Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 25, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Elements) for Thursday, April 25, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 164):

Oddly, mining of this rare earth element with a geographic name, atomic no. 63, is mostly in Asia & with some in South America & Australia

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Alix Basden, a student from Lafayette, Louisiana
Alix Basden on Jeopardy!
Tim Hall, a data analyst from Washington, D.C.
Tim Hall on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (15-day total: $1,135,175)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is europium?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

One of the least-abundant rare earth metals, europium is part of the lanthanide series; according to Britannica, the primary use of europium is in red phosphors in optical displays and TV screens that use cathode ray tubes and in glass for fluorescent lamps.

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

Scores going into Final:
James $55,695
Alix $9,600
Tim $2,600

Tonight’s results:
Tim $2,600 – $2,600 = $0 (What is americium?)
Alix $9,600 – $4,000 = $5,600 (What is americium?)
James $55,695 + $35,117 = $90,812 (16-day total: $1,225,987) (What is europium? Hi Jessa <3)

James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 25, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $15,600
Tim $3,000
Alix $2,400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ROGUES GALLERY $600 (17th pick)
James 6600 +6600 (Tim 1600 Alix 1400)
2) ICONIC PAINTINGS $800 (8th pick)
James 22800 +11381 (Alix 3600 Tim 1400)
3) ENERGY $1200 (24rd pick, $4,000 left on board)
James 40981 +11914 (Alix 8800 Tim 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 179

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $800

Game Stats:
James $28,400 Coryat, 36 correct, 1 incorrect, 60.00% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Alix $9,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 0 incorrect, 16.36% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Tim $2,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 16.36% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $40,600
Lach Trash: $8,000 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,600

James Holzhauer, stats to date:
572 correct, 20 incorrect
16/18 on rebound attempts (on 37 rebound opportunities)
57.36% in first on buzzer (518/903)
37/40 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $368,482)
15/16 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $29,813

James Holzhauer, to win:
17 games: 97.580%
18: 95.218%
19: 92.914%
20: 90.665%
21: 88.471%
75: 23.563%
Avg. streak: 56.319 games.
(This is using the updated model.)

Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 86 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:

James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 93.079% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 75.962% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 46.231% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 20.881% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 12.163% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Tonight’s score by James is tied for the 5th-highest one-day total of all time. James now holds the top 8 one-day totals, and 10 of the top 12.
  • James’ average winning total, $76,624, is only $376 less than the previous one-day record.
  • The prediction model gives James a 65.938% of surpassing Ken Jennings’ total of $2,520,700.
  • If James wins more than $62,830 tomorrow, he will break his record of “most money won in a taping session”, set last week at $436,891.
  • James is the first player in the show’s history to get 15 of their first 16 Final Jeopardy! clues correct.
  • With 572 correct responses, James moves to #4 on the all-time list in terms of number of correct responses, passing David Madden. Julia Collins is #3 on the list (584).
  • $90,812 is a reference to James’ wedding anniversary (9/8/12), much like his frequent $9,812 bets on Daily Doubles.

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

  1. He TIED one of his previous crazy-number scores? The man is messing with us at this point.

  2. I saw an article online where James was quoted as saying his episodes were taped in early February, but a female contestant from a show 3 nights ago said she was there filming with her entire family in March. If his episodes were in March instead, he is more likely to maybe be around next season? I wonder if one of them is being dishonest?

    • By my records, James’ run started with the February 5 taping and has now lasted through February 11, 12, and into February 26.

      It’s quite possible that the contestant in question took a lengthier vacation with their family in the LA area that extended into early March.

      • Ok, thank you, I’ll accept your expertise on this. It was Rebecca McNitt from Monday who said it and got me confused about how they tape. I’m a casual watcher of Jeopardy and not really in the know on how it all works tbh. I thought I watched shows that were taped the week prior!

  3. Why doesn’t everybody stop trying to “read the tea leaves” trying to figure out how long James is going to be around, and just enjoy it while it lasts? It’s pretty special what’s going on.

  4. John Sutherland | April 25, 2019 at 4:28 pm |

    I know they keep it under tight wraps but, will it get leaked how far he went,or is he STILL playing? Do you know?

  5. Elizabeth Ann Bliss | April 25, 2019 at 4:49 pm |

    There needs to be a cap on either he amount of money won or the number of games played. He is making fools on the other guests on the show.

    • The massive publicity that these runs provide are huge for the show, and never would happen if the show still had a wins cap like they did prior to 2003.

  6. @Andy
    No TS today???

  7. Washington DC Channel 7 has announced that they are moving tomorrow’s Jeopardy! telecast to Saturday due to the NFL draft.

  8. Evangeline Quintana | April 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm |


  9. I am a die hard fan of Jeopardy and enjoy playing along with the contestants. I do very well some nights and other nights I suck so badly. I absolutely love watching James; it brings me back the days of Ken Jennings, Matt Jackson, and Julia Collins. I get so excited to see how fast these champions are on the buzzer and how smart they are. It’s so insane that one of the daily doubles in the first round James missed, which was the Bill of Rights, and I knew it. I love James and he wows me! He’s a huge risktaker and takes big chances. This is very dangerous in a game like Jeopardy because he could ultimately lose at ANY point. Ken Jennings played it safe and sometimes things got pretty close for Ken. I just enjoy watching James so much and he’s so genuinely adorable. I loved how he said he was going to donate some money around Las Vegas’ children charities. Such a noble thought. 🙂

    Thank you Andy for such detailed facts!

  10. I have question. Per game rules, what’s maximum time a contestant has in choosing the the next question on the board, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, or minute. By filibustering the questions, you attempt to run the clock out and lessen the time and chance James has in getting those Daily Double. Still very difficult to pull since James is damn fast on that signal button.

    • The show also has the ability to cut a filibuster out in post-production (a simple jump cut to Alex and back to the contestant will do it), so this would not be a worthwhile strategy.

    • Contestants are warned in the pre-show briefing not to try eating the clock.

    • I doubt this would be an effective strategy. First of all, by playing bottom up delay tactics are most likely to eliminate the top row clues, which minimizes the likelihood of a DD and minimizes the amount of potential money left unplayed. Second of all because of his buzzer timing and breadth of knowledge it’s not clear that eliminating DDs would be an advantage to the challengers. The DDs increase the variance of the game and because of James’ skill the challengers are likely better off employing high variance strategies. The DDs have helped James win a lot more money and put games out of reach, but the most likely scenarios for him losing are probably opponent finding a couple of them and successfully wagering aggressively (unlikely because he makes such a high % of picks) or having him mis DD1 or DD2 with a high wager and then having a challenger with a decent amount of money double up with DD3 – that should create a non-runaway game or perhaps even a challenger leading pre-FJ.

  11. I wonder how long James will last? I am suprised no one knows the answer. With someone like James, you would figure it would leak how long James last and how much money he wins. Remember, Jeopardy allows ordinary persons to see tapings of Jeopardy game shows live. Evern if audience members have to sign a disclaimer, it is absolutely amazing, given the social media of today, that James’s stance on Jeopardy remains a secret.

    • I absolutely agree. I’m dumbfounded too. No way this can stay secret in today’s world.

      I never paid much attention to the Jennings run, but 2004 was a different Era. We’re any leaks released then?

  12. James also got his 10th consecutive Final Jeopardy! Clue correct.

  13. Has anyone captured all of James’s sign ins somewhere? Kens? thanks.

  14. I think it would be a shame to have wished to play Jeopardy all your life, only to wind up playing against James!

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