Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 23, 2019

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)

Today’s contestants:

John Myers, a financial trader from Chicago, Illinois
John Myers on Jeopardy!
Peggy Robin, a publisher & chief moderator from Washington, DC
Peggy Robin on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (2-day total: $45,200)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Scrabble?

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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:
Jason $18,600
John $15,000
Peggy $12,400

Tonight’s results:
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)

Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 23, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $8,200
Peggy $7,200
John $1,000


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

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

Game Stats:
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%
5: 61.967%
6: 48.780%
7: 38.399%
8: 30.227%
Avg. streak: 6.699 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • 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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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 23, 2019"

  1. What was John’s shoutout? And also glad I love Scrabble, causeI did get this answer ☺

  2. Good question about the shout out, Andy. It doesn’t bother me terribly either but I have another question. What are all those stage people doing, swarming around the contestants just before fj, and couldn’t THEY remind them No Shout Outs?

    • There are a few former contestants who lurk around here, commenting sometimes, and they should be able to answer that question more specifically than I can.

      • Kyle Becker | July 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm |

        It’s generally producers/contestant coordinators to hand out pen/paper for wagering math and answering questions and lawyers/prize people to make sure wagers are legible and recorded.

  3. Maurine Gutowski | July 23, 2019 at 2:06 pm |

    I got the answer right away today, though I didn’t know its history. I’m glad everyone got it today, unlike yesterday when nobody did.

  4. Ed Collins | July 24, 2019 at 12:26 am |

    I know it’s easy to criticize from the comfort of my living room chair. But I question John’s decision to only bet $4,000 on that final Daily Double, very late in the game. A much larger wager, if answered correctly, would have passed Jason, who was leading at the time, with no chance of him catching up.

    Isn’t it VERY important, and a goal, to finish the Double Jeopardy Round in the lead? John had an opportunity to do that… but he chose not to do so.

    In retrospect, if John had done that, since both Jason and John knew the answer to Final Jeopardy, John would have won the game.

    No guts, no glory?

    • Right, but if he got it wrong and then had less than half of the leader, getting the final jeopardy right and the leader missing it would be moot. Either strategy has its merits, and he went with the one that still gave him a chance to win if he missed the daily double.

      • “Either strategy has its merits”.

        I completely disagree. One is clearly stronger than the other. Leaders going into Final Jeopardy win a vast majority of the time, enough that players should always be playing for that position.

        Besides, it’s more exciting. And who wouldn’t want more excitement?

        Saying “either strategy has its merits” is like saying “Betting everything from second in Final Jeopardy has merits because there are instances where leaders don’t bet to cover”, even though it happens rarely enough so as to not make it viable unless you otherwise have reason to believe the leader won’t.

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