Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 8, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Poets) for Quarterfinal #3 in the 2017 Tournament of Champions, on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 43):

In 1824 he was refused burial in Westminster Abbey for “questionable morality”; in 1969 he got a memorial stone there

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

David Clemmons, an 11th grade U.S. history teacher from Fort Worth, Texas
David Clemmons on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Alan Lin, a software engineer from Riverside, California
Alan Lin on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Austin Rogers, a bartender from New York, New York
Austin Rogers on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions


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Who is Lord Byron?


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George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (Lord Byron) is certainly one of the best-known British poets of the early 19th century. Best known for works like Don Juan (famously pronounced “JOO-an”) and “She Walks in Beauty”, he caused a scandal when he became involved with Lady Caroline Lamb (who once described Byron as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know”). This was one of many of Byron’s very public relationships. The Westminster Abbey website refers to this as “open profligacy” which caused the failure to commemmorate Byron at Poet’s Corner until 1969. Instead, his body is buried in Nottinghamshire.

Lord Byron's commemorative stone at Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, part of Final Jeopardy on November 8, 2017.

Funny story: according to reports from the audience of this game, they actually had to re-shoot Alex’s opening to the game, because Alex referred to Alan as a College champion. Lilly Chin and Sam Deutsch are the College Champions in this tournament, but it does not surprise me that Alex thinks Alan is that young, as Alan Lin’s age (he was not yet 25 during his original run) was a popular search topic in late April and early May during his original games.

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Scores going into Final:
Alan $19,605
Austin $8,000
David $1,400

Tonight’s results:
David $1,400 – $1,400 = $0 (Who is Longfellow?)
Austin $8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000
Alan $19,605 + $5 = $19,610 (Automatic semifinalist)

Alan Lin, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 8, 2017 episode.)

Automatic Semifinalists:
Monday: Buzzy Cohen, $30,000 ($16,400, $8,400)
Tuesday: Jason Sterlacci, $23,000 ($18,800, $5,000)
Wednesday: Alan Lin, $19,610 ($19,605, $8,800)
Wild Card standings:
1) Pranjal Vachaspati $16,401 ($15,000, $5,400), 99.994% to advance
2) Austin Rogers $16,000 ($8,000, $600), 99.677% to advance
3) Lilly Chin $12,000 ($12,800, $2,000), 78.343% to advance
4) Tim Aten $11,500 ($14,000, $5,600), 32.580% to advance
5) Hunter Appler $1,400 ($1,400, $1,200)
6) David Clemmons $0 ($1,400, $-200)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Alan $8,800
Austin $600
David -$200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
David 1200 -1200 (Alan 7400 Austin 400)
2) BOATS & SHIPS $1200 (7th pick)
Austin 3400 -3400 (Alan 10800 David -200)
3) YOU’LL STOP AT “NOTHING” $1200 (28th pick) ($800 remaining)
Alan 18800 +5 (Austin 8000 David 1400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -200

Game Stats:
Alan $20,800 Coryat, 27 correct, 3 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer
Austin $11,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
David $2,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 4 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $34,800
Lach Trash: $12,000 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200

Alan Lin, stats to date:
176 correct
17 incorrect
37.11% in first on buzzer (167/450)
9/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $18,205)
6/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,525

Austin Rogers, stats to date:
349 correct
46 incorrect
22/28 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $106,100)
13/14 in Final Jeopardy
41.48% in first on buzzer (326/786)
Average Coryat: $17,700

David Clemmons, stats to date:
84 correct
14 incorrect
2/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$200)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
28.98% in first on buzzer (82/283)
Average Coryat: $11,640


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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 8, 2017"

  1. I know less than nothing about poetry, just the famous names and a general knowledge of what period they’re from. Lord Byron was the first name that came to mind for 1824. 3 for 3 today?

    • john blahuta | November 8, 2017 at 10:18 am |

      Yes. If I knew that after “Westminster Abbey” – and literature is NOT my strongest suit – the everybody else should too, especially in a ToC. So I am doing something I normally hardly ever do: 3/3 or however many are left for FJ will get that. If not than I really give up.

  2. Are the players seeded in the sem-finals, or are they randomly placed? It would be a shame if Buzzy, Austin and Seth(if he makes it) had to face each other before the final.

    • Mark Barrett | November 8, 2017 at 1:11 pm |

      I think it’s something in between although the powers won’t share their methods. Going to the 2015 TOC it shows:
      S1: W3 (winner who won 3rd most money in QF round) + WC3 + WC4
      S2: W2 + W4 + WC2
      S3: W1 + WC1 + W5

      That’s a separation of the three high score winners in the QF round. Other things that happen usually are QF players from the same game not meeting in the semis.

      The powers could have an ideal final in mind and they can try to nudge that with how they set up the semifinals. For example if they want a Buzzy vs. Austin in the finals then yes, they would not play in the semis. At this point I would count on Austin not playing Alan in the semis and Pranjal not playing Buzzy.

      I would guess the powers would not like three white male regular play players in the finals. That can be achieved by one semifinal match that does not include Buzzy, Tim, Austin, Seth, Justin or Jon.

      There is latitude in setting up the semifinal matches to try to set a path for favorable result and in no way are the matches set by nine names in a hat and 3 at a time equal a game.

      • john blahuta | November 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm |

        There are still 2 days to go. Austin has a fairly good shot at a wild card but he is not in the SF yet. I would like to see him there, though.

  3. TEN triple stumpers? I gotta get someone to record this game for me; I’ve got a meeting tonight.

  4. john blahuta | November 8, 2017 at 2:08 pm |

    I am surprised that there was a miss. The only consolation is that it was the player with the lowest score. On the negative side, David is a teacher.

    • freddie leonard | November 8, 2017 at 10:52 pm |

      With David being a high school history teacher, you’d think he would’ve gotten it right. Nerves took over I reckon.

  5. Christine Gregory | November 8, 2017 at 9:34 pm |

    How many wild card spots are there?

  6. The powers-that-be might wish to see one of the two women contestants in the finals. This could be achieved if Lilly and Lisa (assuming both make the semis) were paired in the same semi-final round.


  7. So, there have been a couple of people over the past few days accusing the show of being miserly. You guys, frankly, are making me sad.

    My take: It’s entirely the NFL’s fault.

  8. The Triple Stumper stat’s a big hit, haha…

  9. David Clemmons | November 8, 2017 at 11:20 pm |

    I guess I could speak the truth, about final Jeopardy. I had taught the Longfellow poem the “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” all day on Thursday and Friday before I left for Jeopardy. (But, in a history class, not Literature). As soon as I saw 19th Century poets, I had Longfellow on the brain through the entire commercial break. We came back and I couldn’t shake it. As soon as my screen went blank and the music stopped. Byron popped out, of course. It happens.

  10. David Clemmons | November 8, 2017 at 11:23 pm |

    But, no question, I DID blow it.

  11. David Clemmons | November 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm |

    Oh! thank you Andy and Laurie!

    But, I wasn’t responding because I was upset about what they posted. I missed Final Jeopardy. You have 30 seconds to answer and I missed it pure and simple. Was just giving the Fan Page a little insight into why a “teacher” as they said missed that final. Truly had “Longfellow” on the brain from class the two days before Jeopardy and couldn’t shake him. After the screen went blank that prevents you from changing anything, I went “oh, duh” Lord Byron and, of course that was the answer. Like I said, it happens.

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