Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 12, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Islands) for Tuesday, February 12, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 112):

650 miles off the U.S., it was the site of a 1609 shipwreck of colonists bound for Jamestown that may have inspired “The Tempest”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Ellen Clark, a sales support specialist from Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ellen Clark on Jeopardy!
Rob Williams, a renewable energy manager from Portland, Oregon
Rob Williams on Jeopardy!
Eric R. Backes, an attorney & government relations professional from Round Rock, Texas (1-day total: $48,001)
Eric R. Backes on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Bermuda?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Bermuda, located about 650 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, was where the crew and colonists of the ship Sea Venture got caught in a hurricane and ended up shipwrecked on the island. It was the stories of this hurricane and shipwreck which were said to have served as the inspiration for the Shakespeare play The Tempest. Bermuda is currently a British Overseas Territory.

The captain of the ship, George Somers, deliberately drove the ship onto the reefs of the island, so as to allow for the group to safely disembark. The survivors were stranded on the island for nine months before finally setting sail for, and reaching, Jamestown. The boat was stripped of all useful parts and materials.


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

Scores going into Final:
Eric $24,900
Rob $10,400
Ellen $6,400


Tonight’s results:
Ellen $6,400 + $4,001 = $10,401
Rob $10,400 + $2,401 = $12,801
Eric $24,900 + $4,000 = $28,900 (2-day total: $76,901)


Eric R. Backes, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 12, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Eric $10,000
Rob $6,000
Ellen $2,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) QUOTED IN THE OED $600 (27th pick)
Eric 6000 +3000 (Rob 6000 Ellen 2600)
2) FAMOUS “N”AMES $1600 (9th pick)
Eric 13200 +3300 (Rob 8800 Ellen 5800)
3) CLASSIC ADVENTURE NOVELS $2000 (19th pick)
Ellen 5800 -3000 (Eric 18900 Rob 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 23


Unplayed clues:
J! round: QUOTED IN THE OED $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,000


Game Stats:
Eric $20,800 Coryat, 28 correct, 2 incorrect, 48.21% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Rob $10,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Ellen $9,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.64% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $40,600
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000


Eric R. Backes, stats to date:
57 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts
46.90% in first on buzzer (53/113)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,300)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,600


Eric R. Backes, to win:
3 games: 81.86%
4: 67.00%
5: 54.84%
6: 44.89%
7: 36.75%
Avg. streak: 6.511 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 128 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.0116 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6211).
An average of 6.9936 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.9734).

An early cutoff took place 6.680% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Eric R. Backes qualified 60.010% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 77.436% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 55.359% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 29.325% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 9.289% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 2.087% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.219% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Eric has the 6th-highest total winnings ever through two games (not adjusting pre-2001 scores for doubled dollar values). #1 through #5: Roger Craig ($114,000), Mark Runsvold ($103,000), Chris Fleitas ($82,901), Larissa Kelly ($80,600), Joon Pahk ($79,600).
  • Eric is the second player in 2019 to have back-to-back games of $10,000 or more after the Jeopardy! round; John Presloid is the other. The most recent player with three in a row: Mehrun Etebari in 2007.
  • Eric just seems to remind me a lot of Chris Miller (5-time champion from 2004 and semifinalist in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions.)
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Eric 49.09% (27/55), Rob 30.91% (17/55), Ellen 20.00% (11/55)

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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 12, 2019"

  1. Where in the world did Jeopardy get the answer for The Tempest island setting as the Bermuda’s? It was set in the Mediterranean, some believing it was Corfu.

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