Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 6, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Reference Books) for Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (Season 34, Episode 63):

This manual resulted from a military engineer’s attendance at an unruly 1860s church meeting

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Eric Dravland, a pediatrician from Lenoir, North Carolina
Eric Dravland on Jeopardy!
Lindsay Norsworthy, a small business owner from Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Lindsay Norsworthy on Jeopardy!
Kyle Becker, a research scientist from Nashville, Tennessee (2-day total: $30,400)
Kyle Becker on Jeopardy!


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What is “Robert’s Rules of Order”?


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Now in its 11th edition, Robert’s Rules of Order is the definitive manual when it comes to parliamentary procedure, and it used as parliamentary authority for many organizations around the United States and worldwide. The first version was published by U.S. Army Major Henry Martyn Robert in 1876. His interest in parliamentary procedure began in 1863 after being asked to preside over a church meeting, even though he did not feel he had the requisite knowledge to do so. Eventually, he realized that standardized national rules were necessary, as many people regionally had differing views as to what was proper procedure, and that this was hampering larger organizations.

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

Scores going into Final:
Kyle $13,200
Lindsay $6,600
Eric $6,600

Tonight’s results:
Eric $6,600 – $6,600 = $0 (What is the army field manual)
Lindsay $6,600 – 6,600 = $0 (What is the Military Code of Conduct)
Kyle $13,200 + $1 = $13,201 (3-day total: $43,601)

Note: Remember that since November 2014, ties for the win after Final Jeopardy are broken by a tiebreaker. I wrote an article back in 2016 that details why Kyle’s choice to bet for the win is a good one.

Also note: Eric receives $2,000 to Lindsay’s $1,000, in this case, due to his being ahead after the Jeopardy! round (see the scores below).

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kyle $6,400
Eric $4,800
Lindsay $3,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE EYE $1000 (12th pick)
Kyle 3000 +1000 (Eric 1000 Lindsay 400)
2) IT’S HYPHENATED $800 (2nd pick)
Lindsay 3400 +2000 (Kyle 6400 Eric 4800)
3) VICTIM OF GRAVITY $1600 (14th pick)
Eric 4400 +3000 (Kyle 10400 Lindsay 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 160

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $400

Game Stats:
Kyle $13,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 37.50% in first on buzzer
Eric $5,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 17.86% in first on buzzer
Lindsay $5,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $23,800
Lach Trash: $20,200 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,600

Kyle Becker, stats to date:
53 correct, 9 incorrect
29.01% in first on buzzer (47/162)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800

Kyle Becker, to win:
4 games: 41.36%
5: 17.11%
6: 7.08%
7: 2.93%
8: 1.21%
Avg. streak: 3.705 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 6, 2017"

  1. john blahuta | December 6, 2017 at 10:03 am |

    1 correct today.

  2. Scott William | December 6, 2017 at 10:05 am |

    I can see why a church meeting could reveal the need for defined standards of respectful and orderly procedure. Without logical rules, events like that can go off the rails in a HURRY. “Unruly” is a very accurate word for it.

  3. Will we ever get a tiebreaker, Andy?

  4. john blahuta | December 6, 2017 at 4:54 pm |

    I know we will get a tiebreaker eventually. The question is not IF but WHEN. When you play any game long enough every possible situation will happen. It’s like the gazillion monkeys on gazillion typewriters. One will – probably in a gazillion years type all Shakespeare works correctly, down to the last period. I wouldn’t hold my breath though….(as far as the monkeys are concerned). :):):)

  5. Ms. Norsworthy answered “French & Indian War” for a question, but the answer was “Seven Years’ War.” Is it not the same war just with different names depending on the area?

    • French & Indian War refers to a subset of the Seven Years’ War. You can refer to one and not mean the other.

    • The Seven Years Wars was a global conflict that engulfed Europe, America, Africa and Asia. The ‘French & Indian War’ was the American theater of the Seven Years War. It actually began with territorial skirmishes a couple years before it was folded into the larger conflict.

  6. julia mallon | December 6, 2017 at 6:35 pm |

    Ties previously resulted in both or all three returning on the next show.

  7. Mark Sadok - Retired History teacher | December 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm |

    The 7 Year’s War as taught in American schools is known as the French and Indian Wars, which was the response.

  8. Of course, Eric and Lindsay must wager everything to play for a tie. Eric’s wager of $1 tells me that he assumed Eric and Lindsay would both answer incorrectly. If that’s the case, I’m wondering why Kyle wouldn’t wager $13,199? If he is right, he wins $26,399 – if he is wrong, he wins $1, but comes back to play again tomorrow (as he was assuming the other two would miss). My thinking is that if he liked the category, he should have wagered $13,199 – confident of a big payday. If he didn’t like the category, he should have wagered nothing – and taken the chance on a tie-breaker category if necessary. $1 makes no sense to me.

    • There’s a nonzero chance of a trailer not betting everything.

      It’s happened before. It’ll happen again.

      Because of this, the less money risked, the better.

      $1 is just fine.

      • john blahuta | December 7, 2017 at 10:43 am |

        Had Eric and/or Lindsay been right, Kyle would have lost by a buck. If he wanted to make sure he does not lose the “regular” FJ, his bet should have been nothing and taking the chance with a tiebreaker.
        As far as betting a lot is concerned, he seemed not too comfortable with the FJ category either and rather took 11.999 in the worst case scenario than one dollar.

    • Making the big bet on the assumption that the others will beat you if you’re wrong no matter what was the Austin Rogers play, which I think accounts for one of his 60K games.

      Interestingly, the J-Archive wagering calculator doesn’t know the tiebreaker scenario is in effect and recommended Kyle wager either $0 to guarantee at least a tie, or to wager all of it.

  9. While I agree that there is a ‘non-zero’ chance of a trailer not wagering everything, such a wager would have been extremely unlikely in this case. Both Eric and Lindsay knew that the only way to guarantee a spot in the tie breaker was to wager everything and answer correctly. Kyle should have recognized this, and wagered nothing if he wasn’t confident in the category, or $13,199 if he were confident.

    • The premise of your second sentence is faulty; if you’re not going to recognize a lock-tie, the chances are high that you’re not going to have a clue of what to do in a tie game, either. This is what we both agree is basic strategy, and it’s still a strategy that, historically, players have screwed up to the tune of 5 to 10 percent.

      Moreover, Kyle’s literally in a spot where he’s on the cusp of a ToC spot. Making sure you win the game is so much more important than an extra few thousand dollars right now. Maybe if this was Kyle’s 8th game, I’d be more willing to agree with you here, but not in Games 3, 4, or 5.

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