Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 12, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Word Origins) for Friday, July 12, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 220):

19th c. boots made with India rubber made one quieter, leading to this slang term for one whose job involves surveillance

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Heather Ringman, an engineer from Houston, Texas
Heather Ringman on Jeopardy!
Justin Burden, an alcohol lawyer from West Hollywood, California
Justin Burden on Jeopardy!
Sam Kavanaugh, a teacher from Minneapolis, Minnesota (2-day total: $46,000)
Sam Kavanaugh on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is gumshoe?

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According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of “gumshoe” to mean “a detective” was in 1913, as the rubber-soled shoes (“gum shoes”) they often wore allowed for stealthier movement when conducting surveillance operations.

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

Scores going into Final:
Sam $17,200
Heather $14,800
Justin $6,800

Tonight’s results:
Justin $6,800 + $6,500 = $13,300
Heather $14,800 – $14,700 = $100 (What sneaker)
Sam $17,200 + $12,401 = $29,601 (3-day total: $75,601)

Sam Kavanaugh, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 12, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Heather $4,800
Sam $4,600
Justin $3,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) LET’S MAKE A NEW DEAL $1000 (5th pick)
Sam 1400 -1400 (Justin 600 Heather 0)
2) DESERT-POURRI $2000 (5th pick)
Sam 7400 +7400 (Heather 6000 Justin 3200)
3) TAKE ME TO YOUR LIEDER $2000 (25th pick, $2,000 left on board)
Heather 16400 -2000 (Sam 16400 Justin 6000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -12

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

Game Stats:
Sam $13,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer
Justin $6,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 0 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Heather $16,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $36,800
Lach Trash: $12,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000

Sam Kavanaugh, stats to date:
61 correct, 7 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (56/168)
6/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $33,800)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,067

Sam Kavanaugh, to win:
4 games: 68.476%
5: 46.890%
6: 32.109%
7: 21.987%
8: 15.056%
Avg. streak: 5.172 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Heather’s bettting situation on the Final Daily Double was interesting, considering that the previous two clues in the category were Triple Stumpers. In her spot, I might have just bet $5 and taken my chances on the final clues, but I certainly can’t fault a $2,000 bet either. A correct response guarantees her at least a tie for the lead going into Final Jeopardy.
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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 12, 2019"

  1. To me this is the best kind of final jeopardy question. Namely you know the answer but despite straining as the music plays it just won’t come to mind.

    • I know what you mean, but this game constantly surprises me. I was convinced this was a triple stumper, and then 2 out of 3 got it! Pretty old-fashioned word too.

  2. Now I’m starting to wonder what is the record number of games won without ever having the highest coryat in a game. Sam is up to 3.

  3. Matt Rose | July 12, 2019 at 7:34 pm |

    Here’s the bet we don’t see much anymore. Sam going ALL IN.To either blow game open or back to zero. Vs other contestants higher totals.

    2) DESERT-POURRI $2000 (5th pick)
    Sam 7400 +7400 (Heather 6000 Justin 3200)

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