Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 9, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Great Depression) for Quarterfinal #4 in the 2017 Tournament of Champions, on Thursday, November 9, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 44):

A street-corner occupation that saved many in the Depression was aided by a 1930 tops-in-the-U.S. crop in this state

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Sam Deutsch, a business consultant from Calabasas, California
Sam Deutsch on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Lisa Schlitt, a microbiologist from Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Lisa Schlitt on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Seth Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate & adjunct professor from Nacogdoches, Texas
Seth Wilson on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions


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What is Washington?


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The Washington apple industry had a huge bumper crop in 1930. Looking for a place for the apples to go, the International Apple Shippers Association came up with an idea: Send them east! People could buy a crate of 60 apples for $1.75, and sell them for a nickel apiece! If they sold their entire crate in a day, well, that’s a net profit $1.25 — which went a long way, and was a lot better than nothing, in America at that time. By November 1930, streets were packed with apple sellers, and Akron, Ohio went so far as to require apple sellers to give up their spots every two weeks to give more people a chance of at least making some money!

(As an aside: This is the kind of interesting, difficult fact that I was hoping to see more of this week in the Tournament of Champions! I definitely learned something new today!)

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

Scores going into Final:
Lisa $14,400
Sam $12,400
Seth $9,900

Tonight’s results:
Seth $9,900 – $4,501 = $5,399 (What is Iowa?)
Sam $12,400 – $4,200 = $8,200 (What is Florida)
Lisa $14,400 + $1,000 = $15,400 (Automatic semifinalist)

Lisa Schlitt, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 9, 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)
Thursday: Lisa Schlitt, $15,400 ($14,400, $9,200)
Wild Card standings:
1) Pranjal Vachaspati $16,401 ($15,000, $5,400), qualified
2) Austin Rogers $16,000 ($8,000, $600), qualified
3) Lilly Chin $12,000 ($12,800, $2,000), 95.041% to advance
4) Tim Aten $11,500 ($14,000, $5,600), 57.079% to advance
5) Sam Deutsch $8,200 ($12,400, $4,400)
6) Seth Wilson $5,399 ($9,900, $5,600)
7) Hunter Appler $1,400 ($1,400, $1,200)
8) David Clemmons $0 ($1,400, $-200)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lisa $9,200
Seth $5,600
Sam $4,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) “N” TITLED TO LITERATURE $800 (20th pick)
Lisa 3400 +3400 (Sam 4200 Seth 2600)
2) MECHANICS $800 (10th pick)
Lisa 11200 +2000 (Seth 8400 Sam 5600)
3) WHERE & WHEN? $1600 (13th pick)
Seth 8000 -2500 (Lisa 13200 Sam 5600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 87

Game Stats:
Lisa $10,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
Sam $12,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 0 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer
Seth $12,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $35,400
Lach Trash: $13,800 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800

Lisa Schlitt, stats to date:
172 correct
20 incorrect
9/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,100)
6/8 in Final Jeopardy
37.75% in first on buzzer (168/445)
Average Coryat: $14,150

Sam Deutsch, stats to date:
80 correct
8 incorrect
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
27.80% in first on buzzer (77/277)
Average Coryat: $11,440

Seth Wilson, stats to date:
333 correct
37 incorrect
15/23 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,800)
9/14 in Final Jeopardy
40.54% in first on buzzer (313/772)
Average Coryat: $17,671


  • Seth Wilson is now the first player to win at least 9 games and be eliminated in the quarterfinals of a tournament.

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 9, 2017"

  1. john blahuta | November 9, 2017 at 10:11 am |

    I think if you wanted to phrase the clue anymore confusing and ambiguous it would be pretty hard to do so.This could have been said a lot easier.

    • I’m with you…I had no idea what they were going for on first reading…and the contestants only get 30 seconds!

      • There are so many ways you could go with this and be absolutely wrong. Oranges from Florida? Wheat from Nebraska? In trying to figure out what the correct response was, I first had to figure out what had a bumper crop in 1930, and then determine where it came from. Thankfully I came upon some good secondary source material about the Depression and this specific happening that pointed me in the right direction. This was definitely a ToC level Final, and I think the players on the bubble would be very happy to see this clue, as someone needing to double up in Final today will likely not have their tournament end well.

        • Good call Andy. Sam went oranges, and it looks like Seth went corn maybe? Maybe Lisa’s an old movie buff like me…that’s how I figured it out. Applecarts on the corner are everywhere in 30’s movies. Apple Annie in “Lady For a Day” (1933) especially came to mind. Of course it took me a lot longer than 30 seconds to figure it out…that’s why Lisa’s in the Tournament of Champions!

