Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 14, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Theatre) for Semifinal #2 in the 2017 Tournament of Champions, on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 47):

Despite objections from the playwright’s estate, a 1991 French production of this 1952 play had a small all-female cast instead of male

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Lisa Schlitt, a microbiologist from Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Lisa Schlitt on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Jason Sterlacci, a 4th grade teacher from Somerset, New Jersey
Jason Sterlacci on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Buzzy Cohen, a music executive from Los Angeles, California
Buzzy Cohen on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions


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What is “Waiting for Godot”?


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Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” is a play in which Vladimir and Estragon wait for the arrival of someone named Godot (who never arrives). The original cast is entirely male.

In the years before his death, Beckett strangely objected to many interpretive adaptations of the work. He was famously quoted as saying “women don’t have prostates”, an objection rooted in the fact that Vladimir frequently leaves the stage to urinate.

In 1991, the Brut de Beton theatre company wished to perform the play with an all-female cast at the Avignon Festival. Jerome Lindon, the person designated under French law to protect Beckett’s works after Beckett’s 1989 death, objected, stating that the play would be deformed by the all-female cast. (Pshaw.) A French judge allowed the performance, with a proviso that a letter of objection by Beckett’s estate be read before each show.

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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Buzzy $16,200
Jason $15,800
Lisa $2,000

Tonight’s results:
Lisa $2,000 – $2,000 = $0 (What is G…)
Jason $15,800 – $15,799 = $1 (What is Peter Pan?)
Buzzy $16,200 + $15,401 = $31,601 (Finalist)

Buzzy Cohen, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 14, 2017 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $8,200
Buzzy $5,400
Lisa $1,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) SENATOR JOHN $400 (25th pick)
Jason 4800 +3000 (Buzzy 5200 Lisa 1000)
2) ART $1200 (8th pick)
Buzzy 9800 +4000 (Jason 11400 Lisa 400)
3) WIDOWS IN THE BIBLE $800 (28th pick) ($800 left on board)
Buzzy 17800 -2000 (Jason 15400 Lisa 2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 92

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

Game Stats:
Buzzy $15,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 4 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer
Jason $13,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
Lisa $2,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $30,600
Lach Trash: $13,600 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,800

Buzzy Cohen, stats to date:
251 correct
43 incorrect
14/20 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $23,600)
8/12 in Final Jeopardy!
36.88% in first on buzzer (246/667)
Average Coryat: $14,400

Jason Sterlacci, stats to date:
134 correct
13 incorrect
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,400)
3/6 in Final Jeopardy
35.96% in first on buzzer (123/342)
Average Coryat: $17,667

Lisa Schlitt, stats to date:
180 correct
24 incorrect
9/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,100)
6/9 in Final Jeopardy
35.66% in first on buzzer (179/502)
Average Coryat: $12,800

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 14, 2017"

  1. Scott Anthony | November 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm |

    I like Buzzy Cohen. Rather than paint-by-numbers bores who go down nervously and quietly, I’d rather have unique flamboyant confident people like Buzzy who’ve clearly got it where it counts. He’s entertaining. And that’s what I care about the most.

  2. I hope we have a female tournament of champion winner again soon

  3. john blahuta | November 14, 2017 at 6:21 pm |

    Yeah, what happened here. To begin with we only had 2 ladies (13 1/3 %). Lisa won her game, Lilly got a WC. But the Lisa crashed with 800 in her SF and the winner in the first round , Lisa finished her SF game with zero. Looking back already with still a day to go it seems almost as if there were only men in this ToC. What a pity! I hope the next time around it will be evenly matched and
    1. there will be more female players to begin with and
    2. they will put up a tough fight against their male rivals!

    Well, I guess the bad “luck” of the draw gave us only 2 ladies to qualify and then those 2 ran into some real unique male competitors….

    If you play cards long enough then it will happen that at whist each player will have all cards of the same suit: player 1 has all hearts, player 2 has all diamonds etc….

