Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 16, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Inventions) for the first game of the final in the 2017 Tournament of Champions, on Thursday, November 16, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 49):

When Time Magazine named it Invention of the Year in 2007, it was described as too slow, too big, pretty & touchy-feely

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Austin Rogers, a bartender from New York, New York
Austin Rogers on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Alan Lin, a software engineer from Riverside, California
Alan Lin 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 the iPhone?


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The iPhone is ubiquitous now, but in 2007, it was revolutionary, and it completely changed how the world thought of mobile phones. While Time did describe the iPhone as all of those things, it also said “It’s a genuine handheld, walk-around computer, the first device that really deserves the name”. Can you imagine a world today without smartphones? I certainly can’t!

The one thing that amuses me is the last sentence of that Time article: that future iPhones would be “even cheaper” (the top-end 8GB iPhone retailed for $599 when it came out). Considering the iPhone X retails for $999, that is one predction that did not come through!

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

Scores going into Final:
Alan $14,400
Austin $10,000
Buzzy $4,200

Tonight’s results:
Buzzy $4,200 – $4,200 = $0 (What is the Tesla Model S?)
Austin $10,000 – $3,500 = $6,500 (What is the iPhone? iPad?
Alan $14,400 – $5,600 = $8,800 (What is the iPad)

Thoughts from Andy: It’s very easy to miss a Final Jeopardy! clue like this. It’s very easy to get on the wrong track after seeing INVENTIONS and thinking 19th century and have to move to the 21st. And that says nothing about the immense pressure and intensity faced by the players in the finals. Stage 10 does weird, weird, weird things to people.

Also, Alex Trebek did a Q&A session at my audition yesterday. One of the things he stressed: A question might be easy for you, but it might not be easy for someone else. The toughest questions are the ones you don’t get right.

If you got it at home, congratulations! That doesn’t mean anything other than you got it at home, and that takes absolutely nothing away from the three players on stage, who, regardless of their performance on one clue, are still the 3 best players out of the last 850.

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Austin $4,800
Buzzy $3,000
Alan $2,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) CARD GAMES $800 (2nd pick)
Buzzy -600 +1000 (Alan 0 Austin 0)
2) TRIPLE RHYME TIME $800 (7th pick)
Austin 6800 +2800 (Alan 4000 Buzzy 3000)
3) PLACE “MAT”S $1600 (19h pick)
Austin 12800 -4800 (Alan 6000 Buzzy 3400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 104

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

Game Stats:
Alan $14,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
Austin $12,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer
Buzzy $4,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $31,200
Lach Trash: $14,800 (on 15 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000

Alan Lin, stats to date:
212 correct, 20 incorrect
35.23% in first on buzzer (192/562)
10/14 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $19,205)
7/10 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,260

Austin Rogers, stats to date:
386 correct, 51 incorrect
40.27% in first on buzzer (362/899)
23/30 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $104,100)
14/16 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,863

Buzzy Cohen, stats to date:
261 correct, 47 incorrect
35.64% in first on buzzer (258/724)
15/21 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $24,600)
8/13 in Final Jeopardy!
Average Coryat: $13,600

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34 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 16, 2017"

  1. Wayyyy too easy of a FJ for ToC Finals.

  2. Are they serious? Hardly a FJ worthy answer, let alone the ToC.

  3. Sheesh, who doesn’t know that answer about the iPhone?

      • john blahuta | November 16, 2017 at 5:21 pm |

        Well indeed Andy, if you were meaning “Well, don’t be TOO sure about a 3/3″!!!! If I had said everybody would miss it I would have been stoned,hung and quartered …..Alex was cited as saying” what is easy for one may not be easy for somebody else. There are some rules that I apply to my prediction:
        Take yesterday:

        Max. possible correct :
        Take the clue to Europe,Asia,Africa, so OUTSIDE the USA MINUS 1 = 2 correct
        Make it foreign history,geography,politics : another MINUS 1 = 1 correct

        By chance it worked out like that yesterday. America – no matter how smart the players are – has in general still much to big “isolation” problem. You can see that time and again.And another proof for the fact that intelligence and knowledge are 2 very separate things.If it should be Pope Francis, SOMEBODY will somehow find a way to come up with Mother Teresa. most obvious 3/3 solutions are NEVER that obvious.That’s why you will hardly see me ever predicting a clean sweep.

