Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 31, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Landlocked Countries) for Quarterfinal #2 in the 2017 Tournament of Champions (encore presentation) on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 42):

South of the Tropic of Capricorn, this kingdom is the world’s southernmost landlocked country

(This episode originally aired on November 7, 2017.)

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Cindy Stowell, had she not passed away from stage 4 colon cancer in December 2016, would have qualified for this tournament. The players in the tournament are wearing dark blue ribbons as a way of promoting colon cancer awareness, in memory of Cindy.

Today’s contestants:

Jason Sterlacci, a 4th grade teacher from Somerset, New Jersey
Jason Sterlacci on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Lilly Chin, a robotics Ph.D. student at MIT from Decatur, Georgia
Lilly Chin on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Tim Aten, an editor from Vermilion, Ohio
Tim Aten on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions

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Correct response: What is Lesotho?

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Over in South America, Paraguay straddles the Tropic of Capricorn, but Lesotho in southern Africa is a few degrees south of that; with the 30th parallel south almost bisecting the country. It’s completely surrounded by South Africa and at about 11,700 square miles, is one of the world’s smaller countries. Its king is Letsie III, and (like many former British colonial possessions) is a constitutional monarchy.

In Jason’s interview today, he spoke about the blue ribbons that everyone in the Tournament is wearing over the next two weeks; they’re in remembrance of Cindy Stowell, who would have competed in this Tournament of Champions had she not passed away from colon cancer in December 2016, shortly before her games aired. Jeopardy! is also donating $10,000 in Cindy’s memory. What a grand gesture from both Jeopardy as well as Jason and his wife Rebekah, who co-ordinated the efforts and cut the ribbons for the contestants to wear.

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Scores going into Final:
Jason $18,800
Tim $14,000
Lilly $12,800

Tonight’s results:
Lilly $12,800 – $800 = $12,000 (What is Bhutan)
Tim $14,000 – $2,500 = $11,500 (What is Myanmar?)
Jason $18,800 + $4,200 = $23,000 (Automatic semifinalist)

Jason Sterlacci, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 31, 2018 episode.)

Automatic Semifinalists:
Monday: Buzzy Cohen, $30,000 ($16,400, $8,400)
Tuesday: Jason Sterlacci, $23,000 ($18,800, $5,000)
Wild Card standings:
1) Pranjal Vachaspati $16,401 ($15,000, $5,400), 99.926% to advance
2) Lilly Chin $12,000 ($12,800, $2,000), 86.681% to advance
3) Tim Aten $11,500 ($14,000, $5,600), 53.808% to advance
4) Hunter Appler $1,400 ($1,400, $1,200), 0.008% to advance

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Tim $5,600
Jason $5,000
Lilly $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) “B” A SPORT $1000 (5th pick)
Tim 600 +1000 (Lilly 800 Jason 800)
2) KICKING AXIS $1600 (18th pick)
Jason 15800 +3000 (Tim 10000 Lilly 5600)
3) THE DREADED OPERA CATEGORY $800 (21st pick)
Lilly 7600 +4000 (Jason 18800 Tim 11200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 172

Game Stats:
Jason $17,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Lilly $9,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Tim $14,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $41,000
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,000

Jason Sterlacci, stats to date:
116 correct, 11 incorrect
10/10 on rebound attempts
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,400)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
37.54% in first on buzzer (107/285)
Average Coryat: $18,560

Lilly Chin, stats to date:
102 correct, 12 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts
8/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,200)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
34.28% in first on buzzer (97/283)
Average Coryat: $15,200

Tim Aten, stats to date:
162 correct, 13 incorrect
10/11 on rebound attempts
7/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
5/9 in Final Jeopardy
29.29% in first on buzzer (145/495)
Average Coryat: $12,355

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