Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 4, 2019

Happy Fourth of July! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category On Broadway) for Thursday, July 4, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 214):

This play opens in Vienna in 1823, 32 years after the death of its title character

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Ryan Bilger, a student from Macungie, Pennsylvania
Ryan Bilger on Jeopardy!
Wendy Foster, a social worker from Portland, Oregon
Wendy Foster on Jeopardy!
Charlie Jorgenson, a librarian from Loveland, Colorado (2-day total: $56,800)
Charlie Jorgenson on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Amadeus?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Peter Shaffer play Amadeus, winner of the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play, is a fictionalized account of the lives of composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. The play opens many years after Mozart’s death with Salieri claiming he poisoned Mozart. The 1984 film adaptation also won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $34,600
Charlie $14,800
Wendy $12,400

Tonight’s results:
Wendy $12,400 + $12,400 = $24,800
Charlie $14,800 + $10,001 = $24,801
Ryan $34,600 + $50 = $34,650 (1-day total: $34,650)

Ryan Bilger, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 4, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Wendy $7,200
Charlie $6,000
Ryan $5,200


Opening break taken after: 14 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) GRANNY SMITH $1000 (14th pick)
Wendy 1400 +1400 (Charlie 3400 Ryan 1800)
2) B.C. VIPs $800 (1st pick)
Ryan 5200 +5200 (Wendy 7200 Charlie 6000)
Ryan 16400 +7000 (Wendy 8800 Charlie 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 243

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

Game Stats:
Ryan $25,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 0 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer
Charlie $14,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 0 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer
Wendy $12,000, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $52,000
Lach Trash: $2,000 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $0

Charlie Jorgenson, final stats:
66 correct, 5 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
35.88% in first on buzzer (61/170)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,133

Ryan Bilger, stats to date:
24 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,200

Ryan Bilger, to win:
2 games: 87.688%
3: 76.892%
4: 67.425%
5: 59.124%
6: 51.845%
Avg. streak: 8.122 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 56 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 1.9421 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0189).
An average of 3.0335 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.2771).

An early cutoff took place 0.063% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Ryan Bilger qualified 60.914% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 92.466% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 70.052% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 31.157% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 4.898% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This was the first confirmed regular-play game that did not have James Holzhauer in it where no contestant gave an incorrect response at any point (including Final Jeopardy). All four instances of this have come since May 1, 2019.
  • At $52,000, the only regular-play game in J! Archive with a higher Combined Coryat is the June 3, 2019 game where Emma Boettcher defeated James Holzhauer.
  • The combined score after Double Jeopardy of $61,800 is the highest for a non-James Holzhauer regular-play game since February 17, 2016. ($69,600)

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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 4, 2019"

  1. Happy 4th of July everybody! Have a good grilling and perfect steaks or whatever fancies your palate, nice fireworks and don’t forget what this day is all about!!
    Mon: 0, not just Europe, but worldwide FJ
    Tue: 1, not many ever read a novel about navies (Hornblower, Bolitho etc)
    Wed: 0, not just Europe but mythology to boot, not a favorite with players
    Today we will hopefully increase the solution average, Though the clue could have been phrased a little more simple, but then it might have been to easy. I think we should have 2 right. More often than not a contestant finds a way to miss the most obvious solution.

  2. Michael J | July 4, 2019 at 4:55 pm |

    All three correct very good! I calculated the death of the title character to be 1791 and was thinking French Revolution, which threw me off the answer.

  3. Another runaway, another new champ. Congrats Ryan and the ToC clock reset yet again….. Again, Happy 4th everybody!!!!!
    Nice overall scores!

  4. Maurine Gutowski | July 4, 2019 at 7:20 pm |

    I got it right away, from my music interests. I’m looking forward to everyone answering correctly (unlike yesterday, I think it was). Today sounds like a race of the buzzers.

    • @Maurin
      We got a TS Mon and Wed and Tue 1 correct in FJ. So until Amadeus we were 1/9…..

  5. Bob Chang | July 4, 2019 at 11:35 pm |

    Ryan’s score pre-FJ score is the highest since someone named James! Good chance we’ll see a TOC quality contestant!

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