Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 1, 2019

Happy Canada Day! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category On The Map) for Monday, July 1, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 211):

9-letter name for an area of 10 million square miles–4/5 the size of Africa–but only about 120,000 square miles of it is dry land

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Debbie Kauffman, a university professor from Greeley, Colorado
Debbie Kauffman on Jeopardy!
Josh Levit, a union organizer from Brighton, Massachusetts
Josh Levit on Jeopardy!
E.J. Wolborsky, a freelance project manager from Brooklyn, New York (3-day total: $66,700)
EJ Wolborsky on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Polynesia?

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The vast majority of the land area in Polynesia consists of New Zealand, with the Hawaiian islands consisting about half of the remainder. In total, Polynesia consists of thousands of islands in the mid- and southern Pacific Ocean. Polynesian islands also include Easter Island, Pitcairn, Tonga, and Samoa.

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Scores going into Final:
Josh $17,100
E.J. $13,000
Debbie $11,800

Tonight’s results:
Debbie $11,800 – $11,800 = $0 (What is Patagonia?)
E.J. $13,000 – $13,000 = $0 (What is Antarctica?)
Josh $17,100 – $8,901 = $8,199 (1-day total: $8,199) (What is Greenland?)

Josh Levit, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 1, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Josh $7,300
Debbie $5,000
E.J. $4,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HOMELAND $800 (19th pick)
Josh 3800 +2500 (Debbie 3000 E.J. 1400)
2) 5-LETTER WORDS $1200 (17th pick)
E.J. 11400 -2000 (Josh 10100 Debbie 7000)
3) VILE QUOTES $1600 (24th pick)
Josh 13700 +3000 (E.J. 11000 Debbie 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 70

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

Game Stats:
Josh $14,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
E.J. $15,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Debbie $11,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $40,800
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

E.J. Wolborsky, final stats:
85 correct, 16 incorrect
4/6 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
37.95% in first on buzzer (85/224)
2/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,850

Josh Levit, stats to date:
20 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000

Josh Levit, to win:
2 games: 54.888%
3: 30.127%
4: 16.536%
5: 9.076%
6: 4.982%
Avg. streak: 2.217 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 59 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 1.6295 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0735).
An average of 2.9713 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3343).

An early cutoff took place 0.049% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Josh Levit qualified 10.057% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 94.429% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 77.644% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 44.136% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 12.121% of the time.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 1, 2019"

  1. After how many clues was the break taken?

    Kind of one of the toughest FJs lately. Had E.J. gotten his DD it would have been a swing of 4 K and he would have won game # 4…now the ToC clock is reset, with four 4 game winners still on the ToC list. If this keeps going as it is then I wonder if we will have a ToC at all this year? The summer break is around the corner and after that 4 players would have to win at least 5 games to have all players on the ToC list with a least 5 wins. Maybe they skip it AGAIN like 2018?????

    • Mark Barrett | July 1, 2019 at 4:06 pm |

      Typical 15 clues for the break. If E.J. solves DD2 then that is 17000 for the FJ! round and still trailing Josh. All 5x winners (and above) and tourney winners is not a requirement to have a ToC. Many times 4-times champs have participated (and won) in addition to some ToCs having 3-time winners as well. Count on a ToC in November and players at the beginning of Season 36 eligible to qualify also.

      • I believe the ToC when I see it. 2018 was not the first time they skipped it. Though never 2 years in a row.

  2. Bob Chang | July 1, 2019 at 3:41 pm |

    E.J. and Debbie couldn’t catch Josh if the FJ was an easy one all 3 could answer, therefore wagering to win 2nd was their best strategy and would have worked for one of them if a hard FJ like this was. Like E.J. I guessed Antarctica.

    • Why wager to win second instead of third? In that situation I see no reason for Debbie to go all in. She may want to bet enough to pass EJ if he bets conservatively, too, but should bet little enough that she beats Josh should Josh bet to cover EJ and gets it wrong. My opinion.

  3. Maurine Gutowski | July 1, 2019 at 5:53 pm |

    I don’t think anyone really thinks of “Polynesia” as a unit, although as a linguist who taught at the University of Hawaii I am well aware of the consonant changes between the languages as the chain progresses from Hawaii to the Maoris in New Zealand, showing the historical relationship. Hawaiian has a hidden consonant, a glottal stop (as in uh-oh) that corresponds to a k elsewhere. An apostrophe might be used: Hawai’i. Hawaiian also has a k used all over the place.

  4. We start the month with a triple stumper in Final Jeopardy.

  5. center ice | July 1, 2019 at 9:51 pm |

    Good going, Josh! Nice to see a fellow hockey fan not only compete on Jeopardy! but come away victorious. Here’s hoping the BU season ticket holder has a long run in store on the show.

  6. Pizza Face Fred | July 1, 2019 at 10:32 pm |

    Holzhauer level Final…

    • Bob Chang | July 1, 2019 at 11:04 pm |

      Yes, unfortunately it seems only he was able to consistently answer FJ questions like this

  7. Brutally bad bet by Debbie. When the 3 scores are tight like that, the 3rd place person should always bet close to zero. No reason to bet it all because she needed the other 2 to miss.

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