Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Toys & Games) for Tuesday, July 23, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 227):
The prototype for this game that was introduced in 1948 was called Lexiko
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|John Myers, a financial trader from Chicago, Illinois
|Peggy Robin, a publisher & chief moderator from Washington, DC
|Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (2-day total: $45,200)
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Correct response: What is Scrabble?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
Scrabble was originally designed during the Great Depression by Alfred Butts, an unemployed New York architect. He originally called his game Lexico, then Criss-Cross Words. The final touches to the iconic game we know today were made by James Brunot, who introduced the game’s famous bonus square colors, introduced the 50-point bonus for using all seven of your tiles (a “bingo” in today’s parlance), and the name: Scrabble. The game is currently owned by Hasbro in North America and Mattel in the rest of the world, a situation which came about because the US rights were owned by Selchow & Righter and the UK rights by J. W. Spear & Sons, and the two companies ended up being purchased by Hasbro and Mattel, respectively, in the 1990s, the effects of which can still be seen in competitive play today (most notably, there are different official Scrabble dictionaries depending on where you are located in the world).
The timing for this clue is excellent as well, as the 2019 North American Scrabble Championship is taking place in Reno, Nevada, this week.
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Scores going into Final:
Peggy $12,400 + $0 = $12,400
John $15,000 + $14,998 = $29,998
Jason $18,600 + $11,500 = $30,100 (3-day total: $75,300)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) COMPANY ADS & SLOGANS $1000 (21st pick)
Peggy 3200 +2000 (Jason 6600 John -800)
2) STATE OF THE ART $2000 (5th pick)
Jason 9800 +2000 (Peggy 7200 John 1800)
3) THE 40-YEAR-OLD GERMAN $800 (27th pick, $4,000 left on board)
John 11000 +4000 (Jason 17000 Peggy 12000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 110
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Jason $18,600 Coryat, 26 correct, 2 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer
John $11,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer
Pegy $11,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $41,800
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,000
Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
77 correct, 5 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
43.64% in first on buzzer (72/165)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryet: $21,467
Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
4 games: 78.719%
Avg. streak: 6.699 games.
- With $4,000 left on the board at the final Daily Double, John should have bet at least $10,000—especially since it was at the $800 level. That said, I do think you’ll start to see more aggressive play next season, after everyone watched James Holzhauer play how he did.
- Why did the producers allow John a shout-out in Final Jeopardy? I don’t know either, especially after they told James he could not. While this is something that does not particuarly bother me too much, I know there are viewers for whom it does. Thus, I would suggest that the best course of action for those viewers would be to use the Jeopardy! website to leave a comment to the show directly.
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