Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 15, 2019


Today is Semifinal #3 for the 2019 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Russian Composers) for Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 178):

A 1913 piece by him was conceived of as the symphonic equivalent of a pagan ritual, to be titled “Great Sacrifice”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Matthew Bunch, a middle school civics & world history teacher from Miami, Florida
Matthew Bunch on Jeopardy!
Dave Rowswell, a high school art teacher from Cheyenne, Wyoming
Dave Rowswell on Jeopardy!
Conor Quinn, a high school world history teacher from Albany, New York
Conor Quinn on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Igor Stravinsky?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Written for the 1913 season of the Ballets Russes, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring was considered so avant-garde that its debut performance was later said to have caused a riot, though accounts differ as to whether the riot was caused by the music or Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography.

The Rite of Spring was Stravinsky’s third work for the Ballets Russes, after 1910’s Firebird and 1911’s Petrushka; The Rite of Spring was later featured in Disney’ 1940 masterpiece Fantasia.


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

Scores going into Final:
Dave $15,200
Conor $12,500
Matthew $9,600


Tonight’s results:
Matthew $9,600 – $300 = $9,300 (Who is Tchikovsky?)
Conor $12,500 + $6,701 = $19,201 (Finalist)
Dave $15,200 – $9,801 = $5,399 (Who Rackmonov)


Today's Jeopardy! final scores (for the May 15, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matthew $5,200
Conor $5,000
Dave $4,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AS DESCRIBED IN THE PATENT $1000 (15th pick)
Dave 200 +1000 (Matthew 3800 Conor 2400)
2) CLASSIC FOREIGN FILMS $1600 (2nd pick)
Dave 3600 +3600 (Matthew 5200 Conor 5000)
3) ANCIENT BATTLES $1200 (3rd pick)
Conor 7800 +3500 (Dave 10000 Matthew 6800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 245


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: WOMEN AUTHORS $400, $800, & $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $3,200


Game Stats:
Conor $10,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
Matthew $9,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 0 incorrect, 25.93% in first on buzzer
Dave $13,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $33,000
Lach Trash: $12,800(on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000


Conor Quinn, stats to date:
34 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
29.73% in first on buzzer (33/111)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,500)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,900

Matthew Bunch, stats to date:
35 correct, 5 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
32.43% in first on buzzer (36/111)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,000

Dave Rowswell, stats to date:
32 correct, 10 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
30.63% in first on buzzer (34/111)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,600)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,700


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Conor 38.30% (18/47), Matthew 29.79% (14/47), Dave 31.91% (15/47).

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 15, 2019"

  1. 10/24 in FJ for the TT. 41,67%

  2. Conor all the way!

  3. How did Dave (or Dave’s boss) know about “all in?” I wouldn’t have thought any of them knew about James yet…

    • Good point.

    • James was not the first Jeopardy! player to use that term.

    • Christina O. | May 16, 2019 at 9:12 am |

      Commenter Joseph and I have been asking Andy and others on this site about taping dates for the Teachers Tournament and no one has responded. Dates when James last taped were posted but not how James’ dates coincided with the Teachers Tournament tapings.

      • The Teachers Tournament was taped out-of-order on April 1 and 2.

        • Christina O. | May 16, 2019 at 10:19 pm |

          Thank you, Andy!

          Teachers Tournament taped April 1-2; taping stopped on April 6; and on May 3 (James’ last airing before his hiatus due to the Teacher Tourney) James’ May 20 show had already been taped.

          Based on this information ALEXA is telling me that James had no interruption in his taping schedule due to the Teachers Tourney but ALEXA doesn’t have enough info to tell me how many games James will appear on before the season ends on July 26… unless someone has some other dates to feed ALEXA.

        • Thanks Andy!

  4. Pizza Face Fred | May 16, 2019 at 4:48 pm |

    Quick, spell Tchaikovsky!

  5. Every contestant was great, but my personal favorite was Conor. Just something about him!

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