Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 13, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Poets) for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 113):

He gave his pets names like Wiscus, Pettipaws, George Pushdragon & Jellylorum, the last of which he used in a poem

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Seth Birnbaum, a marketing manager from Seattle, Washington
Seth Birnbaum on Jeopardy!
Susie Highley, an education consultant from McCordsville, Indiana
Susie Highley on Jeopardy!
Eric R. Backes, an attorney & government relations professional from Round Rock, Texas (2-day total: $76,901)
Eric R. Backes on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is T.S. Eliot?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Jellylorum will be the key word in this clue for most of the people who get this clue correct, as Jellylorum was one of the main characters of the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical Cats, based on T. S. Eliot’s book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a collection of whimsical poems about felines.

Another one of the cats in the book is named Mungojerrie, which inspired the name of the band Mungo Jerry (who had a hit in 1970 with “In The Summertime”.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Eric $24,300
Seth $17,000
Susie $8,600

Tonight’s results:
Susie $8,600 – $6,000 = $2,600 (Who was Seuss?)
Seth $17,000 – $16,999 = $1 (Who is Seuss)
Eric $24,300 – $10,000 = $14,300 (3-day total: $91,201) (Who is Nash?)

Eric R. Backes, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 13, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Eric $8,300
Susie $3,000
Seth $2,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) GLASSWARE $600 (15th pick)
Eric 5200 -2300 (Seth 1000 Susie 200)
2) ROLLING A “7” $1600 (9th pick)
Seth 5400 +3000 (Eric 7100 Susie 3400)
3) OPERA CHARACTERS $1600 (27th pick, $4,000 left on board)
Seth 11200 +5000 (Eric 21100 Susie 8600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 56

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

Game Stats:
Eric $26,600 Coryat, 30 correct, 2 incorrect, 54.39% in first on buzzer
Seth $12,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
Susie $8,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 0 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $47,400
Lach Trash: $3,600 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,000

Eric R. Backes, stats to date:
87 correct, 6 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts
49.41% in first on buzzer (84/170)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,600

Eric R. Backes, to win:
4 games: 83.00%
5: 68.89%
6: 57.18%
7: 47.46%
8: 39.40%
Avg. streak: 7.883 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 127 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.1305 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6118).
An average of 7.1436 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.9516).

An early cutoff took place 7.434% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Eric Backes qualified 81.657% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 75.633% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 52.865% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 26.256% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 7.538% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 1.443% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.095% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Players routinely underbet Daily Doubles and overbet Final Jeopardy. Today was no different.
  • Seth’s friend who was the fellow co-founder of the Seattle Pizza Society: Krishna Veeraraghavan.
  • That game was much too close for comfort for a $26,600 Coryat. Going to the $400 clue in OPERA CHARACTERS with a Daily Double still unseen almost sunk Eric.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Eric 56.36% (31/55), Seth 29.09% (16/55), Susie 14.55% (8/55).

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 13, 2019"

  1. Re: Andy’s Thoughts
    Totally agree about the betting. Seth seemed to be in a perfect spot for a triple stumper, needing only to bet $201 to guarantee staying ahead of Susie. I’ve never understood the everything but a dollar bet.

  2. Triple stumper in Final Jeopardy as Poets is a difficult category.

  3. Pretty shocked that this was a triple stumper. Never seen Cats, but the book is famous and I got this one instantly. Not sure what that means about my body of knowledge.

  4. Jellylorum sounded like Lewis Carroll to me, but I knew he likely wouldn’t have been categorized under Poets, so Eliot was my next best guess.

  5. I facepalmed when the challengers put Dr. Seuss as a “poet”, when in all actuality, he’s a children’s author. That’s taking back from Fran’s response of Tibet as a country in some weird way.

    I’m not sure if this could be questionable, Andy. I don’t know, guys…can we really excuse Dr. Seuss as a poet? I would doubt it if he hasn’t used those words in a children’s book.

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