Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Authors) for Monday, December 25, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 76):

A prefatory poem he wrote to one of his novels tells of “The dream-child moving through a land Of wonders wild and new”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Charlie Harless, a procurement analyst from Washington, DC
Charlie Harless on Jeopardy!
Natalie Ballas, a dentist from Tulatin, Oregon
Natalie Ballas on Jeopardy!
Donna Brown, a customer service representative from Seattle, Washington (1-day total: $45,600)
Donna Brown on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: Who is Lewis Carroll?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The poem, titled “All in the golden afternoon…”, was a prefatory poem to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It recalls the afternoon where Carroll met Alice Liddell (“Secunda” in the poem) and her two sisters Lorina and Edith.

You can find the full text of “All in the golden afternoon…” here.

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

Scores going into Final:
Donna $21,400
Natalie $12,400
Charlie $6,000

Tonight’s results:
Charlie $6,000 + $2,500 = $8,500
Natalie $12,400 + $0 = $12,400 (1-day total: $12,400)
Donna $21,400 – $10,000 = $11,400 (Who is C S Lewis?)

Natalie Ballas, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 25, 2017 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Donna $8,600
Natalie $5,400
Charlie $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ONE-WORD BOOK TITLES $600 (19th pick)
Donna 3000 +3000 (Natalie 4200 Charlie -200)
2) TITANIC $2000 (10th pick)
Charlie 4200 +3000 (Donna 11400 Natalie 5800)
3) MY HEART WILL GO ON $1600 (14th pick)
Natalie 8200 +5000 (Donna 11400 Charlie 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 232

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0

Game Stats:
Natalie $9,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer
Donna $19,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer
Charlie $5,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $33,000
Lach Trash: $15,400 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,600

Donna Brown, final stats:
39 correct, 7 incorrect
36.28% in first on buzzer (41/113)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $24,200)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,800

Natalie Ballas, stats to date:
19 correct, 3 incorrect
31.58% in first on buzzer (23/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,000

Natalie Ballas, to win:
2 games: 41.33%
3: 17.08%
4: 7.06%
5: 2.92%
6: 1.21%
Avg. streak: 1.704 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)

17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 25, 2017"

  1. Merry Christmas, Andy.

  2. Merry Christmas andy

  3. Merry Christmas, all!

  4. john blahuta | December 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm |


    Had Donna just wagered the conservative, required 3.401 she would have won with 17.999, since Natalie stayed put. Unusual wagers,especially by Natalie. She must have sensed that Donna would wager big and would miss??
    Well, congratulations to Natalie either way and again, Happy Holidays to all of you!

    Aloha and MELE KALIKIMAKA from Maui!

    • Yes, I’d imagine Donna is wishing she made that $3401 bet. Or maybe a $2020 one ;-).

    • Methinks Natalie got a bit lucky by not wagering to win, and Donna got caught being greedy again, after it paid off for her in her first game (though, here she bet outside the margin if you assume the 2nd place player bets $0, so Donna shouldn’t have bet more than $8999). But I could see what she was doing. It’s the betting strategy Austin used to get above $60K one game. If you assume your opponent will bet to pass you and get the answer right, you have to be right to beat them anyway, so you can play in the margins to see if you can bet more than just enough to cover (but, like I said before, not betting more than would take you under their current total if you’re wrong, since that’s the most they could have if they’re also wrong, but bet $0).

      • Except that Austin did it in a two-player Final Jeopardy; Donna’s wager here is what Keith Williams would have termed a “Lazarus” wager, as it resurrected Charlie from the dead, as it were.

  5. Yes, I’d imagine Donna is wishing she made that $3401 bet. Or maybe a $2020 one ;-).

  6. Kara Chandler | December 25, 2017 at 7:16 pm |

    Merry Christmas from Route 66! My mom will be opening a boxing day gift from “The Jeopardy Fan” online store once the family assembles at Grandma’s house tomorrow. Andy, hoping you get That Call in the New Year!

  7. Kind of funny that a “Natalie” won the episode aired on Christmas day…!

  8. Donna was cocky and greedy, but she seemed more cocky than greedy.

  9. Can anyone tell me when where this was aired on tv or how i might be able to watch it please????

  10. Natalie is a lovely winner, but I really enjoyed Donna’s 2 appearances on the show. She seemed to have a sense of wonderment at her own ability! And she hugged the other contestants. I don’t remember ever seeing that in all the years I’ve watched the show.

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