Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 24, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category British Names) for Monday, December 24, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 76):

The last name of this 17th century baronet who held many offices is synonymous with the government & especially the Prime Minister’s residence

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Charbel Barakat, an attorney from Tampa, Florida
Charbel Barakat on Jeopardy!
Nicole Neroulias Gupte, a nonprofit communications consultant from Seattle, Washington
Nicole Neroulias Gupte on Jeopardy!
Graham Fulton III, a musician research engineering assistant from Ellington, Connecticut (1-day total: $22,200)
Graham Fulton III on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is (Sir George) Downing?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Stateside, George Downing is best remembered as the person who orchestrated the acquisition of New York from the Dutch. In England, however, he was a Member of Parliament and Teller of the Exchequer (essentially Treasury Secretary) who instituted many public finance reforms. In return for his work, he was granted the land on which Downing Street in London is now situated.

10 Downing Street is the official residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (through his status of First Lord of the Treasury). 11 Downing Street is the official residence of the Second Lord of the Treasury (Chancellor of the Exchequer); however, of the two officials, whoever has the larger family usually takes up residence at the larger 11.

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

Scores going into Final:
Charbel $28,200
Nicole $10,200
Graham $9,000


Tonight’s results:
Graham $9,000 + $9,000 = $18,000
Nicole $10,200 + $7,800 = $18,000
Charbel $28,200 + $2,500 = $30,700 (1-day total: $30,700)


Charbel Barakat, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 24, 2018 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Charbel $8,600
Graham $5,400
Nicole $4,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) NOT FOR PROFIT $600 (18th pick)
Charbel 5600 +3000 (Graham 2800 Nicole 1200)
2) VERY DEFINITELY FOR PROFIT $1200 (8th pick)
Charbel 10600 +10600 (Graham 9000 Nicole 5800)
3) LET’S PUT ON A SHOW $1200 (22nd pick)
Charbel 25600 +600 (Nicole 8200 Graham 7800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 156


Unplayed clues:
J! round: ANAGRAMMED MINERALS $200 & WORDS OF COMFORT $200 & $800
DJ! Round: LITERARY CHARACTERS BASED ON REAL PEOPLE $400 & $800, STICKER SHOCK $400
Total $ Left On Board: $2,800


Game Stats:
Charbel $17,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 0 incorrect, 29.41% in first on buzzer
Nicole $10,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.41% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Graham $9,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.37% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $36,200
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,200


Graham Fulton III, final stats:
37 correct, 5 incorrect
2/4 on rebound attempts
32.41% in first on buzzer (35/108)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,300


Charbel Barakat, stats to date:
19 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts
29.41% in first on buzzer (15/51)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,000


Charbel Barakat, to win:
2 games: 80.79%
3: 65.27%
4: 52.73%
5: 42.60%
6: 34.41%
Avg. streak: 5.205 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 164 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.8832 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.8064).
An average of 8.5686 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.2189).

An early cutoff took place 35.323% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Charbel Barakat qualified 50.764% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 35.833% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 13.452% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 2.951% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 0.522% of the time.
Kyle Becker qualified 0.044% of the time.


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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 24, 2018"

  1. Merry Christmas Eve, from the (cursed?) middle podium… How do you get this up so quickly?!

  2. Hi Nicole! You were a great contestant. Very personable and smart. I came here to ask a question and you’ll certainly know the answer. I noticed that you were awarded the second place prize, though you and Graham were tied. I was wondering how they decide that.

    And to all who post here:
    What is Have a Merry Christmas?

    • In the case of a tie for second place, whichever contestant had more money going into Final Jeopardy gets the second place prize. Nicole had $10,200 to Graham’s $9,000 before Final Jeopardy, so she got the second place money.

    • A tie for second is broken in favor of whoever had the higher score at the end of Double Jeopardy!; if those scores are equal, the higher score at the end of the Jeopardy! round gets the second-place prize.

      That procedure is also used to break ties for wild-cards in tournaments, such as in the 2016 College Championship.

  3. What Matt said! I’ll add that because Graham and I had heard this scenario explained to us twice by this point (this was our second taping day; I wasn’t called on the first day), I thought it would be a funny thing to do and also the least stressful wager for me to figure out mathematically for the second place win.

  4. Thanks to both of you for the information. Have a great holiday.

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