Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 20, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category European Countries) for Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 73):

This country’s last 3 queens abdicated in favor of their children

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Justin Bourassa, a high school English teacher and coach from Medford, Massachusetts
Justin Bourassa on Jeopardy!
Remy Timbrook, a children’s librarian from Oakland, California
Remy Timbrook on Jeopardy!
Kate O’Connor, an insurance salesperson from Florence, New Jersey (2-day total: $40,200)
Kate O'Connor on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: What is The Netherlands?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Those three queens were Wilhelmina (reigned from 1890-1948), Juliana (reigned from 1948-1980), and Beatrix (reigned from 1980-2013). Beatrix abdicated in 2013 in favor of her son, William-Alexander.

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Scores going into Final:
Justin $11,400
Kate $10,800
Remy $10,400

Tonight’s results:
Remy $10,400 – 1,100 = $9,300 (What is Spain?)
Kate $10,800 + $10,800 = $21,600 (3-day total: $61,800)
Justin $11,400 – $10,201 = $1,199 (What is Portugal?)

Kate O'Connor, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 20, 2017 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Justin $10,200
Kate $4,800
Remy $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) SILVER & GOLD $800 (23rd pick)
Justin 7800 +2000 (Kate 4200 Remy 600)
2) MIND YOUR GRAMMAR $1600 (4th pick)
Remy 2600 +2600 (Justin 11000 Kate 4400)
3) AUTHORS’ BIOGRAPHIES $1600 (25th pick)
Justin 13400 -2000 (Kate 10800 Remy 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 111

Unplayed clues:
J! round: ‘TIS THE SEASON $200
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $200

Game Stats:
Kate $10,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer
Remy $9,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 23.21% in first on buzzer
Justin $12,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $32,400
Lach Trash: $13,600 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,800

Kate O’Connor, stats to date:
40 correct, 4 incorrect
21.69% in first on buzzer (36/166)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,067

Kate O’Connor, to win:
4 games: 31.54%
5: 9.95%
6: 3.14%
7: 0.99%
8: 0.31%
Avg. streak: 3.461 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 20, 2017"

  1. Europe, history, should be 1 correct. But I’ll be optimistic and say 2 CORRECT, since there are not that many choices. 1 possible incorrect answer: Denmark.

    • 1 correct is right. Keep guessing for the two incorrect responses.

      • I still think still 2 correct. The only other wrong answer except Denmark could be Belgium, but not really. So I stay with 2 correct, wrong answer Denmark (or blank).

  2. Portugal is not even a monarchy anymore since 1910 (a short period of less than a month in 1919 notwithstanding). I am baffled by both Spain and Portugal. Plus, the abdication of Juan Carlos in 2014 was featured pretty prominently.Felipe became king the day Spain lost to Chile June 18,2014 and was eliminated after being pummeled by The Netherlands before that.Sometimes it pays to be a football (soccer) fan!AND WE HAVE A 3 DAY CHAMP!! CONGRATULATIONS!

    • John: LaKedra talked on the last #JeopardyLivePanel about the whole “how could you write something down that hardly at all fits the category” thing.

    • I’m inclined to accept most attempted responses as reasonable because the FJ answer didn’t specify whether this was an existing monarchy, just “the last three queens.” I read that as potentially meaning three queens spread across multiple centuries, interspersed with some kings, and not necessarily current monarchies. I guessed the Netherlands, but I thought about guessing many other countries who no longer have monarchies.

      • john blahuta | December 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm |

        True. You had sometime “3 queens” even in the years after 1000 CE, some recognized, some not (England!) So thinking of past monarchies is a smart and unique approach!

        • john blahuta | December 20, 2017 at 5:55 pm |

          England: Jane Grey, (queen of 9 days, disputed),Mary I (Bloody Mary, Elizabeth I, back to back to back.

  3. Jeez…Justin starts hot in the first round with $10,200. And finishes with $11,400. Such a big disappointment…especially since it looked like he was probably gonna be the winner. What in the name of Sam Hill happened with Justin in the 2nd round that got him there?

  4. freddie leonard | December 20, 2017 at 7:41 pm |

    I thought Justin would’ve nailed final considering he’s an English teacher and the clue dealt with literature.

  5. Pretty boring episode. The first round had the Jingle clues and that was pretty fun to see how fast you could think of them. I’d like to see a DJ Jingle category. Or DJ Logo theme. Has there been a logo theme in the past?

    Justin let me down as well. The librarian was a good contestant. I liked her idea of the free library she offers in front of her house. Kate is on a roll and will be having a good time in Hawaii.

  6. Every day, the numbers haven’t favored Kate going forward, but she’s very quietly put together a nice streak.

    • freddie leonard | December 21, 2017 at 9:56 am |

      Indeed but if she continues to win this way, I don’t see another Ken Jennings in the works haha.

  7. Enos Williams | December 20, 2017 at 11:29 pm |

    I am wondering if my response of “participle” for “modifier” would have been accepted in the grammar category, as all participles are modifiers, yet not all modifiers are participles.

    I thought Justin did rather well in that category, but I also don’t generally pay attention to what the contestants’ occupations are. Perhaps I should start doing that.

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