Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 26, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Canada) for Tuesday, December 26, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 77):

As a response to new developments there, this territory was carved out of the Northwest Territories in 1898

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Ami Li, a freelance writer from Lyme, Connecticut
Ami Li on Jeopardy!
Cary Bonnell, a project manager from Oblong, Illinois
Cary Bonnell on Jeopardy!
Natalie Ballas, a dentist from Tualatin, Oregon (1-day total: $12,400)
Natalie Ballas on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Yukon Territory?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Yukon Territory was created in 1898 due to the Klondike Gold Rush; 100,000 people migrated to Yukon after gold was discovered in 1896. The Canadian government required anyone entering the new territory to possess a year’s supply of food, which would often weigh half a ton on its own. Many of the migrants didn’t arrive until 1898 itself, and a large number of them were unable to find gold themselves. The rush died down after gold was found a few years later near Nome, Alaska, and many went to the gold fields there.

What also complicated matters was the fact that at the time, both Canada and the United States lay claim to territory along the Alaska Panhandle. The Alaska boundary dispute wasn’t resolved until 1903, and Canadians were so distrusting of the Americans’ handling of the situation that they turfed Wilfrid Laurier’s Liberal government in the 1911 election when it proposed reciprocity with the United States, a situation not helped by Congressional speeches by Democrat Champ Clark and William M. Bennett. Canada and the United States did not reach a free trade agreement until the late 20th century.


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

Scores going into Final:
Cary $11,400
Ami $8,200
Natalie $3,800


Tonight’s results:
Natalie $3,800 + $0 = $3,800
Ami $8,200 + $6,000 = $14,200 (1-day total: $14,200)
Cary $11,400 – $5,001 = $6,399 (What is the Yukon Territories?)

(Judging note: Alex specifically said the plural is not acceptable. This is an absolutely correct ruling by the judges. It is just one territory, unlike the Northwest Territories, which has traditionally consisted of multiple administrative regions.)


Ami Li, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 26, 2017 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Cary $6,200
Natalie $4,200
Ami $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) GREEK LETTER PHRASES $800 (24th pick)
Ami 3400 -1600 (Natalie 4200 Cary 4200)
2) ABRUPT ABBREV. $2000 (13th pick)
Cary 8600 +2000 (Ami 7000 Natalie 3400)
3) Unplayed!
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -24


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: THE BOOK OF PALMS $2000, ON BOXING DAY $1600 & $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $5,600


Game Stats:
Ami $9,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer
Cary $11,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 6 incorrect, 41.82% in first on buzzer
Natalie $3,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 23.64% in first on buzer
Combined Coryat Score: $25,000
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,600


Natalie Ballas, final stats:
32 correct, 6 incorrect
27.68% in first on buzzer (31/112)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,400


Ami Li, stats to date:
17 correct, 4 incorrect
30.91% in first on buzzer (17/55)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800


Ami Li, to win:
2 games: 29.19%
3: 8.52%
4: 2.49%
5: 0.73%
6: 0.21%
Avg. streak: 1.412 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


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34 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 26, 2017"

  1. I knew it was the Yukon Territory as I had wanted to go there since I was 8 years old & made it there 55 years later.

  2. Given the way the question was worded, asking for a territory, would just YUKON have been acceptable?

  3. I chose Nunavut but had I been on the show I would have written nanuvat which is doubly wrong.

  4. When trebek finally leaves the show I wonder if there will be fewer canada and france related categories.

  5. I didn’t think it looked like an “s” but a “y” which is the correct ending to Territory. His writing was sqeezed in and therefore not clear enough to judge so quickly.

    • The judges have the ability to replay a contestant’s writing on the screen. If they said the contestant wrote an S, it’s because they saw the pen make that motion, and they are 100% sure that it was an S. Moreover, what you didn’t see is that the judges stopped tape in order to confirm what was written on their replay and confer on whether or not to accept.

  6. A typo: Natalie Ballas is from Tualatin, not Tulatin, OR.

  7. I was surprised Ami’s answer of “Charles Schultz” was accepted (it’s Schulz, not Schultz).

  8. One has a T sound.

    • And you’re trying to tell me that it’s actually pronounced “Schulls”?

    • @ RICK
      SCHULTZ is a German name, and it is pronounced the same, whether you write it with or without a “T”. The German “Z” at the end/middle of a word HAS a “T” sound, such as “Katze” (cat) are pronounced with a “T” sound before the “s”, which makes it “Z”.Andy pointed out correctly that there would be no difference. In short, SCHULZ and SCHULTZ are pronounced the same in German. There is no way to distinguish how it is spelled from the pronunciation with a Z or TZ in German.

  9. Also acceptable, “The” Yukon. I always thought it was Shultz, too. Maybe the German (?) pronunciation of “lz” sounds like “t”?

  10. Not giving him a correct answer because he wrote territories was stupid. Territory was in the question and shouldn’t even have had to be listed. Yukon was all that really needed to be said. He got cheated

    • And had he said just Yukon, he would be correct. But for the entire 34 year history of the show, if you add incorrect information to your response, you will be ruled incorrect. And that’s what happened here. Nobody here was cheated.

  11. Was the date on the question regarding the Battle of Trenton correct? I heard it as Dec. 26, 1777; the actual date was December 26, 1776 after the crossing of the Delaware on Christmas night.

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