Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 15, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Movie Settings) for Friday, December 15, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 70):

The setting for this 1994 Oscar-winning animated film was inspired by Kenya’s Hell’s Gate National Park

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Denise Littlejohn, a project manager from West Hollywood, California
Denise Littlejohn on Jeopardy!
Kiersten Brown, a writer and retail clerk from Champlain, New York
Kiersten Brown on Jeopardy!
Craig Tollin, a professor from Roanoke, Virginia (1-day total: $22.001)
Craig Tollin on Jeopardy!

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What is “The Lion King”?

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Many settings from The Lion King, including Pride Rock, and the gorge where Mufasa was killed, were inspired by Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya.

(As an aside: The show’s writing staff has been significantly better this season when it comes to naming the correct year for Oscar-winning films. They got their wording dead-on correct again this time. The Lion King was released in 1994.)


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

Scores going into Final:
Denise $13,600
Craig $10,800
Kiersten $8,600


Tonight’s results:
Kiersten $8,600 + $7,999 = $16,599
Craig $10,800 + $6,401 = $17,201
Denise $13,600 + $8,001 = $21,601) (1-day total: $21,601)


Denise Littlejohn, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 15, 2017 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Craig $4,600
Kiersten $3,400
Denise $1,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BEFORE THE EURO $600 (9th pick)
Denise 1200 +1200 (Kiersten 1000 Craig 400)
2) LIVE IN TEXAS $1600 (11th pick)
Craig 6600 -2000 (Kiersten 6200 Denise 4800)
3) ALL MY… $2000 (20th pick)
Craig 8200 -1000 (Denise 8800 Kiersten 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 58


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: HISTORICAL ODD PAIRS $400 & $800
Total $ Left On Board: $1200


Game Stats:
Denise $13,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.09% in first on buzzer
Craig $13,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.09% in first on buzzer
Kiersten $8,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.09% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $35,400
Lach Trash: $8,800 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,600


Craig Tollin, final stats:
36 correct, 6 incorrect
29.46% in first on buzzer (33/112)
2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,300


Denise Littlejohn, stats to date:
16 correct, 3 incorrect
29.09% in first on buzzer (16/55)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,000


Denise Littlejohn, to win:
2 games: 45.05%
3: 20.29%
4: 9.14%
5: 4.12%
6: 1.85%
Avg. streak: 1.820 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 15, 2017"

  1. Wow. That is an incredibly easy Final IMO.

    • A couple of thoughts:

      • You never know what the pressure of the lights is going to do;
      • “easy” Final Jeopardy clues are important, as they keep the betting strategy honest. If Final Jeopardy was always absurdly difficult, then leaders would start betting more conservatively, and the drama of the round would be gone.
      • Let’s see…minus one for Movies, minus one for Africa…Nah, just kidding. Whoever leads is winning this one.

      • And I think the show might lose viewership if the home audience could never get a Final. I know people who get all excited about just getting one or two right during a show. That’s what makes it fun and keeps them coming back 🙂

    • I like the question, but I think the 1994 reference gives it away. Leave out the year and I think it’s a question that most players would reasonably get but it’s not as much as a gimme (as basically, aside from the Oscar part, the clue is asking to name an animated film with an African setting, which is already a limited list).

  2. john blahuta | December 15, 2017 at 1:05 pm |

    The easy Friday one…..and again a new champ.

    HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYBODY!!!!

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