Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 16, 2019


Today is day #1 of the finals for the 2019 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Bestselling Authors) for Thursday, May 16, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 179):

He once said, “In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage…who we are and where we have come from”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Sara DelVillano, a middle school instrumental music teacher from Lanham, Maryland
Sara DelVillano on Jeopardy!
Francois Barcomb, an 11th grade physics teacher from New Paltz, New York
Francois Barcomb 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 Alex Haley?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

This quote from Alex Haley, the bestselling author of Roots, can now also be found on most genealogy-related websites. First published in 1976, Roots, which tells the story of Kunta Kinte, was a bestseller, and the television miniseries adapted from it which aired in 1977 contains some of the highest-rated television episodes of all time in the United States.


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

Scores going into Final:
Francois $18,800
Sara $6,800
Conor $4,600


Tonight’s results:
Conor $4,600 + $1,000 = $5,600
Sara $6,800 – $2,000 = $4,800 (Who is ?)
Francois $18,800 + $1,600 = $20,400


Today's Jeopardy! final scores (for the May 16, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Francois $7,200
Sara $2,800
Conor $2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CROSSWORD CLUES “L” $800 (8th pick)
Conor 2400 -2400 (Sara 1000 Francois 600)
2) PEOPLE ON THE MAP $1600 (4th pick)
Conor 4200 -2000 (Francois 7600 Sara 2800)
3) EUROPEAN HISTORY $1600 (14th pick)
Francois 10000 +2000 (Sara 3600 Conor 3400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -128


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0


Game Stats:
Francois $18,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Conor $9,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Sara $6,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $34,200
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,200


Francois Barcomb, stats to date:
73 correct, 10 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
41.67% in first on buzzer (70/168)
2/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,400

Conor Quinn, stats to date:
55 correct, 8 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
32.14% in first on buzzer (54/168)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$900)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600

Sara DelVillano, stats to date:
47 correct, 10 incorrect
3/5 on rebound attempts (on 16 rebound opportunities)
26.90% in first on buzzer (46/171)
1/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$6,000)
0/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,467


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • As tomorrow’s scores can be doubled in Final Jeopardy, Francois’ effective lead is $7,400 over Conor and $7,800 over Sara.

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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 16, 2019"

  1. BassPlayingSugarplum | May 17, 2019 at 12:16 am | Reply

    I truly don’t get these wagers

    • For years I’ve liked to say that in Day 1 of a tournament final, Final Jeopardy is akin to a Daily Double that everyone gets to play.

      In light of this, with Conor and Sara so far back, I wish they had chosen to play that clue more aggressively.

  2. Jay O'Brien | May 17, 2019 at 2:21 pm | Reply

    Any tournament info for the biggest first day deficit to be overcome and win?

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