Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 25, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Other Nations’ Presidents) for Tuesday, June 25, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 207):

This nation’s 1st 8 presidents were all born in the U.S.; the 1st local-born Pres. came in 1884, 37 years after independence

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Ryan Presler, an 8th grader from Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Ryan Presler on Jeopardy!
Eesha Sohail, a senior from Bakersfield, California
Eesha Sohail on Jeopardy!
Shriya Yarlagadda, a sophomore from Grand Blanc, Michigan
Shriya Yarlagadda on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Liberia?

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Liberia was a 19th-century settlement of the American Colonization Society, who felt that African-Americans would have a better chance at prosperity in Africa; over 15,000 freed slaves and free-born blacks relocated there. Independence was proclaimed in the 1840s, and the first Liberian president not born in the United States was Hilary R. W. Johnson, one of many True Whig presidents; the True Whigs held power from 1878 until a coup d’etat staged by Samuel Doe in 1980.

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

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $11,200
Shriya $10,400
Eesha $9,200

Tonight’s results:
Eesha $9,200 – $9,200 = $0 (What is Canada? the Philippines)
Shriya $10,400 – $10,400 = $0 (What is Canada?)
Ryan $11,200 – $9,601 = $1,599 (Finalist) (What is Mexico?)

Ryan Presler, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 25, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $5,600
Shriya $4,000
Eesha $2,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) PEOPLE IN AMERICAN HISTORY $1000 (5th pick)
Shriya 1600 +1200 (Ryan 400 Eesha 0)
2) TRANSPORTATION $1600 (19th pick)
Shriya 9600 -2000 (Ryan 7200 Eesha 5200)
3) FIND A SYNONYM $1200 (23rd pick)
Ryan 8000 +2000 (Shriya 8000 Eesha 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 79

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

Game Stats:
Ryan $10,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
Shriya $12,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Eesha $9,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $31,800
Lach Trash: $16,000 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Ryan Presler, stats to date:
34 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (17/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,500

Shriya Yarlagadda, stats to date:
33 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (28/114)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000

Eesha Sohail, stats to date:
37 correct, 6 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
34.21% in first on buzzer (39/114)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,700


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34 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 25, 2019"

  1. Bob Chang | June 25, 2019 at 9:31 am |

    Ryan Presler, an 8th grader, is the youngest in this year’s Teen Tournament. Who is the youngest ever, if not him?

    • After Friday, he may have a lot of $$$ for an 8th grader!!! I’m pulling for him!

      • This 8th-grade boy is absolutely savage and qualified for the finals at only $1,599.
        Who is Ryan Presler?

      • @Glenn:
        He will! I’d say unless you are a Rockefeller or Vanderbilt 52 grand are a lot for an 8th grader, any way you slice it!!

  2. I’m guessing Ryan is Jeopardy!’s youngest tournament finalist ever, as well as his $1,599 the lowest qualifying score.

  3. After that FJ I have to wonder what they’re not teaching in History now. I got it before I even finished reading the question/answer. Oh well…

  4. Congratulations, even if it’s a win “by default”. Ryan accumulated enough during regular play to have the lead and “conservative” wagering did the rest.

    • His wager was not at all “conservative”! He wagered as much as he had to to win if his opponents had wagered everything and gotten it right. Who taught you arithmetic??

      • @Richard
        Wagering what you have to to win by a buck is what I call “conservative” or “logical”, if you will.Had Shriya not lost the lead on the last “saurus” clue, she would most likely have wagered to win by a buck. That’s what I call conservative, especially in tournaments. What made you get out of bed on the wrong side. And my arithmetic is just fine, tyvm! Who taught you manners and not to be rude?????
        as pointed out before, the overall material got tougher too, with 13 TS (by my counting today), compared to week one.

        • And PS:
          “Conservative” is a synonym for “usual” or “as often/mostly” done. A conservative party more often than not acts “as usual” or as “very often” etc…..
          Just a little vocabulary refresher, my friend!

        • Actually, it was Eesha who missed the $2000 “Saurus” clue. At the time she was tied with Ryan. That would have made for some interesting FJ bets if they had gone in tied.

        • Saul, while not necessarily agreeing with his tone, I do agree with Tichard’s assessment of Ryan’s “conservative”ness. Typically, when discussing nimbers, “conservative” means “purposely low”, not “usual” or “typical”. A “conservative estimate” is a lowball, intentionally below the “usual” estimate.

          And there’s yet another definition of “conservstive”—“desiring to return to past, now-defunct ways”. That is the definition most appropriate when discussing a “conservative party”.

