Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 14, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Medical News 2018) for Friday, June 14, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 200):

For the first time, the FDA approved a drug for the treatment of this, though there hadn’t been a new case in 40 years

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Becky Reisig, a document management system administrator from Fort Collins, Colorado
Becky Reisig on Jeopardy!
Eric Larson, an executive producer at an events agency from Long Beach, California
Eric Larson on Jeopardy!
E.J. Wolborsky, a freelance project manager from Brooklyn, New York (2-day total: $54,201)
EJ Wolborsky on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is smallpox?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980. However, this drug has nothing to do with the increase in anti-vaxxers in today’s society. The FDA approved TPOXX (tecovirimat) in July 2018 in order to address the risk that smallpox would be used as a weapon in bioterrorism.


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

Scores going into Final:
Scores going into Final:
E.J. $13,000
Eric $5,600
Becky $4,000


Tonight’s results:
Becky $4,000 – $3,050 = $950 (What is polio)
Eric $5,600 + $2,401 = $8,001
E.J. $13,000 – $501 = $12,499 (3-day total: $66,700) (What is polio?)


E.J. Wolborsky, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 14, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
E.J. $5,200
Eric $5,000
Becky $1,200


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Opening break taken after: clues


Daily Double locations:
1) “O” IS FOR OPERA $400 (12th pick)
Eric 800 +1000 (Becky 2000 E.J. 1000)
2) IN & AROUND ASIA $1200 (7th pick)
E.J. 6000 -3000 (Eric 5000 Becky 1600)
3) COMMUNICATION $1200 (24th pick)
Eric 9400 -3000 (E.J. 8600 Becky 4000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 18


Unplayed clues:
J! round: MEERKAT MANNERS $200
DJ! Round: COMMUNICATION $400; IN & AROUND ASIA $400
Total $ Left On Board: $1,000


Game Stats:
E.J. $16,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 8 incorrect, 44.44% in first on buzzer, 3/4 on rebound attempts
Eric $8,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Becky $4,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 5 incorrect, 24.07% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $28,000
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $15,000


E.J. Wolborsky, stats to date:
70 correct, 13 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
42.51% in first on buzzer (71/167)
2/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,800


E.J. Wolborsky, to win:
4 games: 54.604%
5: 29.816%
6: 16.281%
7: 8.890%
8: 4.854%
Avg. streak: 4.203 games.
Methodology: https://thejeopardyfan.com/2019/04/jeopardy-predictions-updated-methods.html


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 60 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 1.8475 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.1314).
An average of 3.4349 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.386).

An early cutoff took place 0.143% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

E.J. Wolborsky qualified 34.442% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 90.259% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 68.609% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 33.853% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 7.970% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Tonight’s 17 incorrect responses is still well short of the known record of 23, set December 1, 1988.
  • Thank you to Mark Barrett for providing me with a full chart of this game.

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 14, 2019"

  1. Only 28,000 Coryat! Though only regularly browsing here since James, this is the lowest Coryat I recall seeing post-James.

  2. Well, if two out of three contestants came up with the same guess I did, I suppose I don’t need to feel dumb.

  3. The 28,000 Combined Coryat means barely half of the board was answered correctly.

    • Mark Barrett | June 14, 2019 at 11:59 am |

      47 clues out of 57 in the J! & DJ! rounds had a correct response. The problem was the more than dozen times a player rang in and was wrong.

      • Bob Chang | June 14, 2019 at 5:42 pm |

        thanks! No, 47 correct is not so bad. Forgot incorrect answers lower the score. The Coryat in the 1988 game with 23 incorrect must have been really low!

  4. Even with a 4th win E.J. has to make 33.403 to push Dave off the ToC list. E.J.’s current average per game: 22.233 and change…..
    We shall see on Monday. Have a great weekend everybody!!

  5. Patrick M | June 14, 2019 at 4:33 pm |

    As long as this site is putting up statistics, the stats are fair game for commentary. I know we’re not supposed to criticize on here but the stats don’t lie. So I will just state what is mathematically obvious. The game performances lately have been way below the normal standard, and by that I am referring to the standard of play before James. Too many triple stumpers, questionable wagering strategies, and just way too much guessing.

    Go ahead and criticize me, I don’t care. I’m just stating in narrative form what the stats are saying in numerical form.

    I’m not begging for another James. I’m just asking that the games be played at the level of excellence by which they used to be played before him.

    • The game is being played at the level it was being played prior to James. All of these things you speak of happened plenty before him. I think you’re being unfair.

      • @Andy
        Just some “small” things that might make the difference for E.J.. A bet of 501 does not make any sense to me. He must know
        -or should know- Dave’s total. So if E.J. was not comfy with the FJ category, stay put. Every buck could matter. If confident, wager 1.799 and bolster the rather low average and try to catch Dave with a win # 4. E.J. would have to up his game on Monday to win at least 33.403 on Monday. Otherwise E.J. would still be behind Dave and need a 5th win. 501 seems a liitle out of left field for me.

        • I don’t know why you’re hung up on $1,300 when you know he needs to beat his average win by over $10,000 in his next game to hit last place on the TOC board, and with another ~60 games to go until the TOC is set. It’s simply not going to matter.

      • Well, Andy, I’m not certain that it’s inappropriate to say that this specific game was a tad disappointing. Even the distinguished site administrator (😉) felt the need to point out that the large number of incorrect answers wasn’t quite a record with reference to a game more than 30 years ago. I agree that it’s unfair to tag 2 weeks of post-Holzhauer contestants with a broad brush, though.

        • Harris: I was referring to the fact that Patrick was implying that the game was somehow played to a higher standard pre-James than it was on Friday, and I assure you that the pre-James history of the show is littered with examples of games such as Friday’s. Thus, I felt the comments made were unfair to Friday’s contestants. Not every game is going to be amazing. (It makes us appreciate those amazing moments more, because they happen organically.)

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