Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 19, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1970s Movies) for Thursday, July 19, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 224):

Earning its director the first of many Oscar nominations, this 1977 film had the working title “Watch the Skies”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Michelle Mueckler, a stay-at-home mom from Elgin, South Carolina
Michelle Mueckler on Jeopardy!
Justin Moody, a paralegal from Durham, North Carolina
Justin Moody on Jeopardy!
Ryan Fenster, a student from SeaTac, Washington (6-day total: $127,397)
Ryan Fenster on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Close Encounters of the Third Kind?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Close Encounters of the Third Kind resulted in Steven Spielberg receiving the first of his seven Best Director Oscar nominations; the film is a story of Indianan Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), and how his life changes following an encounter with a UFO.

One pitfall for contestants here, and for those of you playing along at home: While the rules of the show provide for the addition, removal, or change of leading articles at the start of titles, internal articles (such as the one in the title of this film) are not allowed to be changed. So, if you said “What is Close Encounters of a Third Kind” at home, you shouldn’t give yourself credit for a correct response.


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

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $14,600
Michelle $11,400
Justin $11,200


Tonight’s results:
Justin $11,200 + $11,199 = $22,399
Michelle $11,400 + $11,400 = $22,800
Ryan $14,600 + $14,500 = $29,100 (7-day total: $156,497)


Ryan Fenster, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 19, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Justin $5,600
Michelle $2,600
Ryan $1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) TRAIL MIX $800 (19th pick)
Justin 2400 +800 (Ryan 2200 Michelle 0)
2) WORLD HISTORY $800 (2nd pick)
Justin 6000 +1000 (Michelle 2200 Ryan 1000)
3) THE ABCs OF THE CIA $800 (15th pick)
Justin 9800 +1000 (Michelle 7000 Ryan 3400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 60


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0


Game Stats:
Ryan $14,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
Michelle $11,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
Justin $10,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 4 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $36,800
Lach Trash: $8,000(on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,200


Ryan Fenster, stats to date:
163 correct, 45 incorrect
38.88% in first on buzzer (173/445)
6/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,200)
7/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,850


Ryan Fenster, to win:
8 games: 45.17%
9: 20.40%
10: 9.21%
11: 4.16%
12: 1.88%
Avg. streak: 7.824 games.


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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 19, 2018"

  1. How about if you respond “what is Close Encounters?”….would that be accepted? I’ve heard and read it referred to that way many times.

    • A.C. Thomas | July 19, 2018 at 9:45 am |

      The whole thing took me 15 seconds to figure out and 10 seconds to write. I wonder if someone will take the short cut and we’ll find out?

      • Mark Barrett | July 19, 2018 at 11:05 am |

        Any correct responses had the full title. The only shortcut was a player wrote “3rd.”

  2. My brain must like 1970s movies. I got this one right away & got Jaws from FJ! a few weeks ago.

  3. Much better episode today.

  4. Ryan has to be the most interesting contestant since Austin Rogers (and that’s a good thing!)

  5. Bob Prout | July 19, 2018 at 9:22 pm |

    Why did Alex not let the other contestants try to answer the question when Ryan answered “You lost that lovin feeling” instead of “You’ve”?

    • Sure. It was a situation where Alex originally ruled Ryan correct, but the judges overruled. And instead of Alex going back and saying “We’re going to have to take money away from you”, it was deemed more expedient to re-tape the response and the ruling, but with Alex just giving the answer; mostly because it was right up against a break.

      • Justin Moody | July 19, 2018 at 9:58 pm |

        The other issue is that Ryan originally sang his response and Sony didn’t have the rights to the song. Because they had to announce the ruling (and let Ryan know what he did wrong exactly) they couldn’t give Michelle or I a chance to buzz in because the answer was already known to both of us. Ryan had to rerecord speaking his response rather than singing it, as well.

        • Wow, they actually made the guy re-record a response incorrectly for appearances? I dunno, there’s something about that that doesn’t sit well. Replayed the clip…Alex was very convincing pretending it was the first time he was ruling him incorrect. Don’t like it. I’d rather have the show just run it as it happened, including the admonition, and pay whatever they have to.

          • Sorry, Jim, but that’s not how this works. Broadcast royalties are not cheap, and if it happened enough, it would threaten the existence of the show.

          • From Ryan’s perspective, avoiding a second Jeopardy! clip tour of social media – this time as “guy singing wrong answer” – isn’t the worst thing in the world.

  6. Sorry Andy, still don’t like it.

  7. But just to be clear, re-recording clues and responses happens all the time. If you watch carefully for little ‘jumps’ in the interaction between Alex and the contestants you’ll notice it.

    • I’ve seen those, and I’m sure in the credits at the end of those shows there was a disclaimer like there was tonight. “Portions of the program not affecting the outcome of the competition have been edited”. Thank you Justin for giving us the full story of what happened.

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