Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 27, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Coastlines) for Thursday, December 27, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 79):

At 3,700 miles, the longest ocean trench is named for these 2 nations that share most of South America’s Pacific coast

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kathryn Kienholz, a retired CPA from Milltown, Wisconsin
Kathryn Kienholz on Jeopardy!
Heath Herel, a scrum master from Niantic, Connecticut
Heath Herel on Jeopardy!
Jon Barber, an investment professional from San Francisco, California (1-day total: $19,999)
Jon Barber on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are Peru & Chile?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Peru–Chile Trench (also known as the Atacama Trench), in plate tectonics, defines the boundary between the Nazca Plate, which subducts under the South American Plate.

That subduction has led to many earthquakes along the trench, including the 2010 Chilean earthquake (8.8 on the Richter scale) that also led to a tsunami.


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

Scores going into Final:
Kathryn $13,000
Heath $10,800
Jon $6,800


Tonight’s results:
Jon $6,800 – $2,400 = $4,400 (What are Chile & Pe)
Heath $10,800 + $4,200 = $15,000
Kathryn $13,000 + $9,000 = $22,000 (1-day total: $22,000)


Kathryn Kienholz, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 27, 2018 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Heath $7,600
Kathryn $4,600
Jon $3,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) ALLITERATIVE PEOPLE $1000 (5th clue)
Heath 800 +1000 (Jon 1000 Kathryn 200)
2) ALMOST PRESIDENT $1200 (6th clue)
Jon 3800 +3800 (Heath 9600 Kathryn 4600)
3) AMERICAN LITERATURE NOBELISTS $1600 (12th clue)
Heath 10400 -2000 (Kathryn 8600 Jon 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 181


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT? $800
Total $ Left On Board: $800


Game Stats:
Kathryn $13,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts
Heath $12,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.71% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Jon $4,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 4 incorrect, 23.21% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $30,000
Lach Trash: $13,800 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400


Jon Barber, final stats:
37 correct, 11 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts
36.61% in first on buzzer (41/112)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,500


Kathryn Kienholz, stats to date:
17 correct, 2 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts
26.79% in ifrst on buzzer (15/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,000


Kathryn Kienholz, to win:
2 games: 43.22%
3: 18.68%
4: 8.07%
5: 3.49%
6: 1.51%
Avg. streak: 1.761 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 161 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.478 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7711).
An average of 8.114 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.1971).

An early cutoff took place 27.237% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Kathryn Kienholz qualified 3.942% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 44.758% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 19.422% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 5.150% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 1.110% of the time.
Kyle Becker qualified 0.118% of the time.


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1 Comment on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 27, 2018"

  1. The last DD cost Heath the game and there also goes the possibility of another at least 4 game streak in 2018. New intro music for J!: One Day Tripper (Beatles).

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