Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 26, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Literary Characters) for Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 208):

“Hard and sharp as flint…he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jackson Jones, a junior from Louisville, Kentucky
Jackson Jones on Jeopardy!
Teagan O’Sullivan, a freshman from Charlotte, North Carolina
Teagan O'Sullivan on Jeopardy!
Avi Gupta, a senior from Portland, Oregon
Avi Gupta on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is (Ebenezer) Scrooge?

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Ebenezer Scrooge is a major character in Charles Dickens’ 1843 work A Christmas Carol. He was described thusly in the sixth paragraph of the work:

Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas.

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

Scores going into Final:
Avi $19,600
Jackson $19,600
Teagan $14,000

Tonight’s results:
Teagan $14,000 + $13,999 = $27,999
Jackson $19,600 + $19,600 = $39,200
Avi $19,600 + $19,600 = $39,200 (Who is Scrooge, E to my fam, ilysm ❤️)

Tiebreaker round category: AMERICAN HISTORY

Tiebreaker round clue: Types of it you could find in Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773 included Souchong & Bohea

Tiebreaker round correct response: What is tea?

This is the first tiebreaker clue in any game since March 1, 2018 and the first tiebreaker in a tournament since the 2014 Teen Tournament final.

Avi Gupta, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 26, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jackson $7,400
Avi $4,400
Teagan $2,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORICAL MUSEUMS $1000 (21st pick)
Jackson 4000 +2000 (Avi 3400 Teagan 2000)
2) ISSUES OF THE 2000s $1200 (17th pick)
Jackson 12200 +3000 (Teagan 10800 Avi 7600)
3) THE LAWS OF PHYSICS $2000 (23rd pick)
Avi 8800 +6000 (Jackson 18400 Teagan 12400 )
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 143

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

Game Stats:
Avi $15,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Jackson $16,800 Coryat, 23 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Teagan $14,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $46,400
Lach Trash: $1,800 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Avi Gupta, stats to date:
44 correct, 1 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
33.91% in first on buzzer (39/115)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,900

Jackson Jones, stats to date:
45 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
38.26% in first on buzzer (44/115)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,000

Teagan O’Sullivan, stats to date:
43 correct, 6 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
39.47% in first on buzzer (45/114)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$500)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,700


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This episode was taped in December, prior to the producers’ crackdown against shoutouts.
  • The game stats section does not include the “in first on buzzer” for the tiebreaker clue; it is counted in the individual player sections.
  • Thank you to Mark Barrett for providing me with a full chart of this game.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 26, 2019"

  1. Wow 😲! The opposite of yesterday’s FJ with everyone “all in”, save $1 by Teagan, who would have won with $1 had it been a tough triple stumper like yesterday! As it is, her $27,999 may be the highest 3rd place ever in Jeopardy! But Jackson likely has the unfortunate distinction of the highest tournament score to not make a finals, though it was $37,601 more than Ryan’s $1,599 yesterday!

  2. Cannot wait to watch this match!

    • I agree!
      All 3 of these players were in it to win it and definitely gave their all!

  3. Maurine Gutowski | June 26, 2019 at 1:27 pm |

    So who won? Avi?

    • @Andy
      I second that question. Since his picture is there I guess Avi won?

      • Mark Barrett | June 26, 2019 at 2:14 pm |

        Not only is Avi’s picture there, but “FINALIST” is with it. Yes, Avi won the buzzer battle. Jackson lost another key buzzer battle on clue 30 with a gimme image shown as Teagan got it before either guy.

  4. Matt Rose | June 26, 2019 at 5:54 pm |

    Easiest Jeopardy Question ever, and a big important one as it got winner into Jeopardy Tournament Final Rounds

    Tiebreaker round category: AMERICAN HISTORY

    Tiebreaker round clue: Types of it you could find in Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773 included Souchong & Bohea

    Tiebreaker round correct response: What is tea?

  5. worst way to end the tournament.becase of time the contestants should have written their answer. jackson was cheated. it was so simple anyone could know the answer. Phooey alex trebek.

  6. I guess they have to make sure somebody gets the tiebreaker correct, but I would like to have seen something a little more challenging. This just came down to who could buzz in quickest. I would much rather see them have to ponder an answer for a second or two. Reward intellect, not just buzzer speed.

  7. Maurine Gutowski | June 26, 2019 at 8:06 pm |

    Yes, it was a simple buzzer battle. I’m sure Jackson knew the answer. What a contrast with yesterday’s stumper. But they start with a clean $ slate for the next two days’ competition.

  8. Bob Chang | June 26, 2019 at 8:39 pm |

    Rather than a buzzer battle, another FJ type question(s) until someone gets it right and the other misses seems fairer.

  9. I’m with Robert. I would have rather a tougher question than a plain fastest to the buzzer draw. To build drama they could leave all clues in (if it took until a third for instance) or they could have edited it down to the winning clue. (putting disclaimer at end “questions that did not effect the outcome were edited for time.”) Really make them earn it after such a battle.

    I actually though Teagan should have bet $0. Her only chance to win was for both the guys to get the clue wrong. They were in position they had to bet it all, but what if one didn’t and Teagan also got it wrong. If one of the others only bet to cover her, her wrong answer with that size bet and it’s a loss – whereas a $0 bet she would have been covered to win.

    • I was thinking she should have wagered $5601. Enough that if she had gotten it right and both the others had gotten it wrong, she would have assured herself victory–while also leaving her in great shape for a triple-stumper. But yeah, $0 would have been better than what she did wager.

  10. I hated the tiebreaker question. Not only was it far too easy, but also, it was way too long. Alex wasn’t even a third of the way through his reading of it, and both contestants knew the correct response. So it wasn’t even a “first to comprehend the question and realize the answer” buzzer battle. It was truly just a thumb contest. If the clue had been something short, even if it was easy, that would still have been better, as the race would have included thinking time. Boo hiss to the writing staff.

  11. Here’s a contrarian viewpoint: I think that this is a good idea. I’m perfectly fine with turning it into a buzzer race. From a production standpoint, it requires a 15-minute tape stoppage while contestants are re-briefed on rules and a clue is readied for the monitors. Imagine if neither contestant knows the correct response and they have to go to a second one. That’s another 15 minutes. The show wants to avoid ties. Turning it into a 50/50 proposition as much as is possible is the best way of doing so.

    • Is it truly that big of a process to ready the monitors and edit the footage? That wasn’t being contrarian–I’m honestly asking. From someone not that familiar with the process, it seems like it would be easy to do another round, FJ style, keep going until one contestant is right and the other wrong, and then simply edit out any questions which fail to break the tie. No?

      • It is truly that big of a process. Remember that for the clues they’re expecting to use, they’re pre-loaded before taping. It takes longer than you think to load things into Chyron.

    • Additionally, because there is no direct penalty for an incorrect answer the contestants will have a buzzer race no matter the difficulty of the clue or their confidence in their response.

  12. I’m OK with the way they break ties. It’s like when soccer or hockey goes to a shootout. You had your chance to win outright during the rest of the game. Now they need a winner and they’re basically going to flip a coin.

    • Hockey never goes to a shootout in a playoff tournament.

      And the fact that soccer uses a shootout in major tournaments is a frequent reason cited by those who dislike the sport.


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