Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 12, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Sci-Fi TV) for Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 68):

One of the twin planets this alien race called home was Remus

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Elana Schor, a journalist from Washington, DC
Elana Schor on Jeopardy!
Andy Greeley, an elections administrator from Seattle, Washington
Andy Greeley on Jeopardy!
Nicole Cocklin, a travel agent from Fort Wayne, Indiana (1-day total: $20,001)
Nicole Cocklin on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who are the Romulans?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

A race similar to the Vulcans, the Romulans in the Star Trek universe refused to accept the teachings of Surak and left Vulcan, settling on the twin planets Romulus and Remus. The Romulans are generally portrayed as enemies to both the United Federation of Planets and the Klingons (though there are notable times in the Star Trek canon where there is an alliance).

The Romulans are generally seen in Star Trek as a 24th-century allegory to the Roman Empire.


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

Scores going into Final:
Andy $23,600
Elana $15,600
Nicole $7,600


Tonight’s results:
Nicole $7,600 + $0 = $7,600
Elana $15,600 + $8,001 = $23,601 (1-day total: 23,601)
Andy $23,600 – $7,601 = $15,999 (Who are the Vulcans?)


Elana Schor, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 12, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Andy $8,200
Elana $6,200
Nicole $2,400


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Opening break taken after: clues


Daily Double locations:
1) READ IT $800 (7th pick)
Andy 1000 +1000 (Elana 1600 Nicole 200)
2) WORLD CAPITALS $1200 (5th pick)
Andy 9400 +4600 (Elana 6600 Nicole 2000)
3) THE ARTS $800 (27th pick) ($1200 remaining on the board)
Elana 8200 +7000 (Andy 23600 Nicole 6800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 234


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


Game Stats:
Elana $9,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer
Andy $20,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Nicole $7,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $37,000
Lach Trash: $11,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800


Nicole Cocklin, final stats:
30 correct, 6 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts
28.57% in first on buzzer (32/112)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,300


Elana Schor, stats to date:
17 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,400


Elana Schor, to win:
2 games: 51.34%
3: 26.36%
4: 13.53%
5: 6.95%
6: 3.57%
Avg. streak: 2.055 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 172 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.8153 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.836).
An average of 8.71 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.2746).

An early cutoff took place 34.180% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Elana Schor qualified 7.330% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 37.456% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 14.799% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 3.412% of the time.
Kyle Becker qualified 0.068% of the time.


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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 12, 2018"

  1. Funny, I would have guessed that Andy would have an advantage on this final- he looks like he would be a Sci fi/Star Trek fan, based on the stereotype–but instead the women showed him up!

    • Well, he did say he overthought it, which happens sometimes when you have too much knowledge of a subject and the question writer may have just looked something up on Wikipedia. (Not that Andy is hugely knowledgeable about sci-fi or that the writers aren’t).

      I would surmise that he associated Remus with the Romulans, and went with Vulcans on the basis of their shared history.

      I really couldn’t say, though. I was shocked he missed it.

  2. There was an answer tonight 12/12/18 that I think was a classic novel about the age of technology or something. I clearly am not a player… can’t recall things very well. But my husband was interested in it and I would like to find it for him.

    • I think you might be referring to Life in a Technocracy (1933) by Harold Loeb, which was a response in tonight’s category “Things Are Getting Better”. Enlightenment Now (2018) by Steven Pinker, another response in the same category, also looks to be an interesting read in the same vein.

  3. Pizza Face Fred | December 12, 2018 at 10:40 pm |

    There’s been classic “Star Trek” marathons (usually on Fridays now) on BBCA for months (?). Guess who’s addicted?

  4. Thank you Jim G. That’s the one!!

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