Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 29, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Familiar Phrases) for Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 58):

In the 1870s this phrase meant a hairdo, using a British word for bangs; now it’s an extreme group on the edge of a cause

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Shawn Adler, a high school English teacher from Hackensack, New Jersey
Shawn Adler on Jeopardy!
Missy Meyer, a graphic designer from Gilbert, Arizona
Missy Meyer on Jeopardy!
Matt Preston, a assets protection leader from Harvest, Alabama (1-day total: $20,799)
Matt Preston on Jeopardy!

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What is lunatic fringe?

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From The Wheeling Daily Register of July 1875:

“Lunatic Fringe” is the name given to the fashion of cropping the hair and letting the ends hang down over the forehead.

And Oliver’s Optics Magazine, February 1874:

“The girls!” exclaimed Miss Lizzie, lifting her eyebrows till they met the “lunatic fringe” of hair which straggled uncurled down her forehead.

“Fringe” is the British word for bangs. “Lunatic fringe” clearly refers to a hairstyle of the 1870s, and of course, Teddy Roosevelt’s famous quote of 1913:

There is apt to be a lunatic fringe among the votaries of any forward movement.

Source: Gary Martin


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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $10,800
Missy $8,200
Shawn $7,000


Tonight’s results:
Shawn $7,000 – $7,000 = $0 (What is a radical l)
Missy $8,200 – $5,801 = $2,399 (What is fringe element)
Matt $10,800 – $5,601 = $5,199 (2-day total: $25,998) (What is end of your rope)


Matt Preston, today's Jeopardy! champion (for the November 29, 2017 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Missy $2,600
Shawn $1,800
Matt $800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) I GET A KICK OUT OF HISTORY $1000 (10th pick)
Matt -400 -1000 (Shawn 1400 Missy 0)
2) CAPITALS IN OCEANIA $800 (13th pick)
Matt 7600 +2000 (Missy 4600 Shawn 4600)
3) BUILDING, ROMAN $2000 (29th pick) ($2000 left on the board)
Matt 12800 -2000 (Missy 8200 Shawn 7000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -89


Unplayed clues:
J! round: BILDUNGSROMAN $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,000


Game Stats:
Matt $12,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer
Missy $8,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer
Shawn $7,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.43% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $27,800
Lach Trash: $18,200 (on 18 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000


Matt Preston, stats to date:
31 correct, 6 incorrect
28.32% in first on buzzer (32/113)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,500


Matt Preston, to win:
3 games: 35.44%
4: 12.56%
5: 4.45%
6: 1.58%
7: 0.56%
Avg. streak: 2.549 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 29, 2017"

  1. If everybody loses then one is still the winner…..

  2. STUART L RUBIN | November 29, 2017 at 4:14 pm | Reply

    I doubt that very many people would have gotten this correct.

  3. Andy do you think the judges would have accepted just Fringe?

  4. Christopher Denault | November 30, 2017 at 10:40 am | Reply

    Although I’d love to say that Missy deserves another shot since “fringe element” was close enough, her answer doesn’t fit the first part of the question, as this phrase didn’t exist in the 1870’s. While “fringe element” can indeed mean an extreme group on the edge of a cause, that exact phrase was never used to describe a woman’s hairstyle in the 1870’s. Sooo close, but not quite.

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