Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 10, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Bestselling Novels) for Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 218):

For help with research, the author of this 2003 novel acknowledged the Louvre, Catholic World News & “five members of Opus Dei”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Margaret Hamilton, a retired air traffic controller from Sebring, Florida
Margaret Hamilton on Jeopardy!
Sam Kavanaugh, a teacher from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sam Kavanaugh on Jeopardy!
Ryan Bilger, a student from Macungie, Pennsylvania (4-day total: $107,049)
Ryan Bilger on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Da Vinci Code?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Da Vinci Code, a 2003 best-seller by Dan Brown, follows Brown’s character Robert Langdon becoming involved in a battle between The Priory of Sion and Opus Dei after a murder in the Louvre; the two groups in the book are quarreling over the alternative religious theory that the Merovingian line of French kings was descended from Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. Post-publication, it was very negatively received by the Catholic church.

The book was later made into a 2006 film starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou.


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

Scores going into Final:
Sam $23,200
Ryan $19,000
Margaret $3,600


Tonight’s results:
Margaret $3,600 + $3,000 = $6,600
Ryan $19,000 + $4,300 = $23,300
Sam $23,200 + $14,801 = $38,001 (1-day total: $38,001)


Sam Kavanaugh, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 10, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sam $10,200
Ryan $8,200
Margaret $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AN ALBUM COVER $800 (23rd pick)
Sam 5000 +5000 (Ryan 6000 Margaret 800)
2) ANCIENT EGYPT $1600 (8th pick)
Sam 12200 +6000 (Ryan 10600 Margaret 1600)
3) THE NUCLEAR POWERS $1600 (13th pick)
Sam 19000 +5000 (Ryan 13000 Margaret 2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 176


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


Game Stats:
Sam $11,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Ryan $19,000 Coryat, 25 correct, 1 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Margaret $3,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 5 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $33,800
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,800


Ryan Bilger, stats to date:
120 correct, 9 incorrect
3/6 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
39.78% in first on buzzer (111/279)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $35,800)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,120

Sam Kavanaugh, stats to date:
19 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $16,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200


Sam Kavanaugh, to win:
2 games: 71.545%
3: 51.187%
4: 36.622%
5: 26.201%
6: 18.746%
Avg. streak: 3.514 games.
Methodology: https://thejeopardyfan.com/2019/04/jeopardy-predictions-updated-methods.html


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26 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 10, 2019"

  1. Wasn’t Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz and later did Maxwell House Coffee commercials?

  2. Boy this game really illustrates how important Daily Doubles are to winning… Ryan had a much higher Coryat score but it’s hard to beat the $16k that Sam gained in DD’s. But he came close. Sharp kid, was hoping he’d win 5 games, but that’s the way it goes.

    • Luck is a HUGE part of Jeopardy: Who is fortunate enough to find the DDs, and when they’re found. The categories and questions also can prove to be lucky. Less talented players with luck can overcome more talented players. (Yes. I’m still upset about Emma ‘defeating’ James.)

    • I must ask a question of you seasoned pros – I know they must win a minimum of $100K to be eligible for the TOC, but must they also win a minimum of 5 games? Is that what you’re saying, Wipster?

      • There is no hard-and fast criteria.

        If the show wants you back, they will find a way to bring you back.

      • Marty Cunningham | July 10, 2019 at 4:02 pm | Reply

        I had always thought that winning 5 games was the first criteria for the Tournament, and that total winnings was secondary. Usually most 5 game winners have won close to $100k, which also averages out to $ 20k per game, which also may be a criteria when evaluating winners of only 4 games. When the game began, they used to ‘retire’ champions after 5 games, probably related to when a contestant would be on for 1 business week (M to F). Brad Rutter won 5 games and retired with about $ 50k in winnings (don’t know if it was the old board values, too, or not), so the rest of his winnings, currently over $ 4 million, has come from tournaments. Clearly, according to Andy’s earlier post today, Emma Boettcher has been picked for the tournament, but she only won three games, I believe, but was close to $ 100k in winnings. And usually the final cash from the contestant’s last show is not factored into the posted winnings (because they did not ‘win’ the game, but simply earned $2k for second, or $1k for third). But the IRS and the state of California DO factor in the earnings from the last appearance. Emma’s appearance does reiterate the disclaimer on the Tournament tracker on the main Jeopardy! website that appearance in the top 15 on the list does not guarantee a spot and that the final selections are still at the producer’s discretion. Also, given that the 2018 Teacher winner, Larry Martin, passed away earlier this year, there was an unexpected vacancy on that list, so Emma is as good a choice as anyone else, especially with the possibility of a rematch with James in the Tournament.

