Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 21, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Compound Words) for Friday, June 21, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 205):

This 8-letter word can follow nuclear to refer to a dangerous accident, or mean a total loss of emotional control

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Shriya Yarlagadda, a sophomore from Grand Blanc, Michigan
Shriya Yarlagadda on Jeopardy!
Hannah Nekritz, a senior from Stamford, Connecticut
Hannah Nekritz on Jeopardy!
Avi Gupta, a senior from Portland, Oregon
Avi Gupta on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is meltdown?

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According to Merriam-Webster, the word “meltdown” was originally used by ice cream manufacturers as jargon to describe the rate of ice cream melting. However, by the 1950s, it had gained its nuclear use (namely, “the accidental melting of the core of tha nuclear reactor”), and over time, the meaning generalized to describe any disastrous decline.

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Scores going into Final:
Shriya $17,600
Hannah $16,200
Avi $14,200

Tonight’s results:
Avi $14,200 + $11,399 = $25,599 (Automatic Semi-Finalist) (What is meltdown? s/o to my bball team)
Hannah $16,200 + $2,000 = $18,200
Shriya $17,600 + $5,400 = $23,000

Avi Gupta, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 21, 2019 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Teagan O’Sullivan, $25,201 ($19,300, $5,400)
Tuesday: Lucas Miner, $21,000 ($16,400, $6,000)
Wednesday: Justin Bolsen, $25,342 ($25,300, $8,000)
Thursday: Jackson Jones, $21,600 ($22,000, $6,000)
Friday: Avi Gupta, $25,599 ($14,200, $5,400)
1. Shriya Yarlagadda, $23,000 ($17,600, $4,000)
2. Eesha Sohail, $19,787 ($20,200, $6,200)
3. Ryan Presler, $19,301 ($12,600, $7,400)
4. Hannah Nekritz, $18,200 ($16,200, $6,600)
5. Sreekar Madabushi, $18,000 ($14,400, $2,800)
6. Audrey Sarin, $16,800 ($8,400, $1,200)
7. Stephanie Pierson, $13,999 ($7,000, $1,400)
8. Sophia Weng, $13,600 ($6,800, $4,400)
9. Alison Purcell, $11,600 ($5,800, $4,200)
10. Rohit Kataria, $0 ($11,400, $3,400)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Hannah $6,600
Avi $5,400
Shriya $4,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) U.S. PRESIDENTS $1000 (23rd pick)
Shriya 2000 +1600 (Avi 4600 Hannah 4200)
2) AROUND EUROPE $1600 (9th pick)
Shriya 7200 +2000 (Avi 9400 Hannah 7800)
3) ONLY HALF SHOWED UP $1200 (26th pick) ($4800 remaining on the board)
Shriya 15600 +2000 (Hannah 13800 Avi 13400 )
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 121

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

Game Stats:
Avi $14,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 0 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer
Shriya $15,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
Hannah $16,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $46,200
Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $1,000

Avi Gupta, stats to date:
24 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,200

Shriya Yarlagadda, stats to date:
17 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800

Hannah Nekritz, stats to date:
15 correct, 0 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/67)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,200

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This is the seventh time, but first time since Season 12, that a score of $18,000 or higher has failed to qualify for the semifinals. (The highest nonqualifying score is still $19,402).
  • This tournament was taped back in December, prior to the producers’ crackdown on no shout-outs.

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 21, 2019"

  1. This is getting ridiculous. Why don’t they spell it out right away?
    Is this tournament so much easier, given the amounts won so far (WCs!) or is everybody all of a sudden much smarter. We never had numbers that high.

    • Never known high scores to be a bad thing in a tournament. So cause it’s higher it has to be easier? I think the entire field showed how strong they are & am even more intrigued for the semis & finals next week

      I love the fact that every winner this week had atleast 21,000 & 18,000 isn’t enough for a wild card. I love watching players actually be smart & succeed. Doesn’t indicate that isn’t any easier then normal

  2. @Andy
    Small typo with Shriya……??
    17.600 + 400 = 5.400 ?
    She must have bet 5.400 for a total of 23.000 as posted above ?

