Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 28, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Authors) for Friday, December 28, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 80):

The first novelist on Forbes’ list of billionaires, this author fell off in 2012 after giving an estimated $160 million to charity

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

James Rodrigues, a filmmaker from New York, New York
James Rodrigues on Jeopardy!
Greg Frost, a communications director from San Diego, California
Greg Frost on Jeopardy!
Kathryn Kienholz, a retired CPA from Milltown, Wisconsin (1-day total: $22,000)
Kathryn Kienholz on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is J. K. Rowling?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Falling off the list of Forbes’ billionaires didn’t really seem to bother Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling much; she has been known to say “You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently”. In fact, three companion books she wrote as part of the Harry Potter series (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, “Quidditch Through the Ages”, and “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”) have raised millions for charitable foundations.

Rowling tends to support organizations linked to fighting poverty, multiple sclerosis, children’s welfare and illiteracy, and in 2005 she founded Lumos to address the problem of institutionalized and disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe after reading an article in The Sunday Times about children being kept in caged beds in institutions. (“Lumos” being the name of the spell in the Harry Potter universe which turns the end of one’s wand into a flashlight, or “torch” in Britspeak.)


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Scores going into Final:
James $15,400
Kathryn $13,600
Greg $6,000


Tonight’s results:
Greg $6,000 – $1,000 = $5,000 (Who is Gates?)
Kathryn $13,600 – $13,599 = $1 (Who is Tom Clancy?)
James $15,400 + $12,000 = $27,400 (1-day total: $27,400)


James Rodrigues, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 28, 2018 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $6,200
Greg $4,000
Kathryn $3,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CENTS OF A WOMAN $800 (4th pick)
Kathryn 800 +1000 (Greg 400 James 0)
2) MYTHOLOGY $800 (7th pick)
Greg 4400 +2000 (James 10600 Kathryn 5400)
3) ALTERED CARBON $1600 (17th pick)
Kathryn 8200 +3000 (James 15800 Greg 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 182


Unplayed clues:
J! round: THE BEER HUNTER $1,000
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,000


Game Stats:
James $15,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer, 4/4 on rebound attempts
Greg $4,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 17.86% in first on buzzer
Kathryn $11,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 6 incorrect, 39.29% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $31,400
Lach Trash: $13,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400


Kathryn Kienholz, final stats:
36 correct, 9 incorrect
2/4 on rebound attempts
33.04% in first on buzzer (37/112)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,100


James Rodrigues, stats to date:
21 correct, 1 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts
30.36% in first on buzzer (17/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,400


James Rodrigues, to win:
2 games: 50.73%
3: 25.73%
4: 13.05%
5: 6.62%
6: 3.36%
Avg. streak: 2.030 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 160 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.4703 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.772).
An average of 8.0939 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.1934).

An early cutoff took place 27.124% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

James Rodrigues qualified 7.203% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 44.976% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 19.547% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 5.167% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 1.080% of the time.
Kyle Becker qualified 0.106% of the time.


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1 Comment on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 28, 2018"

  1. No repeat winners this week. Tough competition.

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