Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 17, 2019


Today is day #2 of the finals for the 2019 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Photo Sharing) for Friday, May 17, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 180):

Publishing its first photo in 1889, today it has more than 4 billion likes & 100 million followers on Instagram

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Sara DelVillano, a middle school instrumental music teacher from Lanham, Maryland (Yesterday’s total: $4,800)
Sara DelVillano on Jeopardy!
Francois Barcomb, an 11th grade physics teacher from New Paltz, New York (Yesterday’s total: $20,400)
Francois Barcomb on Jeopardy!
Conor Quinn, a high school world history teacher from Albany, New York (Yesterday’s total: $5,600)
Conor Quinn on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is National Geographic?


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National Geographic was first published in September 1888, shortly after the founding of the National Geographic Society. It did not become well-known for its photography until 1905 until Gilbert Grosvenor, needing to fill pages in the January 1905 issue, published 11 pages of photographs from Tibet, including one of a 600-year-old monastery on Minya Konka mountain.


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

Scores going into Final:
Francois $21,200
Sara $14,800
Conor $13,400


Tonight’s results:
Conor $13,400 + $13,000 = $26,400 + $5,600 = $32,000 ($50,000)
Sara $14,800 + $0 = $14,800 + $4,800 = $19,600 ($25,000)
Francois $21,200 + $0 = $21,200 + $20,400 = $41,600 ($100,000)


Today's Jeopardy! results (for the May 17, 2019 game.)

Francois Barcomb, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 17, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Francois $7,000
Conor $5,800
Sara $4,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AND A BOOK $1000 (30th pick)
Francois 6000 +1000 (Conor 5800 Sara 4200)
2) V.I.P.! V.I.P.! $2000 (12th pick)
Sara 8600 +3000 (Francois 9800 Conor 9000)
3) FIRE & ICE $2000 (20th pick)
Francois 13000 +1000 (Conor 12600 Sara 12400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 59


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


Game Stats:
Francois $22,200 Coryat, 22 correct, 0 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Conor $13,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Sara $14,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $49,400
Lach Trash: $2,000 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,600


Francois Barcomb, stats to date:
96 correct, 10 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 16 rebound opportunities)
39.56% in first on buzzer (89/225)
4/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,600

Conor Quinn, stats to date:
77 correct, 10 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (75/225)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$900)
4/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,550

Sara DelVillano, stats to date:
64 correct, 12 incorrect
5/7 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
26.75% in first on buzzer (61/228)
2/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • In this Final Jeopardy! betting situation, Sara had a guaranteed $25,000 and a freeroll at $50,000, simply by betting at least $12,801. Conor’s bet should have been capped at $12,200, in case Sara bet to cover and missed.

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 17, 2019"

  1. Congratulations to Francois! The expected results (at least by me):
    2. Conor (kind of close)
    3. Sara (distant third..)
    This FJ was a real softball, but: Francois WAS the brightest lightbulb imo , so to speak. A deserved win, albeit close.
    So also congrats to Conor making it close and to Sara getting to the finals!

    HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYBODY!!!!!!

  2. Isn’t today’s combined Coryat of $49,400 an all-time record? The combined 59 correct and just 4 incorrect is also exceptional!

    • $49,400 is not an all-time record; there have been plenty of games (even during James Holzhauer’s run) over $50,000.

      • Thanks! Nevertheless, I suspect $49,400 is one of the highest, maybe even the highest combined Coryat, in a tournament.

        Truly the many combined Coryat’s in James’s run > 50k, with him contributing well over 40k of it is historical! In fact James and contestants did that in 3 consecutive games (4/29 50,400 in the close call against Adam Levin; 4/30 51,600 to tie all-time high; 5/1 50,400), besides other times! James is something special and looking to see him resume on Monday!

        • Correction, James doesn’t contribute over $40k of Coryat on average, though well over $30k! The individual Coryat high isn’t even $40k if I recall.

  3. After missing 3 FJ questions in a row, Sara probably gave herself a low probability of getting the final question right and was more concerned about getting 2nd place, in case Conor gets it wrong.

    If she bet to cover, and Conor anticipates that and bets less than $12,200, then she would only get 3rd place, if she gets it wrong, regardless of whether Conor gets it right or wrong.

    So ex-ante, it’s not clear what Sara should’ve bet here. Ex-post, knowing Conor’s bet, she of course should’ve gone for the cover bet. But it’s not clear whether she should’ve anticipated Conor’s bet beforehand.

  4. An old saying:”He who does not dare, does not win.” Sara has nobody to blame but herself for finishing last. She did not trust herself and that cost her 25 grand.

  5. Teresa Bailey | May 20, 2019 at 2:07 pm | Reply

    What was the three flowers in one of the questions, we did not get to hear them have been trying to find out. My 92 year old next door neighbor has called and ask me if I knew?

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