Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 13, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Authors) for Thursday, December 13, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 69):

In the preface to a book of his stories, he thanks a herpetologist of Upper India & an elephant named Bahadur Shah

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Mary Kate Moriarty, a dentist from Dumfries, Virginia
Mary Kate Moriarty on Jeopardy!
Faris Alikhan, a speechwriter from Atlanta, Georgia
Faris Alikhan on Jeopardy!
Elana Schor, a journalist from Washington, DC (1-day total: $23,601)
Elana Schor on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Rudyard Kipling?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

This preface came in 1894 for Rudyard Kipling’s famous work “The Jungle Book”.

According to the Kipling Society, “Kipling’s ‘Preface’ to the Jungle Book is written in the style of prefaces to serious books, in which the authors thank various specialists for their help. The tone is admirable but those acknowledged turn out to be animals. The joke would hardly be appreciated by young children but would amuse adults”.


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

Scores going into Final:
Faris $17,200
Elana $10,800
Mary Kate -$400


Tonight’s results:
Mary Kate -$400
Elana $10,800 + $10,800 = $21,600
Faris $17,200 + $5,500 = $22,700 (1-day total: $22,700)


Faris Alikhan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 13, 2018 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Elana $4,000
Faris $3,200
Mary Kate $2,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) GET IT STRAIT $800 (9th pick)
Faris 3200 -3200 (Elana 600 Mary Kate -600)
2) 1940s AMERICA $2000 (15th pick)
Faris 9200 +2000 (Elana 10400 Mary Kate 2400)
3) JACK THE RIPPER SUSPECTS $1600 (25th pick)
Mary Kate 800 -800 (Faris 17600 Elana 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -118


Unplayed clues:
J! round: SHAKESPEAREAN OPERA BY ARIA $1000
DJ! Round: THE FRENCH I TOOK $1600 & $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $4,600


Game Stats:
Faris $20,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 3/4 on rebound attempts
Elana $10,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Mary Kate $400 Coryat, 8 correct, 7 incorrect, 24.07% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $31,600
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,400


Elana Schor, final stats:
37 correct, 5 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
33.33% in first on buzzer (37/111)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,100


Faris Alikhan, stats to date:
23 correct, 2 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts
33.33% in first on buzzer (18/54)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Eared: -$1,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,400


Faris Alikhan, to win:
2 games: 56.18%
3: 31.57%
4: 17.74%
5: 9.96%
6: 5.60%
Avg. streak: 2.282 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 171 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.8075 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.8349).
An average of 8.6896 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.2728).

An early cutoff took place 33.995% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Faris Alikhan qualified 10.138% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 37.607% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 14.974% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 3.432% of the time.
Kyle Becker qualified 0.069% of the time.


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