Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 22, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Record Labels) for Friday, December 22, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 75):

This label, home to U2 & Bob Marley, was created, fittingly, in Jamaica with an investment of 1,000 pounds sterling

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Zach Heinen, an analyst from Burnsville, Minnesota
Zach Heinen on Jeopardy!
Donna Brown, a customer service representative from Seattle, Washington
Donna Brown on Jeopardy!
Johnny Leon, a political media analyst from Washington, DC (1-day total: $11,100)
Johnny Leon on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: What is Island Records?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Island Records was founded in 1959 with £1,000 by Chris Blackwell. With a name inspired by the Harry Belafonte song “Island in the Sun”, Island is best known for making a star out of Bob Marley, introducing the world to reggae music, and later, sticking with a band called U2 even though it took them a few albums before their breakout album, and another couple to become the sensation they are today. The Joshua Tree, though, is one of the greatest albums ever (at least in my eyes).

It was sold to PolyGram in 1989 for $300 million. Not bad!

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

Scores going into Final:
Donna $32,600
Johnny $17,400
Zach $5,400

Tonight’s results:
Zach $5,400 – $0 = $5,400 (What is Columbia?)
Johnny $17,400 – $17,300 = $100 (What is Kingston)
Donna $32,600 + $13,000 = $45,600 (1-day total: $45,600)

Donna Brown, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 22, 2017 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Johnny $8,200
Donna $5,000
Zach $3,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) A DECADE IN THE 20th CENTURY $800 (15th pick)
Johnny 3600 +2000 (Donna 1800 Zach 800)
2) CHARGING BULL $1600 (16th pick)
Donna 9800 +9800 (Johnny 17000 Zach 3800)
3) FEARLESS GIRL $1600 (25th pick)
Donna 22800 +11400 (Johnny 17400 Zach 3800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 206

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000

Game Stats:
Donna $14,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer
Zach $5,400 Coryat, 9 correct, 1 incorrect, 16.07% in first on buzzer
Johnny $16,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 42.86% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $36,200
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000

Johnny Leon, stats to date:
42 correct, 9 incorrect
40.91% in first on buzzer (45/110)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,500

Donna Brown, stats to date:
18 correct, 3 incorrect
32.14% in first on buzzer (18/56)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $21,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600

Donna Brown, to win:
2 games: 85.74%
3: 73.51%
4: 63.03%
5: 54.04%
6: 46.33%
Avg. streak: 7.011 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 22, 2017"

  1. 1 correct. Might become a generation issue, though I got almost all famous artists’ records on vinyl, before there were CDs. Beatles, Stones, a lot of British bands, Aznavour,Neil Diamond,Simon&Garfunkel etc. Might be worth something today to collectors of original recordings..?


    So, Mele Kalikimaka from Maui (currently rain, storm, 65 and that is COLD for Hawaii, there is snow on Haleakala but then it’s over 3000 m high) and power outages galore. Still better than 20 on the mainland I guess..?
    Till next week, enjoy THIS weekend, another week or so left in this year and we will have another long weekend, greeting 2018 already!

    • A meteorologist friend posted a link on Twitter about the snow in Hawaii. 99% of my music collection is classical. 1950’s & 1960’s is about as current as I go in pop music. LOL

      • john blahuta | December 22, 2017 at 8:33 pm |

        Yeah, that would have been Mauna Kea on The Big Island (Hawaii). That mountain is over 4200 m high and has snow cover about 2-3 months a year. Snow on Haleakala (Maui) is rather rare and hardly ever lasts more than 1 or 2 days ( a little over 3000 m).But WHEN there is snow on Haleakala (Hawaiian for “House of the Sun) it is a big deal here!
        Merry Christmas again!

  2. Unusual but gutsy bet by Donna. Nice payday!!! I wonder if being African American had something to do with her correct answer? Maybe a way back Marley fan? Either way, congratulations!

    • Wow, that’s quite a generalization there, John. (Seriously. It comes across as a statement implying “Oh, she only got it because one reason”. Personally, I’d say her history as a college radio DJ might be more helpful.)

      (For the record: I got Island Records myself, but that’s because I was like “I think that’s a thing” and it fit Jamaica.)

      • john blahuta | December 22, 2017 at 7:49 pm |

        Look Andy, I was born in Austria. My parents were Hungarian and Prussian (German). I am a dual citizen, having lived in Europe, the Caribbean and now Hawaii. Yet my favorite entertainer is Armenian, since both his parents were. Yet he was born in Paris, so he is French as well. How do you “generalize” that??
        generalize” that. I wish you would stop putting words in my mouth or at my finger tips I never meant. I know you will delete that as well, because God forbid, somebody dares to disagree with you. It’s your way or no way. Just so you know what I think.Ban me if you want, I could not care less being blocked by somebody who seems to be prejudiced and is maybe not so familiar what is called “freedom of speech”. I did NOT imply that she “only” got it for one reason. I said “It may be a factor”.So PLEASE think before you “render your verdict”.

    • I work with Donna, so I know she has a background in radio. She probably felt very confident about the category.

  3. Grumpy, stay old and grumpy! I really enjoy your comments. By the way, Andy, you’re welcome. I know you added your recent statement to your regular daily review of game because of me…

  4. Why didn’t anyone catch Donna’s incorrect answer of “Mayberry” which should have been “The Andy Griffith Show”?

  5. I had zero idea. I guessed ‘virgin’, but I knew it was wrong.

    • I thought it was Atlantic Records even before the commercial break. After seeing the clue, Atlantic still seemed plausible, as Jamaica is in the Atlantic/Caribbean. Island Records didn’t cross my mind, but I’m glad Donna knew it for a huge payday.

      In Alex’s defense, he may have meant that Donna’s one-day total is the biggest “one-day” total this season, which is true.

  6. freddie leonard | December 22, 2017 at 8:15 pm |

    Watch out Roger, Julia or maybe even Ken. Your all time records may be in JEOPARDY!!

  7. Donna was a lot of fun! Congrats to her.

  8. I almost had to rewind to ensure that I correctly heard Donna’s wager on her second DD. She didn’t hesitate for a moment. Love it!

  9. Got it from “Jamaica” and “fittingly”; the artist who first made me aware of the existence of Island Records was Steve Winwood, who released his first four albums as a solo artist on the imprint.

    I’ll reiterate here what I said on Twitter about Monday’s game – check. your. local. listings. Between the NBA tripleheader on ABC and Steelers at Texans on NBC, I estimate that the usual J! schedule will be disrupted on more than half of the show’s U.S affiliates.

    Happy holidays, regardless of what you celebrate!

  10. Mike johnson sr | December 23, 2017 at 12:12 am |

    I caught that mayberry answer also ,it was talking bout barney then it went to color tv ,but i thought it was asking bout the show the andy griffth show

  11. Richard Branson, the Pound—I guessed Virgin Records, too. Had a rough Final week. Thought I was right, including today, several times but crashed and burned. Never appreciated Marley until later in my life.

    Thanks, Kay, never thought anyone read my
    comments but Andy. I’m Pacific Time and don’t even like to know the category beforehand, well after all the other comments (I think). Most of the time I think I’m being funny. Some people take this way too seriously!

    Merry Christmas to all. God bless us, every one 🙂

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