Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 19, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Broadway Musicals) for Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 117):

The title of this musical that opened in 1956 came from the last line of a nursery rhyme about a structure that spanned the Thames

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Dana Wayne, an educator from North Hollywood, California
Dana Wayne on Jeopardy!
Matt Masich, a writer & editor from Denver, Colorado
Matt Masich on Jeopardy!
Rachel Fabi, a professor of public health & bioethics from Syracuse, New York (1-day total: $8,400)
Rachel Fabi on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is My Fair Lady?

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The musical My Fair Lady was based of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, and gets its name from the last line of the nursery rhyme which opens “London Bridge is falling down”. London Bridge was relocated to Lake Havasu City, Arizona when the London structure was replaced in 1968, where it currently links the mainland with the marinas of Lake Havasu.

Interestingly, the show has gone down this “My Fair Lady”-London Bridge route before with Final Jeopardy, back in 2007, when it also linked it to Pygmalion.

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

Scores going into Final:
Dana $14,400
Matt $13,200
Rachel $10,000

Tonight’s results:
Rachel $10,000 – $4,401 = $5,599 (What is All fall down?)
Matt $13,200 + $10,799 = $23,999
Dana $14,400 + $12,001 = $26,401

Dana Wayne, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 19, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $8,400
Rachel $3,600
Dana $3,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) OSCAR RECORDS $600 (13th pick)
Matt 3000 +1400 (Rachel 1600 Dana 1000)
2) McPEOPLE $2000 (8th pick)
Rachel 6000 -2000 (Matt 12000 Dana 6200)
3) AMERICAN LITERATURE $800 (12th pick)
Dana 6600 +1800 (Matt 12000 Rachel 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 41

Unplayed clues:
J! round: ALEX’ BUCKET LIST $600
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $600

Game Stats:
Dana $13,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 37.50% in first on buzzer
Matt $12,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer, 3/4 on rebound attempts
Rachel $12,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $37,800
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000

Rachel Fabi, final stats:
27 correct, 8 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts
25.00% in first on buzzer (28/112)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600

Dana Wayne, stats to date:
21 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts
37.50% in first on buzzer (21/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Dana Wayne, to win:
2 games: 47.65%
3: 22.70%
4: 10.82%
5: 5.15%
6: 2.46%
Avg. streak: 1.910 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 123 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.4808 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5603).
An average of 6.2997 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.9309).

An early cutoff took place 3.165% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Dana Wayne qualified 5.856% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 88.014% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 72.092% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 48.230% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 22.411% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 5.602% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 0.793% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It is absolutely clear to me that Matt did fail to respond in the form of a question to IT’S TWOSDAY $800, especially compared to how he responded the remaining 20 times he responded. Alex was absolutely correct to rule against him. Regarding the fact that one red bar was still remaining on Matt’s timer when Alex ruled, the show often will compress silence in post-production in order to ensure the viewers at home get to hear as as many clues as possible.
  • A similar silence compression appeared to happen on Rachel’s missed Daily Double.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Dana 40.38% (21/52), Matt 30.77% (16/52), Rachel 28.85% (15/52).

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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 19, 2019"

  1. He seemed to mumble something before giving his answer. The judges must have taken a few listens to be sure that he had not included proper phrasing.

    On a related note, anecdotally, it seems like score corrections at DDs and at the end of the round have become less frequent of late. Does anyone know if the show has changed its procedure for verifying responses when a question of their validity arises?

  2. Delia McCormick | February 20, 2019 at 10:47 am |

    I think your Q on 2/19 regarding Forever 21 might have been wrong on 1 fact. The answer will still be the same. Did you say two brothers came from Korea or did you say a man and a wife.

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