Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 29, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Broadway) for Friday, December 29, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 80):

Following a show’s success in 2011, this group began advertising, “You’ve seen the play…now read the book”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Gwynedd Stuart, a writer & editor from Los Angeles, California
Gwynedd Stuart on Jeopardy!
Henry Ayoola, a Ph.D. student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Henry Ayoola on Jeopardy!
Travis Rojakovick, an equity analyst from Nashville, Tennessee (1-day total: $18,450)
Travis Rojakovick on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: What is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? (LDS Church, Mormon Church, or Mormons)

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After the smashing sucess of The Book of Mormon, the LDS Church bought advertising in the playbill for the Los Angeles production of the musical. The church’s official response to the musical when it was released in 2011 was:

The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.

The church was generally praised for its bold position in electing not to protest the musical, instead simply encouraging people to learn more about their beliefs.

"You've Seen The Play...Now Read The Book" ad featured in Final Jeopardy on December 29, 2017

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

Scores going into Final:
Travis $18,400
Henry $14,800
Gwynedd $4,200

Tonight’s results:
Gwynedd $4,200 – $599 = $3,601 (Who is the Church of Jesus Christ & Latter-Day Saints)
Henry $14,800 – $0 = $14,800 (1-day total: $14,800) (Who is Queen)
Travis $18,400 – $11,201 = $7,199 (Who is the Author’s Guild)

Alex said to Gwynedd, “Sorry, you’re off by just one tiny little word.” (as it is …Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, not …Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints)

Henry Ayoola, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 29, 2017 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Henry $6,400
Travis $5,000
Gwynedd $3,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) LIFE IN 1977 $600 (23rd pick)
Travis 3600 +2000 (Henry 4200 Gwynedd 2200)
2) BEGINS WITH A SILENT LETTER $1600 (19th pick)
Travis 11800 -2000 (Henry 11200 Gwynedd 4200)
3) NO MORE COVER-UP $1200 (28th pick) ($3600 remaining on the board)
Travis 13400 +3000 (Henry 14800 Gwynedd 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 61

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

Game Stats:
Henry $14,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
Travis $17,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
Gwynedd $4,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $36,200
Lach Trash: $12,400 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

Travis Rojakovick, final stats:
38 correct, 5 incorrect
28.57% in first on buzzer (32/112)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,100)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,000

Henry Ayoola, stats to date:
18 correct, 2 incorrect
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,800

Henry Ayoola, to win:
2 games: 48.86%
3: 23.87%
4: 11.66%
5: 5.70%
6: 2.78%
Avg. streak: 1.955 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 29, 2017"

  1. john blahuta | December 29, 2017 at 1:01 pm |

    Finally all clues revealed and oh so close! Would fortunately not have made a difference……and the string of 1 day champs continues. Congrats and let’s see if Henry can overcome the “jinx” and put a row of wins together!?

  2. The correct Final response is so long with “what is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?”

  3. Unfair for the clue to have a long response. How many times has that happened?

  4. john blahuta | December 29, 2017 at 4:27 pm |

    They could have taken a more elegant clue to close out the year, maybe even another category.

    Henry can say something that not many can say:
    “I have been on back to back episodes on J and that for two years in a row”. Ambiguous, I know, but true since he closed out 2017 and will start 2018 (never mind that the episodes were taped way earlier) Depends how you interpret it. :):):)

    To all of you: have a great New Year’s Eve, ring in a healthy,peaceful and prosperous 2018 safely and with that I wish you a



  5. freddie leonard | December 29, 2017 at 6:59 pm |

    Would the JCoLDS church been acceptable?

  6. Joseph Smith started the LDS church but broke away from it due to a conflict with Brigham Young and created the Reorganized LDS church and eventually build the church in Plano, IL.

  7. What’s the longest string of 1-day champions? Now feels like a fairly long stretch.

  8. Being 50 years old helps to answer the Pinto car triple stumper. If you are 50 and actually paid attention to life then the 1970s are just current events questions. The downside to being 50 is I don’t know one song by Ariana grande, lorde, macklemore, or even Albacore hahaha. I guess that’s why God invented YouTube.

  9. What do you call a group of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints members? Why Mormons, of course! It’s rare that a Final would be that long. However, I recall Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band not too long ago. (I believe Andy said they’ve accepted Sgt. Peppers before.) I’ll take the TSF. Nice way to end my Jeopardy! year.

    Peace, love, and soul…

    —Don Cornelius

  10. There was a movie mentioned as an answer to one of the clues tonight. Anyone remember what the movie was?!? (I’m wracking my brain trying to remember anymore details, like category, what the movie was about, which actor was mentioned, but as of right now I’ve got nothing. Just remember thinking, I’d like to watch that. And now it’s driving me nuts trying to remember)

    • Mark Barrett | December 30, 2017 at 1:06 pm |

      I took a quick look through the game and some movies (or TV things) mentioned directly or indirectly were:
      Fantastic 4
      Iron Man
      Captain America
      Handmaid’s Tale
      Wizard of Oz
      The Insider

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