Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 5, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Names In American History) for Wednesday, December 5, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 63):

In 1999 the U.S. Government was ordered to pay his family $16 million for less than 30 seconds of film

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Brian Panulla, a software engineer from Portland, Oregon
Brian Panulla on Jeopardy!
Amy David, a professor of management from Lafayette, Indiana
Amy David on Jeopardy!
Dave Leffler, a retired police officer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2-day total: $53,601)
Dave Leffler on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is (Abraham) Zapruder?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Abraham Zapruder was making a home movie of the Presidential motorcade as it passed through Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963, and unexpectedly captured what is believed to be the best-known footage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Shortly after the assassination, Life Magazine outbid CBS for the rights to the film, but the rights were sold back to the Zapruder estate in 1975 amidst a royalties dispute (Zapruded died in 1970). After a 1992 law that required all records of the Kennedy assassination be transferred to the National Archives, the government was ordered to pay his heirs $16 million.


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

Scores going into Final:
Dave $21,500
Brian $13,800
Amy $2,600


Tonight’s results:
Amy $2,600 – $0 = $2,600 (Who is Katze Ball?)
Brian $13,800 + $7,701 = $21,501
Dave $21,500 + $6,101 = $27,601 (3-day total: $81,202)


Dave Leffler, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 5, 2018 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brian $7,600
Dave $5,900
Amy $3,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) DANCER $400 (10th pick)
Dave -200† +500 (Brian 2400 Amy 600)
2) 3-LETTER BIZ $800 (2nd pick)
Dave 6300 +3200 (Brian 7600 Amy 3000)
3) FERRY TALES $1600 (22nd pick)
Brian 13600 -7000 (Dave 19500 Amy 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 49

Dave would eventually receive 2,000 refunded to him for a response originally ruled incorrect on COMET $1000. Daily Double Efficiency has been calculated with Dave’s score at -200 and not 1800.


Unplayed clues:
J! round: RUDOLPH $200
DJ! Round: None
Total $ Left On Board: $200


Game Stats:
Dave $19,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 1 incorrect, 41.07% in first on buzzer
Brian $20,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.71% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Amy $2,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 3 incorrect, 16.07% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $42,400
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,400


Dave Leffler, stats to date:
68 correct, 6 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts
37.35% in first on buzzer (62/166)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,700)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,200


Dave Leffler, to win:
4 games: 65.04%
5: 42.30%
6: 27.51%
7: 17.89%
8: 11.63%
Avg. streak: 4.860 games.


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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 5, 2018"

  1. I expect that results will be delayed today.

  2. We may have to watch the actual show, which airs tonight opposite a rebroadcast of the CBS show being preempted by the funeral, still going on, 2 hours now. Magnificent, I must say. I predict no one will come up with the right answer, except possibly the current champ.

    • That’s possible. Dave seems old enough to remember the name, although I had to think twice before trying to spell it. 🙂

  3. I thought it was pretty easy actually. The most difficult part was remembering the name!

  4. yup, only real issue was the spelling (or i guess what the exact name was)

  5. lol………. i actually got the name wrong…. thought it was a G, not a P

  6. I got it but am familiar with the Kennedy era.

  7. I missed the question in which The Hobbit was the answer to the question of using Bucklebury Ferry to escape the Nazgul?

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