Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 18, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Landmarks) for Tuesday, December 18, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 72):

The 1st segment of this was dedicated on July 4, 1930; the next, Aug. 30, 1936; section 3, on Sept. 17, 1937 & the last, on July 2, 1939

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Anne Cushman, a flight attendant from Denton, Texas
Anne Cushman on Jeopardy!
Conor McMahon, a museum curator from Rapid City, South Dakota
Conor McMahon on Jeopardy!
Jackie Fuchs, an attorney & writer from Los Angeles, California (2-day total: $34,089)
Jackie Fuchs on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Mount Rushmore?


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Located in Keystone, South Dakota, a 23 mile drive from Rapid City, Mount Rushmore depicts US Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. There were multiple dedications at Rushmore, including the original dedication of it as a national memorial prior to the beginning of carving in 1925.

Sculptor Gutzon Borglum directed most of the work, but he died in 1941 before the work was completely finished; his son Lincoln Borglum completed the project.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jackie $12,400
Conor $12,000
Anne $9,600


Tonight’s results:
Anne $9,600 – $9,599 = $1 (What is Route 66?)
Conor $12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000
Jackie $12,400 + $12,200 = $24,600 (3-day total: $58,689)


Jackie Fuchs, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 18, 2018 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jackie $6,400
Anne $4,800
Conor $4,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BODIES OF WATER $600 (2nd pick)
Anne 400 -1000 (Jackie 0 Conor 0)
2) TREES $1600 (17th pick)
Conor 8400 -3000 (Jackie 10800 Anne 8800)
3) DO YOU COMPUTE? $1200 (25th pick) (Last clue of the round)
Conor 7000 +5000 (Jackie 12400 Anne 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -64


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: NO. 1 SONGS $800, DO YOU COMPUTE? $400, $800 & $2000, IMPOSSIBLE WORDS $400
Total $ Left On Board: $4,400


Game Stats:
Jackie $12,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 30.77% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Conor $11,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Anne $10,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 30.77% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $34,200
Lach Trash: $10,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,200


Jackie Fuchs, stats to date:
51 correct, 9 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
32.47% in first on buzzer (50/154)
2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,800)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200


Jackie Fuchs, to win:
4 games: 37.08%
5: 13.75%
6: 5.10%
7: 1.89%
8: 0.70%
Avg. streak: 3.589 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 168 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.7731 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.83).
An average of 8.7652 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.2792).

An early cutoff took place 33.278% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Jackie Fuchs qualified 14.860% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 37.499% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 14.585% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 3.313% of the time.
Kyle Becker qualified 0.067% of the time.
Scott McFadden qualified 0.001% of the time.


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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 18, 2018"

  1. If Conor misses this one, he may have to move.

  2. What luck for Conor but more luck was with Jackie to nudge him out.

    • Not luck for Jackie. A bad daily double bet to end the game without bothering to try to take the lead. There’s really no substitute for the advantage of having a lead in final jeopardy.

  3. Connor blew it on his Daily Double. That late in the game you bet at least 500 more to take the lead. If you are gonna risk 5000 might as well make a true DD.

    • Complete agreement on this one. Alex just said there was one minute left, so this was probably the last question. He’s told he’s down by $5400, and then decides to bet $5000. Was that his way of “playing it safe”? What good is that extra $401 going to do if he’s wrong anyway.

      There’s only going to be a couple of questions left anyway. There’s no excuse for not trying to give yourself the lead going into Final Jeopardy in that spot. And what happens? He gets the perfect question for himself and finds himself in a $400 gap that he can’t overcome because if figured it would have been better to lose with $2000 than with $1500.

      Sure, hindsight is 20/20, but not when the writing on the wall is easy enough to read.

  4. Another piece of miscellany, one that goes well with the Final Jeopardy! clue: Conor is the first player from South Dakota to appear on the program since Brandon Haschke (December 11, 2015). The Mount Rushmore State was the only one to not be represented in either Season 33 or Season 34.

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