Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Animated Characters) for Tuesday, May 28, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 187):
This cartoon character was based on a character in the educational comic “The Intertidal Zone”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Sara Feeney, a stay-at-home mom from Livonia, Michigan
|Jim-Bob Williams, a therapeutic humorist from St. Albans, West Virginia
|James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (28-day total: $2,195,557)
If you’re curious to see how James’ stats so far shape up to those of Ken Jennings, you can find them at A James Holzhauer vs. Ken Jennings Statistical Comparison.
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Correct response: Who is SpongeBob SquarePants?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
Aye, aye, Captain! SpongeBob SquarePants was originally a character named Bob the Sponge in creator Stephen Hillenburg’s comic book The Intertidal Zone. Developed in 1989, he had evolved into SpongeBoy in 1994 and SpongeBob Squarepants by the 1999 television series that bore his name.
In an interesting coincidence, the only other time SpongeBob SquarePants was the correct response to Final Jeopardy was Ken Jennings’ 7th game, where he set a record with a Coryat score of $39,200 that, as of May 27, 2019, still stands.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Jim-Bob $8,400 – $8,390 = $10 (Who is Aquaman?)
Sara $11,600 + $5,201 = $16,801
James $41,381 + $18,000 = $59,381 (29-day total: $2,254,938)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) THE EASTERN SEABOARD $800 (3rd pick)
Jim-Bob 1000 +1000 (James 1000 Sara 0)
2) “B” SPOKE SHAKESPEARE $1600 (2nd pick)
Sara 3000 +3000 (James 12000 Jim-Bob 5200)
3) 1950s PEOPLE $2000 (7th pick)
James 16400 +11381 (Sara 8000 Jim-Bob 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 269
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
James $32,000 Coryat, 34 correct, 0 incorrect, 57.89% in first on buzzer
Sara $10,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 0 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer
Jim-Bob $8,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 0 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $50,400
Lach Trash: $3,600 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $0
James Holzhauer, stats to date:
1,053 correct, 31 incorrect
31/34 on rebound attempts (on 62 rebound opportunities)
58.35% in first on buzzer (954/1635)
63/67 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $596,257)
28/29 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $30,848
James Holzhauer, to win:
30 games: 98.056%
Avg. streak: 79.453 games.
(This is using the updated model.)
Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 73 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 94.001% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 79.163% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 53.390% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 31.415% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 23.857% of the time.
- $59,381 is the 24th-highest regular play total of all time. James currently holds 20 of the top 25 single-game regular-play totals of all time.
- James’ previous low total on a Tuesday was $86,905, set last Tuesday (May 21).
- James has been correct on his last 23 Final Jeopardy! clues.
- The prediction model gives James a 94.281% chance of surpassing Ken Jennings’ winnings total of $2,520,700, and a 54.413% 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 25.)
- James’ average winning total on Tuesdays is now $96,487.
- This is the fourth time in the last 10 regular-play games that there were $0 in incorrect responses given by the contestants. Prior to April 30, there were only 2 confirmed regular-play games in the entirety of J! Archive in which no contestants gave an incorrect response.
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