Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 13, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Word History) for Thursday, June 13, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 199):

This word for a bug or malfunction was popularized in the 1962 book “Into Orbit” by the Mercury astronauts

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jim Napier, a poker dealer from West Des Moines, Iowa
Jim Napier on Jeopardy!
Adrienne Griffin, an attorney from Alexandria, Virginia
Adrienne Griffin on Jeopardy!
E.J. Wolborsky, a freelance project manager from Brooklyn, New York (1-day total: $28,800)
EJ Wolborsky on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is “glitch”?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

While the term “glitch” has been used prior to being popularized by the Mercury astronauts, with a usage dating back to radio, referring to an on-air mistake (and the word coming from Yiddish). In Into Orbit, Glenn wrote:

Another term we adopted to describe some of our problems was “glitch.” Literally, a glitch is a spike or change in voltage in an electrical circuit which takes place when the circuit suddenly has a new load put on it. You have probably noticed a dimming of lights in your home when you turn a switch or start the dryer or the television set. Normally, these changes in voltage are protected by fuses. A glitch, however, is such a minute change in voltage that no fuse could protect against it.


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

Scores going into Final:
E.J. $22,800
Adrienne $12,700
Jim $10,800


Tonight’s results:
Jim $10,800 – $4,200 = $6,600 (What is “FUBAR”)
Adrienne $12,700 + $12,000 = $24,700
E.J. $22,800 + $2,601 = $25,401 (2-day total: $54,201)


E.J. Wolborsky, tonight's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 13, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Adrienne $6,300
E.J. $5,200
Jim $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) MEXICAN GEOGRAPHY $400 (19th pick)
Adrienne 3400 +1500 (E.J. 3800 Jim 200)
2) ELEMENT NAMES $1600 (2nd pick)
E.J. 7200 +2000 (Adrienne 6300 Jim 2400)
3) 5 NOBEL TRUTHS $1600 (9th pick)
E.J. 14400 +4000 (Adrienne 6300 Jim 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 100


Unplayed clues:
J! round: HISTORY $200
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $200


Game Stats:
E.J. $20,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 1 incorrect, 41.07% in first on buzzer
Adrienne $11,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Jim $10,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $42,400
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200


E.J. Wolborsky, stats to date:
49 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
41.59% in first on buzzer (47/113)
2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,200


E.J. Wolborsky, to win:
3 games: 60.920%
4: 37.112%
5: 22.609%
6: 13.773%
7: 8.390%
Avg. streak: 3.559 games.
Methodology: https://thejeopardyfan.com/2019/04/jeopardy-predictions-updated-methods.html


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 61 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,001 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 1.7916 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.119).
An average of 3.2531 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3782).

An early cutoff took place 0.111% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

E.J. Wolborsky qualified 24.263% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 91.716% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 71.530% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 36.988% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 9.244% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jim’s only chance of winning would be if he bet at least $9,400.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 13, 2019"

  1. Jim’s bet is baffling, especially in light of his stated profession. You’d think he’d know E.J.’s bet would be exactly what it was.

    • @Jim G.
      I have long given up to figure out certain bets. Most of the times they make sense (at least to me), at other times I can turn and twist it anywat I want and…nada. Sometimes either the player just makes a mistake in adding etc or there is a pattern to her/his bet that only the player knows and it makes sense to that player…..sometimes – with obvious mistakes- miscalculating by 100 or 1 or …X 2 +1…. I just shake my head. But I guess presure can do the strangest thing to people. It may bring out qualities that even THEY did not know they had or suffered from until they got into an extreme or special situation.
      Sometimes players wager correctly and are not even aware of that fact until they find out they won the game. Different strokes for different folks , I guess?

  2. Sadly cannot say I have watched a full episode of jeopardy since James lost . Seems anticlimactic

    • Marty Cunningham | June 13, 2019 at 2:55 pm |

      Jeff,
      You are doing a disservice by not watching as much anymore, first to yourself, because I still watch because there is always more that I can learn. The show is as much about what we know as what we don’t know, and may want to study more. Second, you are doing a disservice to the contestants who are still appearing on the show, especially this week and in the remaining weeks for this season. None of the contestants this week saw James play just at the start of last week (because of the taping schedule) and they may have only heard about his style of play in the warm-ups before each day’s tapings and from the crew, but each of those people are still trying to see how good they are, too, and who is to say that someone else may not put together another streak in the next few weeks. If you like James’ style, I can guarantee you will see more of it when the new season starts taping in late July or August, and then those shows start airing in September. A good deal more people are gonna try “Go Big or Go Home”. All the contestants are encouraged to play “their game” and are cautioned that trying to adapt to someone else’s style can backfire sometimes, so there will be some who can do what James did (but for how long), and some who will not be able to play his way. If I had it to do over, I might have tried a little more aggressive play myself, although not as big as James, but this too is part of the ongoing learning process with watching the show.

      • Very well put. While I like tracking the performance of the contestants and how they do my main purpose in watching Jeopardy is to participate in answering the questions and the exaltation I get when I get one right.

  3. Steve Probst | June 13, 2019 at 5:07 pm |

    Marty, I totally agree with you. We watch every J! episode and never fail to learn something. I frequently pause the show to look something up that has just been asked. James was impressive, but so is everyone who qualifies to be a contestant.

  4. center ice | June 13, 2019 at 8:33 pm |

    A lot of people aren’t as into Jeopardy! as the hard-core fans (such as most of the regular poster on this board). I liken it to a person who follows sports very casually and only watches when the locally based team is involved in the postseason. Most likely, they will tune out once that team is eliminated. The fan who either doesn’t care who wins or loves the sport will still be there (though tonight’s game may be an aberration, with several layers of drama as well). People I’ve talked to when James was playing were watching every night possible and have since either stopped watching or don’t care if they miss shows. Playing along at home is nice, but hardly a must.

    Plus, James was an understated champion who wasn’t full of himself. Easy to root for, and let’s hope it stays that way.

    • James seems to have been a nice person, as well as a great player. Did you see him cheerfully congratulate Emma? (If only he could have found one of those two DDs in the Double Jeopardy round…)

  5. Vader47000 | June 14, 2019 at 7:31 am |

    So awesome that this episode was preempted in L.A. so we could see a horrible basketball game (thank god that’s over, but congrats Raptors I guess).

    Also awesome that my cable company thought the episode was rescheduled to late night a half hour earlier than it actually was, leaving a nice episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on my DVR.

    • I had the same DVR issue. Likely because the game coverage went longer than expected. Yet still, you would think, in 2019, the networks and TV providers could work together to make sure that things like that are automatically accounted for in the system so nothing breaks.

  6. I’ve had to record the last two games, too and both recordings started early and cut off right at Final Jeopardy, which is why I’m here, checking to see the final outcome.

  7. Joanne H Morse | June 14, 2019 at 9:26 pm |

    I loved James, also Ken and Austin. I liked their style. I learn so much from Jeopardy and I am 84 years old!

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