Today's Final Jeopardy - Friday, May 17, 2024 (2024)

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Book & Movie Title References) for Friday, May 17, 2024 (Season 40, Game 180):

The title of this 2001 book, also a 2003 film, forms a partial border between Boston, Chelsea, Medford & Everett

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Rachel Shelton, an attorney from Lexington, Kentucky
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Nick Coombs, an auctioneer from Chicago, Illinois
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Grant DeYoung, a grocery clerk from Prescott, Arizona (2-day total: $46,401)
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Grant DeYoung is now a 2-day champion after he took a runaway win in yesterday’s game. Today, he faces off against Chicago’s Nick Coombs and Lexington, Kentucky’s Rachel Shelton.

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Correct response: What is Mystic River?

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The Mystic River, which gives its name to the 2001 Dennis Lehane novel (and subsequent 2003 Clint Eastwood film) does not come from the English word “mystic”; it comes from the Massachusett word for “large estuary”, “missi-tuk”. Lying to the north of Boston, it joins with the Charles to form the inner part of Boston Harbor.

To me, this felt like a relatively straightforward clue—as soon as I stopped confusing Mystic Pizza (a movie from the late 1980s set in Mystic, Connecticut) with Mystic River. I think that if a contestant can avoid that confusion and is generally well-versed in movies, they should be okay.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, May 17, 2024 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: I’m A Fun Guy; Passports; Words From Film; Baseball’s 25-Game Winners; Enter The Literary Character; Franklin)

Rachel got off to the best start in this one, courtesy of a pair of high-value correct responses. She had $2,600 after 15 clues, Grant had $1,800, and Nick had $1,600.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Rachel 4 correct 0 incorrect
Grant 4 correct 0 incorrect
Nick 4 correct 1 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Rachel is part of an organization that saves wasted food from going to landfill.
Nick auctioned off a previously lost “inverted Jenny” postage stamp.
Grant was a big fan of the show in high school.

Grant found the Daily Double shortly after the break and doubled up through it in order to take a big lead; meanwhile, Rachel struggled on the buzzer, getting in just twice after the break.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Grant 12 correct 1 incorrect
Rachel 6 correct 0 incorrect
Nick 8 correct 1 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Grant $8,000
Rachel $3,800
Nick $3,600

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: State Name Stuff; Cast Members In The Reboot; “Gn”owledge; Tough 6-Letter Words; Chapters In Biographies; We Are Fungi)

After the Daily Doubles stayed out for a very long time, Rachel found DD2, took a big swing, but fell back to $0. Grant got DD3, bet $5,000 and was correct; a pair of incorrect responses from him meant that Grant was very close to having a runaway going into Final.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Grant 23 correct 4 incorrect
Nick 13 correct 3 incorrect
Rachel 9 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 16 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Grant $19,800
Nick $10,400
Rachel $0

Grant was the only player correct in Final; that makes him a 3-day champion! Will he get win #4 on Monday?

Tonight’s results:

Rachel $0 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Nick $10,400 – $9,401 = $999 (What is The Turnpike?)
Grant $19,800 + $1,001 = $20,801 (What is Mystic River?) (3-day total: $67,202)

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Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) PASSPORTS $1000 (clue #19)
Grant 3200 +3200 (Nick 1600 Rachel 3400)
2) CHAPTERS IN BIOGRAPHIES $800 (clue #19)
Rachel 7000 -7000 (Grant 12400 Nick 11600)
3) TOUGH 6-LETTER WORDS $1200 (clue #21, $4800 left on board)
Grant 13200 +5000 (Nick 11600 Rachel 0)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 38

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Grant 3 3 4 4 5 3 4 5 4 5*
Nick 3 5 2 1
Rachel 2 2 1 4 3

DJ! Round:
Grant 4 3 5 3 4 3 3*
Nick 4 5 5 4 4 5 4 3 5 5
Rachel 3 2 2* 2

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Grant 3.82
Nick 3.93
Rachel 2.33

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 16 (0.09 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Grant $13,800 Coryat, 23 correct, 4 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Nick $10,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Rachel $7,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,200
Lach Trash: $15,000 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,800
Lead Changes: 5
Times Tied: 3

Player Statistics:

Grant DeYoung, career statistics:

72 correct, 16 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
44.12% in first on buzzer (75/170)
5/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $16,200)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,000

Nick Coombs, career statistics:

13 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,400

Rachel Shelton, career statistics:

9 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$7,000)
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,000

Grant DeYoung, to win:

4 games: 60.362%
5: 36.436%
6: 21.993%
7: 13.276%
8: 8.013%
Avg. streak: 4.523 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I might have bet “Catfish” to come up on today’s board; however, I would have bet it to show up in the 25-game winner category, not the “words from film” one.
  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Grant $19,800 Nick $10,400 Rachel $0)

Grant: Standard cover bet over Nick is $1,001. (Actual bet: $1,001)

Nick: Bet at least $8,400. (Actual bet: $9,401)

Rachel: (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)

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