Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 16, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category International News) for Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 157):

In 2014 this 10,000-square-mile region moved its clocks forward 2 hours to Moscow Standard Time

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Katie Grosteffon, an ergonomist from Lexington, Kentucky
Katie Grosteffon on Jeopardy!
Adam Lozeau, a public defender from St. Paul, Minnesota
Adam Lozeau on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (8-day total: $460,479)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Crimea?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

As part of the Russian annexation of Crimea in early 2014, the region moved its clocks ahead two hours on March 30, 2014, changing its time zone to Moscow Standard Time. Both Ukraine and Russia claim sovereignty over the area; most of the international community supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity in this matter.

Since Alex Trebek’s diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer, many community members have been raising money. The Jeopardy! Fan Online Store is as well! All proceeds from any “Keep The Faith And We’ll Win” shirt sold will be donated to Alex Trebek’s preferred charity. (The de facto alumni association is currently inquiring with the show in order to determine Alex Trebek’s preferred charity; this will be updated when that has been determined. To date, over $240 has been raised.)

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

Scores going into Final:
James $66,181
Adam $11,200
Katie $0

Tonight’s results:
Katie $0 (did not qualify for Final Jeopardy)
Adam $11,200 – $11,199 = $1 (What is Siber Crimea?)
James $66,181 + $40,000 = $106,181 (9-day total: $566,660) (What is Crimea? Happy birthday no one!)

James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 16, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $19,400
Adam $3,200
Katie $400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) A YEAR ENDING IN 9 $800 (8th pick)
James 5800 +5800 (Adam 1000 Katie 0)
2) LITERARY ALLUSIONS $1600 (15th pick)
James 27000 +11381 (Adam 8800 Katie -400)
3) SOUNDS LIKE PIG LATIN $1600 (22nd pick)
James 46381 +17000 (Adam 10000 Katie -400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 179

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

Game Stats:
James $36,000 Coryat, 42 correct, 2 incorrect, 70.18% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Adam $11,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 0 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Katie $0 Coryat, 3 correct, 1 incorrect, 7.02% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $47,200
Lach Trash: $1,600 (on 1 Triple Stumper)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,200

James Holzhauer, stats to date:
300 correct, 13 incorrect
11/13 on rebound attempts (on 25 rebound opportunities)
53.25% in first on buzzer (270/507)
19/21 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $181,285)
8/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $28,156

James Holzhauer, to win:
10 games: 95.34%
11: 90.90%
12: 86.67%
13: 82.63%
14: 78.78%
Avg. streak: 29.470 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 93 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.0152 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.1928).
An average of 4.6745 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4815).

An early cutoff took place 0.348% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 87.509% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 64.674% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 31.367% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 7.383% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 1.182% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • With $566,660, James moves into the #6 spot all-time in total earnings (including tournaments.)
  • The $36,000 Coryat Score is tied for the highest all-time by anyone not named Ken Jennings and is tied for 7th overall. Spots 1 through 6 are all held by Ken, the record is $39,200.
  • James has yet to shout out his brother. This is clearly some next-level trolling at this point.
  • With categories 5 JEFFS and YEAH, WE SAW IT ON THE INTERNET, that has to be a Jeffpardy reference, right?
  • $40,000 is the most amount of money ever bet in Final Jeopardy.
  • 40 times in first on buzzer is not a record, Ken Jennings went 46-for-56 (82.14%) in his 35th game (July 20).
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: James 70.81% (40/57), Adam 22.81% (13/57), Katie 7.02% (4/57).

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 16, 2019"

  1. Next week, I will be traveling to England for a few weeks. Does anyone know if the American version of Jeopardy airs there? I hate it that I have to miss seeing James (and I’m assuming he will still be winning by next week). Thank you!

  2. James told the Naperville IL Sun newspaper that when he studies an uninteresting subject he checks out the children’s section at the library as they have interesting pictures and fun facts.

  3. The main takeaway from all of this is that “More to come!” Probably means that James might still be taping at this point. So all I’m going to say is get used to seeing James dominate on Jeopardy!

  4. I have NEVER been this excited to come home and watch a show as I am with Jeopardy since James arrived on the scene.

  5. @Andy
    Did I get that right that there was only one TS in the entire game?

  6. Frank Smith | April 16, 2019 at 5:09 pm |

    Is Katie’s 3 correct responses a record low?

  7. Lisa Brasch | April 16, 2019 at 5:27 pm |

    I’m really curious what made Adam change his answer. Siberia seems wrong on at least three levels; its size, it would have to change its clocks back, not forward, if I’m not mistaken and it hasn’t been in the news recently.

    Not that it matters since he was going to end up in second place regardless.

  8. Jeff

  9. The clues were mean to Katie.

  10. Wow no one will beat him

    • Noumon Munir | April 17, 2019 at 2:14 am |

      I know right. I’ve been following this so deeply and he’s just unreal and his wagering confidence is through the roof.

  11. Greg Aston | April 16, 2019 at 9:17 pm |

    Hard to imagine there’s someone out there who will eventually beat him.

  12. Pizza Face Fred | April 16, 2019 at 10:44 pm |

    Now he’s had a runaway 8 times out of 9. I don’t recall seeing so few Triple Stumpers, either. I usually do well on them when the contestants are young or not so good. At least I got the one tonight. James is amazing. He’s like the Leonardo da Vinci of Jeopardy!

  13. Mary A Rose | April 16, 2019 at 10:56 pm |

    Humor me, Andy. It’s the grammar nitpicker again. Please don’t say “most amount of money.” Use the terminology Alex did, i.e., “most money.” Thanks.

  14. Vader47000 | April 17, 2019 at 1:05 am |

    I think it’s a given that thanks to Adam’s last-minute stumble this would be the largest margin of victory ever on the show (beating the record James would have set in his $110K game) and the first six-figure margin of victory

  15. I have a question about Final Jeopardy. Before the category was revealed Alex said Katie would end up in third place because she had $0. That is not necessarily true. Had both guys bet all of their money and didn’t get the correct response it would have been a 3 way tie. Was the fact that Katie had $0 and had nothing to wager is what caused her to miss Final Jeopardy? I know if you are in the red you can’t participate but I didn’t know that to be the case if you had $0.

    • Yes, it was necessarily true in this case. If you have $0, you can not participate in Final Jeopardy. Moreover, in case of a tie for second, the player with more money going into Final Jeopardy gets the tie broken in their favor. (A 3-way tie at $0 results in nobody returning.) A tie for first results in a tiebreaker clue.

  16. Thanks for the explanation!

  17. I’m pretty sure it was the April 16th episode there was a clue that had a website part of it. I think category was ‘Yeah, we saw it on the internet.’ I forgot the website and wondering if anyone could help. The website had a strange name like, something…..whodidask… Not in that order though. I know I need to write things down.

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