Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Physics Terms) for Tuesday, April 9, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 152):
Ironically, it’s a metaphor meaning a huge step forward, but this 2-word process only occurs on a subatomic scale
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Sameer Rai, a freelancer from Los Altos, California
|Ariana Mikulski, an associate teaching professor from State College, Pennsylvania
|James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (3-day total: $133,451)
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Correct response: What is a quantum leap?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
Oh, boy! The physics definition of a quantum leap is “the discontinuous change of the state of an electron in an atom or molecule from one energy level to another” (source). However, it’s best known today as a metaphor meaning a fundamental shift, which also named an early ’90s television series starring Scott Bakula.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Ariana $6,400 + $700 = $7,100
Sameer $7,000 + $5,801 = $12,801
James $72,600 + $38,314 = $110,914 (4-day total: $244,365) (What is quantum leap Happy Birthday Booger <3)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 14 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) PALE AIL $1000 (2nd pick)
James 1000 +1000 (Ariana 0 Sameer 0)
2) AMERICAN HISTORY $1600 (3rd pick)
James 14600 +14600 (Sameer 3400 Ariana 800)
3) INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN $800 (27th pick, $1,600 left on board)
James 46800 +25000 (Sameer 7000 Ariana 5600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 253.42
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
James $35,400 Coryat, 42 correct, 1 incorrect, 63.16% in first on buzzer, 4/4 on rebound attempts
Sameer $7,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Ariana $6,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $48,800
Lach Trash: $2,000 (on 1 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200
James Holzhauer, stats to date:
129 correct, 4 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts
49.34% in first on buzzer (112/227)
8/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $85,941)
4/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,600
James Holzhauer, to win:
5 games: 96.37%
Avg. streak: 30.538 games.
Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 98 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 2.528 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6756).
An average of 3.9365 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.42).
An early cutoff took place 3.182% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).
James Holzhauer qualified 99.025% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 87.112% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 58.422% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 28.532% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 8.763% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 0.827% of the time.
- The previous record through 4 days: Roger Craig ($166,801). Roger Craig also held the one-day record, at $77,000, set September 14, 2010.
- James’ winnings of $244,365 place him 8th all time in regular play, 33rd all-time including tournaments.
- No champion has ever won $244,365 or more over their first 5 days. Adjusting for doubled dollar values, Frank Spangenberg held that record ($102,597, adjusted to $205,194). The 6-day record is $257,700, held by Austin Rogers.
- James is believed to be the 16th different player to hold the single-day winnings record on Jeopardy.
- James’ Coryat score of $35,400 is tied for the 11th-highest single-game Coryat of all time. 8 of the top 10 belong to Ken Jennings; the only two that do not belong to Jerome Vered (pre-doubled $17,900 on May 21, 1992) and Wes Ulm (pre-doubled $18,000 on June 4, 1997). The overall record high Coryat score is $39,200.
- $25,000 is the largest amount ever bet on a Daily Double in the history of the show. The previous unadjusted record was held by Philip Tiu ($19,000 on March 15, 2016). The previous adjusted record was held by Bob Beers (pre-doubled $10,000 on April 7, 1988.)
- The previous record for money going into Final Jeopardy was held by Ken Jennings ($51,400 on July 23, 2004). Adjusting for doubled dollar values, Jack Lechner had $27,500 (adjusted to $55,000) going into Final Jeopardy! on December 2, 1988. (Thanks to Mark Barrett for the updated info.)
- Sameer mentioned Chris Fleitas in his interview. Chris won more in his two wins ($82,901) than James did in his first two wins. ($82,606)
- Effective in first on buzzer stats: James 64.29% (36/56), Sameer 12.50% (7/56), Ariana 23.21% (13/56).
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