Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 4, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Time Zones) for Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 192):

This European country is still an hour ahead of GMT, a move made in 1940 to be on the same time as Nazi Germany

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Liz Neal, a graphic designer from Astoria, New York
Liz Neal on Jeopardy!
Matthew Swanson, a Ph.D student from Los Angeles, California
Matthew Swanson on Jeopardy!
Emma Boettcher, a user experience librarian from Chicago, Illinois (1-day total: $46,801)
Emma Boettcher on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Spain?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In spite of Spain being equal in longitude with Great Britain, Francisco Franco changed Spain’s time in 1940 to Central European Time, in order to be in line with the rest of Nazi-occupied Europe. Interestingly, the relatively late sunrises offered in Spain have effects on the work day and meal times in that country.

If you’re playing along at home, I have been unable to find disqualifying information for countries like France or the Netherlands to this clue (at least at publication time!); if you’re playing along at home, I’d count them! Though if you’re an expert on this matter, please post in the comments!

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Scores going into Final:
Emma $24,600
Matthew $11,000
Liz $9,600

Tonight’s results:
Liz $9,600 – $2,400 = $7,200 (What is Austria?)
Matthew $11,000 + $8,201 = $19,201
Emma $24,600 – $0 = $24,600 (2-day total: $71,401) (What is Norway?)

Emma Boettcher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 4, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Emma $14,200
Liz $3,200
Matthew $3,000


Opening break taken after: 14 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) WE BORDER GERMANY $800 (10th pick)
Emma 4600 +4600 (Liz 1800 Matthew 0)
Matthew 7000 +6000 (Emma 20600 Liz 5200)
3) PARASITIC PLANTS $2000 (18th pick)
Matthew 15000 -6000 (Emma 20600 Liz 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 146

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

Game Stats:
Emma $20,800 Coryat, 27 correct, 2 incorrect, 50.00% in first on buzzer
Matthew $12,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.43% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Liz $9,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 0 incorrect, 17.86% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $42,600
Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000

Emma Boettcher, stats to date:
59 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
41.59% in first on buzzer (47/113)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,200)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,800

Emma Boettcher, to win:
3 games: 81.491%
4: 66.409%
5: 54.117%
6: 44.101%
7: 35.939%
Avg. streak: 6.403 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 68 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 2.2198 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.1859).
An average of 3.8146 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4303).

An early cutoff took place 0.445% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Emma Boettcher qualified 62.934% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 82.031% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 54.054% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 20.844% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 3.354% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Emma came blazing out of the gate with a James-like $11,400 after 14 clues on 11 correct.
  • Emma is the first person in Jeopardy! history to defeat an ultra-champion (10 or more wins) and then win their next game.
  • Emma is the 19th player since 2002 to win at least $70,000 over their first two wins on Jeopardy!
  • Emma’s $14,200 after the Jeopardy! round is the 10th-highest in regular play since 2004 by anyone not named James Holzhauer or Ken Jennings.

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34 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 4, 2019"

  1. Wikipedia indicates that the time zone change was piecemeal in 1940 and 1941, not all at once:

  2. Matt Rose | June 4, 2019 at 10:48 am |

    Andy, Asked Yesterday, But no one Answered.

    Would Emma have seen James Holzhauer played previously, before they played yesterday?

    As on TV, James Jeopardy Shows wouldn’t have aired when the James Emma match was played.

    And you said yesterday, there were no contestant holdovers from the previous week, so no new contestants would have seen James played in person either.

    • Emma came in completely cold and put up that performance.

    • Vader47000 | June 5, 2019 at 1:40 am |

      This is all the more interesting considering Alex asked her if she were intimidated by playing James, as if she had been familiar with his strategies and successes. And she seemed to not know how to answer that. Kind of a side effect of having to anticipate the conditions of the airdate (unless Alex meant that just hearing he was a 32-game winner was supposedly enough to scare her).

  3. Michael J | June 4, 2019 at 10:59 am |

    In response to Andy’s question, I’m guessing that Spain was the only country that switched in 1940. But Christopher’s response shows France did switch to GMT+1 also in 1940, but partially to GMT+2 in summer. Also, many would think France, since the Nazi takeover was 1940. I don’t think this was a great question, unless they also accept France.

    • If I had to guess, I would guess that the difference implied by the clue here is that Spain made the switch voluntarily, whereas France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands (the other countries to make this switch in 1940) switched because of a Nazi invasion.

      I’m not sure if that is up to the standards for a Jeopardy question, but since nobody named any of these other countries and the game was a runaway, I guess it doesn’t make a difference.

