Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 15, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Stamps) for Monday, April 15, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 156):

Living people are rarely seen on a stamp, but in July 1945 the USPS issued one depicting this military event

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Megan McLeod, a cinema manager from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Megan McLeod on Jeopardy!
Kevin Bohannon, a cell biologist from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Kevin Bohannon on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (7-day total: $415,035)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The 1945 postage stamp commemorating the flag raising at Iwo Jima, as asked during Final Jeopardy on April 15, 2019.

The United States Postal Service originally rejected the idea of a stamp commemmorating the flag raising at Iwo Jima in 1945, because “no living person(s) can appear on a US stamp”. However, the USPS relented to public and Congressional pressure, and the stamp was released in July of that year. Over 137 million of the three-cent stamps were sold.

(Stamp image credt: iwojima.com)


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

Scores going into Final:
James $35,415
Kevin $12,400
Megan $4,800


Tonight’s results:
Megan $4,800 – $3,800 = $1,000 (What is flag on iw)
Kevin $12,400 + $0 = $12,400 (What is raising the flag at Iwo Jima?)
James $35,415 + $10,029 = $45,444 (8-day total: $460,479) (What is D-Day Iwo Jima flag raising hbd Michael)


James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 15, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kevin $4,400
James $2,800
Megan $1,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE FIRST WINNER $600 (18th pick)
James 8400 -8400 (Kevin 3000 Megan 1200)
2) ITALIAN, STRESSING $1200 (7th pick)
James 7200 +7200 (Kevin 6800 Megan 3200)
3) ONE-ACT PLAYS $1600 (9th pick)
James 15600 +8615 (Kevin 6800 Megan 3200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 55


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


Game Stats:
James $30,800 Coryat, 37 correct, 2 incorrect, 63.16% in first on buzzer
Kevin $12,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Megan $4,800 Coryat, 5 correct, 2 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $48,000
Lach Trash: $2,400 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,600


James Holzhauer, stats to date:
257 correct, 11 incorrect
11/12 on rebound attempts (on 23 rebound opportunities)
51.11% in first on buzzer (230/450)
16/18 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $147,104)
7/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,175


James Holzhauer, to win:
9 games: 94.56%
10: 89.41%
11: 84.54%
12: 79.94%
13: 75.58%
Avg. streak: 25.366 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 94 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.1356 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.2283).
An average of 4.8859 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5224).

An early cutoff took place 0.549% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 84.859% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 60.451% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 28.159% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 6.345% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 0.521% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • At $460,479, James moves to #2 on the all-time regular-play winnings list (passing David Madden and Julia Collins), and #10 all-time overall. The data provided on the Jeopardy! site is not entirely correct; it is missing the All-Star Game winnings for each team that did not make the final, it is missing Jerome Vered’s winnings, and it also has transposed two digits in Colby Burnett’s winnings.
  • The difference between James and Megan in today’s game is the difference between a player who has figured out the timing of the signaling device and a player who has not. I would posit that if this were a written test between the three players, that James and Megan would have scored very similarly to each other. However, James has been able to master the signaling device; thus, he has been able to control the flow of the game, have confidence that he would be able to do well, and have enough money to be able to recover from having missed the first Daily Double.
  • Because I bet that at least one viewer will be incredibly confused by this: The ONOMATOPOETIC WORDS category consisted of words whose letters were contained in the word ONOMATOPOETIC, not words that were actually onomatopoetic.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: James 64.29% (36/56), Kevin 23.21% (13/57), Megan 12.50% (7/56).
  • In case you’ve never noticed before: there’s a white light at the bottom left of Kevin’s podium in this screengrab with Alex looking at and pointing. That light is there so that Alex does not forget who gets to pick the next clue, either after a break or after a Triple Stumper.
  • Alex Trebek points at Kevin Bohannon's podium on the April 15, 2019 episode of Jeopardy!, signalling that he has control of the board. Note the white light at the bottom left of the podium.


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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 15, 2019"

  1. Jesse Steele | April 15, 2019 at 1:07 pm | Reply

    is james the new ken?

  2. Hey Andy, is it true that there’s never been a Stamps FJ before?
    Although I thought the answer was easy, the category would have been off putting to me and I would have bet nothing.
    I want to see a picture of the peony garden! (My favorite flower.)

  3. I knew what the stamp was, but it would have taken me a minute to figure out how to phrase it. Wonder if “Iwo Jima” or “Iwo Jima flag” would have sufficed? (The full length descriptor gets us into Sgt. Pepper territory again, if you’re not a fast scribbler!)

  4. Our cable station lost feed at the last commercial. Ouch! Had to search for question and who won. I’d have wagered the question would have involved the inverted Jenny airplane. This is why I’m not competing on the air.

  5. Pizza Face Fred | April 15, 2019 at 10:45 pm | Reply

    He’s had a runaway 7 times out of his 8 games. Is that some kind of record? I’ve been watching Jeopardy! For decades and don’t recall any player ever dominating games like this…

  6. I’ve seen Alex point to the podium as if looking for something to indicate who had control of the board, but I didn’t know quite what it was, as he usually seemed to be discerning it from the scores. Good to know it’s a simple little light. (I assumed it was a light, but nothing jumped out through the screen as to where it could be.)

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