Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 5, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The NATO Phonetic Alphabet) for Wednesday, June 5, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 193):

This discovery of November 8, 1895 by a German physicist represents a letter in the NATO phonetic alphabet

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Erin Garratt, an education policy analyst from Washington, D.C.
Erin Garratt on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Greenstein, a high school social studies teacher from Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Jonathan Greenstein on Jeopardy!
Emma Boettcher, a user experience librarian from Chicago, Illinois (2-day total: $71,401)
Emma Boettcher on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are X-rays?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The letter “X” in the NATO phonetic alphabet is “Xray”; X-rays were discovered by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895. As they were unknown at the time, Röntgen called them “X”; the name stuck, though they are called Röntgen rays in many languages.

The radiological and medical applications were almost immediately realized when Röntgen took X-rays of his wife’s hand. Röntgen won the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 for the discovery.


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

Scores going into Final:
Emma $24,400
Erin $12,800
Jonathan -$2,600


Tonight’s results:
Jonathan -$2,600 (by rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Erin $12,800 – $12,800 = $0 (What is uranium?)
Emma $24,400 + $1,201 = $25,601 (3-day total: $97,002)


Emma Boettcher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 5, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Emma $7,800
Erin $1,200
Jonathan $1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) VANS $1000 (25th pick)
Erin 2000 -2000 (Emma 7400 Jonathan 800)
2) DICTATORS & TYRANTS $1200 (1st pick)
Jonathan 1000 +2000 (Emma 7800 Erin 1200)
3) BUILDINGS $800 (22nd pick, $4,000 left on board)
Emma 19800 +3000 (Erin 10800 Jonathan -2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 15


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: DICTATORS & TYRANTS $400
Total $ Left On Board: $400


Game Stats:
Emma $22,200 Coryat, 27 correct, 1 incorrect, 42.86% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Erin $14,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer, 1/3 on rebound attempts
Jonathan -$3,400 Coryat, 8 correct, 6 incorrect, 21.43% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $33,600
Lach Trash: $5,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,200


Emma Boettcher, stats to date:
87 correct, 4 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
42.01% in first on buzzer (71/169)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $18,200)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,600


Emma Boettcher, to win:
4 games: 83.108%
5: 69.069%
6: 57.402%
7: 47.706%
8: 39.647%
Avg. streak: 7.920 games.
Methodology: https://thejeopardyfan.com/2019/04/jeopardy-predictions-updated-methods.html


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 67 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 2.3472 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.1764).
An average of 3.9719 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4045).

An early cutoff took place 0.565% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Emma Boettcher qualified 81.083% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 79.008% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 48.841% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 16.144% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 1.649% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • For the second game in a row, Emma started by running the first category.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 5, 2019"

  1. This is one of those categories where it would behoove any future contestant to memorize the 26 possible answers, it seems to come up a lot. First time I recall seeing it as a FJ! clue though.

  2. Patrick Byrnes | June 5, 2019 at 11:09 am | Reply

    Go Emma go! Really want to see her qualify for ToC and see a James/Emma rematch

  3. Wow…11 incorrect answers today. I guess after not seeing that for a long time, we are back to reality.

    • Yes, a combined Coryat of but $33,600, compared to the nearly 46,000 combined average in James’s games and slightly less than 40,000 in Ken’s games. James truly set the bar high throughout his streak and didn’t play even one bad game. A long streak to beat Ken will take someone as skilled as James…and better luck with DDs! Stats suggest contestants are more competitive now compared to during Ken’s streak, possibly due to better knowledge preparation but more probably due to better buzzer skill training.

  4. That was a lot of wrong answers.
    Good job, Emma… back to tiny wagers.

  5. I think Emma should’ve bet bigger on the Daily Double. A bigger bet could’ve secured her a lock game if she gets it right, while still likely keeping her in the lead, if she gets it wrong.

  6. Prithvi Sudhakar | June 5, 2019 at 12:12 pm | Reply

    Emma has sure put up a brilliant performance, as seem so far! Congrats to her!

    Also, has Jeopardy updated its Tournament of Champions Tracker? Because it still has Larry Martin there despite his passing.

  7. With a 3 day total of $97002, I think Emma is doing beautifully. Looking forward to seeing her in TOC playing against James.

  8. Maurine Gutowski | June 5, 2019 at 2:51 pm | Reply

    Emma is so intense and sharp-voiced in her responses, the exact opposite of James’ demeanor in responding (almost casual, soft voice). It will be fun to watch tonight.

  9. The clues were mean to Jonathan.

  10. Wow, Jonathan had a lot of wrong answers! I guess he felt pressured to buzz early.

  11. Back to regular ol’ Jeopardy with the category running and the small DD bets. Back to the time when $97K for a 3 day total was very respectable. sigh

    • Regardless of James’ scores, 97K in 3 days is impressive. Emma’s 2-day average was 3rd highest in years (1st was James, 2nd was Eric Backes). Now her 3-day average is the 2nd highest.

      • That $97,002 surpasses two memorable three-time champions of recent years: Philip Tiu ($96,598, didn’t make the ToC), and Michael Bilow ($96,000, snuck in as the last qualifier in 2015). Emma will need at least one more win to even be in the conversation…

  12. There will never be a more brilliant, competitive Jeopardy player again than James. The breadth of his knowledge is mind boggling. And he has an approachable personality. Can’t wait to see him again on ToC.

  13. Would a game with James be preempted for a ball game?

  14. My local station would (does) air Jeopardy! and Wheel in the middle of the night if there’s a game or sports-related show in the normal time slot.

  15. Los Angeles 7 pm airing preempted by NBA game. rescheduled to 2 am.

    2 am airing preempted by live ABC network coverage of DDay anniversary ceremony

    oh well.

  16. Alice Irgulli | June 6, 2019 at 6:15 am | Reply

    what was the question to the answer Chrysler building ? on June 5, 2019

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