Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 22, 2019


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)


Today’s contestants:

Rebecca McNitt, an archivist from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Rebecca McNitt on Jeopardy!
Rob Hornick, a product manager from San Francisco, California
Rob Hornick on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (12-day total: $851,926)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

Rebecca’s sister is Sarah McNitt; Sarah is a 5-time champion from 2014.

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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?


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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:
James $52,126
Rebecca $4,600
Rob $2,000


Tonight’s results:
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)


James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 22, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $10,000
Rebecca $3,800
Rob $2,400


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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


Unplayed clues:
J! round: THE 20-TEENS $200
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $200


Game Stats:
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%
15: 92.963%
16: 89.632%
17: 86.421%
18: 83.324%
75: 10.413%
Avg. streak: 39.911 games.
(This is using the updated model.)


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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.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • 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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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 22, 2019"

  1. We were at a family Easter dinner yesterday and all everyone could talk about was “James Holzhauer”! One family member usually sets up a Jeopardy game” to play after dinner, which everyone enjoys.

  2. Maybe he’ll hit 1 million on Tuesday? So excited to watch when it happens!

  3. It’s amusing that James knows final Jeopardy! so quickly that he always has time to write greetings to his family while the other players are still thinking of what the correct question should be.

    • Ed Collins | April 26, 2019 at 1:47 am |

      I believe he writes those greetings ahead of time, off camera. (While we are looking at a commercial.)

      • I’m not sure he’s allowed to do that? But I’m also guessing that someone who’s been on the set will come in and talk about that either way.

  4. What’s Ken’s longest streak for most runaways in a row?

  5. James is so clever. If you remove the zero in today’s one day total you have 9812, his wedding anniversary.

  6. Just a note – in the Final Jeopardy scores, you have:

    “Rebecca $4,600 – $599 = $4,601”

    Either her original score or her final total is incorrect there! Just thought you should know!

  7. Blair Hamren | April 22, 2019 at 12:09 pm |

    Maybe this has been asked, but how many episodes are left to show in season 35? My guess is that James will overlap seasons. Sorry I cannot look it up now, but my work band this site and Jeopardy! on WiFi now so I can only check when cell reception is decent

  8. Lisa Brasch | April 22, 2019 at 5:08 pm |

    Last week I made a joke about betting on how many wins James would end up with, and someone pointed out that Vegas wouldn’t take that bet because of the delayed broadcasts.

    Seems my joke wasn’t so funny. Newsweek reported that some online site is taking bets. Though contestants sign NDAs, Newsweek couldn’t verify if audience members do.

  9. I sat in the audience on a TOC years ago… I did not sign any NDA.

    • Lisa Brasch | April 22, 2019 at 8:06 pm |

      Somebody’s got an opportunity to make some serious money then!

      Thanks for the info.

  10. Pizza Face Fred | April 22, 2019 at 11:15 pm |

    He’s going to become a permanent contestant, and the show will end up being something like “The Chase”…

    • “Win James’ Money”

    • I have always thought if Brad Rutter was on the show after there was no 5-day limit, he would still be on Jeopardy. It would be fun to see him and James compete

      • The next all-star special event they come up with will have both of them, no doubt. I’ll bet the producers are already brainstorming something for them, and Ken of course.

  11. Why did Jeopardy! change the way the contestants interact with each other at the end of each show? They always used to shake hands. Now the contestants just stand there looking awkward, and it seems very unsportsmanlike. It isn’t like there are ten contestants who would fall over each other. It seems like a very conscious decision on the part of the producers.

  12. I’ve noticed that too. It seems very unnatural..the three of them staring straight ahead after the winner is determined. Occasionally, someone will breaks ranks and turn to their neighbor for a shake, but it’s almost seems like they’ve been instructed to not move until Alex has shaken all their hands. Glad to know it wasn’t just me!

  13. I don’t know why that would be. They had contestants shake hands for 34 years.
    Maybe there were some contestants that didn’t want to shake hands, so rather than make everyone uncomfortable, they decided to stop it. I know there was at least one instance when James went over to shake someone’s hand, and she turned her head away.

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