Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 29, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Catholicism) for Thursday, November 29, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 59):

A liturgical year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, which is the Sunday closest to the feast day of this “first apostle”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Phil Tompkins, a portable restroom service technician from Hammond, Indiana
Phil Tompkins on Jeopardy!
Chris Williams, a consultant from New York, New York
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Adriana Ciccone, a data scientist from San Francisco, California (1-day total: $30,401)
Adriana Ciccone on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Andrew?


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There are many sources, including the BBC, who refer to Andrew as Christ’s first disciple; many Orthodox Catholics also use the Greek term “protokletos”, or first-called, to refer to Andrew.

The entryway for the more secular among us: Knowing that St. Andrew’s Day is November 30 (especially for those who know that Scotland’s patron saint is Andrew) and that modern “Advent calendars” usually start on December 1.


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

Scores going into Final:
Phil $14,000
Adriana $12,200
Chris $11,200


Tonight’s results:
Chris $11,200 – $11,198 = $2 (Who is Paul)
Adriana $12,200 – $7,000 = $5,200 (2-day total: 35,601) (Who is Peter)
Phil $14,000 – $10,401 = $3,599 (Who is Peter)


Adriana Ciccone, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 29, 2018 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Adriana $8,300
Phil $3,600
Chris $3,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CRYPTOCURRENCIES $1000 (27th pick)
Adriana 5200 +2500 (Phil 2800 Chris 2600)
2) ELEMENTAL U.S. PLACES $800 (2nd pick)
Adriana 8700 +3500 (Phil 3600 Chris 3000)
3) IT’S A DATE $1600 (14th pick)
Chris 3400 +3400 (Adriana 10200 Phil 6000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 188


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: PEOPLE IN POEMS $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000


Game Stats:
Adriana $8,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer
Phil $14,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer
Chris $9,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $31,400
Lach Trash: $13,600 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000


Adriana Ciccone, stats to date:
40 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts
32.11% in first on buzzer (35/109)
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,700


Adriana Ciccone, to win:
3 games: 54.81%
4: 30.04%
5: 16.46%
6: 9.02%
7: 4.95%
Avg. streak: 3.213 games.


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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 29, 2018"

  1. Will they/did they announce Phil’s occupation as stated above or did they shorten it to service technician?

    • Phil was announced as a portable restroom service technician from Hammond, Indiana. Alex talked to Phil about it during the chat and Phil gets special access to events like Lallapalooza.

  2. Really wish they would avoid religion in a Final Jeopardy clue. This one may be something all Catholics know, but Jews, Muslims, agnostics/atheists, and a lot of Protestants wouldn’t have a chance. We often see religion related clues in the first two rounds, but the contestants can choose to ring in or not. Something related to a particular religion just seems unfair in Final Jeopardy where people have to try to answer.

    • And, yet, I’ve been to less than a dozen church services in my life and I got this Final Jeopardy just by knowing when St. Andrew’s Day is and seeing Advent calendars in stores all my life.

    • If we’d follow this logic, we’d have to leave out a lot of ethnic or cultural history too, since that could favor certain contestants. Almost any category favors certain groups over others.

      • Right, no one knows everything. Why single out any religion for being taboo subject matter for Final Jeopardy? I like to read about lots of things, including various religions, and I’m definitely not religious myself. Knowledge is power.

      • Not only that, but how many times have we seen a question about a state come up with a contestant from that state? Or a category that meshes with a contestant’s occupation (a theater manager getting a Broadway question, for example). Or Alex chiding a contestant from Canada about making sure not to miss a question about Canada?

        Random chance and luck of the draw are just that, and that’s how the game goes sometime.

  3. Andy, Did you forget to update Adriana’s probabilities above? It still shows her chance of winning 2 games, which she did as of today.

  4. Arthur Faccone | November 29, 2018 at 8:37 pm | Reply

    I thought Jesus picked Andrew and Simon Peter at the same time while they were both fishing.
    Two contestants picked Peter.

  5. I agree with Robert. The bulk of religious knowledge comes from attending religious school during childhood, and thereby gives an advantage to religious/ethnic groups, as opposed to learning by more general means such as formal education or reading.

    I wouldn’t compare it to subjects like African American History, for example, as people don’t attend special schools for eight or ten years to learn about their ethnic backgrounds. Though there might be a slight advantage for members of those groups, it’s still knowledge that can be picked up through more conventional methods. Just like being a woman wouldn’t give me a huge edge over a man in a Women’s History category.

  6. The wording on Final Jeopardy was misleading. The clue should have referred to Andrew as the first “disciple”, not the first “apostle”. Disciples and apostles are not the same thing. There were many disciples of Christ (Andrew noted as the first) but only 12 apostles were later chosen and Andrew is not listed first in the gospel accounts of the choosing of the 12 apostles. This clue is unfair to Non-Catholics that are not familiar with the Advent Calendar but are familiar with the actual Bible record.

    • The clue was not misleading.

      The category was CATHOLICISM and not THE BIBLE. Scripture and Catholic tradition can sometimes differ.

      (And, for what it’s worth, as I’ve said elsewhere in the thread: I am as agnostic as they come, and I got this clue correct. I did not think it unfair, either.)

  7. The 3rd place contestant should have bet $0 and this is not hindsight. When the 3 scores are that close, the one in 3rd should bet as little as possible to ensure a win if the other 2 miss. He would need the other 2 to miss almost no matter what so why have the pressure of trying to be correct. It’s one more less variable.
    For the record, I am Catholic and would have said Peter. I think the only feast days I know are for St. Patrick and St. Nicholas.

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