Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 7, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Landlocked Countries) for Quarterfinal #2 in the 2017 Tournament of Champions, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 42):

South of the Tropic of Capricorn, this kingdom is the world’s southernmost landlocked country

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Jason Sterlacci, a 4th grade teacher from Somerset, New Jersey
Jason Sterlacci on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Lilly Chin, a robotics Ph.D. student at MIT from Decatur, Georgia
Lilly Chin on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Tim Aten, an editor from Vermilion, Ohio
Tim Aten on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions


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What is Lesotho?


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Over in South America, Paraguay straddles the Tropic of Capricorn, but Lesotho in southern Africa is a few degrees south of that; with the 30th parallel south almost bisecting the country. It’s completely surrounded by South Africa and at about 11,700 square miles, is one of the world’s smaller countries. Its king is Letsie III, and (like many former British colonial possessions) is a constitutional monarchy.

In Jason’s interview today, he spoke about the blue ribbons that everyone in the Tournament is wearing over the next two weeks; they’re in remembrance of Cindy Stowell, who would have competed in this Tournament of Champions had she not passed away from colon cancer in December 2016, shortly before her games aired. Jeopardy! is also donating $10,000 in Cindy’s memory. What a grand gesture from both Jeopardy as well as Jason and his wife Rebekah, who co-ordinated the efforts and cut the ribbons for the contestants to wear.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jason $18,800
Tim $14,000
Lilly $12,800

Tonight’s results:
Lilly $12,800 – $800 = $12,000 (What is Bhutan)
Tim $14,000 – $2,500 = $11,500 (What is Myanmar?)
Jason $18,800 + $4,200 = $23,000 (Automatic semifinalist)

Jason Sterlacci, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 7, 2017 episode.)

Automatic Semifinalists:
Monday: Buzzy Cohen, $30,000 ($16,400, $8,400)
Tuesday: Jason Sterlacci, $23,000 ($18,800, $5,000)
Wild Card standings:
1) Pranjal Vachaspati $16,401 ($15,000, $5,400), 99.926% to advance
2) Lilly Chin $12,000 ($12,800, $2,000), 86.681% to advance
3) Tim Aten $11,500 ($14,000, $5,600), 53.808% to advance
4) Hunter Appler $1,400 ($1,400, $1,200), 0.008% to advance

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Tim $5,600
Jason $5,000
Lilly $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) “B” A SPORT $1000 (5th pick)
Tim 600 +1000 (Lilly 800 Jason 800)
2) KICKING AXIS $1600 (18th pick)
Jason 15800 +3000 (Tim 10000 Lilly 5600)
3) THE DREADED OPERA CATEGORY $800 (21st pick)
Lilly 7600 +4000 (Jason 18800 Tim 11200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 172

Game Stats:
Jason $17,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
Lilly $9,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
Tim $14,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $41,000
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,000

Jason Sterlacci, stats to date:
116 correct
11 incorrect
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,400)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
37.54% in first on buzzer (107/285)
Average Coryat: $18,560

Lilly Chin, stats to date:
102 correct
12 incorrect
8/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,200)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
34.28% in first on buzzer (97/283)
Average Coryat: $15,200

Tim Aten, stats to date:
162 correct
13 incorrect
7/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
5/9 in Final Jeopardy
29.29% in first on buzzer (145/495)
Average Coryat: $12,355

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26 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 7, 2017"

  1. john blahuta | November 7, 2017 at 9:47 am |

    Prediction: total strikeout.

    • john blahuta | November 7, 2017 at 10:15 am |

      Well, MAYBE one at the most,but no more.

      • Really? What else could it be?

        • I’m legit scared that if yesterday and today are any indication, the Champs are going to go something absurd like 13/15 in Final Jeopardy this week and do all sorts of weird things with the wild card cutoffs.

        • Mark Barrett | November 7, 2017 at 11:02 am |

          You may have to consider whether the players know where the Tropic of Capricorn is located? I dare you to guess the two misses.

