Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 8, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Shakespeare Comedies) for Friday, February 8, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 110):

At the end of this play: “Why are our bodies soft & weak …but that our …hearts should well agree with our external parts?”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Rebecca Nowack, a government contractor from Leawood, Kansas
Rebecca Nowack on Jeopardy!
Josh Duggan, a production coordinator from Los Angeles, California
Josh Duggan on Jeopardy!
Bif Reiser, a mathematician from Portland, Oregon (2-day total: $60,801)
Bif Reiser on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Taming of the Shrew?

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This speech comes from the final scene of The Taming of the Shrew; and is a part of “Such duty as the subject owes the prince, even such a woman oweth to her husband” speech. Lucentio, Petruchio, and Hortensio have placed a bet on who has the most obedient wife; Petruchio has just won the wager with Katherina (Kate). (No spoiler alert required; the play is 400 years old.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Josh $12,600
Bif $10,600
Rebecca $5,800

Tonight’s results:
Rebecca $5,800 + $1,200 = $7,000
Bif $10,600 – $2,001 = $8,599 (3-day total: $69,400) (What is All’s Well That Ends Well)
Josh $12,600 – $8,601 = $3,999 (What is Much Ado About Nothing?)

Bif Reiser, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 8, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Bif $5,000
Rebecca $3,800
Josh $2,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE NEW JERSEY HALL OF FAME $600 (13th pick)
Josh 4000 -2000 (Rebecca 1000 Bif 200)
2) ISLANDS $2000 (5th pick)
Josh 2600 +1600 (Bif 4200 Rebecca 2200)
3) ORGANIZATIONS $1600 (17th pick)
Bif 9400 +1600 (Josh 8200 Rebecca 2200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 29

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

Game Stats:
Bif $10,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer
Rebecca $5,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Josh $15,000 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer 0/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $31,400
Lach Trash: $15,000 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,600

Bif Reiser, stats to date:
69 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
38.82% in first on buzzer (66/170)
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,600)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,467

Bif Reiser, to win:
4 games: 68.97%
5: 47.57%
6: 32.81%
7: 22.63%
8: 15.61%
Avg. streak: 5.223 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 130 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.0665 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.653).
An average of 7.254 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.9972).

An early cutoff took place 7.463% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Bif Reiser qualified 56.329% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 76.861% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 55.529% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 29.061% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 9.301% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 2.136% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.208% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Alex’s hometown area is going to be mad at the second Daily Double. Manitoulin Island near his hometown of Sudbury believes that the downstream side of Marajo Island in the Amazon is saline; however, the outflow of the Amazon is so large that the entire island is surrounded by fresh water.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Bif 41.67% (20/48), Rebecca 18.75% (9/48), Josh 39.58% (19/48).
  • Bif dominated the back half of the Jeopardy! round; I need to specifically look at that segment of 15 clues to see how well the champion does during that part of the game.

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 8, 2019"

  1. Andy, you show Bif with only a 1-day total instead of his 2/day total.

  2. Instructive FJ betting example. Josh’s bet was pretty much a given. Bif can only win if Josh is wrong, so should bet at least 1,001 to “cover” Rebecca if she gets it right (so 2,001) was not egregious. Rebecca can only win if the two guys get it wrong, so she should bet 3,800 to allow for the case where the guys both bet correctly and do get it wrong.

  3. Rebecca’s awkward bet will definitely be something she will be kicking herself over. She chose to play a safe bet just in case everybody missed FJ! and the guys bet a ton and missed. Didn’t work at all in her favor. Bif chose to play a modest bet by betting $1 more than the leader, which I guess you could say was probably a good choice, but likewise, $1,001 would probably have been better if he wanted to amp the pressure on Rebecca. Bif just dodged a huge bullet by sneaking under the radar and I guess, made the right choice as he continues his reign as champion.

    But wow…this game was quite something to end the week, huh?

    • See, Rebecca was in the tight spot where if she bets big because Bif might bet small, she loses the Double Stumper with Josh.

      So, betting small wasn’t terrible, she just went the wrong way, especially because so many 2nd placed players do bet big.

  4. Did Josh give an incorrect answer by saying Who is Andrew Johnson? I believe it should be who is Andrew Jackson? It was not caught. Bif still won so it didn’t affect the outcome but Josh’s money or bet may have been different.

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