Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 8, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Hollywood History) for Monday, April 8, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 151):

On June 6, 2018 the Chinese Theatre dimmed its lights to honor Jerry Maren, who lived to the greatest age of any of this 1939 group

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Matthew Amster-Burton, a podcast host from Seattle, Washington
Matthew Amsterburton on Jeopardy!
Maryanne Mowen, an accounting professor from Santa Fe, New Mexico
Maryanne Mowen on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (2-day total: $82,606)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are the Munchkins?

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Following the death of Ruth Duccini in January 2014, Jerry Maren became the last surviving Munchkin on the cast of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, playing a member of the Lollipop Guild. When he was part of the cast at 18 and 19, he stood just three feet, six inches tall, but grew to four feet, six inches later in life. Maren, who was present at the 2007 Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony honoring the Munchkins, died in May 2018, aged 98. He also outlived all major cast members of the film.

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

Scores going into Final:
James $43,815
Matthew $17,600
Maryanne $6,000

Tonight’s results:
Maryanne $6,000 + $4,000 = $10,000
Matthew $17,600 – $5,600 = $12,000 (Who are the…nope.)
James $43,815 + $7,030 = $50,845 (3-day total: $133,451) (Who are the Munchkins? Happy Birthday Pops <3)

James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 8, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matthew $10,000
James $7,600
Maryanne $2,400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) GET YOUR KICKS $600 (18th pick)
Matthew 4800 +4800 (James 5400 Maryanne 600)
2) EMPIRES & DYNASTIES $1200 (5th pick)
James 10000 +10000 (Matthew 10000 Maryanne 2000)
3) THEATRE $2000 (13th pick)
James 26800 +8615 (Matthew 10000 Maryanne 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 232

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $400

Game Stats:
James $28,400 Coryat, 30 correct, 1 incorrect, 50.00% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Matthew $13,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Maryanne $6,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 16.07% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $47,800
Lach Trash: $3,000 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,800

James Holzhauer, stats to date:
86 correct, 3 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts
44.71% in first on buzzer (76/170)
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $45,341)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,000

James Holzhauer, to win:
4 games: 95.05%
5: 90.34%
6: 85.87%
7: 81.62%
8: 77.58%
Avg. streak: 22.197 games.

Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 99 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.2805 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3831).
An average of 5.2092 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.8351).

An early cutoff took place 5.796% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

James Holzhauer qualified 94.228% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 78.842% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 53.882% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 25.298% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 7.954% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 0.509% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Roger Craig holds the winnings record through 3 games. ($138,401)
  • Comparing James’ first three games to the first three games of the recent Jeopardy! All Stars, using the same model as was used for the All-Stars predictions, James’ first three games (3-game rating $21,200) only trails Roger Craig ($22,600) and Ken Jennings ($22,200).
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: James 52.83% (28/53), Matthew 30.19% (16/53), Maryanna 16.98% (9/53).
  • Thank you to Mark Barrett for providing me with a full chart of this game.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 8, 2019"

  1. Thank you, Andy, for this fan site. The Cubs will preempt Jeopardy in Chicago today. At least it’s their home opener.

  2. Nicholas K. | April 8, 2019 at 12:11 pm |

    James is such an extremely impressive contestant. I think that he could be the next Ken Jennings.

  3. Fortunately the NCAA final comes AFTER Jeopardy broadcasts on CBS, so I can see how James does it.

  4. I feel like James is someone I’ve met before. I live in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
    Is he Canadian?

  5. There was an answer today about a prison book.

    I completely missed it.


  6. What was the question that the response was halo?

  7. D. J. Ess | April 8, 2019 at 8:39 pm |

    Final Jeopardy’s answer of “What are The Munchkins” surprised me since the Munchkins was the name of the characters played, not the actual group of actors that played them, The Singer Midgets. Maybe it had something to do with all the extras hired to supplement the few actors in The Singer Midgets. Would Jeopardy have accepted “The Singer Midgets?”

    • My guess is likely “yes”; I suspect this may have been a Final with many alternative correct responses.

      • I wonder if a contestant who wrote that might have been asked to rewrite their answer to avoid the possibly offensive word “midget”.

        • When I was a kid watching the yearly showing of Oz on tv, I always thought the final credit at the end “The Singer Midgets As The Munchkins” referred to the fact that they sang…didn’t find out till later that Singer was the man who formed the troupe of little people.

  8. James has a remarkable wide range of knowledge. But anyone surprised a sports gambler didn’t know what the NFL changed to the 15 yard line?

  9. At this rate, it would take James 22 days to win $1 million. I think he’ll do it

  10. szaleskie | April 9, 2019 at 2:15 pm |

    On June 6, 2018 the Chinese Theatre dimmed its lights to honor Jerry Maren, who lived to the greatest age of any of this 1939 group.
    Would “The Lollipop Guild” have been an acceptable answer?

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