Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 24, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Geographic Nicknames) for Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 163):

This term for an area of the Atlantic originated in 1964 in Argosy, a pulp magazine

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Wayne Erxleben, an engineer from Fort Wayne, Indiana
Wayne Erxleben on Jeopardy!
Silvija Ozols, a copy editor from Astoria, New York
Silvija Ozols on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (14-day total: $1,061,550)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Bermuda Triangle?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

A clue about a shipwreck off the island of Bermuda came up two months ago in Final Jeopardy. That has been one of many mishaps that have taken place in the Bermuda Triangle, an area bounded by Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico, as per the February 1964 Argosy magazine.


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

Scores going into Final:
James $49,621
Wayne $12,400
Silvija $2,400


Tonight’s results:
Silvija $2,400 + 0 = $2,400 (What is the Bermuda △?)
Wayne $12,400 + $7,599 = $19,999
James $49,621 + $24,000 = $73,621 (15-day total: $1,135,175) (What is Bermuda Triangle hi Benjamin)

(Note: In case it does not render properly, Sylvia’s response contained a triangle symbol instead of the word “triangle”.)


James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 24, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $20,000
Silvija $3,200
Wayne $2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CAR TALK $800 (18th pick)
James 9200 +9200 (Silvija 1600 Wayne 1000)
2) SCIENCE CENTRAL $1200 (2nd pick)
Wayne 2200 +2200 (James 18400 Silvija 3200)
3) ROMAN NAMES $800 (9th pick)
James 24000 +10021 (Wayne 6800 Silvija 3200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 242


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


Game Stats:
James $32,000 Coryat, 37 correct, 1 incorrect, 61.40% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Wayne $11,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 0 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer
Silvija $2,400 Coryat, 7 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $45,800
Lach Trash: $4,600 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,600


James Holzhauer, stats to date:
535 correct, 19 incorrect
15/17 on rebound attempts (on 35 rebound opportunities)
57.19% in first on buzzer (485/848)
34/37 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $338,587)
14/15 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $29,907


James Holzhauer, to win:
16 games: 97.174%
17: 94.428%
18: 91.760%
19: 89.167%
20: 86.647%
75: 17.908%
Avg. streak: 49.388 games.
(This is using the updated model.)


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 87 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 2.4255 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0093).
An average of 3.6216 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.259).

An early cutoff took place 0.018% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 96.870% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 85.377% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 56.033% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 22.900% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 8.258% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $73,621 is the 11th-highest one-day total of all time. Before James Holzhauer’s run started, it would have placed 3rd.
  • With 535 correct responses, James passes Matt Jackson (514) for 5th on the all-time list in terms of number of correct responses given on the show. He will likely pass 4th place David Madden (542) tomorrow.
  • Ken Jennings reached $1,135,460 after his 34th victory.
  • The prediction model currently gives James a 59.690% chance of winning more than $2,520,700.
  • James Holzhauer and Austin Rogers are the only two players to get 14 of their first 15 Final Jeopardy! clues correct.
  • The total value of all 30 clues in the Jeopardy! round is $18,000. James Holzhauer is the only player in the history of the show to have had a score greater than that after the Jeopardy! round; he has now surpassed $18,000 four times.

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 24, 2019"

  1. In the question, shouldn’t it say “this term” not “this team”.

  2. WOW! James’ top two money-winning days is a quarter million $$$!

  3. I was wondering something. I notice that you are able to post results of tonight’s episode at about 11:30 AM Eastern time. My question is where is Jeopardy shown in the world first each day? Is it on in Europe or Asia I presume?

  4. Just a thought I had….there is an old saying that three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead. I wonder how in the world James’ fate on Jeopardy! is kept so secret? For example, let’s say that he ends up winning 30 games before he loses. That means there are scores of studio audience members out there that know this. How in the world does someone not slip and say something? In the world of the internet I cannot imagine that information does not leak out!

    • I’m wondering the exact same thing.

    • People come to watch Jeopardy, but they never leave… on the next Twilight Zone!

      • Twilight zone is the only thing that makes sense.

        Let’s say James is still on at the final taping this season and you are an audience member that just watch him win his 75th game and 6 million dollars. How in the world does this not get mentioned in casual conversation anywhere with anyone? No way that stays secret.

        • It’s a cookbook! Seriously though, this has been going on for as long as I remember, so they must have a hell of a punitive NDA for studio viewers and employees.

          • I remember back during Ken Jennings’ run, Craig Kilborn was hosting the Late Late Show on CBS, and was discussing the run with a guest, when he mentioned something along the lines of, “a friend told me he knows that will be ending in about a week though”. Sure enough, a week later, Jennings has his loss.

  5. A few days ago someone said audiences do not sign anything. I forgot how many days before Ken lost that someone said that he would lose on day 75.

    • Yes… I did say I did not sign any NDA. But.. .that was many years ago – like when they still retired a 5 day champion. (I just looked it up.. 2003) so it was a while since I was there. Maybe they didn’t care because they didn’t have such extreme events like a James or Ken in the past to worry about?

      • So, we could assume a few things. If secrets can really be held, who knows where he really is at at the season final taping, but, if secrets can’t be held, maybe his run isn’t very much longer. I hope secrets can be held. Lol.

        • What I love seeing is when Alex starts talking about James now being famous and having legions of fans, and some detractors. Which is true, of course, but these episodes were taped and in the can in February, well before even his 1st game broadcast. So during the taping Alex is either projecting what James’ celebrity status would be 2 months later (which, admittingly, wouldn’t be hard to do for a man with Alex’s experience with the program and how people usually react to different champions and types of play), or he is refilming insert shots much later.

          I also love seeing all the people on Twitter asking James to say hi to them in Final, like they don’t realize the shows were taped months ago and the only thing way James will be able to incorporate name drop requests is if he wins another 70 or so games and heads into next season as the champ.

          • was wondering the same thing – if he’s correctly predicting James’ celebrity or if they are inserting in new footage. I would guess the prior.

  6. I honestly think James would give Watson a run for the money.

  7. What was the question that James Holzhauer missed on 4/24?

  8. I liked how James said after getting final jeopardy, ‘they knew it. i only guessed’.

    Anyone else remember that silly Bermuda Triangle board game?

  9. I was very surprised to learn that the term “Bermuda Triangle” only dates to the 60s. I would have guessed it went back centuries.

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