Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 2, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Oscar Hyphenates) for Tuesday, October 2, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 17):

This actor has never been nominated for acting–he won, though, as a writer for 1997 & as a producer for 2012

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Kirsten Morry, a lawyer from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Kirsten Morry on Jeopardy!
Cody Landis, a registered nurse from New York, New York
Cody Landis on Jeopardy!
Doug Dodson, a classical singer from Boston, Massachusetts (1-day total: $16,000)
Doug Dodson on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Ben Affleck?

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While the word “hyphenate” is usually used as a verb, it is also a noun, meaning “a person who performs more than one function (such as a producer-director in filmmaking)”. Knowing this makes the clue a significant bit easier (as you’re looking for someone who does multiple things, as opposed to a person with a hyphenated last name.)

Ben Affleck won his first Oscar for screenwriting for the 1997 film Good Will Hunting, and his second for co-producing the 2012 film Argo.

Another thing I’m impressed about: the show has really tightened up its wording as of late on its Oscar clues. Note how the clue reads “for 1997” and “for 2012”, which unequivocally points to a 1997 film and a 2012 film (which received their respective awards in 1998 and 2013.)

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Scores going into Final:
Doug $15,000
Cody $12,000
Kirsten $2,000

Tonight’s results:
Kirsten $2,000 – $2,000 = $0 (Who is Day-Lewis?)
Cody $12,000 – $7,999 = $4,001 (Who is ?)
Doug $15,000 – $9,001 = $5,999 (2-day total: $21,999) (Who is backrolls?)

Doug Dodson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 2, 2018 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Cody $8,400
Doug $6,800
Kirsten $800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) AT THE ZOO $800 (4th pick)
Cody 600 +1000 (Doug 600 Kirsten 0)
2) BOOKS OF THE 1940s $1600 (12th pick)
Kirsten -800 +2000 (Cody 10800 Doug 5200)
3) AFTER THE ZOO $1200 (15th pick)
Doug 6000 +3000 (Cody 10800 Kirsten 3200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 250

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000

Game Stats:
Doug $13,200 Coryat, 24 correct, 2 incorrect, 41.07% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Cody $11,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Kirsten $1,600 Coryat, 8 correct, 6 incorrect, 21.43% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $26,600
Lach Trash: $11,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,600

Doug Dodson, stats to date:
44 correct, 6 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts
36.94% in first on buzzer (41/111)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,200

Doug Dodson, to win:
3 games: 55.04%
4: 30.29%
5: 16.67%
6: 9.17%
7: 5.05%
Avg. streak: 3.224 games.


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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 2, 2018"

  1. I guessed Billy Bob Thornton, who I knew had won for his Sling Blade screenplay. Upon further googling, I see that was the year before, and he also was nominated for Best Actor for the same. I’m not sure if he produces movies either. Oh well, Jeopardy! isn’t horseshoes.

  2. We are now gone 0-6 in Final Jeopardy.

  3. ben affleck was the first person i thought of but of course i assumed this had to do with hyphenated names…. and even with hyphenated names (wrong path), are seymour hoffman and daniel day lewis hyphenated. i don’t think so.

    i haven’t commented in days but alot of easy FJ’s recently. feels like 1997…..don’t get me wrong, i can go through a 2 week period and barely get one as well

  4. off the top of my head, i don’t ever remember vocabulary misdirection in an FJ subject name….. i think it’s fair game and very clever.

  5. That was a strange category title in the Final. If you don’t know the movie business lingo, it makes you believe the answer is a hyphenated last name. It appears that’s what Kirsten thought, and maybe the men too. Why not just make the title Academy Award Winners. I believe the Jeopardy staff got a little too cute with this one.

    • I see your point. I’m in entertainment journalism and had no trouble deciphering the category (assuming it would be about someone who has competed in a variety of categories) and I knew it was Affleck before Alex was done reading the question. I usually see the term as “multi-hyphenates” so I wonder if calling the category “Oscar Multi-hyphenates” would have helped. Maybe not, but helpful to get some other perspectives on how the contestants went 0-3 on this one.

  6. Marlene Tighe | October 2, 2018 at 8:02 pm |

    Bad clue…looked like they wanted a hyphenated name. They clearly didn’t want to pay much money wanting players to lose.

    • I disagree that it was a bad clue. There was nothing wrong with the clue itself.

      It was the fact that they chose a word in the category where 98% of their audience has no idea as to the definition that is the problem here.

  7. That was a bogus category name. I’ll bet they bring back Kirsten and Cody.

    • I’d bet against it. Regardless of category, Kirsten wasn’t going to win, and there was nothing technically wrong with the clue, in the respect that the wording was perfectly correct.

      It’s just that it hinged on a definition that very few people actually know. Which is a different problem, but not one that warrants bringing contestants back.

  8. Jim Cleereman | October 2, 2018 at 8:48 pm |

    The FJ question subject was simply unacceptable. I watch Jeopardy to learn and to be challenged. Not to have categories that are misleading at best. I hope the Jeopardy staff doesn’t continue with stuff like this.

  9. Charlotte Weaver King | October 2, 2018 at 8:53 pm |

    Kind of sneaky, Jeopardy people. I’m sure you were all very amused by today’s final jeopardy category of “Oscar Hyphenates”, but I would guess that most viewers feel let down, even tricked by your little smoke screen. I have watched Jeopardy for years because I love knowledge and learning. I admire the people who are brave enough to become contestants on your show. And, to be clear, I also admire all of you who work so hard behind the scene to make the show a success. I love how little clues to the question on are hidden in the answer. It’s reminiscent of the kind of essay questions we used to be given on our exams when I was a kid. However, we were never thrown for a loop by the use of an archaic or little used word.

  10. Charlotte Weaver King | October 2, 2018 at 9:06 pm |

    My apologies for the double comment. – cweaverking

  11. If you knew which actor won a writing Oscar for 1997 and a producing Oscar for 2012, what the heck difference would the name of the category make? If it was named differently you’d still either know it or not.

  12. Pizza Face Fred | October 2, 2018 at 10:43 pm |

    Fiddle-faddlery, in my estimation…

  13. who would know those exact years for the oscars? and even if you were sure, it’s not hyphenated and you know how trebek sometimes chastises the contestants for an answer that is completely inconsistent with question (vice-versa, of course)…

    i doubt they’d bring back contestants based on that final jep (assuming the game was still competitive).. surely, they realized that they were being tricky with that clue. if you look up the defintion, it fits (except that’s using it as a verb, not a noun… so your argument would be that the wording is part of an implied larger clause)…

    BTW, who was the canadian PM in her story? had to be Paul Martin. consistent with age and mulroney, chretian, harper are pretty recognizable (plus harper would be really recent)

  14. Ahh, hyphenate this…!!

  15. What was the final jeopardy question Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018?

  16. ‘mrs’ excellent point. How do you tell the story about meeting a PM of Canada and not name him !
    Come on with that clue ! the question was hard enough without making it so tricky.
    (i came here for the answer !)

  17. We also thought “Ben Afleck” pretty quickly. But the “hyphenates” in the category caused us to second guess the answer immediately.

  18. I immediately thought of Good Will Hunting and Argo so it had to be Affleck. But the category made me think I was wrong. I still would have written Affleck for lack of a different option.

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