Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 24, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category African Cities) for Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 33):

Also a judicial capital, this aptly named city is known for an annual rose festival that began in 1976

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Rock Wayda, a bond analyst from Dana Point, California
Rock Wayda on Jeopardy!
Hannah McIntyre, an author from Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Hannah McIntyre on Jeopardy!
Erik Agard, a puzzlemaker from Gaithersburg, Maryland (3-day total: $66,802)
Erik Agard on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Bloemfontein, South Africa?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Why does South Africa have three capitals? Well, in the early 20th century after the Anglo-Boer war: South Africa consisted of four territories: Natal, the Cape Province (both British), Transvaal, and the Orange Free State (both Boer). A union was proposed and of course, a disagreement arose as to where the capital should be. A compromise was then reached where each province was given a share of capital benefits: Cape Town (from the Cape Province) was given Parliament, Pretoria (Transvaal) was given the administrative seat, and Bloemfontein (Orange Free State) was given the judiciary seat. (Both Bloemfontein and Pietermaritzburg, the capital of Natal, were compensated financially)

The annual rose festival occurs in October, the month in which roses in Bloemfontein bloom the best.

Interestingly, the last time “African Cities” was the Final Jeopardy category (Lisa Schlitt’s first game), Bloemfontein was also the correct response!


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Scores going into Final:
Erik $14,600
Hannah $10,100
Rock $1,200


Tonight’s results:
Rock $1,200 + $1,100 = $2,300 (What is Blomfontein?)
Hannah $10,100 + $10,100 = $20,200 (1-day total: $20,200) (What is Pret Blomfontein)
Erik $14,600 – $5,601 = $8,999 (What is Cape Town?)


Hannah McIntyre, today's Jeopardy winner (for the October 24, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Erik $5,800
Hannah $3,400
Rock -$400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SPEAKING WORDS OF WISDOM $1000 (25th pick)
Rock 200 -1000 (Erik 6400 Hannah 3000)
2) BYZANTIUM & BEYOND $1600 (4th pick)
Rock 1200 -2000 (Erik 5800 Hannah 4200)
3) STATE FOSSILS $1200 (27th pick) ($5600 remaining on the board)
Hannah 8600 +1500 (Erik 14600 Rock 3200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -183


Unplayed clues:
J! round: SEEN ON MY WALK TODAY $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: BASEBALL-ADJACENT FACTS $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $3,800


Game Stats:
Hannah $9,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.93% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Erik $14,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.89% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Rock $4,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 7 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $28,600
Lach Trash: $10,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,400


Hannah McIntyre, stats to date:
15 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
25.93% in first on buzzer (14/54)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800


Erik Agard, final stats:
89 correct, 14 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts
41.86% in first on buzzer (90/215)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600


Hannah McIntyre, to win:
2 games: 34.53%
3: 11.92%
4: 4.12%
5: 1.42%
6: 0.49%
Avg. streak: 1.527 games.


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5 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 24, 2018"

  1. Well, in a way, it’s not surprising that Erik didn’t come up with the correct response. According to xwordinfo.com, the word “Bloemfontein” hasn’t appeared in a New York Times crossword puzzle (at least not in the 25K+ puzzles they have in their database).

  2. Fred Vaughn | October 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm |

    “Bloemfontein” seems to be one of those low-key Pavlov clues that comes up from time to time. Darn.

  3. Enos Williams | October 25, 2018 at 12:05 am |

    I still don’t make it a habit to precall answers, but when I saw the category, my first thought was “Oh, like Bloemfontein?” I never would have actually thought they’d use it again.

  4. The show had an African Cities category for Final Jeopardy in January 2017… with the same answer! I guess Eric hasn’t been watching the show, in preparation for his appearance (or missed that episode)? I almost psyched myself out, playing along at home, thinking that it couldn’t possibly be the same answer again…

    P.S. I’m going to be on the show in December!

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