Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 25, 2018


Merry Christmas! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Supreme Court) for Tuesday, December 25, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 77):

Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes once referred to this 1857 decision as the court’s first self-inflicted wound

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Richard Koehler, a data scientist from Wilmington, Delaware
Richard Koehler on Jeopardy!
Lanier Heyburn, a neuroscientist from Bethesda, Maryland
Lanier Heyburn on Jeopardy!
Charbel Barakat, an attorney from Tampa, Florida (1-day total: $30,700)
Charbel Barakat on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Dred Scott (v. Sanford)?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Dred Scott decision (formal case name Dred Scott v. John F.A. Sandford) is widely considered to be the worst decision rendered by the United States Supreme Court. In a 7-2 ruling, the Court ruled that Scott, who had resided in a free state and territory, was not entitled to freedom, and going as far to rule that the Missouri Compromise of 1820 was unconstitutional and that Scott did not even have standing to sue in federal court. It essentially pushed the United States into the Civil War.

Now that’s ending up on the wrong side of history for Roger B. Taney, the Chief Justice who wrote the majority opinion.


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

Scores going into Final:
Richard $14,600
Lanier $9,000
Charbel $9,000


Tonight’s results:
Charbel $9,000 + $9,000 = $18,000 (What is Dred Scott v v San Sanford?)
Lanier $9,000 – $2,300 = $6,700 (What is Plessy v. Ferguson?)
Richard $14,600 + $3,401 = $18,001 (1-day total: $18,001) (What is Dred Scot?)


Richard Koehler, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 25, 2018 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lanier $5,600
Richard $5,000
Charbel $1,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) MEANWHILE… $400 (25th pick)
Richard 7600 -2600 (Lanier 4000 Charbel 400)
2) U.S. NATIONAL LABORATORIES $2000 (14th pick)
Lanier 10800 -3000 (Richard 8600 Charbel 3600)
3) THAT WAS SOME CHRISTMAS! $2000 (20th pick)
Charbel 10000 -1000 (Richard 8600 Lanier 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -72


Unplayed clues:
J! round: BLAME CANADA $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: 13-LETTER PHRASES $1200 & $1600
Total $ Left On Board: $4,600


Game Stats:
Richard $17,200 Coryat, 24 correct, 2 incorrect, 47.17% in first on buzzer
Charbel $10,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 20.75% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Lanier $12,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.30% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $39,200
Lach Trash: $1,800 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400


Charbel Barakat, final stats:
31 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
25.00% in first on buzzer (26/104)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,200)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,500


Richard Koehler, stats to date:
24 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts
47.17% in first on buzzer (25/53)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,200


Richard Koehler, to win:
2 games: 48.91%
3: 23.92%
4: 11.70%
5: 5.72%
6: 2.80%
Avg. streak: 1.957 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 163 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.5506 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7842).
An average of 8.2427 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.2093).

An early cutoff took place 28.718% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Richard Koehler qualified 5.765% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 43.151% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 18.347% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 4.731% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 0.979% of the time.
Kyle Becker qualified 0.098% of the time.


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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 25, 2018"

  1. East coast guide shows a basketball game today in the 7pm jeopardy slot?

    • ABC is showing NBA games most of the day (and evening). I know that the affiliates in New York and Philly aren’t airing the show today. (I live midway between the two and can watch both.) Since the DC Jeopardy! station is also ABC, it looks like neither challenger may be able to see themselves on TV tonight, unless Lanier can pull in the signal from the Baltimore FOX station that airs the show.

    • There’s still a game scheduled to air today in other places, even if some ABC affiliates aren’t able to air it due to basketball.

  2. What’s lanier?

  3. Oops nevermind I thought it was a cable provider lol

  4. @Andy
    I can give you the results if you want..?

  5. Maurine Gutowski | December 25, 2018 at 4:34 pm |

    Hunt for a CBS station somewhere. That’s where I see it, and it’s good tonight. Also, sometimes a pre-empted show is broadcast during the night.

  6. Disappointed episode. Three wrong answers on the daily double resulted our first shutout all season long. Let’s hope that tomorrow’s episode will be much better.

    • Didn’t know that was the first shutout this year, but a strange game. All three contestants were really strong, each got a DD, and they all missed.

  7. I assume “Dred Scott case” would have been acceptable?

  8. i think you need both ends of the case (which probably no one knows, so it’s a bad question).

    it seems ridiculous to me that they might penalize you if you put down an incorrect counterparty but no counterparty is fine……. i do realize this is a daily jeopardy rule but for final jeopardy i think you should cite both sides or do another question

    • Except that the case is so universally known as the “Dred Scott decision” that the show deliberately picked the wording it did so as to not require a counterparty.

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