Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 26, 2019


It’s the final day for Season 35! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historic Ships) for Friday, July 26, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 230):

215 passengers were rescued when it sank in July 1918, about 500 fewer than it had rescued 6 years earlier

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Michael Riggs, an educational therapist from Tustin, California
Michael Riggs on Jeopardy!
Maggie Lehrman, an editor & writer from Brooklyn, New York
Maggie Lehrman on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (5-day total: $109,700)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the (RMS) Carpathia?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The RMS Carpathia became famous in April 1912 after being the boat which rescued 712 survivors from the Titanic‘s lifeboats after the Titanic’s sinking. Unfortunately, the Carpathia had not been the closest ship to the Titanic; inquiries by the United States Senate and the British Wreck Commissioner both concluded that the SS Californian could have saved many of the Titanic‘s lost lives had it responded promptly to the Titanic‘s distress signal.

The Carpathia was torpedoed by the Imperial German Navy on July 15, 1918 while it was part of a convoy between Liverpool and Boston; the only fatalities were five crew.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jason $30,800
Maggie $3,200
Michael $3,200


Tonight’s results:
Michael $3,200 – $3,198 = $2 (What is the Lusitania)
Maggie $3,200 – $3,200 = $0 (What is the Doria Goy)
Jason $30,800 – $3,200 = $27,600 (6-day total: $137,300) (What is the Britannia?)


Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 26, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $9,500
Maggie $3,200
Michael $800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BEFORE & AFTER: SINGERS & WRITERS $400 (1st pick)
Jason 0 +1000 (Maggie 0 Michael 0)
2) “ISTA” ME! $1600 (8th pick)
Jason 15600 +5000 (Maggie 4800 Michael 1200)
3) SHARK WEEK $1600 (25th pick, $3,600 left on board)
Jason 30600 -1000 (Maggie 3200 Michael 800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 129


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


Game Stats:
Jason $27,800 Coryat, 34 correct, 4 incorrect, 59.65% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Michael $3,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 4 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Maggie $3,200 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $34,200
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,800


Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
158 correct, 16 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts (on 21 rebound opportunities)
45.15% in first on buzzer (149/330)
8/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,800)
3/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,933


Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
7 games: 75.793%
8: 57.445%
9: 43.539%
10: 33.000%
11: 25.011%
Avg. streak: 9.131 games.
Methodology: https://thejeopardyfan.com/2019/04/jeopardy-predictions-updated-methods.html


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Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jason becomes the 47th superchampion (6 or more wins) since the show introduced “Sky’s the Limit” in September 2003.
  • Including all tournaments and runner-up prizes, Jeopardy! gave out $9,077,265 in prize money during Season 35.
  • The average winning score during Season 35 regular play was $32,169.82; the average winning score in Season 34 regular play was $19,939.25
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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 26, 2019"

  1. Andy, are you taking a well deserved break after today?

  2. Wow! Let’s have a big hand for our man, Jason, who wrapped up the season with his head held high! Congratulations!
    🎵”See-you-🎵-in-Sep-tem-ber”🎵!

  3. Thanks, Andy, for keeping this great site. You’re the best. I’m looking forward to Season 36.

  4. Awesome work Andy, thanks!

  5. Thanks Andy! As to your observation: “The average winning score during Season 35 regular play was $32,169.82; the average winning score in Season 34 regular play was $19,939.25” the biggest part of this super spike is because of James’s 32 wins averaging about $75.4K. Assuming about 200 regular episode, the other 168 games averaged about $23.6K, still well above the norm.

  6. So we are ending the season with the reigning champ and a runaway but the second TS in a row…..
    Congrats to Jason and have a great rest of the summer everybody, stay cool (if possible) and safe!

    • PS
      And the third TS of the week…. 4 correct FJ answers, 26.66% where the triple solve with “scrabble” was kind of a gimme imo.
      That was a little disappointing for the closing week of the season. But: water under the bridge, waiting for a new season in September!
      Again, enjoy the break as much as you can and hasta la vista!

  7. @Andy
    Thanks for everything and a quick question: is J!6 going on “reruns” as well or are there going to be new clues, even during the summer break?

  8. I assume Maggie was thinking of the Andrea Doria in which case they at least all picked ships that sunk. I didn’t know the Carpathia had been sunk, but given it was the ship that picked up survivors from the Titanic, it was my educated guess.

  9. Maurine Gutowski | July 26, 2019 at 2:17 pm | Reply

    Will Jason have to wait to get any of his money? Everybody else is through.

    • Marty Cunningham | July 26, 2019 at 4:37 pm | Reply

      I’m not sure how they handle that at the end of the season, but for everyone else, you get your total payout (including last day, extra 1 or 2k), within 3 months of your airdate(s), not when you taped. Since they also extrapolate California tax from your final earnings, I would guess that Jason will have to wait after his next shows tape (now) and then air in September, and then it may just be a matter of whether he will get the payout in 2019 or 2020, depending on his last game. I do remember that Austin Rogers carried over between seasons, but when he appeared on the Tournament, only a few weeks after his regular run ended, he joked with Alex about not having gotten his check yet and Alex said that they had it ready for him, at that taping. I taped my shows in November but they did not air until February so I had one more year to plan for that on my taxes.

