Today’s Final Jeopardy – August 3, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Awards & Honors) for Quarterfinal #5 in the 2017 Tournament of Champions (encore presentation) on Friday, August 3, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 45):

The Victoria Cross is for military bravery; this cross first given in 1940 & named for Victoria’s great-grandson is for civilian bravery

(This episode originally aired on November 10, 2017.)

(correct response beneath the contestants)


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Today’s contestants:

Jon Eisenman, an attorney from Los Angeles, California
Jon Eisenman on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Justin Vossler, a high school history teacher from Homer, New York
Justin Vossler on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Andrew Pau, an associate professor from Amherst, Ohio
Andrew Pau on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions

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Correct response: What is the George Cross?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Named after and first awarded by King George VI, the George Cross was devised due to the increasing number of stories detailing civilian bravery during The Blitz in 1940. It’s currently the second highest award in the UK honours system, awarded “for acts of the greatest heroism or most conspicous courage in circumstance of extreme danger”. As the existing civilian awards were judged to be insufficient for this purpose, the George Cross was created as an award on September 24, 1940. Since its inception, it has been awarded 408 times. Interesting, one of the recipients was the country of Malta in 1942, whose George Cross is actually shown on its national flag.
The Flag of Malta, sporting its George Cross. The George Cross was the subject of Final Jeopardy on November 10, 2017.


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Scores going into Final:
Andrew $26,800
Justin $16,000
Jon $3,800


Tonight’s results:
Jon $3,800 – $3,800 = $0 (What is the Edward Cross)
Justin $16,000 – $7,000 = $9,000 (What is the George’s Cross?)
Andrew $26,800 + $2,200 = $29,000 (Automatic semifinalist)


Note: “George Cross” is not a possessive. A response of “George’s Cross” creates ambiguity with the heraldic “St. George’s Cross”, the red cross on white background that is the flag of England, which would explain why “George’s Cross” was not accepted.


Andrew Pau, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 3, 2018 episode.)


Automatic Semifinalists:
Monday: Buzzy Cohen, $30,000 ($16,400, $8,400)
Tuesday: Jason Sterlacci, $23,000 ($18,800, $5,000)
Wednesday: Alan Lin, $19,610 ($19,605, $8,800)
Thursday: Lisa Schlitt, $15,400 ($14,400, $9,200)
Friday: Andrew Pau, $29,000 ($26,800, $6,000)
Wild Card standings:
1) Pranjal Vachaspati $16,401 ($15,000, $5,400)
2) Austin Rogers $16,000 ($8,000, $600)
3) Lilly Chin $12,000 ($12,800, $2,000)
4) Tim Aten $11,500 ($14,000, $5,600)
5) Justin Vossler $9,000 ($16,000, $5,800)
6) Sam Deutsch $8,200 ($12,400, $4,400)
7) Seth Wilson $5,399 ($9,900, $5,600)
8) Hunter Appler $1,400 ($1,400, $1,200)
9) Jon Eisenman $0 ($3,800, $3,000)
10) David Clemmons $0 ($1,400, $-200)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Andrew $6,000
Justin $5,800
Jon $3,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) FRENCH DIP $800 (2nd pick)
Andrew 600 +1000 (Justin 0 Jon 0)
2) CLASSICAL MUSIC $1600 (6th pick)
Andrew 8000 +8000 (Justin 10600 Jon 3000)
3) INDIAN AMERICANS $1200 (23rd pick)
Justin 11800 +3000 (Andrew 25200 Jon 3000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 225


Game Stats:
Andrew $20,200 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Justin $14,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts
Jon $3,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $38,200
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,400


Andrew Pau, stats to date:
188 correct, 13 incorrect
9/12 on rebound attempts
11/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $32,800)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
37.53% in first on buzzer (170/453)
Average Coryat: $19,975


Justin Vossler, stats to date:
137 correct, 18 incorrect
7/9 on rebound attempts
9/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,900)
3/7 in Final Jeopardy
32.33% in first on buzzer (129/399)
Average Coryat: $15,629


Jon Eisenman, stats to date:
139 correct, 20 incorrect
7/9 on rebound attempts
6/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,700)
4/7 in Final Jeopardy
33.50% in first on buzzer (131/391)
Average Coryat: $14,371


Miscellaneous:

  • A $16,000 score for a 2nd place finisher, knowing no other scores, per my prediction model, has a 99.8% chance of advancing. A $9,000 score for a 2nd place finisher: 77.7%. Justin’s bet was the equivalent of taking a lock game and turning it into a crush scenario.

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