Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 24, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Children’s Authors) for Wednesday, July 24, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 228):

This author & illustrator who won the 1964 Caldecott Medal was dubbed the “Picasso of children’s books”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Corin Purifoy, a fiber artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Corin Purifoy on Jeopardy!
Michelle Bruck, an attorney from Levittown, Pennsylvania
Michelle Bruck on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (3-day total: $75,300)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Maurice Sendak?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

When Sendak died in 2012, multiple newspaper obituaries made reference to Sendak having been dubbed “the Picasso of children’s books” by TIME Magazine. And this was prior to Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak’s most famous work, and the work that won Sendak the 1964 Caldecott Medal. Its somewhat grotesque depiction of monsters concerned parents on first publication, but it is still tops many lists of best children’s books.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jason $18,400
Corin $14,200
Michelle $3,000


Tonight’s results:
Michelle $3,000 – $0 = $3,000 (Who is Carl?)
Corin $14,200 – $8,100 = $6,100 (Who is Carle?)
Jason $18,400 + $11,600 = $30,000 (4-day total: $105,300)


Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 24, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Corin $5,800
Jason $3,600
Michelle $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SEAS $400 (21st pick)
Jason 5200 -5200 (Corin 5600 Michelle 0)
2) HISTORY BOOKS $2000 (19th pick)
Michelle 4200 -2000 (Corin 12200 Jason 9600)
3) CANADIAN PROVINCIAL SYMBOLS $1600 (22nd pick)
Jason 11600 +4000 (Corin 12200 Michelle 2200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -113


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


Game Stats:
Jason $21,200 Coryat, 28 correct, 3 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Corin $14,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Michelle $5,000 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $40,400
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,200


Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
106 correct, 8 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
45.05% in first on buzzer (100/222)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,800)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryet: $21,400


Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
5 games: 75.877%
6: 57.573%
7: 43.684%
8: 33.146%
9: 25.150%
Avg. streak: 7.145 games.
Methodology: https://thejeopardyfan.com/2019/04/jeopardy-predictions-updated-methods.html


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Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Had the SEAS category been taken in order, I think that Jason would have gotten that first Daily Double correct. However, because Jason played $600 (Black Sea) and $800 (Coral Sea) before going to $400, he seemed to think that there might be a “color” theme going on when there was not one. Thus, he got sidetracked and went “Red Sea” instead of the correct response (“Dead Sea”).
  • That being said, the fact that Jason was able to easily recover from missing that True Daily Double should be evidence enough that the risks involved are small enough that most players should go True Daily Double at all times in the Jeopardy! round.
  • While it was moot in this case, Corin should have limited her bet in Final Jeopardy to $5,800. Her best chances of winning come with bets in the $4,201 to $5,800 range (had Jason bet his minimum covering wager of $10,001, he would have fallen to $8,399 on an incorrect response).

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 24, 2019"

  1. Robert Mueller is testifying today; there is a reasonable chance that the show will be pre-empted in many daytime markets and thus, the results update may be delayed.

    (Edit, 11:00 AM. Yes, the results will be delayed.)

  2. Bakery Jocelyn Foreacre | July 24, 2019 at 11:44 am | Reply

    When will the results be posted?

    • The show hasn’t aired yet due to pre-emptions.

      • @Andy
        pre-emotions… a good one! I guess a Freudian slip, emotions WILL run high on the Hill today!

        • Autocorrect happens. ¯_(ツ)_/¯. Thank you for pointing it out.

          • My pleasure. I think the hearing was pretty interesting. Maybe more than J!’s episode today. The problem is, in politics you NEVER hear all of the truth etc. But Mueller does not seem to care. I did watch already, though it’s only past 06:00 for me….the reactions are…well from amazing to outrageous.

  3. Hi Andy,

    Thanks for your perseverance today in finding out the results of today’s Jeopardy match prior to the end of the hearings being aired. Much appreciated!

    A little off-topic, but based on the date last year, will the first episode of the new season be on Monday September 9th 2019?

  4. Bakery Jocelyn Foreacre | July 24, 2019 at 7:25 pm | Reply

    How did the ladies not know this?

    • Eric Carle is a very plausible incorrect response, as he is also a children’s author from the same general time frame (1960s) with a well-known book with well-known illustrations (“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”).

      Your shade here is uncalled for.

  5. So happy to see Jason make it over the $100K mark!

  6. Jason has played the game well, and it would be great to see him become a 5-time champ or extend his run into next season and an expected spot in the next T o C. But perhaps he’ll become ANOTHER 4-time champ — is it possible that this season contained the most 4-time champs in Jeopardy! history? Along with James’ mega run and earnings, and the exciting Team Tournament, the plethora of 4-time champions might a secondary but notable aspect of the season.

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