        • john blahuta | November 9, 2017 at 3:32 pm |

          But did you get it in 30 seconds (minus the time to write it down)?
          This was on quite a different level than the “1820 overture” or ” Lord Byron”.Byron I had by the time I read the words “Westminster Abbey…”
          At least Austin is in – I like that and am curious how he will be doing in the SF. Lilly’s chances look pretty good right now, we will see if they’ll have a “Lord Byron” /”1812″ or a “Lesotho”/”Washington” type FJ tomorrow.The Mon/Wed FJs were easier , at least for me.

          Somehow I have a premonition that AUSTIN WILL WIN IT ALL.. If he does, I’ll make a $ 100 donation in memory of Cindy. You would just have to give me the info,Andy, where exactly to send it.
          Regardless how tomorrow’s game goes, let’s hope we will have even difficulty SF games and an exciting 2 days to close out the ToC next week Th and Fr.

          • Oh, I was absolutely nowhere close in 30 seconds. I went for Florida (and oranges), matching Sam as my official guess. It took me 10 minutes, and Google, to get to Washington.

  2. oh man I liked seth. bummer we won’t go through the semi finals. wonder how Andrew, Justin, and jon will do tommorow

  3. I thought it was incredibly easy, but maybe that’s because (a) I’ve seen so many images of Depression-era people selling apples for 5 cents on street corners, and (b) I was born in Washington and lived there for nearly 20 years.

    But I completely whiffed on Lesotho and Byron the last couple of days, and a lot of commenters thought those weren’t hard, so, for the non-serious trivia people like me, what’s easy varies from one’s person’s experience to the next.

    In any case, I’m happy to see that today’s result means that Austin makes it to the semifinals. I just wanted to see him play at least one more game.

    • john blahuta | November 9, 2017 at 4:13 pm |


      It’s always the experience. A player might have no idea about a certain category, but reads by accident an article on the plane to L.A. and it gives the answer what will be the FJ for his/her game……

  4. Christopher Denault | November 9, 2017 at 5:08 pm |

    Shoot… today was one of those days where I wish I could have reached thru the screen and helped my friend Seth out. I had the right year for Delaware (1787) and thought apples right away for FJ. I’ll have to buy him a beer in a couple of weeks to ease his pain. 🙁

  5. In an interview published today (, Austin Rogers mentioned that the Jeopardy! producers strive for diversity among the contestants. Along these lines. it is interesting to note the professions of those who will be in the semis thus far (both winners and wild cards):

    Music Executive
    Elementary school teacher
    Software engineer
    Ph.D. student

    Couldn’t ask for a more diverse group.


    • What an obnoxious lead-in to the article:

      “The Pound Ridge native won $411,000 over his dozen appearances and is trying — maybe not his hardest — to win another $250,000 in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.”

      No one phones it in. Sorry.

  6. I’m shocked that 6x winner Alan Lin had a runaway yesterday instead of 12x winner Austin Rogers and today, 12x winner Seth Wilson is out and eliminated in the quarterfinals!

  7. I bet Austin does not make it to the Finals. Austin was outclassed on Wednesday and I think Austin will be outclassed next week.

  8. Jim From Vermont | November 9, 2017 at 8:59 pm |

    Alex made a noteworthy comment about age after having read the answer.The older you are the more likely you are to know the question.I’m far older than the contestants and knew that people selling apples was,at least in NYC,a common sight during the Depression.And knowing Washington is a major producer of apples and wasn’t affected by the “dust bowl” climate of those years I took a guess.

  9. freddie leonard | November 9, 2017 at 9:47 pm |

    I predict that Austin will be placed at the middle or far right podium for his semi-final game considering that he’s a wild card.

  10. Enos Williams | November 10, 2017 at 12:38 am |

    Yes, this was a Final that made me have to put all the pieces together. For the first few seconds, it was a sit-and-stare, and then I thought, “Didn’t I read somewhere that California actually produces more apples than Washington? If so, was that true during the Depression?” (They don’t. It obviously wasn’t.) Fortunately I didn’t convince myself that it was.

  11. Prediction. Austin and buzzy will not face each other in the semis because the show wants them together in the two day final. Another prediction. Buzzy goes to the Finals but austin gets outclassed in his semifinal game.

  12. Bob Timmermann | November 10, 2017 at 3:28 pm |

    Washington is the top apple producing state in the country. California is 5th. Most of California can’t grow apples in large quantities because it doesn’t get cold enough. Washington, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are the top 4.

  13. Murphy's Law | November 10, 2017 at 5:18 pm |

    I made the connection between the depression and apples, but I didn’t get to Washington, since apples are grown in so many states. I was thinking NYC street corners and said New York. I didn’t think they would be shipping apples across the US to sell on street corners.

  14. I envisioned a movie scene in which old men wearing fingerless, tattered, wool gloves were huddled around a rusty steel drum used as a firepit for roasting chestnuts 🙂

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