    • There was a difference between “occupied France and “Vichy”. Also. Spaim switched in 1940 de facto, but made it “official” in 1942.
      France is already strange. When you visit even Paris and are from central Europe, the sunrise/sunset is already noticeably late. Leave alone Madrid, since Spian is even west of the U.K.
      The time in the E.U. is rather strange anyway, it’s the same time in Poland and in Spai, when sunrise/set are about 2 hours apart.
      Not to mention that Moscow now only ONE hour ahead of CET/CEDT and does NOT observe DST. So Right now when it is 9 A.M. in Moscow, it is 8.A.M. in Spain. 1 hour difference for over 4.000 km or about a little over 2.500 miles.
      We have 360 degrees around the world and 24 hours, so time should change by one hour every 15 degrees. Moscow and Madrid are about 40 degrees apart, that is almost 3 hours in solar time…yet only 1 hour on the clock.

  4. It is listed that Emma had zero incorrect yesterday against James and two incorrect today yet it lists her stats after two days as having three incorrect?

  5. Matt Rose | June 4, 2019 at 11:38 am |

    Matthew DD2 bet should have been All in at $7,000 as if he got the questions wrong with his $6,000 bet, he’s down to Emma at $20,600 and Liz at $5,200. So him having $1,000 wouldn’t have done him much good.

    Daily Double locations:
    1) WE BORDER GERMANY $800 (10th pick)
    Emma 4600 +4600 (Liz 1800 Matthew 0)
    2) LITERARY GEOGRAPHIC FEATURES $1200 (16th pick)
    Matthew 7000 +6000 (Emma 20600 Liz 5200)
    3) PARASITIC PLANTS $2000 (18th pick)
    Matthew 15000 -6000 (Emma 20600 Liz 5200)
    Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 146

  6. Matt Rose | June 4, 2019 at 11:47 am |

    James, is saying at home today, why didn’t they have that Final Jeopardy question yesterday……And Ken Jennings, is Saying Thank You, Final Jeopardy.

    Considering yesterday, they gave the librarian researcher a question about a novelist in FJ.

    Also, Emma making a Zero $ FJ Bet is Weak, as had up to $2,500 to play with, and still win. Just Boring.

    Tonight’s results:
    Liz $9,600 – $2,400 = $7,200 (What is Austria?)
    Matthew $11,000 + $8,201 = $19,201
    Emma $24,600 – $0 = $24,600 (2-day total: $71,401) (What is Norway?)

    • Elizabeth Harris | June 4, 2019 at 8:33 pm |

      Yes, why didn’t she? Maybe not as quick on the math calculations as James…

      • Or maybe she wasn’t that comfortable with the category. Having gotten it wrong, this seems like a good bet. $2500 is a lot of money to most people, even those who’ve just won on Jeopardy! Pretty sure Emma’d rather save that extra $2500 than decrease any one viewer’s “boredom”.

  7. Bob Chang | June 4, 2019 at 12:01 pm |

    Emma’s buzzer % of 50 bodes well she can be a 5 time champ, maybe even an Ultra Champ. Her 33.3% yesterday must be understood as against James’s 50+% average and likely explains his low 40s% buzzrate vs Emma (and Jay).

    • And at the same time, her being a 1 time only champ came down to Matthew making an aggressive DD bet that put him at less than half of her score so that she had a runaway. It’s hard to judge from a single game how far they will go.

  8. Sorry to see the run come to an end . Made for great viewing and created lots of new watchers . James got his name out there and is now famous for being brilliant . He will be able to do whatever he wants . That he lives in Las Vegas and is a sports handicapper I would not be surprised to see him making a business of selling wagering picks . He has proven he can succeed in the spotlight . No better place than Vegas for that . Show just won’t be the same without James .

    • Matt Rose | June 4, 2019 at 1:43 pm |

      I don’t know. I don’t believe that. I think James wanted to beat Ken Jennings $ 2.5 Million Regular Season Jeopardy Winnings. Which was only 1 Average win off.

      Then James could walk away after being #1 after only 33 wins, with nothing to prove, unless he wanted to play another 42 games to try to beat his only missing record, Ken Jennings streak’ of 74 consecutive Jeopardy wins.

      Or until the TOC, Tournament of Champions

    • This is where I believe the hero-worship begins to overstep the mark. It was plain to me that Emma simply beat James. Period. You don’t have to look for reasons that James was off his game. I believe he brought his usual game, but on the day, the game just went Emma’s way. Could she beat him any day, any boards? Maybe not. (Maybe so!) But on the day, Emma played on par with James on the specific knowledge presented, and slightly but not far behind on the buzzer, while profiting from the draw of the DD’s. Credit where due. Her dominating win on her second game speaks to her ability.

  9. So just watched todays (6/4/19) episode and Emma is impressive. The question I have is Alex more than once in this episode mentioned Emma having been a fan of James and watching her watching him play previously. How is that possible if there were no contestant hold overs and she came in cold? Everytime James name was mentioned she seemed offended especially after she bet big on that first daily double.

