Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 6, 2019

Today is Quarterfinal #1 for the 2019 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Poets) for Monday, May 6, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 171):

A poem by him includes, “It was grassy and wanted wear; / Though…the passing there / Had worn them really about the same”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Julia Rosinski Bailey, a 10th grade chemistry teacher from Austin, Texas
Julia Rosinski Bailey on Jeopardy!
Joe Rengstorf, a middle school education teacher from Poulsbo, Washington
Joe Rengstorf on Jeopardy!
Mariah Minges Klusman, a 12th grade English language arts teacher from Wyncote, Pennsylvania
Mariah Minges Klusman on Jeopardy!

(James Holzhauer returns on the 20th to defend his title.)

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Correct response: Who is Robert Frost?

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The poem those lines come from is Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”; its more famous line comes at the end: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference”.

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

Scores going into Final:
Joe $16,000
Julia $10,200
Mariah $2,400

Tonight’s results:
Mariah $2,400 + $2,395 = $4,795
Julia $10,200 + $5,000 = $15,200
Joe $16,000 + $4,401 = $20,401 (Semifinalist)

Joe Rengstorf, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 6, 2019 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Joe Rengstorf, $20,401 ($16,000, $9,800)
1) Julia Rosinski Bailey, $15,200 ($10,200, $1,400), 97.281% to advance
2) Mariah Minges Klusman, $4,795 ($2,400, $2,400), 1.840% to advance

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Joe $9,800
Mariah $2,400
Julia $1,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) CLASSIC NOVELS $800 (10th pick)
Joe 1200 +1200 (Julia 1400 Mariah 0)
2) THE PLANETS $1600 (4th pick)
Joe 10600 +3000 (Mariah 1600 Julia 600)
3) ARCHAEOLOGY $1200 (8th pick)
Joe 14800 +5200 (Julia 2600 Mariah 1600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 163

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

Game Stats:
Joe $10,200 Coryat, 26 correct, 5 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Julia $10,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 6 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 4/5 on rebound attempts
Maria $2,400 Coryat, 8 correct, 5 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer, 0/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $22,800
Lach Trash: $14,200 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $17,000

Joe Rengstorf, stats to date:
27 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200

Julia Rosinski Bailey, stats to date:
15 correct, 6 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200

Mariah Minges Klusman, stats to date:
9 correct, 5 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,400

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • While a score of $16,000 has a 98.429% chance to advance as a wild card, there’s a great deal to be said for not having to sweat the wild cards all day in studio. That ability to relax may be helpful for Joe next week.
  • Effective in first on buzzer %age: Joe 50.94% (27/53), Julia 28.30% (15/53), Mariah 20.75% (11/53).

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 6, 2019"

  1. Jim Thompson | May 6, 2019 at 9:39 am |

    How is it you can post this before it’s aired anywhere? Has it aired?

  2. Do the later quarter finalists know the scores of prior quarter finalists? That would give them a huge advantage.

  3. 16 incorrect answers.
    12 Triple Stumpers.

    James really is phenomenal. And the predicted lull has begun.

  4. John Douglas | May 6, 2019 at 5:10 pm |

    Curious if James’ aggressive betting strategy will carry over to the contestants in the tournament. Hard to be really effective using without the big leads. Too risky.

    • John Douglas | May 6, 2019 at 5:13 pm |

      I do predict someone will attempt it, though. Of course, moving to the next round is the real goal, so maybe even more risky. Maybe a record for a wild card player?

  5. Bob Chang | May 6, 2019 at 8:33 pm |

    Unfortunately James’s strategy won’t work without his vast knowledge, cognition, and lighting buzzing skill! Just an amazing thought, the annual Tournament of Champions would be a step down in pay for him! After $82k his first 2 games, James has averaged over $400k the last four full weeks or $800k per a 2 week Tournament which yields $250k to the winner!

    • Maybe he’ll refuse to appear until they up the bucks. It’s his show now after all.

  6. I believe one answer referred to what is now called Dissociative Identity Disorder, and Joe correctly stated “What is Multiple Personality Disorder?” They said he was wrong, then credited Julia for stating “What is split personality?” Split personality is a casual term for Schizophrenia, not DID (formerly known as MPD). DID (pun intended) I miss something?

    • 1) It said “more colloquially known”; 2) the demands of the category required that the correct response contained “it” twice. “split personality” has “it” twice and is a colloquial term. “Multiple personality” only contains it once.

  7. Thanks Andy Saunders, I definitely appreciate your explanation and the “it” twice part makes sense. I still think the question/answer is bogus because “split personality” is inaccurate as a description for DID, while it is colloquially known as a description for schizophrenia. But onward and upward, I’m glad Joe won anyway! 🙂

  8. Joe missed four high-valued clues combining for $7,200, and that was after picking up $8,200 on the DDs he picked up. He left the window wide open for Julia to make a comeback swing, and still won in the end. It’s hard to imagine that Joe having a chance to win the whole thing would be hard to do because his playing style almost mirrors that to Pranjal Vachaspati, where he gets some unforced misses and leaves the window open for his competitors to play catch-up. I have a feeling he’ll learn that the hard way when the semifinals come about.

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