Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 15, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historic Names) for Semifinal #3 in the 2017 Tournament of Champions, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 48):

In 2013 the village of Belrain renamed the last street in France that bore the name of this hero who became a traitor

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Tim Aten, an editor from Vermilion, Ohio
Tim Aten on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Pranjal Vachaspati, a Ph.D. student from Urbana, Illinois
Pranjal Vachaspati on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Alan Lin, a software engineer from Riverside, California
Alan Lin on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions


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Who is Philippe Pétain?


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Philippe Pétain, during World War I, became a national hero at the Battle of Verdun, and after the war was made a Marshal of France. Unfortunately, during World War II, Pétain became installed as an authoritarian head of Vichy France, which collaborated with Nazi Germany. Seen as the French equivalent of Norway’s Quisling after the war, he was sentenced to death after being convicted of treason, but his sentence was commuted to life in light of his advanced age and his World War I heroics.

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

Scores going into Final:
Alan $18,000
Pranjal $12,200
Tim $3,200

Tonight’s results:
Tim $3,200 – $13 = $3,187 (Who was just too old and slow?)
Pranjal $12,200 + $0 = $12,200
Alan $18,000 + $6,401 = $24,401 (Finalist)

Alan Lin, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 15, 2017 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Alan $3,400
Pranjal $3,000
Tim $1,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) STATE SYMBOLS $400 (3rd pick)
Pranjal 200 -1000 (Alan 0 Tim 0)
2) BOOK SMARTS $1200 (20th pick)
Alan 15400 +5000 (Pranjal 10600 Tim 2000)
3) BALTIC BELIEFS $800 (23rd pick)
Alan 21200 -4000 (Pranjal 12600 Tim 2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -86

Unplayed clues:
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $400

Game Stats:
Alan $19,000 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer
Pranjal $13,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 7 incorrect, 45.45% in first on buzzer
Tim $3,200 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 18.18% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $35,400
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,000

Alan Lin, stats to date:
196 correct
18 incorrect
10/14 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $19,205)
7/9 in Final Jeopardy
36.44% in first on buzzer (184/505)
Average Coryat: $16,800

Pranjal Vachaspati, stats to date:
202 correct
46 incorrect
14/17 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $39,410)
6/9 in Final Jeopardy!
42.48% in first on buzzer (209/492)
Average Coryat: $15,978

Tim Aten, stats to date:
171 correct
16 incorrect
7/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
5/10 in Final Jeopardy
28.18% in first on buzzer (155/550)
Average Coryat: $11,440

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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 15, 2017"

  1. Sorry, only 2 pics?

  2. Have never heard of Philippe Pétain.

    • john blahuta | November 15, 2017 at 5:18 pm |

      “Prime Minister” of France, 1940-1944, the entire government moved to Vichy, a spa in the center of France. France was liberated in Sept. 1940 and he was put on trial by the provisional government under de Gaulle for high treason. (Vichy was “technically” unocupied France, but just a puppet state, doing Hitler’s bidding. After being sentenced to death his penalty was then commuted to life in prison and died in a prison hospital in 1951.

      The Vichy regime is several times mentioned in “Casablanca”.(Humphrey Bogart,Ingrid Bergman,Claude Rains as the hilarious Captain Renault, Chief of police in Casablanca.Famous last line of the movie: Rick (Bogart) says to Rains (after Rains covered up the fact that Rick shot the Nazi major Strasser: “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”.

      There are a couple of historical mistakes in that movie, it is still one of my favorites.Of course the movie is the more interesting the more you know about WW II and the relationship between Vichy France and Nazi Germany. Morocco was part of the “unoccupied” French territory and thus part of the Vichy regime.A very entertaining movie, but then I am probably quite older than you and can relate to the whole WW II scenario a lot closer than the “younger” generations, Casablanca being a city dull of European refugees desperately trying to get out under Hitler’s influence. Hitler de facto ruled Vichy, even though “technically” it was independent. But when Hitler said “jump” Vichy just asked “How high?”.If you have a chance to rent or buy the film, it’s worth it.

  3. So the matchup order should be:
    1st podium: Buzzy Cohen.
    2nd podium: Alan Lin.
    3rd podium: Austin Rogers.

  4. Great final…all three have an incredible breadth of knowledge…should be fun! Are we allowed to predict the winner on here? If so….Alan.

    • john blahuta | November 15, 2017 at 5:31 pm |

      My money is on Austin, has been since his first win in this ToC. Now we need somebody to predict Alan as winner and at least one of us will be right. Could go either way, really. Like in sport, finals have often their own “laws” and unexpected results and upsets. We shall see. At least the final is spread over 2 “days”, so if somebody has a bad “first half, s/he can take a deep breath between the 2 “days” = tapings.. I would guess they give the some break between the taping of the 2 final games. Lunch break or something like that.
      Lets hope it will be an exciting 2 games with few misses.

  5. freddie leonard | November 15, 2017 at 3:58 pm |

    All 3 contestants I expected to be in the finals are there. This will be one epic ToC final perhaps one for the books. Tim’s humorous FJ response was a classic.

  6. Question: How many actual time elapses (studio time, not TV time) between DJ and FJ? Players need the opportunity to consider alternative betting scenarios and do the arithmetic based on the dollar totals of their opponents.


    • I’ve heard it said that the players are given as much time as they need to consider and calculate their Final Jeopardy! wagers. In one well-known instance (2014 ToC, semifinal 1), Julia Collins took 15 minutes to come up with her number.

  7. Austin all the way!

  8. Do they get scratch paper for doing the math and determining wagers?

  9. Deborah Lerner | November 15, 2017 at 7:39 pm |

    What was the question about Joy Mangano? I .ust have heard it wrong because Joy Mangano sell on HSN NOT QVC.

  10. Two ToC finalists named Austin (Buzzy’s real name is Austin). What are the odds?

  11. Thus, a bet on “Austin” wins 2/3 of the time ;-).

  12. Austin has the edge. When he’s got more time to think, as during the DDs and Finals, he’s deadly. I don’t know the finalists’ DD percentages (too cumbersome on my phone), but Austin is 14 of 15 on the Finals. He’s vulnerable if he doesn’t uncover and correctly answer the DDs. They’ll make or break him…

  13. It was ironically Gen. de Gaulle who commuted Marshal Petain’s death sentence to life imprisonment in 1945. Petain five years earlier had sentenced Charles de Gaulle to death for treason in absentia, de Gaulle having escaped to England after the French army had been defeated by Nazi Germany. Quasi-independent Vichy France lasted only until November of 1942 when American and British armies landed in French North Africa and the Germans responded by occupying all of France down to the Mediterranean coast as Petain predicted they would.

  14. Knowledge Dropper | November 16, 2017 at 6:36 pm |

    Austin has excelled on FJs, but he might have trouble accumulating large totals during the first two rounds. Alan has demonstrated the deepest TOC-level knowledge among the finalists. But I worry that the stress might eventually get to him. I think Buzzy has the best balance of knowledge and confidence, so he’s my pick. Can’t wait to see what happens!

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