Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 17, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Literary Characters) for Wednesday, April 17, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 158):

His first name refers to the ancient district in which you’d find the Greek capital; his surname is a bird

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Lorelle Anderson, a law librarian from Sanford, Florida
Lorelle Anderson on Jeopardy!
Hannah Pierson-Compeau, an IT product manager from Washington, DC
Hannah Pierson-Compeau on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (9-day total: $566,660)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Atticus Finch?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Lawyer Atticus Finch is Scout’s father in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus comes from “from Attica”; Attica is the historical region of the Attic peninsula, the area surrounding Athens, Greece; the peninsula juts into the Aegean Sea.


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

Scores going into Final:
James $71,114
Lorelle $5,400
Hannah $5,000


Tonight’s results:
Hannah $5,000 – $4,000 = $1,000 (What is Aq)
Lorelle $5,400 + $5,300 = $10,700
James $71,114 + $60,013 = $131,127 (10-day total: $697,787) (Who is Atticus Finch This is for you Granny <3)


James Holzhauer set a one-day record on Jeopardy! of $131,127 on April 17, 2019.

James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 17, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $11,400
Lorelle $3,000
Hannah $1,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CHILDREN’S BOOKS $600 (13th pick)
Hannah 0 +1000 (James 6600 Lorelle 2600)
2) 5, 5 $1600 (14th pick)
James 26600 +11914 (Hannah 3800 Lorelle 3000)
3) MUSIC “MAN” $800 (20th pick)
James 44114 +25000 (Hannah 3800 Lorelle 3000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 201


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


Game Stats:
James $36,600 Coryat, 40 correct, 0 incorrect, 64.91% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Lorelle $5,400 Coryat, 7 correct, 0 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer
Hannah $4,600 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $46,600
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $800


James Holzhauer, stats to date:
341 correct, 13 incorrect
12/14 on rebound attempts (on 26 rebound opportunities)
54.43% in first on buzzer (307/564)
21/23 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $218,199)
9/10 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $29,000


James Holzhauer, to win:
11 games: 95.25%
12: 90.72%
13: 86.41%
14: 82.31%
15: 78.40%
Avg. streak: 30.046 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 92 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 2.988 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.1855).
An average of 4.6233 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4715).

An early cutoff took place 0.326% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 88.073% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 65.570% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 32.198% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 7.637% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 1.137% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • James’ score today of $131,127 breaks his own record that he set on April 9.
  • James is now the 8th ultra-champion (10 or more wins) in the show’s history.
  • James has $697,787 after 10 wins; after Ken Jennings’ 21st win, Ken was at $697,760.
  • $697,787 puts James in 4th all-time in winnings on the show (including tournament winnings).
  • James’ 41 correct, 0 incorrect (including Final) is believed to be the highest number of correct responses given in one game without being incorrect once. David Madden had a 36 correct, 0 incorrect (35 plus Final) game on July 11, 2005.
  • James’ Coryat score of $36,600 is 5th all-time. #1 through #4 all belong to Ken Jennings. The record is $39,200.
  • $60,013 is the largest amount of money ever wagered in Final Jeopardy. James is the only player to have had at least $60,000 going into Final Jeopardy (he has now done that three times).
  • James’ bet of $25,000 on the final Daily Double equals his record Daily Double bet from April 9.
  • James’ lead of $65,714 is the largest-ever lead going into Final Jeopardy.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: James 71.15% (37/52), Lorelle 13.46% (7/52), Hannah 14.04% (8/52).

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32 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 17, 2019"

  1. I just read a Vulture interview with James where one of the questions asked if he “had” fun on the game, and if it “was” a good experience. Obviously no one knows how taped future games are going to go, and maybe it was just a weird choice of words, but I found the use of the past tense interesting. Maybe I’m reading too much into it?

  2. Andy, I love all of the statistics you post. Thank you.

  3. Andy, did Ken Jennings ever broke his own 1-day record at any point during his enter 74-game win streak on Jeopardy? We are witnessing history in the making on Jeopardy folks!

  4. Jesse Steele | April 17, 2019 at 12:32 pm |

    this is insane can james even loose?

  5. The way he plays is unlike anyone else in the game, i think he can definitely beat ken.

  6. Is there a reason you didn’t mention this is a new 1 day record? (or did I somehow miss you mentioning it lol)

  7. I get to see it tonight! Last night we had a massive choir practice, this being Holy Week. How long between taping and airing? That Vulture interview may have come in that interval, hence the past tense.

  8. Wouldn’t a first place tie result in both winners coming back as co-champions, rather than a tiebreaker clue? I remember that happening some years back.

    Also, I think it’s interesting to note that although Roger Craig held the one-day record for over nine years, it’s taken only a few days for him to be bumped into fifth place (for now), with James holding the first four slots.

  9. Got it. I wasn’t aware of that change because it happens so rarely. Thanks.

  10. Anne Liscio | April 17, 2019 at 7:57 pm |

    When was tonight’s 4/17/19 game taped? I’ve tried to find out but to no avail.

  11. Andy – have you considered adding a “to win” statistic for 75 games? As in, the odds of Andy beating Ken Jennings’s record?

  12. Mary A Rose | April 17, 2019 at 8:38 pm |

    “[M]ost number of correct responses”?–Stop, Andy, you’re killing me! It’s usage like this that detracts from your overall brilliance.

  13. How does James know so much information about so many subjects? Does he have a photographic memory perhaps?

  14. Greg Aston | April 17, 2019 at 8:51 pm |

    Imagine waiting years to fulfill the dream of being on Jeopardy,only to run into such a buzzsaw who can make very intelligent people seem much less so

  15. Back to the Vulture interview, James was asked for his favorite memory of Alex during his time on the show. He said that during the post game show after he beat Roger’s record, Alex pointed to the audience, where the next two contestants were sitting. Alex looked over to James, and said “Look at them. They’re thinking ‘oh sh*t. I have to face James next”. I’m sure they all think that!

  16. Christina O. | April 17, 2019 at 10:48 pm |

    Is there a cap on overall $ winnings and number of games a contestant can win/play on Jeopardy? Also, when will the last episode of the current Jeopardy season air?

  17. What was the final jeopardy answer did James her wrong?

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