Game Recap & Final Jeopardy – June 16, 2004 (Ken Jennings Game #11)


Today’s contestants:

Josh Thorpe, an attorney from Atlanta, Georgia
Patricia Davis, a writer and editor from Encinitas, CA
Ken Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, UT (10-day total: $341,158)

J! round categories:

After 3 clues, the scores sat at:
Patricia $600
Ken $400
Josh $200

Noteworthy because that’s the last time that somebody other than Ken held a lead in this game. Ken picked up 12 of the 15 clues in the second half of the Jeopardy! round.

After 30 clues, we sat at:
Ken $10,000
Josh $3,400
Patricia $1,400

Overall, he went 5/5 in CHARADES, 4/5 in FRUIT, and 3/5 in WHO’S YOUR DADDY?, MIAMI NICE, and “BO”-POURRI.


DJ! round categories:
THE 60s

Ken, amusingly, saw the following Daily Double under MARRIED: 19th c. humorist Artemus Ward called this Utahan “dreadfully married … the most married man I ever saw” (Who is Brigham Young?) – of course, the match was already well out of hand by that point!

Ken went 5/5 in MARRIED and 3/5 in THE 60s, FOLK MUSIC, PETER, and PAUL.

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Ken $32,200
Josh $6,600
Patricia $5,000

Final Jeopardy! category: FAMOUS PRODUCTS

Final Jeopardy! clue: First designed as a surgical disinfectant, in 1895 it was available to dentists & by 1914 was sold OTC

Click/Tap Here for Correct Response

What is Listerine?


Patricia 5000 – 1700 = 3300 (What is same as Ken’s answer?)
Josh 6000 – 3401 = 3199 (What is Windex?)
Ken 32200 + 2800 = 35000 (11-day total: $376,158)

Patricia wouldn’t be the last person to crack a similar joke during Final Jeopardy.

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Ken’s interview today talks about his son, who at the time was just one year old:

Alex: Ken Jennings is our champion. Got a little one at home.

Ken: He’s just one year old, alex.

Alex: I understand that he’s already into Jeopardy!

Ken: He’s never sung for us before, but my wife and I have been watching like 380 shows of Jeopardy! a day to sort of cram for this a bit. And one day after the third show,
we heard this little voice going la-la-la-la-la-la; it was a little creepy.
[Audience laughing]

Alex: No, not at all. The possibility exists that he will someday become a multiple champion on the program.

Ken: Break my record.

Alex: You bet. Alright. But your record is not done yet.

Ken’s stats through 11 games:
387 correct (39 today, including Final)
24 incorrect (5 today)
17 unforced errors (incorrect response after a buzz-in)
17/21 on Daily Doubles (80.95%)
8/11 in Final Jeopardy (72.73%)
56.62% in first on buzzer (355/627)
Average Coryat Score: $29,127
5 correct responses in a category: 14 times
4 correct responses in a category: 30 times
3 correct responses in a category: 38 times
3+ correct responses in: 62.12% of all categories seen

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