    • Alex is trying to make the shows seem “live”. I assure you that Emma came in cold. Which also explains her reaction to Alex’s comments.

      • Elizabeth Harris | June 4, 2019 at 8:39 pm |

        A lot of people are forgetting that James had played on other game shows where he demonstrated his amazing trivia knowledge. Emma is obviously interested in trivia game shows as is evidenced in the extensive research paper she wrote on Jeopardy. I am sure she is aware that other players have talked about and used the “bottom row first” strategy and I am equally sure she has a wide knowledge of trivia as well. I am willing to wager that she had seen James in some of those other venues. If not, at least she knew what she had to do as soon as she saw James hit the bottom clues. Also – I’d like to remind folks that a huge percentage of people who are on Jeopardy are on high school and college quiz bowl teams and have a LOT of practice with buzzing skills as well as practice on thousands of trivia questions. She might not have seen James play, but I don’t think she was exactly “cold” to winning strategies on Jeopardy. Good for her (but I will miss James’ quirky personality!!!)

    • Vader47000 | June 5, 2019 at 1:51 am |

      Yeah, the aftermath of James was a bit heavy handed in this episode and I felt a bit bad for Emma over the degree to which her achievements thus far were tied into and compared with what James did. Alex saying that giant killers always lose the next game, and wondering if Emma was another Nancy Zerg, wasn’t a good start. It’s kind of like, “I won, I’m the champ, shouldn’t this be about me now?” And she’d be right to think that.

  10. I figured that must be the case Andy. She seemed totally caught off guard by that and every other James question. Also not sure if you noticed but it seemed edited after her interview as they immediately cut quickly back to the game. They made her out in this episode to be a “fan girl” copying James techniques and unfortunately that is how the average viewer will perceive it not knowing she had never heard of James until a hour or so before her 2nd match.

  11. Maurine Gutowski | June 4, 2019 at 2:15 pm |

    Norway is legitimately GMT+1. Time zones are an inescapable problem for communication, given the rotation of the earth. Now there also seems to be a movement to stop Daylight Saving Time changes everywhere. Here in Western Michigan we are in the same time zone as Maine!

  12. Christina O. | June 4, 2019 at 2:22 pm |

    Thanks for today’s recap, Andy. I saw enough and don’t need to watch tonight. Send an alert when TOC begins and I’ll tune in once again.

  13. Emma barely beat the curse of others beating a big champion. Matthew missing a DD allowed Emma to have a runaway game. She needed it because she missed the FJ clue and Matthew got it right.

  14. Bobby Kelly | June 4, 2019 at 3:04 pm |

    Surprised none of the previous contestants to take down 10+ Day Champ have won their 2nd game. Glad Emma did. Makes her win v James more credible. Hope she continues to have a run of at least 5 games & makes TOC. Rematch of her & James in November would be great

    • Consider that beating one of the 10+ day champions means that you very likely just had an incredibly intense game. If that didn’t occur on a Friday show, you need to follow that mental tiring experience by playing your second game after a very short break. I don’t know how many of the 10+ streaks ended on a Friday show though.

  15. Matthew Larsen | June 4, 2019 at 6:56 pm |

    wouldn’t it be cool if emma made it to TOC and James got a rematch against her? That is something that I would love to see

  16. I’m shocked that a lot of people don’t want to watch Jeopardy! anymore because James got beat. I seem to think we’d want to see how Emma’s run goes and root for her to succeed like James did. And, of course we would like to see a rematch in the ToC.

    Also, had Nate or Adam had one clue go their way a few matches ago, they’d be in the same boat as Emma right now.

  17. center ice | June 4, 2019 at 9:10 pm |

    Some 24 hours later, I can appreciate Emma’s victory over James and not overreact any longer to his defeat. I was puling for him to surpass Ken Jennings’ single-season money and Coryat records, but it was not to be. Emma looks as if she’s in for a solid run and, hopefully, a spot in the T o C. So mart and so young!

    Speaking of which, I think it would be fair and elevate Jeopardy! if no one except five-time and up winners (except for the Teachers and College champs, of course) qualify for the next event. I know it’s asking a lot, and probably won’t happen (given the short amount of time left in the season), but it just seems as if so many four-time winners did not make the potential field that none should go. I know the tie-breaker is earnings, but still … I realize it’s difficult to win once on Jeopardy!, let alone multiple games, but four-time winners water down and cheapen the field to a certain extent. It’s like a .500 or less team making the NFL playoffs.

  18. Woody, I was thinking the same thing. I fail to understand the sentiment that Jeopardy is not worth watching now that James lost. It reminds me of golf and how people will only tune in if Tiger Woods is involved. Obviously, they are not true fans of the game.

  19. Prithvi Sudhakar | June 5, 2019 at 11:53 am |

    A brilliant performance by Emma again!

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