Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 1, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Solar System) for Friday, February 1, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 105):

For awhile in the 1840s, the French wanted to name this new discovery “Le Verrier” & the British wanted “Oceanus”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Karen Gieger, an accountant & mom from Mobile, Alabama
Karen Gieger on Jeopardy!
Will Dawson, a tour guide from Washington, D.C.
Will Dawson on Jeopardy!
Meghan Schulz, an environmental engineer from Bristol, Pennsylvania (1-day total: $27,190)
Meghan Schulz on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Neptune?


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As it turns out, it’s now thought that Galileo was the first to observe the planet Neptune in 1612 when it passed near Jupiter, but he did not recognize it as a planet, as he did not track it long enough to notice its non-starlike motion. Had he observed it as a planet, it might have avoided some arguing between England and France over two centuries later. Eventually, the planet was discovered by German Johann Gottfried Galle, after being helped by information from the Frenchman Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier; the English astronomer John Couch Adams was also given credit.

The French, feeling their guy was most responsible, wanted the planet named Le Verrier; the rest of the world didn’t seem too keen on that. Galle had suggested Janus; eventually, all agreed on Neptune, originally suggested by Le Verrier.


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Scores going into Final:
Will $17,000
Meghan $16,300
Karen $11,800


Tonight’s results:
Karen $11,800 + $5,000 = $16,800
Meghan $16,300 + $14,800 = $31,100
Will $17,000 + $15,601 = $32,601 (1-day total: $32,601)


Will Dawson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 1, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Will $6,600
Meghan $,200
Karen $2,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) STAMPS $600 (28th pick)
Will 4600 +2000 (Meghan 4200 Karen 2600)
2) ANAGRAM PAIRS $1200 (22nd pick)
Meghan 9800 +3500 (Will 15800 Karen 4600)
3) SULFUR $1200 (27th pick, $5,600 left on board)
Meghan 13300 +3000 (Will 13400 Karen 8200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 102


Unplayed clues:
J! round: STAMPS $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,800


Game Stats:
Will $15,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 34.55% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Meghan $12,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 5 incorrect, 43.64% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Karen $11,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 18.18% in first on buzzer, 4/4 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $39,600
Lach Trash: $3,800 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800


Meghan Schulz, final stats:
49 correct, 9 incorrect
5/7 on rebound attempts
41.96% in first on buzzer (47/112)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000


Will Dawson, stats to date:
21 correct, 3 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
34.55% in first on buzzer (19/55)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600


Will Dawson, to win:
2 games: 55.27%
3: 30.55%
4: 16.89%
5: 9.33%
6: 5.16%
Avg. streak: 2.236 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 135 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.8648 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6454).
An average of 6.9753 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.0275).

An early cutoff took place 5.949% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Will Dawson qualified 11.419% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 81.125% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 62.019% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 35.799% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 13.019% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 3.446% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.450% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Considering how Meghan had played the respective categories beforehand, I don’t think she bet either Daily Double properly, though in actual fact I think her hand may have been forced on the second one by her underbet on the first. That said: had she bet to take the lead on the first Daily Double, she would have been safe to bet clue value on the second one (a reasonable proposition here considering she gave incorrect responses on both $400 and $800 in the category), and she would have held the lead going into Final. ANAGRAM PAIRS was a category that Meghan had already done well in; it was a situation calling for a massive bet. (I, for one, would have gone True Daily Double there.)
  • As it turned out, Meghan nearly caught a huge break when Will seemed to have difficulties with anagrams, and Will was only saved by the judges finding references for butane being rated on sulfur content (and being able to identify Paul Robeson).
  • “Effective” in first on buzzer stats: Will 35.85% (19/53), Meghan 45.28% (24/53), Karen 18.87% (10/53)

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 1, 2019"

  1. Can’t help but notice that a more “robust” bet by Meghan on either of her Daily Doubles would have given her a lead going into Final Jeopardy…following Andy’s theme of noting that participants seem to be unwilling to bet as much as they should on DDs

  2. Butane’s not a lamp oil

  3. This game seemed like it was more of a buzzer race. There were a lot of easy questions that all of them appeared to know, so the game came down to who got to answer the questions (or question the answers).

  4. Stephen McFarland | February 1, 2019 at 11:43 pm | Reply

    Butane has many uses, even as a fuel for some lamps. But butane is not a lamp oil. Regardless of its sulfur content, you will not find butane “lamp oil” availabile anywhere.

    • The clue read, and I quote: “The amount of sulfur present determines the grade of this lamp fuel”

      The clue did not say “lamp oil”, it said “lamp fuel”. And as you have said, “Butane has many uses, even as a fuel for some lamps”. Therefore, it is a lamp fuel.

  5. About that “W”ords category, am I the only one who would pronounce “wench” and “winch” the same? I’m afraid I would have been ruled incorrect somewhere.

    • Are you from California? Are “pin” and “pen” nearly indistinguishable when you say them? It’s my understanding that the similarity of those two pronunciations are the hallmark of an accent particular to parts of California.

  6. I was surprised they credited “Expos” for the Montreal question. The phrasing seemingly called for the name of the World’s Fair that inspired the team name, not the team name itself, and they’re usually such sticklers about adding or dropping an “s.”

    • The difference here is that “expos” was alluded to in the clue with regards to the team name, and in these cases, the judges have accepted either in the past.

      • Thanks for the explanation. It seemed reasonable to accept it under the circumstances, but I didn’t know that the judges had a policy of ruling either correct for clues like this.

    • i agree……….. i saw the moderator explanation. i don’t agree with that interpretation being sound logic but i’m not a J judge.

      i’ve sometimes wondered with J clues if you could give an answer that is not what they were targeting. sometimes they come very close to using “this” twice i.e. you could interpret that a second unrelated item is a reasonable response to the clue. sometimes you look at a clue and have to consciously think of what they are asking.

      here’s a plural question… would valkeries sp? been ok for the plot to kill hitler i.e. the valkerie’s plot.

  7. Alex gives an interesting pronunciation of Albany in the New York State of Mind category. Al, as in pal. I’ve only ever heard and said it as Al, as in all, and I’ve lived in NY all my life.

  8. On a $600 clue Will said “Isabel Alayende” instead of “Isabel Allende” and amazingly no one noticed that.

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