        The complete strikeout baffled even me. It’s domestic and was on the news for the last 2 weeks just 24/7, where they showed people lining up in CHINA way before the stores opened to have a crack at the $ 999.00 one.
        Well, this was taped way before Apple started selling the 999 gadget,but still. And to add insult to injury:Austin had it already, then went with iPad and Alan had the “i” part but went also with the pad instead the phone..after all the hype – even if the FJ answers had been correct, I am not too impressed with the numbers. I expected the fireworks going off here. We are not talking a regular game, these guys have been through the drill often enough, so “nervous” does not count here I think. I have to watch the show to see if they were just overly cautious or what. Seems, there is a jinx over this ToC .As Apple priced it at 999 (the # for the elite, the best etc…), you turn it upside down and you get 666, the number of the “beast”…

  4. what a softball clue for the toc.

  5. I seem to remember that the first-night FJ of the two-day TOC finals was usually one of the most obscure FJ’s on the year. I wonder if this was intentional on the part of the writers to have an “easier” FJ this time to see which contestant(s) had the guts to go big on their wager. (Obviously I’m writing this BEFORE I’ve seen the episode and BEFORE the three responses have been added.)

  6. Mark Barrett | November 16, 2017 at 2:04 pm |

    Looks like there are a lot of predictions for 3/3 by the finalists on the FJ! clue. 🙂

    • Interesting – after seeing the responses. The only reason I thought of the iPhone myself was because of a commercial that’s been running recently about smartphones coming out 10 years ago. But yeah, I can see where you could overthink it in the allotted time, and just assume that the iPhone was “too easy” to be the correct answer. I guess the title will come down to whoever can make a run during the second game.

  7. The flurry of iPhone 10th anniversary buzz came out after these guys played the TOC. So, there’s that. . .

  8. I haven’t seen those recent iPhone ads. I’m proud to say that I got it correct because of this YouTube video:

    And now I always associate that song with iPhone and 2007.

  9. Everyone derps sometimes. I think the intuition that “iPhone” was too easy is what drove the triple stumper.

  10. Was this filmed before the announcement of the iPhone X? That may have hindered a few of their responses.

  11. who has been the youngest tournament of champions winner?

  12. I am disappointed that this was not shown tonight in lieu of Thursday Night Football.

    • We didn’t get it until 10:30 in my town in Washington (the state) as it’s shown on an NBC affiliate and then I damn near missed it because I was rematch ingredients the Tesla Seminole and new Roadster introduction… luckily a good friend with whom I guess FJ with texted me in time. As has been said elsewhere in think Austin and Alan both over thought it and didn’t have the benefit of all the history of the iPhone that was shown prior to the 10’s introduction. Looking forward to tonight, anybody could still take it!

      • I meant to say I was watching the Tesla Semi and Roadster introduction… damn self corrections anyway!

  13. So what question did Austin get wrong by adding an “s”? And how did he end up losing $3200 because of it? I rewound it a couple of times and couldn’t figure it out, and Trebek didn’t elaborate…

    • It was the $1600 clue in TRIPLE RHYME TIME. Adding an S means his response no longer rhymes, thus, it is not acceptable.

      He lost $3,200 because he was originally given 1600, and to go from +1600 to -1600, you have to take away 3200.

  14. Two quibbles:

    1) I am almost certain that slugs do, in fact, eat protists (most of which are non-photosynthetic). Alan’s response (“protists”) should have been accepted.

    2) As regards a pope who served in Hitler’s youth brigade, Austin’s response was “Benedict.” There have been 16 popes who chose the name Benedict. The clue referred to Pope Benedict XVI. Austin’s answer was incomplete, and therefore should not have been accepted.


    • If they didn’t want to accept just Benedict they probably would have asked “which one?” Not declare it unacceptable.

  15. Andy – I always see your recap on this site way before the show airs. I purposely don’t look at it until after the show is over. How do you recap the show at least 6 hours before it airs in your (and my) time zone? How do you watch the show hours before it normally airs??

  16. john blahuta | November 17, 2017 at 3:46 am |

    et pourtant……

  17. I chose iPhone, but given the wording of the clue, I thought iPad, which came out three years later, was a better choice. Austin missed only his second Final…

  18. Ms.Charlie Laurendeau | November 20, 2017 at 10:37 pm |

    Austin Rogers was my favorite to win,he’s so down to earth and funny ,very endearing not to mention brilliant, he should have his own show!!!! and I mean it!
    he’s very special, didn’t you hear me shout the last answer about Montpelier Vermont?? enjoyed your personality , hope to see you on talk shows.
    Good Luck Charlie

  19. Why do the contestants no longer come out and stand next to Alex at the end of the show?

    • Nothing has been officially communicated as to why, but a few theories brought forward:
      1) It saves time when taping. Now, instead of extra time being taken for a producer to take the contestants to their respective marks, Alex can just walk over. It’s one continuous take after Final Jeopardy, and I would venture this saves 10-15 minutes each tape day.
      2) It’s less ableist. Now, contestants with mobility issues don’t have that issue highlighted by the show having to keep the contestants at the lecterns instead of bringing them on stage.

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