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)
|Megan McLeod, a cinema manager from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Kevin Bohannon, a cell biologist from Ann Arbor, Michigan
|James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (7-day total: $415,035)
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Correct response: What is the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
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:
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)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
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
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
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%
Avg. streak: 25.366 games.
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.
- 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.
Contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com
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