    On that account this ToC seems almost a little weird. Be that as it may, let’s hope for a good third SF and for a really exiting 2 final days!

    Maybe J should have 2 ToC contests, but that would mean changing long standing traditions. And when it comes to changing important things to change on J, it is like felling a tree with a toothpick. They come up with a new borad each year, but…..or would that water things down too much??? What do you think, ladies and gentlemen? Would 2 ToC competition per season be too much?? I have seen over the last few years a number of players who would have been good ToC “material” but for one reason or another, they just”fell through the cracks” and were never heard from again. Just thinking, what if…….I for one would not miss the “Celebrity Tournament” too much. A waste of time imo and for a few exceptions the celebrities are embarrassing themselves usually anyway, having players miss to appear that otherwise might just be a promising ToC player.
    But that’s just me. What do YOU think???


    Btw, I can’t find your e mail address, but you can probably see my new one. Could you please give me the web address or a phone # for the cancer research organization where to make donations? I still hope I will be right that Austin will win it all…

  4. Am I correct in understanding that these ToC contestants are making their last appearance on Jeopardy! and will never be seen again? Won’t the next ToC necessarily have completely different players?


  5. Love Buzzy! He’s got tons of charisma and is colorful without being off-putting, a great combination. Became a fan of his during his run on Jeopardy! that sent him into the T of C. His personal style and understated sense of humor, combined with his wide-ranging knowledge, make him easy to root for. Hope his finals appearance is a tremendous success.

  6. Greg Stowell | November 15, 2017 at 1:52 am |

    I’m sure Cindy would be proud (and embarrassed) to be the cause for the donations. I hope your November sales numbers keep you warm throughout December.

  7. Great game yesterday, though I thought there were two pretty big tactical errors late in the Double Jeopardy round that had the potential to swing the game. Disclaimer: I understand it’s way easier to second-guess these types of decisions as a “fan” from my couch than during the pressure of the game.

    With a handful of clues left on the board, Jason had control of the board, and was trailing Buzzy by a relatively small margin. There was still an undiscovered Daily Double in play, and the remaining clues were all in the $400 row except for one remaining $800 clue in the Bible category. The DD was almost certainly in this spot, yet Jason went back to one of the other categories. Jason, if you’re still reading this, was this a conscious decision, or just something you overlooked during the game flow? Would you have gotten that DD correct (RUTH)?
    A couple questions later, Buzzy did find the final DD, and the scores were B $17,800 J $15,400 L $2,000. I thought there were two reasonable bets in this spot – Buzzy could bet over $14,600 and win this game right there, or bet under $1,600, sit on his hands, and take a lead into Final Jeopardy. Yet he bet $2,000 and gave Jason some life. That’s the second wager Buzzy’s made in this tournament that I’d consider a poor decision (the FJ wager in the quarters being the other.)

    In the end, neither mattered since Buzzy had the only correct response in Final Jeopardy, but I thought both spots were interesting and somewhat surprising given the caliber of play. Jason, congrats on your performance during this tournament – you were clearly among the elite players in the field, and you came across as super-likable as well. Hopefully you’ll get a return invitation somewhere down the line!

  8. Thomas Falater | November 15, 2017 at 9:45 am |

    I’m also in Berwyn, Pennsylvania and was rooting for Lisa. We’re all proud of you. Thomas Falater

  9. Ugly…ugly…UGLY game right there. This was near close to a possible Lisa win if she didn’t bet anything. What could have been either a $2,000 win from Lisa to an improbable $799 win from Buzzy. This game is really one that would leave a lot to be desired. I just kind of wondered what gave Jason the idea to bet nearly everything. Did he not at least check how much Lisa had before thinking of what to wager? If Lisa did bet nothing, Jason would have lost big time and we’d have ourselves the worst ToC game we could have witnessed. Buzzy getting that FJ right nearly saved his tail right there, and also because of Jason and Lisa getting FJ wrong. Surely, Alan, Pranjal and Tim will probably hope that this game will be a lesson learned for sure.

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