Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 25, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1970s Album Reviews) for Thursday, July 25, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 229):

Rolling Stone said this 1976 album had “the best & worst tendencies of L.A.-situated rock” & was an “unflattering portrait of the milieu”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Shari Meyer, a high school English teacher from Somverville, Massachusetts
Shari Meyer on Jeopardy!
Eric Kaplan, a retired OB/GYN physician from Long Beach, California
Eric Kaplan on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (4-day total: $105,300)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Hotel California?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Hotel California is a famous 1976 album by Eagles. Charley Walters wrote the album’s review for Rolling Stone. He goes on to say “Don Henley, handling five of the eight vocal tracks, expresses well the weary disgust of a victim (or observer) of the region’s luxurious excess.” Later in the review, Walters says, of the album’s title track, it “incorporates a pinch of reggae so smoothly that it’s more felt than heard.”

The album is among the top-selling albums of all time.


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Scores going into Final:
Jason $14,400
Eric $12,000
Shari $6,000


Tonight’s results:
Shari $6,000 – $6,000 = $0 (What is ?)
Eric $12,000 – $12,000 = $0 (What is Rumor)
Jason $14,400 – $10,000 = $4,400 (5-day total: $109,700) (What is Exile on Main Street?)


Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 25, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Eric $6,800
Jason $6,000
Shari $3,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) TV SPINOFFS $800 (3rd pick)
Jason 600 +1000 (Shari 400 Eric 0)
2) SECRETARIES OF WAR $1200 (17th pick)
Eric 4400 +4000 (Jason 13200 Shari 6000)
3) GATES $800 (20th pick)
Jason 15200 -4000 (Eric 8000 Shari 6000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 165


Unplayed clues:
J! round: LITERARY GROUPS $200; MILK, THIS CATEGORY $200; FOR ALL IT’S WORTH $200
DJ! Round: SECRETARIES OF WAR $400; JULIANNE MOORE DOESN’T SEE THE END OF THE FILM $800 & $1200
Total $ Left On Board: $ $3,000


Game Stats:
Jason $18,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.41% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Eric $9,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 6 incorrect, 47.06% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Shari $6,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.61% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $33,400
Lach Trash: $6,000 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,600


Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
124 correct, 11 incorrect
7/7 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
42.12% in first on buzzer (115/273)
6/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,800)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryet: $20,760


Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
6 games: 70.742%
7: 50.045%
8: 35.403%
9: 25.045%
10: 17.717%
Avg. streak: 7.418 games.
Methodology: https://thejeopardyfan.com/2019/04/jeopardy-predictions-updated-methods.html


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Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Eric would have been well-served by a bet of exactly $4,800 in this position. (The math is a bit convoluted, but it basically best defends against the highest range of possible bets by both Jason and Shari.)

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 25, 2019"

  1. With Jason qualifying for the next TOC today, Sam Kavanaugh a little over a week ago, and Ryan Bilger winning 4 earlier in July with enough $ to historically qualify for virtually all TOCs to date (provided Ryan does qualify for the next TOC) has there ever been an equally successful month with at least three qualifiers for a TOC?

  2. Looking at the category I thought it would be easy, but the clue really didn’t help solve it… I guessed Van Halen! The Fleetwood Mac answer was a good guess, but there are just too many albums released in ’76 that meet the criteria. Guess I should have memorized all the reviews by Rolling Stone!

    • The answer would have most likely been judged wrong. The Album was called RoumorS, so the missing “s” would have changed the pronunciation, though the British “ou” spelling would not have mattered.
      As far as Jason is concerned, he already qualified for the ToC, but his undoing will be when he and #2 player will be both wrong and # 2 will stay put…..

  3. Maurine Gutowski | July 25, 2019 at 12:45 pm | Reply

    I was big into pop music in the 1950’s but by 1976 I was 1 year away from the deadline to complete a doctoral dissertation while teaching full time. Never got back to it; more into classical and church music and performing, so a complete blank on this FJ. I got the last 2 days right away.

  4. I assume a situation where all three contestants zeroed out in FJ would be treated as an ordinary tie.

    • The winner has to have money so if all 3 had $0 then the are no winners, 3 new players on the next day.

  5. Steve Probst | July 25, 2019 at 5:49 pm | Reply

    I had this narrowed down to Rumours, Born to be Wild, and Hotel California. As Rumors came out a year after Fleetwood Mac‘s great white album, I doubt that the critics would’ve been trashing it. Likewise, Springsteen, whom all the critics were in love with, and would not trash. That left Hotel California, and the West Coast reference in the clue helped me pick that album.

  6. We end this episode with a triple stumper.

  7. It seems like there have been several teachers on the show in the last month (2 tonight). If any of them are reading the board, or if anybody knows, it would be interesting to hear whether they tried for the teacher’s tournament, or just preferred the regular game. I know Jeopardy can only take 15 for the tournament, but I’m not sure how they decide whether a teacher goes to the tournament or competes as a regular contestant. You’re capped at $100K in the the tournament, but it would seem to be an easier route to win that much. You just have to win 4 games (and technically just one if the numbers fall right) to take home $100K.

    • Sam Kavanaugh | July 25, 2019 at 11:20 pm | Reply

      Sam Kavanaugh here. The people who play in the teacher’s tournament go through the same testing and audition process as everyone else, the only difference is that the producers ask you if you are willing to be considered for the teacher’s tournament as well. Every teacher at my audition (maybe 5 of 40-50 people) said yes to that, as it likely increases your chances of getting The Call. I do not know of any additional screening, other than making sure you still work full time in k-12 education.

  8. John Douglas | July 25, 2019 at 8:15 pm | Reply

    My two observations from today:
    1. Eric (aka Chuck Norris) committed a blatant HIPAA violation when he named Norris’ aunt as a patient of his (OB/GYN to boot, sheesh).
    2. Jason looks like Nicolas Cage.

  9. Livin’ it up at the Hotel California — knew it right away. The word milieu gave it away. The Eagles were so popular in the 1970s, somewhat like soft rock with a bit of a harder edge at times, unlike the Doobie Brothers, who rocked much harder (though not as much as Deep Purple). Alex made the comment that the ’70’s were a long time ago — in some ways, but not so much to those who were there.

  10. I guessed it no problem… in that I couldn’t think of another possible answer and was only marginally sure the album had the same title as the song and I don’t actually know what milieu means. But the time period, the mention of L.A., and the fact that it was described as negative was all I needed to at least come up with a guess. I thought at least one of them would come near it if I could guess it at the laundromat… but then I’d go blank there on the spot too, most likely.

  11. Brother Mouzone | July 26, 2019 at 10:14 am | Reply

    Did Jason guess a Rolling Stones album because Rolling Stone was in the clue?

  12. The clue had LA in it so California should have come to mind immediately (first thing that popped in my head). Eric’s and Shari’s bets were bad.

    • I disagree with your use of the word “bad” to refer to Shari’s bet, considering the score. Eric very well could have bet small, and Shari needed big bet to defend.

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