Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Brits) for Monday, April 22, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 161):
In a poem Lord Byron, a lover of Greece, calls this diplomat & fellow lord a “plunderer”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Rebecca McNitt, an archivist from Ann Arbor, Michigan
|Rob Hornick, a product manager from San Francisco, California
|James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (12-day total: $851,926)
Rebecca’s sister is Sarah McNitt; Sarah is a 5-time champion from 2014.
If you’re curious to see how James’ stats so far shape up to those of Ken Jennings, you can find them at A James Holzhauer vs. Ken Jennings Statistical Comparison.
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Correct response: Who is Lord Elgin?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
The poem by Byron, titled “The Curse of Minerva”, is a severe attack on Lord Elgin for taking the marbles of the Parthenon from Athens and bringing them to England. Later in life, Lord Elgin served as Governor General of pre-Confederation Canada; a major Ottawa hotel, the Lord Elgin, is still named after him.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Rob $2,000 + $727 = $2,727
Rebecca $4,600 – $599 = $4,001 (Who is Melbourne?)
James $52,126 + $38,686 = $90,812 (13-day total: $942,738) (Who is Elgin? Hi Zach Emma & Lilly <3)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) THE 20-TEENS $1000 (1st pick)
James 0 +1000 (Rob 0 Rebecca 0)
2) NEW COUNTRY $1200 (3rd pick)
James 13200 +9812 (Rebecca 3800 Rob 2400)
3) I WROTE IT $2000 (13th pick)
James 28212 +11914 (Rob 2000 Rebecca 1800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 217
J! round: THE 20-TEENS $200
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $200
James $33,600 Coryat, 37 correct, 0 incorrect, 58.93% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Rebecca $4,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incrrect, 21.43% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Rob $2,000 Coryat, 6 correct, 2 incorrect, 12.50% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $40,200
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400
James Holzhauer, stats to date:
455 correct, 17 incorrect
14/16 on rebound attempts (on 33 rebound opportunities)
55.99% in first on buzzer (411/734)
29/32 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $281,150)
12/13 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $29,431
James Holzhauer, to win:
14 games: 96.417%
Avg. streak: 39.911 games.
(This is using the updated model.)
Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 89 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 2.6894 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0925).
An average of 4.0912 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3605).
An early cutoff took place 0.076% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).
James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 93.647% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 76.711% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 43.372% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 14.659% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 3.888% of the time.
- Today’s one-day total was the 4th-highest one-day total of all time. James now holds the top six one-day totals and seven of the top nine.
- At 455, James moves into 6th place on the all-time list in terms of number of correct responses given on Jeopardy!; Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, Julia Collins, David Madden, and Matt Jackson are 1 through 5.
- Effective in first on buzzer: James 63.46% (33/52), Rebecca 23.08% (12/52), Rob 13.46% (7/52).
- Obviously, it’s not worth throwing $1,000 out the window just for the opportunity to “just wager $4,000” in Rebecca’s case; good on her for making the good bet for the situation and taking home second place prize money.
- As per the prediction model, James has a 44.810% chance of surpassing Ken Jennings’ regular-season total of $2,520,700.
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