      • Austin did not carryover seasons but there was a set prop change in his run, when they starting using dividers during FJ that would retract after FJ was over.

        • Both Steve and Marty are kind of right here.

          Two years ago, as the WGA contract expiration date of May 1 approached, there was a credible fear that the television writers would go on strike. To hedge against that possibility, the first four weeks of Season 34 were taped directly following on from the end of Season 33. So Austin was the reigning champ during the show’s 2017 taping hiatus. When the show resumed (the episode that aired October 9, 2017 – Austin’s tenth game) – that’s when the retractable dividers were first seen.

          The WGA strike was narrowly averted, fortunately.

  10. Marty Cunningham | July 26, 2019 at 4:39 pm | Reply

    Thanks, Andy, for great work on this site. Look forward to the new season, and hopefully being able to help out with a question or two about the shows.

  11. We end the season with another triple stumper in final jeopardy.

    • yeah, and the second in a row and the third of the week as I said. Would have liked a triple solve as a finale.Alas….

  12. Pizza Face Fred | July 26, 2019 at 10:48 pm | Reply

    Andy, I joked last week (?) about whether I should quit watching Jeopardy! (that would never happen!) because I was having trouble coming up with a correct Final response for a couple of weeks. Well, this week I got Monday and Friday’s Triple Stumper Final, in addition to the one they all got on Tuesday. There were only four correct responses all week. I’m back, baby! I was kind of worried, haha…

  13. Steve Probst | July 27, 2019 at 1:00 am | Reply

    No way today’s clue should have been a triple stumper, but it’s always easier from home. I loved Alex’s response to the “Doria Goy” answer. A fitting end to season 35. I pray we see Alex in the fall. Great job, Andy. Thank you!

  14. Jason here — thanks for the great work with the site, Andy, and I hope you enjoy the lighter workload for awhile. You’ve earned it after all the impeccable documentation you do for the community here!

    This was a miserable week of FJ conversion, which is NOT the time to go wobbly! Speaking solely for myself…

    Victoria Falls is eminently gettable. There’s no good reason to brick that. Livingstone was in search of the source of the Nile — which I don’t think he ever even found — but I don’t imagine it’s particularly angelic to see! Very lucky dodge over here that James, a strong player, didn’t get there either. Incidentally, this game probably turns out differently if the last clue he selects is the $400 one that was left over and not the $2000 one on Caesura that got me into “crush” territory.

    Scrabble was just about the only educated guess anybody can write there. If Boggle somehow ends up as the right answer, I’ll walk out with my head held high. Indeed John maybe “should have” wagered more on the DD, but maybe he wanted to hedge because he counted on me chumping the FJ like the day before. 🙂

    Maurice Sendak came to me second — first was Norton Juster of “The Phantom Tollbooth” fame (maybe because my copy seemed really blue? — and I’m tickled it actually worked out! I think Corin indeed overbet but that’s all moot after I walked into the right answer.

    My answer of Exile on Main Street resulted from a colossal misread of the clue on my part. Indeed I took “Rolling Stone album review” and mangled it into “A review of a Rolling Stones album”, which I believe ranks as one of the worst blunders I’ve ever made during anything related to trivia; I spent 15 seconds pondering whether it was that or Sticky Fingers, yeesh. Shari’s score and wager put the heat on Eric, and Eric was understandably confident that he could get it right. At least the two of them read the dang clue correctly!

    The Carpathia FJ strikes me as an unusually uninteresting one, as it seems straightforwardly clued about some ship that rescued Titanic passengers and…ok, now what? I guess they allude to the name in Titanic (never saw it) but is there anything noteworthy about this ship beyond this one incident? Maybe I’m just quasi-bitter. 😉

    (Incidentally, while I’m not entirely convinced I know what Lach trash means, I can’t imagine there was $27800 of it this episode. Was that a typo?)

    Anyhow, it’s abundantly clear that it took a lot of luck and a little imprecise play from opponents to get this far and it’s been an absolute honor — and a lot of fun! — to take it all in this week. See you all in Season 36!

  15. Peter Natalie | July 27, 2019 at 7:39 am | Reply

    I had a pretty good week, at least on final jeopardy. I got four out of the FJ answers correct including all three of the “stumpers.” That said, I’m always impressed with the breath of knowledge that most champions and contestants possess. I possess a pretty good amount of “trivial” knowledge as an almost 70 year old, but I would totally flame out on a lot of the literature categories.

  16. Alex’s quip about Maggie’s FJ! response was the funniest thing I’ve heard him say! I love that man’s sense of humor…see you next season sir!.

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