Today’s Final Jeopardy – August 9, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Inventions) for game 1 of the final in the 2017 Tournament of Champions (encore presentation) on Thursday, August 9, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 49):

When Time Magazine named it Invention of the Year in 2007, it was described as too slow, too big, pretty & touchy-feely

(This episode originally aired on November 16, 2017.)

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Remember, this is a 2-game total-point affair, today’s scores get added to tomorrow to determine the champion! The winner receives $250,000; second place $100,000, and third place $50,000.


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:

Austin Rogers, a bartender from New York, New York
Austin Rogers on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Alan Lin, a software engineer from Riverside, California
Alan Lin on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Buzzy Cohen, a music executive from Los Angeles, California
Buzzy Cohen on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions

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Correct response: What is the iPhone?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The iPhone is ubiquitous now, but in 2007, it was revolutionary, and it completely changed how the world thought of mobile phones. While Time did describe the iPhone as all of those things, it also said “It’s a genuine handheld, walk-around computer, the first device that really deserves the name”. Can you imagine a world today without smartphones? I certainly can’t!

The one thing that amuses me is the last sentence of that Time article: that future iPhones would be “even cheaper” (the top-end 8GB iPhone retailed for $599 when it came out). Considering the iPhone X retails for $999, that is one prediction that did not come true!


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

Scores going into Final:
Alan $14,400
Austin $10,000
Buzzy $4,200


Tonight’s results:
Buzzy $4,200 – $4,200 = $0 (What is the Tesla Model S?)
Austin $10,000 – $3,500 = $6,500 (What is the iPhone? iPad?
Alan $14,400 – $5,600 = $8,800 (What is the iPad)


Final Jeopardy! scores from the August 9, 2018 game.


Thoughts from Andy: It’s very easy to miss a Final Jeopardy! clue like this. It’s very easy to get on the wrong track after seeing INVENTIONS and thinking 19th century and have to move to the 21st. And that says nothing about the immense pressure and intensity faced by the players in the finals. Stage 10 does weird, weird, weird things to people.

Also, Alex Trebek did a Q&A session at my audition back in November. One of the things he stressed: A question might be easy for you, but it might not be easy for someone else. The toughest questions are the ones you don’t get right.

If you got it at home, congratulations! That doesn’t mean anything other than you got it at home, and that takes absolutely nothing away from the three players on stage, who, regardless of their performance on one clue, are still the 3 best players out of the last 850.


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Austin $4,800
Buzzy $3,000
Alan $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CARD GAMES $800 (2nd pick)
Buzzy -600 +1000 (Alan 0 Austin 0)
2) TRIPLE RHYME TIME $800 (7th pick)
Austin 6800 +2800 (Alan 4000 Buzzy 3000)
3) PLACE “MAT”S $1600 (19h pick)
Austin 12800 -4800 (Alan 6000 Buzzy 3400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 104


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


Game Stats:
Alan $14,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Austin $12,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Buzzy $4,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $31,200
<a href=”http://j-archive.com/help.php#lachtrash””>Lach Trash: $14,800 (on 15 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000


Alan Lin, stats to date:
212 correct, 20 incorrect
10/10 on rebound attempts
35.23% in first on buzzer (192/562)
10/14 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $19,205)
7/10 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,260


Austin Rogers, stats to date:
386 correct, 51 incorrect
28/29 on rebound attempts
40.27% in first on buzzer (362/899)
23/30 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $104,100)
14/16 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,863


Buzzy Cohen, stats to date:
261 correct, 47 incorrect
13/15 on rebound attempts
35.64% in first on buzzer (258/724)
15/21 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $24,600)
8/13 in Final Jeopardy!
Average Coryat: $13,600


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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – August 9, 2018"

  1. Andy, I liked your thoughts on the players and getting or not getting clues right. It’s so easy from home and something else being on TV.

  2. Pizza Face | August 9, 2018 at 1:21 pm |

    I got it right the first time, but I though iPad, which came out after the iPhone in 2010, was a better guess given the “too big” part of the clue.

    The more you know, the more you know you don’t know. Anyone who thinks that we should all know the same things is an ignoramus. (Love that word. Thought it was spelled with an “mous.”)

  3. Harris Keller | August 9, 2018 at 8:47 pm |

    Andy, found your page this evening to learn the results of the first match of the Final as our local station per-empted Jeopardy for pre-season football. Now my question: I don’t understand your saying that tonight’s match as originally aired in Nov 2017 and was the 2017 Tournament. sign me: more confused than normal

  4. Cathy freeny | August 9, 2018 at 10:12 pm |

    The 49ers and cowboy game is on , and not jeopardy is not on. I am so up set. I wanted to see Austin. When can I see this show of champs. 8-9-2018. Thank you

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