Gallic Wars:

All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, those who in their own language are called Celts, in our Gauls, the third. All these differ from each other in language, customs and laws.

You can find the full text of The Gallic Wars at the Internet Classics Archive

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Scores going into Final:
Austin $24,000
Rain $7,400
Rich $1,600

Final results:
Rich $1,600 – $1,599 = $1 (What is I had fun)
Rain $7,400 – $4,000 = $3,400 (What is Paris?)
Austin $24,000 + $9,000 = $33,000 (10-day total: $365,400)

Austin Rogers, winner of the October 9, 2017 Jeopardy! episode

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Austin $5,400
Rain $4,600
Rich $0


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) VIDEO GAMES $1000 (5th pick)
Austin 2000 -2000 (Rich 0 Rain 0)
2) SOMETHING ABOUT MARY $1200 (13th pick)
Austin 9400 +5000 (Rain 3800 Rich 800)
3) NAUGHTY BY NATURE $2000 (23rd pick)
Rain 5000 +2000 (Austin 18400 Rich 1600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -7

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

Game Stats:
Austin $22,200 Coryat, 30 correct, 5 incorrect, 56.14% in first on buzzer
Rain $7,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer
Rich $1,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 3 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $31,200
Lach Trash: $15,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

Austin Rogers, stats to date:
264 correct
34 incorrect
17/21 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $91,600)
9/10 in Final Jeopardy
44.27% in first on buzzer (247/558)
Average Coryat: $18,920
Also check out further detailed game-by-game statistics!

Austin Rogers, to win:
11 games: 82.29%
12: 67.71%
13: 55.72%
14: 45.85%
15: 37.73%
Avg. streak: 14.645 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)

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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 9, 2017"

  1. Austin got a haircut?

    • Last week’s games were taped in April, this week’s were taped in August. It should not come as a surprise that Austin’s look changed a little bit.

      • The shows were taped Months apart???

        • Yes. Because the WGA (the writers’ union that all Jeopardy! writers belonged to) was threatening to strike at the end of April, the show taped first four weeks of this season back in April, giving the show a buffer in case of a protracted strike.

  2. john blahuta | October 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm |

    I’m not making fun of names, but Rain should have won. If you switch her initials, her name would be Dain RUNAWAY…..:):)

    and again another great performance by Austin.

    • Yet, the fact that she missed FJ! was not the way to beat Austin. He managed to win on a sole get. The fun part was Rich’s “I had fun” answer. That was funny.

    • I know the extra 3k wouldn’t have made a difference today, but 2k on the final DD when she’s at 5k to Austin’s 18.4, with only 7 clues left? I don’t get it. If these challengers keep waving the white flag before it’s over, this guy ain’t ever gonna lose.

  3. Would someone please explain Alex Trebek’s statement that Austin will have to depart the regular competition prior to the TOC in order to be a TOC competitor.


    • Mark Barrett | October 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm |

      If Austin loses from October 10 – November 3 then he is in the TOC that begins on November 6. If Austin is still the champ after November 3 then he will not be in a TOC until 2019. Dem’s the rules.

      • Can you please cite the rules as regards eligibility for the TOC.

        • Those specific rules are not published anywhere publicly.

          However, we know that if a player is the reigning champion as of the date of the tournament, they will not compete in that tournament. Past instances of this include Joshua Brakhage, who, back in 2012, was a 5-time champion going into the February 2012 Tournament of Champions. He lost the first game after that Tournament, and he did not play until the November 2014 tournament. Going further back, Ken Jennings was not part of the September 2004 Tournament of Champions, in spite of having won 48 games prior to that tournament. Instead, he was given the Ultimate Tournament of Champions to compete in.

      • Not sure if it means anything or not, but they took Tim Kutz off the official Jeopardy! ToC tracker when they added Austin:

        Not sure if this is a slip and means that Austin loses before November 3 or not. But I had assumed that it means that he’s in the upcoming ToC.

  4. Austin was a History major in college with a minor in music. This Final played right into his hands. He’s also very good in movie categories, I’ve noticed. Out of his 10 games, he’s been the only one to answer correctly in 8 of them. Are these Finals tough, or what? Very humbling…

  5. Tom Pietrzak | October 10, 2017 at 10:11 am |

    Best Jeopardy move I ever saw…I don’t remember the contestants name. He had about $7500 and hit a DD, he made it a true DD and was correct. Now he has about $15000. Next clue was the other DD. He also made this a true DD and was correct again!! From $7500 to $30000 in to clues…loved it!!

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