Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Around The USA) for Friday, May 24, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 185):
Astronomy buffs visit Idaho for the USA’s first dark sky reserve; oddly, part of it is this resort area with a bright name
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Susan Waller, a K through 12 school administrator from Chester, Pennsylvania
|Sam Kooistra, a criminal defense lawyer from Tucson, Arizona
|James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (26-day total: $1,991,135)
Will James break the $2 million mark today?
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Correct response: What is Sun Valley?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
The area around Ketchum, Idaho, near the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, is the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve; Sun Valley is a resort town adjacent to Ketchum. The idea of a dark sky reserve is so that people can view the night sky without light pollution.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Sam -$2,000 (by rule, did not play Final Jeopardy)
Susan $1,800 – $0 = $1,800 (What ?)
James $39,400 + $35,000 = $74,400 (27-day total: $2,065,535) (What is Sun Valley?
Las Vegas Strip)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) THE BIG UNIT OF MEASURE $400 (22nd pick)
James 11600 +11600 (Sam 2000 Susan 0)
2) IN THE KING JAMES BIBLE $2000 (2nd pick)
Sam 2600 -2600 (James 24600 Susan -600)
3) LET’S GO TO THE OPERA $1600 (6th pick)
Sam -400 -2000 (James 24600 Susan -600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -100
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES & A BOAT $400; QUEEN VICTORIA $400
Total $ Left On Board: $800
James $28,200 Coryat, 37 correct, 2 incorrect, 61.82% in first on buzzer, 3/4 on rebound attempts
Susan $1,800 Coryat, 3 correct, 2 incorrect, 7.27% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Sam $2,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 5 incorrect, 23.64% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $32,600
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,000
James Holzhauer, stats to date:
977 correct, 31 incorrect
31/34 on rebound attempts (on 62 rebound opportunities)
58.12% in first on buzzer (884/1521)
59/63 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $545,654)
26/27 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $30,556
James Holzhauer, to win:
28 games: 98.057%
Avg. streak: 77.472 games.
(This is using the updated model.)
Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 75 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 93.930% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 78.916% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 52.838% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 30.603% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 22.956% of the time.
- $74,400 is the 17th-highest one-day total of all time. James now holds 18 of the top 20 one-day totals.
- $24,600 is a record score after the Jeopardy! round; the previous record is $22,012, set during James’ 7th game.
- This was the 4th time that James had at least $20,000 after the Jeopardy! round.
- James has been correct on his last 21 Final Jeopardy! clues.
- The prediction model gives James a 88.894% chance of surpassing Ken Jennings’ winnings total of $2,520,700, and a 51.318% chance of James surpassing Brad Rutter’s all-time winnings total of $4,688,436. (At his current average, James would pass Ken on June 3 and Brad on July 26.)
- James’ average winning total on Fridays is $69,079.
- James’ weekly total, $374,527, is his lowest weekly total since his first full week (games 3 through 7) where he won $332,429.
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