Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 11, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Women on TV) for Thursday, July 11, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 219):

This character featured in a 1992 Time Magazine cover story on “Hollywood & Politics” returned to television in 2018

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Steven Green, a software engineer from Millbrae, California
Steven Green on Jeopardy!
Kirsten Rose, a librarian from Williamstown, Massachusetts
Kirsten Rose on Jeopardy!
Sam Kavanaugh, a teacher from Minneapolis, Minnesota (1-day total: $38,001)
Sam Kavanaugh on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Murphy Brown?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Murphy Brown, Candice Bergen’s famous character on the series of the same name, was the target of Vice President Dan Quayle’s ire in 1992 for becoming a single mother on Murphy Brown.

The TIME cover was the September 21, 1992 issue, in the midst of the 1992 presidential campaign.

The series returned to television in 2018.


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

Scores going into Final:
Sam $20,800
Steven $16,800
Kirsten $3,000


Tonight’s results:
Kirsten $3,000 + $2,800 = $5,800
Steven $16,800 – $16,800 = $0 (Who is Sarandon?)
Sam $20,800 – $12,801 = $7,999 (2-day total: $46,000) (Who is Roseanne Conner?)


Sam Kavanaugh, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 11, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sam $5,000
Steven $3,200
Kirsten -$600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE WALL $1000 (24th pick)
Steven 2600 -1200 (Sam 3400 Kirsten 200)
2) PHYSICS $1200 (10th pick)
Sam 5800 +5800 (Steven 5600 Kirsten 4200)
3) A WAR BY ANY OTHER NAME $1600 (21st pick)
Sam 14000 +6000 (Steven 14400 Kirsten 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 97


Unplayed clues:
J! round: LADIES & GENTLEMEN… THE BEATITUDES! $200 & $400
DJ! Round: RUSSIAN LITERATURE $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $2,600


Game Stats:
Sam $11,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.89% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Kirsten $3,000 Coryat, 7 correct, 4 incorrect, 18.52% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Steven $18,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $32,800
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400


Sam Kavanaugh, stats to date:
40 correct, 5 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
32.43% in first on buzzer (36/111)
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $27,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,500


Sam Kavanaugh, to win:
3 games: 72.282%
4: 52.246%
5: 37.765%
6: 27.297%
7: 19.731%
Avg. streak: 4.608 games.
Methodology: https://thejeopardyfan.com/2019/04/jeopardy-predictions-updated-methods.html


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Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Steven should have limited his Final Jeopardy! bet to no more than $8,800. Any bet between $8,000 and $8,800 here gives Steven the best chance of winning.
  • The prediction model is probably going to upset people even further, but Sam is actively trying to find Daily Doubles and is making the most of them. 5/5 is no fluke; I’m OK with the prediction model being northward of 70% for him.

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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 11, 2019"

  1. These three look soooo young to me (more and more do every year actually), I wonder if we’ll get at least one response of Roseanne. It made a bigger splash last year of course. I didn’t even know they had brought back Murphy Brown until I read somewhere it had been canceled!

      • Thanks! And Andy, today’s FJ! wagering shows that mandatory prep for contestants should be your website…I thiink it’s been hammered home by you, me, and many others that if ever there was a scenario that didn’t call for betting the farm, today was it.
        This definitely wasn’t one of those “dilemma” situations.

  2. I tried to enjoy the new Murphy Brown but all the supporting characters seemed to have lost their edge. It limped thru one season then was cancelled.
    Evidently it made NO impression on ANY of today’s FJ players.

  3. Maurine Gutowski | July 11, 2019 at 3:01 pm |

    Yes, I forgot about her, too.

  4. Both of his games Sam appears to have been paying attention to the scores toward the end of DJ and been aware that he couldn’t be caught unless he gave an incorrect response and made an active decision to more or less shut it down because there was more to lose than gain by giving responses he was even slightly unsure of (lock game out of reach). It was only two clues remaining today, but it was a handful yesterday. The ability to make this computation and act on it in the midst of a game seems like a skill that is only possessed by a limited number of players.

    • Vader47000 | July 12, 2019 at 1:16 am |

      Yeah, but if he’s hunting for DDs he’d probably be better served going from bottom to top, which James showed on average is the best way to max out bets.

      I wonder if James’ strategy will eventually filter through. For now, no. Maybe next season, or will most players still be too timid?

    • Sam Kavanaugh | July 12, 2019 at 11:02 am |

      Sam here. I did indeed take my thumb off the buzzer once I couldn’t be passed for first (this was something I picked up from Bob Harris’s book Prisoner of Trebekistan). I felt in both of these games that I wasn’t going to win in outright knowledge supremacy, so my goal was to get the lead with DDs and maintain it with quick strikes on clues I had high confidence in.

  5. burt eikleberry | July 12, 2019 at 12:56 am |

    What does Sam teach?

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