Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 18, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category British Authors) for Monday, February 18, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 116):

Born in 1866, he has been called “The Shakespeare of Science Fiction”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Doug Wilham, an high school athletic director from Louisville, Kentucky
Doug Wilham on Jeopardy!
Rachel Fabi, a professor of public health and bioethics from Syracuse, New York
Rachel Fabi on Jeopardy!
Amanda Holm, a project manager from Livonia, Michigan (1-day total: $13,200)
Amanda Holm on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is H.G. Wells?


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H.G. Wells (Herbert G. Wells), born in Kent in 1866, wrote such seminal science fiction works as The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds. A multiple-time Nobel Prize nominee in literature (1921, 1932, 1935, and 1946), he never won.


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Scores going into Final:
Amanda $13,400
Doug $9,200
Rachel $8,400


Tonight’s results:
Rachel $8,400 – $0 = $8,400 (1-day total: $8,400) (Who is Asimov?)
Doug $9,200 – $7,601 = $1,599 (Who is Verne)
Amanda $13,400 – $5,001 = $8,399 (Who is Clarke?)


Rachel Fabi, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 18, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amanda $6,600
Rachel $6,400
Doug $800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE BILL OF RIGHTS $800 (23rd pick)
Rachel 4000 +2000 (Amanda 4200 Doug 1200)
2) TEXTBOOKS $1200 (3rd pick)
Doug 1200 +1200 (Amanda 6600 Rachel 6400)
3) ANTEBELLUM $2000 (25th pick)
Doug 6400 +1600 (Amanda 11400 Rachel 8000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 135


Unplayed clues:
J! round: LANGUAGES $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,000


Game Stats:
Rachel $7,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 23.21% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Amanda $13,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Doug $9,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorect, 33.93% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $30,200
Lach Trash: $15,000 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,800


Amanda Holm, final stats:
31 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts
25.89% in first on buzzer (29/112)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600


Rachel Fabi, stats to date:
13 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts
23.21% in first on buzzer (13/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200


Rachel Fabi, to win:
2 games: 30.55%
3: 9.33%
4: 2.85%
5: 0.87%
6: 0.27%
Avg. streak: 1.440 games.

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With a projected 124 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.4802 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5618).
An average of 6.3093 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.9325).

An early cutoff took place 3.174% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Rachel Fabi qualified 1.132% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 88.020% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 72.098% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 48.277% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 22.602% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 5.647% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 0.798% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Alex certainly has a way of telegraphing how Final Jeopardy! is going to go; I could tell by his reaction to Rachel’s $0 wager that it was probably going to hold up to win.
  • This is the 19th time in regular play since October 4, 2004 where we had the betting situation of “first equals second plus half of third” (tonight’s situation). Second place has never gone all-in and this is only the fourth time where third place bet $0 (the wager that gives Rachel the best chance to win). The fact that second has not gone all-in in this situation means that it’s probably in a leader’s best interest in this situation to not bet the extra dollar, but that does go against current wagering theory (especially considering Doug held a definite advantage over Amanda on the buzzer).
  • Doug was in a really tight spot on the last Daily Double, as $2,000 Daily Doubles are usually as hard as an average Final Jeopardy! for a player, and it was in a category in which $1,200 was a Triple Stumper and $1,600 was a question that Doug had responded incorrectly to.
  • Amanda’s sweater screamed “University of Michigan”; I assume she’s an alumna of that university.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Rachel 27.66% (13/47), Amanda 31.91% (15/47), Doug 40.43% (19/47).

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 18, 2019"

  1. @Andy
    I’m a little confused: first equals second plus third????

  2. @Andy
    Doesn’t Alex have the wagers and answers on his card when they come back from the commercial to FJ? I noticed a few times that he mentioned for instance a wager before it was revealed on the panel??? Maybe just a way to keep the TV audience in suspense?

  3. Once in a while I surprise myself by immediately coming up with an answer in a category that I don’t know too much about. What was even more surprising (to me) was that the contestants all missed it, but I guess old sci-fi authors aren’t for everyone.

    I like sci-fi, but I’ve never actually read any of Wells’ works. However, I have seen a few of the classic movie adaptations, have read about him, and recently saw him “featured” as a character in a repeat of an otherwise forgettable episode of the sixth Doctor Who (“Timelash” – which I had to google to remember the name).

  4. Amanda is a Wolverine. She and my wife did the same program at the School of Public Health there a couple of years apart. My wife was happy that if someone was going to beat me, it was a Michigan grad, particularly a SPH grad. Ha.

  5. Rough start to begin the week as we got another triple stumper.

  6. George Stankow | February 18, 2019 at 8:22 pm |

    She considered betting for the tie, but she would have been betting to tie with either of them and didn’t feel confident enough on the buzzer.

    (source: am married to, and impossibly proud of, her)

  7. Wow, Amanda losing by $1 with her incorrect response was a finish I didn’t see coming…

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