Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 12, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literary Adaptations) for Friday, April 12, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 155):

The director of the 2018 TV version of this 1953 classic said yes, books were harmed in the making of this motion picture

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Mike Dindoffer, a writer & teacher from Greenfield, Massachusetts
Mike Dindoffer on Jeopardy!
Ali Filipowicz, a homemaker from Alexandria, Virginia
Ali Filipowicz on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (6-day total: $325,877)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Fahrenheit 451?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The premise of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 is that of a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” are directed ot burn them. (The book is so named because book paper catches fire at 451 degrees Fahrenheit). Guy Montag, the protagonist, eventually begins reading the books that he has been assigned to burn.

Ramin Bahrani directed the 2018 HBO adaptation, which starred Michael B. Jordan as Montag.


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

Scores going into Final:
James $58,148
Ali $13,200
Mike $7,400


Tonight’s results:
Mike $7,400 – $300 = $7,100 (What is Burn After Reading Hi Mom!)
Ali $13,200 + $1,601 = $14,801
James $58,148 + $31,010 = $89,158 (7-day total: $415,035) (What is Fahrenheit 451 Happy Bday Scarlett <3)


James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 12, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $22,012
Ali $3,600
Mike $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CITY ADJECTIVES $400 (20th pick)
James 10400 +9812 (Ali 3200 Mike 1200)
2) MOOLAH $1600 (8th pick)
James 29212 +11914 (Ali 5200 Mike 3800)
3) COLOMBIA PICTURES $2000 (11th pick)
James 42726 +11022 (Ali 6400 Mike 3800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 161


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


Game Stats:
James $29,400 Coryat, 32 correct, 0 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Ali $13,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Mike $7,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $50,000
Lach Trash: $2,000 (on 1 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,000


James Holzhauer, stats to date:
219 correct, 9 incorrect
11/12 on rebound attempts
49.36% in first on buzzer (194/393)
14/15 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $139,689)
6/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,657


James Holzhauer, to win:
8 games: 95.15%
9: 90.53%
10: 86.13%
11: 81.95%
12: 77.97%
Avg. streak: 26.601 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 95 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.1013 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.2195).
An average of 4.8305 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5111).

An early cutoff took place 3.265% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 85.620% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 61.653% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 29.053% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 6.651% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 0.889% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • At $415,035, James moves to #4 on the all-time regular-play winnings list (passing Austin Rogers and Matt Jackson), and #14 all-time overall.
  • James’ $22,012 is a record for a player after the Jeopardy! round. The previous best score that I’ve been able to find is $16,800, from Matt Jackson on October 8, 2015.
  • James is the first player since Austin Rogers to win all 5 games in a taping week.
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes her first appearance in a Jeopardy! clue tonight, as the $1000 clue in WOMEN IN POLITICS.
  • It had been a week’s worth of episodes (and the previous tape date a week earlier) since James had bet $9,812, so Alex could be excused for not remembering James’ Sept. 8, 2012 anniversary.
  • James’ performance of 32 correct without being incorrect (as well as getting Final Jeopardy! correct) is not a record. (It is known that David Madden had a game of 35 correct, 0 incorrect, plus Final).
  • Through 7 games, the only 2 players who have earned more on Daily Doubles than James Holzhauer are Matt Jackson and Ken Jennings.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: James 48.21% (27/56), Ali 26.79% (15/56), Mike 25.00% (14/56).

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 12, 2019"

  1. One thing that I like about knowing who wins beforehand is I watch the game differently and see things I might have missed.

  2. Second highest one-day total!!!

  3. Andy,

    Is it correct that Matt and Ken exceeded James’ Daily Doubles earnings over their total runs or did they have higher numbers through 7 games? It’s a little ambiguous the way it’s written above.

  4. Pizza Face Fred | April 12, 2019 at 10:47 pm | Reply

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Jeopardy! god. Humbling to know that no matter what I’ve done, what I took interest in, what my experiences were in life, that I would never be on the same level as James. I guess I’ll just slither off to the mediocre, ordinary person corner…

  5. The combination of James’ huge bets and intelligence makes him the most exciting player Jeopardy! has ever had, to my mind. In terms of intelligence, he reminds me of Ken Jennings in that his knowledge is both broad and deep, unlike some other popular contestants who knew a lot about only certain categories.
    By the way, I love this site. It’s perfect for stat nerds!

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