      • No, I just wanted him to win 5 games. Sharp kid, hopefully he’ll be in next year’s TOC.

  3. Benjamin M. Peralta | July 10, 2019 at 1:42 pm | Reply

    At first, I thought Ryan is another James in the making. But as Wipster said, that’s the way it goes.

  4. RANDY W JEFFREYS | July 10, 2019 at 1:55 pm | Reply

    Re:Howard
    Emma Boettcher was just picked for the TOC without accomplishing either winning 5 games or $100,000. So yeah it’s not a hard, fast rule.

  5. This is not just because I knew the one answer but not the other but it seems that yesterday’s FJ was quite difficult and today’s is quite easy.Is there any thing to this? For example keep the audience challenged but also feeling good once in a while?

    • Also, it keeps the players honest with the strategy. If Final Jeopardy was always too difficult for the players, it would alter their gameplay. The possibility of easier clues keeps the strategy as it should be.

  6. Noumon Munir | July 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm | Reply

    great game and Sam found those DD’s well! finally somebody from my hometown! 🙂

  7. Shouldn’t Margaret have been given credit for “What is a Legend”. Alex said that the correct response “Allegory” had the body part “leg” in it. But so does “legend”. I know she still wouldn’t have won, but her potential score would’ve been $13,600 post FJ.

  8. I’m surprised to not see a comment from Sean L here apologizing to Andy for continually harping about the spoiler Sean L imagined in Ryan’s comments from the game writeup on Friday. He also owes one to Ryan for suggesting that he would post a spoiler in violation of his NDA with Jeopardy!, which may have made him feel uncomfortable sharing his impressions of his games this week for fear that they would be similarly misinterpreted.

    • Evan, I think I was the one who asked Ryan not to post any spoilers, not Sean L. Was meant more as a joke, as I was surprised to see a champion posted here.

      • I wasn’t talking about your comment, which was fine – he’s obviously not going to do that and risk having his winnings withheld and being disqualified from consideration for the TOC. My comment was in reference to Sean L.’s reply lower in that thread with its ludicrous interpretation of Ryan’s comment describing his thought process on the Martin Luther clue as being a clear indication that he had won at least 5 games and his attempt to goad Andy into a wager over whether Ryan would win 5 games which he repeated on Monday and Tuesday. The wager itself was absurd because Andy’s (correct) position was that there was nothing to be gleaned about subsequent shows from Ryan’s comment – it was just a description of his thought process during FJ of an episode that had already aired. Ryan has $100,000+ at stake here and making ridiculous claims that could jeopardize that is extremely bad form.

  9. When I saw the category tonight of “An Album Cover” I immediately remembered the skit on SNL where “Sean Connery” was playing in a Jeopardy game with that same category except that he kept mistakenly pronouncing the category. It was hilarious.

  10. A question for Andy.
    It seems hard for me to think that Sam has a 71% chance to win another game when he was the third fastest on the buzzer in his ‘first’ game and had a Coryat of ‘only’ 11000 (about 1/2 of the defending champion). He doesn’t nab the 3DD’s and he’s not close. Maybe there’s something else in the algorithm I am missing?

  11. No, I just wanted him to win 5 games. Sharp kid, hopefully he’ll be in next year’s TOC.

  12. Margaret Hamilton | July 13, 2019 at 7:25 am | Reply

    Yes Margaret Hamilton was in The Wizard of Oz.
    No I am not dead.

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