Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 2, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Word Origins) for Tuesday, July 2, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 212):

Meaning cobbled together, it once referred to a temporary fix replacing a broken mast on a ship

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Charlie Jorgenson, a librarian from Loveland, Colorado
Charlie Jorgenson on Jeopardy!
Allison Lyttle, a music librarian from Harrisonburg, Virginia
Allison Lyttle on Jeopardy!
Josh Levit, a union organizer from Brighton, Massachusetts (1-day total: $8,199)
Josh Levit on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is jury-rigged (or jerry-rigged)?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In the nautical word, “jury” means “temporary”; “rigging” is “fitting a ship or mast with sails and other necessary elements”; hence, a temporary mast would have been “jury-rigged”.

Although “jerry-rigged” makes many language traditionalists squirm, it is a term found in many dictionaries and means the same thing as “jury-rigged”, and has been used in places since the late 19th century. So, if you said that instead, give yourself credit!

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Scores going into Final:
Charlie $17,800
Allison $16,000
Josh $12,400

Tonight’s results:
Josh $12,400 – $3,601 = $8,799 (What is stopgap?)
Allison $16,000 – $12,000 = $4,000 (What is spliced?)
Charlie $17,800 + $15,000 = $32,800 (1-day total: $32,800)

Charlie Jorgenson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 2, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Josh $6,600
Allison $6,000
Charlie $4,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) SALAD $800 (19th pick)
Allison 4000 +1000 (Charlie 3400 Josh 1800)
Josh 8200 -3000 (Allison 6000 Charlie 5600)
3) DOCTORS & LAWYERS $800 (19th pick)
Charlie 10800 +3000 (Allison 12400 Josh 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 16

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

Game Stats:
Charlie $15,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Josh $15,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer
Allison $15,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 0 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $46,800
Lach Trash: $3,600 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,600

Josh Levit, final stats:
38 correct, 6 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
34.21% in first on buzzer (39/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,500)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,700

Charlie Jorgenson, stats to date:
20 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600

Charlie Jorgenson, to win:
2 games: 56.988%
3: 32.477%
4: 18.508%
5: 10.547%
6: 6.011%
Avg. streak: 2.325 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 58 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 1.6103 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0649).
An average of 2.9313 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3228).

An early cutoff took place 0.044% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Charlie Jorgenson qualified 12.084% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 94.757% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 78.268% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 44.435% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 12.221% of the time.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 2, 2019"

  1. In all the novels (Hornblower,Bolitho and other naval novels ) that I have read the “jury rigged” and “lash together ” is used about 50/50. I wonder if J. accepts “lash together”. When giving a command, the captain would say ” lash them together” (the rest of the mast and a pole or a reserve mast). In the narrative it would say “the jury rigged ship made some headway with the additional sails” or similar. We shall see.

    • While I see your point, I doubt they would have accepted “lashed together” as the word together was used in the original meaning referenced in the answer of “cobbled together.”

    • I think the clue implies that the “Word” asked for has expressly entered the arena of popular speech to mean “cobbled together (as in a quick emergency fix)” in a figurative as well as a literal sense–When was the last time you heard someone choose to use “lashed together” to describe a situation in these circumstances…

  2. Everything very early today! Appreciate it! I still wonder whether they would have accepted ” lash(ing) together…I guess not. So congratulations to Charlie, yet another new champion.

  3. So did Charlie respond with “jury-“, or “jerry-“?

  4. Bob Chang | July 2, 2019 at 8:27 pm |

    Most evenly matched Coryat scores I’ve seen, with all 3 over $15,000 ($15,400, $15,600 and $15,800)!

  5. I had the distinct impression that Alex gave a tell about the location of DD3 when Allison skipped over it and selected the $1200 DOCTORS & LAWYERS clue and his intonation changed as though he were announcing she’d found the DD.

    • Did you only come up with that AFTER you saw that the DD was behind that clue and then thought back that Alex had made that change in intonation when she skipped over it?

      • Sorry for the delay in responding, but I’ll answer in case you look back at this. I noticed it immediately and would have selected the $800 clue had I been a contestant and in control of the board. Granted there is no real downside to selecting a clue you think is the DD and being wrong so it’s not like I would have been risking anything in following that hunch. I did read a Trebek interview a couple months ago in which he said that he occasionally begins reading the wrong clue when the contestants jump around because he anticipates that they will go down the categories in order.

  6. Pizza Face Fred | July 3, 2019 at 11:40 am |

    Holzhauer level, but even He might’ve missed it…

  7. Having watched that episode, it looked like Allison was going to win, and Charlie went from 3rd to 1st right at the very end, capitalizing on Josh’s missed DD and getting his DD correct. He won 4 times as much money as Josh did in his victory on Monday. But boy was this one a close shave. Josh was one incorrect response away from a repeat, but man…did this game could have gone either way. Josh actually made a good bet to try and win on a triple stumper, but Allison I think might have been a bit overzealous with her bet. Trust me…this was probably the toughest FJ! I have came to face.

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