Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 21, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Geography & The Movies) for Friday, December 21, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 75):

Named the first U.S. National Monument in 1906, it was featured prominently in a blockbuster movie 71 years later

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Graham Fulton III, a musician research engineering assistant from Ellington, Connecticut
Graham Fulton III on Jeopardy!
Ellie Jostad, a journalist from Brooklyn, New York
Ellie Jostad on Jeopardy!
Andrew Kung, a graduate student from San Francisco, California (1-day total: $21,000)
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Correct response: What is Devils Tower?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

A large butte in northeastern Wyoming, Devils Tower was established as the first United States National Monument in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt. About 867 feet from summit to base, the climax of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind was set at the monument.


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

Scores going into Final:
Andrew $18,000
Graham $14,800
Ellie -$2,000


Tonight’s results:
Ellie -$2,000
Graham $14,800 + $7,400 = $22,200 (1-day total: 22,200) (What is Devil’s Tower?)
Andrew $18,600 – $11,601 = $6,399 (What is the Lincoln Memorial?)


Graham Fulton III, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 21, 2018 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Andrew $8,400
Graham $5,600
Ellie $0


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SENATORS WITH STAMINA $800 (25th pick)
Andrew 5200 +3200 (Graham 5000 Ellie -400)
2) PSYCHOLOGY $800 (7th pick)
Graham 10000 +2000 (Andrew 10400 Ellie -2000)
3) FREE AT LAST $1600 (23rd pick)
Andrew 22000 -4000 (Graham 16000 Ellie -2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 63


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


Game Stats:
Graham $13,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 2/4 on rebound attempts
Andrew $19,600 Coryat, 25 correct, 4 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Ellie -$2,000 Coryat, 4 correct, 4 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $31,200
Lach Trash: $10,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,200


Andrew Kung, final stats:
50 correct, 8 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
46.30% in first on buzzer (50/108)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,500


Graham Fulton III, stats to date:
22 correct, 3 incorrect
2/4 on rebound attempts
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600


Graham Fulton III, to win:
2 games: 48.89%
3: 23.90%
4: 11.69%
5: 5.71%
6: 2.79%
Avg. streak: 1.957 games.


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With a projected 165 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.6081 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.798).
An average of 8.3392 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.2261).

An early cutoff took place 29.855% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Graham Fulton III qualified 6.059% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 41.863% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 17.547% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 4.442% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 0.915% of the time.
Kyle Becker qualified 0.091% of the time.


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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 21, 2018"

  1. I like clues that give you more than one way to figure out the correct response, like today’s FJ! You can either be a movie buff (which is how I got it), or be into national monument history, or maybe both! (Not me though…did not know Devil’s Tower was our first National monument.)That’s another thing I like about the game…learning stuff I didn’t know. I love Jeopardy!!

    • Here’s some more information. It was supposed to be called Devil’s Tower but the person who typed the document spelled it without the apostrophe & no one caught the error until it was too late. I visited it in 2010.

      • … and a bit of further info. In 1980 the Department of the Interior published a policy about U.S. geography place names doing away with possessive apostrophes except for five places. Martha’s Vineyard is the best known of the five that kept an apostrophe.

        Pikes Peak, Harpers Ferry, Devils Tower, Longs Peak, Woods Hole, Johnsons Corner, Smiths Crossing, and thousands of others that were named after people or things lost their apostrophes. New place names would require a waiver to have an apostrophe.

        It made mapmakers, signmakers, and the U.S. Postal Service much happier. The Post Office really dislikes punctuation in addresses.

  2. I realize that the FJ clues are “random”, but it’s interesting that this one came just a few days after the one for Mount Rushmore, which is less than a 3-hour drive from Devils Tower. 🙂

    We visited both (a day apart) in 2015 while in the Black Hills area.

  3. Duane D. Watts | December 21, 2018 at 7:41 pm |

    Graham Fulton III Sounds very very familiar.
    Any connection to EdiNboro PA, or Ashtabula Edgewood?

  4. i too was thinking of rushmore and devil’s tower being so close together.

    also, i think they’ve had daily double on devil’s tower very recently too

  5. Pizza Face Fred | December 24, 2018 at 5:33 pm |

    Like a clue week, it seems I have what “monuments” and “landmarks” are all mixed up . . .

  6. Pizza Face Fred | December 24, 2018 at 5:37 pm |

    Last week, that is . . .

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