Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 10, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Awards & Honors) for Quarterfinal #5 in the 2017 Tournament of Champions, on Friday, November 10, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 45):

The Victoria Cross is for military bravery; this cross first given in 1940 & named for Victoria’s great-grandson is for civilian bravery

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Jon Eisenman, an attorney from Los Angeles, California
Jon Eisenman on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Justin Vossler, a high school history teacher from Homer, New York
Justin Vossler on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Andrew Pau, an associate professor from Amherst, Ohio
Andrew Pau on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions


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What is the George Cross?


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Named after and first awarded by King George VI, the George Cross was devised due to the increasing number of stories detailing civilian bravery during The Blitz in 1940. It’s currently the second highest award in the UK honours system, awarded “for acts of the greatest heroism or most conspicous courage in circumstance of extreme danger”. As the existing civilian awards were judged to be insufficient for this purpose, the George Cross was created as an award on September 24, 1940. Since its inception, it has been awarded 408 times. Interesting, one of the recipients was the country of Malta in 1942, whose George Cross is actually shown on its national flag.
The Flag of Malta, sporting its George Cross. The George Cross was the subject of Final Jeopardy on November 10, 2017.

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Scores going into Final:
Andrew $26,800
Justin $16,000
Jon $3,800

Tonight’s results:
Jon $3,800 – $3,800 = $0 (What is the Edward Cross)
Justin $16,000 – $7,000 = $9,000 (What is the George’s Cross?)
Andrew $26,800 + $2,200 = $29,000 (Automatic semifinalist)

Note: “George Cross” is not a possessive. A response of “George’s Cross” creates ambiguity with the heraldic “St. George’s Cross”, the red cross on white background that is the flag of England, which would explain why “George’s Cross” was not accepted.

Andrew Pau, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 10, 2017 episode.)

Automatic Semifinalists:
Monday: Buzzy Cohen, $30,000 ($16,400, $8,400)
Tuesday: Jason Sterlacci, $23,000 ($18,800, $5,000)
Wednesday: Alan Lin, $19,610 ($19,605, $8,800)
Thursday: Lisa Schlitt, $15,400 ($14,400, $9,200)
Friday: Andrew Pau, $29,000 ($26,800, $6,000)
Wild Card standings:
1) Pranjal Vachaspati $16,401 ($15,000, $5,400)
2) Austin Rogers $16,000 ($8,000, $600)
3) Lilly Chin $12,000 ($12,800, $2,000)
4) Tim Aten $11,500 ($14,000, $5,600)
5) Justin Vossler $9,000 ($16,000, $5,800)
6) Sam Deutsch $8,200 ($12,400, $4,400)
7) Seth Wilson $5,399 ($9,900, $5,600)
8) Hunter Appler $1,400 ($1,400, $1,200)
9) Jon Eisenman $0 ($3,800, $3,000)
10) David Clemmons $0 ($1,400, $-200)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Andrew $6,000
Justin $5,800
Jon $3,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) FRENCH DIP $800 (2nd pick)
Andrew 600 +1000 (Justin 0 Jon 0)
2) CLASSICAL MUSIC $1600 (6th pick)
Andrew 8000 +8000 (Justin 10600 Jon 3000)
3) INDIAN AMERICANS $1200 (23rd pick)
Justin 11800 +3000 (Andrew 25200 Jon 3000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 225

Game Stats:
Andrew $20,200 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer
Justin $14,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer
Jon $3,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $38,200
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,400

Andrew Pau, stats to date:
188 correct
13 incorrect
11/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $32,800)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
37.53% in first on buzzer (170/453)
Average Coryat: $19,975

Justin Vossler, stats to date:
137 correct
18 incorrect
9/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,900)
3/7 in Final Jeopardy
32.33% in first on buzzer (129/399)
Average Coryat: $15,629

Jon Eisenman, stats to date:
139 correct
20 incorrect
6/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,700)
4/7 in Final Jeopardy
33.50% in first on buzzer (131/391)
Average Coryat: $14,371


  • A $16,000 score for a 2nd place finisher, knowing no other scores, [per my prediction model](, has a 99.8% chance of advancing. A $9,000 score for a 2nd place finisher: 77.7%. Justin’s bet was the equivalent of taking a lock game and turning it into a crush scenario.

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 10, 2017"

  1. As I get a number of viewers on this website who are more likely than others to be confused by speculation, please do not post guesses here as to what you think the semifinal matchups might be.