  3. Don’t know if teens are getting smarter and/or teen questions are somewhat easier than regular Jeopardy! questions, but all 5 matches this week had combined Coryats higher than 40,000; my guess this sustained level was unprecedented in non-Holzhauer Jeopardy! matches for a whole week. James participated in many combined Coryat matches > 50,000.

  4. So….Sreekar’s weak bet yesterday cost him in the end as Hannah just snuck past today

    • This is the first time in 23 years that Sreekar’s score wouldn’t have advanced. Criticizing his bet here is incorrect, in my opinion. He had no way of knowing that Final Jeopardy would be 12/15 this week (with 2 of the misses being players with very high pre-FJ scores).

      • Andy, I respectfully disagree with your view regarding Sreekar’s wager. With about 14,000 the only way he makes the semis is with a correct answer. Therefore, there was no risk whatsoever with him betting it all and taking a shot at winning the game. If he got the answer wrong, there is absolutely no difference between a score of 10,000 and a score of 0. Either way, he doesn’t advance.

        Not criticizing the outstanding young man, just his FJ wager.

        • Matt Rose | June 21, 2019 at 8:56 pm |

          Agree. Same with Hannah, who made a wired low bet. Unless 14,200 could be considered a maybe for the wildcard.

          Hannah is lucky that she had the lead so her 2,000 bet was enough to win wildcard spot

          And Sreekar didn’t bet 4,000, which would have won a wildcard spot.. But bet 3,600 to end with an even 18,000 and lost by 200.

          Hannah Nekritz, $18,200 ($16,200, $6,600)
          Sreekar Madabushi, $18,000 ($14,400, $2,800)

          • Vader47000 | June 21, 2019 at 11:58 pm |

            The highest-ever non-qualifying score is $19,402 according to the notes above (assuming that’s adjusted for the doubling of the dollar values in 2001). Regardless of what the average qualifying score is, I’d say aiming to beat $19,402 is the way to go (assuming a low-risk attempt to actually win isn’t out of the question).

  5. So do the 5 winners & the top 4 Wildcards move on.

    And is it random who plays who in the Semi-Final Round

    Wild card standings:
    Monday: Teagan O’Sullivan, $25,201 ($19,300, $5,400)
    Tuesday: Lucas Miner, $21,000 ($16,400, $6,000)
    Wednesday: Justin Bolsen, $25,342 ($25,300, $8,000)
    Thursday: Jackson Jones, $21,600 ($22,000, $6,000)
    Friday: Avi Gupta, $25,599 ($14,200, $5,400)
    1. Shriya Yarlagadda, $23,000 ($17,600, $4,000)
    2. Eesha Sohail, $19,787 ($20,200, $6,200)
    3. Ryan Presler, $19,301 ($12,600, $7,400)
    4. Hannah Nekritz, $18,200 ($16,200, $6,600)
    5. Sreekar Madabushi, $18,000 ($14,400, $2,800)
    6. Audrey Sarin, $16,800 ($8,400, $1,200)
    7. Stephanie Pierson, $13,999 ($7,000, $1,400)
    8. Sophia Weng, $13,600 ($6,800, $4,400)
    9. Alison Purcell, $11,600 ($5,800, $4,200)
    10. Rohit Kataria, $0 ($11,400, $3,400)

    • Marty Cunningham | June 21, 2019 at 3:20 pm |


      Names are drawn at random just before the next show during the taping of regular, non-tournament play, and even during this last week for the quarterfinals, so the same probably holds true for the semis, as well. The two new players drawn for any regular game also draw numbers to see who gets the middle podium and who gets the end, but podium order in the finals week may be determined based upon winnings, and the highest quarterfinal score will (probably) get the first podium (on the left, closest to Alex).

      • Players who were in the same quarterfinal will be separated in the semifinals.

