Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 7, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Presidents & the Movies) for Thursday, February 7, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 109):

3 Presidential films, all directed by Oliver Stone, have a total of only 9 letters in their titles–“Nixon” & these 2

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Alan Florendo, a software developer from St. Louis, Missouri
Alan Florendo on Jeopardy!
Amanda Basta, an attorney from Arlington, Virginia
Amanda Basta on Jeopardy!
Bif Reiser, a mathematician from Portland, Oregon (1-day total: $28,001)
Bif Reiser on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are JFK and W.?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

1991’s JFK was about the John F. Kennedy assassination, and how New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison investigated the assassination outside of the Warren Commission, which had concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. 2008’s W. was about the life and Presidency of George W. Bush, which starred Josh Brolin as the 43rd President.


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Scores going into Final:
Bif $32,800
Alan $9,000
Amanda $3,200


Tonight’s results:
Amanda $3,200 + $3,199 = $6,399 (What is are W & JFK? Hi Ellie Liv Anna & Luke)
Alan $9,000 – $1,000 = $8,000 (What are JFK & LBJ?)
Bif $32,800 – $0 = $32,800 (2-day total: $60,801) (What are 2 films I have)


Bif Reiser, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 7, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Bif $6,800
Alan $5,800
Amanda $800


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Opening break taken after: 16 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) MARCH ON! $600 (27th pick)
Bif 4000 +2000 (Alan 5800 Amanda 800)
2) THE GRAND TOUR $1200 (5th pick)
Bif 8800 +3000 (Alan 6200 Amanda 800)
3) A MAN OF CONSTANT $1600 (7th pick)
Bif 13000 +3000 (Alan 6200 Amanda 800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 107


Unplayed clues:
J! round: MARCH ON! $400
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $400


Game Stats:
Bif $28,200 Coryat, 31 correct, 1 incorrect, 50.00% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Alan $9,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 4 incorrect, 35.71% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Amanda $3,200 Coryat, 5 correct, 1 incorrect, 7.14% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $40,400
Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000


Bif Reiser, stats to date:
51 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
40.71% in first on buzzer (46/113)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,900


Bif Reiser, to win:
3 games: 80.93%
4: 65.49%
5: 53.00%
6: 42.90%
7: 34.71%
Avg. streak: 6.243 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 131 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.1007 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6381).
An average of 7.1533 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.9961).

An early cutoff took place 7.517% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Bif Reiser qualified 63.249% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 76.598% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 54.712% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 28.186% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 8.869% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 1.989% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.195% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Bif’s Coryat of $28,200 is the highest since Alan Dun’s $29,600 (on Alan’s 2nd game).
  • Effective in first on buzzer percentages: Bif 53.85% (28/52), Alan 38.46% (20/52), Amanda 7,69% (4/52)

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 7, 2019"

  1. Thought of JFK right away….W took a bit longer. Luckily it doesn’t take long to write 1 letter….after writing “what is JFK and…”. It would have been close though!

  2. What’d you say? JFK right away? Hey….that’s ok! 👍

  3. I want whatever Bif had for lunch that day.

  4. the wording is garbled or wrong…….. isn’t it “nixon” and these 4? as it is asking for the letters NOT the movie

    on wednesday’s show, i thought one of the DD clues was very garbled. hard to decipher what the question was asking for. i may double back and comment on wednesday’s page

    • i might be wrong here……. but to me it definitely feel like the flow of the questions suggests these 2 are letters.

    • The clue reads: “3 Presidential films, all directed by Oliver Stone, have a total of only 9 letters in their titles–“Nixon” & these 2″

      “these” refers to Presidential films.

  5. Bif got away with a wrong answer. He replied with “O Brother, For Art Thou” and it is “O Brother, Where Art Thou.”

    I rewatched it several times and and that’s what he said… not that it would have made a difference…

    • The judges have significantly better audio than any of us at home. If they did not overturn the decision, their ruling is that he said “O Brother, Where Art Thou”.

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