Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 18, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Art) for Monday, December 18, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 71):

Perhaps bought from a Sears catalog, a window for an 1880s farmhouse inspired the name of this 1930 painting

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kate O’Connor, an insurance salesperson from Florence, New Jersey
Kate O'Connor on Jeopardy!
Ben Cosman, a research consultant from Rochester, New York
Ben Cosman on Jeopardy!
Denise Littlejohn, a project manager from West Hollywood, California (1-day total: $21,601)
Denise Littlejohn on Jeopardy!

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What is “American Gothic”?

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The house in Grant Wood’s famous painting “American Gothic” is known as “Dibble House” and is also on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

From a 2012 article in the Los Angeles Times:

It was the big gothic window on the second story that struck Wood in 1930, when he was driving through Eldon with a friend. The intricate window, ordered from a Sears catalog, looked out of place in the modest house on the prairie. Wood immediately wanted to paint the plain house and its fancy frill.
“He saw it as humorous,” said R. Tripp Evans, author of “Grant Wood: A Life.” “It embodied everything that was both comical and endearing about Midwestern culture.”


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

Scores going into Final:
Ben $12,200
Kate $11,200
Denise $10,600


Tonight’s results:
Denise $10,600 + 7,000 = $17,600
Kate $11,200 + $9,800 = $21,000 (1-day total: $21,000)
Ben $12,200 – $0 = $12,200 (What is Guernica?)


Kate O'Connor, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 18, 2017 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Denise $4,200
Kate $2,600
Ben $1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE PERKS OF BEING A WILDFLOWER $600 (26th pick)
Denise 4000 – 600 (Kate 2600 Ben 1800)
2) STATE FLAGS $1600 (8th pick)
Kate 5400 +3000 (Denise 5000 Ben 200)
3) PHILIP K. DICK $1600 (17th pick)
Ben 2200 +800 (Kate 10000 Denise 7000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 77


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: CAMERAS $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000


Game Stats:
Kate $9,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.86% in first on buzzer
Denise $11,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
Ben $13,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 6 incorrect, 44.64% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $34,000
Lach Trash: $11,600 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400


Denise Littlejohn, final stats:
34 correct, 4 incorrect
27.03% in first on buzzer (30/111)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $600)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,100


Kate O’Connor, stats to date:
12 correct, 1 incorrect
17.86% in first on buzzer
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800


Kate O’Connor, to win:
2 games: 37.69%
3: 14.21%
4: 5.36%
5: 2.02%
6: 0.76%
Avg. streak: 1.605 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 18, 2017"

  1. The Jeopardy! writers must like “American Gothic” a lot. It’s my impression it’s been the correct FJ! response more than a couple of times.

  2. Here’s a bit of trivia: American Gothic by Wood and Nighthawks by Edward Hopper were both shown at the 1938 American Exposition at the Art Institute of Chicago.

  3. Strange bet by Kate. Why not bet $10,001 to assure a win over Denise if she bets it all. The $9800 bet was not risky enough to cover Denise. I understand the contestants take as much time as needed to do the math, right?

  4. Yes, 3 different stakes in TOC.

    Only W/L here.

  5. Question. I had 4 years of German in school and that never did me a bit of good in life and it never helped on jeopardy because jeopardy is always asking about french and latin words and phrases. What is the best way to study french and latin phrases? Should I sign up for a class or is there an easier way?

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