        Podium position in the semifinals is indeed determined by quarterfinal score, without regard to qualification route (winner or wild-card).

  6. What do the following 3 $ amounts mean?

    Monday: Teagan O’Sullivan, $25,201 ($19,300, $5,400)

    • 25,201 is the final score after Final Jeopardy
      19,300 is the score after Double Jeopardy
      5,400 is the score after Single Jeopardy

    • Marty Cunningham | June 21, 2019 at 3:24 pm |

      I was wondering the same thing earlier this week, but I think it just reflects the scores at the end of each round – Final (Double, first round). I think these are listed in case there may ever be a tie between Final Jeopardy scores to qualify for the semis, so whoever had the higher score going IN to Final would break the tie, and so on. If they had the same score at the end of DJ, then the first round scores would break the tie.

  7. Less-than-brave bets by 2 players, allowed the 3rd player, with the lowest total going into FJ, to win the game??!! Also, was the ban on shout outs during FJ lifted for the teen tournament?

    • 1) The top four non-winning scores from the week’s games advance as wild cards.
      2) You asked a question that I believe is answered in the “Andy’s Thoughts” section above.

    • Oops, sorry Andy – I just caught your “Thought” above, stating this tournament was taped last December, months before the shout out ban.

  8. Expanding on something Alex said today about where the first four winners were from, the semifinals now have contestants from NC, FL, GA, KY, OR, SD, MI, CN, and CA. North, south, midwest, and west represented. That’s great.

  9. Maybe Avi provided an alternative that would keep Jeopardy from seeming so military strict with rules. Avi clearly drew a line to separate his answer from his message. Considering that Alex & the show’s staff pretty much dictate what the interview subject is, why can’t this space be open for a clearly defined s/o. If I ever get on the show (which I certainly hope to do); I assume that under the new rule, any shoutout would deem a response incorrect. In that case, if I had a guaranteed win or loss, or a final category I had no clue about; I’d just bet $0 and say hi to my parents & as many friends as I could.

  10. Vader47000 | June 21, 2019 at 11:43 pm |

    Not every player is going to bring a gambler’s instinct for the numbers as James, whose gameplay provided a clinic in wagering strategy, situational awareness and maximizing the odds for success.

    It’s also easy to assume, at first glance, that some of the more unorthodox bets we’ve seen this week may be simply a factor of the youth of the players and their relative lack of life experience — playing more what instinctively feels right than what might be statistically the best move (ie, thinking they don’t want to end up with nothing when they are playing a game of point thresholds, that their odds of success improve by reaching certain levels, and anything less is the equivalent of nothing anyway).

    I also wonder how much tournament players might have been spooked by the scenario that I think happened last year when someone on the final day was (unknowingly) in a wild card position, but then bet to win, missed FJ, and lost too much money to qualify for the semis. Knowing that might incentivize players to aim for WC spots instead of outright wins based on the statistical likelihood of a certain final total qualifying. And that’s fine, but it seems to me such a strategy also has to be paired with aiming to win when doing so would be unlikely to jeopardize (pardon the pun) a player’s chances of also qualifying for the WC (and recognizing these situations may be one of those factors of inexperience alluded to earlier). Sreekar’s bet Thursday has already been well analyzed, and a similar situation occurred today with Shirya, who had the lead going into FJ with a score that was historically unlikely to qualify for a WC had she stayed pat, and while betting enough to ultimately qualify, still didn’t aim for the automatic berth. In those situations, earning the sure spot must always be preferable to the blind chance of the wild card rankings, no matter what the odds say.

    And that’s without delving into the question of whether the questions are historically easier or harder than previous tournaments at this level, or if the difficulty levels are even consistent even within the same tournament, which I won’t get into here.

    All of this is not meant to criticize any of the bets this week, which are mostly understandable given a number of the factors already laid out; rather, they are observations about strategy for how to approach the game efficiently and effectively.

    • Tournament rules undoubtedly affect wagering. You don’t have to bet to win and in some cases you should not.

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