          • john blahuta | November 7, 2017 at 11:19 am |

            either no reply or some small kingdom in the South Sea. (Tonga)

          • john blahuta | November 7, 2017 at 11:35 am |

            where they overlook the “landlocked “portion, Swaziland is the most likely wrong answer. It is landlocked , just a little north of Lesotho and a monarchy. No reply is another option or a country that is either not landlocked or no monarchy. And stranger things have happened in FJ over the long run of the show when players missed a vital portion of the clue, such as “landlocked” or some other clue that in hindsight was hard to explain. I know, this is the ToC and the contestants are the cream of the crop. Still, I am not that optimistic. Let’s wait for the results. It would not be the first time that I am completely wrong, but I have a bad feeling about this.

        • john blahuta | November 7, 2017 at 2:52 pm |

          I rest my case…….

          • john blahuta | November 7, 2017 at 3:11 pm |

            The bad feeling was unfortunately (for 2 players) right.Not even on the right continent.For once my crystal ball was right.Still, Lilly and Tim may have a chance as far as a WC is concerned. All depends on the rest of the week. Somebody might end up with 11.999..again: stranger things have happened. Imo today’s FJ was way tougher than yesterday’s.The 1812 overture was a gimme, especially the way the clue was phrased. All you needed was to be able to deduct a little more than 60 from 1880 ,some knowledge about the Napoleonic war(s) and that Tchaikovsky was Russian….Having read ” Commodore Hornblower” (C.S. Forester) also would have helped. Geography or history mixed with foreign material are never a good omen for a 3/3 in FJ. That’s why I was rather pessimistic, it was my main reason.

        • john blahuta | November 7, 2017 at 3:21 pm |

          @ Andy


  2. Honestly, I think the Tropic of Capricorn addendum to the clue made no difference to my train of thought. Southernmost is southernmost regardless of that addendum.

  3. Lesotho was the first country that came to mind for me, I think because it’s famous for being one of only three countries in the world completely surrounded by another country, thereby making it landlocked. I predict 3 for 3. (I believe the others are Vatican City and San Marino.)

  4. john blahuta | November 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm |

    Maybe if they had icluded the fact that the country in question is an enclace, the outcome would have been different? After all, Vatican City and San Marino are north of the equator and therefore excluded as answer, which would have left only Lesotho. But then the writers may have thought that would be too easy. They made it pretty easy yesterday, though.

  5. john blahuta | November 7, 2017 at 3:29 pm |

    sorry for the typo, enclaVe, not enclace. That’s what you get when your typing is sloppy and the 2 letters are next to each other on the keyboard.

  6. john blahuta | November 7, 2017 at 3:48 pm |

    A little added irony:the 27 northern latitude runs through both countries, Bhutan AND Myanmar.
    I guess the Tropic of Capricorn was not much help, it may have even be confused with the Tropic of Cancer, although Bhutan is entirely and Myanmar partly even north of the Tropic of Cancer (ToC), pun intended….

    • When I read “landlocked”, I thought (incorrectly) “surrounded by another country”. Sometimes you can luckily back into a correct response…I did here! There are actually 49 landlocked countries in the world. (I looked it up of course!) 🤓

  7. Will Morris | November 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm |







  8. john blahuta | November 7, 2017 at 5:53 pm |

    So far, Will! It’s not over yet….

  9. Historical question. How have the winners of past College Championships fared in ToC competitions? Very bright young people, but lacking in the life experience of more mature players.


  10. Regarding how the college kids do in the TOC. Sometimes they will have the advantage when the questions are about current technology, current music & immature movies, and lit for younger people. The kids have a disadvantage, for example, if there are questions about Iran/Contra, John DeLorean, Watergate, old music & old movies, etc…

    Overall, I noticed that the lack of life experience will eventually hurt the 20somethings and help the people in their 40s and 50s. For example, does a 22 year old know the person Dan Rather replaced? Does a 22 year old even know about Dan Rather? Does a 22 year old know the person Jay Leno replaced? Those questions are current events for a 40 and 50 something, but stump most college kids.

  11. Darrell Lehman | November 9, 2017 at 2:08 pm |

    My poor memory says a young woman had $0 after the first day of a College Tournament but won – am I nuts???

  12. Enos Williams | November 10, 2017 at 12:40 am |

    I got this right for the wrong reason. I (mistakenly) thought Swaziland had a small coastal area.

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