  2. Oh boy…with an FJ! category like Awards and Honors, this seemed like a shoe-in for Justin, being that he is a history teacher. It was unfortunate that he added a letter that made it incorrect because by golly…that would have been a really great wildcard score had he got that right and would have knocked Tim Aten off the slot. We’ve seen this all the time, where contestants either change a person’s name (Being the Anurag/Sarah/Karan situation with the Anne/Annie Frank fiasco), on a syllable (Sargasso/Saragasso Sea from 6/6/2007 and Vilnius/Vilnuis from 6/14/2005), adding/missing letter(s) that makes it incorrect (Like what happened just now, the Kazhakstan incident with Greg Buzzard, and the Emancipation Proclamation mix-up leading to Skyler’s big win). Come to think of it, I wondered why Justin didn’t go aggressive on his DD when he knows that he could have amped up the pressure on Andrew with 7 clues left.

  3. It’s unfortunate Justin got dinged for that…but he was also in a position where a $0 wager would guarantee him a wild card spot. The week’s episodes are all filmed in the same day, right? So he presumably got a chance to see all the scores before him, which would make this a terrible wager. Even if the filming is changed for ToC to not allow you to see the week’s other games, I can’t imagine thinking that you would need $23,000 to get in, unless he was trying to treat this as a normal Jeopardy contest instead of ToC. It’s a pressure packed moment and maybe that got to him, which would be really unfortunate (but great for Tim).

    • Jason Sterlacci | November 10, 2017 at 2:06 pm |

      Anuj, players in tournaments are sequestered until they play. Justin had no way of knowing the Wild Card cutoff.

      • Got it. I’ll turn my judgmental knob down 🙂

      • john blahuta | November 10, 2017 at 4:26 pm |

        They have to be, otherwise the players would have an unfair advantage by knowing how much they would need for a WC.Even in game 4 players would have already a relatively good idea, though not quite as precise.

  4. Something I found interesting: 4 of the 5 QFs had exactly 10 Triple Stumpers. Tuesday’s just had 8.

  5. Robert Lewis | November 10, 2017 at 7:47 pm |

    Before Final Jeopardy question, Justin had $16,000. He had already qualified for the finals. What possessed him to bet?

    • Players are sequestered until their game and are unaware of what anyone else’s scores throughout the week were. He had no idea that his $16,000 would have guaranteed him a spot in the finals.

      • Robert Lewis | November 10, 2017 at 8:09 pm |

        In the world of texting, smartphones etc, very difficult to believe, don’t you think?

        • Considering the absolute prohibition on any contestant having their phone accessible to them when taping Jeopardy (and that doesn’t just hold for tournaments, that holds for all tapings), I don’t know what you’re getting at here.

  6. Looking at other TOC years, shouldn’t players already know that 16K is an almost guaranteed wild card spot? Risking 7k doesn’t get him the win anyway and an incorrect guess puts him out of wild card range. The bet doesn’t make any sense.

    • Maybe that’s your expectation as a viewer and a fan, but that’s certainly not universally held (nor should it be).

      • Harris Stutman | November 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm |

        I don’t know, Andy. Seems like you’re arguing both sides of the case here. On the one hand you note that $16K is a >99% lock for a wild card based upon previous tournament QF results (a data-based analysis that seems totally consistent with most of our perceptions) but then you find fault with others who note that Justin’s wager did not seem to recognize how solid a total he had, regardless of the fact that he did not have access to this weeks non-winning totals. Sorry, bro, in most cases I love your recognition of the pressure we contestants are under, but I don’t think you can have this one both ways. Justin was an excellent player, but I think even he would recognize he miscalculated on this one.

        • Harris:

          I mean, it’s certainly not a decision that I would have made. But, it’s also not The Worst Bet Of All Time, which is what a lot of these people seem to be making it to be. This sort of mistake, at least to my recollection, seems to happen every couple of tournaments or so, and I’m sure will continue to happen.

    • Robert Lewis | November 11, 2017 at 6:05 am |

      Totally agree. He can expect a lengthy cold shoulder from his wife. But as mentioned early, the betting, in general, is irrational: 3rd place should almost never bet unless very comfortable in the category.

  7. I agree with Albert. A $0 bet for Justin would have the most prudent, based at statistics for past tournaments. There’s such a different strategy for TOC!

  8. Worth noting is that Andrew is a professor of music theory (who specializes in French classical music). He was fully justified in making his DD a true one.

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