Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 12, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category French Cities) for Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 67):

The name of this city in the Département du Nord comes from the Flemish for “Church of the Dunes”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Sarah Woodring, a crafter from Sturgis, Kentucky
Sarah Woodring on Jeopardy!
Ian Shin, a professor from Lewiston, Maine
Ian Shin on Jeopardy!
LaKedra Pam, a physician from Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1-day total: $24,801)
LaKedra Pam on Jeopardy!

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What is Dunkirk?

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Dunkirk, a city of about 90,000 people in the far north of France, is well-known due to to its role in World War II; it was famously evacuated by the Allies in 1940 as they had been surrounded by the Nazis; Winston Churchill famously ordered every boat, large or small, to assist in the evacuation. Over 300,000 people were successfuly evacuated in 1940.


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

Scores going into Final:
LaKedra $15,600
Ian $11,600
Sarah $2,000


Tonight’s results:
Sarah $2,000 – 1,999 = $1 (What is [scribbling])
Ian $11,600 – $7,599 = $4,001 (What is Bordeaux?)
LaKedra $15,600 – $7,601 = $7,999 (2-day total: $32,800) (What is Normandy?)


LaKedra Pam, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 12, 2017 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
LaKedra $8,400
Ian $2,200
Sarah $2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) GOOD CAUSES $400 (2nd pick)
LaKedra 200 -1000 (Ian 0 Sarah -200)
2) EUROPEAN HISTORY $1200 (13th pick)
Ian 7800 +3000 (LaKedra 10000 Sarah -600)
3) 5, 5 $1200 (21st pick)
Sarah -200 +1000 (LaKedra 12000 Ian 11200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -12


Unplayed clues:
J! round: MAN MAKES THE CLOTHES $800
DJ! Round: MAMMAL PLANET $800; 5, 5 $400
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000


Game Stats:
LaKedra $16,600 Coryat, 22 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer
Ian $9,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.63% in first on buzzer
Sarah $2,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 4 incorrect, 22.22% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $28,600
Lach Trash: $14,800 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,600


LaKedra Pam, stats to date:
46 correct, 3 incorrect
37.84% in first on buzzer (42/111)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,400)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,100


LaKedra Pam, to win:
3 games: 64.32%
4: 41.37%
5: 26.61%
6: 17.11%
7: 11.01%
Avg. streak: 3.802 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 12, 2017"

  1. Ah,here we go! ALL will get it, though some may be too young to remember that this could have been the turning point in early WWII. Then there is the movie and if you have a little idea of Dutch , German or French even it is almost a literal translation.I usually don’t like 3/3 or 0/3 predictions but this is TOO easy.

    • John, you have traditionally over-estimated people’s knowledge of European geography, and today appears to have been no exception. 😉

      • john blahuta | December 12, 2017 at 7:11 pm |

        Actually I think Americans and European history and geography DO NOT mix at all, but the we are not supposed to criticize contestants.

        Although a friend just told me that she had a discussion with an acquaintance, who knew Napoleon was beaten at Waterloo but that Waterloo was in R U S S I A !!! The guy has a history degree AND served in the European theater in WWII. Well, he is 92, so…

        So just for future reference: If FJ is about foreign/Europen history/geograpphy, here is my standard prediction:

        out of 3: Foreign/Eorope = minus one, history/geography = another minus one, and MAYBE one right or an “I have know idea”, “scribble”, whatever. So an average of 0.5 if one could make that prediction.

        There is just one bright side: at least Normandy and Bordeaux are in France.

        (Admin note: Portions of this comment were edited for length.)

        • For sake of transparency, John:

          I think you’ve made some excellent points here. That said, a number of members of the community have asked that I try to put a cap on the length of the comments here, as it’s difficult to make it through and actually determine your thesis.

          • john blahuta | December 13, 2017 at 1:13 pm |

            Such as the fact that the vast majority of the American population is ignorant and arrogant when it comes to foreign history, languages, geography etc and The US become more and more isolated…I understand. Often it’s difficult to hear the truth.

  2. Such an easy one, especially with the recent movie.

  3. I guessed alsace.

  4. Did anyone notice LaKedra ran both the Holiday Songs and Anagrammed State Capitals categories today in the first round before the first break?

    • Ian rang in first but missed on 1 of those Holiday Songs category clues, but LaKedra responded correctly.

  5. I guessed Chartres (cathedral/church). Thought I had me a Triple Stumper Final 😐

    • I’ve always believed the category for the Final was chosen at random and is never topical (except maybe by pure coincidence), as a few commenters have suggested, so there was nothing “easy” about it. However, in the general categories, it seems to me that sometimes they might slip in something of current interest like, say, this time of year, the Christmas season.

      The way the champ put together those anagrams without hesitation, WOW!

      “Though some may be too young to remember that this could have been the turning point in early WWII.” Priceless!

  6. I guessed Ste. Mere Eglise, being familiar with it from D-Day. I knew the “Eglise” part was church, but I didn’t know that “Ste. Mere” was Saint Mary. I was hoping the Mere, being similar to the Spanish “mar,” meant “sea,” and perhaps the “Ste.” meant “sand,” giving it the meaning of “sand sea church.” Because the clue called for a “church,” I immediately jumped to Eglise, so I didn’t consider any other possibility.

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