Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 21, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Advertising Characters) for Thursday, December 21, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 74):

This brand was looking for a Hemingway type when it hired Jonathan Goldsmith for its commercials

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Kate O’Connor has won her 3rd game, that puts her on our ToC Tracker!

Today’s contestants:

Johnny Leon, a political media analyst from Washington, DC
Johnny Leon on Jeopardy!
Eileen Palmer, a retired chemistry teacher from Hudson, Pennsylvania
Eileen Palmer on Jeopardy!
Kate O’Connor, an insurance salesperson from Florence, New Jersey (3-day total: $61,800)
Kate O'Connor on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: What is Dos Equis?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Jonathan Goldsmith famously portrays Dos Equis’ “The Most Interesting Man in the World” character, a character well known for the line (“I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I drink Dos Equis”.)

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Scores going into Final:
Eileen $13,200
Kate $11,000
Johnny $7,800

Tonight’s results:
Johnny $7,800 + 3,300 = $11,100 (1-day total: $11,100)
Kate $11,000 – $11,000 = $0 (What is Mr. Clean?)
Eileen $13,200 – $9,000 = $4,200 (What is ?!)

Johnny Leon, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 21, 2017 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Eileen $6,000
Kate $4,600
Johnny $4,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) MONGOLIAN $600 (26th pick)
Eileen 4800 +1200 (Johnny 4800 Kate 2800)
2) MEDICAL HISTORY $1200 (10th pick)
Eileen 8800 +3200 (Kate 5400 Johnny 3600)
3) LITERARY TITLE BEFORE & AFTER $1200 (28th pick) ($2800 remaining on the board)
Johnny 10800 -3000 (Eileen 13200 Kate 11000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 34

Unplayed clues:
J! round: FOLKLORE $1000
Total $ Left On Board: $3,800

Game Stats:
Johnny $10,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 5 incorrect, 38.89% in first on buzzer
Eileen $10,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.93% in first on buzzer
Kate $11,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.07% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $32,400
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

Kate O’Connor, final stats:
55 correct, 6 incorrect
22.27% in first on buzzer (49/220)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,300

Johnny Leon, stats to date:
19 correct, 5 incorrect
38.89% in first on buzzer (21/54)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800

Johnny Leon, to win:
2 games: 28.17%
3: 7.94%
4: 2.24%
5: 0.63%
6: 0.18%
Avg. streak: 1.392 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


  • This is only the fourth time this season in regular play that the player in 3rd place going into Final Jeopardy! has won the game (September 20, October 17, and November 28 are the other three.)

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 21, 2017"

  1. “Jonathan Goldsmith famously portrays Dos Equis’ “The Most Interesting Man in the World” character”

    or rather, isn’t it PORTRAYED. He was replaced last year by a younger actor (Augustin Legrand), which made news if I recall.

    It will be interesting to see if anyone answers “What is XX Beer?” I’ve seen the ads a gazillion times, but I’m not sure I’d trust myself to spell “Equis” correctly (or phonetically) without googling, which is what I did just now. 🙂

  2. When contestants come up with unusual names I just have to laugh, especially when Mr. Clean’s name came up from Kate.

  3. Kathy, I hadn’t noticed the Mr Clean comment until you mentioned it! Thanks for making me laugh with you, but not at the expense of Kate. I was hoping she’d go for longer than she did.

  4. Slight correction; the catchphrase is “…when I do, I prefer Dos Equis”, not “drink Dos Equis”.

  5. I thought of the gortons fisherman with gortons fish sticks, but I knew I wad wrong.

  6. I guessed the Gorton’s Fisherman. Stay thirsty, my friends,,,

    • Hey, what can I say. I’m an old guy. The guy’s Hemingway’s spitting image. C’mon, Google it. Any answer’s better than nothing at all,,,

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