Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 4, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Children’s Books) for Monday, December 4, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 61):

For this series of picture books that started in 1987, each crowd scene takes about 8 weeks to illustrate

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Kyle Becker, a research scientist from Nashville, Tennessee
Kyle Becker on Jeopardy!
Alice Pelletier, a technical services associate from Brooklyn, New York
Alice Pelletier on Jeopardy!
Lisa Kristina, a freelance musician from Chicago Heights, Illinois (2-day total: $36,100)
Lisa Kristina on Jeopardy!


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What is “Where’s Waldo?” (“Where’s Wally?”)


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Originally published in the UK as “Where’s Wally”, “Where’s Waldo” is a famous series of books by Martin Handford, first published in 1987. The object is to find the title character (dressed in a red-and-white striped shirt and jeans) in a double-page spread photograph depicting a scene. Some of the scenes in the original book took up to 8 weeks to illustrate, and the illustrations have gotten increasingly more detailed in the series. The first page of the first book has just over 200 characters, to over 800 characters on the first page of the most recent book in the series.

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

Scores going into Final:
Kyle $12,400
Alice $9,200
Lisa $7,800

Tonight’s results:
Lisa $7,800 + $7,800 = $15,600
Alice $9,200 + 8,500 = $17,700
Kyle $12,400 + $6,001 = $18,401 (1-day total: $18,401)

Kyle Becker, today's Jeopardy! champion (for the December 4, 2017 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Alice $5,200
Lisa $5,000
Kyle $1,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) DISNEY PRINCESS NAMES $1000 (19th pick)
Alice 2600 +2000 (Lisa 4400 Kyle 200)
2) COUNTRIES BY FIRST LETTER $800 (2nd pick)
Kyle 1800 +2000 (Alice 5200 Lisa 4600)
3) AVIATION $1200 (27th pick) ($4400 left on the board)
Kyle 15400 -3000 (Alice 9200 Lisa 7800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 157

Unplayed clues:
J! round: THE NFLer’s MAIN POSITION $200 & $1000, HEALTH & MEDICI $1000
DJ! Round: AVIATION $800 & $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $5,000

Game Stats:
Kyle $14,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
Alice $8,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.92% in first on buzzer
Lisa $7,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 34.62% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $30,200
Lach Trash: $12,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

Lisa Kristina, stats to date:
53 correct, 6 incorrect
29.01% in first on buzzer (47/162)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,800)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Kyle Becker, stats to date:
17 correct, 1 incorrect
25.00% in first on buzzer (13/52)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,200

Kyle Becker, to win:
2 games: 43.21%
3: 18.67%
4: 8.07%
5: 3.49%
6: 1.51%
Avg. streak: 1.761 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 4, 2017"

  1. I thought lisa was going to outclass the kids and make the next TOC.

  2. john blahuta | December 4, 2017 at 9:29 pm |

    @ Andy

    How would it be possible for me to make a prediction re right answers? When the day’s FJ question is posted, it usually already comes with the results of the game etc.?

    • john blahuta | December 5, 2017 at 1:49 am |

      Due to the time zones, the posting comes on at about 02:00 Hawaiian Standard Time and even if I am still (already) up, the day’s game posts somewhere between 03:00 and 09:00 HST with the result already included. So making a prediction is therefore basically impossble. Any idea how to make one anyway? Is there a “window” where the FJ clue is up but not the outcome of thegame? Any help or info would be greatly appreciated!
      Thanks and aloha!

      • I post the clue ~ 9:00 and 10:00 AM Eastern.

        I usually have game results by 11:30 AM Eastern, barring pre-emptions.

        I’m finding that this timeline works for me in general and don’t intend to change that at this point.

  3. What # do you call if your name was chosen as Home winner

  4. Knowledge Dropper | December 5, 2017 at 11:18 am |

    Andy, I believe that the second Daily Double in DJ was the $1200 clue in AVIATION, not the $1600 clue (TWA).

  5. I’d like to see the FJ answers from yesterday, because I thought I saw Kyle write down “Where’s Weldo”, not Waldo.

    • The judges have the ability to track the movement of the light pen as the contestant is writing, and thus they are able to determine precisely what letters are being written. Thus, regardless of how a letter may appear on the screen, the judges are 100% certain that an A was written and not an E.

      (As an aside: When did Jeopardy! become a professional golf tournament?)

      • Cute, but I never said Jeopardy! was a professional golf tournament…it’s called an analogy. I still think it would be more fair if ties for second were treated as just that, ties, and have the prize money distributed equitably, taking the whole game into account, not who was leading at this point or that. Also, I think it might be possible to disagree without being sarcastic.

        • I wasn’t making my golf reference based on prize money.

          I was making my golf reference towards, much like golf, the supposed entitlement of fans watching on television at home to attempt to contact a governing body claiming a rules violation in the expectation that it will be somehow corrected.

          • My apologies then, from the timing I thought you were referencing my golf analogy. 🏌️

          • If any of the contestants had written just “Where’s Waldo?”, that would have been accepted because it’s already in question form, right? I’ve seen this situation accepted before FJ!, but don’t remember ever seeing it in the final.

          • I would assume so, but the producers also tell the players what question word begins the response in Final Jeopardy, thus avoiding a situation where a player fails to phrase Final Jeopardy. It’s thus easier to just write the “is Where’s Waldo?”

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