          • Sean, I don’t know what typo I may have had which caused my iPad to autocorrect to “Saul” 🙂 , but I apologize for butchering your name. That whole response of mine was pretty typo-ridden. :S

    • I think Eesha should’ve bet conservatively with the assumption that the other two would bet enough (not consertively 🙂 ) that they would be uncatchable by her if they got it correct. and thus…bet zero, locking in a win if they other two got it wrong.

  5. Maurine Gutowski | June 25, 2019 at 2:22 pm |

    Liberia’s presidents is not a topic I would know anything about even though I’m old and had a history minor as an undergrad. Well, it will be fun to see how the teens successfully answer the other questions.

    • WOW! What a hard FJ, imo! Hey James: Did you know it was Liberia?

    • I doubt most college graduates in the US would have gotten that FJ, especially not in 30 seconds. How many Americans could even find Liberia on a map. Even though it was more a history clue, when Shriya’s in depth geographic knowledge was mentioned again today in the interviews, I felt like she might be the most likely to think outside this hemisphere. Again, though, 30 seconds isn’t much time to figure that one out if you don’t know it outright.

      • I learned about Liberia AKA Little America in my first semester of college. However,this clue does not make Liberia really stand out as a definite correct answer. I guessed same as Eesha, Philippines.

      • Totally agree that this FJ was super difficult. Would never thought of Liberia and would only know it’s in Africa…and at first was even second guessing that 😄😄

        • Vader47000 | June 26, 2019 at 12:36 am |

          After some thought I figured Liberia was the only answer it could be.

          The fact it has U.S. born presidents hints at a colony founded either by America or former Americans. The U.S. history of imperialism tended to stem more from acquiring foreign territories through war at the end of the 19th century (such ad the Philippines), not European-style colonization.

          I also considered Canada, Mexico and Cuba, none of which made sense. Canada has PMs not presidents (though, yeah, enough time to change), but the timeline of the mid 19th century wouldn’t have been conducive to so many U.S. expatriots both leaving the young U.S. and being accepted as leader by a foreign population (certainly not 8 in a row).

          My only hesitation on Liberia was the clue’s dating its independence to 1847, as my first hunch would have thought that would have come after the Civil War, given that it was a nation of freed former slaves. But, not being sure of Liberia’s founding dates, I figured the other factors were enough to make it the only possible answer.

          And in retrospect, of course the earlier founding dates make sense. Its capitol is Monrovia, named for Pres. James Monroe, who served 1817-25, and Liberia was first settled 1822.

    • I didn’t think it was that hard–and I know very little about Liberia. Process of Elimination–it was the only possible response which made sense, as only a nation formed by former US residents would fit the clue. I was thinking that Liberia was founded more recently than the dates given in the clue, so I did have a little doubt in my head–but Liberia was the only response which even came to mind for me.

  6. Bobby Kelly | June 25, 2019 at 4:26 pm |

    Noticed all 3 members of tonight’s game were wild card entrants so tomorrow’s game will be 3 quarterfinal winners playing each other. How common is 3 wild cards or 3 winners playing each other in the semis?

    • And the winners will get the easier FJ……Tue was tough, Wed is rather easy. Just the wording!

  7. After 30 episodes, we got our first Final Jeopardy triple stumper in a while.

  8. On one of the categories, I loved the picture of Mick Jagger and no one knew who he was.

  9. Pizza Face Fred | June 25, 2019 at 10:34 pm |

    That was a Holzhauer-Level Final!

    • I’m guessing this episode being a “Holzhauer-Level Final!” Is a tongue-in-cheek reference to everyone missing FJ while James was a spectacular 32 of 33 in FJ!

  10. Foolish wagering cost both girls the game. Shriya’s best bet would’ve been $8,001, to cover Eesha’s doubled score. Eesha’s best bet would’ve been a creative, yet effective, $2,019: commemorating the year and covering Ryan’s pre-FJ score + if Shriya bet small to just pass Ryan. Oh what could have been.

  11. Vader47000 | June 26, 2019 at 12:16 am |

    Second game in a row to use a Final Jeopardy clue built around 1884 as a date. Coincidence?

  12. Wednesday’s FJ is a lot easier than Tuesday’s imo.

  13. Martin Randall | June 26, 2019 at 2:59 pm |

    Ryan will win the tournament. I picked him to win on the very first day, he is very smart, as are all of the teens but he is also very calm, doesn’t panic and knows how to wager. It was tempting to go all in on his final jeopardy question like his two opponents but he made sure to keep some money just in case! Well done, Ryan!

  14. Libby Brown | June 26, 2019 at 9:13 pm |

    No Andy’s thoughts? I thought this was a particularly tough game.

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