Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 19, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World War II) for Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 72):

The book “From the Volcano to the Gorge” tells the story of this World War II battle

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jordan Garroway, a mechanical engineer from Rochester, New York
Jordan Garroway on Jeopardy!
Lisa Beth Davis, a retired Army Master Sergeant from Altadena, California
Lisa Beth Davis on Jeopardy!
Kate O’Connor, an insurance salesperson from Florence, New Jersey (1-day total: $21,000)
Kate O'Connor on Jeopardy!


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What is Iwo Jima?


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The book, From the Volcano to the Gorge: Getting the Job Done on Iwo Jima, was written by Howard McLaughlin, Jr. and Raymond Miller, two Marine veterans of the Battle of Iwo Jima. McLaughlin witnessed the flag raising on Mt. Suribachi from his post as a machinegunner, and participated in the final fight at the gorge.

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

Scores going into Final:
Kate $9,600
Jordan $7,400
Lisa Beth $6,800

Tonight’s results:
Lisa Beth $6,800 + 6,800 = $13,600
Jordan $7,400 – $6,200 = $1,200 (What is Etna?)
Kate $9,600 + $9,600 = $19,200 (2-day total: $40,200)

Kate O'Connor, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 19, 2017 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jordan $6,800
Kate $2,400
Lisa Beth $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) FIRST LADIES OF THE WORLD $600 (8th pick)
Lisa Beth 400 +1000 (Kate 800 Jordan 800)
2) DEAD MEN TELL SOME TALES $800 (17th pick)
Jordan 8000 -1000 (Kate 7200 Lisa Beth 4200)
3) ANGELS IN AMERICA $800 (23rd pick)
Lisa Beth 5400 +3000 (Kate 7200 Jordan 6600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 143

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: MICROBIOTA $1600 & $2000, ANGELS IN AMERICA $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $5,600

Game Stats:
Kate $9,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 20.37% in first on buzzer
Lisa Beth $4,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 8 incorrect, 38.89% in first on buzzer
Jordan $8,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.48% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $22,200
Lach Trash: $14,800 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,400

Kate O’Connor, stats to date:
24 correct, 3 incorrect
19.09% in first on buzzer (21/110)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,700

Kate O’Connor, to win:
3 games: 32.59%
4: 10.62%
5: 3.46%
6: 1.13%
7: 0.37%
Avg. streak: 2.483 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


  • Players with scores between $9,000 and $9,999 going into Final Jeopardy! have won 21.83% of the time since October 4, 2004 (110 wins, 394 losses).

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 19, 2017"

  1. Easy for me, we get a lot more documentaries about Iwo Jima here in Hawaii, same as with Pearl. Iwo Jima is after all also part of the Pacific Rim. I would say 2 correct. One possible wrong answer could be Salerno, since it’s only a stone throw away from Vesuvius and the Americans landed in Italy right there. So the “volcano” clue could be misleading. But the flag raising picture is world famous after all. Sill, 2 correct.

    • For the record: when I played this at home, I went for Monte Cassino, because I thought Italy.

      But I’m Canadian, after all.

      • john blahuta | December 19, 2017 at 2:40 pm |

        There was another battle there about a few months later, pretty heavy and high allied casualties. It’s only about 150 km away from Salerno.And Etna was just the other Italian volcano, only this one on Sicily and not the mainland.Jordan mixed up 2 of the volcanoes, but thought Italy anyway. Gutsy bet by Kate and we have at least a 2 day champ. Congratulations, maybe she can go on??

        And btw, Italy WAS the “misleading” choice…whether you are Canadian or not, they put it in on purpose.

      • Enos Williams | December 20, 2017 at 12:48 am |

        I thought of Iwo Jima immediately, but considered that to be too easy. Couldn’t think of any battles on Sicily, so I went with my first guess. Sometimes I overcomplicate things.

  2. Two days in a row with a Rochester, New York contestant — Go Rochester!!!!

  3. re: “Players with scores between $9,000 and $9,999 going into Final Jeopardy! have won 21.83% of the time since October 4, 2004 (110 wins, 394 losses).”

    I’m curious – what are the stats for those with $9,xxx AND IN THE LEAD going into Final? Or is having the lead implied in your stats?

  4. Nothing was said about the answer Alex gave Lisa Beth points then took them away during her Double Jeopardy. Totally throws her off from there. Shouldn’t be take backs like that.

    • Let me ask you this: how would it be fair to Lisa Beth’s two opponents if they just let those clearly incorrect responses stand?

      • I was saying the timing of Alex correcting her was wrong. For HIS mistake (he read and said aloud the correct title and gave her points for an incorrect answer), she should have been allowed to wager it all, then have the original point amount of that question removed.

        • Jeopardy is not a one player game.

          It is a three player game.

          What you are suggesting is so inherently unfair to the other two players on that stage that Standards & Practices would laugh you out of the office if you even raised the issue with them.

          • I think what Tim is saying is that there’s a question of how long Alex would have waited for her to finish the answer had he not added “Forever” to her incomplete response of “Stars and Stripes” as he ruled her correct. From what I’ve seen, unless Alex has been given very specific instructions from the judges about what to accept or not, he would have allowed the entire allotted time to elapse before saying her answer was incomplete. So Tim might be operating under the assumption that an awkward silence could have inspired her to complete the response (if she even knew the full title, which is a big ‘if’ given how she didn’t say it initially), and thus she would have had more money to bet (though $1200 at that point in the game seems like it would have had minimal impact on the final result).

            Speaking of unfair, it was just an unfortunate circumstance that arose in that the other players didn’t get a chance to give the correct response to get more money themselves. And it came up again with the ‘Scrooged’ response, with Alex basically killing a clue by accepting (or mishearing) an incorrect response, and thus not allowing the other players to have a rebound attempt at it.

            As to throwing off Lisa Beth, didn’t she take a lead late in DJ before falling back a bit more? Seems like the only thing that hurt her was giving wrong and incomplete answers.

  5. I thought immediately that lisa may have left the d out of scrooged. They also got her on stars and stripes. They should have given her credit for the stars and stripes at least.

    • Absolutely not. Titles are immutable. The work is called “Stars and Stripes Forever”, that’s what the contestants need to give.

    • Yeah. I was disappointed that the other players didn’t get a chance to buzz in since Alex was so quick to accept the wrong response.

  6. john blahuta | December 19, 2017 at 8:44 pm |

    Well, got at least the 2 correct and Italy as the wrong answer, though it was Sicily (Etna) instead of Salerno (Vesuvius) on the mainland. Close enough.

  7. The topical general category (Christmas) I mentioned last week. Finals always seem to be random.

    It should’ve been minus one for History and minus one for Foreign.

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