Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 26, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Novels) for Friday, April 26, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 165):

The title character of this 1841 novel says he got his name because he kills bucks & does, but not people

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Robin Falco, a nonprofit administrator from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Robin Falco on Jeopardy!
Tyler Lee, an international banking project manager from Hollis, New York
Tyler Lee on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (16-day total: $1,225,987)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Deerslayer?


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1841’s The Deerslayer is Natty Bumppo, the main character in James Fenimore Cooper’s five works known collectively as The Leatherstocking Tales. The Deerslayer was the first chronologically in the series, set before The Last of the Mohicans, but last to be published.


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

Scores going into Final:
James $29,600
Robin $4,600
Tyler $1,600


Tonight’s results:
Tyler $1,600 – $1,600 = $0 (What is Tom Sawyer?)
Robin $4,600 – $1,300 = $3,300 (What is the Deer Hunter? Hi Ada!)
James $29,600 + $20,000 = $49,600 (17-day total: $1,275,587) (What is Deerslayer? Hi Tuesday)


James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 26, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $9,200
Robin $1,200
Tyler $800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) GREEK CUISINE $600 (20th pick)
Tyler 3200 -3200 (James 7200 Robin 1200)
2) SOCIAL STUDIES $800 (1st pick)
Tyler 800 +2000 (James 9200 Robin 1200)
3) MONTY PYTHON PHRASES $1200 (22nd pick, $4,000 left on board)
Robin 5600 -1000 (James 27600 Tyler 2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -18


Unplayed clues:
J! round: CRAZY WEATHER WE’RE HAVING $200
DJ! Round: MONTY PYTHON PHRASES $400 & $800, INSPECTORS $400
Total $ Left On Board: $1,800


Game Stats:
James $29,600 Coryat, 34 correct, 2 incorrect, 60.38% in first on buzzer, 4/4 on rebound attempts
Robin $5,600 Coryat, 6 correct, 3 incorrect, 13.21% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Tyler $3,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 5 incorrect, 20.75% in firston buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $38,800
Lach Trash: $4,600 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800


James Holzhauer, stats to date:
607 correct, 22 incorrect
20/22 on rebound attempts (on 43 rebound opportunities)
57.53% in first on buzzer (550/956)
37/40 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $368,482)
16/17 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $29,800


James Holzhauer, to win:
18 games: 97.018%
19: 94.125%
20: 91.318%
21: 88.595%
22: 85.953%
75: 17.276%
Avg. streak: 49.535 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:

James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 92.722% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 74.722% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 43.456% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 16.797% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 7.629% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Robin really reminded me of Jennifer Morrow.
  • It took Ken Jennings until his 38th game to win more money than James’ current total of $1,275,587.
  • James has now had 11 consecutive games with at least 30 correct responses (including Final Jeopardy clues). The record is 29 (Ken Jennings’ games 20 through 48, inclusive).
  • Per the prediction model, the chances of James breaking Ken’s winnings total of $2,520,700 currently sit at 59.771%.
  • During the taping of this week’s games, James won $423,661. This is $13,230 short of the record he set last week.
  • James has passed Julia Collins (584) for 3rd all-time in terms of number of correct responses given on Jeopardy. He’s also the 3rd person to pass 600. Brad Rutter is 2nd on the all-time list at 693.

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

  1. Are they kidding with the FJ! clue? What’s next?…PRESIDENTIAL BURIAL SITES: “He’s buried in Grant’s Tomb”.

  2. With Robin finding that last DD, this was the farthest into the game there was any glimmer of hope, however dim, for a challenger. Of course, her wager snuffed even that out.

    • Hmmm. James has 27k I have 5k and it’s late in the game. Good strategy ts only bet 1k on a clue value of 1.2k. Makes sense.

      You know James appreciated that.

      • Monty Python is the type of subject that you’ll either know, or know that you are completely obvious to. If Robin has never seen Monty Python, she may well have decided that 1st place was impossible and her only hope would be to save 2nd place. Given the subject, and as a Monty Python fan, I have no problem with Robin’s betting choice on her DD.

        • Good point.

          • I too see the point, but still disagree. You’ve got to try to win, irregardless of the category…you can always get lucky. There are plenty of categories where I surprise myself, like how did I know that? In this internet age you’re bombarded with so much info on so many different topics, things get in there (your head) whether you like it or not I agree she was trying to protect second place, and it worked, so good for her. But if you’ve still got the faintest chance to stay alive, ya gotta take it.

          • Irregardless is not a word!

          • Regardless of your opinion of it, it is defined in the dictionary: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/irregardless

        • She sounded like she tried to do a dramatic reading of the Spanish Inquisition response that she muffed, which makes me think Monty Python isn’t unknown to her.

          • I kinda felt that it weren’t the right word, but I says to myself, it ain’t gonna matter much. It was bigly grand of you to point it out though. Thanks muchly.

  3. This was the first game that James did not get a Daily Double clue and he still demolished the other two. Unreal.

  4. I got it immediately. I was surprised to see that only James got it. Maybe my growing up in NY and having most of my family still there (Hudson Valley and Long Island) helped.

  5. When you are disappointed that he didn’t break 50k.
    Then realize he had the opportunity at O DDs.
    And still won by 46k.

    #legend

  6. Games like this are the reason we compute Coryat scores:
    – James found NONE of the Daily Doubles
    – Jeopardy! Daily Double – Right idea by Tyler to attempt to go all in but unlucky
    – Double Jeopardy! Daily Double 1 – Bad luck on the first pick results in inability to make large wagers when you need them
    – Double Jeopardy! Daily Double 2 – Given the dire chances of getting my score in striking distance of James from Robin’s position, a True Daily Double attempt might have been the last chance for reasonable odds to prevent James from locking the game.

    Personally, I’d risk large amounts on late Daily Doubles when behind James myself because I’d rather have James lock the game from my failure to give the correct answer when needed instead of failure to wager enough to prevent a lock game heading into Final Jeopardy!

    • Momentum is a thing. Had Robin gotten the Spanish Inquisition clue correct, I suspect that she would have had the necessary confidence to make a large bet on DD3. I mean, it wouldn’t have made any difference as to the ultimate result, but it might have made things more interesting.

  7. Can anyone verify that James’ $46.3k lead at the end was the largest spread ever for someone unsuccessful at finding a DD. I bet it is.

  8. John Douglas | April 27, 2019 at 3:15 am | Reply

    Has every one of James’ games been a run away heading into final jeopardy?

  9. Albert Thweatt | April 27, 2019 at 12:30 pm | Reply

    You may have answered this already but when will the last episode of this season air?

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