Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 19, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Sports) for Friday, October 19, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 30):

A low center of gravity is a key to success in this sport with moves including gaburi-yori & uwate-dashinage

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Herschel Purvis, a laboratory technician from Los Angeles, California
Hershel Purvis on Jeopardy!
Erik Agard, a puzzlemaker from Gaithersburg, Maryland
Erik Agard on Jeopardy!
Alan Dunn, a software development manager from Johns Creek, Georgia (5-day total: $120,802)
Alan Dunn on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is sumo (wrestling)?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Sumo is a Japanese form of wrestling; the object is to force the opponent out of the ring or have him touch the ground with anything other than the soles of his feet. It is a sport steeped in many centuries-old traditions in Japan.

A low center of gravity makes it more difficult for your opponent to move you (or for them to topple you over.)

Gaburi-yori is a move where you push your opponent with your torso; the uwate-dashinage sees you pull your opponent forward and down.


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

Scores going into Final:
Erik $14,600
Alan $12,600
Herschel $9,600


Tonight’s results:
Herschel $9,600 + $350 = $9,950 (What is sumo wrestling?!)
Alan $12,600 + $12,600 = $25,200 (What is sumo?)
Erik $14,600 + $10,601 = $25,201 (1-day total: $25,201) (What is sumo?)


Erik Agard, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 19, 2018 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Alan $4,600
Erik $4,600
Herschel $1,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) STATE LINES $800 (27th pick)
Erik 6600 -2000 (Alan 3200 Herschel 1600)
2) AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY $1200 (4th pick)
Herschel 3200 +2000 (Erik 5400 Alan 5000)
3) LET’S GET TO URCHIN CARE $1200 (13th pick)
Erik 11000 +6000 (Herschel 6800 Alan 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 87


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


Game Stats:
Erik $11,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 4 incorrect, 41.07% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Alan $12,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Herschel $8,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.43% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $33,200
Lach Trash: $10,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,800


Alan Dunn, final stats:
127 correct, 15 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts
36.23% in first on buzzer (121/334)
7/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,000)
6/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,633


Erik Agard, stats to date:
23 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
41.07% in first on buzzer (23/56)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,800


Erik Agard, to win:
2 games: 48.30%
3: 23.33%
4: 11.27%
5: 5.44%
6: 2.63%
Avg. streak: 1.934 games.


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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 19, 2018"

  1. The NYT Crossword Puzzle folks have played up Erik’s appearance this week ( https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/17/crosswords/daily-puzzle-2018-10-18.html ). Erik also had a puzzle by-line last Friday (a collaboration with Bruce Haight) – it’s a bit surprising to have someone with two puzzles in the Times in less than a week.

    I’m writing this BEFORE watching the show, and before the results were posted here. It will be interesting to see if Erik has the same Jeopardy success as NYT puzzle contributor Joon Pahk did back in 2011 (7 wins and a TOC Semi-finalist, losing to eventual champ Roger Craig).

  2. Good calculating, Art!

    Where are you, John?

  3. I can’t quite call this one an instaget, because my first thought was taekwondo – but on the second reading, I correctly pegged the names of the moves as Japanese (vice Korean), and was able to put that together with “low center of gravity” to get the correct response.

    Only six weeks into the new season, and already two 5/5’s in Final! (On the other hand, two 1/5 weeks also.)

    Congratulations to Alan on a great run and to Erik for knocking him from the champion’s spot!

  4. Penny Carstens | October 19, 2018 at 10:30 pm | Reply

    Can someone tell me the question related to “What will you turn into if you’re in” … Eastern Europe or Transylvania? My grandson and I are trying to look it up but we don’t have the correct terminology. It reminded us of a pokemon name.

  5. Penny Carstens | October 19, 2018 at 10:34 pm | Reply

    Yes! Thank you! !!!! That was very awesome thank you because we are having trouble of remembering the name. (Grandson)

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