Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 15, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Women Authors) for Monday, July 15, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 221):

An award for works of horror, dark fantasy & psychological suspense honors this author who came to fame with a 1948 short story

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jeff Lasky, a journalist from San Diego, California
Jeff Lasky on Jeopardy!
Christina Harcar, an audiobook seller from The Bronx, New York
Christina Harcar on Jeopardy!
Sam Kavanaugh, a teacher from Minneapolis, Minnesota (3-day total: $75,601)
Sam Kavanaugh on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Shirley Jackson?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Established in 2007, the Shirley Jackson Award is presented for outsanding achievement in psychological suspense, horror, and dark fantasy each year at Readercon, an imaginative literature conference.

You can find more information about the awards at

The award was named after Jackson, the author of the famous 1948 short story The Lottery. It depicts a fictional small town in America that holds a yearly “lottery” that chooses a sacrifical human to be stoned to death, in order to protect the town’s well-being. It was so controversial on its 1948 publication in The New Yorker that the publication received a large amount of hate mail.

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

Scores going into Final:
Sam $33,200
Christina $13,600
Jeff $5,200

Tonight’s results:
Jeff $5,200 – $5,199 = $1 (Who is Rand?)
Christina $13,600 + $0 = $13,600
Sam $33,200 + $5,000 = $38,200 (4-day total: $113,801)

Sam Kavanaugh, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 15, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sam $10,600
Jeff $2,800
Christina $2,600

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ORGANIZATIONS $600 (22nd pick)
Sam 4400 +4400 (Christina 2600 Jeff 1000)
2) GIVE ME 5-LETTER WORDS $400 (1st pick)
Christina 2600 +2600 (Sam 10600 Jeff 2800)
3) “I” ON SCIENCE $1600 (5th pick)
Sam 13400 +11000 (Christina 5200 Jeff 2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 282

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

Game Stats:
Sam $20,000 Coryat, 23 correct, 1 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Christina $11,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Jeff $5,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $36,600
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000

Sam Kavanaugh, stats to date:
85 correct, 8 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 16 rebound opportunities)
34.22% in first on buzzer (77/225)
8/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $49,200)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,050

Sam Kavanaugh, to win:
5 games: 77.702%
6: 60.376%
7: 46.913%
8: 36.452%
9: 28.324%
Avg. streak: 7.485 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The Daily Double ends up in the $400 box in Double Jeopardy!, on average, about once a season. The last time it happened was June 25, 2018.

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5 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 15, 2019"

  1. Matt Rose | July 15, 2019 at 1:21 pm |

    Another smart DD bet by Sam. Going Almost All In, to try for a Big Lead. And working James philosophy of putting the game away before the FJ, Final Jeopardy Question.

    3) “I” ON SCIENCE $1600 (5th pick)
    Sam 13400 +11000 (Christina 5200 Jeff 2800)

  2. center ice | July 15, 2019 at 8:39 pm |

    I know Andy has written a number of times that The Jeopardy! Fan is not affiliated with Jeopardy! and that you can’t speak for the show (and its producers), but I am trying to figure out the rationale for not including Ryan Bilger and Sam Kavanaugh in the upcoming Tournament of Champions. Both have won (at least) four in a row with more money earned than the three players who won four games and are in the tourney. (I’m not including Emma because of her unique situation with James. That’s a sure ratings-grabber.) I can’t remember Jeopardy! ever excluding one, let alone two, contestants with superior earnings and the same number of victories in the T of C than those who are in it, nor announcing the field so far in advance. I realize that the producers make the final decision as to the participants, but this is going against the seemingly cut-and-dried makeup of previous T of Cs. Something doesn’t seem quite right.

    • There’s nothing wrong about this and implying that something is wrong is so out of line, in my opinion.

      The producers are welcome to set the episode cutoff wherever they wish. For the first ten seasons, the cutoff was the end of the season for a November ToC — meaning, anyone who won in September or October had to wait. Even as recently as Season 31, the cutoff was “early”. Mark Dawson was even held over from the 2001 to the 2003 Tournaments.

      In this case, they elected to set the cutoff prior to Ryan’s run beginning.

      This is not an unusual occurrence to not have Ryan or Sam in the upcoming ToC, holding them over until the next one.

  3. Prithvi Sudhakar | July 15, 2019 at 9:41 pm |

    I knew the answer to the FJ! question, mainly because I had read “The Lottery” before.

  4. Denise Spalding | July 16, 2019 at 2:07 pm |

    What was the question that the answer was the organization Feeding America? It was something like this organization is responsible for feeding ___% of _____?


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